The Redlands East Valley baseball program will be holding the “Coach Tony” fall baseball tournament Oct. 16 in memory of former freshman coach Tony Hernandez, who passed away Sept. 24 because of a heart attack.
Hernandez, an active Wildcats baseball supporter and the father of senior infielder Drew Hernandez, also will have a scholarship in his name given out annually in his name at Redlands East Valley every June. Proceeds from next weekend’s tournament will go to that scholarship and to charity.
“It’s a tough loss for the whole REV community because Tony meant so much,” coach James Cordes said. “In talking with the family, they wanted a tournament honoring Coach Tony because of his love for baseball. I called and e-mailed some coaches and the response was great.”
The tournament will take place at Redlands East Valley and Redlands highs and have a round-robin format, with each team getting two games. Other participating schools include San Gorgonio, Yucaipa, Chino, Cajon, Citrus Valley and Rancho Cucamonga.