August 29th, 2017

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Raymond Angulo Memorial Men’s Fastpitch Tournament Supports Special Needs Children

Tuesday, August 29th, 2017

CORONA, Calif. – Ten of Southern California’s top men’s fastpitch softball teams take to the ball diamonds Sept. 2-3, at Promenade Park Softball Field in Corona.

The tournament will feature some outstanding fastpitch action as it embarks on its 17th year. But it’s purpose is far greater than providing a venue for skilled athletes to showcase their ball playing abilities.

The Raymond Angulo Memorial Men’s Fastpitch Tournament raises money for JoJo’s Circle of Friends, a non-profit organization that helps children with special needs.

The organization was originally established to support Joseph (JoJo) Angulo, born with cerebral Palsy, and who is the grandson of the late Raymond Angulo, one of Corona’s all-time best pitchers, who passed away in 2000.

But over the years, JoJo’s Circle of Friends has reached out to benefit many more children with special needs.

“Raymond’s wife, Antonia and his son Joe Angulo feel blessed and grateful that his memory lives on in the tournament and fundraiser that helps these special needs children,” said Ernie Marez, tournament director.

During the Labor Day weekend tournament, raffles, prizes, and sales from food booths, and other activities will raise needed funds for the organization’s planned events.

  • To learn more about the organization, visit: Facebook / JoJos Circle of Friends.
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  • Al Doran, a pioneer in men’s fastball

    Tuesday, August 29th, 2017

    “Al Doran literally changed the game of fastball when he got involved. He became the focal point for fastball news. The game has never been the same since.” – Blair Setford

    Alsfastball.1sblr Photo By Rosanne Allan / ISC Streaming Producer / Canadian Fastball & American Softball

    RICHMOND HILL, ONTARIO – In the world of fastball, Al Doran is known as a visionary, a game changer, a technology expert. And if you were to fix a title on him, “Friend of Fastball,” fits pretty well.

    For he certainly has been that and more; especially to the International Softball Congress (ISC) and legions of fastball fans worldwide.

    His ball diamond exploits won’t win him much fame. He played fastball as a teenager and adult, and he coached boys and girls’ fastball in Toronto.

    But off the field?

    That’s where he’s made his mark. Doran has nearly 50 years of experience in the design, development and application of computer-based information systems.

      SPREADING THE FASTBALL WORD

    Back in 1995, he saw that fastball had a major problem: It had very little Internet presence. So he took his professional expertise, turned to fastball and basically said: let me help you broadcast fastball news and market this wonderful sport on the Internet.

    “I decided to do something because no one in the media, with the exception of Bob Tomlinson and his Fastpitch Chronicle was talking about the sport,” said Doran. “But the Chronicle often took months to get to subscribers and by then a tournament in your own town could be over, and almost no one knew about it.”

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