Tony Valle

Tony Valle's accomplishments as a baseball player for the North Garland Raiders, Southwest Texas State University, and in professional baseball have earned him induction into the Garland Sports Hall of Fame. At North Garland Valle played first base for both the 1984 and 1985 Raider teams, both of which qualified for the state playoffs. As a senior, he had a .349 batting average in district play, and had 11 runs batted in, 10 runs scored, and two home runs. He was named to the second team All-District both years. North Garland in 1985 compiled a record of 27 wins, four losses, and one tie and won the regional championship to qualify for the state tournament. The team lost to Victoria Stroman in the state semi-finals and Stroman then won the state title. After graduation, Valle attended Eastfield and played baseball for the Dallas school. He then shifted to Southwest Texas State for his sophomore year. During his senior year at Southwest Texas he was named Pitcher of the Year. With a record of 6-5 with 94 innings pitched, he shattered the school record with 95 strikeouts for the season. He averaged 9.1 strikeouts per game and helped the Bobcats team to a 31-24 record. After completing the season at Southwest Texas State, Valle was selected in the thirteenth round of the June draft by the Atlanta Braves. He subsequently was sent to play in the rookie league of the Pioneer League for Idaho Falls, Idaho. After completing his second spring training, Valle was assigned to the Class A team at Burlington, Iowa, in the Midwest League. Midway through the season, he was traded to the New York Mets organization, where he completed his professional baseball career. Valle is employed by Solar Turbines, a division of the Caterpillar Company. He and his wife, Montra, have two children: Cassie and Cameron.