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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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.

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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.

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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.” 


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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.


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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.


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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.

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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

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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).

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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.


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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.


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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.

Quyon
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

Fitzroy
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

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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.

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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.

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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)

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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.

Kars
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

Quyon
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

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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.

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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.

Fitzroy
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

Valley
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


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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).

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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





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Friday, September 14, 2018

Shawville tournament this weekend

Shawville will be hosting a men's fastball tournament this weekend, with four teams participating. The fastball event is intertwined with a slow pitch tourney and will be at the Shawville RA diamonds.


For the fastball, there will be a round robin, with the top two teams playing off for the Final.


Friday 7:20 pm  Fitzroy Harbour vs Shawville
Friday 8:40 pm Goodfellows vs Micksburg


Saturday noon Goodfellows vs Fitzroy Harbour
Saturday 1:20 pm Micksburg vs Shawville
Saturday 4:40 pm Goodfellows vs Shawville
Saturday 6:00 pm Fitzroy Harbour vs Micksburg


FINAL 8:20 pm 1st vs 2nd

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Kars wins over West Carleton

The Kars Aces won game two of the Greater Ottawa Fastball League Final Four playoff round 4-1 over West Carleton Electric on Thursday night in Manotick

Cory Alkerton had the win, allowing only three hits. Andy Barber took the loss.

The team exchanged runs in the first inning.

For West Carleton, Barber led off with a walk, stole second and scored on Chris Costello's single.

The Aces scored after Nick Ellis walked, stole second and scored on Alkerton's single.

Kars scored three runs in the fifth. With two out, Brad Pender reached when a hard hit grounder was misplayed, reaching second. The Electric opted to intentionally walk Ellis to put the force on, however Ian King singled to score Pender. Two more singles by Alkerton and Cory Morrison scored Ellis and King to make it 4-1 for Kars.

Alkerton retired six of the next seven WC batters to secure the win.

Cory Alkerton WIN 7IP 1R 1ER 3H 12K 3BB

Brad Pender 1-2, HBP, R
Nick Ellis 2BB, 2R
Ian King 1-3, RBI, R
Cory Alkerton 2-3, 2RBI
Cory Morrison 2-3, RBI

Andy Barber LOSS 6IP 4R 1ER 8H 6K 2BB 1HBP

Andy Barber 2BB, R, SB
Chris Costello 2-3, 2B, RBI
Derek Barber 1-3

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Thursday, September 13, 2018

Glen Cairn finals set

Laurysen won 2-0 in deciding game three of the Glen Cairn Men's Fastball League semi-finals versus #1 seed Wild Wings last night. Tyler Alexander was the winning pitcher with Kyle Olsen taking the loss in a great pitching duel.

The Finals are set as Ken Leslie State Farm (Luc Dentremont) will play Laurysen (Tyler Alexander). Game 1 is Monday at 7:30 and game 2 goes Wednesday at 7:30pm.

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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Quyon wins game one of Final Four

The Quyon Flyers won the first game of the Greater Ottawa Fastball League Final Four playoff round 7-0 over the Ottawa Valley As.

Matt Greer was the winning pitcher for Quyon. Ben Broek took the loss and had relief from Adam Rueckwald.

Quyon will play the winner of Thursday's game between West Carleton Electric and Kars Aces with the winner to advance to the playoff final.  Ottawa Valley will play the loser of the Kars - WC match up with the loser of that eliminated.

WC Electric plays Kars on Thursday at 8 pm in Manotick in Game 2 of the Final Four round.

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Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Playoff update for other leagues

Fitzroy Harbour Men's Fastball League
Four squads are remaining in the best-of-three semi-finals out of the eight teams in the league.

Anderson Automotive leads Murphy's Plumbing one game to none. Last night Ryley Burns had the pitching win in a 2-1 victory, with Dan Armstrong picking up the save. Ben Broek and Mitch Taylor threw for the Plumbers.

All in One Septic & Excavating, last year's champions, lead Clean Cut Maintenance one game to none. Todd & Troy Wilson and Rory Burns pitch for All in One while Adam Rueckwald and Andrew Jahn throw for the Cutters.

Glen Cairn Men's Fastball League
There are three teams remaining out of the nine teams in the league.

Ken Leslie State Farm won their semi-final two games straight over Don Cherry's and are waiting in the final.

In the other semi-final, first place Wild Wings is tied one game apiece with Laurysen Kitchens, with game three tomorrow night to determine the other finalist.

Blackburn Men's Fastball League
All eight teams are still in the hunt for the BMFL title. The league is using a double knockout tournament which started Sunday and is spread over a few weeks.

The bracket is available on their website.

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Kars advances, GOFL Final Four now set

The Kars Aces advanced to the Greater Ottawa Fastball League Final Four playoff round with a 7-0 win in five innings over Stittsville 56ers in Manotick on Tuesday night.

Kars won the best-of-three series over Stittsville winning two games straight.

Brad Porter was the winning pitcher, throwing a perfect game over five innings. Kyle Olson took the loss for the 56ers.

