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Monday, July 31, 2006

Quyon loses to BC at Natties

According to the Jr Nationals site http://www.juniorhommes2006.ca/ it appears that Quyon lost their second game 10-3 to #3 seed Victoria Jrs from B.C. to fall to 0-2.

It's hard to tell from the stats site, but it looks like Ryan Cox pitched this one. Steve McCord went 2 for 3 with a double and an RBI, Shawn Laframboise had a triple and an RBI, and Ben Younge had the other RBI.

Victoria scored 7 in the first inning and had 12 hits in the game, making one error. Quyon had four hits and drew five walks and played error free ball.

Things don't get easier for the Flyers as they play the host St-Leonard Express then the defending champs, Scarborough Wolverines on Tuesday.

Tough start for Quyon at Junior Nationals

Quyon lost 7-0 to Newfoundland in a 5 inning mercy at the Junior Nationals in their first game today.

Results: http://www.juniorhommes2006.ca/JR2006/showresult.asp?txtfile=1.htm

Matt Greer took the loss, allowing seven runs on seven hits and four walks. Quyon was limited to one hit by Dennis McCleary.

Sean Cleary had the win for the Kelly's Pub Newfs.

The Flyers look to rebound later today against the team from BC.

Hayden off to Junior Nationals

Congrats to John Hayden, lead off hitter for the Ottawa Blitz, who was picked up as an "import" to play with the host St-Leonard Express at the Canadian Men's Junior Nationals this week.

GOFL standings still to be settled

With the "make up" games this week in the GOFL, finals standings will be determined to decide on seeding for the playoffs.

The only place decided is first - Team Easton has that sewn up.

However it is possible that all other placings could change depending on the final slate of games.

Carp and Ottawa have the most on the line, as they both have four games to make up and are in control of their own fate to determine their final rankings.

Carp plays a double header against the Blitz on Aug 1 and then a four point game vs. Team Easton on Thursday.

The Blitz also play Stittsville on Wednesday and also have another game against WC Electric (not scheduled yet).

Team Easton also has a game remaining against Lomor on Wednesday.

First round of playoffs are best of three: 4th vs. 5th and 3rd vs. 6th

Second round is best of five with Team Easton playing the lowest advancing seed and 2nd place playing the other advancing seed.

GOFL Finals are then best of five, with the winner receiving the $600 league playoff prize and then facing off against the UOVMFL playoff champ in the Regional Final.

Sched updates in GOFL and UOVMFL - UPDATED

1) I4C vs. Team Easton GOFL game on Monday July 24th was cancelled due to injuries on I4C.

2) WC Electric vs. Shawville interlock game on Tuesday July 25th was cancelled due to Shawville not having a pitcher available. As UOVMFL standings will not be affected, the game will not be made up.

3) Blitz vs. I4C GOFL games on both Wednesday July 27 and Monday July 31st were cancelled due to injuries to both teams. Looks like the teams will be playing a double header on Tuesday August 1 to make up these games.

4) I4C and Team Easton will be playing a make up GOFL game in Thursday August 3rd at 8:30PM in Carp. This will be a 4 point game since the teams have two to make up.

Stittsville over Manotick 11-3 on Weds Jul 25

Stittsville defeated Lomor Printers 11-3 in Manotick on Weds July 25.

Darren Featherstone had the win for the 56ers.

Jeff Hyndman went the distance and took the loss for Lomor.

Mike Branchaud went 3-3 for Lomor, all singles.

Scott Herriott had two dingers for the 56ers (one a grand slam) and a double.

St-Leonard wins Ottawa Blitz tourney

Some results from the Ottawa Blitz tourney on July 21-23 from Scott Dumouchel.

1st - St. Leonard, QC Jr Express
2nd - Blackburn Bombers
3rd - Carp I4C Victory
3rd - Micksburg Twins

Semi #1 Blackburn 4 vs Micksburg 1 10 innings
WP Ray Shanoush
LP Corey Costello

Semi #2 St-Leonard 8 vs Carp 2 6 innings
WP Francis Leclair
LP Neil Cooke with relief from Pete Petit

Final St-Leonard 8 vs Blackburn 3 6 innings
WP Francis Leclair in relief of Mathieu Benoit
LP Ray Shanoush with relief from Rob Elder, Ryan Cox.

Blackburn took a 3-0 lead but St-Leonard cameback as they did against Blackburn in the Round-Robin.

The Ottawa Blitz Fastball Team would like to thank all teams, fans and volunteers for a great success this year. Hoping next year to be bigger and better.

ToC internet radio broadcast schedule announced

At the Tourney of Champs in August, the games highlighted on this page: http://www.iscfastpitch.com/uploads/File/ISC_II_ToC_2006_Master_Schedule.htm will be broadcast over the internet on http://www.ballparkradio.com.

Last year the games were quite well done.

In the round robin, the Easton vs. Toronto game Sun Aug 13 at 2PM will be aired as well as the Micksburg vs. Elmira game Tue Aug 15 at 5PM.

Stittsville and Fitzroy will have to make it to the playoff round to get a game aired!

I'll post more details about how to listen the games when they are available.

Sunday, July 30, 2006

Micksburg suffers first defeat 6-4 to Pontiac

from Tim Ferrigan
Friday July 28 8pm Micksburg 4 at Pontiac 6 (at Fort Coulonge)

Micksburg 310 000 0 - 4
Pontiac 120 003 X - 6

Winner Lenny Burger (complete)
Loser Corey Costello (complete)

Micksburg came out hard in the first, hitting the veteran Burger hard and building a big 3 run lead for ace Corey Costello before he threw his first pitch. Leading off for the Royals in the bottom of the first was shortstop Matt Greer, who took Costello's second pitch over the left field wall to give the Royals some life.

In the second, Micksburg added to their lead when outfielder Andy Bean hit a solo homer. In the bottom of the second, the Royals fought to stay in the game. With two men on, Travis Dorzek hit a clutch single to score the pitcher Burger. Next Shawn Laframboise scored on a sac fly by Jacques Pilon to get the Royals within a run.

Both pitchers found there groove in the third and Micksburg held the one run lead going into the bottom of the sixth.

In the bottom of the sixth, Royals 3rd baseman Tony Newberry would start things off with a single and was then moved to second on a bunt by catcher Joe McCleary who reached first safely. With one out and runners on first and second Shawn Laframboise hit a single to tie the game at 4. With runners on the corners and one out, Travis Dorzek came through again, with a well placed bunt that confused the Twins infield and scored both runners to put the Royals up by 2. Burger shut down the Twins in the top of the seventh to secure the win for the Royals, handing Micksburg their first loss of the '06 season.

Carp I4C Victory launches website

Carp I4C Victory has launched a slick new website, making it the third team in the GOFL with a site http://www.i4cvictory.com/. Definitely the best site in the league.

Also check out the story on I4C about the Blitz tourney where they finished an impressive 3-1, tied for third in the 12 team tourney. http://www.i4cvictory.com/24-07-2006.html

Other sites are:

Ottawa Blitz: http://www.leaguelineup.com/ottawablitz
Fitzroy Harbour WC Electric http://ca.geocities.com/fitzroyfastball/WCElectric.htm

Quyon at the Junior Nationals

The Quyon Jr. Flyers will be playing the Canadian National Junior Fastball championships http://www.juniorhommes2006.ca/ in St-Leonard, Quebec starting July 31st.

