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, May 31, 2006

ISC II Qualifier Rosters now available

Full rosters for the Fitzroy Harbour ISC II Qualifier on June 16-18 are now available here:


Note: These can be changed up until June 14.

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Lomor defeats I4C in the Carp home opener

Carp fell 7-4 to Manotick Lomor Printers in its first home game of the year at the Fairgrounds in Carp.

Neil Cooke took the loss but pitched a strong game for the Victory. Cooke gave up seven runs (five earned) on 10 hits while striking out 11 and walking none. Carp made one error that lead to two Manotick runs in the third inning.

Kevin McGuire had a home run for Carp.

Tony Riches pitched for Manotick giving up four runs on eight hits with four strikeouts and no walks. There was one Manotick error.

Detailed game report posted at http://ca.geocities.com/fitzroyfastball/box052906.htm. (LINK NOW LIVE)

Manotick tourney draw

Here is the draw for the Manotick Tournament on June 2-4. It is a 10 team double knockout:

G1 Friday 7PM D1 Ottawa Valley Raiders vs. Ottawa Blitz
G2 Friday 8PM D2 Carp I4C Victory vs. Blackburn Bombers
G3 Friday 9PM D1 Manotick Lomor Printers vs. Quyon Flyers

G4 Saturday 10AM D1 Fitzroy Harbour WC Electric vs. Winner G1
G5 Saturday 11AM D2 Ottawa Team Easton Thunder vs. Winner G2
G6 Saturday Noon D1 Stittsville vs. Prince Edward County
G7 Saturday 1PM D2 Loser G2 vs. Loser G3
Home Run Contest 1:45 D1
G8 Saturday 3PM D1 Winner G3 vs. Winner G4
G9 Saturday 4PM D2 Loser G1 vs. Loser G6
G10 Saturday 5PM D1 Winner G6 vs. Winner G5
G11 Saturday 6PM D2 Winner G9 vs. Loser G5
G12 Saturday 7PM D1 Winner G7 vs. Loser G4
G13 Saturday 8PM D2 Winner G11 vs. Loser G8
G14 Saturday 9PM D1 Winner G12 vs. Loser G10

G15 Sunday 10AM D2 Winner G13 vs. Winner G14
G16 Sunday 11AM D1 Winner G8 vs. Winner 10
G17 Sunday 1PM D1 Winner G15 vs. Loser G16
G18 Sunday 3PM D1 Finals
G19 Sunday 5PM D1 If necessary game

Monday, May 29, 2006

ISC II rosters are in - all 14 received

We have preliminary rosters now for all of the teams at the ISC II qualifier in Fitzroy June 16-18. (They can be changed up to June 14.)

For your info, here are the pitchers listed for each team.

Fitzroy Harbour West Carleton Electric: Bud Hanlon, Brad Porter, Mark Wright
Carp I4C Victory: Trevor Wood, Neil Cooke, Duane Bromley
Ottawa Team Easton Thunder: Dan Konkle, Jeff Murphy
Ottawa Valley Raiders: Bryce Levesque, Ryan Cox, Gord Flannery
Blackburn Bombers: Rob Elder, Shannon Borho, Will Lowe
Ottawa Blitz: Jim Blakely, Jamie Blakely, Dany Germain, Derick Bulley, Don Brechette
Kingston Cowboys: Jon Swaine, Chris Switzer, Jason Benne, Adam Garrison, Bryan Brooks
Quyon Flyers: Ben Younge, Luke Young, Matt Greer
Eastmain Fireballs: Ray Shanoush, John Moses, Ritchie Denny
Enterprise Oasis Pools: Dale Dowdle, Kevin Brown
Micksburg Twins: Corey Costello, Lenny Burger, Shawn Costello
Stouffville Mennos: Paul Boynton, John Sharpe, Byron Baranieksi, Rick May
Waterdown Hammer: Tim Neil, Rod Fevereau, Brian Lisk, Jim Hurst, Dave Martin, Drew Hathway. (note: likely only 3 or 4 of these pitchers to actually attend as per Peter Chambers)
Stittsville 56ers: Dan Bradley, Rob Rattray, Darren Featherstone, David Ashkanase

Friday, May 26, 2006

WC Electric defeats Lomor Printers

WC Electric defeated Manotick Lomor Printers 7-1 in GOFL play on Friday night in Fitzroy Harbour.

