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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Monday, June 30, 2008

World Juniors in Yukon - Canada wins silver

Canada finished third in the round robin, beat New Zealand and Japan in the playoffs but lost to Australia in the finals to claim silver, in the World Junior Fastball tournament in the Yukon.

Gil Read Tourney Schedule July 4-6

from Al Read

Note: "I4C Pirates" will have several former Kanata Pirates playing, a team which Gil used to coach.

All games at Carlington Park.

Group A: Kingston Midgets, Team Easton, Quyon Flyers, Local Heroes
Group B: Ed Taylor's Team, Greely Eagle, WC Electric, I4C Pirates

Friday Diamond 1
7pm Team Easton vs. Local Heroes
9pm I4C Pirates vs. Greely Eagles

Saturday Diamond 1
10am Quyon Flyers vs. Kingston Midgets
12pm Team Easton vs. Kingston Midgets
2pm I4C Pirates vs. West Carleton Electric
4pm Team Easton vs. Quyon Flyers
6pm Ed Taylor's Team vs. I4C Pirates

Saturday Diamond 2
11pm Ed Taylor's Team vs. WC Electric
1pm Local Heroes vs. Quyon Flyers
3pm Greely Eagles vs. Ed Taylor's Team
5pm Local Heroes vs. Kingston Midgets
7pm WC Electric vs. Greely Eagles

Sunday Diamond 1
10am 2nd place Group A vs 3rd place Group B
12pm Winner above vs. 1st place Group A

Sunday Diamond 2
10am 2nd place Group B vs 3rd place Group A
12pm Winner above vs. 1st place Group B


OASA Masters - uncancelled now?

from Eric Rosenquist

News of the death of the OASA Masters tournament may have been premature. The teams that had registered are looking at the possibility of playing in a single division with a mix of the “A (competitive)” and “B (recreational)” rules. A decision will be made on Wednesday afternoon once we see if there are enough teams to make the tournament worthwhile.

I’ve entered an Ottawa-area team, but the cancellation led to me losing several players who made alternate plans. I could use several additional players, so if you’re available and eligible, please get in touch with me.

The tournament is the weekend of July 18-20th and it’s in Niagara Falls Ontario. We don’t expect to have any games on the Friday night, so Friday will be a travel day. Hotel rooms have been reserved and will cost $75/night if you share with another player; less if you’re willing to split the room 3 or 4 ways.

If you’re turning 39 this calendar year, you’re eligible to play. There’s a chance that the rules will allow each team to have two or three “underage” players, where “underage” will probably be defined as turning 35+ this calendar year.

If you’re interested, please contact me ASAP by emailing both:

eric (at) rosenquist (dot) com
rosenquist (at) gmail (dot) com

Let me know if you’re in the 39+ or 35+ age bracket and what position(s) you play.

Friday, June 27, 2008

AuSable Forks, NY schedule released

The schedule for the AuSable Forks, NY tournament has been released with 10 teams scheduled to play on the July 11-13 weekend.

Two GOFL teams (Ottawa Blitz and Carp I4C Victory) are entered. As well the Gordon Oil team from down there traditionally is made up of several players from the GOFL.

Schedule here on Al's Fastball.

Canada Day fastball in Kenmore

The Canada Day Celebrations in downtown Kenmore will feature a GOFL league game. Move info on TC's Blog, or see the article below from the Ottawa South Weekender:

by Josh Cohen
If you have never seen a men's fastball game, Kenmore Bi-Centennial Park will be the place to be on Canada Day. Kenmore Minor Ball and the Kenmore Recreation Association will be hosting an afternoon game between the Greely DNTW Eagles and Ottawa Team Easton.

Team Easton will have in their line-up two-time National Softball Team Canada member Randy Peck, along with one of the top pitchers in the game, Dan Conklin (close enough).

Before the main attraction begins, two other games will begin at 2:30 p.m. On diamond one, the Kenmore Heat mite boys (aged 9-10) will be facing off against the Orleans Select Rebels.

On diamond two, the Girls Squirt division (aged 11-12) will feature a home town battle between the two Kenmore Teams.

After the ball games, the park will be filled with activities such as a bouncy castle, face painting booth, and tonnes of games.

There will be a wide variety of local talent performing on the stage during the evening to also entertain until the fireworks at dusk. There will also be a pig roast and a canteen on site.

UOVMFL update - with more info

from Shawn Laframboise

Standings updated on the website.

Friday June 6 - Micksburg Sr Twins 4 Micksburg Jr Twins 5

The Micksburg Jr Twins got their first win of the season, defeating the more experienced Micksburg team by a score of 5 - 4. Joran Graham pitched all seven innings in earning the victory (week before he left for Yukon). Jamey Mick got the nod for The Sr team and was relieved by Gary Hawkins who took the loss.

The game was tied going into the bottom of the seventh, where Adam Stone hit a walk off sacrifice fly to left field to give the Jr Twins their first victory of the season.

Sunday June 8 - Micksburg Jr Twins 2 Fitzroy/McNab Badham Carpentry 3

The Jr Twins then traveled to McNab for a tilt against the Badham Carpentry team Sunday afternoon. Graham got the nod again for Micksburg while Fitzroy/McNab countered with Andrew Jahn. Jahn got the no-decision and the win went to Troy Wilson who came in to pitch in the third inning.

The Twins got on the board early with a run in the top of the first inning. Billy Stone led-off the game with a walk. After retiring the next two batters on strikes, Jahn surrendered a single to Kyle Sinclair and then a RBI double to Paul Griffith to make it 1-0 Micksburg.

With Micksburg leading 2-1, Jahn helped out his own cause with a two-out solo homerun in the bottom of the fifth inning, ensuring at least a no-decision on his part. Badham Carpentry wasn't finished however and got the sticks going again in the bottom half of the sixth. Dave Bahm singled and would later score on a RBI single from Mitch Taylor. They would hold on for the 3-2 win.

Micksburg Pitching
Joran Graham 6IP 6H 3ER 3BB 12 K's

Fitzroy/McNab Pitching
Andrew Jahn 2IP 3H ER 2BB 4 K's
Troy Wilson 5IP 3H ER 2BB 7 K's

Wednesday June 11 - Fitzroy/McNab Badham Carpentry 15 Micksburg Sr Twins 9

In a wild shootout in Micksburg, Fitzroy/McNab prevailed to capture the W. Jonathan Regier got the start and took the loss for Micksburg. Jamey Mick saw some action in relief. Shawn Costello started for Fitzroy/McNab, however had to leave the mound in the second inning to what is diagnosed as a "lower body injury". Andrew Jahn replaced Costello on the mound and got credit for the win, throwing three innings. Shawn "Cranko" Ryan came in the close out the last two innings.

With both team swinging hot sticks, it was a close game until the sixth. After five the score was 7-6 in favor of Fitzroy/McNab. Fitzroy/McNab batted through their line-up, plating 8 runs in the top half of the inning, putting the game out of reach. Micksburg answered back with three of their own but it wasn't enough.

Cranko led the balanced attack for Badham Carpentry going 4/5 with three runs scored. All nine Fitzroy/McNab batters scored at least once. Corey Costello led the offence for Micksburg going 1/3 with a walk and two runs scored.

Thursday June 19 - Micksburg Sr Twins 2 Shawville Snappers 2

On a rainy night in Shawville, the Sr Twins and Snappers still managed to get all seven innings in. It hadn't rained a drop in the 'ville until a monsoon hit about fifteen minutes before game time. After a short delay the game got started closer to 9:00.

Corey Costello went the distance for Micksburg and Matt Greer threw all seven for Shawville. Costello threw a gem, giving up only one hit, and three walks, despite playing with a ball that was wet most of the game. Greer gave up only 3 hits across seven innings in a game that had only one earned run between the two teams.

Micksburg got something going right away. In the top of the first, Costello drew a walk and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Two pitches later, a pass ball and a friendly bounce appeared to be enough to get Costello at third, but an error to the third baseman allowed him to score to give Micksburg the lead.

Micksburg held the lead until the bottom of the seventh. Up 2-0, Costello surrendered a lead-off walk to Greer. After taking second on a pass ball, he would score on the Snappers lone hit of the contest, a Steve "Toad" McCord single to right field. McCord took second when the throw went home in an attempt to get Greer. He would eventually take third on another pass ball. With two strikes on the batter, Costello uncorked a wild pitch and McCord broke for home. A close play at the plate saw Toad slide in safely. Costello would proceed to strike out the Shawville batter with the next pitch.

Thursday June 26 - Fitzroy/McNab Badham Carpentry 0 Shawville Snappers 5

Shawville wasted no time getting their game on the right track in this one. Drew Hathway threw the complete game for the Snappers, going 7 strong, striking out 17 batters, and surrendering only 1 hit. Fitzroy/McNab countered with Troy Wilson, who aside from the first inning had a solid outing, but took the loss.

After striking out the side in the first inning, Hathway helped out his own cause lacing a three-run homer to left-center to give the Snappers a 3-run lead after 1.

Shawville added two more in the bottom of the third inning. Shawn Laframboise led off the inning with a solo homerun to straight-away centerfield to increase the lead to 4 runs. Ronnie Laronde followed that up with a double to the gap in right-center. He would later score on a Hathway sac-fly to centerfield.

This weekend will see all four teams in action with a doubleheader Sunday (June 29) afternoon in Micksburg. The Snappers will face the Micksburg Jr Twins at 1:00 with Fitzroy/McNab taking on the Sr Twins at 3:00.

Condolences to the Dumouchel Family

Our condolences to Scott Dumouchel whose mother died this week.

Gil Read Tournament Announcement

from Al Read

The 1st Annual Gil Read Memorial Tournament
Date: July 4th 5th & 6th, 2008
Location: Ottawa - Carlington Park

On Sunday August 26th, 2007, the fastball community lost one of its best coaches for not only the City of Ottawa, but the entire country.

With the help of many ex-players, family and friends we will be hosting the 1st Annual Gil Read Memorial Fastball tournament on July 4th, 5th & 6th to honor a legend. All proceeds of the tournament will go to the Gil Read Memorial Foundation which has been created in his memory. The foundation will help kids who are less fortunate compete in sports across the City of Ottawa.

Tickets are $5 for the day or $10 for the weekend. Kids under 12 are free to attend!

Come out to the ball diamond and have some fun with some of the best fastpitch players in the Ottawa Valley. Games start on Friday night at 7pm and on Saturday and Sunday at 10am.

We’ll see you all at the park!

For those of you unfamiliar with Gil Read:

Gil started with T-ball in the early 1980s in Kanata and worked his way up. He guided his various age group teams to five provincial class A titles and made three national championships. Hi accolades include:

- Team leader for the Canadian women's softball team at the 2004 Athens Olympics.
- Softball Canada's team leader for the 2003 Olympic qualifier (gold) and the 2001 Pan American junior and senior women's championships (silvers).
- Coach of the Ontario men's under-18 team gold medalists at the 1997, 2001 and 2005 Canada Summer Games.
- Coach of the University of Ottawa women's fastball team, which won a provincial silver medal in 2005.
- A dedicated volunteer with Softball Canada, he served on its coaching committee from 1995-2002 as a coaching instructor and master course conductor. He also was involved with the coaching committee and the initiation program.
- He was president of the Ontario Amateur Softball Association in 2001 and 2002. He was a member of the Softball Ontario board of directors from 2002-04, and again in 2006. He remained a director and sat on the OASA advisory council and its athlete/coach ad hoc committee.

