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Long Beach State catcher David Banuelos is all in with his gritty plays for the Dirtbags

Long Beach State catcher David Banuelos is all in with his gritty plays for the Dirtbags

Long Beach State’s first Dirtbags held workouts on all-dirt fields, leaving them covered in grime even before they began their regular practice. Their gritty approach led to the birth of one of the most iconic nicknames in college baseball.

David Banuelos would have been welcome on that team.

The junior catcher sacrificed his knee, his foot and every other bodily appendage while playing five games in four days during the last week to help his team advance to its first NCAA baseball super regional since 2004.

Banuelos’ knee banged into a cement wall in the fifth inning Monday against Texas while chasing a ball that drifted into foul territory. He couldn’t make the catch...

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