The Final Four teams for the GOFL, and their seedings, are as follows:
1. Quyon Flyers
2. Kars Aces
3. West Carleton Electric
4. Ottawa Valley As

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GOFL playoffs continue

The Greater Ottawa Fastball League playoffs continue tonight (Tuesday), with the Kars Aces hosting the Stittsville 56ers at 8 pm in Manotick. The Aces lead the best-of-three series 1-0.


If the 56ers win tonight, the decisive game three will be Wednesday night in Manotick at 8 pm.


If the Aces win tonight, the plan is to start the "Final Four" round right away with the Quyon Flyers hosting the Ottawa Valley As at 7:30 pm in Quyon on Wednesday and the Aces hosting West Carleton Electric in Manotick on Thursday at 8 pm.

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Sunday, September 09, 2018

North Stars win Micksburg Rec League title

The North Stars won the 2018 Micksburg Rec Fastball League playoff championship. More to follow.


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Friday, September 07, 2018

Brewers win Shawville Men's Fastball League playoff final

After losing the first game of the five-team Shawville Men's Fastball League playoff double knockout tournament, the Brewers reeled off three straight wins against the Athletics, Royals, and Bucks then defeated the Twins in the single game final on Friday night by a score of 1-0 to win the title.

Trevor Lahey was the winning pitcher and Todd Hearty took the loss. Steve McCord doubled then scored the game's lone run on an error.


Back row: Jordan Kearns, Mike Baker, Steve McCord, Blake Howarth, Trevor Lahey
Front row: Evan Atkinson, Derek McColgan, Jason Trudeau, Thomas Barry, Brent Jackson
Missing: Carter MacDonnell

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MIcksburg Men's Rec Fastball League playoffs conclude Friday

The Micksburg Men's Rec Fastball League Playoffs conclude tonight with a semi-final at 7 pm (Brewers vs Micksburg Seniors) followed by the final at 9 pm with the semi-final winner to play the North Stars.

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West Carleton, Valley As advance to Final Four

West Carleton Electric and the Ottawa Valley As advanced to the Final Four round of the Greater Ottawa Fastball League playoffs with wins on Thursday night.

Ottawa Valley As 5 I4C Victory 4

The Valley As narrowly defeated I4C Victory in Carp, holding on for a 5-4 win to win their series two straight. Valley scored all their runs in the fourth inning. Adam Rueckwald had the win, with Ben Broek earning the save. Neil Cooke took the loss for I4C. Ben Wade and Ryley Burns had key runs batted in for Valley.

West Carleton Electric 8 Micksburg Twins 2

West Carleton Electric managed to get by the host Micksburg Twins 8-2, also winning the series two straight.

Andy Barber went the distance for the Trics while Matt McIntyre also had a complete game for the Twins.

West Carleton got on the board in the top of the first. Andy Barber doubled and scored on brother Jeff's RBI single.

WC added another run in the third when Andy Barber scored again, hitting a triple and scoring on Trevor Barton's double.

The Electric's third run was scored in the fourth as Mitch Taylor doubled, took third on a wild pitch and scored on Steve Cavanagh's double to centre.

The Twins got on the board in the bottom of the fourth. Quinton Rook singled and moved to second on Chad Costello's walk. Scott Conroy moved the batters 60 feet on a sacrifice bunt which was a very close play at first. Jared Steege's sacrifice fly to right plated Rook.

Fitzroy got a two-out rally going in the top of the fifth. Chris Costello tripled, then scored on Taylor's RBI single. Neil Murphy then homered to make it 6-1. Two walks and a single loaded the bases, but McIntyre got out of the inning with a strikeout.

Micksburg scored another in the sixth when McIntyre singled and was driven in on Rook's triple. Three straight Ks by Barber ended the threat.

West Carleton added two in the top of the seventh when Andy Barber homered to scored Kevin Shonfield who had walked.

Fitzroy
Andy Barber WIN 7IP 2R 2ER 6H 11K 1BB

Andy Barber 3-3, 2B, 3B, HR, 2BB, 3R, 2RBI
Trevor Barton 1-5, 2B, RBI
Jeff Barber 1-4, RBI
Chris Costello 2-4, 2B, 3B, R
Mitch Taylor 2-3, 2B, RBI, 2R, HBP
Neil Murphy 1-4, HR, 2RBI, R
Steve Cavanagh 1-3, 2B, RBI, BB
Kevin Shonfield 1-3, R, BB

Micksburg
Matt McIntyre LOSS 7IP 8R 8ER 12H 6K 4BB 1HBP

Andrew McIntyre 1-4
Matt McIntyre 1-3, R
Quinton Rook 2-3, 3B, R, RBI
Jared Steege sac fly RBI
Brenden Hennessy 2-3, 2B


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Thursday, September 06, 2018

Kars wins game one - with details

From Chad Milne

Kars travelled to Stittsville on Wednesday to begin their best-of-three first round playoff series against the 56ers. After finishing the regular season in second place, Kars has home field advantage in this series, but due to diamond availability in Manotick, the Aces had to play game one on the road.

It was a hot and very humid night at the Grove on Wednesday after a couple of thunderstorms earlier in the evening, but the field was in good shape. Brad Porter started and went the distance for the Aces, while Kyle Olson did the same for Stittsville.

