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Sammy Lopez fell in love with baseball, thanks to a special person.

My mom got me into it, Lopez said. She started me and where I am now I have her to thank for it.

Ever since then, he s lived on the diamond, working his way up to one of the senior leaders of the Cy Lakes Spartans.

Last week, Lopez pitched a complete game, striking out 15 and if that wasn t enough, he went 5-7 at the plate with 3 doubles.

But while he shows promise on the mound, his favorite position is third base and according to Lopez, there s no place like the hot corner.

KHOU 11 Sports reporter Daniel Gotera caught up with this week s KHOU 11 Sports Athlete of the Week.

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