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Pala Braves perfect in winning 2017 Raymond Angulo Memorial Men’s Fastpitch Tournament

Sunday, September 10th, 2017

2017 Raymond Angulo Memorial
Tournament Director

CORONA, Calif. – The Pala Braves swept through the tournament undefeated, but were forced into the ‘if necessary’ game of the double elimination format by the Beaumont Coyotes after the Braves lost in the first championship game.

The Coyotes came out of the losers bracket and played five games on Sunday to reach the final.


1. Pala Braves, Pala Band of Mission Indians, Pala, Calif.
2. Beaumont Coyotes, Beaumont, Calif.
3. Patricia’s Mexican Restaurant, Long Beach, Calif.

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 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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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

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.


“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

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.


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.


…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.

Bracket set for Beaumont Coyotes 4th of July Men’s Fastpitch Tournament

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

Truman Thompson, left, and David Valdivia are the longest members of the Beaumont Coyotes men’s fastpitch team. Thompson began pitching for the ball club in 1978, one year after Valdivia formed the team. Photo By BOB OTTO

BEAUMONT, Calif. – The 37th Annual Beaumont Coyotes Men’s Fastpitch Tournament opens Friday, July 4, with 10 teams competing for the championship of the double elimination event that features some of Southern California’s stronger ASA Class C and B teams.

The double-elimination tournament opens at 8:30 a.m. at Valdivia Field at Rangel Park. Games are scheduled an hour and a half apart.

  • 8:30 Hit Men vs. Bombers
  • 10:00 I.E. Valley vs. Corona Rebels
  • 11:30 Beaumont Coyotes vs. Corona Chicanos
  • 1:00 Corona Redline vs. Pala Braves (two-time defending champions)
  • 2:30 Breeder – Rupp vs. winner of 8:30 game
  • 4:00 San Bernardino Dirtbags vs. winner of 10 a.m. game
  • On Saturday the action starts at 8 a.m. with the final game of the day set for 6:30 p.m.

    Then on Sunday, games kick off at 8:30 with the winner’s bracket final, and continue until the championship game scheduled for 1 p.m.

    See Tournament Bracket

    All the games will be played at Rangel Park, located on the corner of Olive Ave. and West 4th Street in Beaumont.

    For families, the park has shade trees down the baselines close to the action, and a playground for the kids. Great homemade Mexican food will be served with cold beverages throughout the tournament.