Eastern Ontario Fastball Blog

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

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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Michael J Scott Memorial Tournament - Richmond Hill / July 6 - 8

The inaugural Michael J Scott Memorial Tournament for intermediate men will take place July 6 - 8, 2018.

The long standing Richmond Hill Fastball League tournament is being re-branded to commemorate the contributions of Michael J Scott to Goulding Park Minor Softball and the North York Fastball League.

Teams will be guaranteed 3 round robin games with playoffs on Sunday. The playoff format and payouts will depend on how many teams enter. Entry fee will be $400 -$450. The pulled pork and the coldest beverages you could ask for will be available at Town Park. Games will also be played at nearby Crosby Park.

Deadline for teams to confirm will be Friday June 15th.

Feel free to spread the word on this tournament to other teams or contacts that you have that you think might be interested in participating.

Interested teams looking for more details are asked to contact either:

Joe Van Der Valk at joevv1@gmail.com 647-281-6108 


NCCP Professional Development Points Webinar Series - Andrea Wolfe

NCCP Professional Development Points Webinar Series

Our 2018 Webinar Series lineup continues! Each webinar is 1 (one) hour in length (8:00 pm EST on the dates listed).

Those who register will be granted 1 (one) Professional Development Point per webinar.

Pricing: $15.00 (plus HST) per webinar

Registration for Webinars close at 1:00 pm EST on the presentation date.
                                                Click the image below for more information!


Tuesday, February 20, 2018

OASA seeking Canada Games 2021 coaches

The Ontario Amateur Softball Association (OASA) is seeking applications for the head coach and assistant coach positions for Team Ontario Men's Softball that will participate in the 2021 Summer Canada Games. More information here: http://oasa.ca/2018_Info/team_on_coaching.pdf.

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Friday, February 16, 2018

Death of Steve Bedard

Steve Bedard, a longtime umpire from the Cobourg / Trenton area, who was also involved in the Bradford-Cane tournament, has died. Al's Fastball has the story here.


Saturday, February 03, 2018

Softball Canada Internship opportunity in Ottawa

Softball Canada Internship

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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 30 – August 24, 2018 (Five days per week or 37.5 hours)
Location: Ottawa, Ontario
Job Summary: Softball Canada requires an energetic and ambitious individual for an exciting internship within our office in Ottawa.  In this position, you will offer administrative and project-related support in all areas of Softball Canada’s operations including but not limited to:  program development/delivery for athletes, coaches and officials, marketing and communications, sponsorship, event management (Canadian Championships and Softball Canada events), as well as assisting in the Triple Play, Canpitch and Timbits Softball Programs.
Key Responsibilities:
  • Assist in the development and delivery of Softball Canada programs and services
  • Assist in organizing Softball Canada events including up to twelve (12) Canadian Championships
  • Assist in marketing and promoting Softball Canada programs and services including writing articles for  newsletters, social media, updating Softball Canada’s web site, and assisting in media releases
  • Assist with various administrative tasks including answering phones, filing, processing resource orders, etc.
  • Other duties as required
  • Degree or a student in sport management, physical education or related programs
  • Experience in any of the following areas:
    • Program development, delivery and promotion
    • Event management
    • Marketing and Sponsorship
  • Experience working with volunteers
  • Demonstrated leadership skills
  • Excellent computer skills
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • A creative self-starter with the ability to work independently or as a part of a team
  • Detail-oriented with strong organizational skills with the ability to work on a large number of projects simultaneously, while meeting deadlines
  • Be registered as a full-time student in a community college or university in the 2017-2018 academic year and intend to return to school on a full-time basis in the 2018-2019 academic year
  • Not attending school full-time while employed in this position
  • Bilingualism is an asset
  • Flexible to work occasional evenings/weekends as required
Application Deadline: February 19, 2018
Compensation: $15/hour
Send cover letter and resume to:
Softball Canada  Attn: Mike Branchaud
Suite 212 - 223 Colonnade Road
Ottawa, Ontario  K2E 7K3
Fax: 613-523-5761 or Email: mbranchaud@softball.ca

We would like to thank all candidates for their applications, but we will only be contacting those selected for an interview.


Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Innerkip Minor Ball hosting tournaments

From Peter VanBoekel, Innerkip Minor Ball

We have finalized the dates of our Tim Horton’s Classic tournaments in Innerkip for June 2018.  

New for this year will be a two day tournament for 8 Peewee boy teams and 8 Bantam Boys teams.  This weekend will also feature the Sr. Canadian Men’s Camp being held at our park at the same time.  So this would be a fun weekend with great ball to play and to watch.

Atom (U10) Boy’s & Girls - June 15-17th 
Squirt (U12) Boy’s & Girl’s - June 22-24th
Peewee (U14) Boy’s - June 9-10th
Bantam (U16) Boy’s - June 9-10th

We have 4 diamonds available for the Atom and Squirt weekends so it would be nice to get 20+ teams again for both of these weekends and make this one of the biggest tournaments to play in all summer.  We have used these tournaments to develop our Junior Umpire program and it has really worked well for us.  They umpire a bunch of games over each weekend and it is amazing how much better they get with a bit of confidence and time on the diamond.

We will guarantee 3 games for each team.  

This year we would like to see all teams apply online by going to innerkipminorball.com.  In the top right corner you will see a link to register.  Every year there is confusion with teams registering and not paying.  This year we will only assume teams are registered if they show paid, or else we end up saving spots for teams not coming.

Please pass this email onto other coaches, enters and organizations, if you know any that would like to participate.