Bud Hanlon had the pitching win, throwing five innings. Mark Wright pitched two in relief.

Tony Riches went the distance for Lomor - all seven runs were unearned as Manotick made six errors.

Todd Clouthier went 2 for 3 with a walk and scored two runs. Mike Cavanagh made two great defensive plays and went 2 for 4 with an RBI and scored two runs and stole a base.

Lindsay Medynski had three hits and Trevor Power had two hits for Manotick.

For details visit: http://ca.geocities.com/fitzroyfastball/box052606.htm

Pontiac Royals defeat Shawville

The Pontiac Royals defeated Shawville 3-1 at home in Bryson on Thursday night.

Royals newcomer Mark Wright got the pitching win, throwing five innings. Lenny Burger had the save for Pontiac.

Shawville pitcher was Todd Fraser, who helped his own cause with a solo home run.

Bloggin' in Quyon

And maybe you thought all Quyon had to offer was cold refreshing quarts of Labatt 50 at Gavan's... well they have a blog there too.

Check it out: http://quyonflyers.blogspot.com/

Friday night Fitzroy Fastball

Friday night fastball tonight in the Harbour, as Manotick Lomor Printers come to town to face the West Carleton Electric. A decent crowd is expected to be on hand - hopefully the rain holds off. Manotick is 2-0 and Fitzroy Harbour is 1-2 in league play this year. Game time is 8PM.

Micksburg defeats Beachburg

In UOVMFL play Wednesday night, the Micksburg Twins won their second straight league game, defeating Beachburg NRTco 4-0.

Corey Costello was the winning pitcher for the Twins. Jonathan Regier took the loss for Beachburg.

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Easton shuts out I4C Victory

Easton defeated I4C Victory 6-0 in a mercy rule shortened five inning game on Wednesday.

Dan Konkle pitched a perfect game over five innings, striking out nine of 15.

Konkle had two RBIs, including a solo home run to help his own cause. Al Read also had two RBIs, including a solo home run.

Duane Bromley took the loss, giving up six runs (four unearned), nine hits and striking out four.

Full stats available here: http://ca.geocities.com/fitzroyfastball/box052406_3.htm

Lomor defeats Stittsville in pitcher's duel

Manotick Lomor Printers hosted Stittsville 56ers on Weds night, with Lomor prevailing 2-1.

Dan Bradley threw well and was the hard luck loser for the 56ers, allowing only 4 hits and striking out 14.

Lyle Schell had a big game, with the pitching victory for Manotick and also providing offense by scoring a run and driving in another. Joe Allan had the other RBI for Lomor.

Full stats available here: http://ca.geocities.com/fitzroyfastball/box052406_2.htm

WC Electric wins first game of season over the Blitz

WC Electric defeated the Ottawa Blitz in Fitzroy Harbour on Wednesday night by a score of 5-2.

Brad Porter had the pitching victory, throwing five solid innings and allowing only three hits. Mark Wright came in to finish the game for the Electric. Derrick Bulley took the loss for the Ottawa team.

The Blitz led off the first, scoring their first run in the GOFL with John Hayden leading off with a triple and Scott Dumouchel bringing him with a sacrifice fly to centre.

WC Electric responded in the second with Shawn Rebertz hitting a double then being brought in on a Mark Wright home run. The Electric scored three more in the fourth with Mark Wright, Steve Cavanagh and Steve Johnson cashing RBIs.

The final run of the game of the Blitz was scored by right fielder John Hayden who hit the team's first ever home run to lead off the sixth.

Next up for the West Carleton Electric is "Friday Night Fastball" at home in Fitzroy Harbour on Friday May 26 at 8 PM versus Manotick Lomor Printers.

