By Michael O'Brien

A Cubs World Series team

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The namesake club may be as far away from the postseason as ever, but the Cubs RBI (Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities) senior boys team is off to a good start in national tournament play.

With Kenwood's Joba Ferrell leading the way, Chicago beat Puerto Rico 15-0 Thursday in pool play of the 18th annual RBI World Series in Jupiter, Fla. The local club for players ages 16-18 has another game later today against Houston and faces Los Angeles on Friday.

Ferrell struck out eight and pitched one-hit ball over five innings vs. Puerto Rico, and also was 2-for-2 with two RBI. Also contributing were Morgan Park grad Kendall Radcliffe (3-for-3, two runs, RBI) and Kenwood grad Michael Edwards (2-for-2, two RBI).

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Thanks for posting this! Glad to see Chicago's RBI program getting a shout-out. I coached the 16-18 year-olds in '97 when they played at Coors Field, then the 13-15 year-olds in '99 when they went to Disney in Florida for the national tourney. Great experience for these kids. I remember following up on the '99 kids when they graduated HS and most of them moved on to college, regardless of playing ball. That's the main goal of the program!

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