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Merriman’s hot bat helps Ostrander Norsemen shock the J&B Bombers in the ISC World Tournament

Monday, August 13th, 2018

KITCHENER, ON, CANADA – The Ostrander Norsemen of Ostrander, Minnesota pulled off an early upset in the ISC World Tournament by beating the ISC’s No. 4 ranked J&B Bombers of Los Angeles, 2-1, in the second round of the tournament, Monday night.

The Norsemen jumped out on top in the first inning on Ryan Merriman’s single up the middle that plated Matias Minigutti, who led off the game with a hit. The Bombers tied the game in the third when Yusef Davis, Jr. singled and later crossed the plate on an error. Then after scoreless fourth and fifth innings, Merriman, who swung a hot stick going 2-for-3, drilled a home run in the sixth for the go-ahead run.

Daniel Chapman made the run stand up by setting down the Bombers in the seventh with two strikeouts and an infield ground ball. Chapman of Farm Cove, New Zealand twirled a three-hit gem along with 15 strikeouts. But the Bombers Devon McCullough turned in a brilliant performance as well, giving up but three hits while striking out 17.

The Norsemen opened the tournament by beating the Bell Cartage Outlaws, 12-0, on Chapman’s no-hitter and 12 strikeouts.

The Norsemen (2-0) return to action on Wednesday against the hometown Kitchener Cubs, while the Bombers (1-1), last year’s runner-up in the tournament, must battle back through the losers bracket, and meet the Dolan & Murphy of Aurora, Ill. Tuesday night.

Liberty University Dedicates Kamphuis Field at Liberty Softball Stadium

Thursday, February 9th, 2017

Liberty University dedicated Kamphuis Field at Liberty Softball Field, April 3, 2015. Courtesy Photos

Lynchburg, VA
April 3, 2015
Courtesy of Mark Seward

LYNCHBURG, VA – Prior to the beginning of today’s Big South Conference softball doubleheader against Presbyterian, Liberty Athletics held a special dedication ceremony as part of the grand opening of the new softball facility.

During the ceremony, Liberty University President Jerry Falwell, Jr., and Director of Athletics Jeff Barber were recognized for their commitment to provide Liberty’s student-athletes with all they need to succeed, both on the field and in the classroom.

Former Lady Flames Head Softball Coach Paul Wetmore (1994-2013) offered a prayer of dedication for the state-of-the art facility, while Liberty Head Softball Coach Dot Richardson threw out the ceremonial first pitch.

The highlight of the pre-game ceremony was the announcement of naming rights of the field, which will now be called Kamphuis Field at Liberty Softball Stadium in honor of Dwayne Kamphuis.

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Golf Tournament to help send Beaumont Coyotes to NAFA World Series

Thursday, July 7th, 2016

BEAUMONT, Calif. – The Beaumont Coyotes men’s fastpitch team is heading to North Mankato / Mankato, Minnesota for the 2016 NAFA World Series, Aug. 18-21, to compete for an A Division championship.

But it takes money to send a team from the West Coast to the Midwest, so the Coyotes under the direction of Manager David Valdivia, Jr. are hosting a golf tournament at one of the finest golf courses in Southern California: Golden Era Golf Course near the cities of San Jacinto and Hemet.

So golfers, enjoy a day on the course at a very reasonable cost with the chance to win awards and contests. See the flyer for complete information.

  • Call your golfing friends and join in on the fun!
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    Around the ball yard at the SCIFL Alliance Tournament

    Thursday, June 30th, 2016
    Jesse Ortiz is the president of the So. California Independent Fastpitch League (SCIFL), and he also pitches for the So. Cal Bandits. Photo By BOB OTTO

    Jesse Ortiz is the president of the So. California Independent Fastpitch League (SCIFL), and he also pitches for the So. Cal Bandits. Photo By BOB OTTO

    SANTA FE SPRINGS, Calif. – I had never been to Little Lake Park in Santa Fe Springs, either as a player or reporter. But after my visit Saturday, June 25, for the So. California Independent Fastpitch League Alliance Tournament, I give the venue where SCIFL plays most of its tournament games, a thumbs-up.

    The four ball diamonds are within easy walking distance for teams and fans. It’s a relief to not have to drive back and forth between distant ball fields. And there’s plenty of shade trees to cool off for players, families and fans.

    HE DOES IT ALL – SCIFL President Jesse Ortiz must be exhausted after these two-day SCIFL tournaments held throughout the fastpitch season. Ortiz does it all – from recruiting teams, making out the bracket, prepping the fields, setting up the scorekeepers at each ball diamond, and even doing a little fencing.

    Ortiz, with the help of just one volunteer, erected fencing around two of the ball fields. Twice. On Saturday night, he had to take down the temporary fencing for fear of having it stolen by thieves in the middle of the night. Then early Sunday morning, he had to put the fencing back up.

    All this work is complicated by one other matter: Ortiz pitches for the So. Cal Bandits. One minute I saw him raking and prepping a field, the next he’s on the rubber pitching. Very few in fastpitch work as hard as this man running a league. Ortiz also said that a good Mexican team contacted him about playing in an upcoming SCIFL tournament.

    ELI SALAZAR MAKES THE BIG SHOW – A versatile player, Salazar started playing in 1996 at the lower levels. But last year, while playing for J & B Painting, he got the chance to play in his first ISC World Tournament. Stepping into the batter’s box against three of the world’s best and hardest throwing pitchers was a big challenge, but one he embraced.

    “I faced Adam Folkard (Most Valuable Pitcher for the tournament champion United Hill Chiefs), Sean Cleary (second-team, all-world pitcher for runner-up Toronto Gators), and Juan Potolicchio,” said Salazar, who also plays and pitches for Those Guys of Long Beach. “Playing against them is fastpitch at it’s best. The ISC World Tournament is the major leagues of fastpitch. I learned that I can compete against that kind of pitching.”

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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.

    USA beats Guatemala, qualifies for IX Pan American fastpitch playoffs

    Thursday, October 30th, 2014

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    PARANA, ARGENTINA – It wasn’t a dominating win, but it certainly was clutch.

    The United States Men’s National Fastpitch Team wheedled out a single run and pitcher Tony Mancha made do with it.

    The right-hander came through with his finest performance, holding Guatemala (1-6) to just one hit with 15 strikeouts, in leading the USA to a 1-0 victory in the final game for both teams in round-robin play of the IX Pan Am games, Thursday.

    “Tony pitched another great game,” said Head Coach Denny Bruckert (Gillespie, Ill.). “Our bats aren’t exploding but we’re playing really great defense. Today is a new day and we’re going to have a tough rematch with Argentina tonight.”

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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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    Top of lineup helps Topeka Toros to first-round win at NAFA Open

    Saturday, June 15th, 2013

    FARGO, ND – The Topeka Toros (1-0) got off to a great start in the NAFA Open-Holm Classic by beating a very good Randy’s A’s (1-1) from British Columbia, 4-1, at Lindenwood Park in Fargo, Saturday.

    The Toros and A’s matched hits with six apiece, but when it came to “clutch,” Topeka couldn’t have asked much more from the top of its lineup.

      The main protagonists?

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