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Popular Beaumont Coyotes Men’s Fastpitch Tournament Pushing 40

Monday, June 27th, 2016

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BEAUMONT, Calif. – Thirty nine years a go, David Valdivia, Sr. started a men’s fastpitch tournament that has survived the falloff of teams in Riverside and San Bernardino counties, and remains one of the few men’s fastpitch tournaments in the Inland Empire, along with the tournaments held on Indian reservations (Soboba, Morongo, Pala) throughout the counties.

And once again Valdivia will be hosting the Beaumont Coyotes 4th of July Tournament, July 1-3 (Friday through Sunday) at Valdivia Field that is named after Valdivia by the City of Beaumont for his dedication to the men’s game and contribution to the betterment of the city.

The quaint little ball diamond is a home run hitter’s delight with its 210-foot fences, but can be a nightmare for pitchers who leave pitches hanging over the plate. legend has it that one year over 70 homers scaled the fences, with the long-ball hitting Corona Chicanoes blasting a fair share of them.

The Coyotes will once again field a team – this also the 39th year the team has been in existance. Only one thing has changed. David Sr. has turned over the reins to his son, David Jr. But the vast majority of players remain related – mostly cousins, mostly sons of former Coyotes. In other words, the Coyotes are the quintessential definition of a “family team.”

David Valdivia, Jr. has taken over managing the Beaumont Coyotes from his father, David Sr. But be assured that the same competitive spirit, the same attention to detail was passed down from father to son. David Jr. is known as one of the best hitters in the area, and at Valdivia Field, he is a feared fence buster. Photo By BOB OTTO

David Valdivia, Jr. has taken over managing the Beaumont Coyotes from his father, David Sr. But be assured that the same competitive spirit, the same attention to detail was passed down from father to son. David Jr. is known as one of the best hitters in the area, and at Valdivia Field, he is a feared fence buster. Photo By BOB OTTO

Along with the ball games, the Coyotes have a snack shack offering delicious homemade Mexican food (the taco plate gets rave reviews) prepared by Valdivia’s family of sisters, aunts, wives and nieces.

So this year, come for the fastpitch, come for the food. You won’t be disappointed.

Valdivia Field is located at Rangel Park, 201 B St., Beaumont, near the intersection of the 60 and 10 freeways.

38th Annual Beaumont (Calif.) Coyotes 4th of July Tournament

Monday, June 8th, 2015

BEAUMONT, Calif. – For 38 years, David Valdivia, Sr. has managed his Coyotes men’s fastpitch team and held a 4th of July tournament. While others have long since left the sport, Valdivia carries on with his popular tournament that draws the better teams from throughout Southern California.

The tournament is open to NAFA A-Major or lower rated teams.

Along with watching competitive men’s fastpitch, the tournament serves delicious homestyle Mexican food, making this a must attend event.

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Morongo Hit Men battle back to take Beaumont Coyotes tournament

Monday, July 7th, 2014

Hitmen24_Pala_23.164web Beretta slides safely into home with the winning run in the Morongo Hit Men’s 4-3 victory (nine innings) over the Pala Braves to take the championship of the 37th Annual Beaumont Coyotes 4th of July Tournament (July4-6) in Beaumont. Blocking the plate is Pala catcher Jason Abregon. Photo By BOB OTTO

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July 6, 2014

BEAUMONT, Calif. – The loser’s bracket often delivers the knockout blow to a fastpitch team. But not so for the Hit Men of the Morongo Indian Reservation. They seem to thrive on battling back against the odds.

And they certainly did on Sunday in the playoffs of the 37th Annual Beaumont Coyotes 4th of July tournament at Valdivia Field in Beaumont.

After losing early Sunday morning to the tournament’s two-time defending champion Pala Braves, 2-1, in the winner’s bracket final, the Hit Men (6-1) bounced back with three consecutive wins to take the title.

After beating the host Beaumont Coyotes, 6-3, in the loser’s bracket final, the Hit Men beat Pala (3-2) twice, 8-4 and 4-3 in nine innings to finalize their championship run on a day in which they were on the ball field for about seven hours.

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“We have a lot of confidence in each other,” said Hit Men shortstop Sal Rated, who was selected the tournament’s Most Valuable Player. (In the final three games on Sunday, he went 8 for 12 for a .667 BA with two RBI, six doubles, and one homer run.) “We never give up. That’s our motto.”

HitmenMVPlayer.201web Most Valuable Player, Sal Rated of the Morongo Hit Men. He drove in the tying run in the seventh to send the game into extra innings.Rated is pictured with Beaumont Coyotes manager, founder and tournament director, David Valdivia, Sr. Photo By BOB OTTO

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