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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Monday, June 29, 2020

St. John's league cleared to resume

Some good news from Newfoundland - the St. John's men's fastball leagues (intermediate and senior) have cleared to return to play. Information here.

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Sandlot wins the Molly in Elkland

The Molly Sherman Memorial men's fastpitch tournament was won by a new team from downstate Pennsylvania - "Sandlot", which defeated the USA White team in the final. The host Elkland team finished third.

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Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Molly Sherman Memorial schedule for June 27-28

The schedule for the Molly Sherman Memorial in Elkland, PA this upcoming weekend.
 

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Blackburn Men's Fastball League to take 2020 off

Word has come out that the Blackburn Men's Fastball League has decided to cancel the 2020 season due to the ongoing uncertainty related to the pandemic.

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Friday, June 19, 2020

Elkland Molly Sherman Memorial tournament

The Elkland Softball Association's Molly Sherman Memorial tournament is scheduled for June 27-28 in Elkland, PA.

With the border still closed due to the pandemic, no Canadian teams are participating this year, but there are 10 9 teams from Pennsylvania and New York scheduled to attend.

Teams committed are: Elkland, NY Bombers, Eline's, Sandlot, RM Kurtz, Sea Dogs, Au Sable, Team USA White, Team 518, and Elanco.

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Monday, June 15, 2020

ISC World Tournament cancelled

The International Softball Congress has announced that the World Tournament is cancelled today - posting here.

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Tuesday, June 09, 2020

ISC Canada East Qualifier cancelled

from Blair Setford

The provincial situation stemming from the coronavirus pandemic is slowly improving, but given the current pace of normalization, regrettably we are cancelling the 2020 ISC Canada East Qualifier, which had already been rescheduled for July 17-19 in Mitchell.

Health and wellbeing for our players, officials and fans was always the first priority and given the pace of re-opening across the province, we don't see how we could be in a position where we could safely hold our tournament in mid-July based on the way events are unfolding.

Any Canada East teams that are interested in playing in the 2020 ISC World Tournament - which is still being planned contingent on local and state conditions - should contact the ISC prior to July 1 directly through Executive Director Larry Fisher at
iscfastpitch@gmail.com.

We want to thank AJ Moses, in Mitchell, as well as Trevor Topping, our UiC, for the work that they had done in helping us plan for the qualifier. If circumstances permit, we will still look to run the Ontario Challenge Cup - and potentially look at affiliation with one or two other events - in late summer/early fall. More information will become available as things develop.

As always, we thank all of our teams and officials for their continued loyalty with the ISC and we look forward to safely returning to ball diamonds hopefully in the not too distant future.

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Thursday, June 04, 2020

Au Sable Forks men's fastpitch tournament cancelled

Another tournament cancellation - this time what would have been the 58th Annual edition of the Au Sable Forks Men's Fastpitch tournament.

Article online here.

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Monday, June 01, 2020

Update from the Glen Cairn Men's Fastball League

from Eric Colvin / Chris Golden
 
May 27:
 
We've had so many of you reach out to us inquiring about the 2020 GCMFL season. At this point we are still not cleared to resume Fastball activities. While the executive is working on protocols behind the scene to ensure a safe and responsible return to play, the following phases must be approved by provincial and city health officials before we can hit the fields again:
  1. Gatherings of more than 5 people must be approved.
  2. While fields are currently open for RECREATIONAL use, the...y are still not cleared for game or practice use. The City of Ottawa must still approve permits before we can use the fields.
  3. Once the fields are approved for use, we need to review distancing guidelines as we may need to limit the number of spectators at each game.
While we are eager to hit the fields, we must continue to do our part to adhere to social distancing guidelines. Fingers crossed that we will be able to see you all back on the diamond at some point this summer! Please continue to monitor our website for updates on the 2020 season.
 
June 1:
 
Just wanted to send a quick note regarding our league tournament for this year. Since we are cancelling the regular June dates, we have reserved the Carp diamonds for the weekend of August 28-30 in hopes of completing a league tournament that weekend. Details and updates to follow once we have any new information to share.

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Friday, May 22, 2020

Claire Porter obituary

Sad to report that Claire Porter, father of Greater Ottawa Fastball League pitcher Brad, died last week. Condolences to the Porter family. Claire was a great fan of the game of fastball over the years.

