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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Friday, May 17, 2019

Micksburg defeat Ottawa Valley

In Greater Ottawa Fastball League play on Thursday night, the Micksburg Twins defeated the Ottawa Valley As 8-5 in Carp. The Quyon Flyers were originally scheduled to play the As but had player availability issues, so the Twins filled in the gap.

Joran Graham had the win, with 18 year old John Enright throwing in relief. Ben Broek took the loss for the As while Adam Rueckwald also pitched for Valley.


Thursday, May 16, 2019

Orleans defeats I4C on Wednesday

by Travis Valois

The Orleans Rebels kicked off their season against I4C in Manotick. Neil Cooke opened up throwing for I4C while Andy Barber threw for Orleans. The first inning saw Orleans get on the board. Kevin Shonfield singled with one out then advanced on a passed ball. Derick Bulley drove him in to put the score at 1-0.  The Rebels had a clean half inning. The Rebels added to their lead in the 2nd when Ryan Mitts scored. The 3rd saw two more runs tacked on when Derick Bulley drove in Derek Barber who had reached first on a walk. A couple errors plated Bulley. 

I4C got on the board in the 4th inning. Jeff Barber took over for Andy and struck out the first batter before giving up a pair of singles to Ryan Clare and Chris MacFarlene. Derek Martin walked to load the bases. Jeff would K two more batters but not before Neil Cooke was walked putting the score to 4-1.

I4C tied the game in the 5th with a 2 RBI single from Derek Martin followed by an overthrow on a steal to score the runner from 3rd.

The game went into the 7th inning tied 4-4. Matt McNish struck out the first two Rebel batters before giving up a single to Kevin Shonfield. Derek Barber reached base before some wild events. Shonfield looked dead to rights advancing to third, an over throw on a rundown lead to Shonfield reaching 3rd and Barber reaching 2nd. Derick Bulley was walked which loaded the bases. Jeff Barber delivered with the bases loaded, hitting a triple on a 0-2 count.

The score was 7-4 going into the bottom of the 7th. I4C looked like they may have something going with a 2 out walk but the game was finished when Ryan Mitts made a nice basket catch on a hard hit ball to left field.

Andy Barber 3 IP, 5K, 1BB, 1H,0ER
Jeff Barber 4 IP, 9 K, 5BB, 3H,3ER

Shonfield 2/4
D. Barber 1/3, RBI, BB
Bulley 2-3, RBIx2, BB
J. Barber 2/4, RBIx3, 3B
Mitts 1/3
Mainville 1/2

Neil Cooke 3IP, 3K, 1BB, 4H, 3R, 2ER
Matt McNish 4IP, 2K, 1BB, 5H, 4R, 3ER

Clare 1/3
MacFarlane 2/3, BB
Martin 1/2, RBIx2, BB

First night round up in the GOFL

In Greater Ottawa Fastball League play on Wednesday night there were two games in Manotick. The game at the Grove (Micksburg at Stittsville) had to be postponed due to soggy field conditions.

The early game saw the expansion Orleans Rebels defeat I4C Victory 7-4. Jeff Barber had the win in relief of brother Andy, while Matt McNish took the loss in relief of Neil Cooke.

The late match up had the Kars Aces defeating Kemptville Black Sox 4-1. Brad Porter had the win with relief from Gregg Garritty in his GOFL debut. Dan Thompson was the losing pitcher and split the pitching duties with Shannon Borho.

The game on Thursday in Carp (Ottawa Valley As hosting Quyon Flyers) has been postponed due to player availability issues.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

GOFL Week #1

It may not seem like softball weather, but the Greater Ottawa Fastball League starts the 2019 campaign this week.

There are three games on Wednesday, including the Stittsville 56ers hosting the Micksburg Twins at the Grove at 9 pm. The doubleheader in Manotick sees the expansion Orleans Rebels facing I4C Victory at 7 pm and the Kemptville Black Sox (affiliated team last year, full time this season) playing Kars Aces at 9 pm.

In Carp on Thursday, the Ottawa Valley As host the Quyon Flyers at 8:30 pm.

West Carleton Electric doesn't get started until Week 2.

For all the scores and schedules, visit www.GOFL.ca.


Thursday, May 09, 2019

Team Quebec U23 to play exhibition games in the area

Saturday May 11 Elmwood Dale Park in Shawville will be hosting 3 exhibition games starting at 1PM.
The schedule is as follows:
1pm - Quebec U23 Juniors VS Quyon Flyers 
3pm - Micksburg Twins vs Quyon Flyers 
5pm - Quebec U23 vs Micksburg Twins
Sunday May 12 Team Quebec will travel to Orleans to play a double header starting at 11am vs the Orleans Rebels and the Kemptville Black Sox.



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Tuesday, May 07, 2019

Ottawa Valley As play Canadian Forces in exhibition game

With the recent flooding in eastern Ontario, the Canadian Forces have been a key responding group to assist local residents.

On Saturday May 4, the Ottawa Valley As and members of the Forces in the area got together to play a friendly fastball game in McNab. Fun and fellowship were the order of the day.


