THOMASVILLE — Two meetings, two local championship teams to congratulate.

Monday night, the Thomasville City Council honored the Thomasville Stingers baseball team, which won the 12-and-under Georgia Recreation and Parks Association State Baseball Championship Tournament in July.

At a previous meeting, the council recognized the Hayes All-Stars girls basketball team, which recently won the National Youth Basketball Championship. Proclamations were read at both meetings in honor of the local teams.

The Stingers, a team from the Thomasville YMCA, put together an undefeated season and entered tournament play with a 20-0 record during the summer. They clinched the District 3 Championship by defeating Crisp County in two games.

In state competition, a double-elimination tournament, the Stingers beat Vidalia, then battled Wayne County twice, winning the championship game 7-2. In four tournament games, the team racked up a combined score of 44-7.

Councilman Earl Williams, who played baseball with the U.S. Navy team and in the pros, said he was proud of the young players for their accomplishments.

“You have developed a winning edge and that will take you all through life. You know what it takes to win now,” he said.

Williams encouraged the boys to apply that winning edge to other facets of their lives, including school work, other sports and eventually their careers. He believed some members of the team would make it to the big leagues some day.

“Most if all, remember, you have to work hard for anything you get in life. Nothing is given to you,” Williams said. “You have to out-work the other guy, you have to out-hustle the other guy to win and that’s what you did. You have the winning edge now and you can remember this for the rest of your life.”

Members of the Stingers baseball team are Connor Bennett, Sammy Bradley, Jamal Choice, Jonathan Cooley, Seth Corbitt, Logan Holland, Chanse Hurst, Eric Johnson, Kristofer Lee, Brian Miller and Kyle Riley. Coaches are Joey Holland, Tim Johnson, Kevin Lee and Jim McRae.

The council also authorized Thomasville Mayor David Lewis to sign for a $100,000 grant from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, which will go toward the revitalization of Cherokee Lake.

The entire project, which includes the construction of two bridges, a walking trail and a deck, will cost about $250,000.

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