It was a clean inning for both sides in the first. Kars opened the scoring in the second inning, which was highlighted by an outstanding defensive play by Stittsville. With one out, Ian King scorched a ball to the left-centerfield gap for what looked like an easy triple, but Kyle Gourgon, playing centerfield for the 56ers, got to the ball quickly, picking it up at the fence, and made a perfect throw to third base to get the sliding King. With two out, Matt Alkerton singled and then scored when Chad Milne rocketed a line drive off the fence in right-centerfield for a double. Olson was able to limit the damage by striking out the next Kars batter.

The only action in the third inning also involved Gourgon. With one out, Gourgon ripped a single past the Kars first baseman. With Olson at the plate, the speedy Gourgon tried to get into scoring position by stealing second, but was DOA on a strong throw from the Kars catcher Alkerton.
Kars widened their lead in the fourth on some defensive miscues by the 56ers infield. Cory Morrison started the inning with a walk and moved to second on a perfect bunt single by King. With two on, Alkerton laid down a sacrifice bunt. Rather than taking the out at first base, Stittsville attempted to get the force-out at third base, but an errant throw landed way down the line in left field, allowing both Morrison and King to score and Alkerton to take second base. Milne then followed with a hard-hit ground ball to the right side that got under the glove of the Stittsville second baseman, allowing Alkerton to score the Aces’ third run of the inning. Olson retired the next two Kars’ batters with a strikeout and a groundout.

Kars added two more runs in the fifth inning. Brad Pender singled to lead off the inning, hitting a ball off the end of the bat about 15 feet up the third base line. With Pender’s speed, there was no chance for Stittsville to make a play at first base. Pender then stole second base. With one out, Kristian Knapp drilled a sinking line drive to left field that was misplayed by the Stittsville fielder. The balled rolled all the way to the fence and Knapp burned around the bases to score Kars’ second run of the inning. Olson retired the next two Kars’ batters on a groundout and a strikeout.

With Kars leading 6-0 in the sixth, Stittsville got on the board when Dan Jessiman singled to score Olson who had singled and advanced to second on a misplay in the Kars outfield. Al Read then walked to put two runners on for Stittsville, but Porter was able to retire the next two batters to limit the 56ers to one run. Porter set down the 56ers in order in the bottom of the seventh to secure the 6-1 victory for the Aces.

Kars leads the best-of-three series one game to none. Game two goes Tuesday, September 11 at 8pm in Manotick.

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Wednesday, September 05, 2018

Kars wins in Stittsville

The Kars Aces won the first game in their best-of-three Greater Ottawa Fastball League playoff series 6-1 over the Stittsville 56ers on Wednesday night.

Brad Porter earned the win and Kyle Oslon took the loss.

The next match up in the series is scheduled for Tuesday September 11 in Manotick at 8 pm.

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Shawville League playoff final set: Brewers vs Twins

info from Shawn Laframboise

The Shawville Men's Fastball League has one game left in the playoffs, with the Brewers and Twins facing off for the title on Friday at 8 pm. The Brewers defeated the Bucks in a dramatic 9-8 semi-final win on Tuesday night.

The Brewers took the lead 5-2 in the fifth with a two run homer by their pitcher Trevor Lahey. The Bucks batted around in the sixth and put six runs across to take a 8-5 lead.

The Bucks maintained their three run lead going into the bottom of the seventh.  Mike Baker walked, followed by a Derek McColgan hit by pitch to put two on and none out. Bucks' thrower Lenny Burger got a pop out and ground out to the three and four hitters to make things look good for them. Jason Trudeau then hit a hard double to the gap in left-centre to make it 8-7. Jordan Kearns then hit a high pop up to shallow left-centre that just eluded the short stop and score the tying urn. Brent Jackson knocked in the winner with a line drive to the left-centre gab and put the Brewers on to Friday's final against the Twins.

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New York Bombers win Durk Sherman Classic in Elkland

The New York Bombers from Cortland, NY were champions of the Durk Sherman Classic tournament on Labour Day weekend in Elkland, PA. The Bombers went undefeated and were lead by Argentinian stars Sisko Sabate and Martin Gonzalez on the slab. They beat the host ESA team 7-2 in the final.

Third place was Eline's Tax Service Bears from Ephrata, PA who had Tyson Duncan from Australia and Duane Weiler pitching. Team USA Futures finished fourth.

There were three teams from Eastern Ontario. The only one to make it to Monday was Party Lake from the Kingston area. They were lead by Jordan Macdonald and finished with three wins and two losses.

Greenbush Generals had Clayton Robinson pitching. They finished 2-3.

West Carleton Electric were 1-3 on the weekend.

Some statistics available here.

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Valley As take game 1

The Ottawa Valley As won the first game of their best-of-three series against I4C Victory in Manotick on Wednesday night.

The final score was 3-0, with Ben Broek earning the shutout win for the As and only allowing one hit and striking out 15. Matt McNish took the loss for I4C - he also had a good game, giving up only three hits.

