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

Sunday, 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.”

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Wertz Pitches Those Guys Past Coyotes in Beaumont 4th of July Men’s Fastpitch Tournament

Sunday, July 3rd, 2016
Those Guys pitcher Cory Wertz shutout the Beaumont Coyotes, 5-0, in the semifinals of the Beaumont Coyotes 4th of July Tournament, Saturday. Photo By BOB OTTO

Those Guys pitcher Cory Wertz shutout the Beaumont Coyotes, 5-0, in the semifinals of the Beaumont Coyotes 4th of July Tournament, Saturday. Photo By BOB OTTO

BEAUMONT, Calif. – About the third inning, fans were wondering and asking, who’s that guy? Well, that guy would be Cory Wertz pitching for Those Guys of Long Beach.

The tall right-hander pitched a gem of a ball game. He allowed just four hits with eight strikeouts, a pair of walks and a hit batter in helping Those Guys defeat the hometown Coyotes, 5-0, in the 39th Annual Beaumont Coyotes 4th of July Classic at Valdivia Field, Sunday night.

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Coyotes crush Morongo to open 4th of July Men’s Fastpitch Tournament

Friday, July 1st, 2016
Kirk Walker hurled the Beaumont Coyotes to victory in the 39th Annual Coyotes 4th of July Tournament at Valdivia Field in Beaumont, Calif. July 1. Photo By BOB OTTO

Kirk Walker hurled the Beaumont Coyotes to victory in the 39th Annual Coyotes 4th of July Tournament at Valdivia Field in Beaumont, Calif. July 1. Photo By BOB OTTO

BEAUMONT, Calif. – Kirk Walker spun a two-hitter, Jesse Mullen and George Valdivia blasted home runs, and the Beaumont Coyotes defeated Morongo Indian Reservation, 10-0, to open the 39th Annual Coyotes 4th of July Men’s Fastpitch Tournament at Valdivia Field, Friday Night.

Walker, an assistant coach for the UCLA Bruins softball team, struck out seven in three innings before handing over the ball to Will Oldham who finished up with a one-hit, two strikeout effort in two innings of work.

Coyotes Richard Soriano beats the throw and slides safely into second base. Photo By BOB OTTO

Coyotes Richard Soriano beats the throw and slides safely into second base. Photo By BOB OTTO

Mullen launched a two-run shot over the centerfield fence in the second inning to push the Coyotes lead to 8-0, and Valdivia followed with a solo blast over the right-centerfield fence. The Coyotes collected five hits with one each from Gabe Valdivia, Mullen, George Valdivia, Damon Valdivia, and Nathan Valdivia.

The Coyotes took a commanding 5-0 lead in the first, but none of the runs were earned as Morongo committed three errors to hurt their cause. The lone hit in the inning came from Gabe Valdivia who doubled into the left-center gap, and later scored on an error.

The win moves the Coyotes into a 9:30 a.m. meeting Saturday with the Corona Chicanos in the nine-team tournament, rated NAFA A / ASA Class C. The double-elimination tournament continues through Sunday with the championship scheduled at 5 p.m.