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RBI Dominicana Wins Junior Baseball Division Championship at the Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) World Series08/14/2011 2:13 PM ET
RBI Dominicana has won the Junior Baseball Division Championship of the 2011 Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) World Series. In a rematch of sorts from the softball championship, where Los Angeles RBI won over RBI Santo Domingo on Sunday, August 7, RBI Dominicana defeated Los Angeles RBI by the score of 9-6 in a 7-inning game at Target Field, the home of the Minnesota Twins. This is the second consecutive Junior Division championship for Santo Domingo, and the first time a team has repeated in this division since Detroit did so from 2006 to 2008. RBI Dominicana finished the tournament with a 5-1 record, and this championship victory avenged an earlier loss to Los Angeles RBI-RBI Dominicana's only loss of this year's tournament.
As the winner of the Junior Baseball Division title, RBI Dominicana has been awarded the John Young Championship Trophy, which is named after the founder of the RBI program. RBI Dominicana Left Fielder Gustavo Cabrera, 15, was named the Most Valuable Player, going 2 for 3 with a pair of RBI singles in the 5th and 6th innings. These runs were crucial as Los Angeles RBI threatened in the top of the 7th. He was on base three out of four plate appearances (with one walk), and finished with three RBIs, one run scored and one stolen base.
The Senior Baseball Division Championship Game will also be played at Target Field, and will be between Venice Boys & Girls Club RBI (3-1-1) and Harrisburg RBI (3-1-1). The game will air LIVE on MLB Network and stream on MLB.com at 2:00 p.m. ET.
The RBI World Series is a national baseball and softball tournament of Major League Baseball's RBI program. RBI is the Major League Baseball youth initiative designed to provide underserved youth with the opportunity to play baseball and softball, encourage academic success and teach the value of teamwork.
In 2011, RBI operated more than 300 programs established in more than 200 cities worldwide, serving more than 200,000 young men and women. For more information, please visit: http://www.mlb.com/rbi.
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