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    EST. 1989: We are now in our 30th Year and have over 895,000 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 . . . For Tuesday September 25, 2018: “If you don’t know where you are going, any road will get you there” . . . 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 895,000 with 4,073 Hits to our Web Site for the Week Ending Sunday September 23, 2018 . . . Hit “Inside the Diamond” for stories on our Bandits and our Bandit Families . . .
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  • Our Web Site recorded hit # 500,000 on April  14, 2016 and hit # 850,000 on July 17, 2018 . . . 4,073 hits for the week ending Sunday September 23, 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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Bandit Diamond Notes: Bandit Ruben A. Munoz HOF HS Coach of the Year; Bandit Ruben “9’er” Rodriguez Plays in Canadian League . . . Bandit Josh “9’er” Bombach earns High School All State Academic Honors . . . Bandit Ruben Munoz Coaches Franklin High School to Area Crown . . . Bandit Coach Ruben Rodriguez Leads Eastlake Falcons to Area Crown . . . Bandit Ruben “9’er” Rodriguez Earns Collegiate All Tournament Selection . . . Bandit Josh “9’er” Bombach Tosses 5 IP of relief in Final Regular Season Appearance; Bandit Jacob Aguilar earns Academic Honors; Send us your Pix

Congratulations to Franklin High School Head Baseball Coach and Bandit Ruben A. Munoz on being named El Paso Baseball Hall of Fame 2018 High School Coach of the Year. Posted July 18, 2018

Congratulations to Bandit Ruben “9’er” Rodriguez who continues his baseball journey playing in the Canadian League with the Swift Current 57s. Posted July 15, 2018

Congratulations to Coronado High School Graduate and Bandit Josh “9’er” Bombach on earning All State honors by being selected by the Texas High School Coaches Association to their Academic Team. Posted June 27, 2018

Congratulations to our Bandits: Hector Carbajal, Kobe Nelms, Brandon “10’er” Lucero, Andy Kim, Matt Guerra and Josh “9’er” Bombach who graduated from their respective high schools and now begin the next phase in their life journeys. Posted June 5, 2018

“Congratulations” to Franklin High School Head Coach and Bandit Ruben Munoz on leading the Cougars to their first Area Championship since 2011 on Saturday May 12. Posted May 12, 2018

Congratulations to Eastlake High School Coach and Bandit Coach Ruben Rodriguez on helping lead the Falcons to their first Area Championship in School History on Saturday May 12. Posted May 12, 2018 

Tarleton State University Senior and Bandit Ruben “9’er” Rodriguez hit a walk off game winner in 21-20 Lone Star Conference Semi-Finals playoffs  contest. In the Finals, Rodriguez went 2X5 with a Double, a 3 RBI Triple to pace the Texans to the Lone Star Conference Tournament Championship earning an NCAA Tournament Bid and an All Tournament Selection for Rodriguez. Rodriguez hit .342 for the year in 48 games with 3 HR, a .471 On Base Percentage and .500 Slugging Percentage. Posted May 12, 2018

Tarleton State University Senior and Bandit Ruben “9’er” Rodriguez hit a walk off Game Winner in the Semi-Finals and went 2X5 with a double and a bases clearing 3 RBI Triple in the Finals to help pace the Texans to the Lone Star Conference Playoff Championship Earning an Automatic Bid to the NCAA Tournament and an All Conference Tournament Selection on Saturday May 12. Posted May 12, 2018

Tarleton State University Senior and Bandit Ruben “9’er” Rodriguez hit a game winning walk off single in the 9th inning to secure a 21-20 win in Lone Star Conference Playoff Play on Friday May 11. Posted May 11, 2018

Coronado Senior and Bandit Josh “9’er” Bombach enters a game in relief and tosses 5 IP of unearned ball on Friday April 27 in his final appearance on T-Bird Field. Posted April 27, 2018

Bandit Josh “9’er” Bombach Earns Acceptance into McCombs School of Business at UT. Posted March 1, 2018

