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Beaumont Coyotes celebrate 40th Annual 4th of July men’s fastpitch tournament

Monday, June 19th, 2017

By RICHARD SORIANO, Sr.
Coyote ballplayer

BEAUMONT, Calif. – The 40th Annual Beaumont Coyotes Fastpitch Softball Tournament will be held June 30th and July 1-2 at Rangel Park, home of Valdivia Field, named in honor of David Valdivia Sr..

While many teams in So. Calif. have long since folded, Valdivia has been steadfast in keeping the Beaumont Coyotes and the tournament alive since the 1970s, and as a source of pride in the Beaumont community.

TEN TEAMS from different parts of Southern California will be participating.

Come down to watch some good competition and enjoy the great homemade Mexican food served in the snack bar.

  • In 2016, the Coyotes took 4th place in the NAFA World Series in Mankato, Minn. They will attend again this year in Fargo, ND.
  • Beaumont Coyotes bats come alive in tourney opener

    Saturday, July 5th, 2014

    14-ValdiviaDavidJr.58lr Beaumont Coyotes’ third baseman David Valdivia, Jr. rips into a pitch during the Coyotes 4-2 victory over the Corona Chicanos, in the opening round of play in the 37th Annual Beaumont Coyotes Men’s Fastpitch Tournament. Photo By BOB OTTO

    By BOB OTTO / www.ottoinfocus.com
    July 4, 2014

    BEAUMONT, Calif. – The Beaumont Coyotes overcame a 1-0 deficit by scoring four runs in the fourth inning to take a 4-2 victory over the Corona Chicanos on Friday in the 37th Annual Coyotes Men’s Fastpitch Tournament at Valdivia Field in Beaumont.

    Gabriel Valdivia got things started in the fourth with a leadoff single, stole second and third, and then scored on an error to even the score. The Coyotes – whose bats were in a slumber through the first three innings – broke loose for three more runs, led by Aaron Morris and George Valdivia’s run-scoring singles to nail down the win.

    14-OldhamWill.92lr Will Oldham allowed one earned run in pitching the Coyotes to a 4-2 victory in the opening game of the tournament for the Coyotes. Photo By BOB OTTO

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

    Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

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    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.

      FRIDAY’S FIRST-ROUND GAMES
  • 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.

    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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    Young Beaumont Coyote has come a long way in men’s fastpitch softball

    Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

    SorianoNAFA Richard Soriano of Banning, Calif. started playing fastpitch at age 15 and in 10 short years has come a long way in the sport. Contributed photo

    BANNING, Calif. – If you grow up in Beaumont, California and you’re a member of the Valdivia family, and your grandfather runs one of the longest running men’s fastpitch teams in the state, well, chances are you’ve spent a fair amount of time on the ball diamond.

    And so it goes for Richard Soriano.

    “I was born into it,” said Soriano, 25. “I was raised by my grandfather (David Valdivia) and he ran the Beaumont Coyotes.”

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