Monday, January 22, 2018

George Findley honoured with Lifetime Achievement Award

Congratulations to George Findley, a familiar face on local diamonds, on being recoginzed by the Ottawa Sports Awards with a lifetime achievement award:

Lifetime Achievement Award, Technical Official: George Findley

Born and raised in Ottawa, George Findley has earned many accolades over his distinguished 45 years of umpiring fast pitch. A Master Instructor and Evaluator and a past president and co-founder of the Eastern Ontario Umpires Association, Findley has umpired Canadian, North-American, and World Championships. Reaching the heights of umpiring on the field and serving as an important mentor to many in the fast pitch community, Findley can also be found on the basketball courts as an official in the winter time.


Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Caveman's latest adventures

For those you who aren't on Twitter and have missed the following Caveman stories, the following are provided for your amusement.

Caveman the Actor

Caveman will be starring as Captain Shang in his elementary school's upcoming production of "Mulan". In many of the online images for Shang he is shirtless, so that's a natural fit for Caveman.

Caveman's Christmas

Caveman phones Nana to thank her for a Christmas gift.
"Is this Nana?"
"Thanks for the basketball net!"
"Whoops, sorry!"
Looks at us: "Wrong Nana!"

Caveman likes all sports

December 10: Actual line from me to the Caveman: "Get to bed quickly or you won't get to stay up late to watch curling again."  This is not a thing I thought I'd ever say to my kid.

Caveman - easy to impress

November 12: Supper tonight was grocery store souvlaki. Caveman: "Ooooooh chicken on a stick! Fancy."

Caveman the playmaker

October 22: Caveman set up the tiniest kid on his peewee hockey team for goal this morning. The tiny kid doesn't get too many goals. I asked the tiny kid how come he didn't celebrate his big goal. He says "I was so excited I forgot the celly!"

Caveman in the "Hall of Fame"

October 19: Found out today that the Caveman was a minor celebrity at the Harbour Days summer festival back in July. With a pocket full of money borrowed from his mother, Caveman was a frequent customer of the onsite food truck there for the festivities. After his 6th pogo, the truck staff were so impressed they asked if they could take his photo for their "hall of fame". They said he could eat for free after his "induction". So he had two more pogos for a total of 8. This is a 100 lb 12 year old boy. I wonder if there is a category for pogos / corndogs in the competitive eating circuit?


Thursday, January 11, 2018

Kingston Axemen tournament - July 6-8

The Kingston Axemen men's open fastpitch tournament will be held this year on July 6-8. Organizers are looking for 10 teams with tournament play beginning on the Friday night.

For more information contact
Brad MacDonald
Text to: 613-583-2128


11th Annual Gil Read Memorial Tournament

The 11th Annual Gil Read Memorial Men’s Fastpitch tournament will be held once again at the Carp Fairgrounds in Carp, Ontario the weekend of July 27th, 28th and 29th, 2018.

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

As always, there will be a fantastic beer garden with the best burgers around, and good crowds on hand, all in support of the Gil Read Memorial Foundation.

Last year's ten team event was won by the ESA Merchants of Elkland, Pennsylvania - story here.

To reserve a spot for your team please contact:
Adam Brown
613-623-8867 (home)
613-720-3575 (cell: text or call)


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

Past champions of the Gil Read Memorial:
2017 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


McNab / Braeside to host OASA Bantam Elims

The Ontario Amateur Softball Association has announced that McNab / Braeside Minor Ball will be hosting the 2018 Bantam Rep Boys (U16) Elimination tournament from June 29 to July 1.

The McNab Centre Park, with four diamonds (three lighted) will be the host location for this tournament which determines provincial representatives at the Canadian U16 Boys' Championship in Innerkip, Ontario in August.

McNab has previously hosted the Bantam Boys "Select" Provincials in 2009.

Last year's event featured 11 teams and was won by the eventual Canadian Champions from Belmore.

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OASA seeks "Springboard" hosts

The Ontario Amateur Softball Association, working under its long term player development initiative, is looking for associations to host the successful "Springboard" minor softball clinics throughout the province of Ontario.

The OASA is looking for hosts for these one-day clinics during spring 2018. Facilities need to be capable of holding 50 – 70 participants with the following set up for the participants:
Batting nets will be set up for soft toss hitting...
Playing catch and throwing the ball.
Pitching / catching

If you are interested please contact OASA executive member Jamie Simpson at simper7@sympatico.ca.

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Thursday, December 07, 2017

Softball Ontario Webinar December 19

Softball Ontario is continuing its webinar series on December 19th with Kaleigh Rafter. NCCP Certified Coaches will earn 1 point towards maintaining their certification and learn valuable tips from one of Canada's top athletes.

Kaleigh Rafter was a 2008 Olympian and is a current member of the Canadian National Team. This year will mark her 12th year with the National Team program. She also spent two seasons playing in the Japanese Professional Softball league from 2013-2015.

A graduate of Florida State University, Kaleigh holds a Masters in Criminology as well as a Masters in Sports Management and Administration. She currently is an assistant coach at the University of Virginia and works with catchers, infielders, and hitters.

Coaches can register here:



Wednesday, December 06, 2017

KJ now coaching at Clemson

Congratulations to Stittsville's Kyle Jamieson who has accepted a new NCAA Women's Softball coaching position at Clemson University in South Carolina. Information available here.


OASA Softball in Schools program

Attention School Teachers and other School Staff

Are you looking for a new gym activity for your students during the winter or spring months? One that requires no prep time on your part?

