Stingers Rookie Ball Recruits
The Scarborough Stingers are still looking for a few more players born in 2005 or 2006 to join our new Rookie Ball baseball team in 2014. The team will compete in the TBA next season but will put a strong emphasis on baseball development. Please contact Frank Gallo for more information and an invitation for the next workout.
At the opposite end of the elite spectrum, the Stingers will also have a Junior team in 2014. Former Stingers, university players and anyone else interested are asked to contact Matt Bolton.
The Stingers look forward to getting ready for the new season at Out of the Park Sports beginning in January. Stay tuned for more information on team workouts and development clinics.
Neilson Diamond 2 to get major facelift
It'll be a whole new ball game beginning next year at Diamond #2 at Neilson Park. Thanks to the generous support of the Jays Care Foundation, a much-needed re-construction will give Scarborough Stingers players and opponents an all-new grass and clay infield as well as a pitching mound for the Peewee age group. The outfield grass will be brought in 15-feet to better accommodate Mosquito players and everyone will benefit from new bullpens on both sides of the diamond.
This Field of Dreams grant will also provide funding for construction of a batting cage for all Stingers teams and other Scarborough players.
The City of Toronto will begin work on the infield re-construction and field enhancement in September. The Toronto Blue Jays will officially unveil the new field on Opening Day in May 2014.
On behalf of our players and parents, the Scarborough Stingers give a tip of the hat to the Jays, the Jays Care Foundation, Toronto's Parks and Rec Department and the Scarborough Baseball Association for supporting youth baseball programs in our community.
CNE Peewee tourney's Bill McBratney has died
Bill McBratney, a director of the CNE Peewee tournament and father of Blair McBratney, assistant coach with the Stingers Midget AA team, died on Sunday, July 14 at Sunnybrook Hospital. Notice in the Toronto Star.
Bantams reach final in Brampton
The Scarborough Stingers Bantams took him silver medals at the Brampton tournament on July 7.
Former Stinger Sean Ratcliffe signs with Blue Jays
(June 11, 2013) - Sean Ratcliffe has become the first Scarborough Stingers player to turn pro.
The 18-year-old pitcher/catcher signed a professional contract with the Toronto Blue Jays, just days after Canada's team selected Sean in the 18th round of the MLB entry draft.
Sean grew up playing baseball in Scarborough, starting in the Birchmount Baseball Association and then playing five years with the Stingers under coach Frank Gallo. He now lives in Ajax and most recently has played with Canada's Junior National team, doubling up as both a catcher and a pitcher.
Toronto used its 535th overall pick (34th round) to select the 6-foot-4 right-hander. According to reports, scouts see his upside on the mound with a fastball at 90-93 mph and the makings of a power breaking ball. He has an easy arm action and may pitch consistently in the mid-90s one day.
This is the second straight year a Stingers player has been drafted. Christian Botnick was selected in Round 34 by the Chicago Cubs in 2012.
Congratulations to Sean and his proud parents Mark and Katherine for this great honour.
MLB scouting video.
Noah Hull, younger brother of the late Stingers player Adam Hull, throws the first pitch on Opening Day 2013
Stingers' season dedicated to Adam Hull
The Scarborough Stingers opened the 2013 baseball season with eight games at Neilson Park and a dedication to a former teammate.
Adam Hull was just 18 years old when he lost a valiant battle with cancer in November 2012. Adam loved to play baseball and is dearly missed by friends and family. In a touching pre-game ceremony, his brother Noah, a player on the Stingers AAA Minor Peewee team, threw out the ceremonial first pitch at the Stingers Opening Day event with older brother Mark Hull, 20, as the catcher.
The Scarborough Stingers announced before the ceremony that the Black & Gold will dedicate the 2013 season to Adam's memory.
The weather couldn't have been better for late April as the exhibition games got underway on both diamonds at Neilson. More than 200 young baseball players took part in the full day schedule as the eight Stingers teams welcomed opponents from across the GTA, including Thornhill, Ajax-Pickering and North York.
Win or lose, the players were excited about playing ball outside again. And everyone on and off the field knew the joy of the game and the kids who play it is something to be embraced and cherished.
For moreinformation about the Scarborough Stingers, contact Greg Dennis at email@example.com or 647-527-1864.
Welcome to our new Sponsors
We appreciate the support of our sponsors, like Chris Allen Real Estate, who is making a special offer to Stingers fans. For information on these community-minded companies, visit our Sponsors Page.
Stingers' Frank Gallo named OBA Youth Coach of the Year
Scarborough Stingers coach Frank Gallo was recognized at the Baseball Ontario Awards Gala in Allistion on Saturday, Nov. 17, as youth coach of the year.
Frank has been with the Stingers since its inception and has been instrumental in building the program while also developing young players. A tireless volunteer, Frank has an impeccable reputaion a top-quality teacher with the ability and patience to make all his charges better ball players and share his love of the game. It's for that reason his teams are always well-trained and competitive.
The Scarborough Stingers are thrilled that his committment and dedication to youth baseball is now recognized by his peers across Ontario.
Adam Hull loses battle with leukemia
The Scarborough Stingers lost a member of our family on Nov. 25, 2012, when 18-year-old Adam Hull died peacefully after a long battle with leukemia.
Adam was a wonderful guy and loved playing baseball. His former teammates on the Stingers and in the West Hill baseball association will remember him fondly and miss him dearly.
Our condolences and deepest sympathies go to Adam's parents, Mike and Michelle, his brothers and other relatives.
Stingers to train in new baseball facility.
Also new and exciting for 2013, the Stingers will be working out in the off-season in a soon-to-open new baseball facility in Scarborough. It will feature four batting cages, pitching mounds and a large infield/outfield area. In conjunction with the Toronto Mets, the Stingers will also host various clinics and instructional programs during the off-season.