Valley got RBIs from Broek, Sean Lecuyer and Kyle Couvieau.

The next game in the series is Thursday September 6 at 8 pm in Carp.

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Roebuck wins Grenville League playoff tournament

Roebuck Relics were the A Champions of the Grenville Men's Fastball League playoff tournament on Labour Day weekend in North Augusta, defeating Domville in the Final. Roebuck also defeated North Augusta and Maitland along the way. Matt McNish threw all three games for the champs.

On the consolation "B" side, Maynard were the winners, defeating Inverary in the final. Other league teams participating were a second North Augusta team and Spencerville.

The seven teams from the Grenville Men's Fastball League were joined by Inverary to round out the field of eight. 


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Harbour Ball semi-finals are set

The semi-finalists are set for the Fitzroy Harbour Men's Fastball League playoffs. In the best-of-three match ups, the top ranked Murphy's Plumbing will face 7th place Anderson Automotive, while 3rd place Clean Cut takes on 4th ranked All-in-One Septic & Excavation.

The first two games of each series will be played at 7 pm on both Fitzroy Harbour diamonds on Monday September 10 and Thursday September 13.

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Ottawa Sport Council Foundation: 2018 True Sport Community Grant

The Ottawa Sport Council is pleased to announce the launch of the Ottawa Sport Council Foundation: 2018 True Sport Community Grant.  The Ottawa Sport Council Foundation is a Charitable Endowment fund established in partnership with the Ottawa Community Foundation and the True Sport Foundation with the goal of providing support to Ottawa Community Sporting Organizations.

The focus of the 2018 Fund will be to assist community sport organizations to establish new programs in underrepresented communities in Ottawa and to increase opportunities for participation in sport activities embracing the True Sport principles (Go For It, Play Fair, Respect Others, Have Fun, Stay Healthy, Include Everyone, Give Back).
                               
Who Can Apply? 
Incorporated not-for-profit organizations that offer sport programs in Ottawa and have operated and been incorporated for at least one year in Ontario.

Application Deadline:
All applications must be submitted no later than Friday September 28, 2018 at 17:00.

Application details are available at 2018 Ottawa Sport Council Foundation Fund
For further information, please contact  
Marcia Morris
Executive Director,
Conseil du sport d'Ottawa Sport Council

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Softball Ontario seeks two CANpitch master pitching instructors


Softball Ontario's CANpitch Committee has a great opportunity for individuals with a passion for pitching and the desire to help train Regional Pitching Instructors and young pitchers develop their skills.  The CANpitch Committee is currently recruiting for the following positions within our program:
  • Master Pitching Instructor (2) Positions- 1 representing the Men's Fast Pitch game of Softball and 1 representing the Women's Fast Pitch game of Softball
The primary role of the Master Pitching Instructor is to train, evaluate, support and mentor the Regional Pitching Instructor(s) within Ontario. In addition, shall play a key role in assisting Softball Canada with the design of the CANpitch national pitching program.

Also, Master Pitching Instructors are the pitching expert in their region in Ontario and to be responsible for delivery of the six-week training session for both players and coaches. The Master/Regional Pitching Instructor will also support and mentor pitching coaches within their region in Ontario. They shall play a key role in assisting Softball Ontario with the delivery and implementation of the CANpitch program.




MASTER PITCHING INSTRUCTOR (MPI)

The Master Pitching Instructor is responsible to both Softball Canada and Softball Ontario. The primary role of the Master Pitching Instructor (MPI) is to work with Softball Ontario and train, evaluate, support and mentor the Regional Pitching Instructor(s) (RPI) within Ontario. In addition, the MPI shall play a key role in assisting Softball Canada with the design and implementation of the national pitching program and to provide feedback about the program.

Qualifications to become Softball Ontario Master Pitching Instructor include
  • Must complete Softball Ontario's Volunteer Application Form
  • Must sign Softball Ontario's Confidential Agreement
  • Must sign a MPI Duties and Responsibility Contract
  • Must have a Vulnerable Sector Screening complete and receive approval from Softball Ontario’s Screening Task Force
The ideal candidate should have the following qualities:
  • Demonstrated a commitment to pitching instruction
  • Have strong communication skills
  • Have strong leadership ability
  • Be a positive role model
  • Experience in pitching a requirement; coaching experience is an asset.
The Master Pitching Instructor Duties and Responsibilities include (but not limited to):
  • To be accountable and responsible to both Softball Canada and Softball Ontario
  • Attend all national meetings and conference calls held by Softball Canada regarding the CANpitch Program
  • To help organize and deliver training sessions for the Regional Pitching Instructors in collaboration with Softball Ontario
  • Agree to submit a Police Records Check to Softball Ontario prior to attending any training sessions with athletes
  • To train, evaluate and mentor Regional Pitching Instructors according to Softball Canada's guidelines
  • Act as a liaison between Softball Canada and Softball Ontario by enduring communication with the Softball Ontario office in regards to any Softball Canada meetings
  • This may require the MPI to prepare a report to give Softball Ontario
  • To communicate regularly with the RPIs and Softball Ontario
  • Host RPI Training and/or professional development session when needed or scheduled by Softball Ontario's CANpitch Committee
  • To perhaps be responsible for delivery of training sessions for players and coaches, if necessary
  • To assist in developing resource material for the CANpitch program
  • To assist Softball Ontario in writing an annual report for Softball Canada providing data about the program and summarizing the feedback from players, coaches, fellow Master Pitching Instructor, and all Regional Pitching Instructors regarding the CANpitch program
  • To annually evaluate the CANpitch program in regards to format, content and delivery and provide recommendations for revisions to Softball Canada
Those who are interested in becoming a Softball Ontario Master Pitching Instructor please send a letter of interest along with a letter outlining your Fast Pitch pitching experience to Steph Sutton via ssutton@softballontario.ca  by Friday, December 8, 2017 by 4:30 pm.

