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2006 Grew to 7 Frosh; 2003 Class All Varsity; 14 Pitchers

Our 2006 team who just completed their freshmen year in high school placed seven players on their respective varsity squads. Nathan Pena was added to the playoff roster for Americas High School. Chris Rubio was added to the Americas varsity squad when the Trailblazers made the journey to the Brownwood tournament. Mike Bolaski traveled with the varsity squad at Hanks to their Austin tournament and made such a good impression and positive impact that he stayed on the varsity as a middle infielder. He played the infield, hitting over .300 and pitched for the Hanks Knights. Kyle Bumpas leads a group that made the varsity “minute one, day one” starting in the outfield and taking a turn on the mound for the Americas Trail Blazers. Lance Gruber joins Kyle playing first base and saw mound duty as well. Vince Centeno also made the varsity as a freshman Trailblazer and saw action in the infield and on the mound as well. When was the last time seven freshmen were ready to see action in El Paso’s largest and most competitive school district on the mound. Probably never before. Rounding out our Bandit honorees is Brian Hebblethwaite who played the infield and pitched for the 5A El Dorado Aztecs. We got five at the start and two more followed them by district play. Great start but more importantly is how this group finishes. Maybe a year from now we will have another 100% class by the start of their sophomore year. Every member of our 2003 team who finished their sophomore years in high school made their varsity baseball squad. Julio Velez headlined the group being named at among the “Top 20” to watch and as a sophomore. George Stoltz, Corey Falvey, Bobby Mares, Luis Saenz and Jessirey Navarette are varsity members on the # 8 squad in the State of Texas the Socorro Bulldogs. Both Jessirey who started the entire year last year as a freshman batting lead off and Corey Falvey who also saw playoff action as a freshman were full time starters. Stoltz earned a full time starting position midway through the district season replacing a senior who was all district last year. Mares, Saenz and Falvey are slated to see action on the mound for Socorro. Velez is joined at Riverside High School by Justin Lopez, Albert Pinon and Josh Blancarte. Velez will see some time on the mound and could be joined by Lopez on the “bump” at Riverside. Matthew Ortega and Jonathan Bustamante were varsity sophomores at Montwood. Bustamante emerged as the # 2 pitcher for the Rams. Issac Herrera and Steve Vizcaino lead the varsity at Del Valle with both having seen varsity action as Freshmen. We challenge our players to become exceptional. Four of them made the varsity “day one, minute one”. All completed the mission by the beginning of our sophomore year. No one can challenge our track record for placing our players at the next level. This group has done it 100%. Falvey, Mares, Saenz, Lopez, Velez, Ortega, Bustamante, Herrera and Vizcaino are pitching in their varsity programs. Nine of these guys are pitchers so their arms and their futures were always first with the Bandits.
As for now, how many youth programs will have 14 pitchers who were either freshman or sophomores pitching on the varsity this year. Only one in El Paso and probably not a very long list anywhere. We take care of our players and develop them for their journey not only as baseball players but also as Great Sons’. From our 2006 squad still healthy and also contending for a spot in the pitching rotation in 2008 could be Marc Vargas and Josh Avalos. That would give the 2006 squad seven pitchers pitching varsity baseball also. By 2009, El Paso high school baseball will probably see at least 16 Bandit pitchers on the “bump”.
Great Job guys, we are so Proud of You and thanks for making this another “Great Day to be a Bandit”.