The Scarborough Stingers Bantam and Minor Bantam are Toronto champions.
Both teams romped to their respective A titles with undefeated runs through the playoffs. They will next compete in the provincial finals on the Labour Day weekend.
Good luck in the OBAs and congratulations to an excellent 2014 season to Coach Steve White and the bantam boys and to Coach David Clasky and his minor bantam squad. A big Stingers thanks to all coaches, parents and volunteers who made this season one to remember.
We are the Champions! Congratulations to the Scarborough Stingers AAA Peewee team for winning the TBA championship at Neilson Park on August 10. Coach Frank Gallo's team won a couple nail-biters Sunday to dispose of arch-rivals North York and Etobicoke to win the crown. Next stop - the provincial championships on Labour Day.
This past weekend Scarborough hosted the Midget AA TBA Championship tournament at Neilson Park. It was a fantastic weekend of baseball between the top four teams in Toronto and although the Stingers didn't come out on top, they battled their way to a second place finish losing to Royal York in the final game on Sunday. After losing their oppener on Friday night, the squad was faced with elimination on Saturday but the boys dug deep and won back to back games against North York and York to set up the final against Royal York on Sunday. The game was a hard fought battle but the day went to Royal York. Coaches couldnt be more proud of the squad and are excited about a chance to get revenge in the OBA Championships in Brantford.
Stay tuned for upcoming try out dates for the 2015 season!
The Minor Mosquito boys went 5-0 for the tournament sweep, and championship this past weekend. It began on Friday afternoon in the tournament opener, Stingers put a 13-5 victory on the board over the Whitby Chiefs. Cameron Chee Alloy AKA "CRUSHER" nicknamed by his teammates, lead off the game with a monster opposite field home run over the right field fence, the team never looked back.
They continued to roll with victories over Royal York, Kawartha, Pickering and Richmond Hill heading into the finals Sunday afternoon against their Friday opponent Whitby. The Game was a battle back and forth for the first five innings with the Chiefs leading 5-4 after the fourth.
A big fifth inning rally by the Stingers capped off by a Tejean O'Sullivan grand slam to left centre turned the game in favour of the Stingers and they never relinquished the lead. The first year rep team was jubilated when the final out was caught by Jordan List who was in centre.
Both Stingers Peewee teams brought back gold medals from tournaments on June 1. The Major Peewees were in a pressure cooker of a final game, but in the end the Frank Gallo squad came out on the good side of an 8-7 score to win the championship game at a top tournament in Vaughan. Meanwhile, the Minor Peewee Stingers had a much easier march to the championship in Mississauga North. Coach Kevin Coyle's team went undefeated on the weekend and romped to victory with scores of 12-5, 10-0 and 13-3. Impressive!
The grand opening ceremony at Neilson Park to christen the new Diamond 2 was an event of great fun and pride for our Stingers program and the community of Scarborough. Former big leaguers Roberto Alomar, Sandy Alomar Sr and Lloyd Moseby took the time to attend the big event. And after welcoming players, parents and guests to the refurbished field, the MLB alumni held a baseball clinic for 70 Stingers players.
The Stingers will be ever grateful to the Jays Care Foundation for generously funding the project. Thanks also to the City of Toronto for doing the actual work of building a new clay infield, laying down sod and a sprinkler system and erecting a fence around the diamond. We are Scarborough. And mighty proud of it.
It's easy to understand why the players would relish a game with TV cameras, play-by-play announcers and packed bleachers. For these lucky 9-year-old ball players, it was a taste of the big leagues as they took part in a 'live' commercial shoot for Schneiders hot dogs.
The minor mosquito players didn't know about this big production at Neilson Park until they arrived at the game and were welcomed by boisterous group of fans bused in for the occasion. Blue Jays mascot Ace even flew in for the big event. Five or more cameras recording every moment of the game and the announcers called the game and conducting sideline interviews.
The players' new-found celebrity was further christened with a round of delicious Schneider's ballpark hot dogs after the game.
Congrats to the Peewee Stingers under Coach Frank Gallo for an outstanding 2nd place finish at the Richmond Hill tournament, one of the top tourneys in the city each year.
A big tip of the Stingers cap to Tyler Hartley for winning MVP honours at a Midget tournament in Barrie. Tyler's team did well too, making it to the championship game of the AA finals.
Congrats to our Minor Peewee squad for a fantastic showing at the Mississauga tourney on the weekend. The MPW team went undefeated all the way to the final game before losing a nail-biter 7-6 in the championship tilt. Lot of MVPs here but a tip of the Stingers cap to Brainard who threw a one-hitter in the semi-final game. Beauty!
What's better than getting your picture on the Jumbotron at Rogers Centre? What a fantastic night for baseball and our boys. Thanks to Jays Care for the invite!
A major league pro returned to his roots for a day as the Scarborough Stingers mosquito and peewee teams welcomed home Sean Ratcliffe, the Toronto Blue Jays 18th round selection in the 2013 MLB draft.
Sean dropped into Out of the Park Sports to meet with the players and coaches of the four Stingers teams. Sean pointed out he was their age when he started playing competitive ball on a Stingers team coached by Frank Gallo. Sean told the boys he spent five great years in a Stingers uniform, learning a lot about baseball and having a ton of fun.
"Work and hard and listen to your coaches," Sean said in answer to a question on the secret to being a good ballplayer. "And always have fun. Baseball is a great sport and more than anything you should be having fun while getting better."
Sean is not the first Stinger to be selected in the draft but he is the first to sign a pro contract. He leaves for Dunedin, Fla., next month for extended spring training.
The Stingers wish Sean the best of luck. And drop by anytime!