Full stats available here: http://ca.geocities.com/fitzroyfastball/box052406.htm

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Manotick still looking for a couple teams June 2-4

The Manotick Tournament as part of Dickinson Days on June 2-4 has 10 teams entered and is looking for two more. Teams interested in entering can contact Tony Riches at tony.riches(at)lomor.ca or (613) 286-5284.

Monday, May 22, 2006

Kingston tournament results

Two local teams didn't fare so well at the Kingston tournament.

Fitzroy Harbour WC Electric went a disappointing 0-4 finishing 5th in Pool A.

Ottawa Valley Raiders went 1-3 and missed the playoff round in Pool B.

The weather was awful, with wind, cold temperatures and rain. The Championship final never ended up getting played due to the inclement weather.

In a scary incident on Saturday night, 17-year old Micksburg pitcher Joran Graham, who was playing for the Napanee Midget Express, was hit with a line drive in the face. Joran was take to the hospital by ambulance and the word was that he had some broken bones in his face. Apparently he is going to be ok and was up and around on Sunday.

Thursday, May 18, 2006

Stittsville defeats Ottawa Blitz

Ottawa Blitz lost to Stittsville by a score of 9-0 in six innings last night.

Dan Bradley pitched another gem (1 hitter, 14Ks) while John Craig (3-3, 2RBI) and Dan Jessiman (3-4, 3RBI) lead the way offensively for Stittsville in a decisive victory over the Ottawa Blitz. Derrick Bulley took the loss for the Blitz, with relief from Jim Blakely.

The Blitz threatened in the first when John Hayden walked followed by a Scott Dumouchel single, but failed to push a run across.

Stittsville scored two in the third when Craig walked, stole second, and scored on Jessiman’s RBI double. Jessiman became the second run of the ball game, scoring on an RBI single off the bat of Darren Featherstone.

Stittsville scored again in the fifth and sixth innings, the attack highlighted by a Craig triple and a Jessiman home run.

Note: Manotick vs. Team Easton was postponed last night due to the rain.

I4C defeats WC Electric

Carp I4C Victory defeated WC Electric in Fitzroy Harbour last night by a score of 6-3.

Neil Cooke pitched a complete game for the Victory scattering four hits over seven innings, giving up two earned runs and striking out 13. Cooke got the win, his first of the season (1-0), while Mark Wright took the loss for Fitzroy Harbour, allowing 6 runs. Bud Hanlon relieved in the third and was later relieved by Brad Porter in the sixth.

Pete Petit lead the offensive attack for Carp, going 2-4 with a triple and a three run homer, 4 RBIs. Adam Brown had two RBIs for Fitzroy.

See the GOFL website for more information.

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Enterprise coming, other news from qualifier

Some news for the ISC II Qualifier in Fitzroy on June 16-18, 2006:

  • Enterprise from Loughborough (Kingston) League are now coming to the Qualifier as the 14th team, replacing Manotick.
  • Waterdown Hammer have added a couple of potent pitchers to their line up: Drew Hathway from the Mississauga Arrows who threw at Bay Bash last year, and Dave "Farmer" Martin from the Jarvis Rock who threw at the OASA Provincials when they were held in Fitzroy in 2003, where he was the top pitcher for the gold medalists.
  • Kingston Cowboys have added the Brooks brothers from Napanee.

Shawville lights are still out

Well the lights are still out in Shawville and the game with Micksburg was cancelled last night. The team hasn't been able to play their first game yet as the lights at the RA Centre are not working. Fortunately the next few games for Shawville are on the road.

Update at 3:00PM - Beachburg's diamond is too wet to be playable so the game tonight between Pontiac and Beachburg is postponed as well.

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Last chance for entries in Fitzroy Harbour ISC II qualifier

From the ISC:

Canada East ISC Commissioner Bob McGowan is issuing one final call to Ontario and Quebec ISC II teams that there are only a couple of spots remaining for the ISC II qualifier to be held in Fitzroy Harbour June 16-18.

To date, 14 teams have registered for the Fitzroy Harbour qualifier. Entries will be closed in the next week to 10 days. (Note: as of May 16 there are now 13 teams entered.)

