El Paso Community College’s (EPCC) baseball team, the Tejanos, held their annual tryouts on June 18. Nearly 50 students showed up to put their skills to the test.
“I didn’t expect as many players to show up,” said Head Baseball Coach Gabriel Saucedo, who was surprised by the turnout.
“There was more talent,” said Saucedo. “14 players were invited to walk-on for the fall season. They have not officially made the team, that will not be determined until November.”
Although there were a small percentage of students who were invited back for the full Fall tryout, Saucedo had some advice for any who would audition in the future.
“Get into baseball shape. Most guys show up without having thrown a ball in a while or running. They show up expecting to make the list of players called back for a full fall tryout, but end up leaving here disappointed and hurt,” he said.
“This fall season we expect to ramp up our strength, conditioning, speed and agility to get the players ready for the spring. This season we want to improve in conference play from eighth place to at least seventh place. The goal is to be top four in the conference to make the regional tournament,” said Saucedo.
Not all of the players on the Tejanos are El Paso natives.
“Out of the 44 guys we will have in the fall, we will have two Venezuelans, two Dominicans, one from New York, one from Amarillo, four from Mexico, one from Pennsylvania and the rest are from El Paso,” said Saucedo.
The coaches have a lot on their plates this upcoming fall. Despite the busy schedule Saucedo wants to remind students that he is more than a baseball coach.
“As college coaches, we are responsible for making sure our student-athletes understand that sports are more than just playing the games, its more about life. Most people don’t know that we are more life coaches than coaches of our specific sport,” said Saucedo.
Saucedo has been the head coach since June 2015.
A life-long player and fan himself, Saucedo played all throughout his school years and coached at Cathedral High School before becoming head coach at EPCC.
There is one thing that inspired Saucedo to be a coach.
“It’s the opportunity to make a difference in a student or players’ life,” he said.
The tryouts were held at EPCC’s baseball field. Currents players of the baseball team were also in attendance.
EPCC hosts baseball tryouts once or twice a year.
For more information about EPCC’s baseball team contact coach Saucedo at (915) 831-3131 or firstname.lastname@example.org.