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GOFL playoffs first round (updated with further Kars vs Stittsville info)

Greater Ottawa Fastball League playoffs first round.


2nd Kars Aces vs 7th Stittsville 56ers
Game 1: Wednesday September 5 at 9 pm in Stittsville
Game 2: Tuesday September 11 at 8 pm in Manotick
Game 3: Wednesday September 12 at 8 pm in Manotick (if necessary)


3rd West Carleton Electric vs 6th Micksburg Twins
Game 1: Tuesday September 4: West Carleton 14 Micksburg 7
Game 2: Thursday September 6 at 8 pm in Micksburg
Game 3: Tuesday September 11 at 8 pm in Fitzroy (if necessary)


4th I4C Victory vs 5th Ottawa Valley As
Game 1: Wednesday September 5 at 8 pm in Manotick
Game 2: Thursday September 6 at 8 pm in Carp
Game 3: Wednesday September 12 time tbd in Manotick (if necessary)


Quyon Flyers have a bye to the Final Four as 1st place seed.

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West Carleton wins game 1 over Micksburg

West Carleton Electric won the first game of their best-of-three Greater Ottawa Fastball League series over the Micksburg Twins by a score of 14-7.

Andy Barber had the complete game win. Matt McIntyre took the loss in relief of Corey Costello. Andrew McIntyre also pitched for the Twins.

The Twins got off to a quick three run lead in the top of the first. With two out, Corey Costello walked, Quinton Rook reached on an error and Chad Costello walked to load the bases. A walk by Matt McIntyre scored the first run and a single by Scott Conroy drove in another two runs.

WC responded in the bottom of the first with an Andy Barber solo home run.

Micksburg put up four in the third inning. Rook hit an infield single, and Chad Costello walked. Matt McIntyre then singled to drive them both in. McIntyre subsequently scored on Conroy's RBI double and Conroy made it home on Paul Griffith's RBI single.

In the bottom of the third, Andy Barber once again led off the inning with a solo shot to make it 7-2.

In the top of the fourth, Corey Costello started things off with a single, and moved to second on a wild pitch. Rook reached on an error to put two on. When a pitch got by the catcher, Costello hustled to third, but injured himself on the play and had to be removed from the game.

With Matt McIntyre in to pitch the fourth, West Carleton got a run when Chris Costello singled, took second on a wild pitch and scored on Kevin Shonfield's single.

The Electric put up 10 runs in the bottom of five, with grand slams from Jeff Barber and Shawn Rebertz, as well as a two run single by Shonfield.

West Carleton was able to enact the run rule, by scoring an additional run in the bottom of the sixth when Mitch Taylor (who had singled) scored on Trevor Barton's single to end things.

The next game is Thursday at 8 pm in Micksburg.

Fitzroy
Andy Barber WIN 6IP 7R 4ER 6H 4BB

Andy Barber 3-5, 2xHR, 2RBI, 3R
Trevor Barton 1-4, RBI, HBP, 1R
Mike Cavanagh 2-3, 2B, 2R, HBP
Shawn Rebertz 1-4, HR, 2R, 4RBI
Jeff Barber 1-3, HR, 4RBI, R, BB
Chris Costello 1-3, 2R
Mitch Taylor 2-2, 2B, 2R
Kevin Shonfield 2-3, 3RBI

Micksburg
Corey Costello 3IP 2R 2ER 3H 1BB
Matt McIntyre LOSS 1.2IP 11R 6ER 8H 0BB 2HBP
Andrew McIntyre 1IP 1R 1ER 2H 2BB

Corey Costello 1-2, R, BB
Quinton Rook 1-4, 2R
Chad Costello 2BB, 2R
Matt McIntyre 1-2, BB, 3RBI
Scott Conroy 2-3, 2B, 3RBI
Paul Griffith 1-3, RBI



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Thursday, August 30, 2018

Ashton league playoff update

The Ashton Men's Fastball League playoffs have now determined the "A" and "B" finals.

In the "A" final, the Ashton Farmers face the defending champion NAPA Shockers in a best-of-three series, starting tonight at 7 pm.

The "B" final features the As vs Lee's Plumbing, also a best-of-three series. They being tonight at 9 pm.

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Harbour Ball playoff update

In the Fitzroy Harbour Men's Fastball League, there are five teams still in the hunt for the playoff title.

