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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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Squirt / Peewee Boys Tournaments in Oshawa

Oshawa is excited to be hosting a weekend tournament this year from July 14-16, 2017 for both squirt and peewee divisions.
The first 8 teams in both U12 and U14 divisions will be accepted.  
Entry fee is $300 with a 3 game guarantee.
Contact Chris Noel at chris_noel@sympatico.ca.

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GOFL league meeting Monday February 27

The Greater Ottawa Fastball League annual winter meeting will be held Monday February 27 at a top secret location. If anyone is interested in attending, please email fastball@fitzroyharbour.com.

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Glen Cairn Men's Fastball League registration now open

Registration for "The Glen" is now open on their website.

The GCMFL captain's meeting & 2017 draft will be held at the Kanata Sports Club on Sunday April 9th from 4 to 6 pm.


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Bob Easy receives Mayor's City Builder Award

Bob Easy, a local fastball umpire, was recently given an honour by the City of Ottawa:

Bob Easy receives Mayor’s City Builder Award

February 22, 2017
Announcements and Events
Mayor Jim Watson and Rideau-Goulbourn Ward Councillor Scott Moffatt presented the Mayor’s City Builder Award to Bob Easy at today’s City Council meeting.
Bob Easy has been involved in building and supporting youth in the communities of Munster and Richmond going back to the 1970s. The sense of community and of family he established among the teams he coached was sadly evident in 2012 when one of Bob's players died tragically during a game due to a heart condition. Bob took it upon himself as head coach to support the boy's family, his team and coaches, and the opposing team, by arranging grief counseling. He also organizes fundraising events to assist local players whose parents are unable to fully afford the cost of a hockey season; players who have been given the opportunity to play at a higher competitive level but whose parents are not able to pay the fees associated with that.
In 2001 Bob was presented with a plaque in recognition of his outstanding service to Minor Hockey under the Ottawa District Minor Hockey Association. In 2009/10 he was honoured as Coach of the Year by the Richmond Munster Minor Hockey Association for his special dedication to player development and team play. In 2014 Bob was presented with the Bill Kitchen Award for his devotion of time and effort to strengthening minor hockey in the community.
Bob was also involved in umpiring for fastball in Kanata for many years, and in slo-pitch in North Gower, Richmond and Munster in his later years. He is also involved in the Munster Co-operative Nursery School's annual ball tournament in June. In 2003 Bob, assisted by Sharon Shouldice of Stittsville, organized a tournament in support of Tori Carswell, a child cancer victim in the area. Bob also volunteers as a Santa and last year he played Santa at Munster’s first Santa Claus Parade.
The Mayor’s City Builder Award is a civic honour created to recognize an individual, group or organization that has, through outstanding volunteerism or exemplary action, demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to making our city a better place today and for the future. This may include lifelong service, outstanding acts of kindness, inspiring charitable work, community building or other exemplary achievements.
Individuals, groups or organizations may be nominated by members of City Council or the public.
The award is presented at the beginning of each City Council meeting.

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

2017 ISC Canada East Qualifier


from Blair Setford

The International Softball Congress is actively planning the 2017 ISC Canada East Qualifier for Innerkip June 16-18.

This event is for all teams in Canada East who haven't yet qualified for the 2017 ISC World Tournament in Grand Rapids, MI.

The qualifier will be a double knockout event with a paid entry & travel money for the winner. Additional invites will be made available to teams based on their finish in the qualifier and other ISC CE qualifying events.

Entry fee is $450. We request that you send payment via Interac Email transfer to blairjs@gmail.com. Interac E-Transfer is a fast, secure, and convenient way to transfer funds and is available through virtually every Canadian financial institution for the same cost as a postage stamp.

For those needing accommodations, there are a pair of Choice Hotel properties in Woodstock, about a 10-minute drive from the park. Bookings can be made through the choicehotels.com website using the ISC promo code 00228500. Note that this must be done through the website. Calling the hotel directly and quoting the code will not provide the discount.

For additional info, please contact any of the following:

Blair Setford - blairjs@gmail.com

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2017 ISC Canada East U21 Championship


From Blair Setford

The International Softball Congress is actively planning the 2017 ISC Canada East U21 Championship for Innerkip June 16-18.

This event is for all U21 teams in the Canada East region. It will be a divisional round robin with a single-elimination playoff round.

Paid entry & travel money for the 2017 ISC U21 Championship Tournament in Grand Rapids, MI will be available for the winner. 

All teams are encouraged to attend the ISC U21 Championship Tournament in Grand Rapids given the Canada Games event this summer.

Entry fee is $450 for our Canada East event. We request that you send payment via Interac Email transfer to blairjs@gmail.com. Interac E-Transfer is a fast, secure, and convenient way to transfer funds and is available through virtually every Canadian financial institution for the same cost as a postage stamp.

For those needing accommodations, there are a pair of Choice Hotel properties in Woodstock, about a 10-minute drive from the park. Bookings can be made through the choicehotels.com website using the ISC promo code 00228500. Note that this must be done through the website. Calling the hotel directly and quoting the code will not provide the discount.

For additional info, please contact any of the following:

Blair Setford - blairjs@gmail.com
Joe Todd - ftode739@rogers.com

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Wednesday, February 01, 2017

Erin Durant honoured at Ottawa Sports Awards

Congratulations to Erin Durant, being honoured tonight at the Ottawa Sports Awards for her 2016 accomplishments in softball.

