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EST. 1989 . . . Our Bandit Baseball Mission: Growing Great Men, One Boy at a Time . . . Our Bandit Web Site has Over 1.696 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: “Our Lord Always Hears Us, We Just Have to Listen Very Carefully & Wait for His Response" . . . Our Bandit Family Wishes You a Blessed, Safe, Healthy, Happy and Great Friday May 20, 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 High School multiple All District selection and Bandit Josh "9'er" Bombach . . . 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 Bonnie Aguilar Who Celebrates Saturday May 21 . . . Happy Birthday to High School multiple All District selection and Bandit Josh "9'er" Bombach Who turned 22 on Sunday May 15 . . . Happy Birthday to High School All District Pitcher and Bandit Brayden Peterson Who turned 22 on Sunday May 15 . . . Happy Birthday To High School Multiple All District Selection & Bandit Joseph Gonzalez Who turned 29 on Saturday May 14 . . . Happy Birthday To “Lil" Bandit Julian Esparza Who turned 12 on Tuesday May 10 . . . Happy Birthday To 2009 Texas High School Player of the Year, Final 4 Texas State Championship MVP, High School All State, All City & All District Selection & Bandit Cory Falvey Who Turned 31 Monday May 9 . . .  Congratulations to Navarro Junior College Recruiting Coordinator and Coach, 2-Sport High School All City & All District Selection and Bandit 1998 and 2000 National Finalist Robert and his Wife Mandy on their new Baby Girl Mila Gray Gallegos on Tuesday May 3 . . . Congratulations to College All Conference, 2-Sport High School All City and All District Selection and Bandit Jacob Aguilar on earning his Masters Degree from Grand Canyon University last week . . . "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"!

February Bandit Birthdays:

Bandit Mike Bolaski turned 30 on February 5. “Bo” was versatile and invaluable to his Bandit team playing pitcher, catcher, all four infield positions and even shoring up the outfield when needed. Mike has a tremendous work ethic for the game and a strong desire to be “great”. Bolaski was a clutch offensive threat batting in the middle of the order. He earned four varsity baseball letters, All State, All City and All District honors with the Hanks High School Knights. “Bo” was named to the high school Texas All State baseball team following his senior season. Michael signed to continue his baseball journey by accepting a scholarship with the El Paso Community College Tejanos but when the Major League draft called, he signed a professional contract. “Bo” signed with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on Thursday June 17, 2010. He was chosen during the 23rd round of the draft as a third baseman. In 2013, the Angels began the process of converting Mike to a pitcher. “Happy Birthday” Bo!

Bandit Niece Victoria “10’er” Gasca turned 19 on February 10. Victoria is an accomplished young girl who has won her schools spelling bee 3 times in her last four years. In 2015, she won the Texas State Spelling Championship for Private Schools as a sixth grader and repeated her State Championship the next two years. In 2016, she finished in second place in the entire El Paso Times Regional Spelling Bee as a seventh grader. In 2019, Victoria was a member of the 6A UIL Spelling State Championship Team at Coronado High School finishing 5th individually to lead her team. Victoria graduated from Coronado High School where she was in the National Honor Society, Chief Editor for the school newspaper for 2 years, National Honor Society member, Spanish Honor Society member, Head Coach for the El Paso National Hispanic Institute Chapter and # 1 rank on her school defending State Championship spelling team. She is in her second semester as a Freshman at Yale University. Oh yes and she is a young girl who continues to be accomplished and amaze all who know her because she is growing up without her Mom, Corina Maria Gasca Hernandez who joined our Lord’s Heavenly Kingdom on Good Friday April 6, 2007 when “10’er” was 4 years old. Corina was a Bandit Aunt and Board of Director from the first moment the Bandits were formed in 1989 in support of her nephew our “Original Bandit” Champ Hernandez and her brother “Papa Bandit” Coach Larry Hernandez. Happy Birthday “10’er”!

“Happy Birthday” to Bandit Mom Gaby “Stix” Hernandez on February 13.

“Happy Birthday” to “Lil” Bandits Mom Melissa Monge! Her Son Jacob was a member of the original “Lil” Bandits and was selected as an All Star by the Southwest Baseball League.

Audrey “Baby Lauren” Hernandez turned 12 on February 15. Proud Dad, Champ “The Original Bandit” Hernandez and Mom Kerry have seen the years fly by as “Baby Lauren” charges into life. “Happy 12th Birthday” to Bandit Granddaughter Audrey “Baby Lauren” Hernandez.

