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    EST. 1989: We are now in our 30th Year and have over 849,000 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 July 17, 2018: “Positive Words and Thoughts can provide Magic to our Spirit, Negative Words provide Black Magic” . . . Congratulations to Ruben “9’er” Rodriguez who continues his baseball journey playing in the Canadian League with the Swift Current 57s . . . Our Home Page Picture is of Bandit Coach Brian Forrister Who Coached the Bandits to the 1998 High Desert Classic Championship in Albuquerque defeating College All Star Teams and National Select Teams with Bandits who were only Freshmen, Sophomores and Juniors in High School . . . In 1992, Coach Mike coined the phrase “It’s a Great Day to be a Bandit” and it remains True Today: “Happy Birthday” to Eastlake High School Coach and Bandit Coach Ruben Rodriguez on Saturday July 14 . . . “Happy Birthday” to High School All District Player and Bandit Vince Centeno Who Turned 26 on Friday July 13 . . . “Happy Birthday” to “Lil” Bandit Miguel Salazar Who Turned 9 on Monday July 9 . . . “Happy Birthday” to 2009 Socorro State Champion and 2002 Bandit National Finalist George Stoltz Who Turned 27 on Saturday July 7 . . . Congratulations to Coronado High School Graduate and Bandit Josh “9’er” Bombach who was named to the Texas High School Coaches Association All State Academic Team . . . Thank You our Bandit Web Site Passes the 800,000 Mark on May 3, 2018; Records Hit 849,000 with 6,396 Hits to our Web Site for the Week Ending Sunday July 15, 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 6,396 hits to our website this past week ending Sunday July 15, 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 # 849,000
  • Our Web Site recorded hit # 500,000 on April  14, 2016 and hit # 800,000 on May 3, 2018 . . . 6,396 hits for the week ending Sunday July 15, 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 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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Bandit December Birthdays:

December 3: Tre Bombach turned 8. Tre is a member of our historical first ever “Lil” Bandit T-Ball and “Lil” Bandit Coach Pitch teams. Tre has played Pitcher, Second Base, Shortstop, Third Base, First Base and the Outfield for his Bandit team or in other words all positions except for Catcher. He bats in the heart of the order sliding between the first and third spots in the batting order. Tre is Blessed to enjoy the unconditional support of Team Mom Marcella and Dad Coach Charlie. Happy Birthday Tre!

December 4: Tommy Heck turned 31. Tommy is a member of our 1998 and 2000 National Finalists. At the 1998 Triple Crown World Series in Steamboat Springs Colorado, Tommy finished in 3rd place in the 60 yard sprint behind teammate Robert Gallegos. Heck went on to become an All District baseball player at Eastwood High School. During his college years, Tommy competed in college rodeo competitions. Happy Birthday Tommy!

December 9: Aaron “The Original Niner” Forrister turned 37. He played for Coach Larry Hernandez from age 9 to 14 and Coach Brian Forrister from age 15 through high school. Aaron pitched, caught and played mostly shortstop and second base during his time with the Bandits. He usually batted lead-off and was a major “offensive force” for his teams. Aaron was usually called on to pitch the toughest games. He played on the Bandits first city championship in 1990. Every year he played, the Bandits won a league championship. He was a member of the team which won the first El Paso youth championship on the road winning the Texas Baseball Classic at Fort Worth Texas in 1992. In 1998 he was a member of the Bandit team which won the High Desert Classic in Albuquerque New Mexico defeating high school seniors and college freshmen with a team of high school juniors and underclassmen. Aaron lettered in soccer for the Hanks Knights his freshman year. He lettered all four years in baseball.  Aaron earned All-City and All-District honors multiple times during his high school career.  Aaron was a member of the National Honor Society in high school.  Aaron earned his degree from the College of the Southwest in Hobbs New Mexico where he currently resides and works in marketing media communication. Forrister earned Most Valuable Player team honors, All-Conference and All-American recognition while playing collegiately.  Aaron is very protective of his Bandit # 9 and openly refers to himself as the “Original and True Niner”. Aaron is a joy to the world, to his Forrister family including his Son and wife and to our Bandit family. Happy Birthday to “The Original Niner”!

