The teams competing in the softball championship of the Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) World Series are now set following elimination games today at the Jackie Robinson Training Complex in Vero Beach, Fla. Defending champions Houston Astros RBI will take on RBI of Greater Harrisburg RBI tomorrow, Thursday, August 15th, beginning at approximately 9:00 a.m. ET. The game will stream LIVE on MLB.com and will be called by Stephen Nelson and former NCAA women’s softball champion Destinee Martinez. Dani Wexelman will provide in-game reporting.
The city of Houston, making its 47th appearance in the RBI World Series tournament, is looking to earn its second consecutive softball championship having one its first in 2018. In its undefeated run in the 2019 tournament, Houston has outscored their opponents 53-12. Oklahoma University-commit Tariya Coleman (SS) and Louisiana Tech University-commit Tauryn Cummings (3B) combined to collect 16 hits (five doubles and a triple) and produce 13 runs in thirty-three at-bats. Pitcher Dani Moreno has been lights out in the circle, surrendering two runs in 15.1 innings, fanning 6 batters in the process. Her 0.91 earned run average led the tournament. The softball team is making its 11th consecutive appearance at the RBI World Series tournament.
The city of Harrisburg, making its 16th appearance in the RBI World Series tournament, is looking to earn its first softball championship and second overall. Pitcher and infielder Jenna Mongold led her team in hits (9), including three doubles and a home run, and RBI (8). Courtney Coppersmith, also a pitcher, tossed 17 innings allowing just four runs while striking out an impressive 26 batters. The softball team is making its 8th appearance at the RBI World Series tournament.
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.