Eastern Ontario Fastball Blog

A blog dedicated to news about the Greater Ottawa Fastball League and other happenings in the world of fastball / fastpitch softball in eastern Ontario and western Quebec, with occasional stories featuring Mrs Fitzroy Fastball, Fitzroy Fastball Junior and the Caveman. If you have info to send on, send me an email at fastball[at]fitzroyharbour.com. Follow @fitzroyfastball on Twitter.

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Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Softball Canada Men's U23 Canadian Fastpitch Championship announces Alterna Savings as sponsor

The 2020 Softball Canada Men's U23 Canadian Fastpitch Championship to be held in Carp this summer announced that Alterna Savings will be the tournament title sponsor and have updated the event logo accordingly.

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Saturday, February 15, 2020

13th Annual Gil Read Memorial Tournament - July 24 to 26

The 13th Annual Gil Read Memorial Men’s Fastpitch tournament will be held this year on July 24-26, 2020.

With the Carp Fairgrounds hosting the U23 Men's Softball Canada nationals in late July, this year's event will take place at the Fitzroy Harbour Community Centre, 20 km (12 miles) west of Carp.
This is an Open class tournament without restriction. Entry fee is $450 with prize money to be confirmed based on number of entries.

We anticipate lots of fans in "The Harbour", and as always there will be a beer garden and food stand. Proceeds will be in support of the Gil Read Memorial Foundation.

Last year's nine team event was won for the third year in a row by Elkland Beverage Co. from Pennsylvania - story here and here.

To reserve a spot for your team please contact:
Adam Brown
fastball{at}fitzroyharbour.com
613-720-3575 (cell: text or call)

or

Cory Morrison
cmorrison{at}printersplus.net
613-614-7349 (cell: text or call)

Past champions of the Gil Read Memorial:
2019 Elkland Beverage Co.
2018 Elkland Beverage Co.
2017 Elkland ESA Merchants
2016 Oswego CPI Classics
2015 Kanata Storm
2014 Micksburg Twins
2013 Lake Simcoe Lightning
2012 Toronto Gators
2011 Quebec Seniors
2010 Quyon Flyers
2009 Ottawa Team Easton
2008 Ottawa Easton Thunder

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Thursday, February 13, 2020

Softball Canada summer job opportunity

2020 Summer Intern - Sport Media

12 February 2020
Gilles LeBlanc

Online posting: https://softball.ca/news/2020-summer-intern-sport-media.htm

Softball Canada is a non-profit member-based National Sport Organization that provides a range of opportunities for softball athletes, coaches, officials, clubs and Provincial/Territorial Softball Associations through the development, delivery and promotion of softball programs and services at the National and International level. 
 
Internship Opportunity: April 27 – August 28, 2020 (Five days per week or 37.5 hours)
Location: Ottawa, Ontario 

JOB SUMMARY

Softball Canada requires an energetic and ambitious individual for an exciting internship within our office in Ottawa.  The sport media intern will help manage all media-related inquiries, manage Softball Canada’s social media channels, write post-game stories, athlete and staff profiles, and develop highlight videos. In this position, you will offer administrative and project-related support in all areas of Softball Canada’s operations including but not limited to: development/delivery for athletes, coaches and officials, marketing and communications, sponsorship, gender equality, as well as assisting in the Canpitch and Timbits Softball Programs.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Create and manage social media content related to Softball Canada’s programs and services.
  • Develop and follow a social media plan/calendar to ensure proper timing and delivery of posts.
  • Track reach and engagement of social media posts.
  • Assist in marketing and promoting Softball Canada programs and services including writing articles, updating Softball Canada’s web site and media releases.
  • Assist with various administrative tasks as assigned.
  • Other duties as required.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Degree or a student in sport management, physical education, graphic design, journalism or related programs
  • Experience in any of the following areas:
    • Graphic design
    • Communications
    • Photo/video editing
    • Program development, delivery and promotion
    • Marketing and Sponsorship
  • Experience working with volunteers
  • Demonstrated leadership skills
  • Excellent computer skills with Adobe products (Photoshop, Illustrator, Premiere, Spark) or other photo/video editing software.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills in both official languages (English and French)
  • A creative self-starter with the ability to work independently or as a part of a team
  • Detail-oriented with strong organizational skills with the ability to work on a large number of projects simultaneously, while meeting deadlines
  • Be registered as a full-time student in a community college or university in the 2018-2019 academic year and intend to return to school on a full-time basis in the 2019-2020 academic year
  • Not attending school full-time while employed in this position
  • Bilingualism (English/French) is required
  • Flexible to work occasional evenings/weekends as required 

APPLICATION DEADLINE: March 1, 2020

Compensation: $15/hour (Please note that housing or transportation is not provided)
Send cover letter and resume to:
Softball Canada  Attn: Gilles LeBlanc
Suite 212 - 223 Colonnade Road
Ottawa, Ontario  K2E 7K3
Fax: 613-523-5761 or Email: gleblanc@softball.ca
www.softball.ca
 
We would like to thank all candidates for their applications, but we will only be contacting those selected for an interview.

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Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Trivia Night in support of U23 Men's Canadian Fastpitch Championship in Carp - SOLD OUT

UPDATE as of February 12 - SOLD OUT!
 

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Wednesday, February 05, 2020

U23 Men's Fastball Championships hosting "Alumni Night" May 1

Past and current fastball players from Eastern Ontario and Western Quebec are invited to gather at the West Carleton Amateur Sports Club (upstairs at the Carp Arena) for a night of fun & fellowship on Friday May 1st. Doors open at 7 p.m.

There will be raffles for fastball memorabilia such as a game-worn Darren Zack jersey.

Weekly passes for the summer U23 tournament will be for sale during the event at 50% off the gate price! Don't miss out on your chance to see top calibre ball at a budget-friendly price.
 
 
 

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Monday, January 20, 2020

Meeting planned to discuss reviving Peterborough Men’s Fastball League

Let's hope the Peterborough Men's Fastball League, which goes back almost 100 years, can be revived after a one season hiatus - article here.

