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Michael Santorelli hits game-winner to capture RBI World Series championship

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Michael Santorelli's game-winner (mlb.com screen grab)

Michael Santorelli’s game-winner (mlb.com screen grab)

RBI World Series
Cincinnati: August 3-16

Canyon del Oro standout Michael Santorelli came through with a game-winning RBI single in the top of the sixth inning to give Arizona RBI a 3-2 lead over Passaic, New Jersey Monday morning to win the 2016 Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) World Series held in Ohio.

Santorelli threw the last inning and picked up the save. He finished the series batting .353 (6-17) with a double, triple and seven RBIs.

HERE IS THE GAME-WINNING HIT

Senior Baseball Teams (Ages 16-18)
Chattanooga, TN (Chattanooga RBI)
Cincinnati, OH (Cincinnati Reds RBI)
Harrisburg, PA (Harrisburg RBI)
Houston, TX (Houston Astros RBI)
Milwaukee, WI (Milwaukee Brewers/Greater Milwaukee BGC RBI)
Passaic, NJ (Passaic RBI)
Phoenix, AZ (Arizona RBI)
Santo Domingo, DR (Dominican Republic South RBI)

Major League Baseball invited twenty-four baseball and softball teams to the 2016 Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) World Series, hosted by the Cincinnati Reds for the first time in the tournament’s 24-year history. The 2016 RBI World Series featured young men and women on RBI teams from 19 cities around the United States and the Dominican Republic.

The RBI World Series is the international championship tournament of the RBI program, the MLB youth initiative designed to provide young people from underserved and diverse communities the opportunity to play baseball and softball.

Baseball tournament seeding and playoff games of the RBI World Series were played at several locations throughout Cincinnati including Xavier University, the P&G Cincinnati MLB Youth Academy and Great American Ball Park (GABP), the home of the Reds.

Arizona RBI went 1-2 in Pool Play but went on to upset undefeated (3-0) Harrisburg RBI 11-2 in the Interleague Bracket on Sunday before taking care of Houston 8-0 in the seminal round. Houston was (3-1) at the time.

RBI WORLD SERIES SCORES

Friday, Aug. 5
Greater Milwaukee 6, Dominican Republic 1
Passaic (NJ) 11, Arizona RBI 9
Harrisburg RBI 7, Cincinnati Reds RBI 4
Chattanooga (TN) RBI 8, Houston RBI 3
Passaic (NJ) RBI 4, Chattanooga (TN) RBI 3
Dominican Republic 11, Cincinnati Reds RBI 7
Harrisburg RBI 4, Greater Milwaukee 4
Houston RBI 2, Arizona RBI 1

Saturday, Aug. 6
Greater Milwaukee 5, Cincinnati Reds RBI 2
Arizona RBI 15, Chattanooga (TN) RBI 0
Harrisburg RBI 8, Dominican Republic 2
Houston RBI 12, Passaic (NJ) RBI 1

Sunday, Aug. 7

Interleague Bracket
Greater Milwaukee 6, Chattanooga, TN 5
Houston RBI 11, Cincinnati, OH 1
Passaic, NJ 10, Dominican Republic South 6
Arizona RBI 11, Harrisburg 2

Semifinals
Passaic, NJ 5, Greater Milwaukee 1
Arizona RBI 8, Houston 0

Monday, Aug. 8
Championship
Arizona RBI 3, Passaic, NJ 2

Arizona RBI Roster
Jair Galvan
Channy Ortiz
Carlos Baldenegro
Michael Santorelli
Daniel Cervantes
Livan Cordova
Michael Sears
Jesser Cervantes
Brett Aker
Luis Tajia
Dominic Ruelas
Genner Cervantes
Arturo Corondao
Randen Garrison

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