In additional to her on-field abilities (see below), Erin is a big online and in-person supporter of softball in the area, for both women's and men's, especially the Greater Ottawa Fastball League where she can be seen at games cheering on her husband Brad Pender. Not just a fan of the GOFL, Erin also suited up for a GOFL regular season game and is to date the only female player ever to participate in the league.

Congrats Erin!

SOFTBALL – ERIN DURANT:

Erin played for the Bytown Belles this summer, a team that went on to win a silver medal at the senior women’s provincials. When her team decided not to compete in the nationals, she was picked up by the Whitby Eagles to play at the tournament in PEI. Her great fielding and hitting skills spurred her on to be selected as an All-Canadian outfielder. The former University of Ottawa Gee-Gees player helped coach her old team during the fall months and also won a local league title. This Prescott girl now lives in Ottawa where she works as a lawyer.

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Sunday, January 29, 2017

OASA announces tournament hosts for 2017

Here is the list of all the OASA tournaments from Junior Mite to Masters for the upcoming season:

Jr Mites U8 Provincial East - Sydenham, August 12-13
Jr Mites U8 Provincial West - Drumbo, August 12-13
Mites U10 Qualifier West - Drumbo, July 29-30
Mites U10 Qualifier East - Fitzroy Harbour, July 29-30
Mites U10 Provincial - Ponsonby, August 19-20
Squirt U12 Qualifier West - Durham, July 22-23
Squirt U12 Qualifier East - Grafton, July 22-23
Squirt U12 Provincial - Napanee, August 12-13
Peewee U14 Elimination - Napanee, June 30-July 2
Peewee U14 Provincial - Stouffville, July 29-30
Bantam U16 Elimination - Cobourg, July 7-9
Bantam U16 Provincial - Drumbo, August 5-6
Midget U18 Elimination - Owen Sound, June 30-July 2
Midget U18 Provincial - Jarvis, July 29-30
Jr Men's U21 Provincial - New Hamburg, June 23-25
Jr Men's U21 Special Event - Kitchener/Waterloo, July 6-9
Intermediate Men's East - Sydenham, August 18-20
Intermediate Men's West - Innerkip, August 18-20
Intermediate Men's Grand Final - To be announced, Date TBD
Masters 40+/50+ - St. Clements, July 14-16

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Monday, January 23, 2017

Softball Canada seeking summer intern

from Softball Canada


Softball Canada Internship

Published by Gilles LeBlanc
Published on January 23, 2017
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: May 1 – August 25, 2017 (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. In this position, you will offer administrative and project-related support in all areas of Softball Canada’s operations including but not limited to: program development/delivery for athletes, coaches and officials, marketing and communications, sponsorship, event management (Canadian Championships and Softball Canada events), as well as assisting in the Triple Play, CanPitch and Tim Horton’s Learn to Play Programs.
Key Responsibilities:
  • Assist in the development and delivery of Softball Canada programs and services
  • Assist in organizing Softball Canada events including up to eleven (11) Canadian Championships
  • Assist in marketing and promoting Softball Canada programs and services including writing articles for newsletters, social media, updating Softball Canada’s web site, and assisting in media releases
  • Assist with various administrative tasks including answering phones, filing, processing resource orders, etc.
  • Other duties as required
Qualifications:
  • Degree or a student in sport management, physical education or related programs
  • Experience in any of the following areas:
    • Program development, delivery and promotion
    • Event management
    • Marketing and Sponsorship
  • Experience working with volunteers
  • Demonstrated leadership skills
  • Excellent computer skills
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • 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 2016-2017 academic year and intend to return to school on a full-time basis in the 2017-2018 academic year
  • Not attending school full-time while employed in this position
  • Bilingualism is an asset
  • Flexible to work occasional evenings/weekends as required
Application Deadline: February 15, 2017
Compensation: To be determined (Please note that housing or transportation is not provided)
Send cover letter and resume to:
Softball Canada Attn: Mike Branchaud
Suite 212 - 223 Colonnade Road
Ottawa, Ontario K2E 7K3
Fax: 613-523-5761 or Email: mbranchaud@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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Stittsville 56ers to field Women's Junior Team this season

Announcement from Stittsville Minor Softball Association


Stittsville Minor Softball Association is pleased to announce this newest addition to its competitive program for the upcoming 2017 season:  Welcome to the Stittsville Womens Junior 56’ers!

The Junior program is for softball athletes at the next age level after Midget, who aspire to continue playing in a competitive venue, aspire to further develop their skills both individually and as team contributors, are keen on keeping it fun, and want to continue to be a part of the sport they have grown to love.

Womens Junior-56’ers will be headed by John Campbell.  There are plans underway for off-season sessions, leading to pre-season spring-board and then take-the-field in May!

SMSA will announce updates as they become available. In the meantime, please feel free to contact John directly.  He will be happy to help with any questions.  John can be reached at jcampb8297{at}rogers.com.

Welcome Stittsville Womens Juniors!
SMSA Executive

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Sunday, January 22, 2017

10th Annual Gil Read Memorial Tournament

The 10th Annual Gil Read Memorial Men’s Fastpitch tournament will be held once again at the Carp Fairgrounds in Carp, Ontario the weekend of July 28th, 29th and 30th, 2017.

This is an Open class tournament without restriction. Entry fee and prize money to be confirmed soon.

