RBI Atlanta claimed the softball championship at the 21st annual Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) World Series. RBI Atlanta, who finished the tournament with a 4-4 record, won their eighth Softball Division Championship after winning seven consecutive Softball Division Championships from 2001 to 2007 with a 42-0 record over those seven years.
RBI Atlanta defeated Houston RBI by the score of 4-3 in Minneapolis, MN at Jane Sage Cowles Stadium at the University of Minnesota. The softball championship will air on MLB Network and MLB.com, the official web site of Major League Baseball, at 11:30 a.m. EST on Wednesday, August 21.
As the winner of the softball title, RBI Atlanta was awarded the Dolly Vardens Trophy, named for an all-African-American women's baseball team formed in Philadelphia in 1867. RBI Atlanta first baseman Kayla Cato was named the championship game Most Valuable Player. Cato went 1-for-2 on the day and gave RBI Atlanta a 2-1 lead with a two-run homer to left in the bottom of the first inning. In the 2013 RBI World Series, Cato hit .500 with 6 RBI and scored nine runs.
The baseball portion of the RBI World Series was played August 5 to August 8 with Harrisburg RBI and Boys & Girls Club of Venice RBI winning the championships for the Senior Division and Junior Division, respectively. The championship games were played at Target Field, home of the 2014 MLB All-Star Game, on Sunday, August 8.
The RBI World Series is the international baseball and softball championship tournament of the RBI program, and this year features young men and women (ages 13-18) from across the country and the Dominican Republic. The RBI program is an MLB youth initiative designed to give young people from underserved and diverse areas the opportunity to play baseball and softball, encourage academic success and teach the value of teamwork. RBI currently serves more than 220,000 young men and women in approximately 300 programs established in over 200 cities worldwide. For more information, please visit: MLB.com/RBI.