Bandit Jacob Aguilar a senior at St. Mary’s University followed up his 2017 All Conference season by earning St. Mary’s University 2018 President’s Academic List Honors as he finishes up his career with the Rattlers. Posted January 31, 2018 

Bandit National Finalist Robert Gallegos who was on the coaching staff at the University of Oklahoma and Bandit State Champion Ryan Femath who is the Coach and Recruiting Coordinator for St. Mary’s University will return to El Paso on Friday June 30 to highlight the El Paso Baseball Hall of Fame Inaugural Select Showcase dedicated to High School Baseball Players. Their presence and the schools they represent are the flagships for the first event and reflect their desire not only remembering that someone helped them but that they want to continue to help someone going forward. This is what makes being a Bandit unique, a belief that their strength came from someone else early until they could use their strength not only for themselves but to share with those who follow. Both Bandits are Class Acts and their act of giving and caring is elite. Posted June 30, 2017

Bandit and Coronado High School Senior Josh “9’er” Bombach has earned an invitation to both the Inaugural El Paso Baseball Hall of Fame Select Showcase and the Baseball Classic Game. All Players had to be nominated by a High School Coach, a College Coach or a Pro Scout and then selected by a final screening Committee. Posted June 30, 2017

St. Mary’s Junior and Bandit Jacob Aguilar earned Heartland Conference First Team Honors. Posted May 14, 2017

Bandit Josh “9’er” Bombach earned District 1-6A All District recognition for the second year in a row as a Junior Pitcher for the Coronado Thunderbirds. Posted May 11, 2017

St. Mary’s Junior and Bandit Jacob Aguilar is on the Dean’s List and is playing 3B and hitting over .370. Posted May 3, 2017

Bandit Josh “9’er” Bombach Tosses a Complete Game Victory For his Coronado T-Birds over Playoff Bound Socorro on Tuesday April 25, this marks his 3rd District Win which represents 1/2 of his team’s total District Wins. Posted April 25, 2017

Bandit and Southwest Oklahoma State University star Ruben “9’er” Rodriguez hit a two out laser to bring in the winning run from second base and help his team to a 10-9 walk off victory over East Central Oklahoma on Friday March 3. Posted March 3, 2017

Bandit Robert “10’er” Gallegos has been named to join the Big 12 Conference Member University of Oklahoma Sooners Baseball Staff. Gallegos duties include serving as a Recruiting Coordinator and Infield Coach. Robert joins the Sooners after a stint as the Recruiting Coordinator and Coach for Junior College power house Navarro Junior College. Gallegos was given the number 10 by the Sooners which is full circle for the same number 10 he wore as a Bandit. Robert is a member of our 1997 AABC Texas State Champion and AABC National Regional Finalist in St. Louis Missouri, 1998 National Regional Champion and 1998 Triple Crown National Finalist in Steamboat Springs Colorado, 1999 National Regional Champion, 1999 Texas State Champion and Bandit Easton Select Team and our 2000 Texas State Champion, National Regional Champion and 2000 USSSA National Finalist in Broken Arrow Oklahoma. Robert’s teams won Texas and New Mexico State Championships as well as National Regional titles in Arizona, New Mexico, Texas and Colorado. Robert and his Bandit teammates set history at the Sportspark winning the 14 and under League championship as all 13 year olds and did so in undefeated fashion. Robert played shortstop and pitcher for his Bandit teams and hit in the lead-off spot for his championship squads. Later he earned All District and All City honors in both football and baseball at Riverside High School. He earned All Conference honors at Navarro Junior College and Northwestern State in Louisiana. Robert has always remembered his roots and returns every year to run a camp for young players and a scouting showcase for high school players.  Gallegos coached D-Bats Elite to the Connie Mack National Championship in Farmington New Mexico. Robert continues to pursue his dream in his baseball journey and now is able to check off the box next to NCAA College Coach. Congratulations Coach Robert Gallegos. We have always been Proud of You! Posted August 15, 2016