Twelve teams will be participating:

Saint-Leonard-d'Aston Express (Quebec - host)
Scarborough Wolverines (Ontario - Defending Champions)
Quyon Flyers (Quebec)
Elmira Millwright Juniors (Ontario)
Oshawa Double B Jrs (Ontario)
Miramichi Jr Vics (New Brunswick)
Murphy's Fish & Chips Eagles (Nova Scotia)
East Hants Henchmen (Nova Scotia)
Victoria Juniors (British Columbia)
Saskatoon Junior Diamondbacks (Saskatchewan)
Kelly's Pub Canadians (Newfoundland)
Summerside Source for Sports Jr Twins (PEI)
(Manitoba and Alberta are not sending teams this year)

Here is Quyon's schedule - best of luck to the Flyers. Watch here for game reports, as the "FitzroyFastball Blog" is the official media contact for the Flyers!

Mon 8:00 am vs Newfoundland
Mon 4:00 pm vs BC
Tue 2:00 pm vs Host
Tue 6:00 pm vs Defending Champs
Wed 10:00 am vs PEI
Wed 4:00 pm vs Nova Scotia 2
Thu 11:00 am vs Nova Scotia 1
Thu 4:00 pm vs Ontario 1

Top 8 make playoff round. Playoffs are Friday, Saturday with finals on Sunday.

The Flyers are seeded 12th, but look for the local lads to make some noise and surprise some teams.

Easton defeats Stittsville on Tues July 26

from Sam Oliver

Kanata Team Easton defeated the Stittsville 56ers by a score of 6-0 on Tuesday night. Dan Konkle gets the win for Easton, pitching a 1 hitter over 5 innings, while striking out 8. Darren Featherstone takes the loss, giving up all 6 runs on 9 hits while walking 5 and striking out 4.

Easton Catcher, Todd Fraser was all the offence Easton would need. Fraser was 3 for 4 on the night with 2 homeruns and a double, driving in 3. Scott Marion hit a 2 run single in the third, and Cory Morrison was 2 for 2 on the night. 56er SS, Dan Preston had the lone hit for Stittsville.

Note: With this win, Easton clinched first place in the regular season GOFL standings.

Quyon defeats Shawville 4-2 in UOVMFL play

from Shawn Laframboise

The Quyon Jr Flyers beat the Shawville Athletics 4 - 2 in UOVMFL play Wednesday night. The Flyers finish out their affiliate season with a 2 - 1 record. John Storie got the start for the A's and Luke "Hammer" Young started for the Flyers.

Young went four innings giving up only 1 run on a Darren Barr hit down the third baseline, scoring Jeff Tanguay.

The Flyers countered in the bottom of the second with Dennis McCleary going deep to left field with a solo homerun to tie it up at 1.

In the bottom of the fourth the Flyers added some insurance with Steve McCord hitting a high fly ball to center field that came down a couple feet before the fence, but hit Barr's glove and went over for the run on the 4-base error. McCleary added his second home run of the night to increase the lead to 3 - 1.

Young was then relieved in the fifth by Ryan Cox in his Flyers debut. He was welcomed to the team with A's lead off hitter Luke Murphy taking RC's first pitch as a Flyer over the wall in right field.

The Flyers added their insurance run on a Shawn Laframboise sacrifice fly to deep left field, scoring Nick Armitage.

The Flyers will face Kanata Team Easton Thursday night in Quyon before they leave this weekend for the Junior Men's Canadian Fastpitch Championships in St. Léonard d'Aston, Québec.

The Athletics will face the Pontiac Royals on August 8th in the first game of round one of the playoffs. Game 2 will be held on Friday August 11th in Campbell's Bay.

Blitz 2007 tournament date set

The Ottawa Blitz have announced they will be hosting their 2nd Annual Tournament July 27-29, 2007 at CarlingtonPark.

Valley Raiders on 4 game winning streak in RA League

Two stories, see below:

Valley Thumps C.B.U. - White-Haired Tandem Wins Again

OTTAWA—The Valley Raiders beat C.B.U. Publishing 8-2 last night at the RA Centre. Valley now enjoys a four-game winning streak with two games remaining in the regular season.

Much to the pleasure of right fielder Lukas Kamps, Valley’s starter Gary Cavanagh sported his #16 white jersey on Wednesday. Cavanagh allowed one run in the second inning and one run in the third. Throughout his four strongly pitched innings, Cavanagh endured crazy catcalls from right field.

“Sweet 16! Hey Sweetie! C’mon Sweetie!”

Veteran Gord Flannery collected the save for Valley. He pitched two innings, allowing no runs on one hit. He registered three strikeouts.

Valley’s offence opened the game with a five-run first inning. Kamps led the charge by reaching base on a single. Will Mood followed with a devastating two-run homerun. Brett Dugan followed the moon-shot with a single. Tyler Cox and David Millette then reached base on walks. Derek Bergeron reached base on an error on which Dugan scored. Cavanagh then stepped to the plate with two outs. Cavanagh helped his own cause by hitting a monster two-run single. Valley exited the first inning with a 5-0 lead.

Valley’s strong offence continued from the first inning into the second. Mood led off with a walk. Brett Dugan then punched a double to advance Mood to third base. Tyler Cox then slapped a two-run double into right field. Tyler Cox scored from second on an RBI single from catcher Shawn Moher. After two complete innings, the score was 8-1 in favor of Valley.


Valley Defeats C.B.U. Publishing
RC Gets Win, Bulley Takes Loss

OTTAWA—The Valley Raiders beat C.B.U. Publishing 4-1 last night at the RA Centre. Valley now enjoys a three-game winning streak.

Ryan Cox got the nod for Valley on Monday night. He pitched five complete innings, allowing no runs on three hits. He struck out six CBU batters and allowed no walks. Gord Flannery pitched the sixth and seventh innings for Valley. Flannery was effective, allowing no earned runs on three hits and no walks.

C.B.U.’s only run came in the sixth inning after a batter reached base on a dropped third strike that evaded Valley’s catcher. After reaching first, the C.B.U. player advanced to second on a fielder’s choice and then scored on a ground-rule double.

All of Valley’s runs came in the third inning. The rally started when captain Roy Black led off the inning with a walk. Shortstop Chad Milne followed with another base-on-balls. Third baseman Tyler Cox then attempted to sacrifice bunt but reached base when the C.B.U. first baseman dropped the throw. Black scored on the error. Valley then scored two runs when centerfielder Brett Dugan doubled. Valley’s fourth run came when second baseman Rich Antunes singled.

WC Electric defeats Ponitac Royals on Sunday July 23

WC Electric defeated the Pontiac Royals in Fitzroy on Sunday July 23 by a score of 5-4. A bottom of the seventh comeback by the Electric sealed the victory in this UOVMFL interlock game. Jason "Birdy" Armstrong won the game for Fitzroy with a 3RBI hit with two out.

This game was held as part of the "Harbour Days" celebrations in Fitzroy. In an earlier exhibition game that same day, WC Electric defeated the Pakenham Oldtimers 6-0.

Friday, July 21, 2006

Tourney of Champions pickups for Eastern Ont teams UPDATED AGAIN

Just in case anyone out there was curious, here is some confirmed info re: local teams' pickups for the ToC in Kitchener.

Ottawa Team Easton Thunder have picked up Brad Bricknell, a pitcher, to get them a third arm in additon to Dan Konkle and Jeff Murphy. Bricknell pitched last year at the ToC in Wisconsin with Cobourg Stingers.

Fitzroy Harbour West Carleton Electric have picked up Joe McCleary of the Quyon Flyers and Pontiac Royals. Big Joe, who will be fresh off the Jr. Canadians in St-Leonard prior to Kitchener, has a solid bat and act as back up catcher in case Steve Johnson eats some more bad shellfish.

