Houston Astros RBI has won back-to-back Softball Division Championships at the 2019 Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) World Series after defeating Greater Harrisburg. The Texas team, which finished with an undefeated tournament record of 7-0, topped RBI of Greater Harrisburg in a 10-3 contest today at the Jackie Robinson Training Complex in Vero Beach, Fla. – the permanent home of the RBI World Series. Houston, making its 47th overall baseball and softball appearance in the tournament, earned its second Softball RBI World Series title in as many years, having won their first in 2018.
• Houston’s Turiya Coleman was crowned Most Valuable Player of the Softball Championship Game. The shortstop broke the game open with a three-run homer in the bottom of the 5th inning, finishing 2-4 with two runs scored. The Oklahoma University-commit led her team in batting average (.526), hits (10) and RBI (9) during pool and playoff games.
The RBI program has provided a path for many players to enter the college and professional game. MLB Clubs have drafted more than 200 RBI participants throughout the program’s 31-year history, and many others have been given the opportunity for higher education through baseball and softball scholarships.
The RBI program, which has served approximately 2 million young people since its inception, is administered by Major League Baseball and designed to give young people from underserved and diverse communities the opportunity to play baseball and softball, while also encouraging academic achievement and success and teaching the value of teamwork and other important life lessons. RBI currently serves young men and women in over 300 programs in approximately 200 cities worldwide. MLB and its Clubs have designated more than $40 million worth of resources to the RBI program, and all 30 Clubs support RBI leagues. For more information about the RBI World Series, please visit MLB.com/rbiworldseries.