Thursday night GOFL results from Carp

Team Easton 6 Orleans Gators 3
from Cory Morrison

Easton prevailed 6-3 over Orleans last night in Carp. This was the first end of a double header scheduled due to an earlier tilt being rained out.

Both teams started the game with a little shorthanded although Easton was able to field a full squad in their half of the 1st while Orleans played with the minimum 8 players.

The Gators jumped out to an early 2-0 in with the help of 3 well placed singles and a pass ball.

Easton tied the game in the 2nd as Dan Konkle and Kyle Olson both walked followed by consecutive singles off the bats of Kevin Chevrier and Todd Fraser to plate Konkle and Olson.

Easton then took the lead in the 3rd as Lukas Kamps singled and was driven home by a Scott Marion double.

After retiring Cory Morrison to start the 4th Orleans starter Nick Bowman walked Chevrier and Fraser, Randy Peck then hit a ball up the middle that was misplaced by the second baseman to load the bases. A wild pitched plated Chevrier then Chad Milne walked to reload the bases. Lukas Kamps followed with a fielders choice to plate Fraser and negate Peck at 3rd. Two more walks to Konkle and Marion put Easton up 6-2.

Orleans added another run in their 1/2 of the 6th but that's as close as they would get.

Dan Konkle had the win for Easton while Nick Bowman suffered the loss.

Easton Batters
Kevin Chevrier 2/3 Rbi BB
Randy Peck 2/4
Lukas Kamps 2/4 Rbi
Scott Marion 1/3 2B 2Rbi

Carp I4C Victory 1 Ottawa Blitz 1
from Derick Bulley

The Blitz tied their second game in a row and are still searching for their first win of 2008. Final score was 1-1, with Jamie Blakely (Blitz) and Neil Cooke (I4C) doing the pitching duties. Kyle Gourgon had a dinger for I4C and Russ Mitchell had the Blitz RBI.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Porter pictured pondering pitch placement

Bradley B. Porter appeared in the West Carleton EMC newspaper this weekend, throwing at the qualifier in McNab.

List of qualified teams for ToC

The latest list of qualified teams for the ToC in Wisco as per www.alsfastball.com:

ISC II Tournament of Champions

1. South Lebanon TNT (Defending Champs)
2. Taylor Farms Lumberkings ('07 ToC Runner-up)
3. Bar of Appleton II (Host Team)
4. Ottawa Team Easton Thunder (E. Ontario Challenge Cup '07)
5. Kitchener Outlaws (Ontario Challenge Cup)
6. Palermo Athletics (Highest Finisher '07 E. Canada TL Play-off)
7. ASB Villard (West St. Paul '07 Qualifier)
8. Keating Fitness ('07 MAFTL)
9. Memphis Posse (War Eagle Qualifier)
10. Chicago Fastpitch Club (Hustlehogs Icebreaker Qualifier)
11. Clay Face (Kelowna May Days Qualifier)
12. Innovative Communications (Best of the West - from Santos Qualifier)
13. Earl's Club - Wisconsin State Tournament
14. Bulyea Rustlers (Canada West ISC II Qualifier I)
15. PDC Comets (Canada West ISC II Qualifier II)
16. Rude Pac (Best of the West Qualifier)
17. Sioux Falls Sox (Huntimer Qualifier)
18. NY Knights (Midland Qualifier)
19. Cutro Professional Inspections (CPI Qualifier I)
20 Carp 14C Victory Consulting (CPI Qualifier II)
21. Pete's Blues (Kelso Klassic Qualifier)
22. Ashland Stockpack (Ashland Qualifier)
23. River City Rockers (Rose Cup Qualifier)
24. Waterdown Hammer (E. Ontario ISC II Qualifier)
25. Elora Wellington Brewers (SW Ontario ISC II Qualifier II)
26. Wilber Lime (Eau Claire Qualifier)
27. Wyevale Tribe (E. Canada Travel League)
28. Elmira Cubs (SW Ontario ISC II Qualifier I)
29. Bridgeport Braves (SW Ontario ISC II Qualifier III)

Canada now 8-1

Canada is now 8-1 at the World Junior Fastball tournament up in the Yukon with their only loss to the Aussies.

Some photos (thanks Jonathan Thomas) that include local lad Joran Graham.



Weds results from Manotick

Based on what I've been able to piece together, here are the results from the doubleheader in Manotick on Wednesday night. I hope to get a full report with details.

Stittsville 4 Blitz 4

Dan Bradley for the 56ers and Derick Bulley for the Blitz were the pitchers in this time game in which the Blitz came back to score two in the seventh. Bradley had a 2 run homerun for Stittsville while Derick Bulley was 2-3 2RBI and Tony Searle had 2RBI for the Blitzos.

Stittsville 7 Manotick 1

Darren Featherstone had the win in this one for Stittsville and Bradley saw work in relief. Trevor Lahey took the loss for the Printers.

Easton 8 WC Electric 1

Team Easton scored five in the fifth inning to invoke the mercy rule and defeat West Carleton Electric 8-1 on Wednesday night in Stittsville.

Dan Konkle had the pitching victory, while Bud Hanlon had the loss with relief from Brad Porter.

Todd Fraser started things off in the first with a solo homerun to put Easton up 1-0.

Dan Konkle and Kyle Olson singled in the second inning, and Konkle scored on a Cory Morrison single to put Easton up 2-0.

WC Electric scored in the top of the fourth to pull within one. Mike Cavanagh singled, Steve Cavanagh walked and Neil Murphy drove in Mike Cavanagh.

Easton regained their 2 run lead in the bottom of the frame. Lukas Kamps reached on an error, then Scott Marion hit a triple to cash him.

The game ended midway through the fifth when Easton batted nine men and scored 5 runs. Kevin Chevrier singled, then Fraser hit his second home run of the night. WC Eletric then changed pitches, removing Hanlon and bringing in Porter. After Dave Tubman reached on an error, Chad Milne hit an RBI double to score Tubby. Lukas Kamps then singled to score Milne. Porter struck out the next two batters, but then walked Olson. Morrison's double scord Kamps, invoking the mercy rule and ending the game.

Easton pitching
Dan Konkle -win- 5IP 1R 1ER 4H 5K 1BB

Fitzroy pitching
Bud Hanlon -loss- 4IP 5R 4ER 8H 3K 0BB
Brad Porter 0.2IP 3R 1ER 3H 2K 1BB

Easton hitting
Todd Fraser 2/3 2HR 3Rbi 2 runs scored
Cory Morrison 2/4 (2) 2B 3Rbi
Scott Marion 1/3 (1) 3B Rbi
Chad Milne 1/3 (1) 2B Rbi run scored
Lukas Kamps 1/3 1B Rbi 2 runs scored
Kyle Olson 1/2 BB
Dan Konkle 1/3 run scored
Kevin Chevrier 1/3 run scored
Dave Tubman 1/3 run scored

Fitzroy hitting
Troy Wilson 1/2
Mike Cavanagh 1/2, runs scored
Neil Murphy 1/2, RBI
Bud Hanlon 1/2

Pembroke Daily Observer coverage of World Jrs

The Pembroke newspaper had an article on Joran Graham's success at the World Juniors.

Doubleheader results from Fitzroy UPDATED

Fitzroy Harbour was the site of a doubleheader in GOFL action on Tuesday night.

Quyon 5 Manotick 1

Flyers 5 - Lomor Printers 1

On a beautiful night for ball, Quyon and Manotick opened the first half of a twin bill in Fitzroy Harbour. It was a Lomor Printers home game, making up for a rain-out on May 21st. Matt Greer took the hill for Quyon while Manotick countered with Jason Smith. Both pitchers went the distance for their respective clubs.

The game remained scoreless through three innings, before the Flyers got things going in the top half of the fourth. Joe McCleary led off with a single to right field. Steve McCord followed that up with a bloop just over second base, however it appeared that the Manotick shortstop was going to come up with the catch. The ball ended up dropping in, McCleary was caught in no man's land, and the Printers ended up getting the lead runner at second. Nick "Albert" Armitage came to the plate and stroked a line drive double over the center fielder's head for his second hit of the night, scoring McCord from first. Luke Young kept things going with an infield single putting runners on the corners with only one out. Smith retired the next batter on strikes, and Young swiped second to put two in scoring position. Greer then helped out his cause stroking a two-out, two-RBI single up the middle making it 3-0 Quyon.

Manotick got one back in the bottom half of the inning. John Lindsey led off with a single up the middle. After a line drive double to deep left field by Calvin Medynski put runners on second and third, brother Lindsay hit a high fly ball off the grey monster to score the Printers' lone run.

Dennis McCleary got things going again for Quyon in the top of the fifth. With one out, he hit a hard ground ball underneath the second baseman and reached first on the error. Shawn Laframboise advanced him to second with a sacrifice bunt. After swiping third on a pass ball, older brother Joe cashed him in with a sac fly to center field.

Laframboise led off the seventh with a walk. Joe McCleary followed that up with his second single of the night. After advancing to third on a pass ball, Laframboise scored on a RBI single from Young to make it 5-1. The Flyers now have two weeks off, with their next action coming at home on July 8th where they will host a doubleheader against Carp. The Printers' see action again tonight as they host the Stittsville 56ers in the second half of a doubleheader in Manotick.

Quyon Hitting

Nick Armitage - 2/4, 2B, RBI, run scored
Matt Greer - 1/2, BB, 2 RBI
Joe McCleary - 2/4, RBI
Luke Young - 2/4, RBI, run scored, reached on error
Steve McCord - 1/4, run scored

Manotick Hitting

Lindsay Medynski - 1/3, 2B, RBI
John Lindsey - 1/3, run scored
Trevor Lahey - 1/2, BB
Calvin Medynski - 1/3, 2B

Manotick 6 WC Electric 3

Manotick prevailed for a 6-3 victory in the second game of the twin bill.

Trevor Lahey had the complete game win for Manotick, while Steve Cavanagh took the loss with Troy Wilson seeing some work in relief in the seventh.

Fitzroy got out to a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning. Troy Wilson hit a solo home run to score the first run of the game. Then consecutive singles by Jason Armstrong and Jason Cope put runners on second and third, as the throw on Cope's single went to third. Adam Brown then grounded out to second, but cashed in Armstrong to put the Electric up by 2.

The Printers answered back with a run in the fourth. Steve Edgerton led off the inning with a double, continuing his hot year at the plate. A Mike Branchaud single scored Edgerton, putting the score at 2-1 for the home team.

Manotick tied the game in the top of the sixth. Mike Branchaud hit hit another single and advanced to second on a wild pitch. John Lindsey then doubled with two out to score Branchaud and tie the game at 2.

The visitors then put up a 4 run seventh inning to take control. Lindsay Medynski led off with a single. Richie Antunes then dropped a homer over the fence in left centre field to put Manotick up 4-2. With one out, Joe Allan singled, and then scored on a Steve Edgerton homer, putting the Printers up 6-2. Troy Wilson then came in to pitch and get the final two outs for WC Electric.

Fitzroy staged a rally in the bottom of the seventh, but could not complete the comeback. Jason Cope hit a huge solo homer over the "grey monster" in right that landed at third base on the upper diamond to put the Electric within three. Adam Brown then singled and Trevor Barton walked, however Lahey shut the door with a strikeout to preserve the victory.

Both shortstops in the game, Steve Edgerton for Manotick and Mike Cavanagh for WC Electric made some excellent defensive plays in the game.