December 10: Ruben “Our College Niner” Rodriguez turned 22. Ruben played both middle infield positions and pitched for his Bandit teams. On his last Bandit team he batted lead off on his 12 and under squad even though he was only 11 years old. Rodriguez was known for his numerous web gems and was a clutch hitter offensively. “Niner” is well respected by all of the older and younger Bandits who have watched him play in games or participate in baseball camps. He always seems to “wow” those in attendance. In the first year of varsity competition for the school, Rodriguez was named to the All City team as a infielder for Eastlake High School. Rodriguez was named District 2-5A Most Valuable Player and was the first athlete to sign a college athletic scholarship in Eastlake High School history. He is now a freshman baseball player on scholarship at Paris Junior College in Paris Texas outside of Dallas. He has been Blessed with extraordinary athletic gifts and has a hard nose attitude that gains him more attention and accolades. He has proven time and time again that he deserves to wear one of the few Bandit “held” numbers, in this case # 9. In 2008 Ruben was selected as the Most Valuable Player at the USSSA World Series. The “Youngest Niner” got 19 hits in 23 at bats for his National Championship squad. Rodriguez was a multiple All District and All City selection for his Eastlake High School Falcons including earning an MVP selection. Following his first season at Paris Junior College, Ruben spent his summer playing in Canada. After his second year at Paris Junior College, Ruben earned the right to continue his baseball journey at Southwestern Oklahoma State University and is now playing his senior season for Tarleton State University. Happy Birthday “College Niner”!

December 11: Justin “10’er” Lopez turned 27. Justin is a member of our 2002 National Finalist. Lopez pitched and played middle infield on his Bandit teams. Justin was primarily our shortstop and hit in the heart of the order. He earned the right to wear one of our Bandit “held” numbers with his play and brought additional distinction to the number 10. Justin played at Riverside high school where he lettered in both football and baseball. Lopez was named to the Texas 4-A All State Football team as a defensive back. Justin was an All District performer in both football and baseball and a top student in the classroom. Lopez wore one of the Bandit “held numbers” donning the # 10 in his final year. Justin is a member of our 2002 National Finalists who along with his Bandit teammates played in the four hour 11 inning 3-2 National Championship Game. His older brother Adam is a member of our 1998 and 2000 National Finalists meaning the Lopez Family has contributed to all of the Bandit National finalists. Justin is a star in every endeavor he engages. Happy Birthday Justin!

December 12: Bandit Mom Marcella Bombach. Marcella and husband Coach Charlie are the inspiration and foundation that led to the creation of our first ever “Lil” Bandits. Marcella serves as the Team Mom, Team Coordinator, driving spirit and guiding conscience for our “Lil” Bandits. Happy Birthday Marcella!

December 21: Isaac “Ice” Herrera turned 27. Issac is a member of our 2002 National Finalist. Issac pitched, caught and played both corner positions for his Bandit teams. Issac played at Del Valle High School where he earned four varsity letters in baseball and received All District recognition. “Ice” continued his baseball journey after high school earning a scholarship playing at El Paso Community College. Happy Birthday “Ice, Ice” Issac!

December 25: Noel Pinon turned 24. Noel is a member of our 2004 9 and under State Championship squad. Noel pitched, played first base and all three outfield positions. Noel is our “Christmas Bandit” and a pleasant, hard working young man. He is a high academic achiever in the classroom and a clutch performer at the “yard”. He was a member of the District Champion and “Sweet 16” Montwood High School Rams in 2012. In his senior year in 2013, he helped pitch the Montwood Rams to a repeat District championship and playoff berth. Happy Birthday Noel!

Bandit Mom Irma Lopez celebrates again on December 27. Two of her sons Adam and Justin have played on all three Bandit National Finalists in 1998, 2000 and 2002. Adam celebrated his birthday on November 30 and Justin on December 11 so the past month has been filled with birthday cake at the Lopez residence. Mrs. Lopez continues her role as an educator. Happy Birthday Irma!

Marv “Marvelous” Thompson turns “49” yet again on December 27. Marv is currently a Major League Scout with the Milwaukee Brewers organization and serves as Senior Advisor to the General Manager. Previously Marv worked with the Major League Scouting Bureau rising from the amateur ranks to the Professional scouting circuit. Marv currently resides in Salt Lake City Utah. He started his association with Coach Larry and the Bandits in 1990 when he launched the Doyle Baseball Schools training sessions here in El Paso. Marv was also the Director of Operations for the Arizona State Sun Devils baseball team under Coach Murphy. Many of our Bandits from the inception attended and/or received instruction from Mr. Thompson and his staff. Our relationship is as strong as ever and because of Marv we have expanded many of our contacts in the college coaching and professional scouting ranks. Happy Birthday “Maravilloso”!

“Ram” Guzman turns “49” yet again on December 28. Mr. Guzman started his association with the Bandits as a sponsor in the early 1990’s. He has always supported the Bandits and their positive endeavors in whatever manner we ask. He is a true and loyal friend to our organization. Happy Birthday “Ram!”