Tom Bonetto, Occidental College's All-American second baseman, is part of a 22-player squad that will represent the United States in the third Stanley Cayasso Memorial Cup baseball tournament in Nicaragua beginning next week.
Bonetto will play for the San Bernardino Indians, an independent member of the National Baseball Congress. The Indians open tournament play July 22 against the Cuban national team in Managua, the capital of Nicaragua. Other teams entered include national squads from Nicaragua, Mexico, Panama and the Dominican Republic.
"I think the experience is going to be fantastic," Bonetto said. "That's the best competition you can get outside the major leagues."
But Bonetto, 21, a political science major, hopes to learn about more than baseball on the two-week trip.
"I'm actually real conservative on the political scale," he explained. "I'll definitely get a feel for how Americans and the past two U. S. administrations are seen in South America.