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    EST. 1989: We are now in our 30th Year and have over 892,000 Views to our Bandit Web Site . . . Bandit Baseball Mission Statement: Growing Great Men, One Little Boy at a Time . . . Bandit Core Values: My Faith, My Family, My Team, My Self . . . Bandit Core Priorities: Academics, Attitude, Ability . . . Our Prayers for the Family of John E. Douglas Sr. who was a pioneer in El Paso law enforcement and made history as the El Paso Police Department’s first African-American lieutenant and has joined our Lord’s Heavenly Kingdom at the age of 83 – “Big John” as we called him was an Assistant Coach in the Boys Baseball League for Coach Larry at Ponder Park from 1971 – 1977 and a Great Friend with a Permanent Smile and Positive Attitude that he shared with all . . . For Friday September 21, 2018: “Hey Mr. Optimist, Mr. Pessimist and Mr. Realist while you were arguing about the glass of water, I drank it signed Mr. Opportunist” . . . Our Home Page Picture is of Former University of Oklahoma Coach, High School 2-Sport All City and All District Player, High School MVP, Bandit 1998 and 2000 National Finalist Robert “10’er” Gallegos pictured with his Bandit teammates in 2000 following a National Regional Championship in Tucson Arizona where he pitched the Championship Game and was named All Tournament Defensive MVP and is wearing his post game Red Bandit Hitting Jacket . . . In 1992, Coach Mike coined the phrase “It’s a Great Day to be a Bandit” and it remains True Today: “Happy Birthday” to Bandit Hector Carbajal Who Turned 18 on Wednesday September 19 . . . “Happy Birthday” to Bandit Coach Javier Sandoval Who Turned 67 on Tuesday September 18 . . . “Happy Birthday” to Former College Coach, High School MVP, and Bandit 1998 & 2000 National Finalist Robert “10’er” Gallegos Who Turned 32 on Tuesday September 18 . . . “Happy Birthday” to Bandit Coach Sammy Ramos on Thursday September 13 . . . “Happy Birthday” to Bandit Mark Gandara Who Turned 27 on Monday September 10 . . . “Happy Birthday” to Bandit Michael Steele who turned 27 on Friday September 7 . . . “Happy Birthday” to Bandit Luke Lujan who turned 26 on Friday September 7 . . . “Happy Birthday” to Bandit Billy Best who turned 18 on Friday September 7 . . . “Happy Birthday” to Bandit Derek Ramos Who Turned 23 on Wednesday September 5 . . . “Happy Birthday” to High School All State, District MVP, All City and St. Mary’s University All Conference Player and Presidential Academic Scholarship Honoree and Bandit USSSA 2006 World Series Home Run Derby Champion, Bandit 2002 National Finalist Kyle “Tex” “10’er” Bumpas Who Turned 27 on Saturday September 1 . . . Thank You our Bandit Web Site Passes the 850,000 Mark on July 17, 2018; Records Hit 892,000 with 4,487 Hits to our Web Site for the Week Ending Sunday September 16, 2018 . . . Hit “Inside the Diamond” for stories on our Bandits and our Bandit Families . . .
  • "We Pray that our Roots help you find your Wings - - that God will Fill your Heart with Dreams and that Faith will give you the Courage to Dare to do Great Things" . . . Thank you we had 4,487 hits to our website this past week ending Sunday September 16, 2018 . . .  Check out "Inside the Diamond" for updates on our Bandits including our newest team, Pro Bandits, College Bandits, High School Bandits and our Bandit Family
  • “Thank You” our Bandit web site records hit # 892,000
  • Our Web Site recorded hit # 500,000 on April  14, 2016 and hit # 850,000 on July 17, 2018 . . . 4,487 hits for the week ending Sunday September 16, 2018
  • “BanditBall” 2018: Another season, another Championship
  • "BanditBall 2018: "Lil" Bandits go 21-2 and capture Sportspark Regular Season and Post Season Tournament Championships "BanditBall" 2017: "Lil" Bandits go 16-2 and capture Sportspark Regular Season Championship "BanditBall" 2016: "Lil" Bandits win the last 3 in a row including the "if" game 14-6 to capture the USSSA Silver Division Tournament Championship "BanditBall"2014: Bandits went undefeated in capturing the Southwest Baseball League Championship . . .
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The Bandits Baseball Group formed its first team on April 15th, 1989, it was a 10 and Under team. We played our first game on May 1st, 1989 at Ponder Park, winning 8 to 2. We were the visitors and our first batter was 8-year old Champ Hernandez who we call the “Original Bandit”. He doubled, scored the first run and we haven’t looked back.

The founder of the Bandits, Coach Larry Hernandez began coaching youth baseball in 1971. He began coaching in the Boys Baseball of El Paso program at Ponder Park with a 10U team from the Burges High School area. He coached two years in the 10U program and then moved up to the 12U division. In 1978, he helped form a new 13U team that was sponsored by Hirby Pest Control which played in the 14U division at Grandview Park. He coached Hirby for 7 years winning a State Championship in 1984. In 1989 he helped form the Bandits Baseball Group with Coach Javier Sandoval. In 1990, the Bandits won their first City Championship. In 39 years of Spring baseball, his teams have either won or tied for the league championship 36 times. He has led teams to three National Championship games. The 1983 Burges High School Texas High School Final 4 State Semi-Finalist team had 8 players in the starting nine who played for Coach Larry.  The Riverside Rangers had two Bandits Beto Romo and Omar Ferniza at the top of their pitching rotation when they went to the Texas High School Final Four in 2000. In 2009 the Texas High School State Champion Socorro Bulldogs had 4 Bandits in the top 5 spots of their batting order. Coach Hernandez’s teams have a record of 1,452 wins and 264 losses with a winning percentage of 85%. Five of his players have become High School Head Baseball Coaches. He was inducted into the El Paso Baseball Hall of Fame in 1999.

