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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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In The Spotlight: Kevin Castillo, USA National Team and ISC All-World player

Wednesday, September 7th, 2016
KEVIN CASTILLO of the Vancouver BC A's earned All-World honors at the 2016 ISC World Tournament; his second such award, as he was named All-World in 2015, too. Photo By BOB OTTO

KEVIN CASTILLO of the Vancouver BC A’s earned All-World honors at the 2016 ISC World Tournament; his second such award, as he was named All-World in 2015, too. Photo By BOB OTTO

LONG BEACH, Calif. – Kevin Castillo had a successful 2016 fastpitch season, both with his Long Beach team, Those Guys, and the Vancouver BC Athletics, his club team that finished in the top tier at the ISC World Tournament in Moline, Illinois.

  • ISC performance earns Castillo high tournament honors:
  • He was selected a Second-Team, All-World infielder for helping the Athletics finish fourth in the 36-team field of the best club teams from the U.S. and Canada.

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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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    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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    Raymond Angulo Memorial Men’s Fastpitch Tournament In Corona, California

    Friday, July 1st, 2016

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    CORONA, Calif. – The popular Raymond Angulo Memorial Men’s Fastpitch Tournament returns to Promenade Park Softball Field in Corona, Sept. 3-4.

      THE DETAILS
  • Hosted by: Major League Softball, So. Cal Rebels Org.
  • Rated ASA Class C pitching
  • Entry fee $375
  • Double elimination with three-game guarantee
  • Deadline to enter, Aug. 31
    • CONTACT

    Ernie Marez
    951-377-3364
    elmarez25@sbcglobal.net

    2014 Raymond Angulo Memorial Tournament – Corona, Calif. – Aug 30-31

    Thursday, July 31st, 2014

    CORONA, Calif. – The 12th Annual Raymond Angulo Memorial Men’s Fastpitch Tournament will be held Aug. 30-31 at Promenade Park Softball Field in Corona. Ray Angulo Tourney Flier

    The tournament is directed by Ernie Marez (story), who also helps run the Corona Men’s Fastpitch League.

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