Manotick pitching
Trevor Lahey - win - 7IP 3R 3ER 8H 10K 2BB

Fitzroy pitching
Steve Cavanagh - loss - 6.1IP 6R 6ER 10H 6K 0BB
Troy Wilson 0.2IP 0R 0ER 0H 0K 0BB

Manotick hitting
Joe Allan 1-4, run scored
Steve Edgerton 3-4, 2B, HR, 2RBI, 2 runs scored
Mike Branchaud 2-4, RBI, run scored
John Lindsey 1-4, RBI, 2B
Lindsay Medynski 1-3, run scored
Rich Antunes 1-3, HR, 2RBI
Trevor Lahey 1-3, 2B

Fitzroy hitting
Steve Johnson 1-4
Mike Cavanagh 1-3
Troy Wilson 1-3, HR, RBI, run scored
Jason Armstrong 2-3, run scored
Jason Cope 2-3, HR, RBI, run scored
Adam Brown 1-3, RBI

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

OASA Masters Cancelled

with info from Eric Rosenquist

The OASA Masters have been cancelled. Scheduled for mid-July in Niagara Falls, apparently there were not enough teams to make it viable.

World Juniors update

Looks like Canada is 6-0 in the World Juniors tournament up in the Yukon.

From a quick check of the stats, it appears Joran Graham has three home runs - against South Africa, Botswana and Venezuela. Congrats Joran!

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Canada undefeated at World Jrs

Canada is undefeated at 5-0, tied with Australia atop the standings at the World Junior (U19) fastball tournament in Whitehorse, Yukon.

Word is that Joran Graham of Micksburg (Quyon Flyers in the GOFL) had a good game against South Africa, seeing some pitching action and hitting a homerun.

Greely 4 Orleans 2

According to TC's blog, Greely defeated Orleans 4-2 on Monday night.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Nokona Glove Deal (PS I drink 50)

As most of you probably know, I don't make a cent off this thing. You guys don't click enough on the Google Ads to make any money on those. I just post info at all hours of the day on this blog because either a) I love the game and I want to ensure all the fastball news in our area gets the widest possible dissemination (my preferred explanation) or b) I have a mildly obsessive personality (Mrs. Fitzroy Fastball's version) or c) both.

Anyway, Dale McKenzie asked me to repost the info below. Normally I don't put up ads because that's not what this site is about, but Dale mentioned that this site had generated some business for him and asked me to move it up.

So if you want a new glove, give Dale a shout.

And if you think I should get one beer for each glove Dale sells based on referrals from the blog, send an email to brunoneedsbeer@yahoo.ca (seriously, send one) and I'll forward to him to try and convince him that I deserve a one beer commission for each glove sold.


High End Ball Glove Clearance
from Dale McKenzie

We are clearing out a "sample" inventory of high end Nokona ball gloves.

Simply put -- these are among the highest quality gloves available in the world. They are all made "one at a time" by hand in the USA.

Many options currently available in 12.5"-14.0" softball gloves. Variety of leather type, colors, closed/open web and wrist closures available.

(Smaller baseball gloves and limited childrens sizes available).

Note: extremely limited supply of "right handed" gloves.

In the GOFL you can talk with: Neil Cooke or Trevor Wood or Eric Rosenquist to see their gloves or check on their satisfaction.

If you want to save BIG $ over retail prices, give me a shout.

Dale McKenzie

OASA Elminations - updated


Peewee Eliminations are being held in Stratford from June 27 to 29.

19 teams competing. Click here for the draw.

Eastern Ontario teams include Micksburg, Sydenham, Kingston and Toledo.


Bantam Eliminations are being held in the fastball hotbed of Owen Sound from July 4 to 6.

15 teams competing. Click here for the draw.

Only eastern Ontario team appears to be Sydenham, unless you count Napanee (and I don't).


Midget Eliminations are being held in the Napanee from July 11 to 13.

19 teams competing. Click here for the draw.

Sydenham and Kingston are the only eastern Ontario teams competing.


Junior Eliminations are being held in Toanche (Midland area) from July 4 to 6.

16 teams competing. Click here for the draw.

Only eastern Ontario team is Smiths Falls (who are hosting the Jr B Provincial tournament as well). The Redmen have Fingal first game - who I believe will have players from the Orleans Gators on their roster.

Suprising/disappointing to see no teams from the Orleans organization competing this season.

Toledo peewee Jets capture B championship at Cobourg Invitational

from Luke Healey

After facing bantam teams for the past 4 weeks the Toledo GIM Jets welcomed the sight of Peewee clubs over the weekend.

The tournament featured 10 teams from the central Toronto area and as far east as Toledo. They included provincial favorites Springbrook and Napanee.

The Jets completed the 4 game round robin with a record of 2 wins, 1 loss and a 1-1 tie against a strong Springbrook club to open the tournament. A 4-2 loss to Scarbourgh Sunday prevented the Toledo from playing in the A championship game against Napanee. Both Coaches were quite frustrated with the Sunday loss due to the slow start and the inability to capitalize on runners in scoring position.

“Based on how we played on Saturday, this was a team we should have beaten”, coach Robertson indicated.

Blow out wins over host Cobourg and Richmond Hill left Toledo controlling there own destiny on Sunday morning.

The B-championship game featured Toledo against Frontenac Sunday afternoon. After overcoming a 1st inning 2-0 deficit, the Jets scored 12 unanswered runs to coast to 10-2 decision. Napanee defeated Springbrook 2-1 to Capture the A.

In giving up only 7 runs over the weekend and scoring 37, the coaches were overall quite pleased with their team's effort. Jesse Robertson, Kirk Jordan and Roddy Freeman led the team in hits and reached base multiple times over the weekend.

Next weekend Toledo will open the eliminations against the defending Eastern Canadian champions and host club Stratford on Friday evening.

GOFL Week 8

Week 8 is "doubleheader" week in the Greater Ottawa Fastball League - the umps will be happy!

Monday night (tonight) sees Orleans visit Greely to face the Eagles at 8:30PM.

Tuesday night is a rare 7pm / 9pm doubleheader in Fitzroy Harbour. Quyon will face Manotick (Printer's home game) in the first match up, a rain out make up from earlier in the season, followed by West Carleton Electric hosting Manotick Lomor Printers in their first meeting this season. The bar will be open in the hall afterward and we anticipate good business with these two teams in town!

Wednesday night West Carleton Electric travels to the Grove in Stittsville to see Team Easton at 8:30PM.

Stittsville 56ers visit Manotick on Wednesday night for a double bill. First game is at 7pm against the Ottawa Blitz, followed by a 9pm tilt against the Printers.

Thursday will see another doubleheader on the schedule, this time in Carp, as Orleans will face Team Easton in the 7pm start to make up for a rain out from Week 1, while I4C Victory hosts the Blitz in the second game scheduled for 9pm.

A lot of games this week - let's hope for good or at least playable weather!

1000 Posts

A milestone for this blog - up to 1000 post since inception. Thanks to all contributors, keep your fastball info coming. Men's, women's, minor...as long as it's fastball and from this area, I'll put it up. Send your info to fastball[at]fitzroyharbour.com or my work email if you have it.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Waterdown Hammer wins ToC berth at McNab

Waterdown Hammer (ISC II #10) won the Tournament of Champions berth in McNab this weekend, winning the 8 team qualifier with four straight wins, three by the arm of veteran Wayne Wells.

Final order of finish:
Waterdown Hammer 4-0
Carp I4C Victory 3-2
Fitzroy Harbour WC Electric 3-2
North York Knights 2-2
Quyon COMBAT Flyers 1-2
Greely DNTW Eagles 1-2
Donnaconna Blue Sox 0-2
Fitzroy/McNab Badham Carpentry 0-2

Waterdown Hammer 11
Fitzroy/McNab Badham Carpentry 2
WP: Rod Fevreau
LP: Andrew Jahn

Fitzroy Harbour WC Electric 2
North York Knights 0
WP: Brad Porter
LP: Tracy Woolridge

Carp I4C Victory 6
Greely DNTW Eagles 0
WP: Trevor Wood
LP: Ray Shanoush

Quyon Flyers 2
Donnaconna Blue Sox 1
WP: Matt Greer
LP: Francis Leclair

North York 8
Fitzroy/McNab 1
WP: Kyle Linton
LP: Shawn "Cranko" Ryan

Greely 8
Donnaconna 2
WP: Shannon Borho
LP: Francis Leclair

Waterdown 10
Fitzroy Harbour 0
WP: Wayne Wells
LP: Bud Hanlon

Carp 4
Quyon 3 (9 innings)
WP: Neil Cooke
LP: Matt Greer

Fitzroy Harbour 6
Greely 1
WP: Brad Porter
LP: Shannon Borho

North York 6
Quyon 0
WP: Tracy Woolridge
LP: Darren Featherstone

Fitzroy Harbour 2
North York 1
WP: Brad Porter
LP: Tracy Woolridge

Waterdown 6
Carp 1
WP: Wayne Wells
LP: Bryan Brooks

Carp 12
Fitzroy Harbour 0
WP: Trevor Wood
LP: Brad Porter

Waterdown 4
Carp 3
WP: Wayne Wells
LP: Jordan MacDonald

A few random thoughts on the weekend:

- Good job again by Harold McMillan and his volunteers from McNab/Braeside Minor Ball. Well run event. Beer for $3 (no inflation up in McNab/Braeside Twp. I guess!) is a good price.

- Despite that JJ warned for potential showers, the weather was beautiful and sunny, but not too hot for ball.

- The infields were a little hard, making some interesting bounces (just ask Andrew Bruce of the Eagles and his cheekbone), but generally the fields were in good shape. Nice touches by the hardworking rec director Ryan "Meat" Marcellus of the Township on little things, like getting the bathrooms painted before the tourney.

- Waterdown definitely deserved to win the tourney. Their only close game was the final, in which Carp got behind 4-1 and came back within one but couldn't close the deal.

- I4C Victory already had a berth from Oswego and were only playing for the 'travel money', but they did well, with their only losses coming to Waterdown. Several new faces on the Carp team with a contingent of players from Napanee in the starting line-up.

- When West Carleton Electric played well, they looked good in their three wins, two over North York and one over Greely. However, when they played bad, they played REAL bad with several errors in losses to the top two teams but a combined 22-0 score.

- North York Knights had a very small bench considering they came up from Toronto with only 11 guys, one of whom had to leave on Sunday. A decent team that might have been missing a couple of key players to make a better run at it.

- Quyon won a close first one over Donnaconna then lost a nine-inning squeaker against I4C. Carp had the bases loaded in the bottom of the eighth with none out and the Flyers got out of it, only to lose in the ninth. Matt Greer showed a lot of jam gutting it out over 16 innings in a row. Quyon seemed to be out of gas in their third game when they lost to North York.

- Greely picked up a big win over Donnaconna, but couldn't get things rolling against Carp or Fitzroy.

- Donnaconna Blue Sox had to be the biggest surprise of the tournament. After good showings at the 2007 qualifier in Kingston and the Home League tourney in McNab last season, they were ranked #2 coming in, but went "0-2 BBQ".

- The young lads of Fitzroy/McNab keep getting better. It's good to see them stepping up to play against this type of competition. Their second game was 2-1 until the sixth - the 8-1 final isn't really reflective of their decent performance.