The tournament committee plans on making the 10th edition of the event the best ever. 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 9th annual event was won by the CPI Classics of Oswego, NY - story here.

To reserve a spot for your team please contact:
Adam Brown
fastball{at}fitzroyharbour.com
613-623-8867 (home)
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:
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, January 19, 2017

Remembering the Rock in Fitzroy

With the recent news that Tim Raines was finally elected into the baseball Hall of Fame, I thought it was a good time to remember the time that The Rock almost played a game for West Carleton Electric on June 23, 2009. We tried to convince him to suit up, but instead he came to the Fitzroy Harbour Community Centre and watched Manotick Lomor Printers defeat the Electric 7-1.

As per the game story, Trevor Lahey had the win for Manotick with Cal Medynski launching a solo home run and Trevor Power hitting a 3RBI triple (?!). Steve Cavanagh took the loss for WC, and Adam Brown, who had his offered of his left field position to the Rock declined, had the home team's only RBI.

Here's a photo of Tim with WC shortstop Trevor Barton from that night.


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Sunday, January 15, 2017

Softball coaching clinic to be held in Stittsville

National Coaching Certification Clinic: Competition – introduction Softball

This clinic replaces the Level 1 and 2 technical/ practical clinics and Level 1 and 2 theory Clinics.  Coaches must complete 2 mandatory weekends instructor led courses and an on-field evaluation.
Weekend 1 - What to Coach Clinic - $250 (includes taxes and rental fees)
Suggested Dates: Jan 28 and 29, 2017 
Location: 130 Ironstone Crt, Stittsville, ON(Ottawa West end)
Time: 8:30am – 5:00pm

Weekend 2 - How to Coach clinic - $135 (includes taxes and rental fees)
Suggested Dates: March 25 and 26, 2017
Location: 130 Ironstone Crt, Stittsville, ON (Ottawa West end)
Time: 8:30am – 5:00pm

On field evaluation - $135 (includes taxes and rental fees)
Dates: to be scheduled between May 3 -7, 2017

NOTE: coaches can get reimbursed 70% of the cost of the clinic (to a max of $400), plus mileage, (up to $200 for mileage) from a program called Quest for Gold:  http://coachesontario.ca/q4g/bursary-program/

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Saturday, December 17, 2016

Carlington Park to possibly get upgrades

Jon Willing's (Ottawa Sun) City Hall Blog reports that the City of Ottawa may upgrade Carlington Park softball diamonds if Ottawa is awarded the Canada Games in 2021.

Once top flight diamonds that hosted International Softball Congress, Ontario Amateur Softball Association and other big money invitational tournaments for men's fastball, Carlington is need for some work.

It would be a great location to see men's and women's U21 fastball at the 2021 Canada Games.

Story here: http://ottawacitizen.com/news/local-news/city-hall-blog-city-sports-facilities-get-8m-in-upgrades-if-ottawa-hosts-games

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Wednesday, December 14, 2016

ISC announces developmental tournaments in Michigan for July 21-23, 2017

December 13, 2016 – Saginaw, MI – The International Softball Congress is pleased to announce that it will be sponsoring three boys fastpitch softball championship tournaments on the weekend of July 21-23 in Saginaw, Michigan.
The ISC Developmental Championship Tournaments in the U14, U16 and U18 age groups marks a return for the ISC in sponsoring stand-alone youth events separate from the annual ISC World Tournament.
“With the outstanding boy’s fastpitch programs in Munger and Vasser, as well as the history of successful ISC developmental tournaments in Frankenmuth, this is the ideal area to hold these tournaments,” says ISC Executive Director Larry Fisher. Saginaw is 10-15 minutes from Frankenmuth and was the host of the 1981 ISC World Tournament.
“We’ve selected this weekend because there’s minimal conflict with any of the Ontario provincial events in these age groups, so we’d really like to see Ontario teams come and compete for an ISC championship,” added Fisher. 
More information will be forthcoming as the committee of Tom Stasik, Del Benson, Don Petro and Pete Bouvy work out the details in the coming weeks.
The ISC is also planning a U21 Championship as part of the 2017 ISC World Tournament being held in Grand Rapids, MI., August 12-19.
For additional information, please contact:
Larry Fisher
ISC Executive Director
Findlay, OH

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Thursday, December 08, 2016

Competitive Softball Coach Clinic to be held in Ottawa area


National Coaching Certification Clinic: Competition – Introduction Softball

This clinic replaces the Level 1 and 2 technical/ practical clinics and Level 1 and 2 theory Clinics. Coaches must complete 2 mandatory weekends instructor led courses and an on-field evaluation.

Weekend 1 - What to Coach Clinic - $226 plus HST
Suggested Dates: Jan 28 and 29, 2017
Location: TBC (Ottawa West end)

Weekend 2 - How to Coach clinic - $113 plus HST
Suggested Dates: Feb 18 and 19, 2017
Location: TBC (Ottawa West end)

On field evaluation - $113 plus HST
TBD:

For more information or to indicate your interest, please contact kelly@stittsvillesoftball.org.

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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

NCCP "Advanced Hitting" Webinar

from Scott Searle

The National Coaching Certification Program is now asking coaches to participate in activities that enhance their coaching to reinforce “values of lifelong learning and sharing amongst the coaching community.” All coaches in all sports will be required to obtain Professional Development (PD) points. PD points can be earned through a multitude of activities that coaches already participate in, including: national and provincial sport organization conferences and workshops, eLearning modules, NCCP workshops, coach mentorship programs, and active coaching. In most cases coaches are already earning their required PD points.

