Some local parents told KTSM 9 News an El Paso high school baseball coach’s good deed resulted in a consequence they said came from left field.
Although they admit what the coach did was not allowed, they are still backing him.
Parents and players of the Pebble Hills High School baseball team said the Socorro Independent School District threw them a curveball when the team’s manager, Coach Velasquez, was reassigned to another campus after an issue regarding the condition of the baseball field.
Alberto Ulloa, a parent said “You come out here and you see the field and the effort we expect of the kids and the field doesn’t match it,” said Alberto Ullol, whose son is a player on the team.
One of the Spartan baseball players, Nicholas Flores, said it makes it dangerous to play on.
“You get a ground ball and it is going to have a bad hop,” said Flores.”It is unpredictable and running, you slip, and there are holes.”
Parents told KTSM that is why Coach Arturo Velasquez had been soliciting donations to get the field fixed, which is apparently against district rules.
“We understand there are proper procedures, but we got fed up,” said parent Marci Alvidrez. “We got tired. how long do we have to wait? My son is a senior this year, how long does he have to wait?”
Parents told KTSM they have taken their concerns to SISD, but have had no luck. KTSM
reached out to the district for comment, but were told no information could be given since this is a personnel matter. KTSM also reached out to Coach Velasquez, but did not hear back.
Now that the team has the field, Spartan players and parents say they want coach back. “Coach Velasquez made [the field] playable. He put his time and hard work into this field,” said Flores.
The district did tell KTSM a staff member of the baseball team would step in as interim manager.
Parents said they plan on addressing their concerns at the next district board meeting.