Obregon breaks up pitching duel to lead Patricia’s to Raymond Angulo Memorial championship

Written by Bob on September 4th, 2016
CHAMPIONSHIP BALL CLUB - Patricia's Mexican Restaurant of Long Beach won the 2016 Annual Raymond Angulo Memorial Men's Fastpitch Tournament, Sunday, with a 1-0 victory over the Beaumont Coyotes, which was Patricia's fourth consecutive win. The team consists of Doug Shaw, Joe Jenicke, Kevin Castillo, Peter Basaca, Larry Watts, Lumar Goss, Eddie Mendez, Jason Obregon, Yusef Davis, Jr., and Aaron Vasquez. Photo By BOB OTTO / Sept. 4, 2016

CHAMPIONSHIP BALL CLUB – Patricia’s Mexican Restaurant of Long Beach won the 2016 Annual Raymond Angulo Memorial Men’s Fastpitch Tournament, Sunday, with a 1-0 victory over the Beaumont Coyotes, which was Patricia’s fourth consecutive win. The team consists of Doug Shaw, Joe Jenicke, Kevin Castillo, Peter Basaca, Larry Watts, Lumar Goss, Eddie Mendez, Jason Obregon, Yusef Davis, Jr., and Aaron Vasquez. Photo By BOB OTTO / Sept. 4, 2016

CORONA, Calif. – Lumar Goss refused to budge and Kirk Walker wouldn’t blink, so Jason Obregon took matters into his own hands.

The right-side hitter delivered the big blow to give Patricia’s Mexican Restaurant of Long Beach a 1-0 victory over the Beaumont Coyotes, Sunday, in the championship game of the Raymond Angulo Memorial Men’s Fastpitch Tournament at Promenade Park in Corona.

Through four innings Patricia’s Goss and the Coyotes’ Walker were locked in a scoreless pitching duel. But in the fifth with two out, Patricia’s got a big break when Kevin Castillo reached second base safely on an infield throwing error. And Obregon followed by drilling a clean single into left-centerfield to score the game-winner.

The win was the fourth straight for Patricia’s and Goss, who pitched in every game and was nearly unhittable on Sunday, when he beat the Coyotes twice, 3-1, in the morning’s winner’s bracket final, and then five hours later in the championship.

In the championship, he fired a two-hitter with 11 strikeouts, just slightly better than his three-hitter in the first game. What was so effective in holding a good-hitting Coyotes squad in check?

“The down ball,” said Goss. “When I kept it on the corners it was money. But the Coyotes are great fighters to the last out.”

PATRICIA'S WORK HORSE - Lumar Goss won his fourth game in leading Patricia's Mexican Restaurant of Long Beach to a 1-0 victory over the Beaumont Coyotes, Sunday, to claim the 2016 Annual Raymond Angulo Memorial Men's Fastpitch Tournament.  Photo By BOB OTTO / Sept. 4, 2016

PATRICIA’S WORK HORSE – Lumar Goss won his fourth game in leading Patricia’s Mexican Restaurant of Long Beach to a 1-0 victory over the Beaumont Coyotes, Sunday, to claim the 2016 Annual Raymond Angulo Memorial Men’s Fastpitch Tournament. Photo By BOB OTTO / Sept. 4, 2016

After getting knocked down into the losers bracket, the Coyotes defeated the Smash Brothers, 8-1, for a second crack at Patricia’s. Eloy Montoya (2-0) hurled a beauty in picking up the win.

But as well as the Coyotes hit the ball in the tournament, they had little success with Goss. Coyotes’ manager, David Valdivia, Jr. tipped his hat to the right-hander’s dominance.

“He’s a tough pitcher,” said Valdivia. “We made him work, and we always have a battle with him, but he (threw) the right pitches where it counts.”

Goss worked a 70-plus mph rise ball above the letters and busted his drop below the knees on the corners. Along with his 11 strikeouts, he had seven ground balls, two infield pop ups, and only one ball reached the outfield – a fly ball to right field.

Goss’s only blemish were a hit batter in the first inning and a walk in the seventh. But the guy on the other side of the diamond had a fine ball game, too.

Walker’s mix included a riser, drop and change-up that he varied with speeds between 58 and 67 mph. He finished with a four-hit, two-strikeout performance to finish a tough-luck 1-2 over the weekend. Both losses to Patricia’s.

TOUGH-LUCK CHUCKER - Beaumont Coyotes Kirk Walker scattered four hits and gave up but one unearned run, but that proved too much as the Coyotes lost, 1-0, to Patricia's Mexican Restaurant of Long Beach in the championship game of the Raymond Angulo Memorial Men's Fastpitch Tournament. Photo By BOB OTTO / Sept. 4, 2016

TOUGH-LUCK CHUCKER – Beaumont Coyotes Kirk Walker scattered four hits and gave up but one unearned run, but that proved too much as the Coyotes lost, 1-0, to Patricia’s Mexican Restaurant of Long Beach in the championship game of the Raymond Angulo Memorial Men’s Fastpitch Tournament. Photo By BOB OTTO / Sept. 4, 2016

Valdivia praised his right-hander who gave him every thing he had.

“He only gave up four runs (two earned) in two games to a great team,” he said. “Both he and Eloy (Montoya) threw really well.”

Both teams sported lineups with a mix of veterans and rookies. For the Coyotes, Damon Valdivia, 18, Nathan Valdivia, 17, and Devon Valdivia, just a 13-year-old, played key roles for the squad.

“We’ve started using some of our youth,” Valdivia said. “They’re earning the playing time. It’s a good mix of veterans and young guys.”

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