Monthly Archives: July 2019

2019 Regional Recap

For the Second Year in a Row, RBI Austin’s 18U Baseball Team Wins Bid to MLB RBI World Series in Vero Beach

[WATCH THE FINAL OUT] RBI Austin defeats Houston Astros RBI 8-0, earning a bid to the MLB RBI World Series in Florida

This past weekend, Austin’s MLB Reviving Baseball in Inner-Cities affiliate — RBI Austin — hosted the MLB RBI Southwest Regional for the second year in a row. Teams from five organizations across the Southwest Region — El Paso RBI, Houston Astros RBI, New Orleans RBI, Texas Rangers RBI, and RBI Austin — competed for the opportunity to advance to the 2019 MLB RBI World Series in Vero Beach, Florida. The Regional included three divisions: 15U Baseball, 18U Baseball, and 18U Softball, and this was RBI Austin’s first year to have an 18U Softball team participate.

The tournament took place around the city of Austin at Concordia University, St. Edward’s University, and the Round Rock Express’ Dell Diamond. This year’s RBI Southwest Regional champions are New Orleans RBI (15U Baseball), RBI Austin (18U Baseball), and Houston Astros RBI (18U Softball).

RBI Southwest Regional Champions

RBI Austin’s 18U Regional Baseball team defeated Houston Astros RBI 8-0 on Sunday, July 21st at Dell Diamond to win the tournament.

RBI Austin’s 18U Baseball Regional team defeated Houston Astros RBI 8-0 on Sunday, July 21st at Dell Diamond to win the MLB RBI Southwest Regional tournament! 

After earning a spot in the championship game with a 3-1 record in pool play, the Austin boys pulled off a dominant 8-0 victory over Houston to punch their all-expenses paid ticket to Vero Beach in August. At the RBI World Series on August 4th-9th, RBI Austin will compete against six other U.S. regional champions and one World regional champion for a chance to earn the program’s first RBI World Series title.

In Sunday’s championship game, RBI Austin faced University of Oklahoma commit Aaron Calhoun starting on the mound for Houston. RBI Austin hitters methodically worked Calhoun into deep counts, executed small ball to near perfection, and had timely hits to eventually knock Calhoun out of the game in the 4th inning.

At the plate for RBI Austin, catcher Walker Kohler (LBJ/LASA H.S. Class of 2020) went 3 for 3 with 2 RBI’s and a walk, and second baseman Marc Juarez (McCallum H.S. Class of 2020) went 1 for 2 with a bases loaded RBI single and a walk.

Meanwhile, RBI Austin pitcher Nico Romero (Akins H.S. Class of 2020) used just 85 pitches to throw a complete game gem with 5 strikeouts, scattering 4 hits and 1 walk over 7 shutout innings. In its fifth game of the weekend, RBI Austin’s bullpen was thin by Sunday, making Romero’s complete game shutout a key ingredient to securing the Regional championship.

RBI Austin Softball Regional Team Makes Debut

In addition to securing an 18U Baseball Regional championship, this was a significant year for RBI Austin as it was the first time that Austin has had a softball team compete in the Regional. 

RBI Austin’s 18U Softball Regional team competed against solid competition from New Orleans RBI, Texas Rangers RBI, and 2018 MLB RBI World Series Softball Champions Houston Astros RBI. 

MLB RBI World Series

The 27th annual MLB RBI World Series will be hosted by Major League Baseball in Vero Beach, Florida on August 4th-9th and includes tournament games, scout workout days, banquets, community service events and more. 

MLB Clubs have drafted more than 200 RBI participants throughout the program’s 30-year history, and many others have been given the opportunity for higher education through baseball and softball scholarships. 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 (https://www.mlb.com/news/more-than-110-baseball-softball-teams-in-to-compete-in-rbi-regional-tournaments/c-286514254).

This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for participants as they are exposed to such a high, professional level of the game that only Major League Baseball could provide. Blessings to RBI Austin’s 18U Regional Baseball team as they prepare for Vero Beach!

Top Three Reasons 2019 will be the Best Southwest Regional Yet

Top Three Reasons 2019 will be the Best Southwest Regional Yet

For the second year in a row, we’re hosting the MLB RBI Southwest Regional! This weekend, RBI Austin’s 15U Baseball + 18U Baseball AND 18U Softball Regional teams will compete with New Orleans, Houston, Dallas, and El Paso RBI to earn a bid to the RBI World Series in Florida! Here are a few reasons why we can’t wait!

