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Buzzards hold off WAH to take Palm Springs Classic Men’s Fastpitch Tournament

Monday, April 3rd, 2017

THE TAFT (CA) BUZZARDS claimed the 2017 Palm Springs Classic Men’s Fastpitch Tounament at DeMuth Park in Palm Springs, March 25-26. The tournament was the season opener for the So. California Independent Fastpitch League’s (SCIFL) series of Alliance tournaments. Courtesy Photo / Jesse Ortiz, SCIFL President.

By JESSE ORTIZ
SCIFL President

PALMS SPRINGS, Calif. – The So Calif. Independent Fastpitch League (SCIFL) opened its 2017 season at DeMuth Park in Palm Springs on March 25-26. Ten teams took part in the Palm Springs Classic, led by long-time men’s fastpitch advocate and tournament director, Vickie Oltean.

After Saturday’s round-robin play, WAH of the Morongo Band of Mission Indians and the Taft (CA) Buzzards emerged as the No. 1 and 2 seeds, respectively. Both powerhouses rolled through Sunday’s single-elimination playoffs undefeated into the championship.

Led by the pitching of starter Eloy Montoya, who went three innings, and closer Sonny Perkins, the Buzzards held off WAH, 3-2, in eight innings to claim SCIFL’s first Alliance tournament of the season.

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Morongo Hitmen Slugfest Paves Way To Beaumont Tourney Title

Monday, July 4th, 2016
The Hitmen won four consecutive games to take the championship. Photo By BOB OTTO

The Hitmen won four consecutive games to take the championship. Photo By BOB OTTO

BEAUMONT, Calif. – The Hitmen of the Morongo Indian Reservation displayed all the skills of a good fastpitch team – speed, power, defense and pitching – to claim the 39th Annual Beaumont Coyotes 4th of July Men’s Fastpitch Tournament at Valdivia Field late Sunday night.

Led by the pitching of Vince Nelson, a 26-year-old right-hander from the La Jolla and Rincon Indian reservations in San Diego County, the Hitmen went 4-0, culminating with a 13-1 victory over the Corona Chicanos in the championship.

Leading up to the championship, the Hitmen beat the Pala Braves 4-3, Colton Dirtbags 2-0, and Those Guys of Long Beach 6-0.

Hitmen's Vince Nelson led  his team to the Beaumont Coyotes 4th of July Men's Fastpitch Tournament championship. Photo By BOB OTTO

Hitmen’s Vince Nelson led his team to the Beaumont Coyotes 4th of July Men’s Fastpitch Tournament championship. Photo By BOB OTTO

NELSON TOUGH TO BEAT

Nelson won all four games and was selected to the all-tournament team. In the championship, he allowed a run in the second inning, but shut out the Chicanos the rest of the way on five hits, two walks and five strikeouts.

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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.

Braves refocus and blast way to Coyotes Fourth of July Tournament Championship

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011


The Pala Braves, 2011 Coyotes’ Fourth of July Tournament champions.

BEAUMONT, CA – The Pala Braves weren’t too pleased with their performance and they knew that if they didn’t improve – and quickly – a prestigious tournament championship was about to slip away.

So the Braves held a team meeting before the start of the “if necessary” game and went on to blast the Morongo Hostiles 14-0 to claim the championship of the 2011 35th Annual Coyotes Men’s Fourth of July Fastpitch Softball Tournament, Sunday, at Valdivia Field in Beaumont.

“We met between the games and we talked about getting back to playing fundamental fastpitch and quit swinging for the fences,” said Cody Maxcy, the Braves manager and catcher. “We got more patient waiting on pitches, and we played a lot smarter.”

But in that first game, the Hostiles were the better ball club, coming out on top 8-5 to force the if necessary game.

“The pitching and defense came through for us in that game,” said Hostiles manager and second baseman Ike Norte. “We just ran out of gas in the second game, but we played well, and this was our highest finish ever in the Coyotes’ tournament.”

BIG BATS SUPPORT MORRISON
In the second game, the Braves jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning when Theron Cueva and Maxcy led off with back-to-back walks, and Tommy Herrera was hit by a pitch. Then Chris Devers RBI single and Anthony Lofton’s infield ground out scored both runs. And that was all the run support Jerome Morrison would ultimately need as he tossed a four-inning mercy-ruled shutout to pick up the win.

Morrison allowed but one hit – a second inning double by Anthony Loza – in earning his third win of the tourney. Morrison pitched every inning of the tournament for Pala in leading the Braves to a 3-1 record, and was named the Most Valuable Pitcher for his efforts.

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