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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Friday, June 30, 2006

Blackburn tournament cancelled?

Word is that the Blackburn tournament is cancelled due to not enough teams. A real shame, the Bombers put on a good event. Hopefully it will be back for 2007.

Thursday night games rained out

The UOVMFL games on Thursday night (Shawville at Micksburg and Pontiac at Quyon) were rained out.

Thursday, June 29, 2006

Ottawa Blitz has 12 teams for July 21-23 tourney

The Blitz have announced that they have 12 teams for their tournament on July 21-23 - very impressive for a first year tournament! There are seven eastern Ontario teams, three from southern Ontario and two from Quebec. Of the 12 entered, 4 are Junior squads.

The following teams will be competing in the event:

Blackburn Bombers
Bramalea Lumberjacks
Carp I4C Victory
Manotick Lomor Printers
Micksburg Twins
Newboro 56ers
Oshawa Jr. BB
Ottawa Blitz
Quyon Jr. Flyers
Scarborough Jr. Wolverines
St-Leonard Jr. Express
Ottawa Valley Raiders

Tourney of Champions confirmed teams

There are 37 teams currently confirmed for the ToC in Kitchener in August (see http://fastpitchwest.com/thedeuce/?page_id=352).

18 of these teams are from Ontario, as several areas are not using their berth. Surprisingly there are no teams from Wisconsin - considering the number of Ontario teams that went to Wisconsin in 2005 for the ToC down there!

The following provinces and states in addition to Ontario are represented: Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, Washington state, Pennsylvania, Missouri, Minnesota, Colorado, California, New York, Alberta and Nova Scotia.

Ryan Cox to pitch for Fingal at Junior Elims

Good luck to Ryan Cox of the Ottawa Valley Raiders who has been picked up by the Fingal Juniors to throw in the OASA Junior Eliminations on July 7-9 in Merlin, ON.

The Junior Elims will determine the Ontario representatives at the Junior Nationals to be held in St-Leonard, QC in August.

Best of luck to RC at this event, and we'll blog any results we get from the tourney.

July 3 GOFL game rescheduled

The July 3rd game between I4C Victory and Team Easton that was to be held in Carp has been rescheduled to Thursday July 13th in Carp.

Lomor over Blitz 10-0

Lomor Printers defeated Ottawa Blitz in Manotick on Wednesday night by a score of 10-0.

Lyle Schell threw all five innings for Lomor to get the pitching victory.

Jamie Blakely took the loss for the Blitz, with Derick Bulley pitching relief.

Team Easton vs. WC Electric ends in scoreless draw

After seven full innings of well pitched error-free ball, Team Easton and WC Electric ended in a 0-0 tie on Wednesday night.

Dan Konkle pitched for Team Easton allowing only two hits, striking out fourteen and walking none. Konkle struck out the side in three of the seven innings.

Bud Hanlon started for WC Electric, scattering four hits over four innings, striking out two and walking none. Brad Porter finished the final three innings, allowing only one hit, striking out five and walking none.

Easton threatened in third as Scott Marion led off with a single followed by an Al Read bunt single. Team Easton then pulled off a successful 'fake bunt / double steal' to put runners at second and third with none out. Big Bud pitched out of the jam, retiring the next three batters in succession.

Pat O'Connor led off the fifth with a triple, but was stranded there when Brad Porter struck out the next three batters in a row.

Jon Daley and Trevor Barton had the two hits for Fitzroy. Michael Cavanagh made three outstanding plays at shortstop which took away likely Easton base hits.

Al Read had two hits for Easton. Dan Konkle also had a single.

Full box score at http://ca.geocities.com/fitzroyfastball/box062806.htm

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Stittsville, Fitzroy receive berths at ToC

The International Softball Congress (ISC) has announced that the Stittsville 56ers and Fitzroy Harbour West Carleton Electric have both been invited to the Tournament of Champions in Kitchener from August 13-August 18, based on their showing at the Eastern Ontario qualifier.

Several US districts are not sending teams this year to the ISC II tournament opening up several "invite" berths, two of which were offered to the 56ers and the 'Trics.

Both teams have indicated they will be accepting the berths.

That makes 4 teams from the area competing at this year's event - Team Easton, Micksburg, Stittsville and Fitzroy.

Shawville vs. Fitzroy interlock game rained out

The Shawville / Fitzroy Harbour interlock game planned for Tuesday night was called off due to the heavy rains and poor field conditions.

Stittsville wins 1-0 squeaker over I4C

Game report courtesy Shawn Williams

If anyone was looking for some early Canada Day fireworks, they wouldn’t have found them at the Carp Fairgrounds on Monday night in Greater Ottawa Fastball League action between the Stittsville 56ers and the home team, Carp I4C Victory.

In a tight well pitched game, Stittsville came out ahead 1-0 on the strength of a one-hitter forged between Stittsville ace Dan Bradley and reliever Darren Featherstone. The soon to be married Bradley struck out the first three Carp batters he faced and went on to pitch five innings of shut out ball while striking out eight and only giving up two walks. Featherstone came into the game in the sixth inning for the save but not without a scare from Carp.

In the sixth inning, Mike Money lead off and reached first base on an error. Shawn Houle stepped to the plate and on a fielder’s choice Money was out at second. Kevin McGuire re-entered the game for Dany Viel. In the previous inning, Viel had made an outstanding throw to home from left field to cut down Scott Jessiman who was running for Sam Oliver on the two out catcher speed up rule. With McGuire at the plate, he singled to right to put runners at the corners and advanced to second on a wild pitch. That’s when the potential fireworks fizzled. Tim Power grounded to third and Houle took off. With the ball not getting through the infield, the throw home and the tag by Oliver had Houle out at home. Taking a wide turn at first, Power was caught in no man’s land and a throw by Oliver caught him off the bag for the third out of the inning, erasing any potential comeback. Carp went down in order in the bottom of the seventh.