For more information, you can check http://coach.ca/maintenance-of-certification-s16745 Softball coaches will need to obtain 20 points in a 5 year period.

The Softball Ontario Coaching Committee is committed to creating as many opportunities for coaches to obtain these points as possible.  We will plan coach development sessions that will be linked to PD points in conjunction with events that coaches already attend like symposiums, Canadian and International Championships and other events as often as possible.  We recognize that coaches are amazing people, who are taking time out of their busy lives to coach other peoples kids, and often paying money out of their own pocket to do so.  We recognize that coaches are busy, and often involved in other sports.  To help coaches obtain these points we are also planning a webinar series where coaches can obtain points from home.

If you have any questions, or concerns about this process please feel free to send me an email at Scottsearle@rogers.comAdditionally if you have any suggestions or requests for webinars, I would love to hear them.

Our first webinar is on “Advanced Hitting”.  We have organized a panel of some of Canada’s best coaches and hitters to share tips on hitting.  The panel is from 11-1 AM on Saturday, November 26th in Oakville Ontario.  If you can’t join us in person, please join us online and register at http://www.softballontario.ca/?lid=GA7QU-VS3KE-XV44T  Online participants also qualify for two PD points. 

I hope to see your name on the list! Our panel has:
  • 27 Years of National Team Experience
  • 13 Canadian Championship Gold Medals
  • 6 Canada Summer Games Appearances with 3 different provinces
  • 3 Pan-American Games Gold Medals
  • 2 WSBC World Championships
  • 1 Olympian

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Thursday, November 17, 2016

Softball Canada age group changes

Word from the Softball Canada Annual General Meeting last week is that there will be some changes to age groupings starting in 2018.

Midget Boys will change from U18 to U19.

Junior Men will change from U21 to U23.

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Saturday, November 05, 2016

Stittsville coaching clinic

Stittsville minor softball is looking to host a "Competition Introduction" Softball Ontario training course. For coaches interested in getting certified to coach competitive minor softball, they can contact Kelly Daize to indicate their interest at kelly@stittsvillesoftball.org. They need 10 coaches to make it viable.

For info about the course, visit the Softball Ontario website.

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Saturday, October 29, 2016

GOFL 2016 All-Stars announced

The Greater Ottawa Fastball League all-stars, as voted on by representatives of each GOFL team, have been announced as follows. Congratuations to all players recognized.

First Team All-Stars
Pitcher: Joran Graham, Micksburg Twins
Catcher: Joe McCleary, Quyon Flyers
First Base: Jamey Mick, Micksburg Twins
Second Base: Kristian Knapp, Kars Aces
Third Base: Steve McCord, Quyon Flyers
Shortstop: Nick Ellis, Kars Aces
Outfield: Brad Pender, Kars Aces
Outfield: Cory Morrison, Kars Aces
Outfield: Dennis McCleary, Quyon Flyers
Designated Player: Corey Costello, Micksburg Twins

Second Team All-Stars
Pitcher: Andrew Putnam, I4C Victory
Catcher: Chad Costello, Micksburg Twins
First Base: Chris MacFarlane, I4C Victory
Second Base: Kevin McGuire, I4C Victory
Third Base: Chad Milne, Kars Aces
Shortstop: Matt Greer, Quyon Flyers
Outfield: Dan Jessiman, Stittsville 56ers
Outfield: Ryan Bond, Stittsville 56ers
Outfield: Matt McNish, I4C Victory
Designated Player: Nick Armitage, Quyon Flyers

The league also names the top utility player of the year as the recipient of the Tim Craig Memorial Award. This year's winner is Quinton Rook of the Micksburg Twins.

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Saturday, October 15, 2016

Softball Clinic on October 23

from John Campbell

Fall 2016 Camp Quebec-Florida Clinic
for Eastern Ontario Girls Youth Softball Players
Nepean, Ontario

What: Softball players development clinic for girls ages 10 to 21.
Who: Invitation is open to all, no matter where you play fastpitch!
Where: ÉCOLE SECONDAIRE CATHOLIQUE PIERRE-SAVARD
1110, Promenade Longfields Ottawa, Ontario
When: Sunday, October 23, 2016     1:00pm-4:00pm
Cost: $0.00
Bring: Gym attire, glove, batting helmet, and your best smile.
Info?: Contact John at jcampb8297@rogers.com to register

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Monday, October 03, 2016

Media Coverage of the GOFL (updated again)

Now that the Greater Ottawa Fastball League season has wound up, along with all other leagues in eastern Ontario, it's time to thank all the media outlets that gave the league some coverage this season.

Thanks to the following - if I missed any, please let me know:

West Carleton Review
Stittsville News
Pembroke Daily Observer
Shawville Equity
Valley Heritage Radio
Cogeco Television Pembroke
Eganville Leader
MyFM Pembroke 104.9
Star 96 FM

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Local ladies make final push to fundraise for 2017 World Masters Games

Article recently appearing in the West Carleton Review: Local ladies make final push to fundraise for 2017 World Masters Games

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Sunday, October 02, 2016

Orioles win Trend Arlington league

Info from Will Dunk

The Orioles won the four team Trend Arlington Men's Fastball League playoffs taking the best of five final series over This is How We Roll. The league plays in the Nepean area of Ottawa.

