By Blake Spurney
Harvey County Now Staff
NEWTON – While Newton’s two teams are working to build up a stable of a new generation of fastpitch softball players in the area, at least one team from Texas, the OMMA Trucking Tigres out of Midland, Texas, will feature a more international flair.
Roman Perez said the Tigres had four players from Argentina’s under-23 team and five from the Mexican national team. OMMA, which defeated the Glow Worms of San Antonio last weekend in a tournament, also has the services of Marco Diaz, who competed with the senior Mexican team at the Pan American Games in Parana, Argentina. Diaz is a fireballer who pitches in the high 70s. Perez, who lives in Baja Calif., has dual nationality in the United States and Mexico.
Perez said OMMA was formed by the Medrano family, who originally are from Monterrey, Nuevo Leon.
“And they had the vision to compete in the U.S.A. season,” he said. “They recruited a coach from Argentina in Gustavo Guerrinieri, and with him some players joined. And we invited the best players from Mexico.”
Those who compete on the Mexican national team are Ernesto Sanchez, Jesus Cardona, Ruben Delgadillo and Carlos Menchaca. In addition to competing in Newton, the OMMA Tigres will be traveling to tournaments in Wisconsin, Illinois, Minnesota, Indiana and Ohio. Perez said OMMA was the team with the most Mexicans in the history of an International Softball Congress world tournament.