- It was good to see all teams (with one possible exception) patronizing the beer garden. Both finalists dropped in afterward for a few - good show by Waterdown since they are facing a long drive home. Some of the Hammer guys can be pretty grumpy on the field, but give them credit for representing in the beer garden.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

ISC II qualifier at McNab - scores

Scores as I know them:

Waterdown Hammer 11
Fitzroy/McNab Badham Carpentry 2

Fitzroy Harbour WC Electric 2
North York Knights 0

Carp I4C Victory 6
Greely DNTW Eagles 0

Quyon Flyers 2
Donnaconna Blue Sox 1

North York 8
Fitzroy/McNab 1

Greely 8
Donnaconna 2

Waterdown 10
Fitzroy Harbour 0

Carp 4
Quyon 3 (9 innings)

Fitzroy Harbour 6
Greely 1

North York was leading Quyon 6-0 in the bottom of the fifth. Assuming North York wins....tomorrow's games:

9am North York vs. Fitzroy Harbour
11am Waterdown vs. Carp
1pm Loser of Waterdown vs. Carp to play winner of North York vs. Fitzroy Harbour
3pm Final
5pm If game

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Some coverage of the Jim Bradford Tourney

From Northumberland Today.

Gil Read Tourney update

According to Al Read, they have seven teams confirmed for the Gil Read Tourney on July 4-6 and they are looking to put together an eighth team to round out the draw.

Interested in entering a team or playing? Contact Al at 613-225-3837.

ISC II Rankings released for June 18

The new ISC II rankings are out.

Carp I4C Victory is now on the list, making an appearance at #24. Easton moves up to #6 and is now ranked first in Canada. Waterdown Hammer, who will be attending the qualifier in McNab are now down to #10.

Top 10:

1. California Lumberkings (Bakersfield, CA)
2. New York Knights (New York City, NY)
3. TNT (South Lebanon, PA)
4. CPI (Oswego, NY)
5. Ashland Stockpack (Ashland, OH)
6. Team Easton Thunder (Ottawa, ON)
7. Elmira Cubs (Elmira, ON)
8. Hoffman Rise (Perkasie, PA)
9. Keating's Fitness (Wilkes-Barre, PA)
10.Waterdown Hammer (Waterdown, ON)

Manotick at Orleans - wait for it - CANCELLED

Surprise surprise - another cancellation. Apparently the field in Orleans was way too soggy to play tonight so we'll add another one to the cancellation list. After Week 7 we've had 11 games postponed, plus the nine at the showcase. See below.

Game 3 - Orleans at Easton (rescheduled for June 26 in Carp)
Game 4 - Stittsville at Manotick (rescheduled for July 24)
Game 5 - Stittsville at Blitz (rescheduled for July 24)
Game 16 - Quyon at Blitz (not currently rescheduled)
Game 17 - Quyon at Manotick (tentative for June 24 in Fitzroy)
Game 41 - Greely at Carp (not currently rescheduled)
Game 48 - Orleans at Stittsville (not currently rescheduled)
Game 49 - Manotick at Stittsville (rescheduled for July 30 in Manotick)
Game 50 - Carp at Greely (not currently rescheduled)
Game 54 - Carp at Manotick (not currenlty rescheduled)
Game 55 - Manotick at Orleans (not currently rescheduled)

Showcase (9 games) - tentatively rescheduled for July 26

Stittsville defeats Blitz 2-1

info from Sam Oliver

Stittsville 56ers defeated the Ottawa Blitz 2-1 in a wet one on Wednesday night, shortened to 5 innings.

Darren Featherstone pitched the win and hit a walk off solo shot HR in the bottom of the 5th.

Derick Bulley pitched for the Blitz and drove in their run with a single.

More info to come.

The umps are bloggin' too

The Eastern Ontario Umpires Association has a blog.

They also have a website.

Blue Crew on A-Channel

from Gary Callaghan

Watch the A-Channel morning show this Friday, June 20th for discussions with Kurt Stoodley, Karen and Angie and some Eastern Ontario Umpires Association members. The feature story on 'local softball officials' should air between 7:45 and 8:00.


There will be a five-ten minuted discussion on what it takes to be a umpire - Greg Johnson, George Findley, Dave Herbst (FP-ZUIC), Stuart Bowden (SP-ZUIC) and Christie Bray (to be confirmed) will be in uniform to handle the Q & As.

Carp at Manotick rained out

If it's Wednesday, it must be raining....

Carp traveled to Manotick last night, but they didn't get the game in due to the rain. Add this to the list of games to reschedule.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

ISC II rankings due out Thursday

Word is that there will be another set of ISC II rankings coming out this week before the qualifiers in McNab and Palmerston.

Quyon downs Orleans 4-0

Quyon 4 Orleans 0
from Shawn Laframboise

The big question mark all day long was the weather, and with pouring rain up until 20 minutes before game time it didn't look good. However the rain stopped, and aside from a light drizzle in the later innings, it proved to be a good night for ball. Drew Hathway got the nod for Quyon while Orleans countered with Nick Bowman.

Hathway pitched the first 4 innings and got credit for the win, and Matt Greer came in to close things up, throwing the final three. Bowman pitched all six for the Gators in a losing effort.

Quyon got things going in the bottom of the second inning. Matt Greer walked to lead things off, and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Jordan Kearns cashed in the games first run with an RBI double down the left field line.

In the top of the third, Jordan Adams led off with a walk. In an attempt to push a bunt through the shallow infield, Nick Bowman popped it up to short and Greer doubled off Adams at first.

The Flyers were back at it in the bottom of the third, with Dennis McCleary leading things off with a single up the middle. McCleary was advanced to second on a sac bunt from Shawn Laframboise, and then took third on a pass ball. He would score on a ground ball to second base from older brother Joe.

Joel Langford and Matt Bowman had the only two hits for Orleans. Quyon would add two more to go up 4-0, and hold on for the win. Because of next Tuesday's game between Easton and Quyon being rescheduled to July 18th, the Flyers next league game isn't until the 8th of July. Orleans will host Manotick on Thursday night.

Quyon Hitting

Shawn Laframboise 1/1, 2B, RBI, 2 BB, sac bunt
Jordan Kearns 1/2, 2B, RBI, BB, run scored
Matt Greer 1/3, BB, RBI, run scored
Steve McCord 1/1, BB, run scored
Dennis McCleary 1/3, BB, run scored
Joe McCleary 0/4, RBI

Orleans Hitting

Joel Langford 1/2, BB
Matt Bowman 1/3
Jordan Adams 0/1, 2 BB

WC Electric holds on to defeat Team Easton 4-3

West Carleton Electric held on to defeat Team Easton 4-3 on Tuesday night in Fitzroy Harbour.

Brad Porter had the win for the Electric, coming to relieve Bud Hanlon. Dan Konkle went the distance for Team Easton.

Team Easton was short-staffed in this one, playing with the league minimum 8 players.

The home team scored in the bottom of the first. Mike Cavanagh hit a two out double and scored when Shawn Rebertz hit a two-run homer.

Team Easton drew within one in the top of the fourth when Kevin Chevrier hit an infield single that scored Chad Milne from third. Later in the inning, with men on second and third with two out, the Electric opted to have Bud Hanlon intentionally walk Randy Peck. It turned out to be a good move, as the home team escaped the inning without further damage when the next batter grounded out.

Easton went up 3-2 in the fifth. Chad Milne hit his second single of the game with one out. After Scott Marion ground out moving Milne to second, and with the Easton order coming through for the fourth time, Fitzroy made a pitching change, putting Brad Porter into the game. The first batter facing Porter, Dave Tubman, walked for the second time on the night, and both runners advanced on a wild pitch. Kevin Chevrier then dropped in a blooper to right field, scoring another two RBIs on the night for the veteran second baseman.

WC Electric answered back to regain the lead in the bottom of the fifth. Troy Wilson led things off with a line drive home run to tie the game. Then with one out, Jon Daley doubled. The next batter Trevor Barton traded places with Daley with a double of his own to put the Electric up 4-3.

The game ended 4-3 for the home team as Porter preserved the victory.

Fitzroy pitching
Bud Hanlon 4.2IP 1R 2ER 7H 1K 2BB
Brad Porter - win - 2.1IP 2R 1ER 2H 5K 1BB

Easton pitching
Dan Konkle - loss - 6IP 4R 4ER 6H 7K 0BB

Fitzroy hitting
Jon Daley 1-3, 2B, R
Trevor Barton 1-3, 2B, RBI
Michael Cavanagh 2-3, 2B, R
Shawn Rebertz 1-3, HR, 2RBI, R
Troy Wilson 1-2, HR, R

Easton hitting
Dave Tubman 1-3, R, 2BB, SB
Kevin Chevrier 3-5, 3RBI
Randy Peck 1-3, IBB
Lukas Kamps 1-4, 2B
Chad Milne 2-4, 2R
Scott Marion 1-3, sac bunt

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

ISC II Qualifier in McNab - rules and other info

Rules for the ISC II Qualifier in McNab this weekend are below.

Full schedule and directions posted below.

Note: Carp I4C Victory has already won a berth at the qualifier last weekend in Oswego, NY. If Carp wins the McNab tournament, the second place team will receive the berth to the ToC in Wisconsin, but Carp will receive the "travel money" awarded at this tournament.

1. Rules of play will be those in the current rule book of Softball Canada with the exception that we will use the ISC pitching rule and the ISC (ISF) eligible bat list. Note that this is different from the SC/ASA bat list.

2. The tournament format will be double knockout.

3. If a game cannot be completed due to weather or other factors, it will be resumed from the point of stoppage.

4. The mercy rule is 7 runs after 4.5 innings and is in effect in ALL games.

5. Team lineups must be completed and handed in to the game controllers prior to the start of the game. At that time, you will receive a game ball for warm-ups.

6. A coin toss will determine home team, which will take the 3rd base bench, unless the visiting team is already on that bench from the previous game.

7. The International Tie-Breaker Rule will apply in all games except the final game(s). The tie-breaker rule will be in effect from the start of the 8th inning and the ITB runner will be the batter who is scheduled to hit 9th in the inning.

8. The 2-out catcher replacement runner is NOT in effect.

9. We ask that teams dress in contrasting colour jerseys to make the game more visually appealing for fans.

10. Protests on the interpretation of the playing rules only will be considered. A protest must be made at the time of the incident - before the next pitch is delivered. Protests will be decided by the UIC.

11. No infield practice will be permitted prior to games.

12. The official schedule shall be the posted bracket board.

13. Alcoholic beverages are only permitted during designated time in the beer garden area. Teams that tail-gate may be disqualified from the tournament.

Upper Valley Fastball Reunion article

Check out the article in the Pembroke Daily Observer about the fastball reunion last weekend.

GOFL Week 7

Week 7 in the GOFL looks as follows:

Team Easton goes in to Fitzroy Harbour to face West Carleton Electric at 8:30PM tonight (Tuesday). Orleans will also be travelling tonight, visiting Quyon for a 8:30PM start.

Wednesday night will see the Ottawa Blitz into Stittsville to face the 56ers at 8:30PM, while I4C will travel to Manotick to play the Printers at 8PM.

The final game of the week sees Manotick in Orleans to face the Gators at 8:30PM.

Let's hope that the weather holds and we get most/all of these games played.

Carp @ Greely postponed

The game in Greely was postponed last night due to the weather and will be rescheduled.

Easton at the CPI Tourney in Oswego, NY

from Cory Morrison

It was a good weekend for ball in Oswego - hot and humid. Unfortunately the rain on Saturday forced the tourny to be shortened a bit.