Wednesday, May 01, 2019

GOFL 2019 schedule announced

The schedule for the 2019 Greater Ottawa Fastball League season has been posted on the GOFL.ca website. The schedule (as always subject to a few tweaks) has the nine member teams each playing 16 games.

The schedule set up is as follows:

- Stittsville 56ers simply play each team home and home.
- The teams in the "West" (West Carleton Electric, Quyon Flyers, Micksburg Twins and Ottawa Valley As) will play one team in their division four times, the other two teams in their division three times, one game against each of the "East" teams, plus two against Stittsville.
- The teams in the "East" (Orleans Rebels, I4C Victory, Kars Aces and Kemptville Black Sox) will play a similar schedule to the teams in the West.

The Flyers will be playing the majority of their home games this season in Shawville. (Side note: the flooding in Quyon has been bad, and the diamond there is underwater.)

Games kick off on Wednesday May 15 with three games planned.


New women's fastball league this year in Micksburg

Continuing the strong fastball tradition in Micksburg, Jennie Mick has announced that there is a new four-team women's fastball league starting this season. Registration goes from May 1 to May 15. For more information visit their website.


Friday, April 19, 2019

12th Annual Gil Read Memorial Tournament

The 12th Annual Gil Read Memorial Men’s Fastpitch tournament will be held once again at the Carp Fairgrounds in Carp, Ontario the weekend of July 26 - 28, 2019.

This is an Open class tournament without restriction. Entry fee and prize money to be confirmed.
As always, there will be a fantastic beer garden with the best burgers around, and good crowds on hand, all in support of the Gil Read Memorial Foundation.

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

To reserve a spot for your team please contact:
Adam Brown
613-720-3575 (cell: text or call)

Cory Morrison
613-614-7349 (cell: text or call)

Past champions of the Gil Read Memorial:
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


Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Players wanted for Ashton Men's Fastball League

A team in the Ashton league is in search of fastball players. Players with pitching or catching experience are especially welcome.

Games are played at the ballpark in Ashton on Thursday nights at either 7 p.m. or 9 p.m. with the occasional Tuesday make-up game after a rain-out.

The cost will be approximately $120 per player, which covers the 15-game regular season and the playoffs. The season starts in early May and usually wraps up in mid-September.

Please contact Craig Pavia if you're interested: cpavia@rogers.com 613-282-3176.


Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Pickering Invitational Tournament - June 14 - 15, 2019

Pickering, ON - The Pickering Fastball Association is holding the 9th Annual Pickering Invitational Tournament for intermediate men on June 14 - 15, 2019.

Teams will be guaranteed 3 round robin games between Friday and Saturday. The top 4 teams will advance to the semifinals with the winners moving on to the finals Saturday evening. All games will be played at Dunmoore Park. The entry fee will be $450.

We are looking for teams to confirm by Friday May 24th.

Interested teams looking for more details are asked to contact Dave Northern at dave.northern1@gmail.com or 905-706-7873


Michael J Scott Memorial Tournament - Richmond Hill July 5 - 7, 2019

Richmond Hill, ON - The North York Fastball League is holding the 2nd Annual Michael J Scott Memorial Tournament for intermediate men on July 5 - 7, 2019.

The long standing Richmond Hill Fastball League tournament was re-branded in 2018 to commemorate the contributions of Michael J Scott to Goulding Park Minor Softball and the North York Fastball League.
Teams will be guaranteed 3 round robin games with playoffs on Sunday. The playoff format and payouts will depend on how many teams enter. Entry fee will be $450. The pulled pork and the coldest beverages you could ask for will be available at Town Park. Games will also be played at nearby Crosby Park.
Deadline for teams to confirm will be Friday June 14th.
Interested teams looking for more details are asked to contact Dave Northern at dave.northern1@gmail.com or 905-706-7873


Thursday, March 07, 2019

Lottery Winners from West Carleton

Congrats to Jonny Daley (WC Electric team member), Steve "Beef" Johnson (WC Electric former team member) and Brent Palsson (fan of the Electric) on their lottery win last week.

Story here: https://www.ottawamatters.com/local-news/ottawa-area-men-buy-winning-lottery-ticket-in-stittsville-1310081


Monday, February 18, 2019

CCHL2 all-stars have fastball connections

The Central Canada Hockey League Tier 2 (formerly Eastern Ontario Junior B) announced their all-star teams today.

There are two fastball connections on the list.

Andrew McIntrye, shortstop for the Micksburg Twins who was named to the Greater Ottawa Fastball League first team all-star this fall, was also named a first team all-star forward for Renfrew Timberwolves of CCHL2. McIntyre is the leading scorer and point-getter in the league.

The all-star General Manager of the league is Mike "Bundy" Seed. Bundy is the general manager for the U16 Westport Storm boys fastball team which participates in Ontario Amateur Softball Association play. It's also a club on which the Caveman has played for a couple of seasons.

Congratulations to both.