On the mound for Carp, Trevor Wood (0-1) was very strong going seven full innings. Wood used a combination of a crafty curve ball and excellent change up throughout the game to keep Stittsville runners off the base paths. He gave up one earned run on five hits, struck out nine and had no walks while Stittsville left five runners on base. Carp made two errors. Bradley and Featherstone combined for a one-hit shut out, with two walks issued and Carp left three runners on. Stittsville committed two errors.

At the plate for Stittsville, Trent MacDonald went 2-3 with a single and a double and a run scored while Oliver went 2-2 with a pair of singles and an RBI. For Carp I4C Victory, McGuire was 1-2 with a single.

After the game, Carp Head Coach and General Manager had this to say. “We had a chance to tie the game and take the lead but base running mistakes ran us out of the inning and effectively the game. With runners at second and third and one out, we have to take advantage of that situation. Stittsville only had 10 players and when Dan Bradley left the game it didn’t give Darren Featherstone much of a chance to warm-up. You just can’t make mistakes like we did in this league and expect to get away with it.” Williams went on to say, “But I think we learned from it and hopefully we won’t have a repeat in the future. We all make mistakes and the best we can hope for is to learn from them.”

Monday, June 26, 2006

Blackburn tourney needs eighth team July 7-9

The Blackburn tourney on July 7-9 is looking for an eighth team to round out the field. Currently there are seven teams signed up (Blackburn Bombers, Ottawa Team Easton Thunder,
Stittsville 56ers, Valley Raiders, Orleans Rebels, Quyon Flyers and Navan Good Ol' Boys)

Entry fee is $325, guaranteed 3-games, round-robin format.

Contact Shannon Borho at shannon.borhotvidia.com

(Unfortunately the WC Electric have six guys at a wedding that day, so we can't make it or we'd be in - Blackburn always puts on a good event.)

Shawville uses big seventh to defeat Pontiac

Shawville scored 7 runs in the top of the seventh and defeated the Pontiac Royals 7-3 in UOVMFL action on Friday night.

Pontiac had scored 3 in the third, taking a 3-0 lead after six complete, but the big outburst in the top of the seventh got Hursty's the win.

John Storie had the pitching win for Shawville

Darren Featherstone took the loss, with relief from Len Burger.

Friday, June 23, 2006

Tournament of Champions update

Looks like berths to the ToC have been granted to the top 4 finishers at the Fitzroy qualifier: Team Easton, Micksburg, Kingston and Waterdown.

There have been some issues with American teams deciding to play in the NAFA tournament instead of ISC II since it is in Wisconsin where a lot of the top US ISC II teams are located. As well, the "Western Canadian" intermediate championship is during the same time frame so teams from out west are limited.

Could be 20 out of 40 teams from Ontario at the Tournament of Champions in Kitchener....we'll see.

In other news, looks like Shawn Costello is coming 'out of retirement' and apparently will play with the Twins at the ToC.

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Micksburg defeats Shawville 6-2

Micksburg defeated Shawville 6-2 on Tuesday night in Upper Valley league play.

Joran Graham had the win for the Twins. John Storie took the loss for Shawville.

I4C wins the battle of the expansion teams over Blitz 8-3

Game report courtesy Shawn Willliams:

Neil Cooke was sick twice on Wednesday. He was sick in bed in the morning and then came out and gave a sick performance on the mound for the Carp I4C Victory in Greater Ottawa Fastball League action in Manotick last night against the Ottawa Blitz. Battling a flu bug, the stocky red headed right-hander led Carp to an 8-3 win over Ottawa. Cooke struck out the side in the first and fifth innings, including all three batters he faced in the fifth. At one point during a stretch from the fourth to the seventh inning, Cooke struck out eight of nine batters for I4C Victory. On the night, Cooke gave up one earned run on four hits, with 15 strikeouts, two walks and a pair of wild pitches.

At the plate, newcomer Kyle Gourgon led the way for Carp going 4-4 with two singles, two triples, an RBI, a stolen base and two runs scored. The hockey scholarship athlete attending Mercyhearst University in Erie, PA. showed that he is as equally adept with a softball bat as he is with a hockey stick. Kevin McGuire went 2-2 with two singles, a walk, a sacrifice, an RBI, two stolen bases and two runs scored. Another solid night of offence from the sure handed shortstop.

For Ottawa, Derick Bulley was 2-3 with a single, a double an RBI and two runs scored. Bulley also took the loss for Ottawa in relief of Jim Blakely. In four innings pitched, Bulley gave up six runs on nine hits and walked three. In Blakely’s three innings of work, he gave up two runs on five hits and walked one.

Box score posted at http://ca.geocities.com/fitzroyfastball/box062106_3.htm

Easton stays perfect, defeats Lomor 9-3

Team Easton defeated Manotick Lomor Printers 9 - 3 in Stittsville on Wednesday night.

Kyle Olson got his first win of the year for Easton, while Tony Riches took the loss. Lyle Schell also pitched for Lomor.

Dan Konkle who had the night off from pitching hit a monster grandslam and also single. Al Read also contributing to the Easton attack with a 3 run double. Randy Peck tripled and singled towards the winning cause.

