Texas Rangers Youth Academy will send two teams to compete in MLB All-Star Week tournaments
Major League Baseball today announced that the Texas Rangers Youth Academy will see two All-Star teams compete in the Commissioner’s Cup and the Jennie Finch Classic during MLB All-Star Week in Los Angeles. The All-Star Commissioner’s Cup and Jennie Finch Classic tournaments will take place at Compton Youth Academy beginning Friday, July 15, with championship matches played on Monday, July 18.
Rangers Youth Academy will face All-Star teams from MLB Youth Academies across the United States and Puerto Rico in the Commissioner’s Cup, hoping to beat the other nine teams participating in this year’s tournament.
Texas Rangers softball will be looking to win back-to-back Jennie Finch Classic championships after earning their first-ever tournament victory last September when the Classic was held in Oklahoma City. The 2022 tournament will feature ten teams from MLB youth academies and Jennie Finch softball programming across the country.
The Youth Academy has finalized its rosters for the Star Commissioner’s Cup and the Jennie Finch Classic after extensive testing and evaluation during the Rangers RBI Summer League and Youth Academy programming. Participants will represent the Texas Rangers Youth Academy on the field and compete in exclusive MLB All-Star events including the T-Mobile Home Run Derby at Dodger Stadium.
Texas Rangers Youth Academy Commissioner’s Cup and Jennie Finch Classic rosters:
2022 Rangers Commissioner’s Cup All-Star Team
2022 Rangers Jennie Finch All-Star Classic Team
Vikings dominate Crawdads in Rangers’ RBI Senior Baseball Championship
The Texas Rangers RBI senior baseball season concluded on Thursday, June 30 with the Rangers RBI Wood Bat Tournament Championship Game, presented by Nike.
The top two teams of the regular season, the Vikings and the Crawdads, easily advanced through the early rounds of the tournament, advancing to the championship game on Johnny Oates Field. An electric performance in the seventh inning for the Vikings offense propelled them to their 8-2 win, giving them the Rangers RBI Championship title for the fourth straight year.
With two scoreless innings to start the game, the Crawdads were the first to score in the third, taking a 1-0 lead. In the fourth inning, both teams scored a run, making it a 2-1 game.
Going into the second half of the game, the Vikings shut down the Crawdads, keeping them scoreless while posting their own run in the 5th inning. The Vikings extended their lead to 3-2 in the final set, securing their league title with a five-point seventh.
Jose Robledo was a standout player for the Vikings, scoring three of the team’s eight points.
Seahawks beat Hickory in Rangers’ RBI Junior Championship game with high scores
On Friday, July 1, the Texas Rangers RBI season officially ended with the championship game of the Rangers RBI Junior Baseball Wood Bat Tournament, presented by Nike. The high-scoring affair saw the Seahawks beat Hickory, 13-9, in seven innings.
The Seahawks offense was unstoppable early on, posting three runs in the first and six runs in the second inning, giving them a 9-0 lead. Hickory responded to the third, scoring two runs and added another in the fourth, bringing them within six runs.
The Seahawks once again added to their lead in the fifth but allowed Hickory to respond, giving up three runs, making it 11-6. The Seahawks posted two more runs in the sixth, and despite Hickory’s best efforts to come back in the seventh, they fell short, handing the Seahawks a 13-9 championship victory.
Carson Texada, Jason Gardner and Adrian Rojas were the main contributors to the Seahawks offense. Texada finished the day with three runs and three walks, Gardner was 2-for-4 with a double and a walk, and Rojas was 2-for-4 with a run scored.
Angelica Rios and Olivia Veiza reflect on Elite Development Invitational
Five athletes from the Texas Rangers Youth Academy have been selected to compete in the invitation-only 2022 Elite Development Invitational softball in Vero Beach June 16-19. Among those invited to attend were Angelica Rios and Olivia Veiza, who returned to DFW as top ballplayers.
Established in 2017, the Elite Development Invitational is a Major League Baseball and American Softball development event that aims to provide instruction, mentorship, and access to college softball opportunities for athletes across the country. Athletes have the opportunity to learn from an elite coaching staff, which includes US softball Olympians, professional softball players and college coaches.
For Veiza, her invitation to EDI was the first of her softball career, and she took advantage of every opportunity available. Highlights of his journey included interacting with and learning from former Olympians as well as gaining a better understanding of how to read the ball on the pitch.
“EDI has been an incredible experience not only for softball but in life,” Vezia said. “After coming back from an eye injury and not having full vision, EDI helped me gain my confidence. I had struggled to get back on the court and my experience in Florida helped me a lot helped. I will always be grateful for this experience.
Rios, another Youth Academy athlete, joined Vezia at Vero Beach, who also made her softball debut at the Elite Development Invitational last month.
“My favorite part of the show was playing alongside the best girls around the world,” Rios shared. “Everyone was so eager to learn and wanted to improve as a player which made the environment amazing. Also when you have a group of girls who can all play and want to compete, scrums are extremely fun.
Rios found it inspiring to learn from coaches who had experience playing in college, reaching the Women’s College World Series and even the Olympics, and especially enjoyed learning how each of them fell. first-time game lover.
Vezia and Rios will now look to use the lessons they learned at the Elite Development Invitational when they compete side by side at the Jennie Finch Classic in Los Angeles.