Aguascalientes baseball player Marc Flores (right) of King City slides into second base in a recent game for the Rieleros (Railroaders). (Contributed Photo)

KING CITY — King City resident and 2010 high school graduate Marc Flores has been hitting the covers off baseballs this season for the Rieleros de Aguascalientes professional baseball team of the LMB Zona Norte.

The Rieleros (Railroaders), founded in 1975, play their games at Parque Alberto Romo Chavez in Aguascalientes, Mexico, as part of the Mexican League.

“The league is strong, a lot of ex big leaguers and overall good players,” Flores said. “Just talent everywhere from the hitters and the pitchers.”

Flores is making the most of a Covid shortened season, as he is hitting at a .293 batting average with 29 runs batted in along with seven homeruns while playing first base for the Rieleros.

“It’s a short season this year because of Covid,” said Flores, the son of Ralph and Joy Flores of King City. “Usually we play 120 games, but this season it is only 66 games. The season will finish on Sept. 5. We are in fifth place right now in league.”

Flores will be continuing to play in Aguacalientes but is also interested at playing in other countries and would like to return to play baseball in America.

“I’m still owned by Aguascalientes, so I’ll still be here for now,” said the slugging first baseman. “My goal is to come back to the states or play in Taiwan, Japan or Korea.”

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