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Monday, December 30, 2019

Fitzroy fastballer off to New Zealand

Best of luck to the 222's Fastpitch Club, who are taking a U15 boys' team to New Zealand over the next couple of weeks to compete in a tournament and local exhibition games. They will be competing in the New Zealand nationals for U15 boys, a 17-team event in Paraparaumu from January 9 to 12.

Players on the team originate from Ontario, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba, with one player - Conner Hopper - from Fitzroy Harbour participating. "Hop" is a top player on West Carleton Electric (U14 last year, U16 this year) and he has been the Caveman's catcher since mites. Other eastern Ontario communities with players on the team are Springbrook and Napanee.

The 222's are coached by former national team player and ISC hall of famer, Dean Holoien.

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Carp named as host for U23 Men's Nationals in 2020

Softball Canada has selected the West Carleton Amateur Sports Club and the village of Carp as the host of the 2020 Under-23 Men's Canadian Fast Pitch Championship.
The tournament will be held from Tuesday July 28th through Sunday August 2nd at the Carp Fairground softball diamonds.
The organizing committee is seeking sponsors for the event. If you are interested, contact fastball@fitzroyharbour.com for more information on sponsorship opportunities.
There will also be a trivia fundraiser event to be held at the West Carleton Amateur Sports Club (above the Carp Arena) on Friday February 21. Cost is $20 per person. Teams of 4-6. Doors open at 7 pm. Trivia from 8 pm to 10 pm.
Follow the tournament on social media - Twitter @U23MensCarp and Facebook.
 

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Trivia Fundraiser for U23 Nationals


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Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Winterball offered in Ottawa

A message from Ottawa Winterball.

An amazing NEW indoor winter softball program called Ottawa WinterBall is coming to Stittsville! Ottawa WinterBall is for house league and select level girls 9-12 and 13-16 years of age. This program combines fully umpired games and skills clinics instructed by the University of Ottawa Gee Gee's women's softball players and coaches, all in the cozy indoors of the Oz Dome in Stittsville!
 This would make a great Christmas gift!

There are only 22 spaces available and registration deadline is December 23rd, so sign up quick!


For more information and to register please visit: https://ottawawinterball.wixsite.com/index

Check out their website and please direct any questions to ottawawinterball@gmail.com

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Carp to host U23 Men's Canadians

Softball Canada has announced that the West Carleton Sports Club will be the host for U23 Men's Canadian Championship in July 2020.

More to follow.

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Tuesday, November 05, 2019

Article: Joran Graham named to Canada’s men’s fastball selection roster

An excellent article by Jamie Bramburger in the Pembroke Daily Observer:

https://www.pembrokeobserver.com/sports/local-sports/joran-graham-named-to-canadas-mens-fastball-selection-roster

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Monday, October 28, 2019

Joran Graham named to Softball Canada men's national team athlete pool

As per the Softball Canada website:

Softball Canada is pleased to announce the list of forty-four (44) athletes who have been named to the 2020 Men’s National Team Athlete Pool.  Press release: https://softball.ca/news/2020-mens-national-team-athlete-pool.htm

Congratulations to Joran Graham.
 

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Sunday, October 20, 2019

Fastpitch Clinic on November 11 in Beckwith

A fastpitch skills clinic is being presented on November 11 in Beckwith at their indoor facility.



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Friday, October 11, 2019

GOFL trophy presentation

The I4C Consulting Cup, emblematic of Greater Ottawa Fastball League playoff supremacy was presented to the Micksburg Twins on Wednesday night in Manotick.

Player / coach Paul Griffith accepted the trophy from a random stranger who was in the crowd watching the game, live tweeting and drinking Labatt 50.

Photo courtesy of the Eganville Leader

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Thursday, October 10, 2019

GOFL Champions 2019 - Team Photo

Photo courtesy of the Eganville Leader
Back Row: Jared Steege, Chad Costello, Joran Graham, Paul Griffith, Scott Conroy, Joseph Mick
Front Row: Ryan McIntyre, Andrew McIntyre, Jamey Mick, Matt McIntyre, Connor Moss, John Enright

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Pembroke Observer article on GOFL championship

The Pembroke Daily Observer coverage of the Greater Ottawa Fastball League finals in online here, courtesy of Jamie Bramburger who is a tireless promoter of fastpitch in the Ottawa Valley.

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Wednesday, October 09, 2019

Micksburg wins 2019 GOFL playoff title

The Micksburg Twins won the 2019 Greater Ottawa Fastball League playoff title with a 1-0 victory in Game 3 of the final series over the Kars Aces in Manotick on Wednesday night in front of a crowd of about 100 (including many fans who made the trip from up the Valley). While it was a bit cool, given that it was October 9 the weather was decent.


Each game in the best of three final series finished 1-0; Kars won the first game at home, Micksburg won at home, then the Twins took the deciding game last night.


Once again GOFL top playoff performer Joran Graham had the win on the slab, striking out 17 and allowing only one hit and one walk.
Brad Porter also threw very well for Kars, striking out 14, allowing four hits and two walks. Chad Milne had the lone hit for the Aces.


The difference in the game was a first inning solo home run by Jared Steege, driving the first pitch he saw - it was a line shot to left centre just clearing the fence. Steege had an infield hit later in the game. Other Micksburg hits were from Andrew McIntyre and Jamey Mick.


Micksburg were previously champions in 2013, 2016 and 2017.


View the final out of the game here.