The Ontario Amateur Softball Association is working with schools to provide instruction in the skills of fastball at no cost to the school. All equipment is provided by the OASA, keeping safety in mind: indoor softballs, wiffle balls, nets and rubber bats. We work with the physical education timetable that is set out for us for the day to instruct the students in hitting, catching, throwing and fielding. Our instructors are former players and coaches who have played and coached the game at high levels of competition.

By introducing the sport of softball in a fun way, we are hoping to encourage participants to sign up to play softball in their community. We are also working with local softball associations to have registration forms available for anyone interested.

If you would like more information, or would like to book a clinic, please contact:
Garry Waugh


Sunday, December 03, 2017

Softball Ontario coaching webinar on December 5

The Softball Ontario Webinar Series is starting this week with Alison Bradley discussing "preparation". Alison is a two-time Olympian, and Team Leader for the National Team. She will give ccoaches specific examples of yearly planning, in-game goals for offense and defense, and will talk about her Olympic experience

Alison Bradley - Preparation
Thursday, December 5, 2017 @ 8:00pm EST

Alison Bradley is a two-time Olympian (2004-Athens & 2008- Beijing) and an eight-year veteran of Team Canada-Senior Women’s. After retiring in 2009, Alison joined the Team Canada Coaches Staff as the Team Leader. Alison is an NCCP Competition-Development, Softball Certified Coach. In 2010, Alison joined the U21 Team Canada Women’s Team as the Assistant Coach. Following the 2013 U21 Women's World Championships, Alison accepted a position with the Women’s National Team as the team’s Manager, a position she held until August 2017. Alison is currently the Dean of Students at a middle school in Boulder City, NV.

Coaches can register here:



Thursday, November 23, 2017

GOFL announces All Stars for 2017

The Greater Ottawa Fastball League has announced the First Team and Second Team all star players for the 2017 as voted on by the managers of the GOFL's seven teams.

Congratulations to all recognized.

First Team All Stars 
P: Joran Graham, Micksburg Twins
C: Chad Costello, Micksburg Twins
1B: Jamey Mick, Micksburg Twins
2B: Kristian Knapp, Kars Aces
3B: Chris Costello, West Carleton Electric
SS: Matt Greer, Quyon Flyers
OF: Brad Pender, Kars Aces
OF: Dan Jessiman. Stittsville 56ers
OF: Dennis McCleary, Quyon Flyers
DP: Corey Costello, Micksburg Twins

Second Team All Stars
P: Andy Barber, West Carleton Electric
C: Matt Alkeron, Kars Aces
1B: Neil Murphy, West Carleton Electric
2B: Trevor Barton, West Carleton Electric
3B: Chad Milne, Kars Aces
SS: Nick Ellis, Kars Aces
OF: Chris MacFarlane, I4C Victory
OF: Jeff Barber, West Carleton Electric
OF: Dave Hobbs, Quyon Flyers
DP: Ryley Burns, Ottawa Valley As

Once again the recipient of the "Tim Craig Memorial Award" is being named to recognize the league's top utility player, excelling at multiple positions. The winner for the 2017 is Chris Costello of West Carleton Electric, who in his first year as a full time player in the GOFL saw action at catcher, third base, shortstop and outfield.


Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Softball Ontario Seeks CANpitch Regional Pitching Instructors (RPIs)

Softball Ontario Seeks CANpitch Regional Pitching Instructors (RPIs)



Toronto, ON- Softball Ontario's CANpitch Committee has a great opportunity for those of you with a passion for pitching and the desire to help young pitchers develop their skills.  The CANpitch Committee is currently recruiting Regional Pitching Instructors.
Regional Pitching Instructors (RPIs)
The primary role of the Regional Pitching Instructor is to be 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 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.  Softball Ontario currently has 25 Regional Pitching Instructors, and is looking to expand our reach even further and ensure that CANpitch Clinics will be available in all regions of Ontario.

If you are interested in applying for this position, please view the job description below or online (Regional Pitching Instructor) and send your softball pitching resume and cover letter via email tossutton@softballontario.ca by Friday, December 8, 2017 at 4:30 pm.  Alternatively, if you know someone who would be an ideal candidate for one of the available positions, please pass along this email.


Monday, November 20, 2017

Ottawa Sport Summit - Grants Demystified

Ottawa Sport Summit - Grants Demystified – How to Create a Winning Application – why should you attend?
Did you know?
• In 2016, the Province of Ontario received 244 grant applications to the Ontario Sport and Recreation Community and less than 50% were funded?
• In 2016, the Ontario Trillium Foundation received 58 grant requests for the sport and physical activity sector in Ottawa alone and only 24% were funded?
If your sport organization relies on grants to deliver your services to the community these stats demonstrate that you need to have a comprehensive understanding of how to set your projects apart from the pack.
Join the sport community at the Fall Ottawa Sport SummitGrants Demystified – How to Create a Winning Application.  You will have the opportunity to learn from grant providers about how to create a winning application and the chance to collaborate with peers, gaining greater insight into the topic by learning from the successes and failures of others in our local sport community.
Grants Demystified – How to Create a Winning Application will be hosted by the Ottawa Sport Councilon November 29, 2017 at Ben Franklin Place, 101 Centrepointe Dr, Ottawa, K2G 5K7
TO REGISTER, visit sportottawa.ca
The Ottawa Sport Council thanks the Ontario Government for its generous support through the Ontario Sport and Recreation Communities Fund, of this Sport Summit.
For further information, please contact   


Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Bill Sherman elected Mayor of Elkland

You know that thing where there's this guy, and he's from a small town, and people say things like "I'd like you to meet John, he's pretty much the mayor of Smallville." Of course he's not really the mayor, but he's just a popular guy around home.

