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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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Patricia’s and Coyotes on collision course in Ray Angulo Memorial Men’s Fastpitch Tournament

Saturday, September 3rd, 2016
WALK-OFF HOMER - With the game tied in the eighth inning, pitcher Lumar Goss stepped up to the plate and blasted a home run with a runner aboard for a walk-off 4-2 victory over the Smash Brothers, Saturday, to move Patricia's Restaurant of Long Beach into the winner's bracket final, Sunday. The championship is scheduled for 2 p.m. at Promenade Park in Corona. Photo By BOB OTTO

WALK-OFF HOMER – With the game tied in the eighth inning, pitcher Lumar Goss stepped up to the plate and blasted a home run with a runner aboard for a walk-off 4-2 victory over the Smash Brothers, Saturday, to move Patricia’s Restaurant of Long Beach into the winner’s bracket final, Sunday. The championship is scheduled for 2 p.m. at Promenade Park in Corona. Photo By BOB OTTO

CORONA, Calif. – Riding the arm and bat of Lumar Goss, Patricia’s Mexican Restaurant of Long Beach powered past the Warriors, 14-4, and the Smash Brothers, 4-2, Saturday, to advance to Sunday’s winner’s bracket final in the Ray Angulo Memorial Men’s Fastpitch Tournament at Promenade Park.

Goss pitched complete game victories, and in the win over Smash Brothers, he did just that – smash a walk-off, two-run home run in the eighth inning with the international tiebreaker run aboard.

Waiting to throw up a blockade in Sunday’s encounter is the Beaumont Coyotes, a young, talented team fresh off a 4th place finish in the NAFA A-Division World Series. The Coyotes sailed through Saturday’s nine-team field by defeating the Corona Chicanos, 4-1, and Those Guys of Long Beach, 10-2.

The two squads will meet at 9:30 a.m. with the winner advancing into the title game, and the loser dropping into the loser’s bracket.

The tournament is a most worthy fundraiser and memorial honoring Corona fastpitch pitcher Raymond Angulo who passed away in 2000. To learn more about the tournament and men’s fastpitch in Corona, read: Ernie Marez keeping men’s fastpitch softball alive in Corona

Other scores through mid-Saturday

Bandits 3, Redline 2
Smash Brothers 7, Bandits 0
Those Guys 5, Streamline Cable 3
Redline 3, Chicanos 1
Redline 17, Streamline Cable 0

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Those Guys Bringing Young Guys Into Fastpitch

Wednesday, April 13th, 2016
Those Guys fastpitch team of Long Beach, Calif., has five high school players on its roster, along with a good veteran core. In early April, the team finished runner-up to J & B Painting (an ISC caliber team) in a So. Calif. Independent Fastpitch League (SCIFL) tournament. Courtesy photo / SCIFL

Those Guys fastpitch team of Long Beach, Calif., has five high school players on its roster, along with a good veteran core. In early April, the team finished runner-up to J & B Painting (an ISC caliber team) in a So. Calif. Independent Fastpitch League (SCIFL) tournament. Courtesy photo / SCIFL

LONG BEACH, Calif. – In the late 1970s, Paul Castillo and a few of his fastpitch buddies decided to start a team. But what to name it? How about Those Guys, suggested Castillo.

Approval was given, and now almost 40 years later, Those Guys are still playing the game they love in So. Calif.

In the early years, veterans made up a good share of the roster. But over the past several years, Castillo has made a concerted effort to bring young players into the fold.

Most ball clubs prefer veterans over untested rookies. After all, there’s no training involved with proven veterans; whereas with many rookies, it can be a struggle to learn the nuances of a new sport.

    GIVING THE KIDS A CHANCE

And besides, Castillo, now 58, remembers as a teenager he was given the opportunity to play.

“When I was 18, I was given a chance to play,” said Castillo. “It’s the reason I give my young guys a chance. There’s teams that want all veterans, but we’ve got to develop kids (for the sport to grow), and they need somewhere to play.”

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Love leads Lumar Goss to fastpitch softball

Monday, April 11th, 2016

14-HitmenGossLumar.51lr Lumar Goss pitching in the 2014 Beaumont Coyotes 4th of July Tournament. Photo By BOB OTTO

LONG BEACH, Calif. – As a youngster, Lumar Goss played two sports, football and basketball. He loved hitting people and putting a ball through the hoop. Baseball? No, he never played the sport.

So it stands to reason that fastpitch softball wasn’t even on his radar. That is, until he met the love of his life, Julie Castillo, and her fastpitch-passionate father Paul Castillo. Just 19 at the time, young Lumar had to make a choice: play a sport he never heard of, or give up the girl.

    LOVE ON CONDITION

“My wife’s father gave me the ultimatum, play fastpitch or I couldn’t date his daughter,” said Lumar with a chuckle.

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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

By BOB OTTO / www.ottoinfocus.com
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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.

BEST TOURNEY PLAYER

“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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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.