Play by play


Micksburg line up: Joran Graham p; Jared Steege 3b; Chad Costello c; Jamey Mick 1b; Scott Conroy rf; Andrew McIntyre ss; Matt McIntyre 2b; Connor Moss cf; Joseph Mick lf


Kars line up: Brad Pender c; Nick Ellis ss; Kristian Knapp 2b; Cory Morrison cf; Dylan Toms lf; Eric Colvin 1b; Chad Milne 3b; Bailey Fife rf; Will Dunk dp; Brad Porter p


Umpires: Ted Metcalfe plate; Steve Fitzsimmons bases


Top 1st:
Graham strike out; Steege home run, RBI, earned run; Costello walk; Ja Mick strike out; Conroy strike out
1 run, 1 hit, 1 left on


Bottom 1st:
Pender strike out; Ellis strike out; Knapp strike out
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 left on


Top 2nd:
A McIntyre fly to cf; M McIntyre ground out 1b; Moss strike o ut
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 left on


Bottom 2nd:
Morrison strike out; Toms strike out; Colvin strike out
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 left on


Top 3rd:
Jo Mick strike out; Graham walk; Steege strike out; Costello strike out
0 runs, 0 hits, 1 left on


Bottom 3rd:
Milne single; Fife sac bunt 3b to 2b, Milne advances to second; Dunk strike out; Pender strike out
0 runs, 1 hit, 1 left on


Top 4th:
Ja Mick single; John Enright in to pinch run; Conroy pop out to 3b; A McIntyre pop out to ss; Enright out for lead off
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 left on


Bottom 4th:
Ellis strike out; Knapp walk; Knapp steals second; Morrison strikes out; Knapp advances to third on wild pitch; Toms strikes out
0 runs, 0 hits, 1 left on


Top 5th:
M McIntyre strike out; Moss ground out 2b to 1b; Jo Mick strike out
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 left on


Bottom 5th:
Colvin strike out; Milne strike out; Fife strike out
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 left on


Top 6th:
Graham strike out; Steege infield single; Costello strike out; Ja Mick strike out
0 runs, 1 hit, 1 left on


Bottom 6th:
Dunk strike out; Pender fly out to cf; Ellis ground out to 1b
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 left on


Top 7th:
Conroy strike out; A McIntyre infield single; A McIntyre thrown out stealing c to ss; M McIntyre walks; M McIntyre advances to second on wild pitch; Moss strike out
0 runs, 1 hit, 1 left on


Bottom 7th:
Knapp strike out; Morrison strike out; Toms strike out
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 left on


2019 Champions: Micksburg Twins


 Scott Conroy at bat with catcher Brad Pender and umpire Ted Metcalfe.

 Decent crowd on hand for a nice fall evening.



The teams shake hands at the conclusion.

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Game 3, winner take all for GOFL on Wednesday night - TONIGHT

Game three of the Greater Ottawa Fastball League finals, winner take all for the I4C Consulting Trophy, will be played Wednesday October 9 (TONIGHT) at 7:30 p.m. in Manotick with the first place Kars Aces hosting the second place Micksburg Twins.

The series is tied 1-1 after two consecutive 1-0 games.

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Gee-Gees Win Silver at OIWFA Championships

From Steph Bouchey

This past weekend the University of Ottawa Gee-Gees captured a silver medal at the Ontario Intercollegiate Women's Fastpitch Association Provincial Championships hosted by McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. Heading into the weekend the Gee-Gees had a 9 - 7 record and were the third place team in the East Division. At the OIWFA banquet on Friday night Camille Dubé and Mireille Dubé were named league all-stars and Camille was awarded the top hitter award for the East Division with a .519 batting average.

In the double knockout format tournament the uOttawa had a tough draw matching up against the 14 - 1 Laurier Golden Hawks for their first game. In the top of the first inning the Gee-Gees came out strong and scored 3 runs on 3 hits, a walk, a hit by pitch and an error. Laurier responded in the bottom half of the inning and scored 2 runs to bring the score to 3 - 2. Those two runs were all that Laurier would get against the Gee-Gees tough defence and an amazing pitching performance by Camille Dubé. Dubé pitched all 7 innings and surrendering only 6 hits and striking out 4. The Gee-Gees went on to score 2 more runs in the 3rd on a single by Katrina Guenter, a triple by Vanessa Tinlin and a single by Megan Dupuis. In the 4th inning Mireille Dubé walked and came around to score on a single by Arianne Lévesque. Dubé struck out the final Laurier batter to secure the 6 - 2 upset win for the Gee-Gees.

Game two of the tournament saw the Gee-Gees facing the University of Toronto Varsity Blues (8 -8) who were also coming off of an upset win against Queen’s. The Gee-Gees again got off to a great start as they scored a pair of two out runs on a string of singles. Camille Dubé started on the mound again and pitched two scoreless innings before being replaced by Mireille Dubé. In the bottom of the 2nd the Gee-Gees loaded the bases with none out but were only able to score 1 run to make the score 3 - 0. The game ended in the bottom of the 6th inning when the Gee-Gees pushed across a pile of runs to win 7 - 0 on a walk off double by Tinlin that scored Lévesque all the way from first base. The win guaranteed the Gee-Gees a medal and put them in the undefeated game against the 9 time champion Western Mustangs. The Dubé sisters pitched a combined 5 hit shutout and the Gee-Gees stellar defence was on display including an amazing diving catch by Kaitlyn Flear in left field.

On Sunday morning after a long rain delay the Gee-Gees faced off against the Western Mustangs. Western got off to an early lead scoring 1 in the bottom of the 1st and 2 in the bottom of the 2nd. The Gee-Gees scored 1 run on a wild pitch to keep the score close. Mireille Dubé got the start on the mound and held the really tough Mustangs squad to only 5 runs. Although the game ended 5 - 1 for the Mustangs there were several Gee-Gees successes including two triples by Lévesque. Unfortunately second baseman Jessie Cameron, who was 1 for 1 in the game, was injured on a hit by pitch and was unable to continue playing. The loss meant that the Gee-Gees had to face the host team McMaster for another shot against the Mustangs in the finals.

Camille Dubé started on the mound for the Gee-Gees in what turned out to be a pitcher’s duel as both teams were held scoreless through the first two innings. In the bottom of the 3rd the Gee-Gees pushed across the first run of the game on a triple by Flear and a safety squeeze bunt by Mireille Dubé In the top of the 4th inning McMaster strung together a series of hits to knot the score up at 1 - 1. The Gee-Gees quickly responded in the bottom half of the inning by taking advantage of a 2 out error by the Marauders and following it up with a double by Dupuis and a single by Jenn MacKay to take a 3 - 1 lead. The Gee-Gees defence combined with Dubé’s pitching shut down the McMaster bats and secured the 3 - 1 win for the Gee-Gees. Dubé pitched all 7 innings giving up only 1 run on 5 hits and striking out 4.
 
