667. Curaçao’s ‘Super Boys’ of Summer

Pariba’s Junior League celebrating their Latin American Regional Championship win.

Curaçao’s National Champions ‘Pariba Baseball League’ had an incredible Summer of 2013. All of their five divisions (Minor, Little, Intermediate, Junior and Senior) participated in the Latin American regional playoffs — which includes the Caribbean region,

  • Curaçao’s Pariba Minor and Junior League teams won the 2013 Latin American Regional Championship title

  • Curaçao’s Pariba Little and Intermediate teams came in second place

  • Curaçao’s Pariba Senior League team came in third place

Pariba’s Minor League: 2013 Latin American Regional Champions.

Following their Latin American Regional Championship win, Pariba’s Junior League team traveled to Taylor, MI to represent the Latin American region in the Junior League World Series. Curaçao’s  boys went on to beat Canada, the Czech Republic and Puerto Rico to reach the 2013 International World Championship finals.

Unfortunately they came up short against Chinese Taipei (Taiwan). To put things in perspective: a country 160x Curaçao’s population size.

Ultimately, Curaçao’s Pariba Junior League team came in THIRD place in the 2013 Junior League WORLD Series (and their achilles heel, Taiwan, went on to beat the US Champions to become 2013 World Champions).

We are incredibly proud of our ‘Super Boys’ of Summer.

I reached out to Liga Pariba’s Management team to get the scoop on this incredible Junior League team — all of the players awesome in their own right. sr. Dennis Dambruck (President of Liga Pariba) and sr. Ardnel Barbolina (Vice President of Liga Pariba) responded and included Pariba’s six values in the header of their attachment: Deportivismo, Respet, Disiplina, Karakter, Kurashi, Loyalidat (= Sportsmanship, Respect, Discipline, [Strength of] Character, Courage, Loyalty)

Though all of Pariba’s players are inherently talented, I suspect that their ‘secret sauce to success’ lies in their commitment to these six values.

2013 Pariba Junior League Team.

2013 Pariba Junior League Team.

MASHA PABIEN to the 14 players who came in THIRD in the WORLD during the 2013 Junior League World Series:

Geviohn Piternella – 2nd base/Pitcher

Joshua Roosberg – Outfielder

Alex Henrietta – Outfielder

Alexander Henrietta – Utility Player

Nicolas Victoria – Pitcher

Kaydde Macaay – Outfielder

Jerson Dometilia – Infielder/Pitcher*

Bryan Biegel – Infielder/Pitcher

Rodolfo Rodriguez Mensing – 1st base/Pitcher**

Sherten Apostel – Infielder/Pitcher

Jisjar Clotida – Outfielder/Pitcher

Shaquille Serberie – Catcher

Draydon Evelina – Outfielder/Pitcher

Geedion Jakob – 3rd base/Pitcher

* Jerson Dometilia went on to win the Home Run Derby at the end of the Junior League World Series. Jerson was also awarded MVP and Home Run Leader during the 2013 Latin American Regional Championship.

** Rodolfo Rodriguez Mensing won the Gold Glove in the Latin American Regional Championship.

A very special thanks to Pariba’s coaches Argenis Daal and Remickson Bernadina as well as Pariba’s Manager Ronald Martien for training these awesome boys on- as well as off- the field. They all have a very bright future ahead of them.



About 1000awesomethingsaboutcuracao

I'm Carolina Gomes-Casseres, the creator of 1000 Awesome Things About Curaçao. I live in Manhattan but sometimes miss my first awesome island. Thanks for visiting!


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