“Happy Birthday” to “Lil” Bandits Mom Kim Capps on February 16! Her Son Nicholas whom she calls “Ni” was a member of our original “Lil” Bandits and continues his baseball journey.

Bandit Jacob Aguilar, a two-sport All City star at Montwood High School, turned 26 on February 18. He celebrated his birthday by going 3X3 in the 2014 high school baseball season opener. Aguilar played third base, short stop and pitched for his Bandit teams. He usually occupied the 3 or 4 hole in the batting order and was a top run producer for his teams. Jacob continues to display his multiple talents playing football, baseball and achieving high honors in the classroom as a member of his school’s National Honor Society. As a freshman, he led the Rams to a district championship as their quarterback. He played on the Montwood Baseball team as a sophomore. He shared quarterback duties on the Rams varsity football team as a junior before earning All District and All City honors as a senior signal caller. He led the Rams to a football first for Montwood when they defeated the Odessa Permian Panthers during the 2012 season. The honors and positive accolades continue for Jacob. In his senior season, Aguilar earned “All City” and “All District MVP” honors in football and baseball. Jacob as a freshman played first base and swung in the “heart of the order” for El Paso Community College and after playing his sophomore year in Junior College in Arizona he was the starting third baseman at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio where he earned All Conference honors as a junior. He has also top honors academically earning recognition for his President’s Honor Roll listings. Jacob is a proud graduate of St. Mary’s. “Happy Birthday” Jacob!

Bandit Lance Gruber turned 30 on February 20. Gruber was a four year letter winner at Americas High School. Lance earned All City and All District honors for the Trailblazers and helped the school earn its first baseball District championship. He signed a scholarship agreement after high school to continue his baseball journey at New Mexico Highlands. A injury during his college time shortened his baseball journey but his commitment to a college degree was fulfilled. On his Bandit teams, Lance was a top hitter, run producer and defensive stalwart usually hitting in the clean up spot. Lance pitched, played first base and the outfield showing his versatility and desire to help his teams be successful. Happy Birthday “Dakota”!

Bandit Coach Don Plummer celebrates his birthday in our Lord’s Heavenly Kingdom on February 20. Coach Plummer coached with the Bandits from 1996 through 1998. He was on our staff for our 1997 AABC Texas State Championship and 1998 Triple Crown National Finalist. Happy Birthday Coach Don!

“Lil” Bandit Jacob Monge turned 12 on February 23. Jacob started play with our original T-Ball team which evolved into Coach Pitch earning All Star status in the Southwest Baseball League. “Happy Birthday” Jacob!

Bandit Jared Schrom turned 35 on February 23. Jared was a starting pitcher in the regular weekend rotation for Stephen F. Austin University. Jared was signed after college at Stephen F. Austin to play professional baseball by the Texas Rangers organization as a pitcher. Schrom continues to live in the Dallas Metroplex where he owns a nutrition store. He is a member of our 2000 National Finialist. Jared pitched, played third base and the outfield for his Bandit teams. His father Ken was a coach on our Bandit staff and pitched for nearly a decade in the Major Leagues for the Cleveland Indians, Minnesota Twins and Toronto Blue Jays. Schrom continues his baseball journey working with the Texas Rangers organization. Happy Birthday Jared!

“Happy Anniversary” to “Lil” Bandits Founder Marcella and Coach Charlie Bombach on February 25

Brock Henthorne turned 12 on February 26. Brock joined our “Lil” Bandits for the Spring Season of Coach Pitch in 2016. He earned All Star status with our Coach Pitch team in the Southwest Baseball League. “Happy Birthday” Brock!

Bandit Dad Victor Falvey turned 66 on February 28. His Son Cory played as a Bandit. Victor took a squad of 13 and 14 year olds called the Desperados. The squad would become the foundational component for the Socorro High School Bulldogs baseball team. Cory earned All State honors, multiple All District and All City honors and became the first El Paso High School Player to earn Texas State High School Player of the Year honors as part of the 2009 Socorro High School State Championship squad. The Socorro Bulldogs became the first team in 60 years from El Paso to win the State Crown and only the second high school team from El Paso to claim the State Championship. “Happy Birthday” Coach Vic!