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Greater Ottawa Fastball League expanding to nine teams

The Greater Ottawa Fastball League, the premier men's fastpitch softball league in eastern Ontario and western Quebec, intends to expand to nine teams for the 2019 season.

Orleans will re-join the GOFL after a ten year hiatus. Orleans previously had a team in the league from 2007 to 2009. They Rebels will play, as the previous club did, at Pierre Rocque Park.

Kemptville was a GOFL 'affiliate' last season, playing each team once in games that counted in the standings. The Black Sox will play home games at Riverside Park as they did in 2018.

The seven returning teams and their home diamonds are: West Carleton Electric (Fitzroy Harbour CC), Ottawa Valley As (Carp Fairgrounds), Micksburg Twins (Micksburg CC), Quyon Flyers (Quyon Fairgrounds and Shawville R.A.), Stittsville 56ers (Alexander Grove Park), I4C Victory (Manotick Arena) and Kars Aces (Manotick Arena).

With the addition of the two teams, there will be an unbalanced schedule to reduce travel.

The league also decided to go with best-of-three playoff series for the entirety of the playoffs, following a one game "play in" match between the 8th and 9th place finishers.

The GOFL will start play the second week of May.


Monday, February 04, 2019

Softball Canada internship opportunities in Ottawa

Softball Canada is looking for student interns for a couple of positions in Ottawa this summer. If you have studied sport management, physical education, graphic design, journalism or related programs, these may be good positions for you.

Links here and here.


Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Elissa Sivel earns Ottawa Sports Award

Congratulations to Elissa Sivel on being recognized with an Ottawa Sports Award for Softball!

From the Ottawa Sports Award site:
SOFTBALL – ELISSA SIVEL: This Pembroke native led her Bytown Belles to a bronze medal at the 2018 provincial championships, posting an earned-run-average of just 1.23 at the tournament. Elissa was also named top pitcher at a tournament in Innerkip. She’s long studied the art of pitching a softball, and today is 1 of 2 Master Pitching Instructors with Softball Canada. She’s also recently signed on as pitching coach for the University of Ottawa women’s softball team.


Thursday, January 17, 2019

Innerkip Minor Softball Tournaments 2019

Innerkip Minor Ball tournament dates for 2019:

U16 Boys & Girls - May 31-June 2
U14 Boys - June 7-9
(Skills Clinic for players and a Coaching Clinic for Coaches will be put on by Team Canada this weekend, details to follow. Softball Canada will also be running their Selection Camp this weekend at Innerkip Park.)
U10 Boys & Girls - June 14-16
U12 Boys & Girls - June 21-23

Visit www.imbtournaments.com for registration or more information.


NCCP Competition-Development course in Ajax

NCCP Competition-Development, Softball: Ontario Registration is OPEN!

Softball Ontario is proud to host NCCP Competition-Development, Softball Coaches Clinic as delivered by Softball Canada in Ajax, ON.

Dates and Time:

Weekend #1
Friday, February 22, 2019 6 :00 pm to 10:00 pm
Saturday, February 23, 2019 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sunday, February 24, 2019 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Weekend #2
Friday, April 24, 2019 6 :00 pm to 10:00 pm
Saturday, April 25, 2019 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sunday, April 26, 2019 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

This context focuses on coaches working with athletes who are in the Train to Compete stage of Softball’s Long-Term Player Development model. These athletes/teams are competing at the U18, U23 and Senior Canadian Championships, at the Canada Summers Games and at Junior and Senior World Championships.

Triple Play Academy, 650 Lakeridge Road South, Ajax, ON

Softball Coaches who are in Ontario; are eligible for Quest for Gold Funding for these both weekends.  For more information about the Quest for Gold Program, please click here.

For more information about the NCCP Competition-Development, Softball Clinic please contact Kristin Noonan, Softball Canada:  knoonan@softball.ca

For more information about Softball Ontario Coaches Program and NCCP clinics in Ontario, please contact Steph Sutton, Softball Ontario:  ssutton@softballontario.ca


Wednesday, November 28, 2018

OASA hosts announced in eastern Ontario

The Ontario Amateur Softball Association has announced some hosts for tournaments in 2019 on Facebook.

In our area, Carp will be the location for the U19 Men's Elimination tournament from June 28-30. Top finishers in this event will play in the Canadians in Owen Sound in August.

As well, McNab-Braeside will host the Intermediate Men's B/C East tournament on August 17-18. Top finishers will be invited to the "Grand Provincial" on September 7 in Pickering.


Tuesday, October 23, 2018

U16 Stittsville Competitive Girls Tryouts - November 1 and 8

The Stittsville 56ers have announced their tryouts for their U16 (athletes born prior to 2004) girls bantam II Fastball team. The team will compete in the Provincial Women’s Softball Association qualifier tournament (July 26-28) and the provincial championships (August 8-11).

