Victoria Balderrama/ Tejano Tribune
(L-R) William Seratta (President of EPCC), Daniel McCutchen (Pitcher for EP Chihuahuas) and Monica Cortez (former EPCC student and morning forecaster for KTSM news channel 9)
El Paso Community College’s (EPCC) Classified Staff Association (CSA) hosted its 2nd Annual Night with the Chihuahuas. EPCC President William Serrata threw the first pitch of the baseball game.
“I’m going to try and relax, and not throw the ball too hard,” said a nervous William Serrata, who had not been practicing his pitch.
“It is what it is folks,” said William Serrata before going out onto the pitcher’s mound.
EPCC students and faculty members were looking down at the field from the right tier in the baseball park as William Serrata was handed the ball.
“I thought I bounced it. I should have thrown it farther,” said William Serrata as he joined his family after the pitch.
“It was okay,” said William Serrata’s eldest son, Nathan Serrata jokingly. “It was weak,” William Serrata replied.
William Serrata enjoyed the game with his wife and two sons. His family almost did not attend the ball game because Nathan Serrata had to get braces.
They were excited to see William Serrata throw the first pitch of the game and to be attending their first game since the season started.
“He did great. The boys were excited to see their dad on the field,” said Jessica Serrata, William Serrata’s wife.
William Serrata played baseball throughout his childhood, and was hopeful that his experience would come in handy at the Chihuahua’s game.
William Serrata also threw the first pitch at the Diablos game two years earlier.
CSA members, who originally decided that William Serrata would throw the first pitch, were happy with Serrata.
“The 2015 Night with the Chihuahuas was much more intense,” said Anita Sotelo, an Academic Advisor EPCC. “Sometimes, we are always at the office. So it’s nice to be together outside of work.”
The El Paso Chihuahuas played the Salt Lake Bees on June 24. El Paso Chihuahuas beat the Salt Lake Bees by a whomping nine to three.