Hirby Player Coach Larry Vucan was named as the Head Baseball Coach for Texas State Power House Southlake Carroll. Coach Vucan played for Coach Larry Hernandez as a 13 and 14 year old on the Hirby Pest Control team which dominated Sandy Koufax League play from 1978 – 1984 going 3 consecutive years without losing a League game and winning 6 League titles and 1 Texas State Championship. Coach Vucan was a middle infielder on his Hirby teams. He graduated from Eastwood High School and UTEP. He played collegiately at New Mexico Highlands and professionally in the Italian Baseball League. He also coached and managed in the Italian Baseball League. Upon his return to El Paso he served as a Assistant Coach at Bel Air High School and later was the Head Baseball Coach at Franklin High School before leaving for Dallas Texas. In Dallas he served as an assistant Coach for Northwest High School before becoming the Pitching Coach at Southlake Carroll. He replaces Coach Hughes who retired after 20 years with Southlake Carroll. He gained the job after interviewing and beating out many top candidates who were interested in leading the Southlake Carroll Dragons. Vucan was the top runner-up for Teacher of the Year both at Franklin High School and Southlake Carroll  teaching Advanced Placement Government and Economics classes. Coach Larry Hernandez, Champ “The Original Bandit” Hernandez and Coach Mark Dillon coached the offseason Franklin High School teams when Vucan led the program. Coach Charlie Bombach also assisted Coach Vucan with his Franklin Cougar programs as well during his tenure. Posted July 6, 2016     

Bandit Albert Ruiz was profiled in the Monday June 2, 2014 edition of the El Paso Times for his rise through the umpire ranks and his current standing as a “AAA” umpire just one heartbeat from the “show”. He and his brother Eddie played for the Bandits before continuing their baseball journeys at Montwood High School. Congratulations Albert. Posted Monday June 2, 2014

Since 1994, the Bandits had not added another “held” number until Saturday January 18, 2014. On this day, the # 4 was added to our short list of “held” numbers in tribute to Coach Mark Dillon. Coach Mark has been with our Bandits for nearly half of our 25 year history. He helped coach our 1998 Bandits to the Triple Crown National Finals. He coached teams including those of his own Son, Casey who was the first west side player to join the Bandits. Casey played through age 14 with the Bandits before playing at Franklin High School and  graduating from high school in Arizona. Casey went on to play college ball in California and Ohio. Coach Mark had a stellar playing career highlighted by being the shortstop on the 1965 Austin High School Final Four team that finished third in the State of Texas. He also coached college and had a hand in the 1992 Coronado T-Birds Final 4 team coaching them in the offseason leading up to their run to Austin Texas. For nearly 13 years, Coach Mark has contributed to the legacy of the Bandits and helped to enrich its standing. “Congratulations” and “thank you” Coach Mark. Your honor is overdue but acknowledged in our 25th year of existence.

Bandit and Eastlake High School Senior Ruben “9’er” Rodriguez continues the tradition of everyone who has worn the Bandit number 9 when he signed his College Letter of Intent on Wednesday January 15 in the Library at Eastlake High School, he will always be remembered as being the first in Eastlake school history to do so. There can only be one first and “9’er” will go down in school history as the first male student athlete to sign a college agreement. Congratulations to “9’er”, his Parents and all his family.

Bandit and 28 year old Ruben Munoz was named the new Head Baseball Coach for District 1-5A Franklin High School and led the Cougars to a playoff spot his first year. Ruben played for the Bandits from age 8 to 14 under his Dad Ruben Sr. He graduated from Eastwood High School before going to play junior college baseball at Scottsdale Community College and finishing up playing at Texas A & M Corpus Christi. He has been an assistant coach at his alma mater for the past 5 years under his Coach Ruly Medrano. For anyone to get their first coaching job is a “special” moment but for anyone to get their first one at the 5A Classification and at the age of 28 is truly exceptional. Congratulations to Ruben, his parents Ruben and Lupe and his family. Posted July 20, 2013

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