The final game was a rematch of the undefeated game from earlier that morning. The Western Mustangs scored early with 2 runs in the bottom of the 1st inning. The Gee-Gees answered in the top of the 2nd with a single by Lévesque, a walk by Tinlin and a bunt by Dupuis. Unfortunately that was the only run the Gee-Gees would score against the Mustangs as they would eventually go on to lose 7 - 1 and earn the silver medal. Camille Dubé pitched the complete game and offensive highlights included a 2 for 3 performance by Flear. This was the first podium finish for the Gee-Gees since their bronze medal in 2017 and was the 10th consecutive gold medal for the Western Mustangs.



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Monday, October 07, 2019

Al's Corner Store wins Harbour Ball Finals

Al's Corner Store, sixth place finishers in the regular season for the eight team Fitzroy Harbour Men's Fastball League, ended their playoff run with a championship, defeating second place finisher Cheshire Cat Pub 11-3 in game three of the best of three final.


Al's, lead by captain Gary Charlebois had upset first place finisher All in One Septic & Excavating in the semifinals, and third place Clouthier Custom Carpentry in the quarter-finals.


The finals saw Dave Bahm and Danny Nash pitch for Al's while Jeff Cavanagh and Adam Rueckwald threw for captain Geoff Falls' team representing the Cat.


This wraps the 39th season of Harbour Ball.







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Harbour Ball deciding game on Monday

The deciding game for the Fitzroy Harbour Men's Fastball League best of three championship series will be played tonight (Monday) at 7:30 p.m. with the Cheshire Cat Pub playing Al's Corner Store.

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GOFL playoff series schedule & results - including Finals

Finals
2nd Micksburg Twins vs 1st Kars Aces
Game 1: Kars 1 Micksburg 0
Game 2: Micksburg 1 Kars 0
Game 3: Micksburg 1 Kars 0
Micksburg wins 2-1

Semi-Finals

4th Orleans Rebels vs 1st Kars Aces
Game 1: Kars 3 Orleans 2 (8 innings)
Game 2: Kars 10 Orleans 0
Kars wins 2-0

3rd Quyon Flyers vs 2nd Micksburg Twins
Game 1: Micksburg 8 Quyon 0
Game 2: Micksburg 5 Quyon 0
Micksburg wins 2-0

Quarter-Finals

5th Ottawa Valley As vs 4th Orleans Rebels
Game 1: Orleans 5 Valley 2
Game 2: Orleans 9 Valley 4
Orleans wins 2-0

6th Stittsville 56ers vs 3rd Quyon Flyers
Game 1: Quyon 8 Stittsville 0
Game 2: Quyon 9 Stittsville 1
Quyon wins 2-0

7th Kemptville Black Sox vs 2nd Micksburg Twins
Game 1: Micksburg 5 Kemptville 0
Game 2: Micksburg 3 Kemptville 0
Micksburg wins 2-0

8th I4C Victory vs 1st Kars Aces
Game 1: Kars 4 I4C 3
Game 2: I4C 4 Kars 3 (8 innings)
Game 3: Kars 8 I4C 1
Kars wins 2-1

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Sunday, October 06, 2019

Micksburg evens GOFL final with Kars - Details added

Micksburg tied the Greater Ottawa Fastball League final at a game apiece on Saturday night with a 1-0 win.

Joran Graham had the win, his fifth shutout of the playoffs. He allowed two hits and struck out 15. Brad Porter took the loss, allowing only four hits, striking out 12 and the one run given up was unearned.

Matt McIntyre lead off with a triple in the second and two walks loaded the bases but Porter got out of the jam.

Micksburg got their only run in the third when Quinton Rook doubled, stole third and subsequently scored when the throw sailed into left field.

The Aces had their best chance to score when Brad Pender tripled to lead off the sixth but was stranded after two Ks and a fly out.

A great article with all the details by Jamie Bramburger is available online at the Pembroke Observer site.

Deciding game three in Manotick to be announced soon.

More details to follow.

Friday, October 04, 2019

Game 2 of GOFL finals in Micksburg on Saturday

Game two of the Greater Ottawa Fastball League best of three final series will be played Saturday October 5 at 6:30 pm in Micksburg.


The Kars Aces lead the series by a game after a 1-0 match up in Manotick on Thursday night which featured Joran Graham and Brad Porter combining for a total of 30 strikeouts and three hits.

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NAPA Shockers "3-peat" in Ashton

From Eric Rosenquist

The NAPA Shockers scored three runs in the bottom of the 7th inning against the Ashton Farmers on Thursday night to earn a 12-11 walk-off win and claim their third straight Ashton Men's Fastball League championship.

With the temperature hovering around 6 degrees, gusty winds and heavy drizzle made it challenging at times for the pitchers to hit their spots and for fielders to make clean throws.

The Shockers got off to a quick start, scoring 3 in the bottom of the first, then tacked on some insurance runs to carry a 9-1 lead through three innings. The resilient Farmers team however put up a huge 4th inning, hitting two home runs and scoring 7 to narrow the margin to 9-8.

The 9-8 score held until the top of the 7th, when the Farmers pushed three runs across the plate to take an 11-9 lead. In the bottom of the 7th, the Shockers got back-to-back doubles to start the frame and make it a one-run game. After a strikeout, Curtis Scurr singled home the tying run and later moved into scoring position on a wild pitch. Ryan Clare then hit a sharp single to centre field, causing Scurr to round third and head home. Farmers' centre fielder Jordan Hansen made an incredible one-hop throw from the outfield that beat Scurr to home plate, but the wet ball was bobbled just enough by the catcher that Scurr was ruled safe and the Shockers won the game 12-11.

The cold drizzly weather had grown steadily worse during the course of the game, so the B Final scheduled for 9PM was postponed and will be played on October 10th at 7PM.
 
 

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Thursday, October 03, 2019

Kars Aces wins game one over Micksburg Twins

The Kars Aces won game one of the Greater Ottawa Fastball League best of three final series by a score of 1-0 over the Micksburg Twins in Manotick on Thursday night.

It was a chilly 5 degrees Celsius with a light rain for this pitchers' duel.


Brad Porter earned the win, allowing only two hits, two walks and striking out 13. Joran Graham allowed his first run after four straight shutouts - however, he only allowed one hit, walked one, and struck out 17 of the 18 batters he faced.