Tryouts are November 1 and 8 from 8 to 10 pm at Stittsville Public School. Athletes need to register and pay the $10 try out fee (to cover gym costs and insurance) online with the Stittsville organization here (http://www.stittsvillesoftball.org/site/ClientSite/article/826492) and complete the athlete information form online here (https://goo.gl/forms/XPXV34HiD0w0qBEC3). 

The team has a dedicated coaching staff that is committed to maximizing local competitive opportunities for female athletes and improving individual athlete skills. The coaching staff is a dedicated team of volunteers - none of whom have children who will be trying out for the team. We welcome all athletes who are willing to travel to west Ottawa for practices and games to try out for the team. Any questions about the team or tryouts can be directed to Erin Durant at edurant@blg.com.

The 2019 coaching staff bios can be found below:

Erin Durant, Head Coach
Erin is an accomplished softball athlete who has competed in the women’s division of the PWSA and has attended a number of Softball Canada National Championships at the Junior and Women’s division. She is also a former university athlete who competed for the University of Ottawa Gee Gees and the Queen’s University Golden Gaels. Erin was a member of the last Ottawa-area women’s team to win a medal at the women’s Softball Canada National Championships with the Orleans Rebels in 2009 where the team earned bronze. Erin was also named to the Softball Canada All-Canadian team in 2016 at the Senior Women’s Canadians as an all-star outfielder. Erin retired from competitive softball after the 2018 season where the Bytown Belles placed third at the PWSA women’s provincial championships. She has been an occasional coach with the University of Ottawa Gee Gees since 2016 and has previously coached with the Kanata Pirates organization. When she is not at a softball diamond, she is a lawyer at Canada’s largest law firm.

Brad Pender, Assistant Coach
Brad is both an accomplished baseball and softball athlete. Brad played elite-level baseball as an outfielder and catcher with the Ottawa-Nepean Canadians where he competed throughout Ontario and the United States. Brad also played college baseball with the Academy of Baseball Canada, an elite baseball program in Montreal, and with the Trois-Rivières Saints in the Canadian Baseball League. More recently, Brad has competed on the competitive softball circuit where he has attended the International Softball Congress World Tournament with the Micksburg Twins, Broker4Tickets and the Kingston Axemen where he has been named to ISC II All World Team as an outfielder. Brad has experience coaching both male and female baseball and softball players.

Dale Aiken, Assistant Coach
Dale has been involved in softball and baseball most of his life. Dale has been coaching male and female athletes for twenty years. Dale has served in head coach and assistant coach positions for the Kanata Pirates, Ottawa University Gee Gee’s and the Stittsville 56’ers competitive programs. Dale was the president of Kanata Minor Softball for over a decade and was the director of competitive programs for that organization. Dale received certification as a facilitator and instructor with Softball Ontario in 2008 along with his level 3 coaching certification.

Carolyn Harman, Assistant Coach
Carolyn is an accomplished athlete, with over 30 years of playing competitive softball in and around Ottawa. She is a former Kanata Pirate pitcher / shortstop who was personally trained by Gil Read and went on to win multiple golden glove competitions, and was the first woman since 1978 to hit a home run over the fence in the GCLSL. Carolyn has been a competitive coach and board member with the Stittsville Minor Softball Association for the past 3 years - with her teams placing 3rd in the province in 2016 (Bantam Selects) and 2017 (Midget Selects). Since 2015 she worked alongside Kevin Daize, coaching the competitive Bantam/Midget winter ball and pitching programs. She has her Level 1 Umpire training, Level 1 NCCP Coaching training completed and is working towards her certification. On top of her elite softball experience, she brings 10 years of personal development and life coaching experience that helps develop the athletes mental game, confidence and improve mindfulness on and off the field.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

GOFL All Stars 2018

The All Stars for the Greater Ottawa Fastball League in 2018 as voted on by the managers of the member teams. Congratulations to all recognized.

1st Team
Pitcher: Matt Greer, Quyon Flyers
Catcher: Chris Costello, West Carleton Electric
First Base: Neil Murphy, West Carleton Electric
Second Base: Kristian Knapp, Kars Aces
Third Base: Steve McCord, Quyon Flyers
Shortstop: Andrew McIntyre, Micksburg Twins
Outfield: Brad Pender, Kars Aces
Outfield: Dave Hobbs, Quyon Flyers
Outfield: Dennis McCleary, Quyon Flyers
Designated Player: Nick Armitage, Quyon Flyers

2nd Team
Pitcher: Andy Barber, West Carleton Electric
Catcher: Shawn Laframboise, Quyon Flyers
First Base: Marcus Rice, I4C Victory
Second Base: Trevor Barton, West Carleton Electric
Third Base: Shawn Rebertz, West Carleton Electric
Shortstop: Michael Cavanagh, West Carleton Electric
Outfield: Quinton Rook, Micksburg Twins
Outfield: Chris MacFarlane, I4C Victory
Outfield: Dan Jessiman, Stittsville 56ers

The winner of the Tim Craig Memorial Award for top utility player is Kyle Gourgon of the Stittsville 56ers.