Update - Stittsville 56ers have three pickups for Kitchener. Kevin McGuire and Sean Houle from the Carp I4C team will join Stittsville for the tourney. McGuire will help shore up the middle infield and Houle who will see duty behind the plate as well as some utility work. Also joining the 56ers will be Stittsville resident currently coaching in the US, Kyle Jamieson. KJ can play outfield, DP, and will possibly see some spot pitching and is looked at as a great asset on the Stittsville bench.

Another Stittsville update: The 56ers have added Matt Greer of the Quyon Flyers and Pontiac Royals as a fourth pick up as a hardship/injury replacement for Greg McMillan. Matt is a great young hitter who can play pretty much anywhere on the field, including pitcher. Matt is a versatile player who adds a lot to our line up both offensively and defensively. As per Sammy O "We are extremely happy to have him on board."

According the "The Deuce" http://fastpitchwest.com/thedeuce/?p=584#more-584 the Micksburg Twins have picked up two players from the Niagara Snappers for the big tourney in Kitchener:Mike Bateman P/INF-Niagara Falls, ON and Kevin Newhouse C/UTIL-Niagara Falls, ON

Quyon 3 Pontiac 1

Courtesy of Shawn Laframboise

The Flyers hosted the Pontiac Royals in UOVMFL interlock action last night in Quyon. Matt Greer got the start for Quyon, going seven strong and picking up the win. Darren Featherstone started for the Royals and had relief from Mark Wright.

The Flyers threatened in the bottom of the first with runners on second and third but failed to cash them in. Shawn Laframboise got things started for the Flyers in the fourth, reaching base on an error and stretching it out to second on a lazy play in right field. Steve McCord cashed in the game's first run with a hit to left field.

In the top of the fifth, Lenny Burger reached second base after a misjudged fly ball by left fielder Jordan Kearns, and was then hit in by Royals catcher Matt "Pommer" Romain. After getting a little momentum going, things came to a halt with half of the lights going out on the field half way through the fifth inning.

After about a fifteen minute delay, Cooney Greer took the first pitch he saw to center for a lead off double. Nick "Albert" Armitage then hit one to the field and brought the play to the plate. Cooney collided with Pommer and was called safe for the Flyers go ahead run, thankfully nobody was seriously hurt. Albert reached third base on the play and was later scored with a ground ball by Kearns.

The Royals lose a costly game as they battle with Shawville for home field in the playoffs. Their next game will be Sunday at 3:00pm as they travel to Fitzroy to play WC Electric. The Flyers will see action tonight in the Blitz tourney against Carp at 7:00. The Flyers other UOVMFL game, scheduled against Shawville on August 1st, will be rescheduled to next Wednesday July 26th in downtown Quyon at 8:00.

Thursday, July 20, 2006

Tournament of Champions Schedule is released

It is finally in - the ToC sched has been released and will feature some very interesting match ups in Kitchener. http://www.iscfastpitch.com/uploads/File/ISC2ScheduleA.htm

35 teams in total. Each team will play four pool games with the top three in each of seven pools, along with three wildcards, moving on to a single-elimination playoff bracket.

Here are the relevant pools and schedule for the four local teams in the event. Games start on Sunday Aug 13 at 11am and the big final is Friday Aug 18 at 5pm.

Pool A
Elmira, ON Cubs
Denver, CO Colorado Rage
Micksburg, ON Twins
Orangeville, ON Resolve Kings
Reading, PA Bob Hoffman's Garage

Sunday 9PM Budd Park 2
Micksburg, ON Twins vs. Orangeville, ON Resolve Kings

Monday 1PM Budd Park 1
Denver, CO Colorado Rage vs. Micksburg, ON Twins

Tuesday 9AM Kinsmen Park 1
Micksburg, ON Twins vs. Reading, PA Bob Hoffman's Garage

Tuesday 5PM Budd Park 1
Elmira, ON Cubs vs. Micksburg, ON Twins

Pool B
Bridgeport, ON PROforma Braves
Bakersfield, CA California Lumberkings
Thomson, IL Area Merchants
Waterdown, ON Hammer
Fitzroy Harbour, ON West Carleton Electric

Sunday 7:30PM Kinsmen Park 1
Thomson, IL Area Merchants vs. Fitzroy Harbour, ON West Carleton Electric

Monday 12PM Kinsmen Park 1
Fitzroy Harbour, ON West Carleton Electric vs. Waterdown, ON Hammer

Monday 8PM Budd Park 2
Fitzroy Harbour, ON West Carleton Electric vs. Bridgeport, ON PROforma Braves

Tuesday 4PM Kinsmen Park 2
Bakersfield, CA Lumberkings vs. Fitzroy Harbour, ON West Carleton Electric

Pool F
Elora, ON Wellington Brewers
Marshall, MI Rice Creek Lightning
Kitchener, ON Phoenix Outlaws
Stittsville, ON 56ers
Sydney, NS Cardinals

Sunday 3PM Kinsmen Park 2
Stittsville, ON 56ers vs. Sydney, NS Cardinals

Sunday 9:30PM Kinsmen Park 1
Stittsville, ON 56ers vs. Kitchener, ON Phoenix Outlaws

Tuesday 11AM Budd Park 1
Marshall, MI Rice Creek Lightning vs. Stittsville, ON 56ers

Wednesday 11AM Kinsmen Park 1
Elora, ON Wellington Brewers vs. Stittsville, ON 56ers

Pool G
Ottawa, ON Team Easton Thunder
Tavistock, ON Merchants
Toronto, ON Champion Indians
South Lebanon, PA TNT
Orrville, OH Orr Park Knights

Sunday 2PM Budd Park 1
Ottawa, ON Team Easton Thunder vs. Toronto, ON Champion Indians

Sunday 9:30PM Kinsmen Park 2
South Lebanon, PA TNT vs. Ottawa, ON Team Easton Thunder

Monday 3PM Budd Park 1
Ottawa, ON Team Easton Thunder vs. Tavistock, ON Merchants

Wednesday 1PM Kinsmen Park 1
Ottawa, ON Team Easton Thunder vs. Orrville, OH Orr Park Knights

Miscellaneous notes UPDATED

Some news and notes.....

1. Congrats to both Kevin Chevrier of Team Easton and Dan Bradley of the 56ers who are getting married this weeked.

2. The game between Easton and Carp I4C in Carp on Monday July 24 has been pushed back to a 9pm start.

3. Good luck to all teams in the Blitz tourney this weekend (see below posting for schedule)

4. ISC II ToC schedule is due out tomorrow - I'll try and get it on here as soon as it is available. Apparently there will be no rankings and they will only be publishing a schedule.

5. Posting to the blog next week Mon - Sat will likely be suspended as I'll be at a cottage and would get strangled if my wife saw me posting to this thing. So, you will have to do without your fastball blog fix for a week. Contributors - continue to send me results and I'll post everything upon my return.

6. If you notice any typos, no nasty comments please - I'm down to nine fingers due a heroic slide into home plate on Monday night's game - or was it an error in right field? In any event, it's broken.

7. UPDATE - Looks like Team Easton will be traveling to the home of the Quyon RiseBall to face the Flyers on Thursday July 27. Big tune up for the Flyers as the prepare for the Jr. Canadians starting a week Monday. Best of luck to Quyon and watch here for updates from St-Leonard.

RC blanks Rebels

Valley Inches Closer to Second Place
By TYLER COX, Ottawa Valley Raiders Fastball Club

OTTAWA—The Valley Raiders shutout the Orléans Midget Rebels 4-0 last night at the RA Centre. With four games remaining in Valley’s schedule, they are now three points back of Orléans for second place.