This will be the final opportunity for Ontario and Quebec teams to qualify for the 2006 ISC II Tournament of Champions in Kitchener/Cambridge as the ISC II qualifier in Innerkip the same weekend is full at 16 teams.

The entry fee is $300.

The winners of each ISC II qualifier will receive berths in the 2006 ToC with additional invite berths likely available.

For more information, please contact:
Bob McGowan
519.9641.6767 home
905.672.7473 office
Adam Brown
Adam.Brown(at)ottawa.ca or

Teams entered to date:
Stittsville 56ers
Fitzroy Harbour West Carleton Electric
Carp I4C Victory
Stouffville Mennos
Waterdown Hammer
Micksburg Twins
Manotick Lomor Printers **note Manotick has withdrawn as of May 16
Ottawa Team Easton Thunder
Ottawa Valley Raiders
Blackburn Bombers
Ottawa Blitz
Kingston Cowboys
Quyon Flyers
Eastmain Fireballs

Fastball 4-man team to play in Fort Colounge

"Les 4 As Cascades" four-man fastball team will be playing a game in Fort-Coulonge/Mansfield on Saturday June 10 at 7:30PM. (Same location as last year's Bay Bash.)

Admission is $4 per person.

For more information, contact Rene Ladouceur at ladou5@hotmail.com.

Ottawa Blitz looking for 3 more teams

The Ottawa Blitz Tournament at Carlington Park July 21-23 now has 13 teams confirmed. Entry is 325$/team, there will be a bbq and beer tent at the fields. Winner will receive $2000 in prize money based on the 16 team field. We are accepting teams on first paid basis of a deposit of $150.

For more information please contact me below.
Scott Dumouchel

Teams Confirmed:
Ottawa Blitz (6th at Intermediate B OASA 2005)
Blackburn Bombers (4th at Intermediate B OASA 2005)
Manotick Lomor Printers
Ottawa Valley Raiders (back to back RA League champions)
Carp I4C Victory
Quyon Flyers
St-Leonard Express (5th at Junior Canadians 2005, 2006 HOST)
Scarborough Wolverines (2004, 2005 Canadian Junior Champions)
Oshawa BB Juniors (4th at Junior Canadians 2005)
Bramalea Juniors

Monday, May 15, 2006

Attn: ISC II teams - send in your roster

From the ISC:

Attention all Ontario and Quebec teams entered in the Canada East ISC and ISC II qualifiers June 16-18 in Innerkip & Fitzroy Harbour. Canada East ISC Commissioner Bob McGowan is requesting that a copy of your roster be submitted by Friday May 26.

As soon as all rosters are received, the schedules can be completed and released to all teams. All teams in each of the three tournaments should be prepared to play Friday evening.

The winners of each qualifier will receive berths in the 2006 World Tournament or the 2006 Tournament of Champions with additional invite berths likely available. For more information, please contact: Bob McGowan jbob99(at)allstream.net 519.941.6767 home 905.672.7473 office.

Note: There is no special form to fill in - just send an email to Bob with names and positions. Include multiple phone #'s and email for your primary team contact and a secondary contact person.

Eastmain is in qualifier

Looks like Ray Shanoush is bringing down the Fireballs from Eastmain for the ISC II qualifier in Fitzroy. This team is from Northwest Quebec Cree Nation territory. That brought us up to 14 teams with registration likely closing in the next two weeks. Note that we will likely be down to 13 teams though, since Manotick will likely have to withdraw due to player shortages.

Oshawa will not be coming to the ISC II qualifier. Due to their Junior team status, they have been asked to participate instead in the ISC World qualifier.

Friday, May 12, 2006

ISC II Special Pitching rules for 2006

News release from the ISC about pitcher pickups for the ISC II Tournament of Champions. Two area pitchers (Dan Konkle and Cory Costello) have made the list of the "Elite 20" for ISC II.

These new rules would mean (for example) if Easton wins the qualifier with Konkle, they cannot pick up Costello to go to the ToC as they did last year. See below for details:

ISC II Special Operating Rules for 2006
The International Softball Congress is announcing special operating rules for the 2006 season for the ISC II division regarding the pickup of pitchers from the Eastern Canada area.

