Diamond Stingrays Creating a Dynasty in Southern California
The current group of boys that comprise the 12U Diamond Stingrays is one of the most talented and successful teams in the game. At the rate they’re going, they could make an argument as one of the greatest youth travel teams to take to the diamond before they go their separate ways for high school ball in a few years.
Known formerly as the Oakley Stingrays over the past few years, the boys will be sporting a new look for 2013 after inking a multi-year sponsorship with Diamond Sports. Donning their new threads, you can be sure one thing will remain the same, and that’s the winning mentality that has helped them be so successful over the years. So successful in fact, that they’ve been ranked No. 1 in the nation by multiple youth baseball sources including Baseball Youth.
The Stingrays have been one of the west coast’s most winning programs over the past five years, and some of their achievements include four USSSA Elite 32 titles in a row, a Triple Crown Championship, USTSA Championship, an NYBC championship, and more. This year they will be eligible for and second and final run at the NYBC in the 12U age group, and you can be sure they will expect nothing less then to win it all again.
For the core group of players, Chase Adkinson, Tony Galindo, Jonathan Fuentes, Christopher Campos, Luis Espinoza, Moises Guzman, and Sebastian Orduno, this will be their fourth year on the diamond together, and they have welcomed the addition of stars like Brandon Rodriguez, Dominick Tello, and Erik Volpi over the past few years.
Their Managers Larry Patino and Rudy Casillas have gotten these kids to really buy in to what they’re selling, and there’s no question it’s working. This past season along the Stingrays won 79 games in addition to three World Series titles, and the way things have been going, there will be plenty more where those came from.