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Popular Raymond Angulo Memorial Men’s Fastpitch Tournament

Friday, April 20th, 2018

DAVE MELTZ is one of the veteran pitchers often found “toeing the rubber” in the Annual Raymond Angulo Memorial Men’s Fastpitch Tournament in Corona, Calif. Meltz and veterans such as ERNIE MAREZ, the tournament director, help keep men’s fastpitch going in Southern California. Photo By BOB OTTO

By ERNIE MAREZ
Tournament Director

CORONA, Calif. – The annual 2018 Raymond Angulo Memorial Men’s Fastpitch Tournament is one of the few left in the Inland Empire of Southern California. And it’s a good one that’s popular with teams throughout the area.

The tournament is hosted by Major League Softball and the So. Cal Rebels Softball Organization. it’s a competitive tournament played at an excellent softball facility – Promenade Park in Corona.

    HERE’S THE DETAILS

When: Sept. 1-2, 2018
Where: Promenade Park Softball Field, Corona.

Entry Fee: $375.00
Payment Deadline: Aug. 27.
Send Payment To: So. Cal Rebels c/o Ernie Marez, 390 W. Mission Rd., Corona, CA 92882

Format: Double Elimination with 3 game guarantee and awards
Classification: Class C

Contact Information: Ernie Marez at 951-377-3364; email elmarez25@sbcglobal.net.

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Raymond Angulo Memorial tournament benefits children with special needs

Thursday, September 8th, 2016
The 16th Annual Raymond Angulo Memorial Men's Fastpitch Tournament and JoJo's Circle of Friends, held a tournament and fundraiser, Sept. 3-4, at Promenade Park in Corona to raise funds for children with special needs. Photo By BOB OTTO

The 16th Annual Raymond Angulo Memorial Men’s Fastpitch Tournament and JoJo’s Circle of Friends, held a tournament and fundraiser, Sept. 3-4, at Promenade Park in Corona to raise funds for children with special needs. Photo By BOB OTTO

CORONA, Calif. – Nine teams came to battle for a fastpitch championship, but the real winners were JoJo and his many friends.

For 16 years, the Raymond Angulo Memorial Men’s Fastpitch Tournament has raised money for JoJo’s Circle of Friends, a non-profit organization that helps children with special needs.

The organization was originally established to support Joseph (JoJo) Angulo, born with cerebral Palsy, and who is the grandson of the late Raymond Angulo, who passed away in 2000.

But now many more children with special needs benefit as well.

“At first we started raising funds for JoJo’s needs,” said Ernie Marez, Raymond Angulo’s son-in-law and the tournament director. “But now funds are raised for special needs children where JoJo attends school and other special needs children and their families in need of special equipment.”

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All ages needed on the fastpitch ball diamond, even Boomers

Wednesday, September 7th, 2016
THREE BOOMERS STILL HANGING AROUND THE BALL PARK - You can find some pretty good company at the ball field as I did at the Raymond Angulo Memorial Fastpitch Tournament in Corona, Sept. 3-4. No better friends than Dave Meltz, 66, left, myself (age unknown), and Neil Jones, 64. Both Dave and Neil are still pitching fastpitch, primarily for masters teams, but they don't hesitate to butt heads with the 20s, 30s, 40s, and 50s kids and grandkids. I, of much sounder mind, retired 16 years a go much to the delight and relief of my teammates. Photo By Ginni Jones, Neil's wife / Sept. 3, 2016

THREE BOOMERS STILL HANGING AROUND THE BALL PARK – You can find some pretty good company at the ball field as I did at the Raymond Angulo Memorial Fastpitch Tournament in Corona, Sept. 3-4. No better friends than Dave Meltz, 66, left, myself, 68, and Neil Jones, 64.Photo By Ginni Jones, Neil’s wife / Sept. 3, 2016

CORONA, Calif. – Both Dave Meltz and Neil Jones are still pitching fastpitch, primarily for masters teams in So. Calif. In the 1970s, they battled each other in Wisconsin, where both grew up before Dave settled in So. Calif., and Neil in Las Vegas.

Now they square off in various masters tournaments and in the So. Calif. Independent Fastpitch League (SCIFL) Masters Division.

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Neil Jones builds his Field of Dreams and his passion grows

Tuesday, September 6th, 2016
Dave Meltz, left, and Neil and Ginni Jones were at the 2016 Raymond Angulo Men's Memorial Fastpitch Tournament, Sept. 3-4. Meltz pitched for Redline, while Neil Jones pitched and played the infield for Streamline 55-Older Masters team. The three are long-time friends who once lived in Wisconsin, but now Meltz lives in So. Calif., and the Jones's live in Las Vegas. Photo By BOB OTTO

Dave Meltz, left, and Neil and Ginni Jones were at the 2016 Raymond Angulo Men’s Memorial Fastpitch Tournament, Sept. 3-4. Meltz pitched for Redline, while Neil Jones pitched and played the infield for Streamline 55-Older Masters team. The three are long-time friends who once lived in Wisconsin, but now Meltz lives in So. Calif., and the Jones’s live in Las Vegas. Photo By BOB OTTO

LAS VEGAS – There are sports buffs who will do just about anything to satisfy their particular passion. Neil Jones is one of them.

Back in the early 1970s while a student at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Jones happened by a softball diamond, saw some guys playing fastpitch, and thought, “this looks like fun.” So he joined a team and started playing. And he’s never stopped.

In fact, several years later, he went into business and bought a tavern – the Diamond Inn – in Deerfield, just outside of Madison.

He could have continued driving the 21 miles to Madison to play fastpitch. But he had a better idea: Build his own ball diamond at the inn.

“I wanted my field of dreams,” said Jones.

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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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Raymond Angulo Memorial Tournament Sept. 3-4 in Corona, Calif.

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016
David Valdivia, Jr. will be bringing his Beaumont Coyotes to the Raymond Angulo Memorial Tournament after placing 4th in the 2016 NAFA A-Division World Series in Mankato, MN. Photo By BOB OTTO

David Valdivia, Jr. will be bringing his Beaumont Coyotes to the Raymond Angulo Memorial Tournament after placing 4th in the 2016 NAFA A-Division World Series in Mankato, MN. Photo By BOB OTTO

CORONA, CA – The Raymond Angulo Memorial Tournament will be held at Promenade Park Softball Field, 615 Richey Street, Corona, Sept. 3-4. The format is double elimination with three-game guarantee.

    THE TEAMS
  • Beaumont Coyotes (Runner-up 2016 NAFA A-Division World Series)
  • Chicanos (Runner-up 2016 Beaumont Coyotes 4th of July Tournament
  • Streamline Cable
  • So Cal Smash Brothers
  • Corona Redline
  • Bandits
  • Those Guys (Championship caliber SCIFL tournament team)
  • Warriors
  • Patrica’s
  • Raymond Angulo Tournament Bracket