Saturday, October 01, 2016

Scarbourgh Force suspending operations

The Scarborough Force has announced they are suspending operations for 2017. Al's Fastball has the story.

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Pembroke Daily Observer article on GOFL Final

The Pembroke Daily Obersver continued with their great coverage of the Greater Ottawa Fastball League with an article, written by Jamie Bramburger, about Micksburg Twins victory over Kars Aces in the playoff final. Article here.

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Thursday, September 29, 2016

Micksburg Twins win 2016 GOFL playoff title

 The Micksburg Twins won the Greater Ottawa Fastball League title on Thursday night with a 3-2 win over the visting Kars Aces to go undefeated in the playoffs.

There were about 200 in attendance at the park in Micksburg (attendance count by the Caveman) on a beautiful late September night.

Joran Graham had the win with five innings of work allowing five hits and striking out 11. Corey Costello got the save, chucking hitless ball in the sixth and seventh and fanning five.

Brad Porter threw very well in taking the loss for Kars allowing only three hits and striking out 12.

Kars got on the board in the top of the first inning. Brad Pender hit a slap infield single with one out. Pender stole second and took third on an overthrow. He scored on Cory Morrison's double to centrefield.

Micksburg got on the board in the bottom of the opening frame. Graham walked with two out and Corey Costello hit a home run to left centre much to the delight of the local crowd, making it 2-1 for the home team.

Both teams went three up three down in the second inning.

Ian King lead off with a walk in the top of the third for Kars. Kristian Knapp then drove a ball off the top of the fence to right. King held up making sure the ball wasn't caught. With Knapp close on his tail, King tried to score but was thrown out at home. Knapp advanced to third on the throw. A line drive to centre by Brad Pender was a sac fly to score Knapp and tie the game at 2-2.

Graham got on base with two out for Micksburg in the third on a misplayed grounder. However a hard hit ball right at Porter allowed him to get out of the inning unscathed.

Chad Milne got a two out single for Kars in the fourth but was stranded after the next batter struck out.

Porter struck out the side in the bottom of the fourth to keep things knotted at two.

In the top of the fifth, Will Dunk bunted for a single to lead off. After a strike out, Knapp hit a hard drive to short, but Andrew McIntyre was able to glove it in the air and double off Dunk to end the inning.

Quinton Rook walked to start the bottom of the fifth for the Twins. Rook stole second. After a strike out, McIntyre had a great at bat and drove a ball into left to score Rook and give Micksburg the 3-2 lead. Porter induced a 4-6-3 double play to end the inning.

Corey Costello came in to relieve Graham in the sixth and struck out two. Morrison got on due to a misplayed fly to left, then another strikeout.

Graham lead off the sixth for Micksburg with a single, but Porter got two strikeouts and a pop up to get out of it.

Costello sealed the win in the top of the seventh with two strike outs and a pop up to end the game, and claim the 2016 GOFL Playoff championship for the Micksburg Twins.


Front row: Jamey Mick, Kurt Leavitt, Andrew Mcintyre, Matt Mcintyre, Scott Conroy, and Connor Moss. In the back row from left, Chad Costello, Kyle Jackson, Joran Graham, Paul Griffith, Corey Costello, Quinton Rook and Brandon Jackson.

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Twins defeat Royals to take the Shawville Men's Fastball League title

The Twins defeated the Royals 2-0 in the playoff final game for the Shawville Men's Fastball League championship.

Matt Greer was the winning pitcher while Lenny Burger, the wily veteran lefty, took the loss. Andrew Eades had the two RBIs for the Twins.

The SMFL is a four team league that usually plays on Monday nights throughout the summer.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Article: Micksburg Twins looking for championship Thursday night

Article from the Pembroke Daily Observer.

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Monday, September 26, 2016

GOFL Championship Round Update - Final Game(s) set

The schedule for the final game(s) of the Championship Round has now been determined. The Micksburg Twins will host the Kars Aces in a rematch of the 2013 GOFL Final which was won by the Twins. Micksburg only has to win once to be declared champion, while Kars will have to win two games on Thursday night to take their first title since 2012.

Greater Ottawa Fastball League Championship Round Schedule
1. Kars Aces 5 Quyon Flyers 3 (August 30)
2. Micksburg Twins 6 West Carleton Electric 0 (September 7)
3. Micksburg Twins 10 Kars Aces 6 (September 8)
4. Quyon Flyers 9 West Carleton Electric 4 (September 8)
5. Kars Aces 9 Quyon Flyers 4 (September 25)
6. FINAL: Kars Aces at Micksburg Twins (Thursday September 29 at 7 pm)
7. If necessary game to follow immediately afterward, if Micksburg loses Game 6

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GOFL history lesson (now with Franchise history)


As per the annual tradition, it is time for blog readers' annual history lesson now that our final teams have been determined.