Game 1 Easton 3 VS Glencoe Astros 0

Dan Konkle and Jeff Murphy combined for the shutout while Brad Meldrum took the loss for Glencoe. Craig Buttar was 3/4 with 2 runs scored while Dan Jessiman was 1/4 with 2Rbi

Game 2 Easton 4 VS Armour Rise (Pennsylvania) 2

Dan Konkle started for Easton and gave up 2 runs on 3 hits over 4 innings of work. Jeff Murphy came into the game with Easton down 2-1 and pitched 3 scoreless innings. Ryan Cummings took the loss for the Rise. Easton scored 3 runs in the 6th inning to erase a 2-1 deficit and take the game 4-2. Gary Manley was 2/3 3B 1B 2Rbi and a run scored while Cory Morrison was 1/3 3B Rbi and run scored. Easton was able to exact some revenge on Cummings as he was the winning pitcher on recond last year when Tavistock knocked Easton out of the ToC.

Game 3 Easton 4 VS PA Power 1

Dan Konkle got the win going 4 innings while giving up 1 run. Jeff Murphy entered in the 5th and pitched 3 scoreless innings. Russ Root took the loss for PA Power despite giving up only 3 hits. PA Power scored their line run in the 1st inning while Easton countered with 2 runs in the 2nd and two more in the 4th. Cory Morrison was 1/3 3B rbi 2 runs scored while Gary Manley was 1/2

Game 4 Easton 1 VS CPI 3

Easton suffered their lone loss on the tournament in the semifinal game despite out hitting their opponent from NY. Dan Konkle took the loss going the full 7 innings and giving up just 4 singles while Shawn Winship got the win. CPI scored two runs in the 1st on two well placed singles a walk and a pass ball. Easton was able to put runners on in every inning but were only able to cash 1 in the 6th. CPI added an insurance run in the 7th. Dave Tubman was 1/3 1B Rbi while Dan Jessiman and Gary Manley each hit a 2B.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Pictou, NS tournament

It's the same weekend as the Gil Read, but just for your interest...

Moose Madness Fastpitch Classic Cash Prize Tournament
JULY 3,4,5,6 2008
Pictou Landing/Trenton, Nova Scotia

Registration: $600:
1st PLACE div. A': $5,000
1st PLACE div. B': $2,500

Facebook site: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=17304881409&ref=mf

The Pictou Lobster Carnival is taking place the same weekend so teams may want to book for accomodations well in advance as this event takes in many visitors to the area. There will be nightly entertainment, beer gardens and amusement rides.

For further information you can go to the Pictou Lobster Carnival webpage. http://www.pictoulobstercarnival.ca/

West Carleton Electric ties for third in Grafton

Fitzroy Harbour West Carleton Electric finished tied for third in the Grafton "Jim Bradford" Tournament this past weekend. It was beautiful weather all weekend, hot and sunny.

Game 1: WC Electric 1 Oshawa Double B Intermediates 0

Brad Porter pitched a 4-hit shutout for the win. Brian Mather went six innings for Oshawa, and Tim Mather took the loss in relief in the seventh. Jon Daley had the game-winning RBI in the bottom of the seventh when he drove in Matt Greer who had reached on an error.

Game 2: WC Electric 7 Napanee Express Midgets 5

Bud Hanlon had the win over five innings and Brad Porter picked up the save. Ian Wollwork had the loss for Napanee. Jon Daley and Steve Johnson had two hits as did pick-ups Joe McCleary and Steve Walman.

Game 3: Milliken Intermediates 4 WC Electric 3

Steve Cavanagh had the loss for Fitzroy while Bud Hanlon some saw work in relief. Some skinny dude named Jesse threw for the Milliken team, from the Scarborough area. Milliken staked out a 4-0 lead after 5 innings, and WC Electric didn't get on the board until the bottom of the seventh, but were only able to get three, stranding two runners to end the game.

Game 4: WC Electric 6 Murphy's Windmillers 4

WC Electric defeated the Windmillers from Peterborough to win their pool with a 3-1 record. Bud Hanlon had the win while Matt Greer had the save. Travis Gibson had the loss in relief of Luke Leahy. Fitzroy's six runs all came in the fifth inning. Jon Daley and Joe McCleary both had two hits, Jason Armstrong had a triple and Matt Greer hit a home run for the Electric.

Semi Final: Napanee Express Juniors 1 WC Electric 0

WC Electric lost a squeaker in the semi-finals, falling to the Napanee Juniors 1-0. Brad Porter pitched a gem and was the hard luck loser allowing only two hits and walking one over six innings. Unfortunately, one of the hits for Napanee came after a runner had reached on an error and that was the difference. Jordan MacDonald had the win for Napanee, scattering six hits.

Napanee Juniors went on to play the Murphy Windmillers in the final, losing 9-2 to the Peterborough team.

Carp I4C Victory wins ToC berth in Oswego, NY

from Mike Money

The Victory team is heading to the 2008 ISC Tournament of Champions in Wisconsin after being named co-winners of the Oswego, NY ISC II Qualifier. Carp and CPI both won their semi-finals and decided to declare co-winners, since the top two teams in the tournament were given berths.

In Carp's first game, Bryan Brooks took the ball against Wayne Wells and the #7 ranked team, Waterdown Hammer. In a very close game, Carp came out on the losing end, despite a great effort with a final score of 4-3.

After a lengthy rain delay and some modifications to the tournament structure, Carp resumed play Saturday night against #20 PA Power in which Neil Cooke was on the mound for Carp. Another close game, with Carp coming out ahead 5-4.

In the quarter finals, Carp drew #22 ranked Glencoe, in which Neil Cooke pitched another great game with Carp winning that one 12-4.

Onto the semi-finals were Carp again faced Waterdown Hammer. Again Bryan Brooks had the ball for Carp where some early run support from some great hitting help out. The final score on this was 4-2 in an excellent played game.

more details to follow....

Gators 7 Blitz 5

from Jeff Langford

Orleans got the win at home on Thursday night beating the Blitz 7-5. Nick Bowman went the distance for Orleans for the win and helped his own cause, going 2-3 with a RBI and a run scored. Derek Barber scored the first Orleans run with a solo homerun the 1st. The Blitz tied the score in the 3rd when Duane Bromley hit a long fly ball to score Russ Mitchell. Orleans scored 3 more runs in the 3rd to take back the lead. Joel Langford hit a 2 run home run in the 4th to make the score 6-1. The Blitz answered back with 4 runs in the 5th. Duane Bromley had an RBI single and then Will Mood hit a 3 run shot to make the score 6-5 after 4 ½ innings. Orleans added one more run in the 5th. Derick Bulley started the game for the Blitz and took the loss. Will Mood also pitched 2 innings in relief.

Blitz Hitting
Andrew Bruce 2-3, 1 Run
Duane Bromley 1-1, BB, 2 RBI, 1 Run
Will Mood 1-3, HR 3 RBI, 1 Run
Russ Mitchell 1-2, BB 2 Runs

Orleans Hitting
Derek Barber 2-4 HR 2B, RBI, 2 Runs
Joel Langford 3-4 HR, 2 RBI, 2 Runs
Brian Friesen 0-1, 3 BB, Run
Nick Bowman 2-3, RBI, Run

Thursday, June 12, 2008

ISC II Qualifier Tournament in McNab - complete schedule

The ISC II Qualifier tournament will take place at the McNab diamonds on June 21/22 at McNab Centre park. Winner to receive a berth at the Tournament of Champions this August in Wisconsin. Complete schedule:

Saturday June 21
9 am Game 1 Waterdown Hammer (ISC II #7)vs Fitzroy/McNab Badham Carpentry D2
9 am Game 2 North York Knights vs Fitzroy Harbour West Carleton Electric D1
11am Game 3 Carp I4C Victory vs Greely DNTW Eagles D1
11am Game 4 Donnacona Blue Sox vs Quyon Flyers D2
1 pm Game 5 Loser Game 1 vs Loser Game 2 D1
3 pm Game 6 Loser Game 3 vs Loser Game 4 D2
3 pm Game 7 Winner Game 1 vs Winner Game 2 D1
5 pm Game 8 Winner Game 3 vs Winner Game 4 D1
7 pm Game 10 Winner Game 6 vs Loser Game 7 D1
9 pm Game 9 Winner Game 5 vs Loser Game 8 D1

Sunday June 22
9 am Game 12 Winner Game 9 vs Winner Game 10 D1
11am Game 11 Winner Game 7 vs Winner Game 8 D1
1 pm Game 13 Winner Game 12 vs. Loser Game 11 D1
3 pm FINAL Winner Game 13 vs. Winner Game 11 D1
5 pm "IF NECESSARY" Game

To get to the McNab diamonds, follow Highway 17 west of Arnprior, turn left on the Calabogie Road. The Diamonds on the right side of the road, about 1km or so in from the highway.

ISC II Qualifier in McNab - the poster

Click to enlarge

from Brad Porter

Easton 4 Stittsville 0

from Cory Morrison

Two of the GOFL's premier hurlers engaged in a pitching duel last night at the Grove in Stittsville with Easton prevailing 4-0.

The game was scoreless until the 3rd inning when Kevin Chevrier and Randy Peck both reached on errors. Lukas Kamps then hit one right back to the mound which Dan Bradley promptly fielded and threw home to get Chevier racing in from 3rd. Scott Marion then walked to loaded the bases which was followed by a Pat O'connor single to score two and put Easton up 2-0.

Stittsville threatened in the fifth as Dan Bradley hit a one out triple off the top of the fence in centrefield but Konkle was able to retire the next two batters to leave Bradley stranded at 3rd base.

Easton added to their lead in the 6th as Cory Morrison singled then got to second on a wild pitch. After Randy Peck popped out to second Lukas Kamps singled to score Morrison.

Dan Konkle added some insurance in the 7th with his 1st homerun of the year to cap the scoring at 4-0. The game was played in appox 90 minutes.

Dan Bradley (Stittsville) 7IP 4Runs 5Hits 1BB 9K's
Dan Konkle (Easton) 7IP 0Runs 1Hit 0BB 16K's

Dan Bradley 1/3 3B

Dan Konkle 2/3 1B HR Run Rbi
Pat O'Connor 1/3 1B 2Rbi
Lukas Kamps 1/3 1B Rbi Run

Quyon 8 Manotick 0

from Tony Riches
Quyon travelled to Manotick and showed the home team how to play defence Wednesday night, playing errorless ball in an 8-0 victory. The Printers made seven, that`s right seven, fielding errors and stirred in a couple of baserunning blunders for effect in turning a tight fastball game into a blowout by giving up a clumsy seven run sixth inning. Trevor Lahey tried to battle through, keeping the game 1-0 through five despite the first four errors behind him. Lahey was solid, surrendering only an RBI single to winning pitcher Matt Greer in the fourth inning but three consecutive Manotick errors to start the sixth opened the floodgates and the Flyers took full advantage. Dennis McLeary and Nick Armitage both drove in 2 runs in the inning before Lyle Schell made his first pitching appearance of the season to record the final out. The same Manotick team that rapped out fourteen hits last Wednesday was shut down by a solid performance from Greer and his team turned two double plays to help out.

Young 3-4, 3B, 2R
D McLeary 2-4, 2 RBI
Armitage 1-4, 3B, 2 RBI
Greer 6IP, 3H, 0R, 2BB, 4K

Lahey 5.2IP, 8H, 7R, 0ER, 2BB, 10K

Mo's Version
from Shawn Laframboise

Quyon downs Manotick 8 - 0 in six innings

The Flyers travelled to Manotick to take on the Printers Wednesday night. Matt "Cooney" Greer got the nod for Quyon while Manotick countered with Trevor Lahey. Greer threw all six innings for Quyon surrendering only two hits. Lahey went five and two thirds taking the loss. Lyle Schell came in to stop the bleeding in the sixth.

