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SOFTBALL: Mancha returns home after Pan American games

Monday, July 20th, 2015

ManchaUSAteam.1lr Jaime Guzman – For the Sun-News / Tony Mancha takes time to sign some autographs for local fans at a welcome home reception given to him by family and friends. Mancha returned to Las Cruces on Sunday after playing for the United States men’s sofbtall team in the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto.

By Mark Rudi / LAS CRUCES SUN-NEWS @mrudi19 on Twitter

LAS CRUCES – When Las Crucen Tony Mancha started playing fastpitch softball, he never imagined he would have gotten the chance to represent his country in the sport. It was just another hobby to keep him in the sport after his professional baseball career ended.

Now, Mancha has been playing for the United States Men’s Softball team for two years and returned to Las Cruces on Sunday after pitching for the United States in the 2015 Toronto Pan American Games.

“It was the most exciting part of my career probably,” Mancha said. “To be able to play for my country and represent it well. That was cool.”

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