Andy McIntyre had a hit as the first batter of the game for Micksburg, but a well executed 5-4-3 double play ended that threat. Chad Costello hit a double to lead off the second, but a pop up and two strikeouts stranded the Twins' catcher. Graham and Costello both walked in the fourth with one out, but two straight strike outs ended the rally.


Brad Pender hit a double for the Aces to lead off the bottom of the fourth. He got to third on a wild pitch and ended up scoring the game's only run on another wild pitch. Every other Kars batters, two through nine in the order, had two at bats and struck out in both appearances. Pender walked in his third appearance, the only other baserunner for Kars.


Game two of the series is scheduled for Saturday October 5 at 6:30 p.m. in Micksburg. Accuweather is predicting 11 degrees and partly sunny.

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Wednesday, October 02, 2019

Al's Corner Store evens Harbour Ball final series vs Cheshire Cat

Al's Corner Store defeated Cheshire Cat Pub 7-5 in game two of the Fitzroy Harbour Men's Fastball League playoff final series on Wednesday night to even the series at a game apiece.


With the lower diamond too muddy to play on 7 degree Celsius evening, the game moved to the upper diamond after a quick bit of creative groundskeeping to remove some standing water using a goaltender's stick (pictured below).


The Cat got out to a 3-0 early lead, but two big innings put Al's up 7-3. Cheshire Cat clawed back to get the score to 7-5 in the top of the sixth. After Al's couldn't respond in the bottom of the sixth, the Cat loaded the bases in the top of the seventh but couldn't push a run across.


Dave Bahm and Danny Nash threw for Al's, while Adam Rueckwald and Jeff "J-Cav" Cavanagh pitched for the Cat.


The deciding game three for Harbour Ball supremacy will be played soon on a date / time to be announced on the blog.



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Harbour Ball finals tonight

The Fitzroy Harbour Men's Fastball League playoff final could wrap up tonight at the Fitzroy Harbour Community Centre. First pitch is at 7:30 p.m. as the Cheshire Cat, leading the best of three series one game to none face off against Al's Corner Store.

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Tuesday, October 01, 2019

Tuesday night GOFL game postponed - try again Thursday

The Greater Ottawa Fastball League playoff finals game is cancelled tonight due to field conditions.

Game one - Micksburg Twins vs Kars Aces to be rescheduled for Thursday October 3 at 7:30 pm in Manotick.

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GOFL Finals start tonight (CORRECTED TIME)

The Greater Ottawa Fastball League playoff final starts tonight with the first place Kars Aces hosting the second place Micksburg Twins at 7:30 pm in Manotick.

The series is best of three, with Game Two being played in Micksburg on a date to be determined, but possibly this upcoming weekend.

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Monday, September 30, 2019

GOFL history lesson

As per the annual tradition, it is time for blog readers' annual history lesson on the GOFL.

The Greater Ottawa Fastball League and its predecessor, the Kemptville Men's Fastball League have been around since 2000.

Here are the past winners/finalists, as well as the league teams.

Past winners / finalists
2000 Dolco defeated Macton (3-0)
2001 Macton defeated D.T.I. (3-1)
2002 Lomor defeated Macton (3-0)
2003 Team Easton defeated Macton (1 game final, 8 innings)
2004 Team Easton defeated West Carleton (3-1)
2005 Team Easton defeated Stittsville (3-1)
2006 Team Easton defeated Stittsville (3-1)
2007 Team Easton defeated West Carleton (3-0)
2008 Stittsville defeated Team Easton (3-1)
2009 Stittsville defeated Quyon (3-2)
2010 Kars defeated Quyon (2-0, series shortened to best of three)
2011 Kars defeated Quyon (Final Weekend Showdown tournament format)
2012 Kars defeated Quyon (FWS tournament format)
2013 Micksburg defeated Kars (FWS tournament format)
2014 I4C Victory defeated Micksburg (FWS tournament format)
2015 I4C Victory defeated Micksburg (2-0, best of three)
2016 Micksburg defeated Kars (Final Four format)
2017 Micksburg defeated West Carleton (Final Four format)
2018 Quyon defeated Kars (Final Four format)

League Composition

2000 - 6 teams
Kemptville Macton Muckdogs
Kemptville D.T.I.
Stittsville 56ers
Kemptville Dolco Printing
Kemptville Thunder Juniors
Kanata Pirates Juniors

2001 - 5 teams
Kemptville Macton Muckdogs
Kemptville D.T.I.
Stittsville 56ers
Kemptville Dolco Printing
Kanata Pirates Juniors

2002 - 4 teams
Kemptville Macton Muckdogs
Kemptville Team Easton (formerly D.T.I.)
Stittsville 56ers
Kemptville Lomor Printers (formerly Dolco Printing)

2003 - 4 teams
Kemptville Macton Muckdogs
Kemptville Team Easton
Stittsville 56ers
Kemptville Lomor Printers

2004 - 5 teams
Kemptville Macton Muckdogs
Kanata Team Easton
Stittsville 56ers
Manotick Lomor Printers
Fitzroy Harbour West Carleton Electric

2005 - 4 teams
Kanata Team Easton
Stittsville 56ers
Manotick Lomor Printers
Fitzroy Harbour West Carleton Electric

2006 - 6 teams
Kanata Team Easton
Stittsville 56ers
Manotick Lomor Printers
Fitzroy Harbour West Carleton Electric
Carp I4C Victory
Ottawa Blitz

2007 - 8 teams
Ottawa Team Easton
Stittsville 56ers
Manotick Lomor Printers
Fitzroy Harbour West Carleton Electric
Carp I4C Victory
Ottawa Blitz
Quyon Combat Flyers
Orleans Gators

2008 - 9 teams
Ottawa Team Easton
Stittsville 56ers
Manotick Lomor Printers
Fitzroy Harbour West Carleton Electric
Carp I4C Victory
Ottawa Blitz
Quyon Combat Flyers
Orleans Gators
Greely DNTW Eagles