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 Electric (3-1)
2005 Team Easton defeated Stittsville (3-1)
2006 Team Easton defeated Stittsville (3-1)
2007 Team Easton defeated West Carleton Electric (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 Twins (FWS tournament format)
2015 I4C Victory defeated Micksburg Twins (2-0, best of three)

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

Franchise History - Current Teams

Kars Aces
Home Diamond: Manotick
Years in League: 17 (2000-16)
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: 3 (2001, 2008, 2013)

Stittsville 56ers
Home Diamond: Stittsville
Years in League: 17 (2000-16)
Championships: 2 (2008, 2009)
Finalists: 2 (2005, 2006)

West Carleton Electric
Home Diamond: Fitzroy Harbour
Years in League: 13 (2004-2016)
Championships: none
Finalists: 2 (2004, 2007)

I4C Victory
Home Diamond: Manotick
Years in League: 11 (2006-2016)
Previous Home Diamonds: Carp
Championships: 2 (2014, 2015)
Finalists: none

Quyon Flyers
Home Diamond: Quyon
Years in League: 10 (2007-2016)
Other Home Diamond Used: Shawville
Previous Names: Quyon Combat Flyers
Championships: none
Finalists: 4 (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012)

Micksburg Twins
Home Diamond: Micksburg
Years in League: 4 (2013-2016)
Championships: 1 (2013)
Finalists: 2 (2014, 2015)

OttawaValley As
Home Diamond: Carp
Years in League: 2 (2015-2016)
Other Home Diamond Used: McNab, Pakenham
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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Sunday, September 25, 2016

Kars advances to GOFL Final vs Micksburg

The Kars Aces advanced to the Greater Ottawa Fastball League Championship Final with a 9-4 win over the hometown Quyon Flyers on Sunday afternoon.

Brad Porter had the win on the slab while Trevor Lahey took the loss.

Balls were flying out of the Quyon Fairgrounds diamond all afternoon. Ian King had two home runs for Kars, as did Nick Armitage for Quyon. Nick Ellis and Matt Alkerton also had homers for the Aces.

Kars advances to play the Micksburg Twins on a date to be determined (hopefully soon).

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GOFL playoffs resume Sunday

After a lengthy break, the Greater Ottawa Fastball Leagaue Championship Round resumes today at 2 pm on the Quebec side, as the Quyon Flyers host the Kars Aces.

The winner of the game will face the Micksburg Twins in the Final.

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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

All in One Septic & Excavating win FHMFL title (with photos)

All in One Septic and Excavating won 10-7 over regular season title holder Murphy's Plumbing on Monday night to take the championship series of the eight team Fitzroy Harbour Men's Fastball League two games to one.

Murphy's had a 3-2 lead at one point after back-to-back-to-back solo homers, including a bomb from Ryan Conners that landed at third base on the upper diamond.

However All in One battled back and held on for win. Adam Rueckwald and Rory Burns threw for the champs. Jeff Campbell, Chris Campbell and Spencer Campbell threw for Murphy's.

The Champs - All in One Septic and Excavating 


What Harbour Ball is all about - good ball games and post game refreshments with both teams on the deck.

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Memories of Elkland - Tenth Anniversary Edition

As per tradition, this is the annual Memories of Elkland post - the tenth one, as I have attended the Labour Day tournament in Pennsylvania every year since 2007.

This year turned out to be the best ever result for West Carleton Electric. We finished with three wins and two losses and played on Monday for the first time ever. This was also a year in which I had 7 confirmed players a week beforehand until I figured things out to finalize the roster.

Our squad this year was composed of six guys from our league team, three others from the GOFL, one Harbour Baller that came along for the ride and our first ever US American local pickup (who played great and fit in well).

There were thirteen teams this year, with the usual mix of ISC teams and pitchers, intermediate level squads and local clubs. The weather was fantastic, with beautiful sunny days and cool nights. 

All the statistics were kept and reported on via Al's Fastball. The stats were great, but I still contend that when I "reached on an error" in our fourth game, it actually was an infield hit.

The "shenanigans factor" was reduced this year for WC due to the absence of a few key individuals. When you don't have the guys that invented beer can midget wrestling, the Terminator eyefirewood shoes and pickup truck extension cord water skiing, it turns out that the craziness at base camp gets toned down a little. It also turns out that on field performance improves - who knew?

We did however enjoy the weekend camping at the park - the only way to go - and the comraderie that comes with spending three days together at the best fastpitch park I've ever been to. Several of us also made it all three nights (Friday, Saturday, Sunday) to experience the night life at The Moose where many ballplayers and locals congregated to chug cheap beer and tell stories.

The chicken was once again top notch, the pints were two US bucks each and the pump cheese hotdogs were tasty. The Elkland Softball Association (ESA) knows how to do concessions right! 

The fields were in great shape, and in the spirit of continuous improvement that we have come to expect in Elkland, they have installed a new scoreboard on Field Two (which used to be Field Three).

It was great to see all the familiar faces back at the event. Ugo never left his perch the whole weekend in the scorer's / announcer's box above the first base dugout on Field One. The Lip was there with his friendly demeanour and do-rag. Jesse the Bat Boy returned again (nine of ten years he has been there and supported West Carleton). The Chicken Lady made sure we were well fed. The "Get Your Pants Dirty" guy was screaming his head off , blathering on with a steady stream of nonsense. The bartending duo at the Moose was the same. 

Now that we have been there for ten years, West Carleton Electric has a bit of following. We aren't quite up to the level that Greenbush Generals are at (the only other Eastern Ontario team this year) who have been going for 30+ years, but there were Elkland locals cheering us on by name at our games, with their favourite appearing to be Mad Dog Murphy.