Ryan Cox pitched seven shutout innings for Valley. He recorded 10 strikeouts, allowed no walks, and surrendered 6 scattered hits. Valley’s strong pitching was complimented by strong defense. A defensive highlight came in the top of the seventh inning when Valley righfielder Lukas Kamps threw out a runner at home on a tag-up. Gary Cavanagh talked about the significance of Kamps’ clutch double play.

“A play like changes the game. It gives a tiring pitcher the confidence to finish the game.”

Orléans started their ace Chad Hargrove. He pitched a strong complete game. In six innings he recorded 12 strikeouts out of a possible 18 outs. Nevertheless, Valley won Wednesday’s battle.

Designated player Brett Dugan led off in the first inning with a walk. Leftfielder Stephane Vinette then reached base on an error after bunting. First baseman Will Mood then doubled to score both runners. Derek Bergeron reached base in the fifth inning on a dropped bunt. Bergeron then advanced to second on a wild pitch. Bergeron then scored from second on a single by Vinette. Vinette then stole second base. Mood then earned his third RBI of the night when his single scored Vinette from second. Vinette’s second crossing of the plate put Valley up 4-0. Catcher Rich Antunes was jubilant after the game.

“That was our best game of the season.”

Valley’s next game is Monday night at 6:30 against C.B.U. Publishing. Allegedly, C.B.U. has acquired former Trent Hills Titans pitcher Andrew Bull. He brings welcomed support to C.B.U. ace Derick Bulley.

I4C wins on the road over Stittsville

Courtesy Sam Oliver

The Carp I4C Victory defeated the Stittsville 56ers by a score of 3-1 on Wednesday night in Stittsville, rebounding from a tough loss to West Carleton on Monday night and snapping the 56er five game winning streak.

All the scoring in the contest took place in the third inning. With one out in the top half, Carp batter Eric Rosenquist hit what looked to be a routine ground ball, however, when the throw from Stittsville short stop Dan Preston eluded the 56er first baseman, Rosenquist was able to advance to second. Victory lead off hitter Mike Money next drew a walk but not before Rosenquist had advanced to third on a wild pitch. With one out and runners on the corners, I4C shortstop Kyle Gourgon executed a perfect bunt, scoring Rosenquist, advancing Money to third, while earning an infield single. The next Carp batter, Brooks Paziuk, hit a ground ball towards second base. Unfortunately, what should have been an out, turned into a single, driving in Money. The 56er second baseman had vacated his normal fielding position to cover second base as Gourgon was attempting to steal second. A Matt McNish single plated Gourgon, capping off the Victory scoring.

Stittsville responded with a run in the bottom half of third. Hot hitting third baseman John Craig hit a two out double to the left-centerfield gap, and scored on the Dan Jessiman RBI single. Unfortunately, that would be it for the 56er offence which seemed a little flat and had trouble adjusting to a called strike zone which could be described as generously wide and vertically challenged.

Trevor Wood earned the victory for I4C, scattering 6 hits over 7 innings. Dan Bradley takes the loss, despite allowing only 3 hits on the night.

This game also saw the return of Carp/Stittsville player Greg McMillan to the ball park. McMillan, who suffered multiple fractures of his right leg during a game in mid-June, reports that the healing process is going well and hopes to be back on both feet in 6 months and back on the ball field next year.


Easton over Lomor 10-2

Easton defeated Lomor in Manotick in the early game Weds night.

Score was 10-2 in favour of first place Easton.

Jeff Hyndman took the loss for Lomor and had relief from Tony Riches.

Dan Konkle had the win for Easton.

Pat O'Connor hit a 3 run homer for Team Easton and Kyle Olson had an RBI triple.

Blitz earn first GOFL point, tie WC Electric 1-1

Ottawa Blitz earned their first league point in a 1-1 tie with WC Electric Wednesday night in Manotick.

Jamie Blakely pitch very well for the Blitz allowing only one earned run on four hits and four walks, striking out six.

Mark Wright got the start for WC, allowing one unearned run on three hits, striking out four over five innings. Bud Hanlon finished with three hits and five strikeouts over two innings.

Blitz scored their run in the third. Kevin O'Neil singled. John Hayden laid down a sac bunt and reached first on an overthrow. With runners on second and third with one out, Shannon Borho hit a sac fly to right to cash O'Neil.

Fitzroy scored in the fifth when Trevor Barton reached on a two out walk, went to second on a wild pitch and was brought in on a Troy Wilson RBI single.

WC thought they had taken the lead in the top of the 7th when Jon Daley attempted to score from third on a wild pitch but was called out at home.

box score: http://ca.geocities.com/fitzroyfastball/box071906_1.htm

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Easton defeats Blitz

With info from Cory Morrison and Scott Dumouchel
Easton topped the Blitz 9-0 in GOFL action on Tuesday night.

Easton scored 8 in the first and another run in the fourth.

Dan Konkle had the complete game one-hitter striking out 12 and waslking one over five innings of work.

Derick Bulley took the loss for the Bltiz allowing 10 hits, striking out 5 and walking 3.

Noel Hayes had the only hit for the Blitz.

Easton stats:

Dave Tubman 2/3
Kevin Chevrier 2/2 rbi
Cory Morrison 1/3 rbi
Pat O'connor 1/2 2rbi
Al Read 1/2 rbi
Kyle Olson 1/1 triple and rbi

box score: http://ca.geocities.com/fitzroyfastball/box071806.htm

Stittsville 9 Manotick 3 UPDATED

Stittsville defeated Manotick 9-3 in the early game in Stittsville on Tuesday night.

Darren Featherstone had the win and threw the first four innings. Dan Bradley closed out for Stittsville and had the save.
Tony Riches took the loss, leaving in the fifth - Jeff Hyndman finished up for Lomor.

Trevor Power hit a homer for Manotick, and Dan Bradley had a homer for the 56ers.

The story from Sam Oliver:

The Stittsville 56ers downed the Manotick Lomor Printers by score of 9-3 on Tuesday night. The 56ers scored 5 runs (1 earned) in the first inning and never looked back from there. A two out, two RBI double off the bat of Scott Herriot was the key hit in the Stittsville attack which was greatly aided by a couple of Manotick errors. Stittsville score two more in both the fifth and sixth innings, highlighted by a Dan Bradley two run homerun. 56er third baseman, John Craig had three hits in 4 trips to the plate, and was just a HR shy of hitting for the cycle.

Despite being down early, the Manotick side showed great resolve. A Trevor Power two run blast in the third inning put the Printers on the board cutting the 56er lead to three. In the top half of the fourth, Donny Cox led off with a triple and scored on a Tim Hodgins single. Stittsville hurler, Darren Featherstone, looked to be in trouble when Lindsey Medinski singled to put runners on the corners for Manotick with no one out. Featherstone struck out the next three batters to eliminate the threat.

Dan Bradley took to the rubber for Stittsville in the 5th working with a 5-3 lead. Manotick batter, Calvin Medinski (3 for 3 on the night) greeted him with a line drive triple that eluded the diving 56er centerfielder. Medinski tried for the inside the park homerun, but was gunned down by a great relay from Stittsville shortstop Herriot. Bradley settled in after that, retiring the next 8 batters in order to collect the save.