For the 2006 season, following the completion of the Eastern Canada qualifiers on June 18, teams from outside the Eastern Canada area may sign one (1) pitcher from the Eastern Canada area provided that they remain in compliance with the ISC II out-of-area rules which limit teams to a total of three (3) OOA players, only two (2) of whom can be pitchers. The signing deadline is July 14, 2006. Fees and completed forms must be mailed to ISC Executive Director Ken Hackmeister as of that date.

Qualified or invited teams from within the Eastern Canada area may only pick up (1) pitcher from among their three (3) available pickups. Any qualified or invited teams from within the Eastern Canada area that have a pitcher on the list below cannot pick up any other pitcher from that list, but can pick up any other eligible pitcher. Qualified and invited teams from within the Eastern Canada area that don’t have a pitcher on this restricted list may pick up one pitcher from the list if they choose to.

1. Ben Blonde
2. Doug Charlton
3. Steve Cook
4. Corey Costello
5. Byron Demoe
6. Dan Duemo
7. Rob Fawcett
8. Fred Follings
9. Ryan French
10. Casey Halstead
11. Steve Ketchell
12. Dan Konkle
13. Chris McColl
14. Tim Neill
15. Jim Schnarr
16. Gord Scott
17. Scott Smith
18. Todd Uhrig
19. Todd Winkworth
20. Shaun Winship

"These special operating rules were developed in consultation with several Canada East teams who have many years of combined ISC II participation both at the area level and at the international level," said ISC II Vice-President Bob McGowan.

OOA player registration must follow these procedures:
1. A completed and signed copy of the ISC Letter of Intent to Play OOA (available at http://www.iscfastpitch.com/uploads/File/al.jpg) must be mailed to Ken Hackmeister with a postmark no later than July 14, 2006 and must include the $100 US fee.

2. Teams must notify ISC II VP Bob McGowan (jbob99@allstream.net) and ISC II Commissioner Blair Setford (blairjs@rogers.com) of any OOA signing by July 14.

3. Final rosters for all ToC teams are due at registration on Saturday August 12, 2006 in Kitchener. All OOA players and pick-ups must be highlighted.

These special operating will give some pitchers in the Eastern Canada area that haven’t had the opportunity to compete in the ISC II Tournament of Champions the chance to get picked up for the ToC and will potentially enable some of the teams from outside the Eastern Canada area to better compete at the ToC.

If there are any questions about this or additional clarification is needed, please email ISC II VP Bob McGowan at jbob99@allstream.net.

Also on the web at: http://www.iscfastpitch.com/index.php?page=110

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Weds May 11 wrap up

In Wednesday night play in the UOVMFL and GOFL:

Micksburg defeated Pontiac 7-3 in the UOVMFL first game. Details to follow.

The Stittsville 56ers defeated Fitzroy Harbour in Game 1 of the GOFL schedule by a score of 3-1. Dan Bradley had the win for Stittsville, giving up only 3 hits in 7 innings of work. Brad Porter took the loss, with relief from Mark Wright. For the 56ers, Darren Featherstone went 2-3, with 2 RBI, a double, and a stolen base and Darren Ladouceur was 2-4, with a double. Jon Daley had the only RBI for WC Electric, and Todd Clouthier was 1-3 and scored the lone Harbour run.

Team Easton beat the Ottawa Blitz in the first GOFL game for the Blitz by a score of 6-0 in six innings. Dan Konkle had the pitching victory throwing a no-hitter with two walks. Jamie Blakely took the loss. Derrick Bulley also pitched for Ottawa in relief. Blakely and Bulley combined to allow only one hit - however the Blitz committed several errors resulting in unearned runs.

Manotick Lomor Printers won 6-5, defeating Carp I4C Victory in I4C's league debut. Duane Bromley took the loss in relief of Neil Cooke. Tony Riches had the complete game victory for Lomor. Mike Money led the attack for Carp going 4-4 with three singles, a triple and two runs scored while Pete Petit went 3-4 with 3 RBI’s. Rob Soubliere had three hits for Manotick, including the game winner.

