The Venezuelan team showed up at the Little League World Series last week with the tiniest player, the smallest rooting section and some of the longest odds to win the title.
It bowed out of the tournament Tuesday, losing 8-0 to Mexico. Along the way its players won over fans in two countries with their heart, courage and sportsmanship.
“It’s really important,” coach Luis Romero said in Spanish. “It’s a little happiness that we’re sending to the country in the middle of all the sadness there.”
That the players and coaches even made it here is a triumph given the obstacles they faced in getting out of South America. Although tournament organizers pay for travel and...