#1 First-ever RBI Austin Softball Regional Team

The time has finally come! For the first time ever, we will have an 18U Softball Regional team participating in the Southwest Regional! We cannot wait for these ladies to represent RBI Austin and are celebrating the growth and depth of our softball program. Thank you for investing in these young ladies.

Our 18U Softball Regional players served our 9U & 12U Softball girls this summer as umpires and scorekeepers! You are investing in young women who are becoming leaders and role models for younger girls in our program!

#2 Welcoming friends new + Old

The Southwest region is vast – God bless Texas! – and we are excited for the opportunity to welcome both returning friends and new friends from RBI programs across the region. This year, we’re hosting the Houston Astros RBI, Texas Rangers RBI, New Orleans RBI, and El Paso RBI. This is El Paso’s first year joining us, and we’re excited for the opportunity to welcome them to our city!

#3 Increased Hospitality Opportunity

With one year of hosting under our belt, we are expectant to see how the Lord will use us to show radical hospitality to the players, coaches, and families of the participating programs. Last year was our first time hosting the Southwest Regional, and this year we hope to make this an even better experience for all involved.


Partner Highlight: Austin Parks Foundation

Partner Highlight: Austin Parks Foundation

There’s no denying it, Austinites love their parks.

We love these parks, too, as many of them serve as a home base for our teams.

This is where our kids are learning the game, learning how to be a part of a team, learning what it looks like to be carefree kid, and where they are learning more about the gospel of Jesus Christ. 

With 1,491 kids on 92 teams, our organization uses 45 public and private fields throughout the city. 45 fields, folks!! This would absolutely be impossible without faithful partnerships and supporters!

PARQUE ZARAGOZA + AUSTIN PARKS FOUNDATION

Parque Zaragoza is located in the heart of East Austin, and this park has served as the heart of its community for decades. So, what a blessing it was to play a role alongside other community partners to restore this field!

Last year, we received a generous $50,000 grant from our partners at the Austin Parks Foundation for field improvements at Parque Zaragoza. With this grant, we were able to breathe a little life back into this field including the installation of a new batting cage and new safety netting.

Parque Zaragoza now serves as a home base for our 18U and 15U high school leagues, and it’s been an encouragement to see these young men and women be able to use such quality amenities. Talk about being proud of your neighborhood, your team, and your organization!

Austin Parks Foundation is proud to partner with RBI Austin to bring critical physical improvements and free programming to public ball fields across Austin’s eastern crescent. We’re proud to support RBI Austin and we’re excited to help make quality recreation accessible to more of Austin’s youth.

Colin Wallis, CEO of Austin Parks Foundation.

Because of your support, and support through partner organizations like Austin Parks Foundation, more kids in our city are able to play with pride!

Movie in the Park, Sandlot-style

RBI Austin summer volunteers and staff fiercely took on the Texas Playboys Baseball Club in a sandlot-style game before the on-field viewing of Angels in the Outfield at Parque Zaragoza!

Through our partnership with Austin Parks Foundation, we hosted a Movie in the Park night at Parque Zaragoza via Alamo Drafthouse’s Rolling Roadshow. 

This was such an incredible, fun night for our RBI Austin families, volunteers, supporters, and the community at large as everyone enjoyed watching a sandlot-style game of baseball before getting to see an on-field viewing of Angels in the Outfield.

Talk about the perfect, summer night!

RBI Austin families, friends, and community members grabbed their lawn chairs and blankets and enjoyed an outdoor screening of Angels in the Outfield during last month’s Movie in the Park!

About APF: Austin Parks Foundation (APF) is dedicated to partnering with our community to enhance people’s lives by making our public parks, trails, and green spaces better through volunteerism, innovative programming, advocacy, and financial support. A non-profit established in 1992, APF fills the city’s funding and resource gap in order to develop, maintain, and enhance the area’s 300+ parks, trails, and green spaces. APF fosters innovative public/private partnerships and since 2006, has given over $3 million in community-initiated grants in service to the greater Austin community. APF is known for its annual flagship volunteer event, It’s My Park Day, and is a presenting partner and beneficiary of the popular Austin City Limits Music Festival at Zilker Metropolitan Park. For more information, please visit www.austinparks.org