Eastern Ontario Fastball Blog

A blog dedicated to news about the Greater Ottawa Fastball League and other happenings in the world of fastball / fastpitch softball in eastern Ontario and western Quebec, with occasional stories featuring Mrs Fitzroy Fastball, Fitzroy Fastball Junior and the Caveman. If you have info to send on, send me an email at fastball[at]fitzroyharbour.com. Follow @fitzroyfastball on Twitter.

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Friday, August 29, 2008

GOFL semi-finals now set

With Easton's victory last night, the match ups for the Greater Ottawa Fastball League semi-finals have been set.

Five time defending champions and first place finisher Ottawa Team Easton will take on fifth place Carp I4C Victory in a best-of-five series. Easton won both regular season games by scores of 10-3 and 6-2. A tentative schedule has Game 1 in Stittsville on Tuesday, with Game 2 in Carp on Thursday.

The other best-of-five semi-final will see second place Stittsville 56ers and the third place Quyon COMBAT Flyers do battle. Stittsville and Quyon split their regular season meetings, with Quyon winning at home 5-2 and Stittsville winning at home 3-0. No game time set yet for this one.

Easton sweeps Blitz

Easter mercied the Blitz last night 8-0 in Stittsville to take their GOFL playoff series in two games straight.

Dan Konkle started for Easton and Kyle Olson saw work in relief.

Jamie Blakely started for the Blitz and was relieved by Derick Bulley.

Randy Peck - 2/2, 3B, BB, RBI, 2 runs scored
Dan Konkle - 3/3, 2B, 3 RBI, run scored
Kyle Olson - 1/2, BB, RBI

Thursday, August 28, 2008

UOVMFL finals all Micksburg

Rumour mill says that the Upper Ottawa Valley Men's Fastball League will be an all Micksburg showdown with the Senior Twins facing the Junior Twins.

more info to follow

Cornwall finals update

Taping & Painting crew stays alive
from the Cornwall Standard-Freeholder

A three-run home run by Randy O'Neill highlighted a five-run fourth inning as O'Neill Taping & Painting whipped Navy Club 11-2 in the Cornwall and District Men's Fastball League finals.

Navy Club still leads the best-of-five series 2-1.

Darryl Beck and Mike Abitong each ripped solo home runs. Abitong and Lorne Taillon scored three runs each. Robyn Abitong, Robert Brodie and Brian O'Neill also scored. Darryl Abitong chipped in with two RBI.

Randy O'Neill picked up the complete-game victory, striking out seven.

Shawn O'Neill had a solid night at the plate for Navy Club, going 3-3 and scoring once. Randy McGillis ripped a two-run double to score Chris Lalonde.

Chris Nichol suffered the loss in front of over 100 fans.

Game 4 is tonight at King George Park (6:30 p. m).

Easton defeats Blitz in Game 1

from Andrew Bruce

Team Easton took game 1 of their playoff series with the Blitz on Wednesday night. Easton jumped out to a 2 run lead in the top of the first on a lead off walk to Chad Milne, a triple by Kevin Chevrier and a single by Pat O'Connor. The Blitz responded with a hit early in each of the first and second innings, but were unable to cash their runners. From the 4th inning on it was all Easton as they scored 3 runs in the 4th (HR - Dan Konkle) and 3 runs in the 6th.

The final score was Easton - 8, Blitz - 0 after 6 innings.

Easton Pitching
Dan Konkle 6 IP, 0 Runs, 3 Hits, 11 Ks

Blitz Pitching
Derick Bulley 6 IP, 8 Runs, 10 hits, 5 Ks

Easton Hitters
Kevin Chevrier 3/3, 3B, BB, 2 RBIs
Lukas Kamps 2/3
Dan Konkle 1/3, HR, 2 RBIs
John Peck 2/3, 2B, RBI

Blitz Hitters
Derick Bulley 1/3, 2B
Darron Barr 1/2, SB
Andrew Bruce 1/3

Quyon wins 12 inning game to advance to GOFL semifinals

It was a fastball classic as the Quyon Flyers needed 12 innings to defeat the Manotick Printers in GOFL quarter-final action on Wednesday night in Manotick. Quyon wins the series 2-0 and advances to the semi-finals.

Drew Hathway took the win, throwing 6 innings in relief of Matt Greer. Jason Smith had the loss, throwing all 12 innings.

With the "international rule" in effect, putting a runner on second during the extra innings, there were plenty of opportunities for both teams to score after the regulation seven innings resulted in a 2-2 tie.