Big Bud shuts out 56ers 2-0

Big Bud the Spud Hanlon won a pitcher's duel over Dan Bradley on Wednesday night in GOFL play in Fitzroy Harbour. The game was very quickly played, clocking in at around the one hour mark.

Final score was 2-0 for the home team as West Carleton Electric improved to 5-3 in league play on the season and Stittsville fell to 3-3.

Hanlon threw a six-hit shutout, with 11 strikeouts and no walks. Bradley also pitched well, allowing only three hits and one earned run, striking out four and walking one.

WC Electric scored in the first. Jon Daley drew a one-out walk and Michael Cavanagh reached base on the only error of the game putting runners at first and third. Shawn Rebertz then executed a perfect squeeze bunt, scoring the first run of the game.

The home side added an insurance run in the bottom of the fifth, as Steve "Beef" Johnson led off with a double. Troy Wilson then hit a single to put runners at first and third. Adam Brown then hit into a double play, but scored Johnson from third, making the score 2-0.

Stittsville threatened in the top of the seventh as Darren Featherstone and David Ashkanase hit singles, but Big Bud closed the door to win the game for the 'Trics.

Full box score at http://ca.geocities.com/fitzroyfastball/box062106.htm.

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Photos from the qualifier

Photos courtesy of Terry Boland of the West Carleton Review Weekender
ISC II Qualifier Eastern Ontario champions, Ottawa Team Easton Thunder
Kevin Chevrier accepts the championship trophy from ISC official Colin Smith
Scott Herriott trots the bases after a homer vs. Micksburg in the final as Kevin Humphries watches
Host team Fitzroy Harbour West Carleton Electric in their new uniforms
Fitzroy Juniors pitcher Shawn "Cranko" Ryan pitches against Waterdown
Big Bud Hanlon fires the ball as Shawn Rebertz gets ready at third

ISC II June 15 North American Rankings released

The ISC II Rankings were released for June 15, just before the qualifier.

Looks like the rankers did OK as far as our qualifier up here was concerned - of the three ranked teams, they finished 1-2-4. Kingston Cowboys were not ranked but finished third.

Full listing is here: http://www.iscfastpitch.com/uploads/File/ISC_II_June_15_Rankings(1).htm

Ottawa Team Easton Thunder was #7
Micksburg Twins were #17
Waterdown Hammer were #21

This also just in: In addition to the berths given to Team Easton and Micksburg, Kingston Cowboys have been offered and accepted a berth to the Tournament of Champions in Kitchener.

Monday, June 19, 2006

Final order of finish at the Qualifier

Final order of finish:

1. Ottawa Team Easton Thunder 4-0 (ISC II #7)
2. Micksburg Twins 4-2 (ISC II #17)
3. Kingston Cowboys 3-2 (unranked)
4. Waterdown Hammer 4-2 (ISC II #21)
T5. Fitzroy Harbour WC Electric 3-2
T5. Stittsville 56ers 2-2
T7. Stouffville Mennos 2-2
T7. Ottawa Valley Raiders 2-2
T9. Blackburn Bombers 1-2
T9. Carp I4C Victory 1-2
T11. Ottawa Blitz 0-2
T11. Fitzroy Harbour Badham Jrs. 0-2
T11. Enterprise Oasis Pools 0-2
T11. Quyon Flyers 0-2

Sunday, June 18, 2006

Qualifier thanks......

Feel free to skip this post, but I want to thank everyone that helped out in one way or another at the Qualifier in Fitzroy Harbour and Stittsville this past weekend. I think it was successful and I hope everyone enjoyed it.

Most of these folks probably don't read this blog, but I thought I would give them a shout out anyway. I'm sure I'll forget somebody, but oh well.......

- All of the WC Electric players and wives/girlfriends that helped out with BBQing, working the gate, etc., especially those that came on Sunday - you know who you are. And those of you that didn't help out, well you know who you are too! ;)
- Dale Hanna of WC Electric for being a top notch sponsor.
- Liz Hanlon for selling 50/50 tickets all weekend and running the silent auction.
- Sam Oliver and his gang from Stittsville that from all accounts had things running well at the Grove.
- Peter "The Voice" Peckett who did all the scorekeeping and announcing at the main diamond in Fitzroy Harbour. This guy does an excellent job and his scoresheets are so detailed it is incredible.
- Lorne Rice who did all the scorekeeping at the second diamond in Fitzroy.
- Peter Sawyer and his grounds crew who not only worked on the diamonds but chipped in BBQing as well when we needed them.
- Mick Peskett from Blackburn that filled in a BBQ shift for us.
- Expert bartenders Jimmy Hook, Karen Taylor, Sherry Krahn and Penny Clouthier.
- Shawn Williams for getting us some media coverage.
- The ISC guys Colin Smith and Mal Swift who kept things going well.
- The umpires who were easy to get along with and spent a whole pile of the game fees in the beer tent, especially UIC Peter K who actually bought me a beer and Alain G who brought the whole family to the tourney.
- The Fitzroy "Juniors" who filled in at the last minute as the fourteenth team, especially Nick Eckford who put the team together.
- Super fans Gail & Linda who worked the gate and came to all the games....good to see you at the park again ladies.
- Matt "Raccoony" Greer and Kenny Fleck from Quyon. These guys played in the 8 am game on Saturday, were beat and eliminated from the tournament. These two stayed all day, drank our Labatt 50 and ate our burgers and rolled out the beer garden at 11 pm that night. Now that's a pair of fastball players! (I still need to get that shirt from you guys.)
- All the players and hard core fans that came to the park for all the games, ate our burgers, drank our beer, bought our tickets and generally made the tourney successful.