Featherstone earned his second win in as many outings, allowing three runs on seven hits and striking out seven over 4 innings. Tony Riches takes the loss for Manotick, pitching 4 1/3, giving up 7 runs (3 earned) on 9 hits while striking out 3. Jeff Hyndman made his GOFL pitching debut in relief of Riches. Hyndman closed out the game pitching the final 1 2/3 innings, allowing 2 runs on 5 hits.

box score http://ca.geocities.com/fitzroyfastball/box071806_1.htm

Shawville downs Pontiac 3-2

from Shawn Laframboise

Tuesday night saw the Shawville Athletics host the Pontiac Royals in UOVMFL play.

Matt Greer got the nod for the Royals, while Todd Fraser took the mound for the A's.

Both pitchers went the distance in the low scoring affair.

Greer got the game's first run after a walk and two pass balls saw him score from third on a one out ground ball. Travis Dorzek got the hitting started in the fourth with a double down the third baseline. Shawn Laframboise cashed him in with a fly ball to deep left that was misjudged by the Shawville left fielder.

After a couple ground ball hits in the bottom of the fourth, the A's scored their second run of the game on an error charged to third baseman Dorzek.

All tied up at 2 going into the bottom of the 7th, the A's threatened with the top of the order due up. Luke Murphy led off and reached second. After retiring Todd Hearty, the Royals decided to give Fraser the free pass to first, to put runners on first and second. Cooney then proceeded to strike out Darron Barr, and brought up fellow Flyer, Steve McCord. After a good battle, McCord got the best of him with a line drive single to left field to score Murphy and win the game.

The A's move into a tie for second in the standings and the two teams finish the season series at two wins apiece. Each team has a game to be played against WC Electric, the Quyon Flyers, and the Micksburg Twins. The Flyers look to play spoiler this thursday as they host the Royals at 8:30 in Quyon.

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Micksburg 2-1 winners over Pontiac

Micksburg Twins defeated Pontiac Royals 2-1 in UOVMFL play on Friday night in Micksburg.

Winner pitcher was Corey Costello. Lenny Burger took the loss.

Both pitchers had the RBIs for their respective teams, all in the first inning.

Matt Greer led off with a double in the first for Pontiac and was scored on a single by Burger.

Costello hit a two run homer in the bottom of the first after a Jerry McIntyre walk.

Valley defeats "Team 6" in RA League action

By TYLER COX, Ottawa Valley Raiders Fastball Club

OTTAWA-Valley Raiders beat Team Six 4-2 last night in a busy night at the RA Centre, which featured four league games. Gary Cavanagh collected the win for Valley, while Jamie "Lumpy" Wilson took the loss for Team Six.

Valley's first run came from leadoff hitter Tyler Cox. He led off the game with a walk, and scored from first on a double by shortstop Adam Bickell. But Wilson quickly settled in for Team Six, striking out three Valley batters in the first inning to hold Valley to one run in the first frame.

Valley’s second run came in the third inning when leftfielder Derek Bergeron scored on a base hit from centerfielder Will Mood. Bergeron had reached base on a hit after a painful at-bat in which in fouled a ball off his face!

Right fielder Lukas Kamps and catcher Stephane Vinette reached base in the sixth inning on a single and an error, respectively. Kamps advanced from second to third base on a wild pitch. Vinette then stole second on the next pitch. Gord Flannery then drove in both Kamps and Vinette with a single to leftfield.

The umpires called the game after the sixth inning due to the RA’s 90-minute time limit rule. Wilson pitched all six innings for Team Six. His recent arrival to Team Six has instantly made them a challenging opponent.

CAVANAGH COLLECTS WIN Valley’s starting pitcher Cavanagh collected his third win of the season. He threw three shutout innings. Team Six threatened in the second inning, but stranded two base runners in scoring position. Cavanagh pulled himself from the game after the third inning despite allowing no runs.

“Every time I’ve tried to throw four innings this season I’ve gotten into trouble. Let’s put Gord in.”

Flannery pitched the fourth and fifth innings for Valley. Team Six scored two runs on four hits in the fourth inning. Amazingly, all four Team Six hits were not hit hard yet were impossible to defend against.

Valley captain Roy Black commented on the Team Six bloopers. “There’s nothing we can do. These hits are all just a bunch of Texas leaguers.”

Ryan Cox pitched the sixth inning for Valley after Flannery pulled his hamstring in the top of the sixth inning after legging out a single. Ryan Cox collected the save after striking out the side in the sixth.

Valley’s next game is Wednesday night at 9:30 against the Orléans Midget Rebels.

WC Electric downs Carp I4C 9-2

A hot and muggy night in Carp and the long ball ruled the day as WC Electric defeated Carp I4C Victory 9-2 in a 5 inning game Monday night.

Bud Hanlon got the win, allowing one earned run on six hits in five innings work, striking out three.

Duane Bromley took the loss for the home side, allowing six runs (5 earned) on six hits. Trevor Wood came in to finish the game, giving up the final three runs on three hits.

Carp started the scoring as Mike Money took Hanlon’s first pitch of the game deep to left for a solo HR. Trevor Wood later drove in Brooks Paziuk to put Carp up 2-0, which was possible after some blogger in right field made an error with two out. The first inning of this game also saw the pinch running debut of Shawn Williams who ran for an injured Tim Power.

That was it for scoring for Carp, as the Fitzroy bats came alive.

Shawn Rebertz had a solo HR in the second to make the game 2-1.

Then in the third, Troy Wilson hit a three run homer after Bud Hanlon reached on an error and Jon Daley hit a bunt single to make it 4-2 for the Electric.

In the fifth, Adam Brown led off with a double bringing up the big man, Hanlon. Hanlon hit a line drive two run homer to make the score 6-2. This was Big Bud’s first homer in a WC Electric uniform. As Trevor Wood came in to finish the game, Fitzroy scored three more runs as Jon Daley singled, and advanced to second on a wild pitch and was brought in with a Troy Wilson single. Shawn Rebertz then hit his second homerun of the night to conclude the scoring.


Sunday, July 16, 2006

Showcase results

Gosh it was hot.

Results of the three games played in Fitzroy Harbour on Sunday afternoon:

Stittsville 4 Team Easton 1

Darren Featherstone threw a complete game 4 hitter to get the 4-1 victory as Team Easton suffered their first loss of the GOFL season.

Kyle Olson threw well despite taking the loss, allowing only 6 hits and 3 earned runs.

Dan Jessiman's three run homer in the third was the turning point of the game. Stittsville also scored a run in the fifth, while leaving the bases loaded.

Team Easton scored their only run of the game in the seventh as Kyle Olson scored on Dave Tubman double.

With the win, Stittsville vaulted into second place in the league, while Team Easton held onto first.

Carp I4C Victory 4 Manotick Lomor Printers 2

I4C Victory got their third victory of the season, defeating Lomor 4-2 on Sunday.

Neil Cooke had the complete game victory, scattering four hits, striking out 13 and allowing only one earned run.

Lyle Schell threw for Lomor, allowing seven hits and three earned runs.

Shawville Athletics 0 Fitzroy Harbour 0

In the final game of the afternoon, Shawville and Fitzroy Harbour finished in a scoreless tie.

Todd Hearty threw a very strong game for Shawville, throwing a complete game one hitter, allowing only two walks.

Fitzroy used three pitchers in the game, as Bud Hanlon threw two innings, Steve Cavanagh threw three innings and Jason Armstrong finished the final two, combinging to allow only two hits.

This game counted in the UOVMFL standings as part of the interlock with WC Electric.

Friday, July 14, 2006

GOFL Showcase Sunday July 16

Fitzroy Harbour will host the Greater Ottawa Fastball League Showcase on Sunday July 16.

Five of the six league teams will be in action.

