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Braves refocus and blast way to Coyotes Fourth of July Tournament Championship

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

The Pala Braves, 2011 Coyotes’ Fourth of July Tournament champions.

BEAUMONT, CA – The Pala Braves weren’t too pleased with their performance and they knew that if they didn’t improve – and quickly – a prestigious tournament championship was about to slip away.

So the Braves held a team meeting before the start of the “if necessary” game and went on to blast the Morongo Hostiles 14-0 to claim the championship of the 2011 35th Annual Coyotes Men’s Fourth of July Fastpitch Softball Tournament, Sunday, at Valdivia Field in Beaumont.

“We met between the games and we talked about getting back to playing fundamental fastpitch and quit swinging for the fences,” said Cody Maxcy, the Braves manager and catcher. “We got more patient waiting on pitches, and we played a lot smarter.”

But in that first game, the Hostiles were the better ball club, coming out on top 8-5 to force the if necessary game.

“The pitching and defense came through for us in that game,” said Hostiles manager and second baseman Ike Norte. “We just ran out of gas in the second game, but we played well, and this was our highest finish ever in the Coyotes’ tournament.”

In the second game, the Braves jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning when Theron Cueva and Maxcy led off with back-to-back walks, and Tommy Herrera was hit by a pitch. Then Chris Devers RBI single and Anthony Lofton’s infield ground out scored both runs. And that was all the run support Jerome Morrison would ultimately need as he tossed a four-inning mercy-ruled shutout to pick up the win.

Morrison allowed but one hit – a second inning double by Anthony Loza – in earning his third win of the tourney. Morrison pitched every inning of the tournament for Pala in leading the Braves to a 3-1 record, and was named the Most Valuable Pitcher for his efforts.

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Morongo tops Soboba in Beaumont Fourth of July Men’s Fastpitch Tourney

Saturday, July 2nd, 2011

Photos By BOB OTTO

BEAUMONT, CA – The action heated up Friday night in the opening game of the 35th Annual Beaumont Coyotes Fourth of July Tournament with the Morongo Hostiles defeating the Soboba Beernuts 8-0 behind the shutout pitching of Anthony Loza, along with a two-run home run in the first inning by Lou Martin that proved the deciding runs in the Hostiles victory. Photos By BOB OTTO

The eight-team tournament continues through Sunday with the championship game scheduled for 12:30.

In today’s play, the Morongo Men’s Club meets the San Bernardino Aztecs at 8 a.m., while the host Beaumont Coyotes tangle with the Corona Rebels at 9:30 a.m. Games are scheduled throughout the day with the final game set for 6:30 p.m.

Sunday’s playoff round starts at 8 a.m., leading up to the championship game.

Beaumont Coyotes Fourth of July tournament promises to be competitive

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

BEAUMONT, CA – David Valdivia says it gets harder each year finding enough teams, but as long as he can find eight or more, the Beaumont Coyotes Men’s Fastpitch Tournament will stay right on schedule – over the Fourth of July weekend – just as it has for the past 34 years.

The 66-year-old Valdivia – known respectfully and affectionately as “Señor Coyote” – has held the Coyotes Fourth of July Tournament since 1977 without missing a beat. And beginning Friday night at 6:30 the 35th edition of the popular southern California tournament will roll out at Rangel Park in Beaumont.

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Beaumont Coyotes (35th) Annual Softball Tournament

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

BEAUMONT, CAPopular softball tournament comes to Beaumont over the Fourth of July

Softball fans come to see pitchers hurling fastballs across home plate at 60 mph and sluggers swinging for centerfield fences 230 feet away. At this weekend’s (34th) annual Beaumont Coyotes Fast Pitch Softball Tournament, thousands of fans will also enjoy freshly prepared, homemade Mexican food.

The popular tournament, which draws thousands of fans from across Southern California and beyond, begins Friday night, July 2nd, at Rangel Park’s Valdivia Field and ends Sunday night on the Fourth of July, with a championship game. Ten softball teams are traveling to Beaumont from across the Inland Empire and as far away as San Diego and Long Beach…Continue Reading