BEYOND THE GAME WITH STEPHEN RIDGE
Marvin Ridge High School junior baseball player Stephen Ridge is coming off an outstanding
summer season with the South Charlotte Panthers Showcase Team. The
son of Larry and Sue Ridge traveled across the southeast playing at college baseball
stadiums hoping to earn the opportunity to play baseball beyond high school. This
spring, Stephen will play an important role in helping the Mavericks defend their
second consecutive 3A baseball state championship. Let’s go Beyond The Game
to learn more about Stephen.
When did you begin playingbaseball?
“My first year of stepping onto the diamond was when I was 4 years old playing T-Ball at Calvary Church.”
What are your top three athletic accomplishments?
“One of my top athletic accomplishments is starting for the nationally
ranked South Charlotte Panthers and helping the team to a 33-6 record this
summer. Helping the Panthers sweep the Perfect Game North Carolina Super
25 Tournament by hitting .675 and being named to the All-Tournament
Team is also something I’m very proud of. Also, going 6 for 6 in the Battle of
the Border Showcase is another highlight.”
What was your top highlight of the summer?
“The top highlight of my summer had to be traveling to play in some of the
nicest college stadiums in North Carolina, including Chapel Hill, NC State,
High Point and UNC-Charlotte.”
What position do you play?
“I play shortstop and second base. I love playing these positions because I’m
involved in some way on almost every pitch.”
What are your goals for this school baseball season?
“My goals for the school season are to be a good teammate, always play
as hard as I can and do everything I can to help Marvin Ridge win it’s 3rd
straight State Championship.”
What do you feel is your biggest strength and biggest weakness as
a baseball player?
“My biggest strength as a baseball player is my ability to get on base either
by a walk or base hit, but I am also very proud of my defense. My biggest
weakness is that I don’t hit home runs, but I’m working hard in the weight
room to improve that part of my game.”
How well do you perform in the classroom?
“I perform above average in all my classes at school. I receive all A’s and B’s
taking several honors classes.”