Fitzroy Harbour ISC II qualifier final day results

Sunday June 18
Micksburg 4 6 1 2
Waterdown 1 2 0 5

WP – Corey Costello (2 hitter, 13K, no earned runs)
LP – Tim Neil (8K)
HR – Brad Steege, Corey Costello (Micksburg)

Waterdown scored in the second, capitalizing on a Micksburg error. Micksburg responded with two in the third - Brad Pender hit an RBI single, advanced to second on the play at the plate and then stole third. He was later brought in on a sacrifice fly by Barry McIntyre. Brad Steege had a solo HR for Micksburg in the fourth. Corey Costello had a solo HR in the sixth – this was Costello’s fourth home run of the tournament. Waterdown was eliminated and finished fourth.

Kingston 1 7 1 8
Micksburg 5 9 0 4

WP – Len Burger (4K) in relief of Corey Costello (3K)
LP – Bryan Brooks (9K) with relief from Jason Benne
HR – Corey Costello, Chad Costello (Micksburg)

Kingston scored in the second inning when Jeff Hannah walked with the bases loaded. Micksburg struck for four runs in the fourth, with Corey Costello hitting a two run homer (his fifth homer of the tournament) and Chad Costello also hitting a two run shot. Jamey Mick drove in an additional run in the fifth. Veteran lefty Lenny Burger pitched very well in relief to get the win for Micksburg. Kingston was eliminated and finished third.


Micksburg 0 1 2 1 (5 inning mercy)
Easton 6 7 0 3

WP – Jeff Murphy (3K) in relief of Dan Konkle (4K)
LP – Joran Graham with relief from Len Burger (1K)
HR – Scott Herriot, Randy Peck (Team Easton)
Micksburg ran out of gas and lost in the final to Ottawa Team Easton Thunder. With Corey Costello hurting, the Twins started 17 year old Joran Graham who held Easton scoreless over three innings before Easton scord four in the fourth. John Peck had an RBI single driving in his brother Randy. Later in the fourth inning, Daryl Buttar drove in two with a double and subsequently scored on a Pat O’Connor single. Scott Herriot and Randy Peck both hit solo homers in the fifth to give Easton the 6-0 win in five innings. Ottawa Team Easton Thunder wins the Eastern Ontario qualifier over Micksburg for the second year in a row and accepts the berth to the Tournament of Champions. Micksburg finishes second and was offered a berth to Kitchener as well, which they have indicated they will accept.

Fitzroy Harbour ISC II qualifier detailed scores

Friday June 16

Stittsville 56ers 4 7 1
Ottawa Valley Raiders 0 2 3
WP – Dan Bradley (2 hitter)
LP – Bryce Levesque with relief from Chad Hargrove

Carp I4C Victory 4 9 2
Enterprise Oasis Pool 1 6 1
WP – Neil Cooke with relief from Trevor Wood
LP – Dale Dowdle

Kingston Cowboys 4 8 3
Blackburn Bombers 2 7 0
WP – Jon Swaine
LP – Shannon Borho
HR – Jon Swaine (Kingston)

Stouffville Mennos 9 10 0 (5 inning mercy)
Ottawa Blitz 0 2 2
WP – John Sharpe
LP – Jamie Blakely with relief from Derick Bulley
HR – Byron Barenieski (Grand Slam), Jeff Boadway (Stouffville)

Fitzroy Harbour WC Electric 13 14 0 (5 inning mercy)
Fitzroy Harbour “Selects” 1 3 4
WP – Bud Hanlon with relief from Steve Cavanagh
LP – Andrew Jahn with relief from Shawn Ryan
HR – Jason Armstrong, Troy Wilson, Neil Murphy (Grand Slam) – WC Electric

Waterdown Hammer 4 7 1
Quyon Flyers 3 3 1
WP – Tim Neil
LP – Matt Greer
HR – Tim Coe (Waterdown)
HR – Dennis McCleary, Steve McCord (Quyon)

Saturday June 17

Blackburn Bombers 3 4 1
Quyon Flyers 0 1 2 (Quyon Eliminated)
WP – Ray Shanoush (1 hitter, 16K)
LP – Matt Greer
HR – Gary Larocque (Blackburn)

Ottawa Valley Raiders 2 7 2
Ottawa Blitz 0 5 1 (Blitz Eliminated)
WP – Chad Hargrove
LP – Derick Bulley

Micksburg Twins 4
Carp I4C Victory 0
WP – Corey Costello
LP – Steve McGillis
HR – Corey Costello (Micksburg)

Stittsville 56ers 4 8 1
Stouffville Mennos 0 2 3
WP – Dan Bradley (2 hitter)
LP – Byron Baranieski

Ottawa Team Easton Thunder 10 9 0 (5 innings mercy)
Fitzroy Harbour WC Electric 0 1 0
WP – Dan Konkle with relief from Jeff Murphy (combined 1 hitter)
LP – Mark Wright with relief from Brad Porter, Steve Cavanagh
HR – Todd Fraser (2), John Peck, Scott Herriott, Dan Jessiman (Easton)

Kingston Cowboys 9 14 1
Waterdown Hammer 2 3 3
WP – Bryan Brooks
LP – Dave Martin with relief from Rod Fevereau, Tim Neil
HR – Dave Brownhill (Waterdown)

Waterdown Hammer 15 15 0 (5 innings mercy)
Fitzroy Harbour “Selects” 0 0 3 (“Selects” eliminated)
WP – Tim Neil with relief from Rod Fevereau (combined perfect game)
LP – Shawn Ryan