Well, I can now introduce my friend Bill Sherman as follows - "I'd like you to meet Bill, he's the mayor of Elkland, PA. For real."

In the mayoral election for Elkland Borough on Tuesday, Bill won the race with 57% of the vote!


10th annual Get in the Game Symposium

2 NCCP Professional Development Poiubts Opportunity!

The 10th annual Get in the Game Symposium will take place on November 25, 2017 from 9:00am-12:00pm, at the Holiday Inn in Burlington, Ontario, located on 3023 S Service Road.

The Symposium is geared toward softball associations and its purpose is to improve grassroots softball across the Province, developing coaches and their skills and to create networking and learning opportunities for local softball associations/leagues.

Not available to join us in person in Burlington, ON on Saturday, November 25, 2017? NO problem! You can register for the sessions via webinar online at www.softballontario.ca!

The 2017 Symposium will feature two sessions:
Session #1: 9:00am - 10:00am

Featuring Special Guests:
  • George Ryder - Team Ontario Men's Head Coach
  • Roger Davis - Team Ontario Women's Head Coach
  • Mike Crawford - U21 Team Ontario Pitching Coach
  • Jessica Mancini - Team Ontario Women's Assistant Coach
  • Scott Searle - Team Ontario Men's Assistant Coach
Session #2 - 10:30am - 12:00pm
Featuring Special Guests:
  • Bruce Casselman - 2x ISC World Championships, 2x Canadian Championships, Softball Ontario NCCP Coach Developer
  • George Ryder - Softball Ontario Regional Pitching Instructor, Team Ontario Men's Head Coach
  • Robin Mackin - Member of 2008 Canadian Olympic Roster, Pan American Games Gold Medalist
  • Tyler Randerson - 2x U21 Men's National Team member, 206 ISF Bronze, 2017 Canada Games Gold Medalist
  • Todd Martin - 6x ISC World Champion, 3x ISC World Most Valuable Pitcher, Pan American Games Gold Medalist
  • Elissa Sivel - Softball Ontario Master Pitching Instructor, 2x OIWFA All-Star, NCCP Coach Developer
  • Mike Crawford - 12x Canadian Champion, 2x Pan American Games Gold Medalist, U21 Team Ontario Pitching Coach
Each session is worth one (1) NCCP PD Point, which NCCP Certified Coaches can use towards their Maintenace of Certification.

Prices (all prices include HST):
  • In-person (Both Webinars) ............... $12.00
  • 1 Session (Webinar) ......................... $16.95
  • Both Sessions (Webinar) .................. $28.25
For more information on the event visit, www.softballontario.ca, or contact Kyle Cormier atkcormier@softballontario.ca

For more information about NCCP or NCCP PD Points, please contact Steph Sutton atssutton@softballontario.ca


Monday, October 30, 2017

Stittsville Bantam Girls Rep tryouts November 4-5

Bantam Rep Tryouts November 4th and 5th!
Updated Friday October 27, 2017 by Melanie Driver. 

Stittsville Minor Softball Association is proud to announce the upcoming
Girls Bantam Rep (Tier 2) Tryouts
Tryouts will take place on November 4, 2017 from 3 pm - 5 pm and November 5, 2017 from 4 pm – 6 pm at the Bell Sensplex Indoor Field in Kanata. 
This level of softball includes both game and practices in the Ottawa, as well as travel to Toronto, other Provinces, or may the USA for games and tournaments.  This team does not play house league and is intended to be the level beyond Selects in both competition and commitment.  Girls looking to tryout should be birth Year 2002 or 2003. 
We are also proud to announce the coach of the Bantam Rep team will be Dale Aiken.  Dale is a non-parent coach that is no stranger to fastpitch in Stittsville and Kanata.  He has been coaching for many years and is a Certified Level 3 Softball Instructor and Coach.   Dale was Assistant Coach in 2015 and 2016 to our own SMSA Midget Rep Team. 
If you have any questions about the tryout process, please email our competitive director Al Read at al@stittsvillesoftball.org
To register for the tryout, please also email Al Read at the above email address. In the email, include your daughter’s first and last name, birthdate, and parent phone number and email address for contact purposes.

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Sunday, October 15, 2017

Glen Cairn League announces award winners

from Eric Colvin, via Facebook

Glen Cairn Men's Fastball League award winners

The Martin Kamer Memorial Award for Sportsmanship goes to Tom Chambers, East Side Mario's
The Gil Read Memorial Award for the league's top hitter goes to Marcus Rice, Kars Junior Aces
The League Top Pitcher Award goes to Matt McKay, Upper Canada Elevators


Saturday, October 07, 2017

Highlights from the GOFL Championship

Highlights from the broadcast of the Greater Ottawa Fastball League championship final, courtesy of Your TV Ottawa Valley and Jamie Bramburger.


A few thoughts on the GOFL final

A few thoughts on the the Greater Ottawa Fastball League championship final last night in Micksburg.

- There was a great crowd on hand to watch. I got there an hour ahead, and there were already fans that had staked their claim to seats on the bleachers. While the majority were Micksburg supporters, there was also a good contingent of West Carleton fans that made the hour or so trek up the Valley to watch. I'd guesstimate around 200 fans onsite - great support for the GOFL.

- Having the local Your TV OV (Cogeco cable Pembroke / Ottawa Valley) on hand to broadcast the game was excellent. There was seven cameras and apparently they had replay capability too. Thanks to Jamie Bramburger for his continued support of men's fastball and setting this up.

