Junior League Playoffs – Sights Set on Target Field

All eyes are set on the prize — Target Field.

Three games down, three more to go. That’s all that separates the RBI Junior League teams from the championship game, set to be played at Target Field Sunday morning. Their records mean nothing heading into the single elimination day.

That’s unfortunate for the Venice RBI team, who ended the week with a perfect record after defeating Harrisburg, Detroit and Jersey city. It’s no doubt frustrating but something Coach Erikk Aldridge has pushed his team to use as motivation as the tournament got underway.

“Our number one goal was to come out and play a good brand of baseball, regardless of the opponent, regardless of the situation,” he said. “We just want to come out tomorrow on elimination day and treat it as such. Respect our opponent and play the game hard and play the game smart.”

Venice’s #1 seed has them taking on Arlington at 8 a.m. Saturday at Neimann Field. If they win that game, they would play the winner of the Dominican Republic-Jersey City game in the semi-finals at 3:45 p.m. A two-game sweep would send Venice to the championship, a fete they’ve had their eyes set on since the RBI season got underway.

“That’s one of the main reasons why we came,” Aldridge said. “We have a lot of people back in Los Angeles, back in Venice who are supporting us — following the game online, following along on MLB.com and they want to see us play at Target Field.”

On the other side of the bracket, Atlanta holds onto the #1 seed in the South division. They play Detroit at 8 a.m., followed by Harrisburg vs. Chicago at 10:45 a.m. The winner of those two games will face each other in the semi-finals at 3:45 p.m. with the winner headed to the championship on Sunday.


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