It looked like Quyon had the game won in the eleventh. Greer hit a flare to left centre in the top of the inning to cash an RBI and put Quyon up 4-3. Then in the bottom, with a runner on third and two out, Hathway struck out the batter with a pitch that bounced in the dirt. However, the throw to first was misplayed, allowing the run to score and put the game into the twelfth frame and eliciting a collective groan from the Easton and Blitz players waiting to start their playoff series.

Shawn Laframboise's single just off the glove of the Manotick second baseman in the top of the twelfth held up as the winner, as Hathway shut things down in the bottom of the inning, finalizing the 5-4 win and ending Manotick's season.

Quyon will await the completion of the Blitz / Easton series to determine their opponent. If the defending champs win the series, Quyon will face Stittsville and Easton will face Carp. If the Blitz pull off the upset, Quyon would face Carp and the Blitz would play Stittsville.

Game 1 of the Blitz / Easton series followed this 12 inning marathon, starting at 10:30. The score was 2-0 for Easton after three complete when this reporter left. Game 2 of the series is scheduled for Thursday night (tonight) in Stittsville at 7:30pm.

more info / stats to follow

BMFL playoffs update

An update from the Blackburn Men's Fastball League playoffs:


#1 Knights vs. #8 Ed Taylor's Team
Knights win series 2-0

Ed Taylor's Team - 0, Knights - 2
Knights - 8, Ed Taylor's Team - 0

#2 Exit A's vs. #7 Rogues
Exit A's win series 2-0

Rogues - 1, Exit A's - 2
Exit A's - 13, Rogues - 5

#3 Mr. Electric vs. #6 Stan's Diner Draughts
Stan's Diner Draughts win series 2-1

Stan's Diner Draughts - 6, Mr. Electric - 8
Mr. Electric - 1, Stan's Diner Draughts - 3
Stan's Diner Draughts - 1, Mr. Electric - 0

#4 Good Ol' Boys vs. #5 Guzzlers
Series tied 1-1

Guzzlers - 4, Good Ol' Boys - 5
Good Ol' Boys - 2, Guzzlers - 3
Thursday, August 28 at 7:00 PM

Orleans Junior Women at the Nationals in PEI

Check out this story about the Orleans Junior Women's team at the Nationals in PEI.

hat tip to TC

Elkland Labour Day Tournament

First round for the 56th Annual Labor Day Tournament in Elkland, PA.

7:00pm ESA Bellys - M-n-M Lumber
9:00pm Aqua - Keenyville

10:00am Knoxville/Ontario - Beverage Barn
12:00pm f-1 West Carleton Electric - Jersey Shore Generals
12:00pm f-2 I4C Victory - Yeungling
2:00pm Greenbush Generals - First Kings
4:00pm f-1 wg-1 - Shaggydog
4:00pm f-2 wg-4 - Rise

Newboro wins the North Leeds League finals

Newboro captures North Leeds title
Brockville Recorder-Times

Newboro has reclaimed the North Leeds Men's Fastball League playoff championship.

Newboro topped Lyn 6-3 here on Tuesday night to win the best-of-five finals in four games.

After losing the opener, Newboro rolled off three straight wins in close games for its third playoff crown in the six consecutive years the team has appeared in the finals.

It was a matchup of the two teams that appeared in last year's finals when Lyn won the league championship for the first time.

Newboro broke a 3-3 tie in the fifth inning with a two-run single and a sacrifice fly.

Newboro grabbed a 1-0 lead in the first inning on a solo home run by Jeff Seed. Newboro increased the lead to 3-0 before Lyn tied the game in the fourth inning on a sacrifice fly and a two-run home run by Travis Wing.

Troy MacLean started on the mound for Newboro with Jeff Rice coming on in relief.

Matt McNish took the pitching loss.

Note: thanks to Terry McCann of the Greenbush Generals for keeping us up to date on North Leeds action. See you in Elkland, Terry.

Micksburg Juniors upset Shawville Snappers

Micksburg Junior Twins upset the Shawville Snappers with a 3-1 win in UOVMFL play on Tuesday night.

Shawville regular season champs, were beat 2 games to 1, with the Juniors advancing to the league finals.

more info to follow

Smiths Falls Junior B Provincials a success

from Deb Shea


It wasn't the result the Smiths Falls Madden Hearing Center were looking for at the O.A.S.A. provincial Junior B tournament, but local fastball fans were certainly treated to some fine ball this past weekend at Lower Reach Park. The Smiths Falls club bowed out in three straight games, despite holding leads in the late innings in both of there final two contests.

