HOUSTON, TX - All three of the Houston Astros RBI baseball and softball teams advanced to the 2015 MLB RBI World Series this year, marking the most-ever for any city in RBI World Series history.
The Astros Jr. RBI baseball team made it all the way to the Championship Game, winning four of five contests to get there, but ultimately lost the final game to the RBI World Series Champion Dominican Republic North RBI team. Of the five different teams faced, only the RBI Jr. boys hailing from the Dominican Republic were able to beat Houston.
The Astros RBI softball team also made it all the way to the Finals, where they were defeated by Cleveland RBI. This year marks the third straight MLB RBI World Series Finals appearance for the Houston RBI girls softball team. The Astros senior RBI baseball team made it to the Quarterfinals, where they were narrowly defeated by Chicago Cubs RBI, 2-1.
All three teams played impressively, making their coaches, their teammates and the entire City of Houston proud.
Daschal Johnson was one of 12 RBI student athletes to receive the MLB RBI for RBI Scholarship, given to select RBI players who demonstrate academic achievement, leadership skills and financial need. Johnson is set to attend Northeastern Oklahoma State University, where he will study Health and Sports Science while playing baseball. Daschal aspires to become an athletic trainer.
ABOUT MLB RBI:
The Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) program, which has served approximately 2 million young people since its inception, is administered by Major League Baseball and is 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 approximately 230,000 young men and women in over 300 programs established in approximately 200 cities worldwide. MLB and its Clubs have designated more than $30 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
ABOUT THE ASTROS URBAN YOUTH ACADEMY:
The Houston Astros UYA at Sylvester Turner Park on the north side of Houston boasts experienced instructors and hosts baseball and softball camps, clinics and other activities year-round, free of charge, to young athletes ages 7 to 17. In addition to the new Astros RBI program, the UYA staff will also provide mentoring, leadership development and assistance with the college application process.