RBI Clinches Regional Tournament Berth With Second Place Finish at State
By The Chronicle
LA CENTER — The RBI Dirtbags punched their ticket to the regional tournament after finishing second in the Babe Ruth State Tournament here over the weekend.
RBI will head to Calgary July 19-23 for the Babe Ruth regional tournament.
“It’s pretty surreal to have accomplished it two years in a row to take the long route through state, lose the first game and march through the loser’s bracket. I’ve got a gritty bunch of baseball players, we all camped out the entire time,” RBI coach Jordan Nailon said. “Some people get tuckered out but they played for each other and the younger guys stepped up. They’re battle tested now and I’m excited to take a bunch of dirtbags to Canada and I hope I bring them all back.”
RBI started off the double-elimination tournament with a loss to Showtime, 10-9, in 13 innings on Thursday.
Showtime scored five runs in the sixth inning to take an 8-7 lead, but RBI scored a run in the bottom of the seventh to tie the game. The team’s traded runs in the 12th inning, but Showtime scored in the top of 13th and held off RBi in the bottom of the inning to earn the win.
RBI’s Lane Douglass had three hits including two doubles, two RBI’s and three walks. Ryan Schmunk had a double, single, three runs and five intentional walks, and Zach Weinert had two hits, three walks and two RBI’s.
From then on, it was win or go home for RBI, and it started on Saturday with KWRL, a 6-2 RBI win powered by a five-run fourth inning.
Blake Wichert pitched all seven innings, allowing two earned runs on three hits with five strikeouts.
Wichert helped his cause at the plate with an RBI double, Seth Butler added an RBI single and Erik Cervantes had two runs, two walks and a two RBI double.
On Sunday, RBI won back-to-back elimination games, starting with a 12-2 win over River Valley in five innings to begin the day, scoring six runs in the sixth inning to cruise to the win.
Zach Weinert got the start and was lights out, striking out seven batters while allowing just two runs on four hits.
Butler was 0 for 0 at the plate with two walks and getting hit by a pitch twice and scored two runs. Schmunk was 2 for 2 with a double, three RBI’s and two runs and Colby Raider had two hits including an RBI double.
In the nightcap, RBI ended the season of Grays Harbor with an 8-1 win.
The Longshoreman took a 1-0 lead after the first inning, but RBI scored three in the second and third innings to take the lead and never look back.
Douglass was 2 for 3 with a run and Skylar Towns was also 2 for 3 with a double and two RBI’s.
Tanner Catlin pitched the whole game and allowed the one run on eight hits with two strikeouts.
The wins for RBI put them into a winner to regionals game against Showtime on Monday, and was able to avenge the earlier loss with a 13-1 win to earn a spot into regionals.
The Dirtbags scored four runs in the first inning and six runs in the second to take a commanding 10-1 lead, and scored three runs in the seventh to put the icing on the victory cake.
Douglass and Jobe Karber each had two hits and two runs, and Towns added two hits including a two-RBI double and a run.
Bubbles Cantrell got the start and pitched five innings while striking out nine and gave way to Raider, who closed out the game with three more strikeouts.
In the championship game, Primetime defeated RBI 6-0 to earn the title. Dylan Stakelin pitched the whole game, allowing six runs on three hits. The Dirtbag defense had five errors and allowed five runs in the first inning and was never able to recover.
Stakelin was the only multi-hit player with two hits.
“It looks bad, but besides that first inning, I don’t know what happened there. We just went dizzy there. Stakelin did a great job for us, he did exactly what I thought he’d do to them,” Nailon said. “He did a good job with secondary pitches, we just didn’t back him up. He takes the loss but there is no way it is his fault we didn’t win that game.”
RBI will take their talents north of the border in about a week, and will try to qualify for the Babe Ruth World Series in Ephrata Aug. 5-12.
At La Center
SHOWTIME 10, RBI 9 (13 inn.)
Showtime 003 005 000 001 1 — 10 12 3
RBI 321 100 100 001 0 — 9 16 3
Batteries: Showtime — Merrill, Stephens (1), Fettig (3) and Johnson; RBI — Bubbles Cantrell, Dylan Stakelin (5), Colby Raider (6), Tanner Catlin (12) and Ryan Schmunk
At La Center
RBI 6, KWRL 2
RBI 001 500 0 — 6 8 2
KWRL 000 101 0 — 2 3 1
Batteries: RBI — Blake Wichert and Ryan Schmunk; KWRL — Thompson, Milton (4) and Block
At La Center
RBI 12, RIVER VALLEY 2 (5 inn.)
RBI 103 26 — 12 7 0
River Valley 000 02 — 2 4 4
Batteries: RBI — Zach Weinert and Ryan Schmunk; River Valley — Leenit, Brown (5), Simpson (5) and Devers
RBI 8, GRAYS HARBOR 1
Grays Harbor 100 000 0 — 1 8 2
RBI 033 110 X — 8 10 2
Batteries: Grays Harbor — McAllister and Spencer; RBI — Tanner Catlin and Ryan Schmunk
At La Center
RBI 13, SHOWTIME 1
RBI 460 000 3 — 13 13 1
Grays Harbor 100 000 0 — 1 6 1
Batteries: RBI — Bubbles Cantrell, Colby Raider (6) and Ryan Schmunk; Showtime — Merrill, Bryant-Capp (1), Fitzgerald (2), McGuire (5), Stephens (7), Mejewski (7) and Johnson
PRIMETIME 6, RBI 0
RBI 000 000 0 — 0 4 5
Primetime 500 010 0 — 6 3 0
Batteries: RBI — Dylan Stakelin and Ryan Schmunk; Primetime — Rank and Williamson