The game remained 0-0 until the fourth inning. In the top half, Luke 'Ham' Young reached first with a full-swing bunt and swiped second on a pass ball. After Lahey retired the next batter, Greer helped out his cause stroking a two-out single up the middle to give Quyon the lead.

In the bottom half of the inning Cooney struggled to find the mitt giving up a walk and then a full-count infield single to put runners on first and second. Schell laid down a sacrifice bunt to advance both runners into scoring position. With the infield pulled in and only one out, Greer got Donny Cox to hit a ground ball to first base. The runner on third was caught in no-man's land and on the attempt to return to the base the first baseman threw him out. After making the tag, third baseman Steve McCord turned around and immediately caught the runner from second base trying to advance, completing the unconventional 3 - 5 double-play.

In the top of the sixth Quyon exploded for seven runs, putting the game out of reach. Ham led off and grounded to the shortstop. The ball seemed to handcuff him and the extra second enabled Young to beat out the throw. Jordan Kearns was up next and in an attempt to lay down the sac-bunt, a questionnable non-call on what appeared to be a foul ball, followed by an error to the first baseman allowed him to reach safely. Greer reached base on another bunt and with the bases loaded Dennis McCleary hit a rope to right field scoring two. Quyon went on to bat through the line-up and add five more that inning.

Quyon's next task is Tuesday night versus the Orleans Gators in Quyon.

Quyon Hitting
Luke Young 3/4, 2 3B, 2 RBI
Matt Greer 1/3, RBI
Nick Armitage 1/4, 3B, 2 RBI
Dennis McCleary 2/4, 2 RBI
Steve McCord 1/2, 2B, 2 BB
Shawn Laframboise 1/3, RBI

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Bombers = Eagles

Word is that instead of entering as the Blackburn Bombers, they'll be known as the Greely DNTW Eagles at the ISC II qualifier in McNab.

Teams that have already qualified for Wisco

from the ISC

The following shows the teams who have already qualified for the 2008 ISC World and ISC II Tournament of Champions (and how they qualified). The list is of those teams who have qualified through the June 6-8 weekend.

ISC World Tournament

1. The Farm Tavern (Defending Champs)
2. Stone Yard (Host Team)
3. Texaco Pirates - Bahamas (International Berth)
4. Niagara Snappers (ISC II Move-up Berth)
5. Bar of Appleton (ISC II Move-up Berth)
6. Jarvis Gamblers (E. Canada TL '07)
7. Patsy's (CPI Qualifier)
8. Dolan & Murphy (Dick Tracy Qualifier)
9. Pueblo Bandits (Joe Santos Qualifier)
10. Midwest Stampede (Walcott Memorial Qualifier)
11. Circle Tap (Wisconsin State Tournament I)
12. Townline (Wisconsin State Tournament II)
13. Bar of Green Bay (Wisconsin Classic TL)
14. Kitchener Rivershark Twins (Hallman Legends Qualifier)
15. Aspen Interiors (Horse Lake Qualifier)
16. Team Rainey/IAC (Best of the West Qualifier)
17. Portland/DeMarini (Best of the West - from Lodi Shootout)
18. MinnDak Millers (Grafmeier Qualifier)

ISC II Tournament of Champions

1. South Lebanon TNT (Defending Champs)
2. Taylor Farms Lumberkings ('07 ToC Runner-up)
3. Bar of Appleton II (Host Team)
4. Ottawa Team Easton Thunder (E. Ontario Challenge Cup '07)
5. Kitchener Outlaws (Ontario Challenge Cup)
6. Palermo Athletics (Highest Finisher '07 E. Canada TL Play-off)
7. ASB Villard (West St. Paul '07 Qualifier)
8. Keating Fitness ('07 MAFTL)
9. Memphis Posse (War Eagle Qualifier)
10. Chicago Fastpitch Club (Hustlehogs Icebreaker Qualifier)
11. Clay Face (Kelowna May Days Qualifier)
12. Innovative Communications (Best of the West - from Santos Qualifier)
13. Earl's Club - Wisconsin State Tournament
14. Bulyea Rustlers (Canada West ISC II Qualifier I)
15. PDC Comets (Canada West ISC II Qualifier II)
16. Rude Pac (Best of the West Qualifier)
17. Sioux Falls Sox (Huntimer Qualifier)

Reunion game photo

A photo from the "reunion game" in Smiths Falls this weekend. Note the old Redmen jerseys still fitting some of the 'oldtimers'.

WC Electric 7-0 over Greely Eagles

In the second half of a home-and-home, the West Carleton Electric defeated the Greely Eagles 7-0 in five innings in Fitzroy Harbour on Tuesday night. Each of the nine hitters in the WC Electric starting line-up had a hit on the night.

Brad Porter had a no-hitter over five innings of work, while Ryan Cox took the loss with relief from Shannon Borho.

Large rain clouds looked like they may end the game early, but the showers were pushed down the river and the players and fans in the Harbour did not get wet.

Greely threatened in the top of the first when Mike Savoie walked with one out and stole second. However Porter retired the next two batters.

The home team scored two in the first on a Shawn Rebertz home run with Mike Cavanagh on base after a single.

WC Electric scored another in the second when Adam Brown doubled and was brought home on a Jon Daley single.

Rebertz hit another homer in the third, this time a solo shot to put Fitzroy up 4-0. Troy Wilson then walked, and moved to second on a Neil Murphy single. Both runners advanced 60 feet on a wild pitch. Wilson then scored when Brown popped up a ball to the infield that was misplayed.

Daley walked, then advanced to third on a Steve Johnson single, then scored on a Mike Cavanagh sac fly in the fourth to make the score 6-0.

The 7 run mercy rule was invoked in the bottom of the fifth. Jason Cope hit a one-out single for the home team. Brown then hit a single putting runners on first and second. Both runners moved up a base on a wild pitch. Big Bud the Spud Hanlon drove in the final run, scoring Cope for the 7-0 victory. Hanlon was celebrating his 35th birthday this night.

Fitzroy pitching
Brad Porter - win - 5IP 0R 0H 9K 2BB

Greely pitching
Ryan Cox - loss - 2.1IP 4R 4ER 8H 0K 1BB
Shannon Borho 2.2IP 3R 2ER 4H 2K 0BB 1BB 2WP

Fitzroy hitting
Jon Daley 2-2, BB, RBI, run scored
Steve Johnson 1-3
Mike Cavanagh 1-2, run scored, RBI, sac fly
Shawn Rebertz 2-3, 2 x HR, 3RBI
Troy Wilson 1-2, BB, run scored
Neil Murphy 1-3
Jason Cope 1-3, run scored
Adam Brown 2-3, 2B, run scored
Bud Hanlon 1-3, RBI

Greely hitting
Mike Savoie 0-1, BB, stolen base
Stef Skepowicz 0-1, BB

Jim Bradford Classic in Grafton

Here is the tournament schedule for the Jim Bradford Classic (men's division) in Grafton this weekend.

A Div

Murphy Windmillers
Picton Int
Oshawa BB's Jrs
Oshawa BB's Mid

B Div

Oshawa BB's Int
Fitzroy WC Electric
Milliken Int
Napanee Express Mid

C Div
Hamilton Smoke
Napanee Express Jrs
Newmarket Stingers Jrs
Stouffville Mennnos

7pm G1 D1 Murphy W vs Picton Int
G2 D2 Oshawa Jrs vs Oshawa Mid

9pm G3 D1 Napanee Jrs vs Newmarket jrs
G4 D2 Oshawa Int vs Napanee Mid

10am G5 D1 Stouffville vs Hamilton S
G6 D2 Milliken vs Napanee Mid.
G7 D3 Picton vs Oshawa Mid
G8 D4 Oshawa Int. vs Fitzroy

12pm G9 D1 Napanee jrs vs Stouffville M.
G10 D2 Murphy W. vs Oshawa Jrs

2pm G11 D1 Hamilton S. vs Newmarket jrs
G12 D2 Fitzroy vs Napanee Mid

4pm G13 D1 Oshawa Int vs Milliken Int
G14 D2 Picton Int vs Oshawa jrs

6pm G15 D1 Napanee jrs vs Hamilton S.
G16 D2 Murphy W. vs Oshawa Mid

8pm G17 D1 Newmarket jrs vs Stouffville
G18 D2 Fitzroy vs Milliken

10am G19 D1 Hamilton S. vs Oshawa Jrs
G20 D2 Murphy W vs Fitzroy
G21 D3 Napanee Mid vs Oshawa Mid
G22 D4 Napanee Jrs vs Milliken

12pm G23 D1 Oshawa Int vs Newmarket Jrs
G24 D2 Stouffville vs Picton

2pm G25 D1 Mens semi A1 vs WC
G26 D2 Mens semi B1 vs C1

4pm G27 D1 Mens Final WG25 vs WG26

Players & pitchers wanted for Kanata recreational tournament

from Eric Rosenquist

The Glen Cairn Men’s Fastball League (www.gcmfl.com) is having its annual tournament this coming weekend, June 13-15th, at the Bridlewood Core Park diamonds. A number of our teams are short on players and a few are missing their starting pitcher. If you’re a fastball player or would like to give the sport a try, please send your contact information and softball resume to captains(at)gcmfl(dot)com.

The tournament has a 4 game guarantee, with one game Friday night (6:30 or 8:30), two Saturday, and one or two on Sunday. Cost for non-league players is $20 for the weekend. Batting helmets and long pants are required; metal cleats are permitted.

Trend Arlington League update

from Wynn Fenwick

The 2008 Trend-Arlington Men's Fastball League's 32nd season is well underway.

After winning it all last year, Duguay Sports is out of the gate quickly, wining three of their first four games with father-son battery of Pierre and Benoit Boivin complementing a solid offense that is averaging 8 runs per game.

Chris "Maverick" Kingsbury and Art Henry are back again throwing Lone Star right on Duguay's heels. Lone Star is bulldozing the league's pitching with 47 runs in the first four games.

Giant Carpet is sporting the league's newest pitcher Jacques "Coco" Maxwell and is leading the league in team defense and a great mix of youth and experience.

Leading the league in heart and young pitching is John Flood's Team Laurek Canada. With two new pitchers under the tutelage of Fred Welling and three father-son pairs look for Laurek to challenge this season.

The venerable PJ Quigley's bunch is together again with pitcher Kevin Wilson backstopped by Dean McDonald, and one of the league's rangiest outfields. Watch for PJ's bats to get untracked after a sleepy start.

TAMFL welcomes several new players this season:

Marc Dore
James Nicol
Jason Wiseman
Mark Spinks
Matthew Pollesel
Chris Jelley
Dan Miville
Johnny Paolozzi

We're always welcoming new players. If you want to see what we're up to, stop by Trend-Arlington Field, just off Greenbank and Bellman near West Hunt Club. If you're interested in trying us out, contact Wynn Fenwick Convenor Committee Chair at info@tafastball.ca.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

WC Electric wins in Greely

The Fitzroy Harbour West Carleton Electric defeated the Eagles 7-0 in their first trip to Andy Shields Park in Greely.

Bud Hanlon got the win, working five innings while Brad Porter finished in relief to preserve the shutout. Shannon Borho was tagged with the loss, working into the sixth inning and Ryan Cox saw action in relief.

The game was scoreless through three until West Carleton scored one in the top of the fourth. Steve Cavanagh singled with one out and was moved to second on a Neil Murphy sac bunt. Jason Armstrong then punched out a single to score Cavanagh and put the Electric up 1-0.

