Beaumont Coyotes bats come alive in tourney opener

Written by Bob on July 5th, 2014

14-ValdiviaDavidJr.58lr Beaumont Coyotes’ third baseman David Valdivia, Jr. rips into a pitch during the Coyotes 4-2 victory over the Corona Chicanos, in the opening round of play in the 37th Annual Beaumont Coyotes Men’s Fastpitch Tournament. Photo By BOB OTTO

By BOB OTTO / www.ottoinfocus.com
July 4, 2014

BEAUMONT, Calif. – The Beaumont Coyotes overcame a 1-0 deficit by scoring four runs in the fourth inning to take a 4-2 victory over the Corona Chicanos on Friday in the 37th Annual Coyotes Men’s Fastpitch Tournament at Valdivia Field in Beaumont.

Gabriel Valdivia got things started in the fourth with a leadoff single, stole second and third, and then scored on an error to even the score. The Coyotes – whose bats were in a slumber through the first three innings – broke loose for three more runs, led by Aaron Morris and George Valdivia’s run-scoring singles to nail down the win.

14-OldhamWill.92lr Will Oldham allowed one earned run in pitching the Coyotes to a 4-2 victory in the opening game of the tournament for the Coyotes. Photo By BOB OTTO

Meanwhile, Will Oldham held Corona in check, allowing one earned run. And the right-hander from the Palm Springs area came up with some clutch pitching to pick up the win.

The Chicanos loaded the bases in the fifth with two outs on back-to-back walks, but after a visit by Coyotes manager, David Valdivia, Sr., Oldham buckled down and got a strikeout to end the threat.

The win moves the Coyotes (1-0) into Saturday’s second round at 11 a.m., while the Chicanos (0-1) drop into the losers bracket for a 9:30 game, Saturday morning.

The tournament continues Saturday through Sunday, with the championship scheduled for 1 p.m. on Sunday.

14-SorianoRichard.35lr Coyotes second baseman Richard Soriano raced behind second base to field the ball and fires to first for the out. Photo By BOB OTTO

    TOURNAMENT NOTES

…Veteran umpire Ray Triplett was behind the plate officiating in his 36th Coyotes tournament.

“I’ve only missed one since David (Valdivia) started it (in 1977),” he said.

…The Coyotes are indeed a family team. Since starting in 1977, the team has been primarily composed of Valdivia’s and related family members. And this year is no different with at least seven players bearing the name Valdivia or in some way related. And they have talent. Several of them played high school baseball and other sports for either Beaumont or Banning high schools.

…Several of the 10 teams’ pitchers have been in the game a long time, including Frank Mestas. In his prime, he was an excellent hitting first-baseman, but now he’s in the circle pitching for a Soboba reservation team.

14-MestasFrankSoboba.3lr Frank Mestas show his form while pitching for Soboba in the 37th Annual Beaumont Coyotes Men’s Fastpitch Tournament, Thursday. Photo By BOB OTTO

…The Coyotes have Will Oldham and Jason Martinez to handle the pitching chores. But if the youngsters need some help, 73-year-old Truman Thompson is in uniform and ready to provide some relief. Thompson, who epitomizes the term, “work horse,” for years was about the only pitcher the Coyotes ever needed. In tournaments, such as the Coyotes 4th of July extravaganza, Thompson has often pitched as many as seven games. At least four times, Thompson has been selected the tournament’s Most Valuable Pitcher.

14-CoyotesChapleChuckJr.80lr Corona Chicanos scored a run as the throw to the plate was too late for Coyotes catcher Chuck Chaple, Jr. to make a play. Photo By BOB OTTO

Matt Valdivia was at his familiar post performing an exemplary service announcing the games. Valdivia is the Assistant Principal at Banning High School, and his cousin, Nathan Valdivia, teaches history-social science and is the AVID administrator.

Chuck Chaple, Jr. was behind the plate for the Coyotes. He showed the same strong arm and catching skills of his father, Chuck Chaple, who caught for the Yucaipa A’s (1983-1997) for about a dozen years – helping lead the team to national tournament appearances in the ASA and NAFA.

2 Comments so far ↓

  1. Lisa Morris says:

    Correction: That batter was Aaron Morris, son of former Coyote David Morris. 🙂

  2. Bob says:

    Thank You Lisa, I’ve got it corrected.

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