Murphy's Plumbing, Clean Cut Maintenance and All in One Septic & Excavating have all won their first round series.

Anderson Automotive and the Cheshire Cat Pub will play the deciding game three on Tuesday at 7 pm to determine who advances as the fourth team to the semi-finals.

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Final four determined in Glen Cairn Men's Fastball League

The Glen Cairn Men's Fastball League playoffs have now determined the final four teams remaining. All the first round best-of-three series were sweeps.

1st place finishers Wild Wings face 5th place Laurysen Kitchens.

2nd place Don Cherry's are up against 3rd place Ken Leslie State Farm.

Both series are best-of-three, and games will start on Tuesday September 4 and Wednesday September 5 at the AY Jackson diamond.

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I4C - Valley As first round set

The best of three Greater Ottawa Fastball League playoff series between I4C Victory (4th) and Ottawa Valley As (5th) has been set as follows:

1. Wednesday September 5 at 8 pm in Manotick
2. Thursday September 6 at 8 pm in Carp
3. Wednesday September 12, time TBD in Manotick (if necessary)

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Wednesday, August 29, 2018

GOFL playoff positions now set

With the result from the make up games on Wednesday, the final positions in the Greater Ottawa Fastball League standings are now set. Playoffs start after Labour Day, with exact dates and times to be determined. Watch the blog for details as they finalized.

1. Quyon Flyers 12-3-4 = 26 pts
2. Kars Aces 10-5-4 = 24 pts
3. West Carleton Electric 10-6-3 = 23 pts
4. I4C Victory 6-9-4 = 16 pts
5. Ottawa Valley As 7-12 = 14 pts (tiebreaker, based on wins)
6. Micksburg Twins 6-11-2 = 14 pts
7. Stittsville 56ers 5-11-3 = 13 pts

Quyon Flyers earn the bye to the final four. Quyon has never won the league playoff title, but were finalists for four consecutive years from 2009 to 2012.

The match ups for the best-of-three first round are as follows:

Kars Aces vs Stittsville 56ers
These two teams matched up in the regular season, with Kars winning two games 4-1 and 5-3 and Stittsville winning one game 5-4. The Aces franchise has won the playoff title eight times, with the last one in 2012, which was the third of three in a row. The 56ers last playoff titles were back in 2008 and 2009.

West Carleton Electric vs Micksburg Twins
This a re-match of last year's finals. In the regular season, every game was shortened by the run rule - two in favour of Micksburg (11-1 and 7-0) and one for WC (15-0). Micksburg are defending playoff champions and have won the title twice. West Carleton has been in the finals three times but never won the title.

I4C Victory vs Ottawa Valley As
The regular season games between these two teams were all close. I4C won 8-5 early in the year, then Valley took the next two match ups 8-7 and 4-3. I4C won the playoff crown in 2014 and 2015. This is Valley's fourth season in the GOFL and they have yet to make the finals.

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Annual GOFL history lesson

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

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

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

Past winners / finalists
2000 Dolco defeated Macton (3-0)
2001 Macton defeated D.T.I. (3-1)
2002 Lomor defeated Macton (3-0)
2003 Team Easton defeated Macton (1 game final, 8 innings)
2004 Team Easton defeated West Carleton 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)
2016 Micksburg defeated Kars (Final Four format)
2017 Micksburg defeated West Carleton Electric (Final Four format)

League Composition

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Franchise History - Current Teams

Kars Aces
Home Diamond: Manotick
Years in League: 19 (2000-18)
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: 4 (2001, 2008, 2013, 2016)

Stittsville 56ers
Home Diamond: Stittsville
Years in League: 19 (2000-18)
Championships: 2 (2008, 2009)
Finalists: 2 (2005, 2006)

West Carleton Electric
Home Diamond: Fitzroy Harbour
Years in League: 15 (2004-2018)
Championships: none
Finalists: 3 (2004, 2007, 2017)

I4C Victory
Home Diamond: Manotick
Years in League: 13 (2006-2018)
Previous Home Diamonds: Carp
Championships: 2 (2014, 2015)
Finalists: none

Quyon Flyers
Home Diamond: Quyon
Years in League: 12 (2007-2018)
Other Home Diamond Used: Shawville
Previous Names: Quyon Combat Flyers
Previous League: Ottawa R.A. League
Championships: none
Finalists: 4 (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012)

Micksburg Twins
Home Diamond: Micksburg
Years in League: 6 (2013-2018)
Previous League: Upper Ottawa Valley Men's Fastball League
Championships: 3 (2013, 2016, 2017)
Finalists: 2 (2014, 2015)

Ottawa Valley As
Home Diamond: Carp
Years in League: 4 (2015-2018)
Other Home Diamond Used: McNab, Pakenham
Championships: none
Finalists: none

Kemptville Black Sox
Home Diamond: Kemptville
Years in League: 1 (2018 - as an affiliated team; not in playoffs)

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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Kars sews up second place on Wednesday night

The Kars Aces took three of a possible four points on Wednesday night in Greater Ottawa Fastball League play in Manotick, good enough to earn second overall in regular season standings.

