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Little League World Series 2012: Highlighting Most Underrated Teams in Bracket

SOUTH WILLAMSPORT, PA - AUGUST 27:  Baseballs sit on the ledge of the field before the start of the U.S. Championsip game of the 2011 Little League World Series between the West team from Huntington Beach, California and the Northwest team from Billings, Montana on August 27, 2011 in South Willamsport, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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Kyle NewportFeatured ColumnistAugust 13, 2012

The Little League World Series provides great moments every year, and this year will feature underdogs looking to make noise.

Japan is always a threat to win this event, and several American teams will try to make a run at the title. While the games are thrilling, it is a great experience for the kids.

Emotions run high throughout the tournament. Children jump around and cheer after wins, but they suffer heartache after a defeat. Players gather at home plate after a home run is hit. 

Williamsport hosts the Little League World Series, and teams from all over the world will meet in Pennsylvania.   

This tournament is difficult to predict because of the youthful players. While the East regional champion from Connecticut and Japan enter as favorites, anything can happen.

A couple of teams face a challenge in the Little League World Series, but they will not go down without a fight.


Par-Troy East, New Jersey (Mid-Atlantic)

The team went 5-1 during the round-robin tournament to qualify for the Little League World Series.

Par-Troy East defeated Newark National of Delaware 1-0 (via the New York Times). The little league team is not going to be one of the favorites, but they have the potential to make a run in the tournament.

The team wins with pitching, but it has the ability to score in bunches. Par-Troy East did not allow more than three runs in any of its regional games.

In the finals against Delaware, pitcher Emil Matti pitched a two-hit complete game. The Mid-Atlantic champions will be a tough out with that kind of pitching.


Curacao (Caribbean)

Although they are a very good team, they have to go up against Japan in the opening game.  It is a double-elimination tournament, but a loss in the first game will make it difficult to come back.

The Caribbean team is an explosive offensive team. According to the Little League Baseball website, the team went 6-0 in qualifying and scored no fewer than eight runs in any game. The little league team scored at least 10 runs in four of those games.

This team can also shut teams down with pitching. They allowed one run or fewer in all but one game. The team from the Caribbean outscored opponents 65-7 in six games, which makes them very dangerous.

Curacao will be a tough out in this tournament, and they need to be ready to swing the bat.


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