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SoCal Knights Stay Perfect, Take Opening SCIFL Alliance Tournament

Monday, April 1st, 2019

SoCal Knights Jesse Martinez pitched back-to-back wins in the semifinal and championship games of the So. Calif. Independent Fastpitch League (SCIFL) Alliance Tournament at Los Nietos Park, Santa Fe Springs on Saturday, Mar. 30. Photo By BOB OTTO

SANTA FE SPRINGS, Calif. – The pitching was steady, the offense efficient, the defense sure-handed and as a result the SoCal Knights claimed the Southern California Independent Fastpitch League (SCIFL) Alliance tournament championship at Los Nietos Park on Saturday.

The Knights broke open a tight game with three late runs to hold off the Budmen, 9-5, in the final. With the victory, the Knights extend their winning streak to a perfect 11-0 in southern California’s early fastpitch season.

Jesse Martinez hurled a six hitter with three walks and five strikeouts. After giving up four runs in the bottom of the first, the 29-year-old right-hander toughened the rest of the way, holding a one-through-nine murders row of Budmen hitters to just a lone run in fourth.

“Overall, we played solid defense,” said Knights player / manager Jason Martinez. “As a team, we didn’t tear the cover off the ball, but we were consistently getting that timely hit when we needed it, and our pitchers kept us in every game and gave us the chance to come out on top.”

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Beaumont Coyotes finish third in own tourney

Monday, July 7th, 2014

CoyotesFieldWangle.12web Bobby Cortez delivers a pitch for the Beaumont Coyotes against the Morongo Hit Men in the loser’s bracket final of the Beaumont Coyotes men’s fastpitch tournament, Sunday. Photo BY BOB OTTO

BEAUMONT, Calif. – George Valdivia launched a three-run home run in the second inning to give the Beaumont Coyotes a 3-2 lead, but one they couldn’t hold.

The Morongo Hit Men battled back with three runs in the fifth on Anthony Loza’s three-run home run to knock off the Coyotes 6-3 in the loser’s bracket final of the 37th Annual Beaumont Coyotes men’s fastpitch tournament, Sunday, at Valdivia Field.

CoyotesHR.75web George Valdivia is greeted by his teammates after hitting a three-run homer over the left-field fence to give the Coyotes a 3-2 lead. Photo By BOB OTTO

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Lumar Goss Hits and Hurls Hit Men past Coyotes

Saturday, July 5th, 2014

14-HitmenGossLumar.51lr The Hit Men’s Lumar Goss, struck out 14 and allowed just three hits in a 9-1 victory over the host Beaumont Coyotes in the Coyotes 4th of July Tournament, July 4-6, at Valdivia Field. Photo By BOB OTTO

By BOB OTTO / www.ottoinfocus.com
July 5, 2014

BEAUMONT, Calif. – Lumar Goss had it all working. The riser and the drop spun sharply up and down, and the change-up made his 70-plus mph speed look much faster.

When his Saturday afternoon’s work was done, Goss had hurled the Hit Men of the Morongo Indian Reservation to a 9-1 victory over the Beaumont Coyotes. He allowed just three-hits, two walks, with 14 strikeouts.

The victory moves the Hit Men (2-0) into Sunday morning’s winner’s bracket final of the 37th Annual Beaumont Coyotes 4th of July Tournament against the winner of the San Bernardino Dirtbags and Pala Braves.

When asked what was working, Goss turned to his catcher Henry Schelb, and they both agreed, pretty much everything, with a nod toward the drop and change-up.

14-CoyotesSSvsHitmen.93lr Beaumont Coyotes shortstop Gabe Valdivia dives for a ball hit up the middle. Valdivia had a double for the Coyotes. Photo By BOB OTTO

Goss, 28, of Long Beach, and pitching eight years, allowed a lead off double to Gabe Valdivia in the first inning, a double to Joe Valdivia in the fourth, and a single to Richard Soriano in the sixth.

Other than that, he was in command the whole way, with only four balls getting past the infield.

The Hit Men scored two runs in the first on Schelb’s two-run double; added a run in the second on Sal Rated’s solo home run, and plated two more in the fourth on Cuckooman Taylor’s double.

And Goss, batting for himself, launched a two-run homer over the left field fence in the fifth to help his cause.

14-CoyotesHitmen.16lr Jason Martinez is one of the Coyotes young pitchers hurling in the 37th Annual 4th of July Tournament. Photo By BOB OTTO

For the Coyotes, Jason Martinez went the distance allowing eight runs on nine hits, a walk, with three strikeouts.

    FIRST-ROUND SCORES

Hit Men 6, Bombers 0
Corona Rebels 7, I. E. Valley 1
Coyotes 4, Chicanos 2
Pala Braves 16, Corona Redline 0
Hit Men over Breeder-Rupp (no score posted)
San Bernardino Dirtbags over Rebels (no score posted)

The tournament continues with loser’s bracket games throughout Saturday, and on Sunday, the winner’s bracket game starts at 8:30 a.m., followed by loser’s bracket games. The championship is scheduled for 1 p.m.

    TOURNAMENT NOTEBOOK

…Ran into Ralph Roybal, son of long-time manager Fred Roybal. Hard to believe, but now Ralph is over 40 and serving as player / manager of the San Bernardino Bombers, sponsored by Ralph and Linda Trejo of Yucaipa who own Trejo’s Mexican Restaurant. Ralph’s team plays in the So. Calif. Independent Fastpitch League – Master’s Division – that has eight teams, playing once a month on Sunday’s. The Roybal’s are two of the finest you will ever meet on and off the ball diamond.

Lumar Goss, who threw a beauty against the Coyotes said that he got started pitching eight years a go because he was ordered to. It seems that in order to marry the girl he was courting, his (future) father-in-law had said if you want to marry my daughter, you have to play fastpitch. So he took up pitching. And he’s also good with the bat, blasting a two-run homer in his win.

…The game ball of the Coyotes tournament is the deBeer Clincher. It’s kapok core and low compression is much more forgiving for pitchers. The ball simply does not fly as far, or as fast, as the hard “rocket balls” normally used in fastpitch games. Valdivia Field is just over 200-feet around the outfield fence, so the Clincher known as the “Frankenstein ball” amongst fastpitch players because of its zig-zag stitching, is an ideal choice.

wolfpack.doom.debbie.322web Debby Day, pitching for the Long Beach Wolfpack in the 2014 NAFA World Series, A Division. Photo By BOB OTTO

…Great to see Debby Day pitching in the tourney. Day pitched well in last weekend’s California Classic Open tournament in Santee, going 2-0, and she was the Co-MV Pitcher of the 2013 NAFA World Series, A Division, pitching the Long Beach Wolfpack to the title. Day is the Head Softball Coach of Cal Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks.

070514-ThompsonOtto51lr Truman Thompson, left, and Bob Otto at the 2014 37th Annual Beaumont Coyotes 4th of July Men’s Fastpitch Tournament.

…Since 1977, I have had the pleasure of knowing Coyotes pitcher Truman Thompson. He’s a great competitor and pitcher, along with being a great person.