Fitzroy scored a pair of runs in the sixth. Mike Cavanagh led things off with a single and was scored by a Shawn Rebertz double. Steve Cavanagh then drove Rebertz, chasing Borho from the game. Cox managed to get out of the inning without further damage.

The Electric scored four in the final inning to finish the scoring, all with two outs. Mike Cavanagh hit a single and Rebertz hit another double. Both were scored on a Steve Cavanagh single. Neil Murphy then reached on a walk. On a misplayed ball in the infield, Jason Armstrong reached base and Steve Cavanagh scored. Then Troy Wilson singled to score Murphy.

Fitzroy pitching
Bud Hanlon 5IP 0R 3H 3K 1BB
Brad Porter 2IP 0R 1H 4K 1BB

Greely pitching
Shannon Borho 5IP 3R 3ER 8H 4K 0BB
Ryan Cox 2IP 4R 2ER 4H 1K 2BB

Fitzroy hitting
Steve Johnson 1-4
Mike Cavanagh 2-4, 2 runs scored
Shawn Rebertz 2-4, 2 doubles, RBI, 2 runs scored, SB
Steve Cavanagh 3-4, 3RBI, 2 runs scored
Neil Murphy 1-1, BB, 2 sac bunts, run scored
Jason Armstrong 2-4, RBI, SB
Troy Wilson 1-3, RBI, BB

Greely hitting
Steph Vinette 1-2, BB
Tyler Cox 1-3
Steve Tsonos 1-1
Derrick Lichti 1-1

Fastball Day in Smiths Falls

from Terry & Debbie Shea

The sport of fastball is definitely alive and well in Smiths Falls given the quality of the ball displayed this past Sunday at the town’s ball parks. No fewer than six games played over the course of the day, and some excellent action with some of the finest players in the region and an excellent group of up and comers at the minor levels.

The annual Leeds Men’s League Showcase was the opener as the four clubs that make up the league all gathered at Lower Reach Park.

In the opener the Smiths Falls Madden Hearing Center Junior Redmen played the Greenbush Generals. The Gens broke on top with a four run rally in the second inning, as Smiths Falls pitcher Curtis Summers was fighting his control. The Madden crew fought their way back. RBI singles by Matt Alkerton, and Craig Nadeau in the fourth to cut the margin. The Redmen tied the score with a pair of runs in the fifth. Ryan Healey came in and pitched in the relief for the Reds and held Greenbush off the scoreboard through the middle innings. The home side took the lead in the sixth when Summers crushed a solo homer to right center. But the Juniors were unable to hold the lead, as Greenbush tallied a single run in the seventh. Smiths Falls left two men on in the bottom of the seven but were not able to score. In extra innings Greenbush scored what turned out to be the winning run in the top of eighth on a passed ball. Again the Redmen had an opportunity in the bottom of the inning but left the tying run in scoring position. Greenbush picked up its first win of the season with the 6-5 triumph, the Redmen record fell to 1 and 2.

In the second game of the triple header, it was all Newboro over Lyn. The 56ers backed by the pitching of former Redmen star Troy McLean easily outlasted Lyn 8-2. The Newboro crew is off to an undefeated 3-0 start. Lyn like Smiths Falls and Greenbush have records of 1 and 2.

To wrap things up on a very hot afternoon, the Junior Redmen faced West Carleton. The experienced West Carleton team featured many members of the 1998 Redmen provincial championship team. Included in the group, local product Brad Porter doing the pitching. The veterans gave the younger generation of Redmen a good lesson in quality fastball. Porter allowed only two hits over his five plus innings of work, held the Redmen scoreless until the fifth. Meanwhile Chris Hall was doing good job on the rubber for the Madden crew holding a power line-up from West Carleton. The veterans did finally prevail, as former Redmen third baseman Shawn Rebertz drove in three runs. Smiths Falls scored two more in the sixth on a triple by Matt Alkerton and double from Kevin Phillips. The final score was 8-3. Afterwards all the former and present Redmen joined for group photo, including coaches Ray Madden, Claire Porter and Wayne Hedderson .

To wrap up the days’ proceeding all three of Smith Falls midget teams were in action under the lights. At the Community Center the Midget 1 team defeated Athens, at Lower Reach the Midget 2 team edged Lyn and in Midget girls action Smiths Falls won over Greenbush.

The Junior Redmen next see action on Thursday night as they face Lyn. The game will be played in Greenbush, because of diamond availability issues in Lyn.

Sunday, June 08, 2008


The Greater Ottawa Fastball League week six schedule looks as follows:

Monday night sees West Carleton Electric make their first trip to Greely to face the DNTW Eagles at 8:30PM.

In the second half of a home and home, the Eagles travel to Fitzroy Harbour to face WC Electric on Tuesday night at 8:30PM.

On Wednesday, Stittsville will host Team Easton at the Grove for a 8:30PM start.

Manotick Lomor Printers and Quyon Flyers will play on Wednesday night at the Manotick Arena diamond at 8PM. (UPDATE: No doubleheader this week, that was an error on my part.)

The Ottawa Blitz go to Orleans on Thursday to face the Gators at 8:30PM.

A rare Sunday afternoon double header in Stittsville with see the 56ers host a pair, with Orleans in the 2PM game, followed by the Manotick Lomor Printers at 4PM.

Carp I4C Victory has the week off by virtue of a scheduling quirk (i.e. I screwed up when drafting the sched.)

WC Electric at Smiths Falls

West Carleton Electric participated in a "reunion" game on Sunday, playing against the Smiths Falls Junior Redmen and coming out with a 8-3 win on a smokin' hot afternoon during the North Leeds League showcase day.

WC Electric has six regulars on their roster that played for the Redmen back in the day: Mike Cavanagh, Shawn Rebertz, Neil Murphy, Brad Porter, Trevor Barton and Troy Wilson. Barton and Wilson were unable to attend Sunday's game due to work committments, but Ryan Marcellus, another former Redmen, was brought of our retirement to play for the Electric.

Brad Porter had the win for West Carleton, allowing one run on four hits over five innings. Steve Cavanagh saw two innings of work, allowing two runs on three hits. Chris Hall took the loss, working all seven innning for Smiths Falls.

Shawn Rebertz and Mike Cavanagh both had two RBIs for the "old timers" while Adam Brown, Jon Daley, Steve Cavanagh and Neil Murphy also had single RBIs.

The former Juniors donned the old Redmen jerseys for the final two innings - some fit better than others. A group picture was taken following the game.

The Smiths Falls Juniors will host the OASA Junior B provincial tournament this August.

Team Easton at Snapper Shootout

As per Al's page, Team Easton did not make it to the playoff round at the Snapper Shootout.

Game #8
(#5) Ashland Stockpack 3
(#9) Ottawa Team Easton 1

WP: Ty McKinney
LP: Dan Bradley

Game #14
(#11) Elora Brewers 4
(#9) Ottawa Team Easton 2

WP: Todd Uhrig
LP: Jeff Murphy

Game #22
(#9) Ottawa Team Easton 3
(N/R) Elmira Juniors 2

WP: Dan Konkle
LP: Dan Martin

Silver Division
(#5) Ashland Stockpack 2-0-1 (#1 seed)
(N/R) Elmira Juniors 1-1-1 (#2 seed)
(#9) Ottawa Team Easton 1-2 (eliminated)
(#11) Elora Brewers 1-2 (eliminated)

UPDATE: California Lumberkings won the final over the Palermo Athletics by a score of 2-1.

Friday, June 06, 2008

Eagles / I4C game rained out

TC's blog tell us that the Greely / Carp game never got started last night due to the rain.

Thursday, June 05, 2008

Orleans and WC Electric game halted due to rain

West Carleton Electric visited the Orleans Gators on Thursday night for a game that was halted after two and a half innings with the Electric up 2-0. The GOFL regular season guidelines are such that we go back to the last complete inning, and at the time the score was tied at 0, so the game will go in the books accordingly.

Chad Hargrove pitched three innings for the Gators, giving up 2 runs, striking out 8, allowing 1 hit and walking 2. Bud Hanlon got the ball for Fitzroy and threw two innings plus one batter in the third, striking out 7 and walking 3.

Trevor Barton led off the game for Fitzroy with a single to left, then stole second. However, Hargrove then struck out the next six straight batters he faced.

The WC Electric runs were scored in the top of third. Jason Cope walked, was moved to second on a sac bunt by Adam Brown. Barton then walked, and Cope took third on the wild pitch ball four. Barton then stole second and Cope scored on an overthrow, while Barton moved to third. Barton subsequently scored on another wild pitch.

In the bottom of the third with one out, the rain was falling too heavily to continue and the game was called off.

Wednesday GOFL roundup

with notes from Cory Morrison, Tony Riches, Trevor Wood, Eric Rosenquist

Team Easton 11 Ottawa Blitz 3 (5 innings)

Dan Konkle pitched the first two innings for Easton then Kyle Olson pitched the last 3, getting the win. Derick Bulley started for the Blitz and took the loss with Jamie Blakely seeing action in relief. Cory Morrison had 2 homers and 5 rbi, while Todd Fraser had a homer and 2 rbi.

Manotick Lomor Printers 7 Team Easton 6

Team Easton blew a 5-0 lead after 3 and lost their first game of the season to Manotick 7-6. The Printers scored two runs in the bottom of 7 to win the game on a Trevor Lahey hit. Lahey also had the pitching win while Dan Konkle took the loss. Stever Edgerton was 4 for 4 for Manotick. Randy Peck had a home run for Easton.

Stittsville 56ers 5 Carp I4C Victory 3

Stittsville won on a walk-off 2-run home run by Dan Jessiman in the bottom of the 7th. Carp had just come back from being down 3-2 to tie it 3-3 in the top of the 7th on a Mike Money RBI.

Mike Money also hit a two-run home run for Carp; Scott Herriott (solo) had a homer in addtion to Jessiman's walkoff for the 56ers.

Trevor Wood went the distance for Carp and Dan Bradley countered for Stittsville.

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

CPI Tournament Schedule announced

The schedule for the CPI tournament in Oswego NY on June 14/15 has been announced, with 8 top ISC II teams participating from New York, Pennsylvannia and Ontario, including two GOFL teams.

Pool A:
CPI Fastpitch (NY)
PA Power (PA)
Waterdown Hammer (ON)
Carp I4C Victory (ON)

Pool B:
Ottawa Team Easton (ON)
Glencoe Astros (ON)
Rise Fastpitch (PA)
Dunkirk (NY)

Quyon 11-0 over Greely Tuesday night

from Shawn Laframboise

Quyon 11 Greely 0

The Flyers played host to the Greely Eagles Tuesday night as they made the long trek up to Quyon. Joran Graham got the nod for Quyon, pitching all 5 innings. Ryan Cox got the nod for Greely, taking the loss. Shannon Borho replaced Cox in the second. Al Thomlinson also saw work in relief for the Eagles.

The Flyers received the bulk of their offence from Joran Graham (2/3, 2 HR), Drew Hathway (1/3, HR, BB), and Steve McCord (3/3, 2B). The Greely pitching staff induced many groundballs throughout the first four innings, however many just managed to find the holes.

Graham got out of a jam in the top of the fourth, and shutdown Greely's heart of the order in the fifth to preserve the shutout. Through five innings, Graham gave up 1 infield hit, 1 runner reached by way of an error to the Quyon shortstop, and 6 Eagles drew walks. He now leaves the team to join team Canada for the rest of the month, good luck Joran!