1PM: Stittsville 56ers vs. Team Easton

3PM: Carp I4C Victory vs. Manotick Lomor Printers

5PM: FitzroyHarbour WC Electric vs. Shawville Athletics (replacing Ottawa Blitz)

The first two games will count in the GOFL standings, while the third game will count as part of the interlock with the UOVMFL.

Admission is free, the bar will be open and we'll have the BBQ going.

Ottawa Blitz tourney schedule announced

Division #1 Manotick, Blackburn, Markham, St-Leonard
Division #2 Carp, Quyon, Scarborough, Bramalea
Division #3 Valley, Newboro, Oshawa, Micksburg

Friday July 21, 2006
A 6:30PM Manotick vs Blackburn
B 7:00PM Carp vs Quyon
C 8:30PM Valley vs Newboro

Saturday July 22, 2006
B 8:00AM St-Leonard vs Markham
A 8:30AM Scarborough vs Bramalea
B 10:00AM Micksburg vs Oshawa
A 10:30AM Blackburn vs St-Leonard
B 12:00PM Markham vs Manotick
A 12:30PM Oshawaw vs Valley
B 2:00PM Quyon vs Scarborough
A 2:30PM Bramalea vs Carp
B 4:00PM Blackburn vs Markham
A 4:30PM Newboro vs Micksburg
B 6:00PM St-Leonard vs Manotick
A 6:30PM Bramalea vs Quyon
B 8:30pm Oshawa vs Newboro

Sunday July 23, 2006
A 8:30AM Carp vs Scarborough
B 9:00AM Valley vs Micksburg

A 12:00PM Div. 1 Winner vs Div. 2 Winner
B 12:30PM Div. 3 Winner vs Wildcard

A 3:00PM

Thursday, July 13, 2006

56ers shut out Blitz

Courtesy Sam Oliver

On a beautiful night at beautiful Alexander Grove, the Stittsville 56ers blanked the Ottawa Blitz 3-0, to move into a tie for second place in the GOFL standings. Dan Bradley pitched the win for the 56ers, yielding only one hit on route to the victory.

Jamie Blakely pitched well in a losing effort, surrendering three earned runs on only 6 hits.

The damage came in the second inning on the strength of homerun off the bat of Stittsville first baseman Scott Parsons, which also plated Darren Featherstone who had singled to lead off the inning. Stittsville scored again in the 4th, when once again Featherstone singled, advanced to second on a sacrafice bunt, and scored on a Dan Preston single. Featherstone and Preston each had two hits for the winners. The lone hit for the Blitz came off the bat of centerfielder JohnHrycak.

Next up for the 56ers is the league leading Team Easton at “The Showcase” in Fitzroy Harbour, Sunday, July16th. The Ottawa Blitz will next see action against that same Team Easton on Tuesday, July 18th.

Box score http://ca.geocities.com/fitzroyfastball/box071206_2.htm

Quyon edges Valley Raiders 1-0

Another low scoring game Wednesday night - this was in RA League play. Game report from Shawn Laframbroise.
The Quyon Flyers hosted the Valley Raiders in a low scoring affair in RA action last night. Matt Greer pitched the complete game shutout for the Flyers. Gord Flannery pitched five innings for the Raiders with relief from Ryan Cox. Shawn Laframboise led off the fourth inning with a double off of Flannery, and Greer cashed him in with an RBI double to right-center, for the game's only run. The Flyers' sticks were pretty quiet overall with only five hits, Greer was 2/3, Laframboise was 2/3, and Dennis McCleary was 1/3. Greer pitched his way out of a bases loaded one-out jam in the fourth the preserve the victory.

Another version of events
Valley Loses Squeaker to Quyon
Greer Out-duels Flannery

By Ottawa Valley Raiders Fastball Club
OTTAWA--The visiting Valley Raiders clashed with the first-place Quyon Flyers on Wednesday evening at the RA Centre. The Flyers came out victorious, beating Valley by a slim 1-0 margin.

Matt “Racoon” Greer pitched a complete 7-inning shutout for the Flyers. Valley’s offence threatened in the fourth when Valley loaded the bases. However, Greer pitched out of the jam when he struck out the RA Centre’s most feared hitter Will Mood for the third out of the inning. Valley’s offence was foiled again in the fifth inning when Tyler Cox was stranded at third. Valley’s francophone leftfielder Stephane Vinette expressed the team’s frustration.

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Gord Flannery started on the toe slab for Valley. He pitched very effectively, giving up only one run over four innings. The Flyer’s only run came in the fourth inning when replacement catcher Shawn Laframboise ripped a double to centerfield. Quyon ace Matt Greer then helped his own cause by smashing a double to centerfield that allowed Laframboise to score. Valley’s youthful head-case Ryan Cox relieved Flannery, pitching two scoreless innings in the fifth and sixth innings. Quyon’s final at-bat in the bottom of the seventh was not required.

Valley’s pitching staff was very strong on Wednesday night. Both Flannery and Ryan Cox could have easily come away with a win had Valley’s offence produced any runs. After the game, veteran pitcher Gary Cavanagh explained Valley’s pitching strategy.

“I told Richie that Ryan needs to get some work in relief. It’s a different experience that will make him a better pitcher.”

WC Electrics over Lomor 1-0

The low scoring trend in the GOFL continued as WC Electric defeated Lomor Printers in Manotick on Wednesday night by a score of 1-0.

Jason Smith toed the rubber for Manotick in his GOFL debut this year. After getting a line drive in the knee in the first inning, Smith was still able to pitch a very strong game for Lomor, allowing one earned run on five hits, one walk and eleven strikeouts.

Big Bud Hanlon and Brad Porter combined for the shutout for the Electric. Hanlon started and got the win, pitching five innings, allowing three hits, no walks and striking out two. Porter got the save, pitching the last two innings, allowing only one hit and striking out two.

Both teams made one error.

With WC Electric catcher Steve "Beef" Johnson puking (bad shrimp apparently!) on the sidelines after the first inning, Michael Cavanagh was pressed into service from his usual shortstop position and fared quite well behind the dish.

Fitzroy scored their only run in the top of third. Todd Clouthier reached base on a one out walk and was sacrificed to second by Michael Cavanagh. Shawn Rebertz then legged out a infield hit putting runners on the corners. Clouthier ended up scoring on a wild pitch, giving Fitzroy the only run they would require.

Lomor threatened in the bottom of the third as they loaded the bases with none out on singles by Calvin Medynski and Lindsay Medynski and then Jeff Hyndman reaching on an error. The next batter Jason Smith hit a shallow fly to left field. Fielder Jason Armstrong threw a strike from left to the plate on the tagging up runner to complete double play. Following batter Darren Staal grounded out and the shutout was preserved.

Next up for both teams in the Showcase in Fitzroy Harbour on Sunday - more details on the blog to follow.

The box score http://ca.geocities.com/fitzroyfastball/box071206.htm

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Shawville loses squeaker to Micksburg

The Athletics lost a tight one 2-1 to the Twins in Shawville on Tuesday night.

Joran Graham got the start for Micksburg and pitched 3 innings giving up 1 run. Corey Costello finished the game and got the win in relief.

Todd Hearty threw a complete game for Shawville.

Shawville has confirmed that they will compete in the GOFL showcase against the home town WC Electric, replacing the Ottawa Blitz. The game will count as an interlock match in the GOFL standings.

Team Easton over WC Electric 2-0

Team Easton defeated WC Electric by a score of 2-0 in GOFL play on Tuesday night in Fitzroy.

A nice crowd was on hand to see Dan Konkle get the complete game shutout for Easton, scattering five hits, walking one, hitting one batter and striking out twelve.