Three of our teams have finished as National Finalists. In 1998 at the 11 and Under Triple Crown World Series in Steamboat Springs, Colorado (84 – 11 and under teams competed); in 2000 at the 13 and under USSSA World Series in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma (104 – 13 and under teams competed) and in 2002 at the 11 and Under Super Series World Series in Little Rock Arkansas (96 – 11 and under teams competed).

Our oldest group of Bandits are now 39 years old. Our 22 graduating classes have seen 189 Bandits continue their baseball journeys either in college or the professional ranks. Omar Quintanilla played three years for the Texas Longhorns and was a part of their National Championship squad before being selected as a supplemental first round selection by the Oakland A’s. Rick Rivas pitched for Oklahoma State and defeated the then # 1 Texas Longhorns on national television in 2005. Rivas was drafted by the Rockies and later by the Pirates. Jesse Estrada was drafted in 2004. Other Bandits drafted include Kevin Letz by the California Angels, Jared Schrom for the Texas Rangers, Ramsey Carter for the Kansas City Royals and Kyle Anson drafted by the New York Yankees after his career at Southwest Texas State in the tenth round. Lance Sewell was drafted in 2009 out of San Diego State in the seventh round by the Oakland A’s. Mike Bolaski was selected in the 23rd round of the 2010 draft and is playing for the Anaheim Angels farm system. Aaron Forrister, Micah Pennies and Quintanilla have all received All American recognition for their college play. Willie Rueda earned three Big 12 All Conference honors while playing for Texas Tech. Twenty nine Bandits have earned junior college All Conference honors. Nine Bandits including Kyle Bumpas who was a 2011 All Conference selection pitching at St. Mary’s University have earned baseball honors at 4 year schools joining Rueda, Pennies and Forrister.

Sixteen Bandits have received Texas All-State baseball high school honors and our players have earned 331 All-City and All-District designations. We are proud of the 191 Bandits who have made the National Honor Society. In 2002, David Ramirez, was recognized for having the 5th highest Grade Point Average in his Senior Class at Eastwood High School. In 2001, Kevin Letz, graduated with the 3rd highest GPA in his Senior Class at Hanks High School. In 2014, Jacob Aguilar graduated in the Top 10 percent of his Montwood High School graduating class. In 2018, Josh “9’er” Bombach was named to the Texas High School Coaches Association All State Academic Team.

In 2009, Bandits George Stoltz, Cory Falvey, Bobby Mares and Jessiray Navarrette led their Socorro Bulldogs to the first El Paso High School Baseball State Championship in 60 Years! Navarrette, Mares and Falvey all earned All State Honors. Mares and Falvey were named Co-Most Valuable Players for District 1-5A. Cory was also the first El Paso High School player to ever be named to the EA Sports All American team. In 2009, Justin Lopez was named District 2-4A Most Valuable Player and Golden San Roman was named Most Valuable Player in District 1-4A. In 2010, Omar Garcia and Kyle Bumpas were named Co-Most Valuable Players in District 1-5A. Mike Bolaski, Kyle Bumpas and Omar Garcia were named to the 2010 Class 5-A All State team. In 2009, Cory Falvey was the first Bandit and the first El Paso High School player to be named Texas High School Player of the Year in any sport! In 2014 all three seniors Esteban Martinez, Ruben Rodriguez and Jacob Aguilar earned All District honors. Jacob Aguilar also got the nod for District 1-5A “Offensive Player of the Year” and Ruben “9’er” Rodriguez earned District 2-4A “Player of the Year” honors.

After 8 years without fielding a Bandit team, we earned Win # 2500 on March 23, 2014. On August 1st, 2002 we played in our third National Championship game. We played in more National Finals (3); won more National Regional (20); State (16); City (29); League (71) and Tournament Championships (182) than any other youth Baseball Organization in the history of El Paso! Bandit teams have a combined record of 2,553 wins and 527 losses with a winning percentage of 83%.

On Tuesday September 25, 2007 we recorded our 100,000 web site viewing. On Thursday February 14, 2013 our site had its 200,000 view. The Bandits recorded win number 2,500 on Sunday March 23, 2014. On Wednesday April 9, 2014, our web site recorded hit number 300,000. On Wednesday May 13, 2015 we recorded hit number 400,00 to our web site. Our Bandits web site recorded hit number 500,000 on Thursday April 14, 2016.  On January 18, 2017 our web site hit 600,000. On January 28, 2018 our web site hit 750,000 views. Our web site recorded view # 800,00 on Thursday May 3, 2018. Our web site recorded view # 850,000 on Tuesday July 17, 2018. Thanks to all our Bandit players, coaches, family members and supporters for helping to make this happen. We were different because you made a difference. We are what you allowed us to become, El Paso’s best youth baseball organization!

“THE HEART OF A CHAMPION is always beating but it always remembers to beat AS ONE”. We Pray that our Roots helped you find your Wings – – “that God will Fill your Heart with Dreams and that Faith gives you the Courage to Dare to do Great Things”. As your lives continue so does our journey – “It’s a Great Day to be a Bandit”!