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Southwest RBI Regional Tournament

Southwest RBI Regional Tournament

This past weekend RBI Austin traveled up to Arlington, TX to compete for the second straight year in the Southwest RBI Regional Tournament hosted by the Texas Rangers. The games were played at both Arlington and Lamar High Schools. The Senior division Regional Championship game was even played at Rangers Ballpark.

The Regional began with an opening ceremony Thursday night at the Texas Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. The teams enjoyed some good ole ballpark food, while hearing from former Rangers players Jim Sundberg and Kevin Mench. MLB’s national RBI Director David James was also on hand to provide some words of inspiration to the RBI participants.

The 4-team tournament in both of the age divisions was round robin, with the best records advancing to the Championship game on Sunday. The Junior team (15U) dropped its three games to Arlington, Houston and New Orleans RBI, but competed well against stellar competition in RBI Austin’s first Junior Regional appearance.

Meanwhile, the Senior team (18U) came just one win short of advancing to the Regional Championship at Rangers Ballpark. The Senior team won the most exciting game of the weekend, beating Arlington RBI Friday night in walk-off fashion! Jay Jonse (Manor HS 2015) pitched a complete game, surrendering only two runs, while JJ Sanchez (Travis HS 2013), provided the clutch walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the 7th to win it 3-2 for Austin. Check out the at bat that made it happen…

You can find pictures from the weekend on our Facebook page!

Senior team assistant coach and RBI Austin 2010 alum George Warren said, “Being a coach in the RBI Regional this year meant a lot to me because of the fact I didn’t get to play in it as a player. I was impressed by the level of talent each city brought to the Regional. In one word, the Regional tournament was amazing.”

The boys played hard and had a blast with their coaches all weekend. Big thanks to all the parents who allowed their sons to travel and play with us! We also want to thank all the businesses who sponsored our teams!

Happy Summer!


RBI Day @ Ranger Ballpark in Arlington

RBI Austin got to celebrate Father’s Day in HOME RUN fashion by taking a trip to the Ballpark in Arlington to watch the Rangers take on the Toronto Blue Jays. Prior to the game, the players, coaches, and families of RBI leagues all across the state were recognized and invited to walk along the warning track around the entire field.

How cool is that?!? The view sure did look good from down there, but we eventually settled in to our seats down the left field line. Baseball, shade, ballpark food, and over 100 members of our RBI Austin family made for a great Sunday afternoon. Here are the pictures prove it!

Even though the Rangers didn’t get the W (final score was 2-7), RBI Austin walked away having an awesome day. We are grateful for the opportunity to go cheer on a Texas MLB team.

BIG THANKS to the Texas Rangers for being great hosts, along with all our supporters who make activities like this possible!

Angel & Arturo’s Story

Angel & Arturo’s Story

Story by: Lori Richter
Photos by: Jennifer Crane

“Nobody had to hold him down when they crucified him. He just took it!” says Angel, a Reagan High School student, as he relates his eye-opening encounter with Christ.

Angel plays for the Blazers, a Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) team. Sponsored by Major League Baseball, RBI’s mission is to bring baseball back to areas where youth baseball programs have disappeared. Austin’s RBI chapter partners with The For the City Network and The Austin Stone Community Church.

Angel and his friend Arturo were in a Bible study last year with the Blazers. Their coaches observed God working in the boys’ hearts. Arturo was very inquisitive, while Angel was quieter. During the last study of the year, tears welled up in Angel’s eyes as he grasped the truth that Christ was his hope and a Savior who would never leave him.

Blazers coach Sam Bohmfalk, a senior Journalism major at The University of Texas, says of Angel, “He’s begun to take on more of a leadership role with our baseball team. … He’s starting to recognize that he can spread the Word of God through doing positive things for those around him.”

Sam took Angel and Arturo to Georgia for a Young Life camp. The boys excitedly reminisce about the ride in a charter bus, fishing in the lake, diving, riding the zip line, testing their courage on the ropes course, and lastly, the girls.

Their words pack an emotional punch when they describe how they came to understand God’s love. Arturo reflects, “It opened our eyes to what he’s done for us. He died on the cross and didn’t even move when they stabbed him with the nails. He’s done so much; he’s forgiven our sin.”

Sam has noticed God’s redemptive work in Arturo. He says, “He’s begun to pray and think about his life. He used to gauge whether or not he should do something by what the world around him would say, but now he has taken the approach of asking the question, ‘Is this pleasing to God?’”

Arturo and Angel both recognize that their view of God has changed. Arturo says, “I wasn’t into God. It was a rare occasion that I needed him. I didn’t think of him or pray at night. Now I talk to him. I read the Bible. It’s hard to read, but interesting.”

Angel and Arturo have dreams for the future and hope to help their families go deeper than their own ambitions. As Arturo observes how hard his dad works, he desires to help provide for his family financially through going to college and playing professional baseball. Angel, who would like to be a Marine, shares this desire to provide for his family.

Arturo is full of gratitude for what God has already provided for him. He says, “I am blessed! God has given me this opportunity to play baseball and to make friends. I thank God for the field, the batting cages, and the equipment he’s given me!”