Bud Hanlon got the start for WC Electric working five innings, allowing one earned run on three hits, two walks, and striking out six. Brad Porter finished the game for Fitzroy, allowing one run on three hits, and striking out two.

Scott Marion went 2 for 3 and scored both Team Easton runs and John Peck, a late arrival hitting in the ninth spot was 3 for 3 and had both RBIs. Cory Morrison had the other Easton hit.

WC Electric stranded seven runners, and could not get clutch hits to score runs. Michael Cavanagh was 2 for 3, Steve Johnson hit a double, Jon Daley had an infield single and Troy Wilson had a bunt single for the Electric. The closest the home team came to scoring was men on second and third with one out in the sixth, but Konkle struck out the last two batters to preserve the shut out.

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Some schedule changes in GOFL

Some scheduling changes to pass on:

1) The Blitz vs. I4C game in Carp on Monday July 10 is postponed due to the Blitz being short players. The two expansion teams will reschedule for Monday July 31st in Carp at 8:30PM instead.

2) The Lomor Printers vs. 56ers game in Stittsville on Tuesday July 11 is postponed due to Lomor being short players. These teams will determine a make up date.

3) The Team Easton vs. I4C game in Carp that was moved from Monday July 3 to Thursday July 13 is being moved again as Team Easton doesn't have a pitcher available for Thursday. The teams will determine a make up date.

4) The 5PM game in the Showcase this Sunday July 16 in Fitzroy Harbour was originally going to feature the Blitz vs. WC Electric in a GOFL league game, as all six teams were to play this Sunday. Unfortunately the Blitz are unable to field a team and a make up date will be determined. Since the WC Electric have an outstanding game in UOVMFL interlock to be played against Shawville, the Athletics will take the Blitz's place in the Showcase (pending official confirmation from the Shawville team).

RC does well at Junior Elims

Congrats to Ryan Cox of the Valley Raiders who pitched well at the OASA Junior Eliminations in Merlin, ON this past weekend. The team that picked him up, Fingal, finished fourth and just out of the running for a trip to the Nationals as the first three teams received berths.

Ryan pitched in four games, earning a win and a save.

Ryan threw 3 scoreless innings against Elmira (the eventual champs) where he did not get the decision. Against Scarborough Royals, Ryan closed out the last three innings and picked up a save in a 6-5 victory. He got the start, and the win, against Chepstow in five innings of work in a 9-4 victory. In the game against third place Oshawa, Ryan closed out the final inning of the 7-0 loss.

Congrats RC, good showing.

Monday, July 10, 2006

GOFL teams have fun, fare well at AuSable Forks Tourney

Submitted by Shawn Williams and Scott Dumouchel

This past weekend three teams from the GOFL participated in the 44th Annual AuSable Forks (NY) Fastpitch Classic. This tournament was started in 1963 and over the years has seen notable fastball stars from Eastern Ontario play in it, win and come home with various awards. Past winners of MVP and Top Pitcher awards include Chris Bresse, Greg “Tumble” MacLaren, Brian O’Neill, the late Ronny “Zipper” Greenham and Brent Bradley who pitched for many years for Carp in the former West Carleton Fastball League.

Manotick Lomor Printers and Carp I4C Victory took down a combined team and the Ottawa Blitz took a core of players and picked up some others from contacts that they have. The Manotick/Carp combo was sponsored by local AuSable Forks businessman, Jon Gordon of Gordon Oil. Players were outfitted with Gordon Oil t-shirts with the now famous, “I’d rather my sister be a hooker, then my brother play slowpitch” slogan emblazoned on the back of the t-shirts. There were complaints that some of the t-shirts were pre-stained and that the $4.00 (yes $4.00!) all you can eat chicken, hot dog and burger feast on Friday night at local watering hole, 20 Main had nothing to do with the stains suddenly appearing on Saturday morning.

Carp opened up with a squeaker of a win, 1-0 over local team 20 Main on Friday night in the opening game of the tournament. That was followed up with a 5-1 loss to perennial top 10 ISC team, Heflin Builders featuring former Canadian National Team pitcher, Steve Price. Trevor Wood of Carp I4C Victory was particularly strong on the mound for Gordon Oil and even more so considering he left Ottawa at 4:30 AM Saturday to make it for the 11:00 AM game. For some reason, Trevor thought the game was at 9:00 AM. Tony Riches and Neil Cooke combined for a 3-2 victory over the Ottawa Blitz in the 3:00 PM contest on Saturday. In that game Jim Blakely had a strong game at the plate for the Blitz. The veteran hitter (who let it slip on the weekend that his birth year is 1949, but who’s counting) hit a solid double to the fence off of Riches and followed that up with a single to left in his next plate appearance off of Cooke. It wasn’t until the bottom of the 7th with the bases loaded that local AuSable product, Drew Plumadore, pinch hitting for Calvin Medynski, hit a single to right to win the game for the Oilers.

After a number of refreshments on Saturday at the Gordon residence and 20 Main, the Oilers were well oiled but a little rusty the next morning in their game against CPI (formerly McKie’s Sport) one of the top ranked ISC II teams. The Oilers loaded (loaded being the key word) the bases in the third and with one out, two of the blearier eyed players on the Oilers went down looking. It must have been the nasty fall in the parking lot at 20 Main the night before that affected the first of those two players to go down looking at a flat rise ball at the waist. The Oilers scored two in the bottom of the seventh and left Kevin Chevrier of Kanata Team Easton who had also made the trip, stranded at second base. Final score, 3-2 for CPI.

The Blitz first played 20 Main on Saturday at 11:00AM and won 9-2 with Gord Flannery throwing 5 solid innings with the mercy rule in effect. This game was played on a baseball field where the field was 335' in the corners, and there was some in the park homeruns. The infield was all grass as well. Game 2 played at 3:00 PM saw the Blitz falling 3-2 to Gordon Oil with Luc Thibault from St-Leonard, QC taking the loss after a shaky start. Game 3 had the Blitz playing Heflin at 7PM. The boys fell 7-0 in a 5 inning mercy ruled game. Gord Flannery had the loss throwing 1 2/3 innings of play. Steven Bishop of P.E.I. came in for relief and game up 2 runs. The Gremlins just blooped the balls into holes and a couple of Blitz errors made the game out of reach. The first playoff game saw Ottawa face the St-Leonard Express Jrs. in the Quarters on Sunday morning. Ottawa lost 6-1 on D2, the baseball field, where the Express players would run forever after blooping hits into play. Steven Bishop took the loss going 4 innings and giving up 6 runs with relief from Gord Flannery and Luc Thibault throwing 1 inning each and 0 runs.

The Blitz hope to return next year with Greg Perrin and Tom O'Neil and the volunteers taking great care of the boys and the team had an awesome time.

All in all, a great weekend for those who attended.

Pontiac at Quyon reschedule

The Pontiac at Quyon UOVMFL interlock game that was rained out on June 29 has been rescheduled for Thursday July 20 in downtown Quyon, QC, home of the Quyon Riseball.

Sunday, July 09, 2006

WC Electric defeats Quyon 7-0

Quyon took the boat over to Fitzroy Harbour on Sunday, losing to the host WC Electric by a score of 7-0.

Both teams gave work to three pitchers. WC Electric started Bud Hanlon for three innings, and Troy Wilson and Steve Cavanagh each threw two innings. The Flyers started Matt Greer who left in the second, following by Earl Kearns, then Luke Young finished the game.

The Flyers had four hits on the game. Ben Younge had a double, and Dennis McCleary, Joe McCleary, and Matt Greer had singles.