Obit: https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/insideottawavalley/obituary.aspx?n=claire-raymond-porter&pid=196216265

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Thursday, May 21, 2020

U23 Nationals cancelled for 2020; Carp hopes to host in 2021


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Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Story on the Men's U23 Nationals in Carp

Story from the May 20, 2020 edition of the Your Community Voice - West Carleton, available at ottawavoice.ca.
 
 

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Saturday, May 09, 2020

An update from Elkland


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Friday, May 01, 2020

Perth Shootout video from 1995

Seeing as there is no live fastball to watch, feel free to check out this YouTube video from the Perth Shootout in 1995, featuring the Canadian National Development Team vs New Zealand Black Sox.

Some interesting facts related to this video:

- The Perth Shootout was a major men's tournament in the early 1990s, with world class ISC teams from across North America participating each year. Even though Perth itself isn't considered a local 'hotbed' of fastball, they hosted an excellent event at a top notch facility with great crowds.

- Take note of the multitude of mullets on the players - many of us did sport this, at the time, very fashionable hair-do in the early 90s.

- The style of ball being played is also of its time. I won't give away the final score, but suffice it to say it was low-scoring, lots of small ball and slapping which was common in the 90s.

- The play-by-play man for the telecast is Claire Porter - father of GOFL pitcher Brad. The colour man is Ray Madden, a long time coach for fastball in Smiths Falls.

- Appearances in the video include local pitcher Troy McLean who was picked up by Team Canada for the weekend and Peter Peckett who is a top notch diamond announcer and scorekeeper from Perth who has also been extensively involved with the Central Canada Hockey League (formerly CJHL).

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GOFL 2020 season?

With the City of Ottawa officially holding off any bookings of sportsfields until June 30 at the earliest, the 2020 Greater Ottawa Fastball League season is on hold until further notice, as is every other league in the area, if not the world.

We will try and get somewhat of a season in later this summer if at all possible, depending on how things happen with respect to municipal, provincial and federal direction regarding COVID-19.

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Thursday, April 02, 2020

Some softball news (updated)

With the COVID-19 pandemic, I have been otherwise pre-occupied but thought I would post a brief update on some local fastball news, such as it is.

  • City Manager Steve Kanellakos, top bureaucrat at the City of Ottawa, mentioned at Council on March 25 that he did not foresee the parks and rec folks issuing permits for sportsfield usage until late June, at the earliest. I don't believe this is an official policy yet, but it gives us an idea of when we may potentially get on the diamonds for the 2020 season. There may even be a chance we don't get on the diamonds at all this summer - we shall see.
  • Softball Canada announced today that all in person activities such as clinics or training sessions are cancelled until May 1st, at the earliest and they encouraged provincial organizations such as Softball Ontario to follow suit.
  • The Alumni Night in Carp, scheduled for May 1st has been cancelled. It remains to be seen if the 2020 Men's U23 Softball Canada Championship tournament scheduled for July 28 to August 2 in Carp will go forward or not.
  • The JL5 Memorial Golf Tournament, in memory of Joel Langford, was scheduled for early July this year, but is postponed due to the pandemic. They hope to be back in 2021.
  • There was a post on Twitter that Don Cherry's Sportsbar in Kanata, a long time sponsor of the Glen Cairn Men's Fastball League, is closing its doors for good. Unfortunate news for the Glen and for a business person who did a lot for the community.
  • Update April 3: Softball Ontario has cancelled all coaching clinics for 2020.

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Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Blackburn league starts registration

from Travis Valois

Blackburn Men's Fastball League in-person registration date is set for March 30th, 2020. It will be at the Blackburn Arms from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm. The fee structure will be $230 for payments (paid in full) until March 30th. All payments on March 30 or later will be $250.

Payments can be made by cash or cheque (payable to BMFL) at our in person registration dates. We also accept etransfer payments to our League Treasurer Mike Brownhill (mikebrownhill[at]gmail.com).

Please make the password BMFL2020 and include the players name in comments. The schedule will also be released closer to the start of the season. We anticipate starting the regular season in May and be playing one or two games per week on Sunday, Tuesday or Thursday evenings. All games held at the Blackburn Arena Diamond. We are always looking for new players for our League. If anyone has someone in mind please pass this on to them. Please do not hesitate to reach out to Travis at travisjayvalois[at]gmail.com if you have any questions.

