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Curacao’s Small Team Ready to Make a Big Impact at the Little League World Series

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — Curacao is back at the Little League World Series, determined to make a name for themselves once again. After losing in last year’s title game, the team from Willemstad’s Pabao Little League is aiming for bigger things. With five players and the entire coaching staff returning for a second consecutive year, Curacao only needs two wins to reach the championship undefeated.

Manager Zaino Everett acknowledges the experience of his players and encourages them to stay focused and lead by example. Jay-Dlynn Wiel, D’Shawn Winklaar, Shemar Sophia Jacobus, Alexander Provacia Roach, and Joshua Acosta Fernandez are all determined not to come up short like they did in 2022.

Winning the Little League World Series would not only bring attention to Curacao internationally but also help raise the country’s baseball profile. Despite its small size, Curacao has produced notable Major League Baseball players such as Kenley Jansen, Ozzie Albies, and Jurickson Profar.

Curacao’s success is not just based on flashy plays or high-scoring games. Their strong defense and pitching staff have set them apart in the tournament. The team’s offense may be struggling, but their solid defense keeps them in the game until they can make something happen.

Curacao’s next opponent, Taiwan, has been dominant so far, throwing the tournament’s first perfect game since 2017 and a no-hitter. However, Curacao remains confident in their abilities and expects to win the tournament.

Curacao may be a small team, but they are ready to make a big impact at the Little League World Series.


Seth Engle is a student in the John Curley Center for Sports Journalism at Penn State.

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