Count junior hurler Alberto Vargas’s no-hitter in a win over North Clayton earlier this month among the team’s bright spots.
The Tigers’ four-game slide heading into this week, of course, might be cause for concern.
For all their struggles, though, the closer the young Tigers can get to .500 the more dangerous they can become — particularly in region tournament play.
The Henry Neighbor caught up with Stockbridge second-year skipper Inglis Hunter to get his thoughts on, among other topics, his team’s stretch run.
On past and present:
“In recent years the team has been up and down … Last year, we missed the state playoffs by one game.
“This year has been a struggle due to players not stepping up in [key moments] in games — and we have made a lot of errors, which has also cost us games.”
On clubhouse leaders
“The impact players here are Zach Ledbetter, our junior catcher/pitcher. He’s a strong kid … he catches and pitches well for his size. He’s a leader and he is a person that most of our kids follow. He also leads the team in homeruns and RBI.
“Ryan Sims is another impact player. The guy stands 6 feet 4, 205 [pounds] and he’s a tough pitcher — he’s pitched three complete games. He also plays third and first [base].
“He also leads the team in doubles and innings pitched.”
On the road ahead
“The season so far has been a bit disappointing …
“The remainder of the season I’m trying to work on the younger kids, [getting them] to step up and play next year … so, I’m working the next year’s players into the rotation.”
On the future
“We are young and inexperienced and we will be that way next year. But, we will have a lot of quality pitchers — at least seven returning to give us a good number of arms.
“We will have stronger kids … who’ll be mentally prepared for the tough grind of the season.
“And, I have a couple of sophomores that will be good next year: Dedrick Barkley — catcher and outfielder; Cameron Maddox — infield/outfield; and Darius Fulmore will play the infield.”