Kars Aces 3 I4C Victory 3

The first game of the evening resulted in Kars and I4C tying at 3. Cory Alkerton pitched for Kars, allowing four hits, walking three and striking out 12. Matt McNish threw for I4C and also allowed four hits, hit one batter, walked five and struck out three.

Brad Pender led the Kars hitters going two for four with a double, and RBI and scoring a run. Nick Ellis also had a triple for the Aces. Curtis Scurr had a two run homer for I4C in the seventh to tie things up.

Kars Aces 3 Ottawa Valley As 1

The Aces won the late game with a 3-1 victory over the Valley As. Brad Porter had the win on the slab, while Ben Broek went the distance for the visitors. Jordan Shipclark had an RBI for Kars and Chad Milne drove in the other two. Broek had a solo homer for Valley.


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Kemptville Black Sox complete "affiliated" schedule for 2018

The Kemptville Black Sox finished up their season of affiliated play with the Greater Ottawa Fastball League with a record of 3 wins, 2 losses, 2 ties. Word is that the Black Sox are looking to enter the #GOFL as a full time member in 2019.



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Kars wins in Kemptville

The Kars Aces defeated the affiliated Kemptville Black Sox team 9-0 in Greater Ottawa Fastball League play on Tuesday night.

Brad Porter had the win, allowing only three hits. Shannon Borho took the loss, with relief from Dan Thompson.

Cory Alkerton hit two home runs for Kars, including a grand slam and had six runs batted in.

Kemptville played each team in the GOFL once, ending their campaign with three wins, two losses and two ties.

Kars still has a chance at second place if they win both their make up games Wednesday in Manotick against I4C Victory and Ottawa Valley.

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Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Elkland Durk Sherman Classic features 11 teams

The Durk Sherman Classic men's fastpitch tournament will feature 11 teams this year over Labour Day long weekend in Elkland, PA.

Three eastern Ontario teams are making the trip: West Carleton Electric will be attending for the 12 straight year. The Greenbush Generals, led by Terry McCann in his 39th straight trip to the event, will once again be playing. Also, the Party Lake team from the Kingston area will be attending - they were at the Gil Read Memorial event in 2017.

The year's event also involves the Team USA Futures team - info here.

The teams each play in a round robin to determine seeding. Then, bracket play on Sunday and Monday to determine a winner, with the top four teams getting a double life and single lives for all other clubs.



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GOFL Make up Week #3

Some more games to be made up to complete the Greater Ottawa Fastball League regular season.

Tuesday night as Kars Aces playing in Kemptville against the affiliated Black Sox at 8 pm.

Then on Wednesday, the Aces play in Manotick against I4C Victory (7 pm) and the Ottawa Valley As (9 pm).

Once these games are completed, the standings will be finalized and playoffs can begin next week with best of three first round series. Quyon has the bye on to the final four.

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Monday, August 27, 2018

Team Red wins Carp Men's Fastball League playoff tournament

Team Red were the winners of the four team Carp Men's Fastball League season ending tournament this past weekend, defeating Team Blue 8-7 in the final game.

Red was led on the pitching slab by seasoned veteran (and Ottawa Valley As assistant coach) Bryan Armstrong.


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Greenbush looking for a pitcher for Elkland

The Greenbush Generals, perennial fan favourites at the Elkland Labour Day "Durk Sherman Classic" tournament, are seeking a pitcher for the 66th annual event this upcoming weekend in Elkland, PA.

Interested pitchers can contact Terry McCann at hockeyto@xplornet.com.

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Thursday, August 23, 2018

North Augusta Trappers win North Leeds League title

The North Augusta Trappers won the North Leeds Men's Fastball League playoff final with a 4-1 over Lyn to take the finals two games straight.

Photo from Facebook

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GOFL standings - updated again

After Thursday's game, the playoff picture in the Greater Ottawa Fastball League is more clearer again.

1. Quyon 12-3-4 = 28 pts
2. West Carleton 10-6-3= 23 pts
3. Kars 8-5-3= 19 pts (3 games left)
4. I4C Victory 6-9-3 = 15 pts (1 game left)
5. Valley 7-11-0 = 14 pts (1 game left)
6. Micksburg 6-11-2 = 14 pts
7. Stittsville 5-11-3= 13 pts
Quyon Flyers: The Flyers have locked up first place. They earn the bye to the double-knockout round. 

West Carleton Electric: The Trics don't have any games remaining and their final placement depends on how Kars finishes up the season. WC will finish either second or third. If Kars and WC finish with identical records, the Electric hold the tiebreaker based on their season series.

Kars Aces: The final placement for the Aces is in their hands. If they win their remaining three games (or two wins and a tie) they finish second. Otherwise, they finish third. Their remaining games are against the affiliate team from Kemptville as well as I4C and Valley.

I4C Victory & Ottawa Valley As: Victory and Valley will finish fourth or fifth - but the order is to be determined. A win in their final game against Kars would secure I4C fourth. A win by Valley in their final game against Kars and a loss by I4C would get Valley the four spot. No matter what they play each other in the first round - home team advantage is what is at stake.