Sunday, October 14, 2018

Western wins the OIWFA provincial tournament in Carp

Western University Mustangs won the Ontario Intercollegiate Women's Fastpitch Association provincial tournament this past weekend in Carp, going undefeated in the eight team event. The Mustangs defeated the Wilfrid Laurier University Golden Hawks in the final, with the Brock University Badgers winning the bronze medal. The event was hosted by the University of Ottawa GeeGees, who finished with a 1-2 record.


Thursday, October 11, 2018

Women's university provincials to be held in Carp - news release

University of Ottawa Gee-Gees Fastball Team Hosts Provincial Championships and Provides Opportunities for Women in Sport
October 11, 2018, Ottawa - From October 12th -14th, 2018 the University of Ottawa Gee-Gees Fastball Team will be hosting the Ontario Intercollegiate Women’s Fastpitch Association (“OIWFA”) championship tournament at the Carp Fairgrounds and banquet in Ottawa. The Gee-Gees will be hosting seven other University women’s teams who will compete in games commencing October 13th at 9:00 am and concluding with the championship game at 1:00 pm on October 14th.   The event will feature live internet broadcasts of eight games and will feature teams from Western University, Ryerson University, Queen’s University, Brock University, the University of Toronto, the University of Guelph, Wilfrid Laurier University in addition to the host Gee-Gees. The OIWFA is in its 16th season and features 13 teams from universities across the province. The top 8 teams after five weeks of league play congregate at the OIWFA Championships each year to compete for the championship in a double knockout tournament.
The Gee-Gees will also be using the platform of the tournament to promote women in sport. On October 12th, the team will host the annual OIWFA banquet organized by alumni and coach Jean Cardona. At the banquet, Erin Durant, another graduate of the team, will host a panel discussion on women in sport featuring former Gee-Gees pitcher and accomplished softball coach Elissa Sivel, level five umpire Daryl Way, and Coaches Association of Canada employee Jacqueline Tittley. The panel will discuss challenges faced by women coaches and officials as well as strategies that have been used by Ms. Sivel and Ms. Way to accomplish their goals in sport with the support of mentors. Ms. Tittley will also speak about initiatives of the Coaches Association of Canada to provide more opportunities to women coaches.
According to Ms. Durant the Gee-Gees thought this was an important initiative for a number of reasons, “The Gee-Gees fastball team is led by a team of three women coaches, including the head coach Steph Bouchey, who have each been supported and sponsored by former long-time Gee-Gees coach Scott Searle. We know that women only make up approximately 37% of softball coaches in Canada and less than 8% of officials. We hope to use the platform of the banquet to inspire more female athletes to get involved in coaching and officiating when their playing days are complete and to encourage the male coaches in the room to mentor their athletes into these opportunities.”
In addition to the panel discussion on women in sport, the Gee-Gees are also proud to host an all-female umpire crew who will be officiating the tournament – a first for the OIWFA. Hosting the all-female umpire crew came at a greater expense as a result of paying more travel expenses for women umpires outside of the Ottawa area. However, the host committee believes that the additional cost is worth the investment. “It was important to us to provide opportunities for women officials – a historically underrepresented group in softball,” commented Ms. Sivel. She elaborated that, “we think it will be a great change to have an all women umpire crew – especially when so many tournaments that I have participated in over the years as an athlete and as a coach featured only male umpires.”

The Gee-Gees received significant financial contributions their main sponsor Alterna Savings and an alumni fundraising campaign which assisted significantly in offsetting the cost of hosting the tournament and the banquet. According to Ms. Bouchey, “We could not have accomplished any of this without the support of our sponsor Alterna Savings and our alumni network.” 


Thursday, October 04, 2018

2018 List of Champions (with an update)

Here is a list of all the men's league champions across our region for the 2018 season. Did I miss any? Let me know - fastball[at]fitzroyharbour.com.

Greater Ottawa Fastball League - Quyon Flyers
Glen Cairn Men's Fastball League - Laurysen Kitchens
North Leeds Men's Fastball League - North Augusta Trappers
Shawville Men's Fastball League - Brewers
Fitzroy Harbour Men's Fastball League - Murphy's Plumbing
Micksburg Recreational Fastball League -  North Stars
Blackburn Men's Fastball League - Knights
Ashton Men's Fastball League - NAPA Shockers
Carp Men's Fastball League - Team Red
Grenville League - Roebuck Relics
New Edinburgh Men's Fastball League - New Edinburgh Pub

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Knights win Blackburn playoff title

The Knights defeated Goodfellows 7-4 on Wednesday night in the "if necessary" game of the double knockout playoffs to win the Blackburn Men's Fastball League title.

Jamie Blakely was the winning pitcher, going the distance for the Knights. Shannon Borho started for Goodfellows and went two innings, with Will Lowe throwing four and taking the loss.


Monday, October 01, 2018

Laurysen Kitchens wins Glen Cairn playoff title

The Glen Cairn Men's Fastball League playoff title was won by Laurysen Kitchens on Monday night, with a 2-1 win in the deciding game three of the final series over Ken Leslie State Farm.

