Baseball from Venezuela to El Paso

July 13, 2016

Ebonee Norris/ Tejano Tribune

Tejanos player Alvaro Marquez practicing his swing.

 

 

 

El Paso Community College’s baseball team has several international student-athletes. One student-athlete is 21-yearo-old, Alvaro Marquez.

 

Marquez is from Comana, Venezuela, and is pursuing an Associates of Arts degree.

 

“I accepted a scholarship here (EPCC) because I want to make it to the pros to support my family,” said Marquez.  

 

Despite losing his first scholarship at Ranger Junior College in Ranger, Texas, Marquez decided to reach out to EPCC Baseball Coach Gabriel Saucedo of the EPPC Tejanos for another shot at his dreams.

 

“Alvaro is a good fit for our program, and is expected to be one of the leaders on the team, said Saucedo. “However, Alvaro is expected to get it done in the classroom more than on he field. He is a student before an athlete.”

 

Marquez began playing baseball when he was 4-years-old. His favorite baseball player is Seattle Mariners pitcher, Feliz Hernandez.

 

“I like his throwing style, and he has 10 strike-outs per game,” said Marquez with excitement.

 

Marquez is very family oriented. He makes time to speak with at least one family member a day.

 

Marquez finds the safety of El Paso what he loves the most. He also enjoys the fact that he can go to the grocery store and buy any type of food he wants.

 

Though there are things that he likes about El Paso, he doesn't like the scenery. Marquez misses the Venezuela beaches, and he find that the food here is a little spicy for his liking.

 

On his spare time, Marquez enjoys practice playing baseball and hanging out with his girlfriend at Wing Daddy’s.

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