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EST. 1989 . . . Our Bandit Baseball Mission: Growing Great Men, One Boy at a Time . . . Our Bandit Web Site has Over 1.722 Million Views in 15 Years - Awesome, We Thank You for Your Continued Support . . . WE REMAIN #ELPASOSTRONG . . . Bandit Core Values: My Faith, My Family, My Team, Myself . . . Bandit Core Priorities: Family First, Strength in Faith, Strength of Character, Academics, Attitude, Ability . . . IRON SHARPENS IRON: "If You change the way you look at things, the things You look at will change" . . . Our Bandit Family Wishes You a Blessed, Safe, Healthy, Happy and Great Wednesday August 10, 2022 . . . This is a Time for Inspiration not a Time for Desperation - Be a Leader as We Adjust to our “New Reality” . . . Our Home Page Picture is of 2009 Texas High School State Champions, High School All State Selections, High School State Player of the Year & Bandits George Stoltz, Cory Falvey, Jessiray Navarrette and Bobby Mares Who Occupied 4 of the first 5 batting spots in the Socorro Bulldogs order . . . In 1992, Coach Mike coined the phrase “It’s a Great Day to be a Bandit” and it remains True Today: Happy Birthday To College All Conference, Texas High School 1st Team All State Selection & Bandit Louie Saenz Who Turned 33 on Tuesday August 9 . . . Happy Birthday to 2009 Texas High School State Champion, High School All State Selection & Bandit Jessiray Navarrette Who Turned 33 on Monday August 8 . . . Happy Birthday in Memoriam to Bandit Coach Hector Rubio on Friday August 5 . . . Happy Birthday to "Lil" Bandits Co-Founders Marcella & Coach Charlie Bombach's Youngest Son Joaquin "Bam Bam" Bombach on Thursday August 4 . . . Happy Birthday to Bandit Danny Ramirez who Turned 29 Tuesday August 2 . . . "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"!

Bandits August Birthdays: Happy Birthday College All Conference, Texas High School 1st Team All State Selection & Bandit Louie Saenz Turned 33 on Tuesday August 9

Bandit Jessiray Navarrette turned 33 on August 8. Known as “Scooter” in his Bandit days and later known as “Dirtbag” he has always been the center of attention and his character had a prominent role in the movie 21 Outs. Navarrette was part of history helping to lead his Socorro Bulldogs to the first El Paso High School State baseball championship in 60 years. He caught, played both middle infield positions and third base for his Bandit teams. Jessiray was the starting catcher for the 2009 Class 5A State Champion Socorro Bulldogs. Navarrette led his team with a .509 batting average, knocked in 49 RBIs and was second on the team behind Bandit and Socorro teammate Cory Falvey in home runs (12) and third in doubles (13). He was named to the Texas High School All State team. Happy Birthday Jessiray!

Bandit Louie Saenz turned 33 on August 9. Louie finished his college baseball career playing for New Mexico Highlands earning All Conference honors hitting .349 with 3 home runs and 52 RBI and leading the team in runs scored and doubles. He was a three year letterman at Socorro High School where he was a member of 3 District Championship teams, 3 Bi-District Championship teams and three Regional Finalist teams. Louie was named to the 2008 Texas High School All State First Team. He is a member of our Bandit 2003 Texas State Championship squad. He is one of our Bandits to be named to the Texas High School All State squad. In 2012, Louie was named “Collegiate Player of the Year” by the El Paso Baseball Hall of Fame following a stellar All Conference senior season at New Mexico Highlands. Happy Birthday Louie!

Bandit Dillon Smith turns 36 on August 24. Dillon was an All City and All District player at Eastwood High School where he pitched and played both corner infield spots. Smith was a middle reliever and mid-week starter for the New Mexico State Aggies. Dillon was named to the All WAC Academic team in 2007. We are Proud of Dillon not only as a baseball player but also for the young man he has become. He played with the Bandits as a 13 and 14 year old. He is a member of our 2000 National Finalist. He was coached by Larry Hernandez as a 13 year old and his dad Danny Smith as a 14 year old. He life journey included a commitment to the Peace Corps in Gambia, Africa. Happy Birthday Dillon!

Bandit Oscar Gonzalez turns 28 on August 26. Oscar played two Fall and Spring seasons with the Bandits. He played second base, third base, pitched and all three outifield positions. Oscar was a member of the Montwood High School Rams’ District Championship and “Sweet 16” playoff team. Happy Birthday Oscar!

August 26: Bandits Jason and Justin Luna turn 36. The Luna twins are both members of our 1998 and 2000 National Finalists. Both were All-City and All District players in both football and baseball at Riverside High School. Both played college baseball; Jason at Navarro Junior College and Justin at El Paso Community College and Sul Ross University. Justin is now a member of El Paso’s finest serving with the Police Department. Jason is a member of the Department of Public Safety serving as a State Trooper. Both of our Luna’s are proud Dads now. Happy Birthday Justin and Jason!

August 27: “Lil” Bandit Nicholas Capps turns 13 on August 27. Nicholas played Spring T-Ball and Fall Coach Pitch with the “Lil” Bandits starting in 2015. He played three years with the “Lil” Bandits.  “Happy Birthday” Nicholas.

August 28: Bandit Josh Avalos turns 31. In 2010, Josh played a major role for the Americas High School Trailblazers who captured the first baseball district championship in school history. Selected to the EPCC Summer League All Star team in 2007 as a Bandit. Josh played as a 12, 13, 14 and 15 year old with the Bandits. His Bandit teams won Playoff and League championships. Josh pitched, played shortstop, third base and the outfield for his Bandit teams. He was a top offensive force in the line-up and top of the rotation starting pitcher. Happy Birthday Josh!

August 28: Bandit Brandon “10’er” “Pops” Lucero turns 22. Brandon filled the clean-up batting spot for our Southwest Baseball League undefeated champions. Lucero had a tenacious, “bull dog” approach on the mound always pitching to his last ounce of energy with a top effort. Lucero was a dependable “plus” bat and a run producing machine for the offense. He played both corner infield spots as well as catcher and pitcher. “Happy Birthday” Brandon.

August 2: Bandit Danny Ramirez turned 29. Danny played for two years on the Bandits as an 11 and 12 year old. Danny played pitcher, catcher and both corner infield spots. He usually batted either 3, 4, or 5 in the batting order. Danny earned 4 varsity letters playing for the Del Valle High School baseball squad.

Happy Birthday to “Lil” Bandits Co-Founders Marcella & Coach Charlie Bombach’s Youngest Son Joaquin “Bam Bam” Bombach on Thursday August 4.

Bandit Coach Hector Rubio celebrates his third birthday in our Lord’s Heavenly Kingdom on August 5. He coached the Bandits starting our first Fall Season in 1989 and coached until 1998. He and his late wife Fabie provided 3 Bandit players which is the most of any single Family in our history. Hector was generous to a fault and a loving Father and Grandfather to his boys: Christopher, Robert and Michael and his grandchildren. Happy Birthday Coach Hector!