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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Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Fundraiser for Chad Peck, May 5 2007

Note the link for the fundraising event for Chad Peck on May 5, 2007.

Chad is from Danford Lake and is a cousin of GOFL all-stars Randy and John Peck of Ottawa Team Easton.

Information is available on the link if you are interested in getting involved for this worthy cause.


Monday, March 26, 2007

Carp I4C Victory Add Two More for 2007 Season

from Shawn Williams

The Carp I4C Victory are pleased to announce the addition of two more players to the club’s 2007 roster. Joining the Victory on a full-time basis for this season are Catcher and Designated Player, Casey Poldervaart and First Baseman and Designated Player Kevin Griffin.

Both Poldervaart and Griffin played for the Victory on 2006 in a limited capacity and Poldervaart played for the Victory in 2003 in the Elkland Softball Association Labour Day Tournament in Elkland, PA.

“We’re really pleased to add a couple of guys like Casey and Kevin to our line-up,” said Carp Head Coach and General Manager, Shawn Williams. Casey bring great passion and enthusiasm for the game and Griff brings a quiet confidence to the plate. He can also help us out in the pitching department too,” added Williams.

Carp Player-Assistant Coach, Eric Rosenquist stated, “We’re a little younger this year and hopefully have a little more pop at the plate with Casey and Kevin in the line-up. They are both threats to hit the ball hard somewhere.”

The Carp I4C Victory play in the expanded nine team Greater Ottawa Fastball League. All home games are Thursday nights at the Carp Fairgrounds with games starting at 8:30 PM.

Saturday, March 24, 2007

Fitzroy Harbour house league seeks players

The Fitzroy Harbour Men's Fastball League is looking for players to ensure the continued viability of their recreational league. Games are once a week at the Fitzroy Harbour Community Centre. Open to players 18+ of all abilities. For more information, contact Geoff MacGowan at 613-623-9310.

Fastball league coming back to Arnprior

For the first time since around the late 90s, it sounds like fastball is coming back in Arnprior. The following ad appeared in the local newspaper:

Fastball Players Wanted
New Men's Recreational League
One game per week
AABA Diamonds
No age limit
Register as an individual or as a team
Call Brad 613-623-2910 or 613-978-2913
or Neil 613-622-5527
Deadline for registration April 13, 2007

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Smiths Falls Redmen Junior Fastball revived

From the Brockville Recorder - Times:

Smiths Falls Redmen starting up again

SMITHS FALLS -- For many years, the Smiths Falls Redmen were one of the top junior men's fastball teams in Ontario.

After being inactive for the past several years, the Redmen will be starting up again.

Originally founded in the late 1970's by high school teacher Ray Madden, the Redmen won a number of tournaments, league and provincial titles over the course of their 20-year existence.

While the junior Redmen have been inactive, the name has been carried by Smiths Falls teams at the mite through midget levels in the Augusta Minor Fastball Association.

The junior Redmen will compete in an intermediate men's fastball league, enter a number of tournaments and compete in the provincial championships in August in Toanche.

Any junior-aged players (ages 19 to 23) who are interested in trying out for the Redmen are asked to contact Terry Shea at 613-283-5349.

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Carp I4C Victory Re-launch Website

Check out the new I4C Victory website when you get a chance - pretty slick! See the story below for more info.

Carp I4C Victory Re-launch Website
from Shawn Williams

The Carp I4C Victory is pleased to announce that today it has re-launched its team website, http://www.i4cvictory.com/, in advance of the opening of the 2007 fastball season. The site will feature player information, schedule and several photo galleries.

“As the sponsor of a team from Silicon Valley North and having a number of players on our team from the field of hi-tech, I felt it was really important that our team had a website that was fresh and current,” said Neil Cooke, sponsor and one of the team’s pitchers.

“I enjoyed building the site and will continue to develop and maintain it throughout the season,” added Webmaster and I4C Victory outfielder, Mike Money. “I enjoy working on projects like this. I love the game and it’s a great tool for letting people know what’s happening with our team,” said Money. “And besides, I can put some really candid shots of the guys on the site without most of them knowing about it!”

The I4C Victory compete in the expanded nine team Greater Ottawa Fastball League (GOFL) and play all home games at the Carp Fairgrounds. This year the Victory will play its home games on Thursday nights with all games starting at 8:30 PM.

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Sunday, March 18, 2007

Eastern Ontario ISC II "Challenge Cup" set for McNab diamonds

This just in - the ISC II Challenge Cup tournament for eastern Ontario will be held at the McNab Centre diamonds this August.

This is the first year for the 'eastern' version of this tournament, which has been previously held in the southwestern Ontario for the last three years in Hillsburgh.

The tournament will be held on the weekend of August 24-26, hosted by Harold MacMillan and his capable crew from the McNab/Braeside Minor Softball Association. The McNab diamonds are about 15 minutes northwest of Arnprior off Highway 17 and feature three lit diamonds which should make scheduling easier.

The Challenge Cup format has area leagues send representatives to play off in a double knockout tournament, with the winner earning a berth to represent the area in the 2008 ISC Tournament of Champions in Wisconsin.

The number of spots to be allotted in the Challenge Cup and the participating leagues will be determined over the next couple of months. If your league is interested in participating, contact Blair Setford at blairjs_at_rogers.com or fitzroyfastball_at_yahoo.ca and we can work out the details.

The GOFL already confirmed its participation at the 2007 league meeting earlier this year.


Wednesday, March 14, 2007

GOFL home diamonds, nights finalized

The draft GOFL schedule for 2007 should be available soon now that all teams have confirmed their home nights and diamond locations.

Stittsville 56ers will play Wednesdays at the Stittsville Alexander Grove Diamonds
Ottawa Team Easton will share Wednesdays in Stittsville until July, when they will switch to Tuesday nights.
Fitzroy Harbour WC Electric will play Tuesdays and Fridays at the Fitzroy Harbour Community Centre.
Carp I4C Victory will play Thursdays at the Carp Fairgrounds.
Quyon Flyers will play Tuesdays at the Quyon Fairgrounds.
Orleans Rebels will play Thursdays at Pierre Rocque Park in Orleans.
Manotick Lomor Printers and Ottawa Blitz will both play Wednesdays at the Manotick Arena.
Ottawa Valley Raiders will play Mondays at the Ottawa RA Centre.

The plan is for each team will play nine home games, nine away games, and two games at the league "Showcase" in Quyon on the first week of June.

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

ISC II Canada East pitcher list announced

Two local pitchers are on the Canada East ISC II restricted list for 2007, as per the announcement on Al's Fastball page (click on title above).

Read the entire posting for all the rules, but basically the rule means that if your team has one of these throwers and you qualify for the Tourney of Champs, you can't pick up another guy from the list to go the ISC II ToC.

The restricted list is as follows:

Corey Costello
Ryan Cummings
Dan Duemo
Rob Fawcett
Fred Follings
Dan Konkle
Tim Neill
Gord Scott
Todd Uhrig
Shaun Winship