2009 - 9 teams
Ottawa Team Easton
Stittsville 56ers
Manotick Lomor Printers
Fitzroy Harbour West Carleton Electric
Carp I4C Victory
Ottawa Blitz
Quyon Combat Flyers
Orleans Gators
Greely DNTW Eagles

2010 - 8 teams
Kars Aces (formerly Team Easton)
Stittsville 56ers
Barrhaven Broadway Blues (formerly Lomor Printers)
Fitzroy Harbour West Carleton Electric
Carp I4C Victory
Ottawa Blitz
Quyon Combat Flyers
North Gower Marlboroughs (formerly Greely Eagles)

2011 - 7 teams
Kars Aces
Stittsville 56ers
Barrhaven Broadway Blues
Fitzroy Harbour West Carleton Electric
Carp I4C Victory
Ottawa Taylor's Blitz
Quyon Combat Flyers

2012 - 7 teams
Kars Aces
Stittsville 56ers
Barrhaven Broadway Blues
Fitzroy Harbour West Carleton Electric
Carp I4C Victory
Ottawa Taylor's Blitz
Quyon Combat Flyers

2013 - 8 teams
Kars Aces
Stittsville 56ers
Barrhaven Broadway Blues
Fitzroy Harbour West Carleton Electric
Carp I4C Victory
Manotick Taylor's Blitz (changed name to Manotick)
Quyon Flyers
Micksburg Twins

2014 - 7 teams
Kars Aces
Stittsville 56ers
Fitzroy Harbour West Carleton Electric
I4C Victory (home diamond moved to Manotick)
Quyon Flyers
Micksburg Twins
Kanata Pirates

2015 - 7 teams
Kars Aces
Stittsville 56ers
Fitzroy Harbour West Carleton Electric
I4C Victory
Quyon Flyers
Micksburg Twins
Ottawa Valley As

2016 - 7 teams
Kars Aces
Stittsville 56ers
Fitzroy Harbour West Carleton Electric
I4C Victory
Quyon Flyers
Micksburg Twins
Ottawa Valley As

2017 - 7 teams
Kars Aces
Stittsville 56ers
Fitzroy Harbour West Carleton Electric
I4C Victory
Quyon Flyers
Micksburg Twins
Ottawa Valley As

2018 - 7 teams + 1 affiliated team
Kars Aces
Stittsville 56ers
Fitzroy Harbour West Carleton Electric
I4C Victory
Quyon Flyers
Micksburg Twins
Ottawa Valley As
Kemptville Black Sox (affiliate team)

2019 - 9 teams
Kars Aces
Stittsville 56ers
Fitzroy Harbour West Carleton Electric
I4C Victory
Quyon Flyers
Micksburg Twins
Ottawa Valley As
Kemptville Black Sox (joined full time)
Orleans Rebels

Franchise History - Current Teams

Kars Aces
Home Diamond: Manotick
Years in League: 20 (2000-19)
Previous Names: D.T.I., Team Easton
Previous Home Diamonds: Kemptville, Stittsville, Kanata, North Gower
Championships: 8 (2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2011, 2012)
Finalists: 5 (2001, 2008, 2013, 2016, 2018)

Stittsville 56ers
Home Diamond: Stittsville
Years in League: 20 (2000-19)
Championships: 2 (2008, 2009)
Finalists: 2 (2005, 2006)

West Carleton Electric
Home Diamond: Fitzroy Harbour
Years in League: 16 (2004-2019)
Championships: none
Finalists: 3 (2004, 2007, 2017)

I4C Victory
Home Diamond: Manotick
Years in League: 14 (2006-2019)
Previous Home Diamonds: Carp
Championships: 2 (2014, 2015)
Finalists: none

Quyon Flyers
Home Diamond: Shawville
Years in League: 13 (2007-2019)
Former Diamond Used: Quyon
Previous Names: Quyon Combat Flyers
Previous League: Ottawa R.A. League
Championships: 1 (2018)
Finalists: 4 (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012)

Micksburg Twins
Home Diamond: Micksburg
Years in League: 7 (2013-2019)
Previous League: Upper Ottawa Valley Men's Fastball League
Championships: 3 (2013, 2016, 2017)
Finalists: 2 (2014, 2015)

Ottawa Valley As
Home Diamond: Carp
Years in League: 5 (2015-2019)
Championships: none
Finalists: none

Kemptville Black Sox
Home Diamond: Carp
Previous Home Diamond: Kemptvillle
Years in League: 2 (2018-2019)
Championships: none
Finalists: none

Orleans Rebels
Home Diamond: Orleans
Years in League: 1 (2019)
Championships: none
Finalists: none

Franchise History - Defunct Teams

Kanata Pirates
Home Diamond: Carp
Years in League: 1 (2014)
Championships: none
Finalists: none

Manotick Taylor's Blitz
Home Diamond: Manotick
Years in League: 8 (2006-2013)
Previous Names: Ottawa Blitz, Ottawa Taylor's Blitz
Championships: none
Finalists: none

Barrhaven Broadway Blues
Home Diamond: Manotick
Years in League: 14 (2000-2013)
Previous Names: Lomor Printers, Dolco Printing
Previous Home Diamond: Kemptville
Championships: 2 (2000, 2002)
Finalists: none

North Gower Marlboroughs
Home Diamond: North Gower
Years in League: 3 (2008-2010)
Previous Names: Greely DNTW Eagles
Previous Home Diamond: Greely
Championships: none
Finalists: none

Orleans Gators
Home Diamond: Orleans
Years in League: 3 (2007-2009)
Championships: none
Finalists: none

Macton Muckdogs
Home Diamond: Kemptville
Years in League: 5 (2000-2004)
Championships: 1 (2001)
Finalists: 3 (2000, 2002, 2003)

Kanata Pirates Juniors
Home Diamond: Kemptville
Years in League: 2 (2000-2001)
Championships: none
Finalists: none

Kemptville Thunder Juniors
Home Diamond: Kemptville
Years in League: 1 (2000)
Championships: none
Finalists: none

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Ashton playoff update

from Eric Rosenquist

Both playoff series in the Ashton Men's Fastball League are tied at a game apiece after Thursday night's action.

The Whitewater Brewers tied their B final series with the Ashton A's with a thrilling 8th inning comeback, scoring three runs in the bottom of the 8th for the walk-off win.