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Kingston Tournament Schedule released

The schedule for the Kingston Cowboys 10-team tournament on May 20-21 has been released. All games will be played in Sydenham, north of Kingston.

Napanee, ON Junior Express
Sydenham, ON Amey’s Drilling
Morris Plains, NJ Ricola
Fitzroy Harbour, ON WC Electric
Oswego, NY C.P.I. (#8 ISC II preseason rankings)

Ottawa, ON Valley Raiders
Knoxville, Ontario (Pennsylvannia/Ontario)
Oshawa, ON Royals
Napanee, ON Midget Express
Kingston, ON Cowboys

Saturday May 20
8:15 GM#1 Napanee Junior Express vs. Sydenham Ameys Drilling
8:30 GM#2 Valley Raiders vs. Knoxville, ON
10:00 GM#3 Ricola vs. Fitzroy Harbour
10:15 GM#4 Royals vs. Napanee Midget Express
11:45 GM#5 C.P.I. vs. Napanee Junior Express
12:00 GM#6 Kingston Cowboys vs. Valley Raiders
1:30 GM#7 Sydenham Amey’s Drilling vs. Ricola
1:45 GM#8 Knoxville, ON vs. Royals
3:15 GM#9 Fitzroy Harbour vs. Napanee Junior Express
3:30 GM#10 Napanee Midget Express vs. Valley Raiders
5:00 GM#11 C.P.I. vs. Sydenham Amey’s Drilling
5:15 GM#12 Kingston Cowboys vs. Knoxville, ON
6:45 GM#13 Napanee Junior Express vs. Ricola
7:00 GM#14 Valley Raiders vs. Royals
8:30 GM#15 Fitzroy Harbour vs. C.P.I.
8:45 GM#16 Kingston Cowboys vs. Napanee Midget Express

Sunday May 21
9:45 GM#17 Sydenham Amey’s Drilling vs. Fitzroy Harbour
10:00 GM#18 Knoxville, ON vs. Napanee Midget Express
11:30 GM#19 Ricola vs. C.P.I.
11:45 GM#20 Royals vs. Kingston Cowboys
1:30 GM#21 Div A 1st vs. Div B 2nd
1:30 GM#22 Div B 1st vs. Div A 2nd
3:30 GM#23 Championship Game Winner GM#21 vs. WinnerGM #22

UOVMFL opener cancelled due to light problems

The first game of the UOVMFL season which was to be played May 9 (Beachburg at Shawville) had to be cancelled due to problems with lights at the Shawville diamond. A make up date will be announced.

Royals win exhibition match up

From the May 10, 2006 edition of the Pontiac Equity, page 9. Visit the Equity website at http://www.theequity.ca.

by Wilbur McLean

BRYSON - The Pontiac Royals of the Upper Ottawa Valley Men's Fastball League won their long preseason exhibition game on Wednesday May 3, defeating the Quyon Flyers 7-5.

Shawn Laframboise led the way for the Royals, hitting two home-runs including a two-run walk-off blast in the bottom of the seventh to win the game for Pontiac.

Winning pitcher for the Royals was Tony Newberry, who pitched in the absence of regular starter, Len Burger.

Quyon benefitted from two home runs, one each by Joe McCleary and Matt Greer.

Luke Young was the losing pitcher for the Flyers.

Rookie rightfielder Dave Dagenais of Campbell's Bay was a bright spot for the Royals, going 2-2 with a double, two walks and a stolen base.

"He was a real bright spot for us," said Royals Manager Tim Ferrigan.

The Royals' season begins today with a game in Micksburg against the defending league champion Twins.

A second tem based in the Pontiac, Shawville Hursty's Bar Athletics, also played their first game Tuesday at home against Beachburg.

The Quyon Flyers are a youth-aged team that play in the Ottawa RA League. Players are 23 years of age and under. They played a second exhibition game against Fitzroy Harbour on Sunday, which ended in a 2-2 tie.

Their regular season begins on Monday against Orleans.

All their games are played in Ottawa.