Fitzroy Harbour WC Electric 6 7 0
Blackburn Bombers 0 2 3 (Blackburn eliminated)
WP – Bud Hanlon
LP – Ray Shanoush with relief from Rob Elder
HR – Troy Wilson, Trevor Barton (WC Electric)

Ottawa Valley Raiders 6
Carp I4C Victory 3 (Carp eliminated)
WP – Bryce Levesque with relief from Chad Hargrove
LP – Trevor Wood with relief from Steve McGillis and Neil Cooke
HR – Chad Milne, Chad Hargrove (2) (Valley)

Stouffville Mennos 5 7 0
Enterprise Oasis Pools 0 0 4 (Enterprise eliminated)
WP – John Sharpe (perfect game)
LP – Kevin Brown

Ottawa Team Easton 8 12 1
Stittsville 56ers 2 1 2
WP – Dan Konkle, Save: Jeff Murphy
LP – Dan Bradley with relief from Darren Featherstone, Rob Rattray
HR – Dan Jessiman, Dan Konkle, Todd Fraser (Easton)
HR – Dan Preston (Stittsville)

Kingston Cowboys 6 9 1
Micksburg Twins 1 4 0
WP – Jason Benne
LP – Len Burger with relief from Corey Costello
HR – Jon Swaine (Kingston)

Fitzroy Harbour WC Electric 1 3 0
Stouffville Mennos 0 1 2 (Stouffville eliminated)
WP – Brad Porter (1 hitter)
LP – Paul Boynton with relief from John Sharpe

Waterdown Hammer 14 15 0 (3 inning mercy)
Ottawa Valley Raiders 0 1 2 (Valley Raiders eliminated)
WP – Tim Neil with relief from Rod Fevereau
LP – Ryan Cox with relief from Gord Flannery and Chad Hargrove

Waterdown Hammer 3 7 0
Stittsville 56ers 2 4 1 (Stittsville eliminated)
WP – Tim Neil, Save: Dave Martin
LP – Dan Bradley
HR – Scott Parsons (Stittsville)
HR – Tim Coe, Joe Reeve (Waterdown)
Back to back home runs by Tim Coe and Joe Reeve in the fifth win the game for Waterdown.

Micksburg Twins 8 11 3
Fitzroy Harbour WC Electric 5 5 3 (Fitzroy Harbour WC Electric eliminated)
WP – Corey Costello with relief from Len Burger
LP – Brad Porter, in relief of Bud Hanlon, with relief from Mark Wright
HR – Corey Costello (2) (Micksburg)
After spotting Micksburg an 8-0 lead after three and a half, Fitzroy scrambles back to 8-5 and leaves the bases loaded in the fourth and fifth.

Winner Bracket Final:
Ottawa Team Easton Thunder 2 2 0
Kingston Cowboys 1 7 1
WP – Jeff Murphy in relief of Dan Konkle
LP – Jon Swaine
HR – Todd Fraser
Jon Swaine had a no-hitter through five innings and a 1-0 lead on a Pat Severin RBI double in the third. Pinch hiter Al Read broke up the no-hitter with a single to lead off the bottom of the sixth. Then with two out, Todd Fraser hit the game winning homerun just clearing the fence in centrefield. This was Fraser’s fourth homerun of the day in three games.

Sunday Schedule:

9AM Micksburg Twins vs. Waterdown Hammer
11AM Winner of 9AM vs. Kingston Cowboys
1PM Winner of 11AM vs. Ottawa Team Easton Thunder
3PM if necessary game

Things running well, great weather, good crowds on hand.

A few nasty injuries to report:

Greg McMillan (Stittsville) apparently broke his leg
Bryce Levesque (Ottawa Valley Raiders) blew out his shoulder
Jason Armstrong (Fitzroy Harbour WC Electric) took a wild Corey Costello riseball in the helmet and was cut for 15-20 stitches.

Saturday, June 17, 2006

Scores from Friday Night at the ISC II Qualifier

Stouffville Mennos 9 Ottawa Blitz 0 (5 innings)
WP - John Sharpe
LP - Jamie Blakely with relief from Derick Bulley

Stouffville scored 6 in the first on a grand slam and a two run shot and didn't look back to cruise to the win. John Sharpe only allowed two hits.

Waterdown Hammer 4 Quyon Flyers 3
WP - Tim Neil
LP - Matt Greer

Waterdown got out to a 4-0 lead early but two homers in the bottom of the sixth drew the Flyers within one. Waterdown held on for the win.

Kingston Cowboys 4 Blackburn Bombers 1
WP - Jon Swaine
LP - Shannon Borho

Carp I4C Victory 4 Enterprise Oasis Pools 1
WP - Neil Cooke, Save: Trevor Wood
LP - not reported

This one would probably be considered an upset - congrats I4C!

Stittsville 4 Ottawa Valley Raiders 0
WP - Dan Bradley
LP - Bryce Levesque with relief from Chad Hargrove

Fitzroy Harbour WC Electric 13 Fitzroy Harbour Badham's Carpentry Juniors 1 (5 innings)
WP - Bud Hanlon with relief from Steve Cavanagh
LP - Andrew Jahn with relief from Shawn Ryan

A very good crowd on hand as another Fitzroy local team filled in on the last minute to help the tournament.

Friday, June 16, 2006

Fitzroy "Juniors" to play as 14th team in Qualifier

The Fitzroy "Junior" team has stepped up and will fill in as the 14th team at the ISC II Qualifier this weekend. The Juniors, sponsored by Badham's Carpentry, have been approved to play by the ISC and will fill in the slot occupied by the Eastmain Fireballs who withdrew on Wednesday.

