A Boys & Girls Club of Venice team has captured the Senior Baseball Division Championship of the 2011 Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) World Series.
The Venice squad won the RBI series title with an 8-0 defeat of a team from Harrisburg, Pa. in six innings at Target Field in Minneapolis Aug. 14.
It was the second Senior Division Championship in three years for the Venice Boys & Girls Club RBI team, which previously won the Senior Division Championship at the 2009 series in Jupiter, Fla. Venice finished the 2011 RBI tournament with a 4-1-1 record.
As the winner of the senior division title, Venice Boys & Girls Club RBI was awarded the Larry Doby Championship Trophy, named after the late Baseball Hall of Famer and the first African-American player in the American League. Venice starting pitcher Kerry Kelley, 19, was named the series’ Most Valuable Player after pitching a complete game, allowing only one hit.
Kelley was also named the Most Valuable Player for Venice Boys & Girls Club RBI in the 2009 RBI World Series title game.
The RBI World Series is a national baseball and softball tournament of Major League Baseball’s RBI program. RBI is a youth initiative designed to provide underserved youth with the opportunity to play baseball and softball, encourage academic success and teach the value of teamwork.