(Below) Spirits were high as Socorro returned to El Paso from their victory over Flower Mound Marcus in the regional finals. Fans waited for their team to return to the school. A celebration erupted as the countdown for the state tournament began. An even bigger celebration was to be had after the trip to Round Rock.
(Below) Socorro fans were eager to support their squad in Round Rock and the district officials helped out by providing buses to caravan to the Austin area. Fans happily loaded the buses late Thursday and traveled overnight in order to arrive just in time for Socorro's first game against Westlake. Socorro Mayor Trini Lopez greeted the wayfarers outside the stadium by waving a large blue flag in front of the Del Diamond.
(Below) Exuberant fans cheered and yelled and exhorted their heroes non-stop through both games. These fans were family and friends of the ballplayers, classmates and people on hand to root for El Paso's representatives.
(Below) The action was hot. Playing in sweltering heat, the Bulldogs pitched and hit and hustled all-out enroute to last season's high school baseball pinnacle. Bulldog outfielder Cory Falvey (bottom right) clubbed three homeruns to lead the team's 23-run two-game offensive onslaught.
(Below) The team and its fans celebrated its championship. Screams, hugs and happy tears were in abundance. Falvey was honored as the tournament's best player and players and Coach Chris Forbes became celebrities. Forbes would later retire as the team's coach.