Pontiac and WC Electric tie 3-3

West Carleton Electric traveled up to Bryson to face the Pontiac Royals on Thursday night and ended up in a 3-3 tie.

Steve Cavanagh had his first pitching start as a "Tric" and went five innings allowing two runs on three hits and striking out four. Troy Wilson threw two innings in relief, allowing one run on two hits.

Darren Featherstone went the distance for the Royals, giving up six hits and striking out five.

Jon Daley had a solo home run for West Carleton, and Neil Murphy and Michael Cavanagh also had RBIs.

Chad Milne hit a two run homer for Pontiac, and Chris Kelly hit a clutch triple in the seventh and scored the tying run.

Thursday, June 15, 2006

Konkle throws one hitter, Easton defeats 56ers 3-1

On a beautiful night for Fastball at the Alexander Grove, Dan Konkle fanned 16 and gave up only 1 hit in earning the victory over the home town 56ers. Darren Featherstone took the loss despite only giving up 4 hits.

The 56ers opened the scoring in the bottom half of the first. Trent MacDonald worked a lead off walk and stole second base. Easton hurler, Dan Konkle responded by striking out the next two Stittsville batters, but a single off the bat of Sam Oliver pushed the run across. The 56ers wouldn't be able to muster any offence for the remainder of the game.

Team Easton tied the game in the top of the second. A pair of walks to Easton's Cory Morrison and Pat O'Connor, followed by a pair of one out singles by Al Reid and Scott Marion and the game was tied. Featherstone was able to work out of the bases loaded, one out jam on the strength of a key strikeout and a ground ball for the third out.

Easton took the lead in the top of the third as Randy Peck reached on error, was sacrificed to second by Morrison, and driven in when Konkle doubled to centerfield. Morrison then homered in the 5th to cap the Easton scoring.

Featherstone was relieved in the 6th inning by Dan Bradley who pitched strong in relief, striking out 4 of the 6 batters he faced.

Detail box score at http://ca.geocities.com/fitzroyfastball/box061406.htm

Lomor over Blitz 7-2

Manotick Lomor Printers defeated the Ottawa Blitz 7-2 in GOFL play Wednesday night.

Tony Riches went the distance on the slab for Lomor and got the win. Don Cox went 2-4 with 2 triples and 3 RBI for Lomor.

Jamie Blakely started for the Blitz and pitched two innings. Derick Bulley threw the last 5 and took the loss.

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Eastmain withdraws

Looks like Eastmain Fireballs are withdrawing from the ISC II qualifier this weekend in Fitzroy Harbour. Just got a call today advising that the team has folded and they will not be attending. We're working on alternative plans to get a fourteenth team to round out the draw.

UOVMFL announces revamped schedule

The Upper Ottawa Valley league has announced a revamped schedule now that Beachburg has folded. It includes interlock games with Fitzroy WC Electric and the Quyon Flyers. Check out the new sched at http://ca.geocities.com/fitzroyfastball/UOVMFL.htm

Micksburg shuts out Shawville

Micksburg defeated Shawville by a score of 3-0 in UOVMFL play on Tuesday night.

Corey Costello had the win for the Twins and also hit a home run to help his cause.

Todd Hearty took the loss for Shawville.

The UOVMFL revised schedule is still under development with the folding of Beachburg, but Fitzroy Harbour WC Electric will play and interlock game with Pontiac Royals in Bryson on Thursday that will count in the standings.

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

ISC II schedule June 16-18

Just a reminder, the ISC II Fitzroy schedule is available here: http://www.ghfl.ca/images/Fitzroy.pdf

WC Electric wins 2-1 in Carp

West Carleton Electric used the long ball to defeat I4C Victory in Carp by a score of 2-1 on Monday night.

Michael Cavanagh hit a solo homer in the fourth and Steve Cavanagh hit a solo homer in the top of the seventh to provide all the runs for WC Electric. Jason Armstrong had a pair of singles for Fitzroy.

I4C scored their run in the second when Greg McMillan reached base on a single, got to second on a wild pitch and then Duane Bromley drove in McMillan with a two out RBI single.

Brad Porter had the win in relief for the Electric, pitching two innings of no-hit ball. Bud Hanlon was strong over the first five innings, allowing only one run on four hits.

Duane Bromley took the loss for I4C, but pitched a good game giving up only five hits. Neil Cooke threw one pitch to one batter in the seventh to finish off the game.

Box score available here: http://ca.geocities.com/fitzroyfastball/box061206.htm

Cobourg Pro Relics wins Baltimore tournament

Word is that Cobourg Pro Relics won the 10 team Baltimore "Jim Bradford" tournament over North Fred Kings, in a final which was only 2 innings long. Apparently a North Fred player was ejected from the game for threatening an umpire and then refused to leave the field, forfeiting the game.

update: Team Easton lost 1-0 in the semi-finals to Wayne Wells and the Relics.

Beachburg folds - UOVMFL proposes new schedule

Beachburg NRTco has announced that they are folding due to a shortage of players.

The Upper Ottawa Valley league has three teams remaining - Micksburg, Pontiac and Shawville.

The league has a propose new schedule which will see the teams in the league playing each other a total of 4 times each, plus single interlock games with Fitzroy Harbour WC Electric (whci were already scheduled), Quyon Flyers and Ottawa Blitz.

The new proposed schedule can be found at http://ca.geocities.com/fitzroyfastball/UOVMFL.htm

AuSable forks tournament July 7-9

The AuSable Forks, NY Fastpitch Classic on July 7-9 is looking for teams.