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Monday, March 09, 2020

Important dates for the "Glen"

The Glen Cairn Men's Fastball League has announced some important dates for the 2020 season:

April 15th - Payment Due Date & Pitcher Draft / Player Draft
May 4th - Season Start Date
June 12,13,14 - Tournament (in Carp)

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Harbour Ball sign up night on March 11

Fitzroy Harbour Men's Fastball League sign up night is Wednesday March 11 from 7 pm to 9 pm at the Fitzroy Harbour Community Centre for new and returning players. For more information, contact Brendan, the "Commish" at 613-229-6838.

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Stittsville to host U14 boys' tournament

Date - May 30 - 31, 2020
Level - U14 boys
Location - Stittsville
Contact - Al Read al@stittsvillesoftball.org or 613-614-3126
Details - $350, 3 game guarantee

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U23 Canadians in Carp seek volunteers

The U23 Canadian Fastpitch Softball Championship tournament in Carp is looking for several people who are comfortable working with a microphone and speaking over a PA system.

Duties include reading out player names for the starting lineups, announcing the score at each half inning, announcing player substitutions, and thanking sponsors over the PA.

Familiarity with the rules of softball or baseball would be helpful, but isn't required.

For more information, visit the tournament on Facebook.

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Monday, March 02, 2020

Napanee hosting boys fastpitch tournaments this June

Softball Napanee will be hosting numerous boys tournaments in 2020.
  • U16 Boys tournament takes place on June 6 and 7.
  • U14 Boys tournament takes place on June 13 and 14.
  • U12 Boys tournament take place on June 20 and 21. 
  • U10  Boys tournament take place on June 20 and 21. 
Cost for each event is $350 per team.

For more information or to register, visit http://softballnapanee.teamsnapsites.com/tournaments/.

Napanee is also hosting the OASA U19 Boys' Elimination tournament on July 3-5.

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Sunday, March 01, 2020

ISC Canada East event in Innerkip June 19-21

A message from the International Softball Congress

ISC Canada East is pleased to announce that we are now accepting entries for our 2020 Qualifier, U23 Championship and Legends Championship.

This year's tournaments will be held at Innerkip Sports Park June 19-21.

Entry fee is $495 for each event. All entries are due by May 17. Entry fees will be accepted via safe, secure Interac E-transfer sent to blairjs@gmail.com

The qualifier will be double knockout and will be capped at 16 teams. There are six berths guaranteed for the 2020 ISC World Tournament in Moline, IL. The winner will receive a paid entry fee plus travel money.

We can take up to six entries in each of the U23 and Legends divisions. Formate will be pool play & single elimination bracket. Winners will receive the equivalent of a paid entry fee plus travel money.

We look forward to the 2020 Fastball Season and can't wait for spring!

If you have any questions, please contact one of:

Blair Setford blairjs@gmail.com
Joe Todd ftode739@rogers.com
Kyle Smith kyle.smith@ballparkradio.com
Bob McGowan bomac29@gmail.com

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Wednesday, February 19, 2020

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

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

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Saturday, February 15, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

or

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

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

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Thursday, February 13, 2020

Softball Canada summer job opportunity

2020 Summer Intern - Sport Media

12 February 2020
Gilles LeBlanc

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

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

JOB SUMMARY

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

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

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

QUALIFICATIONS

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

APPLICATION DEADLINE: March 1, 2020

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

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Wednesday, February 12, 2020

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

UPDATE as of February 12 - SOLD OUT!
 

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Wednesday, February 05, 2020

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

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

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

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

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Monday, January 20, 2020

Meeting planned to discuss reviving Peterborough Men’s Fastball League

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

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Monday, December 30, 2019

Fitzroy fastballer off to New Zealand

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

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

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

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

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

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Trivia Fundraiser for U23 Nationals


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Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Winterball offered in Ottawa

A message from Ottawa Winterball.

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

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


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

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

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Carp to host U23 Men's Canadians

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

More to follow.

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Tuesday, November 05, 2019

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

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

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

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Monday, October 28, 2019

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

As per the Softball Canada website:

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

Congratulations to Joran Graham.
 

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Sunday, October 20, 2019

Fastpitch Clinic on November 11 in Beckwith

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



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Friday, October 11, 2019

GOFL trophy presentation

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

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

Photo courtesy of the Eganville Leader

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Thursday, October 10, 2019

GOFL Champions 2019 - Team Photo

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

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Pembroke Observer article on GOFL championship

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

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