Monday, May 08, 2006

RA League looking for players to form 6th team

According to the Rogues site, RA Fastball League organizer Mark Fish is looking to potentially form a sixth team. The sixth team is looking for players, including pitching, so if you are interested in playing in the RA League this summer, check out the Rogues website for more information: http://roguematt.5u.com/rogues/index2.html.

Let the games begin

Fitzroy Harbour West Carleton Electric took the boat over to Quyon to face the Flyers in a pre-season tune up on Sunday afternoon.

The end result, played in front of about 50 faithful fans, was a 2-2 draw after 7 innings.

Mark Wright and Brad Porter threw for the Harbour, while Matt Greer and Luke Young pitched for Quyon.

Catcher Steve "Beef" Johnson provided all the runs for Fitzroy with a 2 run homer in the second inning.

Matt Greer hit a towering shot to centre field for Quyon and catcher Joe McCleary also hit a solo HR out to tie the game.

There were only 7 hits in the game, including the three homers.

The teams hope to hook up for a rematch in Fitzroy Harbour sometime later in the season.

Saturday, May 06, 2006

I4C Victory article

The following article appeared in the West Carleton Review Weekend sports section, May 5/06 page 13:

I4C Victory brings rivalry to fastball in West Carleton

There is a new team in town and it is bound to raise a rivalry in the Greater Ottawa Fastball League.

The club is new to the league this year along with a team out of Ottawa, the Ottawa Blitz. There are a number of players on the team that have experience playing competitive Junior fastball.

Greg MacMillan played for the National Junior team and is a strong hitter.

The new team has received great cooperation from the local community association through Geoff Lathem.

They are hoping that with the interest in minor ball in the community that some of those young players wil come out to watch the team play. The Carp community has a great history with fastball.

The team will play on Monday nights at 8:30pm beginning with the first home game on Monday, May 29th. I4C Victory hopes members of the community will stop by to see some great fastball and help support the team. Admission is free.

The team will play on the main diamond at the Carp Fairgrounds. The team plans on entering three tournaments this year including the ISC II Qualifier that will be hosted by league rival West Carleton Hanna Electric on June 16-18 in Fitzroy Harbour.

The other two tourneys will be the Dickinson Days Tournament in Manotick, June 2-4 and the Ottawa Blitz Tournament, July 21-23 at Carlington Park in Ottawa.

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

GOFL 2006 Preview

The Greater Ottawa Fastball League 2006 season kicks off on Weds May 10 with six teams vying for the championship. Playoffs are scheduled for early August, with the first round best of three (3 vs. 6, 4 vs. 5), best of five semi finals, and best of five finals, with the league champion facing off in the regional finals vs. the Upper Ottawa Valley league champ.

Team Easton: Team Easton is looking to win their fourth straight league playoff title this year, after downing Stittsville in the 2005 finals. Dan Konkle will again be the main thrower for Easton, with veterans like captain Kevin "All World 2005" Chevrier, Dave Tubman, Randy Peck, John Peck and Todd Fraser anchoring the squad. Team Easton will play Wednesday night home games in Stittsville until the end of June, when they will play Tuesday nights in Stittsville. The Ottawa Team Easton Thunder ISC II tournament team is ranked #6 in the continent by the ISC and will be participating in the eastern Ontario ISC II qualifier.

Stittsville 56ers: Stittsville were playoff finalists in 2005. Dan Bradley is the top pitcher for the 56ers. Key position players include captain Sam Oliver, Scott Herriott, and Dan Jessiman. The 56ers willl play home games at the "Grove" in Stittsville on Wednesday nights throughout the year. After joining ranks with Team Easton for tournaments in past years, Stittsville will be entering the ISC II qualifier and should be one of the favourites.

Manotick Lomor Printers: The veteran Lomor squad, who finished at the top of the GOFL regular season standings in 2005, return for another season. Senior pitcher Jason Smith will be joining Manotick (mostly for home games only), complementing lefty Trevor Lahey and team captain Tony Riches. Position players contributing to Lomor's success are Mike "Pudge" Branchaud, Calvin Medynski, Lindsay Medynski, Lyle Schell and Adam Bickell. Lomor will play home games in Manotick on Wednesday nights and have entered the ISC II eastern Ontario qualifier. Manotick will also be hosting their own tournament June 2-4.