Ty Alexander was the winning pitcher while Luc D'Entremont took the loss.

The games were very low scoring and close in the series, with Laurysen winning Game 1 also by a score of 2-1 and KLSF winning Game 2 with a 1-0 shutout.

Laursyen were the fifth place finishers in the regular season of the nine team league.


Blackburn finals going to the "if necessary" game

The Blackburn Men's Fastball League playoffs are an eight team double knockout event. The Knights beat Goodfellows 9-2 on Sunday in the first game of the final, to set up the "if necessary" game on Wednesday October 3 at 7 pm for the winner take all match.


Sunday, September 30, 2018

Quyon Flyers win the GOFL playoff title

with info from Paul Griffith, Erin Durant, Dan Dunbar

The Quyon Flyers won their first ever Greater Ottawa Fastball League playoff title, capturing the I4C Consulting Trophy with a 4-2 win over the Kars Aces on Sunday afternooon in Manotick in front of about 60 spectators.

Matt Greer got the pitching win, while Brad Porter took the loss.

Quyon got on the board in the top of the first, when Dennis McCleary doubled and scored later on the inning on Nick Armitage single.

Kars scored two in the bottom of the first. Brad Pender walked and stole second. Nick Ellis also walked. When Ian King bunted, there was an error on the throw scoring both Pender and Ellis.

Armitage hit a solo home run in the top of the fourth that was barely fair to tie the game at 2-2.

The Flyers scored the winning runs in the sixth. Dave Hobbs singled and Matt Greer then got on through a fielders' choice. Armitage's second home run of the day made it 4-2. Quyon held on for the win to take the title.

Back row: Zach Trudeau, Luke Young, Todd Hearty, Josh Greenshields, Lane McMurtry, Trevor Lahey, Dennis McCleary, Steve McCord, Nick Armitage
Front Row: Daniel Kingdon, Matt Greer, Shawn Laframboise, David Hobbs, Curtis Daley


Friday, September 28, 2018

Murphy's Plumbing are Harbour Ball champions

Murphy's Plumbing, regular season first place finishers in the Fitzroy Harbour Men's Fastball League, claimed the Harbour Ball playoff title last night with a 5-3 win over All in One Septic & Excavating to take the best of three finals two games straight.

Ben Broek and Mitch Taylor pitched for the Plumbers, while brothers Todd ("Willie White Shoes") and Troy Wilson threw for captain Rory Burns' All in One team.

Left to right: Dave Wade, Ben Wilson, Ben Wade, Ryan Conners, Adam Murphy, Sean Lecuyer, Brendan Coker (aka Harbour Commish), Todd Thompson, Blair Foley, Ben Broek, Mitch Taylor. Missing: Chris Murphy (player / sponsor).


Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Blackburn Finals set (updated)

The Knights defeated the Bandits 2-1 in the losers' bracket final on Thursday night. So, it will be the Knights against Goodfellows in the finals of the Blackburn league on Sunday September 30 at 6 pm.

There are three teams remaining in the Blackburn Men's Fastball League playoffs.

Knights and Bandits play tonight Thursday September 27 at 9 pm in the loser backet final, with the winner going up against Goodfellows at 6 pm on Sunday. The if necessary game in October 4 at 7 pm. Bracket online here.


Glen Cairn finals knotted at one game apiece

The best-of-three Glen Cairn Men's Fastball League finals are knotted at one game each.

Game one saw Laurysen Kitchens win 2-1.

Game two was Ken Leslie State Farm winning 1-0.

The deciding game three will be played Monday October 1st at A.Y. Jackson HS field at 7:30 pm.


Tuesday, September 25, 2018

GOFL Final - date now set *TIME UPDATED*

The Quyon Flyers and Kars Aces will face off in the Greater Ottawa Fastball League championship final in Manotick on September 30 at 2 pm.  (Note the time update.)

With the "Final Four" format, the final game is played at the home of the winner of the undefeated match. There is no "if necessary" game.


Harbour Ball Finals first two games set

The first two games of the Fitzroy Harbour Men's Fastball League best of three finals will be played Wednesday at 7 pm and Thursday at 7 pm. The first game was originally scheduled for Monday, however since several Hydro workers are playing in the finals, they were unavailable due to the tornado reparations underway.

Teams in the final are Murphy's Plumbing and All in One Septic & Excavating.


Monday, September 24, 2018

Kingston Axemen plan to attend Men's Canadians in 2019

The Kingston Axemen have announced on Twitter today their intention to attend the Men's Canadian Softball championship tournament in Grande Prairie, Alberta in 2019.


West Carleton Electric season concludes

West Carleton Electric men's fastball season ended last week with a playoff defeat to the Quyon Flyers. The Electric finished in third place this season in the Greater Ottawa Fastball League, and would like to thank the fans that came out to their games this year.

The team would also like to thank sponsors Dale and Laurie Hanna of West Carleton Electric Ltd. and Campbell Fuels for their continued support of the team.