- I've seen Corey Costello pitch some big games before and this was in my opinion one of his best in the last ten years, throwing perfect ball through five. Too bad it was against my team but it's great to see him in top form again.

- WC had a little BBQ with some refreshments post-game to cap off the season. Some of the Micksburg guys were nice enough to join us for a bit and invited us down to the clubhouse to join in their victory party. Battle on the field then drink together afterward - it's what fastpitch is all about.

- The Caveman took in the game and was a bit disappointed in the result. However, he was pretty excited afterward to get some pitching tips. The Caveman was a bit shy, which is a rare, but he worked up the nerve to ask Corey in the clubhouse how he threw his rise and drop. A pitching lesson ensued (while I held Corey's beer) showing his grip and form. Then, brother Chad (Corey's catcher) took the Caveman out to work on some practice pitches. And not a just a couple - they spent a good chunk of time throwing. What a great gesture for both guys to take time out of a championship celebration to help out a 12 year old kid improve his pitching!

- We left relatively early into the celebrations but apparently the Twins party went on well into the night. Word is that one particular Twins player had a wedding he had to get to in Windsor, with a very early morning flight to catch on Saturday at the Ottawa Airport over an hour and half from Micksburg - and he boarded the plane in full ball uniform!

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Micksburg wins third straight GOFL title, Costello throws perfect game

The Micksburg Twins won the Greater Ottawa Fastball League playoff title at home on Friday night, their second in a row and third in five years

Corey Costello was perfect over five innings, striking out 11, as the Twins defeated West Carleton Electric 7-0 in a run rule shortened game in front of a great crowd of approximately 200 and the TV cameras from local Pembroke cable station.

Andy Barber took the loss for West Carleton and relief from Steve Cavanagh.

Kyle Jackson had a three run homer, and Andrew McIntyre had two RBIs.

The Micksburg Twins and the I4C Consulting Trophy emblematic of GOFL supremacy.

Play by Play:

West Carleton starters: Kevin Shonfield catcher; Andy Barber pitcher; Jeff Cavanagh right field; Jeff Barber left field; Chris Costello third base; Jon Daley shortstop; Neil Murphy first base; Steve Cavanagh second base; Alex Boucaud centre field.

Micksburg starters: Andrew McIntrye second base; Jamey Mick first base; Joran Graham third base; Corey Costello pitcher; Kyle Jackson designated player; Chad Costello catcher; Scott Conroy right field; Matt McIntyre shortstop; Quinton Rook left field; Connor Moss centre field.

Top 1st inning: Shonfield struck out; A Barber struck out; J Cavanagh struck out. 0 runs 0 hits 0 errors 0 LOB

Bottom 1st inning: A McIntyre walked; Mick reached on fielder's choice, A McIntyre out ss to 2b; Mick advanced to second on passed ball, Mick advanced to third on wild pitch, Graham walked; Co Costello popped out to p; Jackson reached first on error to 2b, Mick scored, unearned, Graham advanced to third; Jackson advanced to second on wild pitch, Ch Costello struck out. 1 run 0 hits 1 error 2 LOB

Top 2nd inning: J Barber struck out; Costello struck out; Daley struck out. 0 runs 0 hits 0 errors 0 LOB

Bottom 2nd inning: Conroy struck out; M McIntyre singled; M McIntyre stole second, advanced third on passed ball, Rook struck out; A McIntyre singled, RBI, M McIntyre scored, earned. A McIntyre stole second, Mick grounded out 3b to 1b. 1 run 2 hits 0 errors 1 LOB

Top 3rd inning: Murphy popped out to ss; S Cavanagh struck out; Boucaud struck out. 0 runs 0 hits 0 errors 0 LOB

Bottom 3rd inning: Graham walked; Co Costello hit by pitch, Graham advanced to second. Jackson homered, 3 RBI, Graham scored earned, Co Costello scored earned, Jackson scored earned; Ch Costello popped out to ss; Conroy stuck out, put out c to 1b; M McIntyre walked; Rook singled, M McIntyre advanced to third, Rook advanced to second on throw; M McIntyre scored on wild pitch, earned, A McIntyre tripled, RBI, Rook scored, earned; Mick lined out to p. 5 runs 3 hits 0 errors 1 LOB

Top 4th inning: Shonfield grounded out 2b to 1b; A Barber flew out to lf; J Cavanagh struck out. 0 runs 0 hits 0 LOB

Bottom 4th inning: S Cavanagh to p, A Barber to lf, J Barber to 2b; Graham struck out; Co Costello lined out to 2b; Jackson struck out, put out c to 1b. 0 runs 0 hits 0 LOB

Top 5th inning: J Barber struck out; Costello grounded out p to 2b; Matt McKay ph for Daley, struck out. 0 runs 0 hits 0 LOB


Friday, October 06, 2017

Knights win Blackburn playoff final

The Knights won the Blackburn Men's Fastball League playoff championship final with a 2-1 victory on Thursday night. Jamie Blakely got the win while Andy Barber took the loss. Derek Martin had a two run homer for the Knights.


Thursday, October 05, 2017

GOFL Final game to be televised

As per Jamie Bramburger on Twitter, YourTV Ottawa Valley will be covering the Greater Ottawa Fastball League final game between West Carleton Electric and Micksburg Twins.

The game will be played Friday October 6 at 8 pm at the Micksburg diamond.


Glen Cairn League finals update: Upper Canada Elevators wins

Upper Canada Elevators won the Glen Cairn Men's Fastball League playoff finals two games to none over the Kars Aces Juniors with an 8-7 extra innings victory on Wednesday night.