The tournament opening ceremonies featured the athletes being piped in and speeches from the Mayor Dennis Staples, the O.A.S.A representative, and the Umpire in chief. Mayor Staples presented a certificate from the town the Ray Madden for his years of commitment to the Redmen program. The Redmen played in the opening game of the event on Saturday morning and lost a tight 4-0 decision to the eventual winner from Oshawa. Chris Hall pitched a good game for the locals, But Oshawa scored three unearned runs, including two on an unusual pass ball play to clinch the win. Two of
Oshawa's run came on the same passed ball, the second run being awarded as a result of interference call at the plate.

The Redmen regrouped and played the Atwood Avengers in the second game. Smiths Falls got a three run homer from center fielder Matt Alkerton, and held a two run lead heading in the final inning. About a ball lost in the sun, and a soft fly ball just out of the reach of the infield, lead to a four run rally and Atwood prevailed 8-6.

Smiths Falls was forced to remain on the diamond in the late afternoon heat and play Fingal. The locals stayed right with the pre tournament favorites and took a late inning lead on a three run homer by shortstop Kurt Summers. But again the Redmen were the victim of late inning heroics as Fingal two in the sixth and two more in the seventh to clinch a 10-7 win and eliminate the home team.

Manager Terry Shea said he was proud of his team " we played tough all weekend, and didn't get a lot of breaks. We were short handed for the weekend particularly in the pitching department. We had Andrew Wiggins go down a couple weeks ago with bad ankle and Cory Alkerton had previous commitments to the Team Ontario camp and it would been nice to have both of those guys. But that said, I think Chris Hall and Curtis Hendy gave us good enough pitching to stay with some of the best teams in the province.''

It was a big win for Oshawa who won the gold medal and the championship. The Double B's scored wins over Smiths Falls, Glanworth and Newmarket on Saturday. They claimed first place by beating a scrappy Atwood crew in the final. Atwood proved to be a real fan favourite. After losing there first game on Saturday, Atwood reeled off consecutive wins against Smiths Falls and Toanche on Saturday and Glanworth and Newmarket on Sunday morning before dropping the first game of the final to Oshawa. Newmarket took the bronze medal after losing the semi final to Atwood.

The provincials were preceded by the Redmen Alumni game on Friday night. The game played before a large crowd at the ball park, who witnessed over thirty former great Redmen , turn in good performance to fans. Despite the advancing age of some of players, it was pretty obvious some of these guys still had plenty of game. The group was divided into two evenly matched squads, one coached by Redmen founder Ray Madden and coach Rod Keays . The other managed by Garry Dagliesh and Peter Peckett. No official score was kept, but it was a close contest between Team Madden and Team Beep.

At the end of the weekend the O.A.S.A convener for the area , Ken Naylor praised the organizing committee. He also complimented the town's facilities as a great place for a top notch fastball tournament.

For it's part, the organizing group would like to thank all of the local groups who helped make the weekend a success. Leisure Days R.V. , Hershey Chocolate Canada, Smiths Falls and District Crime Stoppers, ESP, Smiths Falls Firefighters, Angelo's Restaurant and the teams main sponsor Madden Hearing Center.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Trend Arlington Men's Fastball League update

from Wynn Fenwick
Chair, Convenor's Committee

Trend Arlington Men's Fastball League begins 34th playoffs

Ottawa, ON - Another regular season has wrapped up in the Trend Arlington Men's Fastball League. Lone Star Texas Grill clinched the DC Brown Founder's Trophy as regular season champion with a 15-5 regular season, when they defeated surprise rivals Giant Carpet 6-1 on the second-last game of the regular season 18 August. Defending champion Duguay Sports won a four-pointer vs PJ Quigley's, to finish third and avoid the single-elimination wildcard game.

Monday 25 August saw the 4th vs 5th "sudden life" wildcard nailbiter finish with PJ Quigley's Andy McAfee punching a walk-off single off Laurek Canada's starter Ian Walsh in the bottom of the 7th inning to win 3-2. Walsh confounded PJ Quigley's offense and all night, aided by stellar defense by shortstop Doug Moss. Kevin Wilson got the complete game win, backstopped by Dean McDonald. PJ's now faces Lone Star in the second of two, best-two-out-of-three semifinal series that starts Wednesday 6:30PM at Trend Arlington park, 50 Bellman Drive, off Greenbank Road in the west end.

The back end of the Monday doubleheader saw game one of the first semifinal series played. Giant Carpet defeated Duguay Sports 6-1, with the battery of Jaques "Coco" Maxwell receiving Bob Sarazin again who got the win. Giant Carpet leads the series 1-0 and looks to close out Duguay on Wednesday at 8:30 at Trend Arlington park.