Fitzroy Harbour West Carleton Electric: Fitzroy Harbour returns to the league for their third season with essentially the same squad as the 2005 edition that finished second in the regular season and finished second at the OASA Men's Intermediate Provincials. Bud "The Spud" Hanlon, Brad Porter and Mark Wright will hurl for the 'Trics. Returning position players are Troy Wilson DP/IF, Neil Murphy 1B, Trevor Barton 2B, Michael Cavanagh SS, Shawn Rebertz 3B, Steve "Beef" Johnson C, Jon Daley OF, Jason Armstrong OF, and captain Adam Brown OF. Todd Clouthier IF/OF, who will join the team full time this year, and newcomer Steve Cavanagh OF/P will replace the departing Charlie Ross and Don Rorwick. The WC Electric play their home games on Wednesday night in downtown Fitzroy Harbour in front of the best (only?) crowds in the league and will host both the league showcase on July 16 as well as the eastern Ontario ISC II qualifier on June 16-18.

Carp I4C Victory: I4C Victory is a new addition to the GOFL this season, comprised mostly of players from the Glen Cairn League. Teams under the I4C moniker have had success in the past in the Elkland PA tournament and should fit into the calibre of play in the GOFL quite easily. Providing the pitching for I4C will be sponsor Neil Cooke and Trevor Wood, with Shawn "Pugger" Williams managing the squad. The latest rumours also have former 56er Greg McMillan 'defecting' to I4C for this season. I4C Victory will play their home games at the Carp diamond on Monday nights. The team will also be entering the eastern Ontario ISC II qualifier.

Ottawa Blitz: The Ottawa Blitz have also joined the GOFL this season, moving over from the Ottawa RA League. The Blitz fared well in tournaments such as the 2005 OASA Men's Intermediate Provincials, and wanted to move to play in the competetive Greater Ottawa league. Jamie Blakely, Derrick Bulley, and Jim Blakely will handle pitching duties, with captain Scott Dumouchel leading the squad. The Blitz will play at the Manotick diamond on Wednesday nights, and will be hosting their own tournament at Carlington Park in Ottawa on July 21-23.

Feel free to comment with any updates/corrections.

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

ISC II North American Rankings

The 2006 Pre-season ISC II North American Rankings are out on the ISC II page. A total of 55 teams were given consideration for ranking. Of note:
  • 7 of the top 10 are from Ontario, including all of the top 6.
  • The defending ISC II champions Elmira Cubs come in at #1, Niagara Snappers #2, Alvinston Indians #3
  • Ottawa Team Easton Thunder is the top eastern Ontario team at #6
  • Micksburg Twins are ranked #14 in the continent
  • Waterdown Hammer from Southern Ontario, who plan on attending the Fitzroy qualifier, were tied for #30
  • Oswego, NY CPI, (formerly McKie's Sports) who will be attending the upcoming Kingston tournament, were ranked #8

Make it 13 teams

Quyon Flyers have confirmed that their "cheque is in the mail" for the Fitzroy ISC II Qualifier.

Looks like we now have 13 teams, with this being the first confirmed Quebec entry.

Monday, May 01, 2006

Confirmed teams at Fitzroy qualfier

The ISC has confirmed that 12 teams have submitted their registration for the 2006 ISC II Qualifier in Fitzroy Harbour, June 16-18.

Here are the 12 registered teams - the next four to submit will be in as we are limiting the draw to 16 teams.
  1. Fitzroy Harbour WC Electric
  2. Stittsville 56ers
  3. Carp I4C Victory
  4. Stouffville Mennos
  5. Waterdown Hammer
  6. Micksburg Twins
  7. Manotick Lomor Printers
  8. Ottawa Team Easton Thunder
  9. Ottawa Valley Raiders
  10. Blackburn Bombers
  11. Ottawa Blitz
  12. Kingston Cowboys