Wertz Pitches Those Guys Past Coyotes in Beaumont 4th of July Men’s Fastpitch Tournament

Written by Bob on July 3rd, 2016
Those Guys pitcher Cory Wertz shutout the Beaumont Coyotes, 5-0, in the semifinals of the Beaumont Coyotes 4th of July Tournament, Saturday. Photo By BOB OTTO

Those Guys pitcher Cory Wertz shutout the Beaumont Coyotes, 5-0, in the semifinals of the Beaumont Coyotes 4th of July Tournament, Saturday. Photo By BOB OTTO

BEAUMONT, Calif. – About the third inning, fans were wondering and asking, who’s that guy? Well, that guy would be Cory Wertz pitching for Those Guys of Long Beach.

The tall right-hander pitched a gem of a ball game. He allowed just four hits with eight strikeouts, a pair of walks and a hit batter in helping Those Guys defeat the hometown Coyotes, 5-0, in the 39th Annual Beaumont Coyotes 4th of July Classic at Valdivia Field, Sunday night.

The win moves Those Guys (2-0) into the winner’s bracket final Sunday morning at 11 against the Hitmen (2-0) of the Morongo Indian Reservation.

Those Guys took a 1-0 lead in the first on an unearned run, and then the Coyotes’ Kirk Walker – pitching his second game of the day – and Wertz locked horns in a pitchers duel.

But in the top of the fourth, Wertz, who bats cleanup, singled up the middle. And that brought Dom Des Vigne to the plate. And he didn’t waste any time, launching Walker’s rise ball high and deep over the centerfield fence.

Dom Des Vigne tags out a runner in the third inning, but he also blasted a two-run homer to help Those Guys in their 5-0 win over the Beaumont Coyotes. Photo By BOB OTTO

Dom Des Vigne tags out a runner in the third inning, but he also blasted a two-run homer to help Those Guys in their 5-0 win over the Beaumont Coyotes. Photo By BOB OTTO

Those Guys added a pair of insurance runs in the sixth, and Wertz escaped trouble by stranding Coyotes in scoring position over the final three innings.

Wertz pitched well, but he had some help from the gloves. In the third, the defense picked off a runner at first base, and Lumar Goss made a running, lunging catch into the left-field corner to rob Damon Valdivia of extra bases and save a run.

The Coyotes (2-1) advanced to meet Those Guys by holding off the Corona Chicanos, 3-1, Sunday morning. Walker (2-1) picked up the win, allowing the one run, while catcher and No. 4 hitter, Jesse Mullens, blasted a two-run homer and David Valdivia, Jr. hit a solo shot.

Those Guys opened the tournament with a win over Maccabi USA to set up their meeting with the Hitmen.

    Hitmen 2, Colton Dirtbags 0
Vince Nelson pitched four-hitter in leading the Hitmen to a 2-0 win over the Colton Dirtbags. Photo By BOB OTTO

Vince Nelson pitched four-hitter in leading the Hitmen to a 2-0 win over the Colton Dirtbags. Photo By BOB OTTO

After six scoreless innings, the Hitmen (2-0) pulled out the win in the top of the seventh on Cuz Shaw’s, two-out, two-run homer. His blast off Dirtbags’ right-hander Anthony Martinez broke up a pitchers duel, giving Hitmen’s right-hander, Vince Nelson the win. The Hitmen advance to take on Those Guys in the winner’s bracket final at 11 a.m. Sunday.

Nelson fired a four-hitter with five strikeouts to edge Martinez, who struck out 10, gave up but three hits with three walks.

The tournament continues Sunday morning with loser’s bracket play, with the winner’s bracket game at 11 and the championship scheduled for 3:30. Should a second game be needed in the double-elimination format, it will follow at 5 p.m.

Directions to Valdiva Field at Rangel Park.

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