If your team is not entered in the Blackburn tournament and you are looking for a roadie, consider this event which has been going for 40+ years.

For more information contact Greg Perrin:
518 834-2061 phone
518 570-9963 cell

Sunday, June 11, 2006

Quyon tournament final results (UPDATED)

St-Leonard Juniors went undefeated 4-0 and won the Quyon tournament. Quyon Flyers (whose only losses was to St-Leonard) lost in the final and went 3-2. St-Leonard won 7-0 in the final game.

The Orleans Rebels Midgets finished third in the tournament, defeating both Blackburn and Valley Raiders along the way. Quyon picked up Bud Hanlon for the weekend and he was perfect through 5 innings in defeating Orleans in the loser's bracket final.

The Eastmain Fireballs paid their money - but didn't show up to play. Organizers of the tournament were a tad upset. Eastmain is scheduled to play in the ISC II qualifier in Fitzroy Harbour on June 16 - hopefully they will show up to that!

Friday, June 09, 2006

Twins defeat Royals in Bryson

Micksburg went on the road to defeat Pontiac on Thursday night 6-1 in a game played in a steady downpour. The game was called after 5 complete innings.

Corey Costello had the win for the Twins, who kept their league record at 1.000.

Darren Featherstone had the loss for the Royals, who fell to 2-2.

Team Easton to compete in Baltimore June 10-11

The "Jim Bradford Classic" tournament in Baltimore, ON (near Cobourg) is this weekend and Ottawa Team Easton Thunder will be competing along with 9 other teams in this round robin style tournament. First game for Team Easton is Saturday at 10am.

Teams competing are:
Ottawa Team Easton Thunder (ISC II #7)
Port Perry Juniors
Scarborough Wolverines Juniors (defending Canadian Jr. Champs)
Scarborough Royals Juniors
Napanee Midgets
Napanee Juniors
Peterborough Juniors
Motown Muscle
North Fred Kings

Croghan, NY tournament looking for teams

Croghan, NY will again host its annual tournament. This is an ISC II caliber tourney and is still looking for interested teams.

Located on the edge of the Adirondack Mountains: 1.75 hours south of Kingston, Ontario.

June 30th-July 2nd, 2006
Entry fee $225US - Pays top 4
Payout is dependent on number of teams

Contact information: Jon Walseman - 315-346-6681

Thursday, June 08, 2006

Team Easton downs Ottawa Blitz

Team Easton kept a perfect record, defeating the Ottawa Blitz 11-1 in Manotick on Wednesday night.

Dan Konkle threw his fourth consecutive win in GOFL play.

Shannon Borho started for the Blitz and took the loss, with Jamie Blakely and Derick Bulley seeing some action in relief.

The first six innings of the game were closer than the score would indicate. It was 3-1 after 5 innings and 5-1 after six innings, but Easton sent 11 men to the plate and scored 6 runs in the seventh to put the game out of reach.

Shawville defeats Beachburg

Shawville went on the road and defeated Beachburg 6-0 on Wednesday night.

Todd Hearty had the win for Shawville. Jeff Tanguay pitched an inning of relief.

Jonathan Regier took the loss for Beachburg.

56ers shut out I4C

The Stittsville 56ers struck early and never looked back in a 5 – 0 win over the visiting I4C Victory on Wednesday. Back to back RBI singles in the first inning by Dan Preston and Darren Ladouceur and a 2 run homerun by Darren Featherstone in the second inning accounted for all the scoring.

Stittsville ace, Dan Bradley, pitched a solid win, giving up only the one hit off the bat of I4C shortstop Kevin McGuire. Victory hurler, Neil Cooke, settled in after the second inning and went the distance for I4C, taking the loss.

Next up for Stittsville is a rematch from last years final, as the Ottawa Easton Thunder visit the Alexander Grove for the first time this year on Wednesday, June 14th. The I4C Victory host their neighbours, the West Carleton Electric, at the Carp Fair Grounds on Monday, June 12th.

Full box score information here: http://ca.geocities.com/fitzroyfastball/box060706_3.htm

WC Electric edges Lomor 5-2 in Fitzroy

West Carleton Electric downed Lomor Printers by a score of 5-2 in GOFL play on Wednesday night.

Mark Wright had the win, giving up two runs and six hits and walking one and striking out nine in 6.2 innings of work. Bud Hanlon had the save getting the final out of the game in the top of seven.

Tony Riches had the loss, allowing nine hits, striking out four and walking one.

Mike Cavanagh paced the Electric, going 2-3, with three RBIs and a run score, while playing solid defence at short. Shawn Rebertz and Steve "Beef" Johnson each had RBIs on sacrifice flies.

Joe Allan went 1-3 with a walk and scored a run for Manotick. Don Cox scored the other run for Lomor.

Full game report to be available at http://ca.geocities.com/fitzroyfastball/box060706.htm

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Quyon tournament June 9-11

(Updated) The Quyon 8-team double elimination tournament has announced the schedule for this weekend's event.

Four of the participating teams will be at the Fitzroy Harbour ISC II qualifier (Quyon, Blackburn, Eastmain and Valley). St-Leonard is the host of the 2006 Junior Canadians:

Fri 7PM Orleans Rebels vs. Micksburg Juniors
Fri 9PM Quyon Flyers vs. Blackburn Bombers
Sat 9AM Eastmain Fireballs vs. Ottawa Greys
Sat 11AM Ottawa Valley Raiders vs. St-Leonard Juniors

Play will continue on Saturday and Sunday until the finals at 3PM on Sunday.