Thursday, September 20, 2018

Quyon wins GOFL semi-final on walk off single by McCleary

The Quyon Flyers won the Greater Ottawa Fastball League Final Four playoffs semi-final 2-1 over West Carleton Electric on Thursday night in west Quebec. The Flyers advance to the Final against the Kars Aces.

Matt Greer had the win for Quyon, while Andy Barber took the loss.

West Carleton had 12 batters retired in order before getting on the board in the fifth. Jeff Barber led off the inning with a double, but got caught and put out in a run down when Shawn Rebertz reached on a fielder's choice. Rebertz scored from first on Michael Cavanagh's triple to put the Electric up 1-0.

Quyon had two singles (Steve McCord and Shawn Laframboise) in the second inning and stranded the runners, but otherwise didn't generate any offense in the first five innings.

The Electric got a single from Alex Boucaud in the top of the sixth, but when he tried to stretch it into a double he got thrown out.

The Flyer put two men on in the sixth with two singles (Dennis McCleary and Dave Hobbs), but Barber got out of the jam.

Jeff Barber walked in the seventh for WC with one out, but was stranded, setting up a bottom of the seventh with the visitors up 1-0.

Todd Hearty led things off for Quyon with a single. After a pop out, Lane McMurty reached on a ball that slowed down in the infield making it a tough play. Following a strike out, Luke Young hit a single that stayed in the infield to load the bases. With the bases loaded, two out, and two strikes, McCleary's single up the middle walked it off for Quyon as they won 2-1.

The Flyers will face the Kars Aces for the GOFL championship at a date to be determined.

Matt Greer WIN 7IP 1R 1ER 3H 9K 1BB

Dennis McCleary 2-4, 2RBI
Dave Hobbs 1-3, SB
Steve McCord 1-3
Todd Hearty 1-3, R
Shawn Laframboise 1-3
Luke Young 1-3

Andy Barber LOSS 6.2IP 2R 0ER 7H 9K 0BB

Jeff Barber 1-2, 2B, BB
Michael Cavanagh 1-3, 3B, RBI
Alex Boucaud 1-3


Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Glen Cairn finals knotted at a game apiece

The Glen Cairn Men's Fastball League final series is now knotted at a game apiece, with Ken Leslie State Farm defeating Laurysen Kitchens 1-0 on Wednesday night.

Luc D'Entremont had the win for State Farm while Tyler Alexander took the loss for Laurysen's.

The date for the deciding Game 3 to see who takes home the title is to be determined.


GOFL semi-final Thursday night in Quyon

The Quyon Flyers will host West Carleton Electric on Thursday September 20 at 7:30 pm in the Greater Ottawa Fastball League Final Four semi-final.

The winner of the game will face Kars Aces in the playoff final.


Tuesday, September 18, 2018

GOFL Final Four Round - updated

The Greater Ottawa Fastball League "Final Four" playoff round determines the playoff champion.

The format is as follows with results posted as the games are completed.

Game 1: Quyon Flyers 7 Ottawa Valley As 0 (September 12 in Quyon)
Game 2: Kars Aces 4 West Carleton Electric 1 (September 13 in Manotick)
Game 3: Kars Aces 8 Quyon Flyers 1 (September 18 in Quyon)
Game 4: West Carleton Electric 4 Ottawa Valley As 3 (September 17 in Fitzroy)
Game 5 - Semi-Final: Quyon Flyers 2 West Carleton Electric 1 (September 20 in Quyon)
Game 6 - FINAL: Quyon Flyers vs Kars Aces (Sunday September 30 in Manotick at 3 pm)


Kars advances to GOFL Final with win over Quyon

The Kars Aces won 8-1 over the Quyon Flyers in the Greater Ottawa Fastball League Final Four playoffs undefeated game on Tuesday night in Quyon. Six different Aces hit homers in the game.

Brad Porter was the winning pitcher. Trevor Lahey took the loss and had relief from Matt Greer.

Kars got out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the second inning. Kristian Knapp doubled and scored on Cory Morrison's double. Danny Powers homered to score Morrison.

Brad Pender hit a solo homer in the top of third to make it 4-0 for the Aces.

Quyon replied in the bottom of the third with a solo home run from Nick Armitage.

The Aces scored four runs on the top of the fifth on four solo home runs by Nick Ellis, Ian King, Kristian Knapp and Matt Alkerton.

With the run rule in effect, the Flyers went down in order in the bottom of the fifth.

Kars advances to the playoff final which they will host. Quyon will host West Carleton Electric in the semi-final on a date to be determined.

