Baseball: Stingers sign three to 2017 roster
WILLMAR -- The Willmar Stingers announced that Marcus Still (New Mexico State University), Caleb Ledbetter (University of Montevallo) and Brandt Belk (Pepperdine University) have been added to the Stingers roster for the 2017 season.
WILLMAR - The Willmar Stingers announced that Marcus Still (New Mexico State University), Caleb Ledbetter (University of Montevallo) and Brandt Belk (Pepperdine University) have been added to the Stingers roster for the 2017 season.
With these signings, the roster is now at eight players for the upcoming season, the organization's eighth in the Northwoods League.
Still, a 5-10 180-pound junior outfielder, is originally from New Orleans, Louisiana and is off to a great start for New Mexico State. In the Aggies' first nine games, Still has compiled a .417 batting average, three doubles, one triple and scored nine runs.
Prior to NMSU, Still played for the Fighting Artichokes of Scottsdale Community College. Still hit .344 with 13 doubles, four triples, eight home runs and stole 33 out of 40 bases in his sophomore season. He was an All-Arizona Community College Athletic Conference second team selection in 2016. Still was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 31st round of the 2016 MLB Draft.
Ledbetter, originally from Attala, Alabama, is a 6-0 185-pound junior infielder from Montevallo. Like Still, Ledbetter is off to a great start this season with the Falcons. Starting all 15 games thus far in 2017, Ledbetter is hitting .297, with two doubles, a triple and two home runs.
Ledbetter came to the Falcons program after two seasons at Lawson State Community College in Birmingham, Alabama. As a sophomore in 2016, Ledbetter appeared in 46 games with a .350 batting average, 27 RBI and 40 runs scored 40 runs, earning a spot on the National Junior College Athletic Association All-Region Team.
Belk, a 6-3 170-pound freshman infielder, comes to the Stingers out of Houston, Texas, and Pepperdine University. Belk will join fellow Waves teammate, and Houston native, Quincy McAfee this summer. Amassing three hits, two doubles and a pair of runs scored, Belk has started in all six of the Waves' games this summer as a true freshman.
During his time at Westside High School, Belk had the second highest batting average in school history (.399). The only player to best that number was Quincy McAfee. Belk proved to be an all-around player throughout his high school career. From 2014-2016, Belk had 121 hits, 96 runs scored, 71 RBI and 36 stolen bases.