Let's hope the beer garden in Quyon doesn't get burned down!

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

ISC II Draw full schedule

The full tournament bracket schedule is available here: http://www.ghfl.ca/ISCIIOntario.htm

Bradley throws well in Woodstock

Stittsville 56ers were without the services of pitcher Dan Bradley for the weekend in Manotick - that's because Dan was pitching in the Woodstock, ON Legends tournament with the Elmira Cubs. Of the 10 teams at the tourney, 8 were ISC "World" level (i.e. Senior teams). Dan did well against some of the best fastball teams around, including throwing 8 solid innings against the #4 in the world Orillia Riversharks.

Check the details here: http://fastpitchwest.com/thedeuce/?p=514

Sunday, June 04, 2006

Team Easton Thunder wins Manotick Tournament

Ottawa Team Easton Thunder won the 10-team June 2-4 Manotick tournament with a perfect 4-0 record.

After a nasty day of rain on Saturday, the weather was nice for the final games on Sunday. Despite the beer garden being torched and burned to the ground in late Saturday / early Sunday, the Manotick Lomor Printers team fought through the adversity and came up with a alternative spot for the teams to enjoy a pint. (It's true, it actually burned to the ground.) Thankfully the replacement beer garden was well stocked, and the Quyon Flyers were not left going thirsty.

On to the results - thanks to everyone that sent in corrections.

Final order of finish:

1. Ottawa Team Easton Thunder 4-0
2. Fitzroy Harbour WC Electric 3-2
3. Ottawa Valley Raiders 4-2
4. Carp I4C Victory 3-2
5. Stittsville 56ers 1-2
Quyon Flyers 1-2
7. Ottawa Blitz 1-2
Blackburn Bombers 1-2
9. Manotick Lomor Printers 0-2
Prince Edward County 0-2


Blitz 7 Valley 4
Blackburn 7 I4C 1
Quyon 2 Manotick 1
WC Electric 9 Blitz 1
Easton 9 Blackburn 3 updated
Stittsville 7 PEC 0
I4C 6 Manotick 3
WC Electric 10 Quyon 5
Valley 13 PEC 1 updated
I4C 6 Blitz 5
Valley 7 Blackburn 2 updated
Valley 9 Quyon 1

Easton 5 Stittsville 4 updated
WP - Dan Konkle LP - Darren Featherstone

I4C 4 Stittsville 3
WP - Jason Smith LP - Kyle Jamieson updated

Easton 8 WC Electric 1
WP - Jeff Murphy LP - Brad Porter

Valley 2 I4C 1
WP - Chad Hargrove LP - Neil Cooke

WC Electric 6 Valley 3
WP - Mark Wright Save: Brad Porter LP - Chad Hargrove

Easton 6 WC Electric 0
WP - Dan Konkle LP - Brad Porter

Tourney Awards:

Top Pitcher: Dan Konkle (Easton)

Top Hitter: Todd Fraser (Easton)

Most Valuable: Michael Cavanagh (WC Electric)

Thursday, June 01, 2006

ISC II June 1 North Amercian Rankings Released

The June 1st ISC II rankings for North America have been released on the ISC website at http://www.iscfastpitch.com/uploads/File/ISC_II_June_1_Rankings(1).htm

Of note:

- Ottawa Team Easton Thunder move down one spot to #7 - one ranker however did have the Thunder as the number two seed.
- Micksburg Twins are tied for #16 with a team from Colorado.
- Waterdown Hammer who are attending the ISC II qualifier in Fitzroy Harbour are ranked #20 just ahead of a team from Washington state.
- CPI from Oswego, NY moved up to #6 in the rankings partly based on their strong outing at the Kingston Tournament.
- Ontario teams have 7 of the top 10 spots in the ranking.
- Niagara Snappers took over the #1 spot in the continent.

UOVMFL games postponed (UPDATED)

The Shawville at Micksburg game was not played Weds night and was postponed. The Beachburg at Pontiac game on Thursday was also postponed.

Team Easton edges WC Electric

Team Easton defeated West Carleton Electric 3-2 in a very well played fastball game in Stittsville on Wednesday night.

Dan Konkle had the pitching win, allowing 2 runs over seven innings on five hits, with sixteen strikeouts.

Mark Wright also pitched well but took the loss, allowing 3 runs in five innings on five hits, walking three, hitting one batter and striking out four. Bud Hanlon pitched one inning in relief.

Fitzroy Harbour scored in the first, with Jon Daley hitting a one out single and being brought in on an RBI single by Shawn Rebertz.

Easton responded with a run in the second, with Cory Morrison leading off with a single, being sacrificed to second by John Peck, and Dan Konkle hitting an RBI single.

In the bottom of the fifth Scott Marion hit a lead off single. Mark Wright retired the next two batters, but Randy Peck then hit a line drive home run to right field to put Easton up 3-1.

WC Electric rallied in the top of the seventh with Shawn Rebertz hitting a lead off double. Michael Cavanagh then hit an RBI single to draw the Electric within one. Konkle then struck out Steve Johnson. Neil Murphy sacrifice bunted Cavanagh to second base bringing up Todd Clouthier. Clouthier hit a line drive to left-centre that looked like it would drop to score the tying run, but Scott Marion came up with a running catch to seal the victory for Team Easton.

Easton improves to 3-0 in league play while WC Electric falls to 2-3.

Box score online at http://ca.geocities.com/fitzroyfastball/box053106.htm.

NOTE: The Stittsville vs. Blitz game in Manotick last night was postponed due to the rain.