Members of the Sandhills Stingrays 11u team are (front, from left) Sam Cockman, Jabari Douglas, Riley Brown, Seth Norris, Caleb Milne; (middle, from left) Evan Hodges, Jake Shepherd, Anderson Brady, Drew Harmon, Dawson Futrell; (back, from left) assistant coach Brian Harmon, equipment manager Caleb Cockman, head coach Brian Norris and assistant coach Chris Hodges. June Thomas and assistant coach John Thomas are not pictured.

The Sandhills Stingrays 11u baseball season has begun. It didn’t take long for the Stingrays to get back to their winning ways.

The Stingrays traveled to Indian Trials recently and after dropping their first game to the DCB Bullfrogs out of Charlotte, the local squad reeled off three straight wins to take first place. 

The Stingrays were shut down by a strong DCB Bullfrogs team Saturday 5-0 behind a no-hitter from Gavin Barber.

The Stingrays bounced back in a big way in Saturday’s second game behind a strong pitching effort from Caleb Milne, who pitched a two-hit shutout to lead the Stingrays past the Biscuits from Mooresville.

The Stingrays advanced to the championship round Sunday afternoon and earned a rematch with the DCB Bullfrogs in the semifinal game.

With Barber back on the mound to start for the Bullfrogs the Stingrays went to work early with aggressive hitting and smart base running to chase Barber off the mound, putting four runs on the board en route to a 9-1 win

Evan Hodges pitched five strong innings to get the win for the Stingrays, who would face the Concord Athletics in the championship game.

In the championship game the Stingrays continued their hot hitting and aggressive base running along with flawless defense to grab a 12-1 win behind a strong performance by Drew Harmon and Jake Shepherd on the mound.

“I am very pleased with the way we bounced back and played after our first game,” said Stingray head coach Brian Norris. “This team has the potential and the talent to be one of the best teams in the state. They pick up each other so well and pull for their teammates so hard. It’s so fun to have kids who love the game and each other.”

The Stingrays earned a free berth to the Summer Nationals and summer World Series with the tournament win.

For more information on Sandhills Stingrays travel baseball and softball contact Brian Norris (910) 783-7977 or Travis Greene at (910) 639-5973.

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