Micksburg Twins: With the loss in their final regular season game, the Twins finish sixth and will play the Aces or the Electric, depending on who finishes third.

Stittsvillle 56ers: Stittsville doesn't have any games remaining and will stay in seventh place and will play the Aces or the Electric, depending on who finishes second.



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Quyon wins final regular season game

The Quyon Flyers won their final game of the Greater Ottawa Fastball League regular season, putting up a 12-5 win over the Micksburg Twins on Thursday night in west Quebec.

Matt Greer had the win for the home team, with relief from Todd Hearty. Brenden Hennessy threw for the Twins and had relief from Matt McIntyre.

Steve McCord and Zach Trudeau had home runs for the Flyers, while Quinton Rook had a big night at the plate for Micksburg going 3 for 4 with two home runs and a double.

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Shawville tournament looking for teams

The Shawville Recreation Associaton will be hosting a men's fastpitch tournament with games September 13 to 15 (Thursday to Saturday). 

Teams will be guaranteed three games, with a quick-paced five inning format. Entry fee is $400, with prize money to be determined. 

There will be food truck onsite and of course a beer garden. 

If interested, contact Matt Greer at 819-918-5230.

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Wednesday, August 22, 2018

GOFL Wednesday night round up

There were four games in Manotick on Wednesday night in Greater Ottawa Fastball League play with five different teams playing.

Quyon Flyers 4 Kars Aces 2

In their first game of their doubleheader, the Quyon Flyers won 4-2 over the Kars Aces. Matt Greer got the win while Brad Porter took the loss. Brad Pender had a home run for the Aces, while Greer hit one out for the Flyers.

Quyon Flyers 9 Kars Aces 9

The second game was a wild one, as the Flyers were up 9-3 in the seventh and the Aces put up six runs in the bottom of the seventh to tie the game at 9-9. Porter and Ian King threw for the Aces while Trevor Lahey and Greer threw for the Flyers. Home run hitters in this one were Pender and Kristian Knapp for the Aces, and Dennis McCleary and Curtis Daley for the Flyers.

Kemptville Black Sox 8 I4C Victory 2

The Kemptville Black Sox affiliate team continued their strong play with an 8-2 win over I4C Victory in the early game on Diamond 2. Will Lowe had the win for the Sox while Matt McNish took the loss. Dan Thompson hit a home run for Kemptville.

I4C Victory 7 Micksburg Twins 3

The late game saw Victory win 7-3 over the Micksburg Twins. McNish earned the win in this one while Matt McIntyre was tagged with the loss for the Twins.

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Game in Kemptville rained out

The Greater Ottawa Fastball League game on Tuesday, Kars Aces vs Kemptville Black Sox, was rained out. Rescheduled date will be confirmed.

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Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Elkland "Gary Sherman Knockout" Tournament features 12 teams

The Gary Sherman Knockout tournament in Elkland, PA (also known as the "B Weekend") features 12 teams this year.


Visit Al's Fastball for the schedule in text form, or Twitter for the bracket format.

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North Leeds league finals set

The final best of three series for the North Leeds Men's Fastball League start tonight, with North Augusta hosting Lyn.


North Augusta finished first in the standings and defeated sixth place Seeley's Bay two straight in the semi-finals. Lyn was the second place finisher, and defeated 2017 playoff champions Eastons Corners As two straight in the other semi-final.


First round series saw Greenbush lose to Seeley's Bay, Westport fall to Eastons Corners As, Athens defeated by North Augusta, and Lyn get by the Eastons Corners Haymakers.

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GOFL make up week #2

There are several make up games still to be played before the Greater Ottawa Fastball League playoffs can begin.


On Tuesday (tonight, weather permitting) at 8:30 pm, the Kars Aces (8-4-2) face the affiliated Kemptville Black Sox (2-1-2) in Kemptville.


Wednesday night sees a pair of doubleheaders in Manotick. One diamond will feature the Aces hosting Quyon Flyers (10-3-3) in a pair of games at 7 pm and 9 pm that could determine first place in the league. On the other diamond in Manotick, I4C Victory (5-8-3) will host the Black Sox at 7 pm and the Micksburg Twins (6-9-2) at 9 pm.


On Thursday at 8 pm in Quyon, the Flyers host the Twins.


West Carleton Electric (10-6-3) and Stittsville 56ers (5-11-3) have completed their seasons. The Ottawa Valley As (7-11) still have one more make up game to figure out, against Kars.

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"Harbour Ball" playoffs have begun

The eight teams in the Fitzroy Harbour Men's Fastball League (aka "Harbour Ball") started playoffs last week. The first round of playoffs is best of three. Second games in each series are on Wednesday.


Murphy's Plumbing (1st) vs Clouthier Custom Carpentry (8th)
Cheshire Cat Pub (2nd)  vs Anderson Automotive (7th)
Clean Cut Maintenance (3rd) vs Campbell Fuels (6th)
All in One Septic & Excavation (4th) vs Al's Corner Store (5th)

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Shawville Men's Fastball League starts playoffs

Here is the playoff schedule for the five teams in the Shawville Men's Fastball League.



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