Matt McKay was the winning pitcher for UCE, while Tyler Alexander took the loss for the Juniors.


Upper Canada Elevators won game one of the Glen Cairn Men's Fastball League finals on Monday night with a 5-4 victory over the Kars Aces Juniors.

UCE leads the best of three series 1-0 with game two coming up tonight (Weds Oct 4) at 8 pm at the AY Jackson diamond in Kanata.


Wednesday, October 04, 2017

Blackburn Finals - UPDATED

The Knights will play the Blue Jays in the Blackburn Men's Fastball League final.

The Knights only have to win once, while the Blue Jays need two wins in the double elim format to take the title.

UPDATE: The Blue Jays won 12-4 on Tuesday night to force a winner takes all game on Thursday at 7 pm at the Blackburn Arena.


Monday, October 02, 2017

West Carleton to play Micksburg in GOFL Final on Friday

The Micksburg Twins will host West Carleton Electric on Friday October 6 at 8 pm to determine the league playoff champion for 2017.

The Final Four teams in the Greater Ottawa Fastball League playoffs are now set. The teams will play in a double elimination format.

Game 1: Tuesday September 12 in Fitzroy Harbour, 8 pm
West Carleton Electric 6 Ottawa Valley As 3

Game 2: Thursday September 14 in Micksburg, 8 pm
Micksburg Twins 6 Kars Aces 2

Game 3: Monday September 18 in Fitzroy Harbour, 8 pm
Micksburg Twins 3 West Carleton Electric 0

Game 4: Wednesday September 20 in Manotick, 8 pm
Ottawa Valley As 6 Kars Aces 5 (Kars eliminated)

Game 5: Wednesday September 27 in Fitzroy Harbour, 8 pm
West Carleton Electric 1 Ottawa Valley As 0 (Valley eliminated)

FINAL (one game): Friday October 6 in Micksburg, 8 pm
West Carleton Electric vs Micksburg Twins


First round playoff results best of three)

Micksburg (2nd) vs. I4C (7th) - Micksburg wins series 2 games to 0
Game 1: Tuesday September 5 in Micksburg at 8 pm - Micksburg wins 3-0
Game 2: Monday September 11 in Manotick at 8 pm Micksburg wins 8-0

Kars (3rd) vs. Stittsville (6th) - Kars wins series 2 games to 0
Game 1: Wednesday August 30 in Manotick, 8 pm - Kars wins 3-1
Game 2: Wednesday September 6 in Stittsville, 9 pm - Kars wins 12-4

Quyon (4th) vs. Valley (5th) - Valley wins series 2 games to 1
Game 1: Thursday August 31 in Quyon, 8 pm - Valley wins 4-2
Game 2: Wednesday September 6 in Carp, 8 pm - Quyon wins 8-0
Game 3: Thursday September 7 in Quyon, 7:30 pm - Valley wins 5-4 (8 innings)

West Carleton (1st) - bye to Final Four


Friday, September 29, 2017

St. John's NL Senior League top three batters are all brothers

Check this out - quite an accomplishment in what is generally regarded as the world's best men's local fastpitch league. From VOCM:

For the first time in the St. John’s Senior Men’s Fastpitch League’s 61-year history, three brothers are the top three batters: Blair, Bradley, and Kyle Ezekiel. Blair Ezekiel of Kelly’s Pub Molson Bulldogs captured the 2017 Senior Batting Title with a .489 batting average (23-47). Kyle Ezekiel of 3 Cheers Pub Bud Light Dodgers finished in second place with a .423 batting average (22-52). While Brad Ezekiel of the NTV Hitmen finished in third, with .400 (18-45).


Thursday, September 28, 2017

Blackburn playoff update

from Derek Martin

The Blackburn Men's Fastball League playoffs are now down to just 4 teams with two games scheduled for tonight. 

Game 1 at 7pm will see the #1 seeded Knights face off against the #6 seeded Blue Jays. The Knights will need to continue their offensive output that has seen them put up 20 runs in just 2 game thus far in the playoffs. Chris Macfarlane and Derek Martin have led the way for the Knights, both hitting 2 round trippers in the first 2 games of their playoff run. Look for the Knights hot bats to carry them past the Blue Jays. 

The Jays are coming off a strong offensive showing of their own, upsetting Goodfellows 6-2 to knock off the #2 seed. Let by Tyler Borris and Andy Barber, look for the Blue Jays to silence the Knights bats and continue their push to the finals. 

Game 2 at 9pm should be a nail biter between Goodfellows and The Braves. Both teams finished the season tied with 27 points. Goodfellows won the season series 2-1 with each game being decided by only 1 point. The Braves are coming off a big 13-7 win over Gloucester Heating. Look for their bats to stay hot while Nick Bowman and Will Mood try to keep Goodfellows offence at bay. 

Goodfellows are entering tonight’s game after an intense game over the Bandits on Tuesday which saw the game go down to the wire. Ultimately ended by a walk off HR by Shannon Borho in the bottom of the 7th inning. 

Be sure to come check out the action tonight in Blackburn. It all kicks off at 7pm. 


Blackburn & Glen playoff updates

The Glen Cairn Men's Fastball League playoffs are down to the two finalists. The Kars Aces Juniors upset the first place East Side Mario's team two games to one in the semifinals to advance, while Upper Canada Elevators edged defending champions Laurysen Kitchens in the 10th inning of Game Three in their series. Start date for the UCE vs Kars best of three final is to be determined.

In the Blackburn Men's Fastball League, the double knockout format playoffs continue tonight with the winner's bracket final between the Knights and the Blue Jays at 7 pm with the losers' bracket final at 9 pm with Goodfellows playing the Bytek Braves. 


