The RBI Eastern Regional Tournament took place in Cleveland July 19-22. Indianapolis brought two baseball and one softball teams, but only managed to win one game, a 6-5 decision over Detroit in the Jr. baseball division.
The Jr. baseball team lost its other games 5-4 to Cleveland and 2-0 to Cincinnati. The Sr. baseball ran into to bad luck, as three of the players came down with food poisoning the night before the tournament and did not play. Indianapolis lost games to Cincinnati in extra innings, Cleveland, Detroit and Detroit Arsenal.
The softball girls lost a hearbreaker to Detroit 8-7 losing the lead in the last inning. Indy then lost to Cincinnati and Cleveland to end the tournament.
Despite the lack of success, the trip was a great time for the players, as they were treated to a Cleveland Indians game on Friday. Two of the Indy players, Justin Hidleburg and Malik Brinkley, were part of the pre-game ceremony on the field. After the ceremony Malik and Justin were standing near the Indians dugout when Lou Marsen, Indians catcher, gave his catcher’s gear to Justin. What a thrill, and certainly the highlight of the weekend.