One definite memory from this year's event comes from our first game. This year's team had two sets of brothers. One set of brothers had a family event on Friday night. They decided they would leave Saturday morning - after an open bar wedding - and drive down to PA for our game at noon. The other set of brothers came down on Friday night and brought along their dad. When the unsurprising call came from the one set of brothers that they were going to be late, I realized I had only eight players for our first game. I did the only reasonable thing I could do - tried to recruit the guys' dad (who we will call Mr B) to play. The conversation went something like this.

Me: "Hey Mr B, we only have eight guys for the first couple of innings."

Mr B: "Uh.....ok. So?"

Me: "So, I need you to play."

Mr B: "Uh...well I only have sandals."

Me: "I have size 9 running shoes - they will fit you right?"

Mr B:"Uh...well I guess. But I don't have ball pants."

Me: "Well first of all we are in Elkland, you can play in your shorts. But I have an extra pair so you can wear those."

Mr B: "Uh...well I don't have a glove."

Me: "Jeez, are you kidding me? We will find you a glove,"

Mr B: "Ok, I guess I am in!"

So, out of excuses, Mr. B got put in the starting line up and played with his two boys. While playing right field, he chased down a double to corner, and had a good hack at the plate (pop out to second) before the reinforcements arrived. Secretly, despite his 'reluctance', I think he was pretty pumped to play. His comment afterwards: "Not bad for going twenty-one years between starts!"

I will summarize as I do every year - Bill Sherman and the ESA guys put on an excellent event, with great fastball at a fantastic venue. If you haven't been and you love fastball, you need to go at least once. And if you need a team to play on, call me because I probably have a roster spot for you!

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Monday, September 19, 2016

Laurysen Kitchens goes undefeated for entire GCMFL season

Laurysen Kitchens went 27-0 - undefeated in regular season, tournament and playoff games - to take the title in the nine team Glen Cairn Men's Fastball League with a 19-9 win over Don Cherry's on Monday night.

Tony MacDonald had the pitching win, while Aaron Amo saw 1.1 innings in relief.


Photo from Twitter

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Ashton Farmers champions of the AMFL

The Ashton Farmers defeated the Rockets to win the playoff championship in the four-team Ashton Men's Fastball League.

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Sunday, September 18, 2016

Harbour Ball final Monday night

The Fitzroy Harbour Men's Fastball League final series has gone to a deciding third game on Monday night at 8 pm. The yellow team (All in One Septic and Excavating) is facing the green team (Murphy's Plumbing).

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Guzzlers win the Blackburn Men's Fastball League playoff title

The Guzzlers won the Blackburn Men's Fastball League playoff title in the 'if necessary' game of the double knockout format.

Sunday's result for the Guzzlers was a 4-3 win over Goodfellows, after Goodfellows won the first game of the final 4-2 on Thursday.

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Friday, September 16, 2016

Laurysen Kitchens wins game 1 of the finals in the Glen

Laurysen Kitchens won Game 1 of the Glen Cairn Men's Fastball League over Don Cherry's on Monday night by a score of 5-4. Tony "T-Mac" MacDonald had the win on the slab for Laurysen.

Game 2 is scheduled for Monday September 19 at 7 pm, while game 3 if necessary will be Wednesday September 21 at 7 pm. Games are at AY Jackson High School in Kanata.




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Thursday, September 15, 2016

GOFL playoff schedule update coming soon

Dates, location, etc. being finalized, announcement coming soon for the Greater Ottawa Fastball League playoffs.

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Monday, September 12, 2016

Footage from the 1987 ISC World Tournament

I stumbled across this video on YouTube about the 1987 ISC World Tournament in Saskatoon.

It's an incredible treasure trove of 80s fastball. For those of you that played men's ball in that decade (my first season of Men's ball was in 1990), it gives you an impression of what it was like back then.

Some of the highlights, besides the seriously 80s wardrobes on the presenters, include:

  • Dudes with moustaches facing the top pitchers in the world with no helmets. 
  • Discussion of how players use "aluminum or wood bats, most just over 30 ounces".
  • Hall of Fame pitchers like Brad Underwood, Mike Piechnik, Ty Stofflet and many more.
  • Pitcher domination - there were 55 of 90 games were shutouts at the tournament in 1996. Lots of pitchers with 0.00 ERAs. Discussion of how Jimmy Moore had a streak of 59 2/3 consecutive shutout innings.
  • Lots of guys working on the slap bunt.

Overall a great timewaster of a video if you like fastball history.


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Quyon beats WC to advance (details from Thursday)

The Quyon Flyers eliminated West Carleton Electric in Greater Ottawa Fastball League Championship Round play with a 9-4 win on Thursday night on the Quebec side.

Matt Greer had the complete game win, while Andy Barber took the loss with relief from Jeff Barber.

West Carleton Electric got out to a 3-0 lead in the second. Chris Costello hit a three run homer with Mike Cavanagh (single) and Steve Cavanagh (walk) on base.

The Flyers got two back in the third inning, with Shawn Laframboise and Matt Greer scoring.

The big difference in the game were the six runs put up by the Flyers in the fourth. Dave Hobbs lead off the inning with a solo shot. The Flyers then loaded the bases on three walks prompting a pitching change by Fitzroy, replacing starter Andy Barber with his brother Jeff. The next batter walked, bringing in a run. followed by a Drew Hathway grand slam to make the score 8-3.