Wednesday, September 27, 2017

West Carleton wins semifinal 1-0 over Valley

West Carleton Electric won the Greater Ottawa Fastball League Final Four semi-final game against the Ottawa Valley As on Wednesday night in Fitzroy Harbour, prevailing 1-0.

At a well-played game of defensive fastpitch softball on both sides, in front of about 100 spectators, Andy Barber was the winning pitcher with a one-hitter. Adam Rueckwald also threw well in taking the loss.

After a three up, three down for Valley, the Electric threatened in the bottom of the first frame. Kevin Shonfield started things with a walk and was followed by an Andy Barber bunt single. After an attempted sacrifice bunt was popped up, Jeff Barber's infield single loaded the bases with one out. Rueckwald got a strike out, then Jeff Cavanagh's sharply hit ball to short was well fielded by Kyle Couvieau and the As got the put out at third to escape the inning unscathed.

The game's only run was scored in the bottom of the fourth. With one out, Jeff Cavanagh hit an infield single for the 'Trics and when the As attempted to throw him out the ball went into right field allowing JCav to get to second. Cavanagh was replaced with Matt McKay as a pinch runner. The next batter popped up. McKay advanced to third on a wild pitch, then scored the game's only run when Jon Daley singled up the middle.

West Carleton had another chance to score in the fifth. Shonfield started the inning with a single, and moved to second on Andy Barber's walk. A long fly ball to the warning tracked advanced both runners sixty feet. Jeff Barber then hit a shallow fly to left fielder Dave Baird; Shonfield attempted to tag and score, but was thrown out at the plate to end the inning.

The As tried to tie things up in the seventh. Ryley Burns led off with a walk, his second of the night. He was replaced with a pinch runner, Connor Armstrong. Armstrong moved to second on a nice sacrifice bunt by Clayton Vance, and moved to third on a ground out. However, Barber ended the game with a strikeout, to move West Carleton on to the finals to face the Micksburg Twins for the GOFL title.

Andy Barber WIN 7IP 0R 1H 8K 3BB

Kevin Shonfield 1-2, BB
Andy Barber 1-2, BB
Jeff Barber 1-3
Jeff Cavanagh 1-3
Jon Daley 1-2, RBI, SB

Adam Rueckwald LOSS 6IP 1R 0ER 5H 6K 2BB

Ryley Burns 2BB
Lindsay Medynski 1-2


Sunday, September 24, 2017

GOFL Semi-final Wednesday in Fitzroy Harbour

The Greater Ottawa Fastball League final four playoffs continue with a semi-final game on Wednesday September 27 at 8 pm in Fitzroy Harbour, with West Carleton Electric hosting the Ottawa Valley As.

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


Shawville tourney recap

The Shawville Men's Fastball Tournament concluded today with the Shawville Tubman Autobody Twins winning the final 4-3 over the Micksburg Twins, with Lane McMurtry hitting the walk off solo homer in the bottom of the seventh. Matt Greer got the win for Shawville while Adam Rueckwald was pitching for Micksburg.

The other teams participating in the event were the Shawville Hursty's Bar and Grill As, Fitzroy Harbour WC Electric and Goodfellows.


Saturday, September 23, 2017

Results from Friday night at the Shawville Tournament

Game 1: Shawville Tubman Autobody Twins 11 Micksburg Twins 4
WP: Lenny Burger
LP: Matt McIntyre, relief Adam Rueckwald

Game 2: Shawvilly Hursty's Bar & Grill As 2 Fitzroy Harbour WC Electric 0
WP: Trevor Lahey
LP: Matt McKay

Game 3 - Saturday 11 am - Shawville Tubman Autobody Twins vs Goodfellows
Game 4 - Saturday 12:30 pm - Fitzroy Harbour WC Electric vs Micksburg Twins
Game 5 - Saturday 4 pm - Winner Game 3 vs Shawville Hursty's Bar & Grill


Friday, September 22, 2017

Softball Canada survey

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The survey will take approximately 10 minutes to complete, and in return, members will be entered into a draw to win newly branded Softball Canada prizes!

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The survey will close on October 13th, 2017 and we encourage you to take this opportunity to have your say about the game you love!

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Shawville Tournament starts tonight

Shawville men's fastpitch tournament starts tonight, in conjunction with a slopitch event, at the Shawville, QC RA Centre.

G1 Friday 6 pm Shawville 1 vs Micksburg
G2 Friday 7:30 pm Shawville 2 vs Fitzroy

G3 Saturday 11 am Winner Game 1 vs Goodfellows
G4 Saturday 12:30 pm Loser Game 1 vs Loser Game 2
G5 Saturday 4 pm Winner Game 3 vs Winner Game 2
G6 Saturday 5:30 pm  Loser Game 3 vs Winner Game 4

G7 Sunday Noon Loser Game 5 vs Winner Game 6
G8 Sunday 3 pm Winner Game 7 vs Winner Game 5


Murphy's Plumbings wins "B" playoffs in Fitzroy league

Murphy's Plumbing were the Fitzroy Harbour Men's Fastball League "B" side champs this week, defeating Clean Cut Construction. The "B" side is contested by the first four teams eliminated from the Harbour Ball playoffs.

Murphy's were led by veteran pitcher (59 and holding) Jim Ryan and Harbour Ball Commish Brendan Coker. Clean Cut's pitchers were Andrew Jahn and Johnny Coe.

That wraps up Harbour Ball for 2017, another successful season, composed of 8 teams with players ranging from teenagers to 60.

