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Bahamas Face Cuba Today In Caribbean Qualifier

By RENALDO DORSETT

Tribune Sports Reporter

rdorsett@tribunemedia.net

TEAM Bahamas is still in contention among the top youth baseball competition in the region in a bid to become the Caribbean's qualifier for the Little League World Series.

The under-12 team from the Junior Baseball League of Nassau (JBLN) is 2-1 thus far at the LLWS Caribbean Regional qualifying tournament in Willemstad, Curacao.

The Bahamas is in Pool B with Antigua, Bonaire, Cuba, Curacao B and the Dominican Republic. Pool A includes the US Virgin Islands, Aruba, Curacao A, Puerto Rico and St Maarten.

In game one, JBLN opened with a 7-3 loss to Curacao B on Saturday afternoon in the tournament opener. They followed with a 15-0 win over Bonaire Sunday and an 11-0 victory over Antigua and Barbuda yesterday.

The Bahamas will face Cuba today at noon and the Dominican Republic tomorrow at 10am to close out preliminary play.

The semi-final rounds follow on Friday and the tournament concludes with the championship and consolation game on Saturday.

The winner of the tournament will advance to play in the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.

Each of the eight international regions - Asia-Pacific, Australia, Canada, Caribbean, Europe-Africa, Japan, Latin America and Mexico will contest their regional tournaments this month.

The United States Divisions take place in early August and the LLBWS takes place August 15-25 in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.

Over the course of 30 days, approximately 935 Little Leaguers aged 10-16 from nearly 80 different baseball and softball teams around the world will compete to determine the seven World Series Champions for 2019.

JBLN earned the right to represent the Bahamas when they won the Bahamas Baseball Association's National Championship in the 12U Division, hosted in Eleuthera. They emerged as champions in the five-team field and won the gold medal with an 11-1 win over Grand Bahama Little League.

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