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August 18, 2012
Guatemala captures World Series
6-3 over Lemon Grove, Calif.
Latin America champ makes the most of opportunities
By Chris DeBeck
History was made at Mansfield Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Juvenil de Guatemala Little League of Guatemala City, Guatemala, became the first team from
that nation to win a Little League sanctioned tournament, holding off Lemon Grove, Calif., 6-3
in the championship game.
Julio Alvarado ‘s two-run single in the third broke a 1-1 tie and gave the Guatemalan team the
lead for good. He finished with two singles and two RBIs. He also scored a run in the sixth on a
Fabian Vizcaino doubled and singled for the Guatemala team, which finished the tournament
with a perfect 5-0 record. Guatemala’s final pool play Thursday was rained out, costing the Latin
America champ a tie for most wins in a Bangor World Series, which is six, held by Paraguana
L.L., Falcon, Venezuela (2006), North Cumberland L.L., Upper Deerfield, N.J. (2008), and last
year’s champion, Hilo L.L., Hilo, Hawaii.
Alejandro Amezquita, who the consistently in the high-70s, allowed just two earned runs and
three hits in five innings of work to record the pitching win, walking three and hitting two
batters. Fernando Valls recorded the final out to pick up the save.
August 17, 2012
Former big leaguer challenges World Series
players to develop ‘burning desire’
Maine native Danny Coombs addresses teams at recognition
By Chris DeBeck
When Danny Coombs asked a scout about how he could tell who had a chance to be a major
league baseball player, he was told that aside from things that could be measured, such as the
speed of a pitch or the strength of an arm, there was one more attribute that separated players.
“The only thing I can think of is burning desire,” Coombs told the audience at the Senior League
World Series banquet, held Friday night at the Bangor Civic Center.
“It’s the kid who does a little extra when the coach is not looking,” said Coombs, a Brewer
native and former major league pitcher with Houston and San Diego.
He noted two examples of players who exemplified a burning desire to become big league
ballplayers, albeit in different ways.
One example was Randy Jones, who impressed Coombs with his first minor league start,
pitching a complete game when he was scheduled to throw only five innings or so.
August 17, 2012
Guatemala and Lemon Grove pretty well
Guatemala features dominant pitching; Lemon Grove features
For the seventh time in the 11 World Series that have been held in Bangor, a U.S. West team
will play in the title game, as Lemon Grove L.L., Lemon Grove, Calif., takes on Latin America’s
Juvenil de Guatemala L.L., Guatemala City, Guatemala, at approximately 2:07 p.m. Saturday.
Guatemala’s appearance will mark the sixth appearance by Latin America in the title game.
U.S. West teams are 2-4 in title games while Latin America is 3-2. Both regions have won the
title in the last two years – Aruba South L.L., San Nicolas, Aruba, in 2010; and Hilo L.L., Hilo,
Hawaii, last year.
Guatemala and Lemon Grove are pretty evenly matched offensively, with Lemon Grove batting
.360 as a team and Guatemala .347 as a team. Lemon Grove hitters have 11 doubles to
Guatemala’s eight. However, Lemon Grove has played one more game than Guatemala, which
had its last pool play game, against Maine District 3 host Hampden-Newburgh L.L., Hampden,
rained out Thursday night.
Both teams have stolen 10 bases, and both have had a runner caught stealing.