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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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Beaumont Coyotes hosting 37th Annual 4th of July Tournament

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

valdivia.david.1web David Valdivia started the Beaumont Coyotes men’s fastpitch team and its tournament in 1977 and the team and tournament carry on to this day. Photo By BOB OTTO

BEAUMONT, Calif. – Every 4th of July weekend, Rangel Park in Beaumont comes alive. It’s time for the Beaumont Coyotes annual men’s fastpitch tournament that draws some of the better teams from Southern California.

David Valdivia started the tournament in 1977. It’s been going off, well, like fireworks ever since, now marking the 37th year of the popular event.

He recalls that first year fondly when the home-run hitting Cororna Chicanos (then managed by the legendary Jim ‘Chayo’ Rodriguez) launched a homer assault on “Valdivia Field,” which the City of Beaumont named in honor of Valdivia’s many years of service to softball and the city.

“The fences down the left field line and right field line are 200 and 220 feet (respectively) and 230 in center,” Valdivia said. “There was chain link 12-feet high back then, but the ball still sailed over the fences. There was something like 96 homers hit in the tournament, and the Chicanos with Ray and Freddy Bega and Joey and Jim Rodriguez hit a lot of them.”

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