WC Electric had 10 hits, of which five came in the second inning. Fitzroy sent 12 batters to the plate in the second, when they scored all seven runs. Steve Cavanagh went 2 for 4 with an RBI, Neil Murphy was 1 for 3 with a double and an RBI on a sac fly, Troy Wilson was 2 for 3 with an RBI and a run scored, and Todd Clouthier was 2 for 3 with a run scored.

Box score at http://ca.geocities.com/fitzroyfastball/box070906.htm

Friday, July 07, 2006

Twins over Quyon in UOVMFL action

Quyon played their first UOVMFL interlock game on Thursday night and lost to Micksburg Twins 2-0. Report from Kenny Fleck follows:

Thursday night in UOVMFL action had the affiliate Quyon Flyers taking on the undefeated Micksburg Twins. It was a low scoring affair with the Twins coming out on top with a 2-0 win. Corey Costello got the nod for the Twins pitching 7 innings giving up only two hits. Matt Greer threw for Quyon giving up one earned run.

The Twins came out hard hitting the ball very well but ended up making some mistakes on the bases. Flyers catcher Joe McCleary threw out 3 Twins base runners trying to steal. Micksburg's first run came off of an RBI single in the bottom of the first inning. The Twins weren't able to muster up much more offence until the 6th when they scored their second run of the game.

Quyon's next game is this Sunday evening in Fitzroy against the 'Trics at 5:00. The last time these 2 teams faced each other it ended in a 2-2 draw, should be a good game. Hope to see you there.

Thursday, July 06, 2006

Lomor defeats Blitz for second week in a row

Lomor Printers defeated Ottawa Blitz 5-1 in Manotick on Wednesday night.

Shannon Borho pitched the first five innings for the Blitz and Derrick Bulley finished up.

With Lyle Schell's uncle passing away on Tuesday, the ball went to Tony Riches for yet another complete game for Lomor. In a related story, apparently shares in Advil have risen in early stock market trading.

For Lomor, Joe Allan had three hits and Lindsay Medynski and Steve Walman each had two.

Quyon Flyers defeat Orleans Rebels

Game Report courtesy of Kenny Fleck

Wednesday night at the RA Centre saw the two first place teams square off in what ended up being an excellent fastball game. The Orleans Rebels coming off a second place finish at the Ontario Midget Elims were facing the Quyon Flyers. The Flyers not having played in over a week didn't waste any time getting started as Matt Greer hit a lead off home run to start what was a 2 run inning for the Flyers.

Flyers starting pitcher Luke Young pitched 3 solid innings for the Flyers giving up only 3 runs. Those three runs came off a monster blast by Rebels first baseman in the bottom of the 3rd with the Flyers leading 2-1. In the top of the 4th Flyers catcher Joe McCleary tied the game back up at 4 with a home run of his own over the right field wall.

After that both teams fighting for first place decided to turn things over to there big boys and they definatly proved they were the teams number one pitcher. Flyers Matt Greer and Rebels Chad Hargrove were both mowing batters down at an incredibly fast pace until the 7th when things started to get interesting. With a runner on third and one out Flyers first baseman Kenny Fleck has hit in the neck with a wild pitch. It looked a lot worse then what it actually was thankfully. That put runners on first and second with Jordan Kearns at bat who executed a perfect squeeze bunt scoring Dennis McCleary. Later that inning Greer hit a double to the fence scoring 2 more and putting the Flyers up 8-4.

In an error filled bottom half the Flyers got lucky and held the Rebels to one run winning the game 8-5. The Flyers now hold down first place overall. The Flyers head to Cobden tonight to play the Micksburg Twins in UOVMFL action at 8:30. And Rumor has it they are hopping on the Ferry to play WC Electric on Sunday evening at 5:00.

Stittsville 2-0 winner over Fitzroy Harbour WC Electric

Stittsville defeated WC Electric 2-0 at the Grove on Wednesday night.

Dan Bradley got the win, throwing seven complete innings, scattering 5 hits and striking out 12.

Brad Porter took the loss, allowing only one run on six hits and striking out 6 over four innings. Big Bud Hanlon finished the game throwing two innings and allowing only one hit and one unearned run, striking out one.

Darren Featherstone was the offensive force for Stittsville, going 3 for 3 at the plate, driving in both Stittsville runs. Dan Jessiman scored both runs for Stittsville.

Michael Cavanagh had two hits for the Electric.

Both teams have had trouble scoring runs of late. Despite being 2-1-1 in their last four games, the WC Electric have only scored 4 runs. Over the same stretch, Stittsville is 2-2 and has also only scored 4 runs in their last four games.

Box score to be posted at http://ca.geocities.com/fitzroyfastball/box070506.htm

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Orleans Rebels at the Midget Elimination Tournament

The Orleans Rebels Midget Fastball Team competed in the OASA Midget Elimination Tournament June 30 - July 2, 2006. Nineteen teams gathered in Napanee to determine who would represent Ontario at the national midget tournament in Prince Albert, SK, in August and to seed teams (A or B) for the provincial championship tournaments.

The Rebels, who play in the RA League, finished second in the tournament with a 4-2 record, compiling wins against Kitchener, Copetown, Selkirk, and Napanee. The two losses came at the hands of the Scarborough Royals, who went through the tournament undefeated. In the game with Kitchener, Chad Hargrove pitched a no-hitter, striking out seventeen batters.

The Rebels are now in the process of raising funds to defer players costs associated with air travel to Prince Albert, accommodations, meals, etc. The costs per player are expected to be approximately $1500.; at a time of the year when tuition fees are due along with textbook purchases.

If anyone out there can financially assist the Rebels or can offer any leads to sponsorships, please contact the team manager, Gary Hargrove, at 613-837-2831 or e-mail him (the_hargroves@sympatico.ca).

Pontiac over Shawville 6-2

Pontiac defeated Shawville 6-2 in GOFL play on Tuesday night in Shawville.

Lenny Burger got the win for the Royals while Matt Greer had the save. Both Burger and Greer had home runs for Pontiac, as did Chad Milne.

John Storie took the loss and had relief from Todd Hearty.

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Fastball Calendars available

Derek Pinkerton from Kitchener has created an "International Superstars of Fastball" calendar with excellent photos of fastball stars from Canada, USA, and New Zealand. The calendar is very well laid out and runs from June 2006 to May 2007 and has all major tournaments listed on the calendar.

The photos are mostly of Senior players like Darren Zack, Gerald Muizellar, etc. but there is a small photo array of ISC II players including Mr. August - Scott Herriott of the Ottawa Team Easton Thunder.

I received a box of these from the guy and we're selling them. If you're interested in buying one of these, they cost $10. Give me a call at fitzroyfastball@yahoo.ca or 613-623-8867 and I'll set you up. They're pretty slick....if you see me at the ball diamond just ask to see one since I have the box in the car.

An example of the June page is below:

RA League update

For all of you RA League fans, here is a bit of an update.

The two teams of young lads lead the way with 7-0-1 records as the Orleans Rebels Midgets and Quyon Flyers Juniors are tied for top spot.

Surprisingly, Ottawa Valley Raiders - defending champions from 2003, 2004, and 2005 - are back in third with a record of 3-3.

The Rogues have a 1-5 mark, while CBU and the mysteriously named Team 6 both are winless at 0-5.

Monday, July 03, 2006

Fitzroyfastball blog stats

Thanks for visiting the blog.....just to let our loyal readers know, we had over 5100 individual visits in the month of June, with our busiest day being the Monday June 19 after the qualifier when 457 visitors came to the site. Not bad, considering a didn't even know what a blog was 12 months ago......