The NAPA Shockers rebounded from a blowout 14-1 loss last week at the hands of the Ashton Farmers, returning the favour this week with a 10-0 win in the late game.
 
The best-of-three series are scheduled to wrap up Thursday with the A final starting at 7PM and the B final following at 9PM.

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Kars defeats Orleans, advances to GOFL finals

The Kars Aces advanced to the Grester Ottawa Fastball League playoff finals with a 10-0 win over the Orleans Rebels on Sunday afternoon.

Gregg Garrity had the win while Andy Barber took the loss.

Kristian Knapp had three RBIs for Kars while Chad Milne and Nick Ellis each hit a three run homer.

Kars wins the series 2-0 and will face the Micksburg Twins in the Finals.

Game one of the best of three is scheduled for Tuesday October 1 at 7:30 p.m. in Manotick.

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Sunday, September 29, 2019

Micksburg advances to finals with win over Quyon

The Micksburg Twins advanced to the Greater Ottawa Fastball League final with a 5-0 over the Quyon Flyers on Saturday night in Micksburg.

The Twins won the best of three semi-final series two games to none.

Joran Graham was the winning pitcher with 19 strikeouts. Graham also hit two home runs. Jared Steege also had a homer for the Twins. Matt Greer took the loss for Quyon.

Micksburg will play the winner of Orleans Rebels vs Kars Aces. Kars leads their series 1-0 with game two Sunday at 4 p.m. in Orleans.

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Friday, September 27, 2019

Games this weekend in GOFL playoffs

There are two Greater Ottawa Fastball League semi-final playoff games scheduled this weekend.

Micksburg Twins will travel to the Quebec side to play the Quyon Flyers in Shawville at 7 p.m. on Saturday. The Twins are up one game in the best of three based on Thursday's win.

Orleans Rebels will host the Kars Aces on Sunday at 4 p.m. at Pierre Rocque Park. The Aces lead the series 1-0 after an extra inning win on Wednesday.

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Thursday, September 26, 2019

Micksburg wins game one 8-0 over Quyon

The Micksburg Twins won the first game of the best of three Greater Ottawa Fastball League semi-final series over the Quyon Flyers by a score of 8-0 on Thursday night.

Joran Graham had the win with a two hitter. Matt Greer took the loss.

Quinton Rook hit a homer for the Twins while seasoned veteran Ron "Bones" Laronde had one of the hits for the Flyers.

Game two date and time in Shawville will be announced soon.

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Game 1 of Kars - Orleans GOFL semi-final - THE DETAILS

from Chad Milne

In game 1 of their GOFL semi-final playoff series on Wednesday night in Manotick, Kars and Orleans squared off in a classic fastball battle, with Kars prevailing 3-2 in 8 innings.

With great pitching performances on both sides, Brad Porter earned the complete game win, while Andy Barber threw all 8 innings for Orleans and took the tough loss.

Orleans got on the board early with a run in the 1st inning. With one out, Andy Barber walked. After Kars retired the next batter, Jeff Barber smoked a triple to right-centre to score Andy. Kars got out of the inning without further damage, stranding Jeff at 3rd.

Kars threatened to respond in their half of the 1st inning. With one out, Nick Ellis walked, but was later erased trying to steal 2nd. With two out, Greg Garrity and Cory Morrison both walked. Eric Colvin looked to have tied things up when he hit a ball between 3rd and shortstop, but Kevin Shonfield made a nice diving stop and then threw to 3rd to force out Garrity and end the inning.

After a scoreless 2nd inning, Kars tied the game in the 3rd inning. Pender walked to lead off and promptly stole 2nd. After the next batter struck out, Garrity hit a fly ball to short right field. With the Orleans’ fielders playing well back respecting Garrity’s power, Orleans right fielder Nick Bowman had to come a long way and almost made a great catch, but the ball glanced off his glove, allowing Pender, who was running on contact, to score Kars’ first run of the game. Kars then had a chance to take the lead. Following Garrity’s hit, Morrison reached base on an error, pushing Garrity into scoring position. After a fly out, Chad Milne came to the plate, having singled earlier in the game. Barber and Milne battled to a full count, but a nice change-up from Barber was enough to get Milne to pop out to 2nd to end the threat.

There was no scoring in the 4th inning, as Porter and Barber continued to overpower opposing hitters. Kars took the lead in the 5th. Ellis led off with a double and then stole 3rd. With Garrity at the plate, Barber uncorked a ball in the dirt and the runner Ellis took advantage racing home from 3rd and sliding in to score Kars’ second run. Kars continued to put the pressure on the Orleans defence. With one out, Morrison singled. Then, following another of Barber’s 14 strikeouts on the night, Milne worked another full count and hit a ball to shortstop. A momentary bobble by the shortstop was enough for the still somewhat speedy Milne to beat the throw to 1st. Barber got out of the jam by inducing a ground ball from the next batter to end the inning.

Orleans responded immediately in the top of the 6th inning. Jeff Barber got things going with a leadoff single. After Porter retired the next two Orleans’ batters, Andre Mainville hit a flare to left field. The Kars’ left fielder made an aggressive decision and charged hard, but realizing a little too late that he wasn’t going to make it (and perhaps that he’s not as fleet of foot as he once was), he pulled up to block the ball only to have it carom past him, allowing Barber to score all the way from 1st. Mainville, with his third hit of the night, was then stranded at 2nd as Kars got out of the inning.

Barber retired the Kars hitters in order in the 6th and Porter did likewise against the Orleans line-up in the 7th, setting up another opportunity for Kars to walk-off a win in the 2019 playoffs in the bottom of the 7th.

With one out, Garrity was walked intentionally after getting ahead of Barber 3-0. Orleans utilized the new MLB and GOFL rule that allows teams to intentionally walk a batter without actually throwing a pitch. After getting the next batter to pop out, Barber hit Colvin to push the potential winning run into scoring position and bringing Milne to the plate. Barber and Milne battled in a long at-bat, where both players stepped off the rubber/out of the box multiple times. With the count full and the runners on the move, Barber prevailed by throwing a low fastball by a swinging Milne.