Trevor Barton's solo home run in the sixth made it 8-4, but the Flyers responded immediately in the bottom of the inning after Joe McCleary doubled and was brought in by Steve McCord.

Quyon
Matt Greer WIN 7IP 4R 4ER 6H 5K 2BB

Dave Hobbs 2-4, R, HR, 2B, RBI
Shawn Laframboise 2-3, BB, 2R
Matt Greer 1-4, 2R
Dennis McCleary 1-4
Joe McCleary 2-3, 2R, 2B
Steve McCord, 1-2, 2BB, R, RBI
Drew Hathway, 2-3, HR, 4RBI, R

Fitzroy
Andy Barber LOSS 3.1IP 3R 6ER 8H 3K 4BB 1HBP
Jeff Barber 2.2IP 6R 3ER 3H 6K 1BB

Trevor Barton 1-3, HR, RBI, R
Jeff Barber 1-2, BB
Shawn Rebertz 1-3
Michael Cavanagh 1-3
Steve Cavanagh BB, R
Chris Costello 1-3, HR, R, 3RBI
Adam Brown 1-3, 2B

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Glen Cairn Men's Fastball League finals start tonight

The Glen Cairn Men's Fastball League final series starts tonight, with Laurysen Kitchens playing Don Cherry's at 6:30 pm in Game 1 of the best of three series.

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Friday, September 09, 2016

Pembroke Observer articles on the GOFL

Some coverage in the Pembroke Daily Observer on the Greater Ottawa Fastball League playoffs:

http://www.thedailyobserver.ca/2016/09/09/micksburg-twins-open-their-playoffs-with-win-over-west-carleton-electric

http://www.thedailyobserver.ca/2016/09/09/micksburg-twins-push-for-championship-with-win-over-kars-aces

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TV highlights of Micksburg vs West Carleton

Highlights of the Cogeco TV broadcast of the West Carleton vs Micksburg playoff game on Wednesday night.


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Micksburg 10 Kars 6 - the details


from Scott Conroy

The Twins and Aces met in Micksburg Thursday night in front of another good crowd. The atmosphere for the Greater Ottawa Fastball League Championship Round game was electric at the ball park as two talented teams met in the winners game of the double elimination tournament.

Kars threatened in the top of 1, with two out Nick Ellis singled and moved to third of a pair of passed balls. Joran Graham, the starter for Micksburg, was able to get a strike out to retire the side.

Brad Porter grabbed the ball for the Aces. The top of the lineup for Micksburg was able to get on the board early. Jamey Mick singled with 1 out before scoring on a Joran Graham triple. Graham would score on a fielder’s choice RBI by Corey Costello to make it 2-0 after 1.

The home side would add another run in the bottom of the second inning. Kyle Jackson singled to lead off and was bunted to second by the second basemen Matt McIntyre. Connor Moss was credited the RBI singling in Jackson to make a 3-0 score after 2 complete.

Kars was not ready to back down, plating five in the third frame. Kristian Knapp walked to start the inning before Cory Morrison singled. The bats for Kars kept going as they batted around. Nick Ellis, Matt Alkerton, and Chad Milne all had RBI hits in the inning.

The lead was 5-3 for the Aces until the bottom of the fourth where the back and forth would continue. The Twins were able to tie the game up. Matt McIntyre had a good eye at the plate battling out a walk before stealing second base. Quinton Rook kept his hot bat going with an RBI single to score McIntyre. The McIntyres remained dangerous as cousin Andrew was then able to drive a ball to the fence in right to score Rook on an RBI triple.

The scoring was not done. Kars threatened with two outs in the fifth. Matt Alkerton was replaced on third base by Chad Milne due to the two out catching rule. Milne was aggressive taking home as soon as a pitch got past Costello to reclaim the lead for Kars.

The Twins were able to pile on five in the bottom half after going into the inning with a 6-5 score. Graham lead off with a single. Corey Costello drew a walk. A bloop was able to drop in shallow right centre field. However, with the runners holding with none out, Kars was able to get the runner at second base.  Chad Costello took second on a wild pitch to set up Kyle Jackson’s 2 RBI double. Luke Severson would come into the game to face Matt McIntyre. Jackson then took off for third during the next at bat. The throw got past Kars defenders to allow Jackson to score the third run of the inning. McIntyre singled and Quinton Rook walked. Scott Conroy came into the game for a pinch hit and was able to hit a 2 RBI double to extend the lead to a 10-6 score for Micksburg.

Joran Graham was able to shut down Kars in the next two innings to seal the win. Brad Porter was tagged in the loss with Severson in relief in arguably one of the most exciting games this season in the GOFL.

The Twins await the winner of the Quyon Flyers and Kars Aces game for the championship game in Micksburg.

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GOFL Playoff round up

Results from the GOFL playoffs on Thursday night.

Micksburg Twins 10 Kars Aces 6
The Twins stayed undefeated with a win at home against the Aces. Joran Graham had the win with Brad Porter taking the loss. The Aces were up 6-5 at one point in this one but lost the lead later in the game.

Quyon Flyers 9 West Carleton Electric 4
The Electric got out to an early 3-0 lead on a three-run shot by Chris Costello, but the Flyers rallied back for the win. Trevor Barton hit a solo homer for Fitzroy. Dave Hobbs had a solo homer for the Flyers and Drew Hathway hit a grand slam. Matt Greer got the pitching win, while Jeff Barber took the loss in relief of Andy Barber.

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