Special thanks to Greely who helped the Flyers set a season high in beer sales following the game. The two-for-five bucks special seemed to be a hit with quite a few Eagles. Greely travels to Carp on Thursday for a tilt against I4C Victory, while Quyon doesn't play again until Wednesday the 11th in Manotick vs. the Printers.

TC's Version

Quyon Flies Over Greely DNTW Eagles
Greely Suffers 11-0 Loss

QUYON, PQ--The Greely DNTW Eagles took the ferry across the Ottawa River for the first time on Tuesday night to play the Quyon COMBAT Flyers. The Quyon Fairgrounds was the site of a surprisingly lopsided affair. The Flyers sent the Eagles home in complete confusion, winning 11-0.

Given that both teams had been playing well going into Tuesday’s game, the blowout was a surprise to most fans. But the Eagles simply did not match the Flyer’s intensity. The Flyers pounded the ball, ran the bases aggressively and played near-perfect defense. Meanwhile, the Eagles were flat. They kicked the ball around and looked rusty at the plate. Eagles’ rookie second baseman Matt Peters gave a very simple summary of the game.

“The story of tonight’s game is pretty simple,” said Peters. “We came out flat and [Quyon] came out flying.”

The Eagles suffered a letdown on Tuesday. They had played their best fastball last week when they tied an experienced Manotick club 2-2 in an exciting ball game. But the Eagles could not solve Quyon pitcher Joran Graham. The 19-year-old Graham, who was recently selected to play for Team Canada at upcoming the International Softball Federation World Championships in Yukon, pitched a gem. Not only that, Graham helped his own cause, clocking two homeruns for the Flyers. Flyers’ rookie Drew Hathaway also crushed a dinger for the rouge et blanc.

Despite Graham’s impressive credentials and strong performance, Eagles’ co-captain Anil Hayne felt that his club could have done better. He stressed that consistency is needed for the Eagles to be successful.

“The lesson tonight is that we need to be well-prepared every time we step onto the ball diamond,” said Hayne. “At this high-level of fastball, you cannot afford to take a night off.”

One bright spot of the evening was the pitching debut of Al Tomlinson. A native of Osgoode, Tomlinson was recently added to the Eagles roster as a right-handed pitcher. He joins a well established pitching staff of left-hander Shannon Borho and right-hander Ryan Cox. Eagles’ catcher Stéphane Vinette commented on Tomlinson’s performance.

“For his first pitching outing in a few years, (Tomlinson) looked pretty good out there,” said Vinette. “We need to rally around his gutsy performance."

The Eagles will look to bounce back with a win later this week. Their next game is on Thursday night when they travel to the Carp Fairgrounds to take on Carp I4C Victory. Thursday’s opening pitch is scheduled for 8:30 PM. The Cox brothers (Ryan and Tyler) are expected to have a “home town” advantage. Their family is from the “Third Line” in former Huntley Township, more commonly known as the Carp Road.

Snapper Shootout

Good luck to Ottawa Team Easton at the Snapper Shootout this weekend.

Lots of top ISC II teams from across Ontario, New York, Ohio and California will be in attendance, as well as top junior teams. All teams listed below, with rankings.

California Lumberkings ISC II #1
Bridgeport Braves ISC II #14
Elmira Cubs ISC II #10
Ashland Stockpack ISC II #5
CPI Fastpitch ISC II #6
Palermo Athletics ISC II #16
Hamilton Hawks NR
Elmira Juniors NR
Ohsweken Redmen ISC II #37
Port Elgin Blue Devils ISC II #13
Niagara Snappers ISC World #20
Ottawa Team Easton ISC II #9
Wyevale Tribe ISC II #17
Shakespeare Falcons ISC II #42
Napanee Juniors NR
Wellington Brewers ISC II #11

Toledo Jets Peewee Fastball update

from Luke Healey

Toledo Peewee Jets hoping to rebound after slow start.

The Toledo GIM peewee Jets fastball club knew things would not be easy playing in the bantam division of the Augusta fastball league, but a 1 and 3 start was not anticipated. Two losses to Greenbush and close 3-2 loss to Athens leave them with only 2 points in the current standings. The two points coming from a 10-4 win over Smiths Falls in their home opener.

The pitching has been good with Matt Robertson and Kirk Jordan both putting in strong efforts. Austin Healey sidelined with a leg injury is expected back on the mound in a week.

Upcoming tournaments in Greenbush and Colburg will hopefully prepare them for the eliminations in Stratford later this month. This tournament will select the two teams representing Ontario at the Eastern Canadians and will also seed the teams for the provincials later in the summer.

Coach John Robertson expects things to improve significantly when the hitting gets more consistent and we get our full line up healthy. Both coaches are looking forward to the Cobourg Peewee tournament, as it will give them their first glimpse of how they stack up against the other Peewee clubs from Ontario.

Pontiac Equity article

Wilbur McLean, friend of fastball, has another fastball article in this week's edition of the Equity.


GOFL Scheduling change

from Kenny Big Papi Fleck

The Easton at Quyon game on June 24th has been changed to Friday July 18th at 7:30PM.

ISC II Qualifier for McNab/Braeside schedule announced

from Blair Setford

ISC Canada East Vice President Blair Setford is pleased to release the schedule for the Canada East ISC II qualifier being held in McNab/Braeside June 21-22.

The winning team will receive a paid entry fee and travel money (paid in Appleton) for the 2008 ISC II Tournament of Champions being held in Appleton, Wisconsin.

Opening round games are as follows:

Saturday June 21
9 am Game 1 Waterdown Hammer (ISC II #7)vs Fitzroy/McNab D2
9 am Game 2 North York Knights vs Fitzroy Harbour West Carleton Electric D1
11 am Game 3 Carp I4C Victory vs Blackburn Bombers D1
11 am Game 4 Donnacona Blue Sox vs Quyon Flyers D2

Games continue every 2 hours on Saturday and start again at 9 am on Sunday. The championship game is scheduled for 3 pm Sunday with the “if necessary” game to follow immediately after.

For more information, please contact:

Blair Setford
ISC Canada East VP

Note: Ottawa Team Easton (ISC II#9) has a berth already in the Tournament of Champions for 2008 and is not competing at a qualifier.

Monday, June 02, 2008

UOVMFL Week 2 results

from Shawn Laframboise

Fitzroy/McNab Badham Carpentry 8, Micksburg Jr. Twins 1

Fitzroy/McNab traveled to Micksburg to take on the Jr Twins last Wednesday with Fitzroy/McNab coming out on top to move to 2 - 0 on the year. The final score of the game was 8 - 1. Micksburg drops to 0 - 2.

"Doug" Christie Fabian took the loss for Micksburg with relief coming from Ryan Clarke. Andrew Jahn was credited with the win for Fitzroy/McNab with relief from Troy Wilson.

Patty Sul led the way for Fitzroy/McNab going 3/3 with a two-run homer and a walk. Nick Eckford went 2/4 with a two-run homer of his own. Kyle Sinclair and Billy Stone led the way offensively for Micksburg, going 2/2 and 2/3 respectively. Stone had the lone run scored for the twins.

Shawville Snappers 13, Fitzroy/McNab Badham Carpentry 3 (Game 1)

In game 1 of a double header Sunday afternoon in McNab the Shawville Snappers took a 13 - 3 decision to remain the only undefeated team in the league. Matt Greer went all five innings for Shawville earning the victory while Andrew Jahn pitched the full game for Fitzroy/McNab.

Dave Bahm got Fitzroy/McNab on the board in the third inning when he pulled a Greer offering deep down the right field line for a solo-homerun.

The Snappers offense was led by Shawn Laframboise (3/4, HR, 2B, 3 RBI) and Matt Greer (2/2, HR, BB, HBP). Tyler Cluff also went 3/4 with three singles, and two runs scored.

Fitzroy/McNab got a bit of momentum going in the bottom of the fifth. Shawn Ryan started things off with a two-out single and was cashed in on an Andrew Jahn two-run homer. Greer settled down and struck out the next batter.

Shawville Snappers 6, Fitzroy/McNab Badham Carpentry 5 (Game 2)

In game 2 of the double header, Greer went the distance again earning the victory while Troy Wilson pitched the complete game in a losing effort for Badham Carpentry.

Fitzroy/McNab got things going right away in the bottom of the first, jumping out to a four run lead. With the bases loaded, Andrew Jahn hit a fly ball the dropped in on the Snappers second baseman. With a one-run lead, Nick Eckford came to the plate and knocked a bases-clearing triple to the fence in left, eluding Snappers left-fielder Joe McCleary.

The Snappers got two back in the second with Bucky Fleck scoring on a fielders choice, and Curtis Daley following him in on a throwing error charged to the catcher.

After adding another one in the third, Laframboise gave Shawville a 6-4 lead in the fourth with a three-run homer off of Wilson.

Badham Carpentry got one back in the fifth off a Troy Wilson RBI double that went off the fence in centerfield. Shawville would hold on for a 6-5 win to improve to 3-0. McNab moves to 2-2.

Notes: The Friday night game in Micksburg between the Juniors and the Seniors was rained out and will be played this Wednesday at 8:30PM.

Other UOVMFL games this week sees an all Micksburg matchup on Friday at 8:30 as the Juniors host the Seniors, while the Micksburg Juniors travel to McNab to play Badham Carpentry on Sunday at 6pm. The Snappers have the week off.

GOFL week 5

The fifth week of GOFL play is upon us and here are the games around the area this week.

On Tuesday, Greely makes their first trip to Quyon to face the Flyers in a 7:30PM matchup.

I4C Victory faces the 56ers in Stittsville on Wednesday at 8:30PM, while Manotick is the site of a double header - Team Easton brings their undefeated record against the winless Ottawa Blitz at 7:00PM followed up with a nightcap against the Lomor Printers.

Thursday sees two games as Greely travels to Carp to face I4C Victory at 8:30PM, while West Carleton Electric takes their second trip to Orleans to face the Gators, also at 8:30PM.

ISC II rankings for June 1 released

from Al's Fastball

Two tournament wins send California to top of ISC II rankings

A pair of tournament wins in Sonora and Sacramento propelled the California Lumberkings to the top of the ISC II rankings, edging out preseason favourite and defending ISC II champion South Lebanon, PA TNT.

#2 TNT dropped a close championship game to #3 New York Knights in Linden, NJ over the Memorial Day weekend.

Rounding out the top five are Hoffman Rise, who went 3-1 in an abbreviated Mid-Atlantic Fastpitch Travel League weekend and Ashland Stockpack, who picked up a tournament win in Bay City, Michigan.

A total of 42 teams from across North America received at least one vote from the panel of 12 rankers.

The top 10 are as follows:

1. Bakersfield, CA Taylor Farms Lumberkings
2. South Lebanon, PA TNT
3. New York City, NY Knights
4. Perkasie, PA Hoffman Rise
5. Ashland, OH Stockpack
6. Oswego, NY Cutro Professional Inspections
7. Waterdown, ON Hammer
8. Wilkes-Barre, PA Keating's Fitness
9. Ottawa, ON Team Easton Thunder
10. Elmira, ON Cubs

To see the full list, including how each committee member ranked the teams, please see the ISC II section of the ISC website at www.iscfastpitch.com.

The rankings will form the basis for seeding teams in the seventh annual ISC II Tournament of Champions which will be played August 10-13, 2008 at Memorial Park in Appleton, Wisconsin.

Note: No other area teams crack the rankings this month.