The Murphy's Plumbing team enjoying a well-earned post-game refreshment in the Fitzroy Hall.


Thursday, September 21, 2017

Glen Cairn playoffs update

from Eric Colvin
Both Semi-final series in the Glen Cairn Men's Fastball League playoffs will go to a do or die game three next Monday, September 25th @ AY Jackson diamonds in Glen Cairn (Kanata).

Kars Juniors Aces versus East Side Mario’s will play the 6:30 pm game while defending champions, Laurysen Kitchens square off against Upper Canada Elevators at 8:30 pm.


Blackburn League playoff update

from Nick Bowman
The Blackburn Men's Fastball League playoffs continue on Thursday at 7 pm at the Blackburn arena diamond. The first game of the night features the number 2 ranked Goodfellows against the number 7 Guzzlers. Goodfellows had a great defensive regular season, giving up 85 runs in 20 games. Two left handed pitchers, Will Lowe and Shannon Borho, toe the rubber for Goodfellows which features arguably the best defensive infield with Brendan Clark at 2nd, Scott Adams at shortstop and Jordan Adams at 3rd. Those 3 players also play key offensive roles. Look for Jeff Barber to get the start for the Guzzlers who will spearhead the offense and defense. Kevin Shonfield and mid-season pickup Jonady Nunez will also need to play key offensive roles to upset Goodfellows.

The second game features the number 4 ranked Bandits against number 5 Gloucester Heating. Perennial innings pitched leader Pierre Lalonde will likely be on the mound with son Max Lalonde behind the plate. Phil Bedard and Max Lalonde each hit 4 homeruns for the Bandits. Derick Bulley and Derek Bergeron have shared most of the pitching duties. Bulley and Paul Toonders both hit 6 homeruns for the Heat and will look to continue their regular season success. Both these teams have strong offensive lineups so pitching and defense will be key to determine the winner of this match.

Game 1: The Knights came from behind to beat the Rogues 6 to 3. Ryan Chatten picked up the win and Matt Cox went the distance and picked up the loss. Derek Martin and Jefferson Roman hit homeruns for the Knights and Rogues.

Game 2: The Blue Jays beat the Braves 6 to 4. Andy Barber went the distance and picked up the win and Nick Bowman had the loss. Tyler Borris hit a homerun for the Jays and Jeremy Regan hit one for the Braves.


Ottawa Valley As beat Kars Aces 6-5, advance to semifinal

The Ottawa Valley As advanced to the Greater Ottawa Fastball League Final Four semifinal game with a 6-5 win over the Kars Aces on Wednesday night in Manotick. The Aces were eliminated from the playoffs with the loss.

The As will play West Carleton Electric next week on a night to be determined in Fitzroy Harbour. The winner of that game will play Micksburg Twins in the final.

Adam Rueckwald had the complete game win for Valley, while Cory Alkerton took the loss with relief from Brad Porter.

Kars got on the board in the bottom of the first. Brad Pender doubled, took third on a passed ball and scored on Nick Ellis' sacrifice fly.

In top of the second, the Valley As took a 2-1 lead. Clayton Vance was hit by a pitch and Kyle Couvieau singled to put two on. Vance stole third and the throw went into left field to allow him to score. Dave Baird's ground out allowed Couvieau to score from third.

Ben Wade led off the third for the As with a walk. A sac bunt by Steve Frost was then thrown into right field, allowing Wade to score. Ryley Burns reached on a walk and both Frost and Burns scored when what looked like a sacrifice fly by Vance dropped in. Vance then plated on a wild pitch to make the score 6-1 for Valley after two and a half innings. Porter then relieved start Alkerton and got out of the inning.

The Aces had a chance for multiple runs in the fifth but the As only allowed one. Porter led off with a single, followed by a single by Pender. An infield single by Ellis loaded the bases with none out. After a strikeout, Porter scored on ground out to first by Kurtis Summers. Another strikeout ended it and the score was 6-2 for Valley after five.

The sixth saw Kars score three to make it a one run game. Cory Morrison started things with a single, followed by a single by Milne. A hot grounder by Danny Powers got by first to score Morrison. Then Porter singled, scoring Milne with none yet out. After a pop up, Ellis hit a single that scored Powers, but Porter got thrown out at third on a close play. A strikeout ended the rally.

In the top of the seventh, a big catch in right field with one out by Morrison saved a baserunner and a subsequent single by Couvieau might have cashed a run, but Porter got out of the inning keeping the score at 6-5.

The bottom of the seventh saw the first batter go out on a pop up. Then.....the lights went out, even thought it was only 10 o'clock. After a 13 minute delay, play resumed. The subsequent batter struck out, but Morrison hit an infield single to keep the game alive. When the next batter lined out to short, the Valley As had completed the upset win and advanced to the GOFL semifinal.

Adam Rueckwald WIN 7IP 5R 5ER 9H 2BB

Ben Wade  1-3, BB, R
Steve Frost 1-2, BB, R
Clayton Vance HBP, 2R, RBI,
Kyle Couvieau 3-3, R, HBP
Dave Baird RBI
Ryley Burns BB, R
Gavin Boyd 1-2, BB

Cory Alkerton LOSS 2IP 6R 1ER 3H 2BB 3HBP
Brad Porter 5IP 0R 3H 1BB

Brad Pender 2-4, 2B, R
Nick Ellis 2-3, 2RBI
Cory Morrison 3-4, R
Chad Milne 2-3, BB, R
Brad Porter 2-2, R, RBI
Kurtis Summers RBI, R