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    Est. 1989 . . . 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 Thursday December 14, 2017: “There is always a stage of urgency but it should not lead to a stage of panic” . . . 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 Mom Marcella Bombach on Tuesday December 12 . . . “Happy Birthday” to High School All State, High School All City, High School All District and Bandit 2002 National Finalist Justin “10’er” Lopez who Turned 27 on Monday December 11 . . . “Happy Birthday” to High School MVP, High School All City and High School All District Player, USSSA World Series MVP Bandit Ruben “9’er” Rodriguez who turned 22 on Sunday December 10 . . . “Happy Birthday” to College All American, High School All City, High School All District the “Original Bandit 9’er” Aaron Forrister Who Turned 37 on Saturday December 9 . . . “Happy Birthday” to Bandit 1998 & 2000 National Finalist Tommy Heck Who Turned 31 on Monday December 4 . . . “Happy Birthday” to League Champion “Lil” Bandit Tre Bombach who Turned 8 on Sunday Dec 3 . . . Thank You our Bandit Web Site Passes the Half Million Mark on April 14, 2016; Records Hit 731,000 with 1,271 Hits to our Web Site for the Week Ending Sunday December 10, 2017 . . . 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 1,271 hits to our website this past week ending Sunday December 10, 2017 . . .  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  
  • “BanditBall” 2017: Another season, another Championship
  • "BanditBall" 2017: "Lil" Bandits go 16-2 and capture Sportspark Regular Season Championship and go undefeated in Bracket Play to capture the USSSA Bronze Division Halloween Scream Championship . . . "BanditBall" 2016: "Lil" Bandits play 5 games on Sunday October 30 winning 4 of them and the last 3 in a row including the "if" game 14-6 to capture the USSSA Silver Division Tournament Championship held at Sportspark El Paso . . . "BanditBall"2014: Bandits went undefeated in capturing the Southwest Baseball League Championship . . .
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  • Our Web Site recorded hit # 500,000 on April  14, 2016 . . . 1,271 hits for the week ending Sunday December 10, 2017  
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Bandit Diamond Notes: Bandits Give Back and Pay it Forward; Bandit Josh “9’er” Bombach Earns Invite to Hall of Fame Inaugural Showcase & Baseball Classic; Bandit Jacob Aguilar Earns First Team All Conference Honors for St. Mary’s University; “Boomer Sooner” Bandit and 1998 and 2000 National Finalist Robert “10’er’ Gallegos named to University of Oklahoma Baseball Coaching Staff; Send us your Pix

Bandit National Finalist Robert Gallegos who is 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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