Brad Porter WIN 5IP 1R 1ER 3H 5K 1BB

Brad Pender 1-3, HR, RBI, R
Nick Ellis 1-3, HR, RBI, R
Ian King 1-3, HR, RBI, R
Kristian Knapp 2-3, HR, RBI, 2B, 2R, BB
Cory Morrison 1-3, 2B, RBI, R
Matt Alkerton 1-3, HR, RBI, R
Chad Milne 1-3
Danny Powers 2-3, HR, 2RBI, R

Trevor Lahey LOSS 2.2IP 4R 4ER 5H 1K 0BB
Matt Greer 2.1IP 4R 4ER 5H 5K 1BB

Dennis McCleary 1-2, 2B
Matt Greer 1-2
Nick Armitage 1-2, HR, RBI, R


Laurysen Kitchens takes game 1 of Glen Finals

Laurysen Kitchens won game 1 of the Glen Cairn Men's Fastball League finals with a 2-1 victory over Ken Leslie State farm on Monday night. Game two is Wednesday night at 7:30 pm.


West Carleton wins on Barber walk off single

West Carleton Electric won in dramatic fashion on Monday night in Greater Ottawa Fastball League play in Fitzroy Harbour, eliminating the Ottawa Valley As from the Final Four playdowns with a 4-3 win. There was a good crowd on hand of about 80 or so spectators (about half supporting each team) to watch a well played game of fastpitch softball on a beautiful late summer night.

Andy Barber had the win for the 'Trics, while Ben Broek took the loss, pitching well for Valley.

The home team put two across for an early lead in the bottom of the first. Andy Barber walked and moved to second on Trevor Barton's sacrifice bunt. Chris Costello then singled to score A.B. and advanced to second on a throw to the plate. After a strikeout, Costello was replaced by Jeff Barber via the two-out catcher rule, and J.B. was brought home on a double by Shawn Rebertz.

Valley threatened in the top of two. After a fly out, Sean Lecuyer walked and moved to second on Clayton Vance's single. A pop up got a second out, and then a runner interference call ended the inning, preserving the 2-0 lead for Fitzroy.

Both teams went three up three down in the third and fourth innings, as both chuckers were pitching well.

The As put up a big inning in the top of the fifth. Vance stayed hot at the plate, starting the inning with a single. After a fly out, Vance stole second and Lindsay Medynski scored him with an RBI infield single. Medynski then stole second, and after a pop out, scored on Dave Sullivan's pinch hit smacked to left centre. Sullivan then made it home on a single by Broek to put the As up 3-2.

Fitzroy looked like they may have a chance to score when Neil Murphy singled to start the bottom of the fifth. He moved to second on a sac bunt by Jeff Cavanagh and took third on a wild pitch. However two consecutive ground outs kept Valley up by a run.

The top of the sixth saw the Valley As get a chance when Vance tripled with two out, but a strikeout ended the inning. The Electric went down in order in the bottom of the sixth.

After Valley couldn't generate much in the top of the seventh, the stage was set for the exciting bottom of the seventh. Mike Cavanagh led off with a single for West Carleton and took second and third on wild pitches. Kevin Shonfield's RBI single scored M. Cav to tie the game. Murphy then laid down a sacrifice bunt to move Shonfield to second. After a strikeout, Barber's single up the middle walked things off as Shonfield scored to end the game 4-3 for Fitzroy.

West Carleton will play next in the semi-final against the loser of the undefeated game between Kars and Quyon, to be played tomorrow (September 18) at 7:30 pm in west Quebec.

Andy Barber WIN 7IP 3R 3ER 7H 3K 1BB

Andy Barber 1-3, RBI, BB, R
Chris Costello 1-3, RBI, R
Shawn Rebertz 1-3, 2B, RBI
Mike Cavanagh 1-3, RBI, R
Kevin Shonfield 1-1, RBI, R
Neil Murphy 1-2, sac bunt

Ben Broek LOSS 6.2IP 4R 4ER 6H 7K 0BB

Ben Wade 1-4
John Sullivan 1-1, RBI, R
Ben Broek 1-4, RBI
Clayton Vance 3-3, 3B, R, SB
Lindsay Medynski 1-3, RBI, R, SB


Sunday, September 16, 2018

Host team wins Shawville tournament

The host Shawville Scrappers won the four team men's fastball tournament this past weekend in Shawville, QC. The Scrappers went undefeated (four wins), beating Micksburg in the final by a score of 5-0. Pitching for the hosts were Len Burger, Todd Hearty and Matt Greer, while Micksburg had Adam Rueckwald and Ben Broek on the slab.

Other teams participating were the Goodfellows / Kemptville Black Sox (Dan Thompson, Zachary Thompson, Will Lowe and Matt Cox pitching) and Fitzroy Harbour (Todd Wilson and Steve Cavanagh).


NAPA Shockers win Ashton playoff title

The NAPA Shockers won the Ashton Men's Fastball League title on Thursday night, defeating the Ashton Farmers 5-2 to take the series two games to none.

The Shockers rallied from a 2-0 deficit in the top of the 7th by scoring five runs, then held off the Farmers in the bottom to take the game and title. Bill Gerber, Chris Parish and Steve Cavanagh all threw for the winners.

NAPA didn't lose a game throughout the regular season and playoffs of the four team league, with a mid-season tie the only blemish on their record.

The "B" series also concluded Thursday night and saw the Ashton As defeat Lee Plumbing two games straight.

NAPA Shockers - 2018 champions of the Ashton league