July 25, 2015
Lazio wins Europe-Africa berth, Pariba wins Latin America berth
Lazio League, Lazio, Italy, won its second Europe-Africa regional last Friday to become the second team to earn a berth in this year’s World Series, joining Saipan L.L., Saipan, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, which won the Asia-Pacific berth on July 5. Pariba L.L., Willemstad, Curacao, Netherlands Antilles, repeated as the Latin America champ last Saturday to earn the third spot in the 10-team field.
Lazio appeared in the 2010 World Series, going 1-3 in pool play. It became the first Europe-Africa league to score 13 runs in a Senior League Baseball World Series game when it defeated Canada’s East Park L.L., Edmonton, Alberta, 13-6.
And on Tuesday, Old Town L.L., Old Town, won its first berth as the host team in the World Series by winning the Maine District 3 title.
Lazio is returning to Bangor for the first time since its 2010 appearance, in which the league’s entry went 1-3 in pool play. Italian teams have now won the Europe-Africa title for seven consecutive years. Friuli Venezia Giulia L.L., Friuli Venezia Giulia, won the regional in 2009 and 2011; and Emilia L.L., Emilia, won in 2012, 2013, and 2014.
Lazio went 5-0 in the regional, held in Novara, Italy.