Porter set down the Orleans hitters in order in the top of the 8th, leaving Andy Barber at 2nd where he started the inning as the international tie-break rule runner.

In the bottom of the 8th, Milne started at 2nd for Kars with Dylan Toms leading off. Toms reached base on a swinging bunt that could not be played by the Orleans defence. Bailey Fife then set down a perfect sacrifice bunt to advance the runners. After Barber struck out the next batter for the second out of the inning, Pender worked Barber for a walk to load the bases and bring Ellis to the plate. After fouling off a few tough pitches from Barber and taking some close pitches for balls, Ellis ran the count to 3-2. With the runners in motion, Barber threw a low, outside pitch that Ellis laid off to earn the rarely seen bases loaded, walk-off run scoring walk to give Kars the hard-fought 3-2 victory and a 1-0 series lead.

Game 2 in this semi-final playoff series is tentatively scheduled for Sunday, September 29 at 4pm in Orleans.

Kars won the regular season series match-up against Orleans, going undefeated with two wins by scores of 7-3 and 5-3, along with a scoreless tie.

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Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Kars edges Orleans 3-2 in Game one of GOFL semi-final

The Kars Aces edged the Orleans Rebels 3-2 in eight innings to take the first game of their best of three Greater Ottawa Fastball League semi-final.

Orleans got out to a 1-0 lead, fell behind 2-1 but came back to tie in the sixth.

With no runs into the seventh, the game went to an extra inning. Orleans didn't score but Kars pushed one across for the 3-2 win when Nick Ellis walked with the bases loaded.

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Cheshire Cat takes game one of Harbour Ball Finals

The Cheshire Cat Pub took the first game in the best of three Fitzroy Harbour Men's Fastball League finals on Wednesday night with a come from behind 13-5 win over Al's Corner Store.


Jeff Cavanagh and Adam Rueckwald pitched for the Cat, while Danny Nash and Dave Bahm threw for Al's.


Cheshire Cat scored nine runs in the bottom of the fifth to take the big lead. Tim Leclair had a grand slam in the inning.


Game two will be Wednesday October 2 at 7:30 pm at the FHCC.

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GOFL playoffs in Micksburg on Thursday

Game one of the best of three Greater Ottawa Fastball League playoff semifinal between the Quyon Flyers and Micksburg Twins gets started in the 'Burg on Thursday night (September 26) at 8 pm.

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Harbour Ball finals start tonight

The Fitzroy Harbour Men's Fastball League playoff final series starts tonight (Wednesday September 25) at 8 pm with Cheshire Cat Pub playing Al's Corner Store.

The finals are best of three.

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GOFL semi-final starts tonight in Manotick

The Kars Aces will host the Orleans Rebels in game one of their best-of-three Greater Ottawa Fastball League semi-final in Manotick tonight (Wednesday September 25) at 8:30 pm.

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Monday, September 23, 2019

Kars defeats I4C, semifinals now set

The Kars Aces defeated I4C Victory 8-1 on Monday to win their best of three Greater Ottawa Fastball League quarterfinal series two games to one.

Brad Porter had the win while Matt McNish took the loss.

The game was tied 1-1 after four innings but a six-run fifth ended the game.

Nick Ellis had 4 RBIs for Kars with a homer and a double. Gregg Garrity had a two run homer and Brad Pender had a single, a triple and an RBI.

Curt Scurr had the lone RBI for I4C.

The Kars win sets up the semi-finals with the Aces facing the Orleans Rebels and the Micksburg Twins versus the Quyon Flyers.

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Friday, September 20, 2019

Knights win third consecutive Blackburn title

The Knights won the Blackburn Men's Fastball League playoff title Thursday night for the third consecutive season, beating Goodfellows 4-1 in the final game. Jamie Blakely earned the win while Shannon Borho took the loss with relief from Will Lowe.


The Knights finished the regular season last in the seven team league, but went through the double knockout playoff bracket undefeated to earn the trophy.








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Thursday, September 19, 2019

Desjardins Insurance wins Glen title

from Eric Colvin


Desjardins Insurance won the 2019 Glen Cairn Men's Fastball League playoff championship with a 7-4 win in game 2 over Don Cherry's.


Luc d'Entremont with the pitching win, Matt McKay with the loss. Spencer Lee had an important HR in bottom of the 6th to clinch the victory. Desjardins wins the series 2-0.



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Wednesday, September 18, 2019

BMFL finals set - Goodfellows vs Knights

The final for the Blackburn Men's Fastball League is now set, with the undefeated Knights facing off against Goodfellows in the double knockout format.

Last night (Tuesday) Goodfellows beat the Blue Jays 3-2. Shannon Borho had the win while Andy Barber took the loss with relief from Jeff Barber.

The first game of the Finals is Thursday September 19 at 7 pm. If Knights lose, then the "if necessary" game is scheduled for Sunday September 22 at 6 pm.

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Harbour Ball finals now set

The two teams playing for the Fitzroy Harbour Men's Fastball League playoff final are now determined. Al's Corner Store will play Cheshire Cat Pub in the best of three series.

On Tuesday night Al's won game three of their semi-final series 14-9 over All in One Septic and Excavating. All in One were playoff champions of Harbour Ball in 2015, 2016 and 2017.

Al's overcame a 7-2 deficit. Dave Bahm and Danny Nash had the win while Rory Burns took the loss. Burns' pitching partner Todd Wilson was unable to throw as he is out for the season with "overall body soreness".

The Finals will start next week.

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Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Three teams left in Blackburn

On Sunday, the Blue Jays beat the Bandits 10-5 in Blackburn Men's Fastball League playoffs.

Now there are three teams left in the double knockout format.

Blue Jays vs Goodfellows tonight (Tuesday) at 7 PM. Knights wait in the final.

Bracket is online here.

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Desjardins takes lead in Glen Cairn finals

from Eric Colvin

Don Cherry's brought the tying run to the plate in the bottom of the 7th, but Desjardins Insurance held on for a 6-4 win to take a 1-0 series lead in the best of 3 Glen Cairn Men's Fastball League finals.

Game #2 goes Wednesday at 7pm at the AY Jackson HS diamond.

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