Semifinal winners meet for a best-2-of-3 Final series. For more information on Trend Arlington Men's Fastball, visit http://tafastball.ca/

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

GOFL playoffs Wednesday night in Manotick

It's a GOFL playoff doubleheader on Wednesday night, with two games in Manotick.

Game 2 of the Quyon / Manotick series goes at 7pm, with the Flyers up 1 game - none.

Game 1 of the Blitz / Easton series will be played afterward at 9pm.

Stittsville and Carp have already advanced to the next round and await their opponents.

Terry Gray obituary

from Pete Johnston

Terry Gray of Napanee passed away on Friday. He wasn’t really that involved in fastball in the last few years because of his struggles with ALS but he was a great guy. Attached is a link to the Obituary.

Newboro leads 2-1 in Finals for North Leeds League

Newboro takes lead in men's fastball
from the Brockville Recorder and Times

Newboro is in position to wrap up the North Leeds Men's Fastball League playoff championship.

After Lyn won the opening game of the best-of-five finals, Newboro bounced back with an 8-7 win late last week and then took a 5-4 victory here on Sunday night to lead the series 2-1.

In the sixth inning, with the score tied 4-4, Lyn had runners on first and third with just one out. Following a line drive to first base, and a dispute over the tag, the Lyn runner on third tried to steal home and was tagged out.

Jeff Rice earned the pitching win for Newboro. Matt McNish took the loss for Lyn.

Game four is set for Tuesday (tonight) in Lyn at 8:15 p.m. If a game five is needed, it will be played Thursday night in Newboro at 8:15 p.m.

Blackburn League playoffs

from Tyler Cox

BMFL quarterfinals

Knights lead Ed Taylors 1-0 in their best of three, with game 2 tonight (Tuesday 7pm).

Exit A's eliminated the Rogues 2-0.

Stan's Diner and Mr. Electric are tied 1-1 and will play game 3 tonight at 9pm.

Good Old Boys and the Guzzlers are tied 1-1 and will play game 3 on Thursday at 7pm.

Stittsville moves on to semi-finals

Greely's first GOFL season came to an end Monday night with a 7-0 loss to Stittsville. The 56ers swept their best-of-three quarterfinal two games straight. Congrats to the Eagles on a good first year, and word is that they are already planning for the 2009 season.

Here are some basic details:

Stittsville wins over Greely 7 – 0

Shannon Borho had the complete game loss. Dan Bradley had the complete game win (2 hitter with several Ks and no walks). Scott Herriot hit a grand slam in the bottom of the second and Tyler Nystedt drove in 3 with a single and a double. Derrick Dumond and Anil Hayne had the hits for Greely - both singles.

Dan Loney article

Check out the article in the Cornwall paper about Dan Loney of the Kitchener ISC World Champion team.

Blitz vs. Easton series

The GOFL quarterfinal best of three between Ottawa Blitz and Ottawa Team Easton kicks off Wednesday at 9pm in Manotick, following Game 2 of the Quyon / Manotick series.

Game 2 of Blitz / Easton is tentatively set for Thursday in Stittsville.

UOVMFL playoffs - two games tonight

#1 Shawville vs. #4 Micksburg Junior TwinsThe Junior Twins pulled off an upset in game 1 in Shawville on Thursday winning 4-1Joran Graham threw a 3 hitter for the Twins. Game 2 was the next night (Friday) and Drew Hathway threw a three hitter for the Snappers, and they tied the series with a 6-1 win. Deciding game 3 is set to go Tuesday night (tonight) in Shawville.

#2 McNab/Fitzroy vs. #3 Micksburg Senior Twins
McNab/Fitzroy took game 1 in McNab on Wednesday by a 13-3 score. Corey Costello was at the Micksburg home game on Sunday and led the Senior Twins to a 10-0 win to even the series. Game 3 goes tonight (Tuesday) in McNab.

Friday, August 22, 2008

Might just be easier to get Joe to recommend a bat to you....

from the ISC

ISC Bat Buying Guide for 2009

As many know, the ISC uses the International Softball Federation (ISF) certified bat list and we will continue using it in 2009.

Effective August 31, 2008 the former BTF factor of 1.20 is being abandoned in favor of the ASTM high speed batted ball test. As the name implies, the new testing standard measures batted ball speed (BBS). Both ISF and ASA have adopted this new standard for testing bats.

The question that is being asked concerns purchasing a bat this fall for 2009 and how to be assured the new bat will be deemed legal in the 2009 season. Many “end of season” bat sales have already begun.

Our suggestions are as follows:

1. Get assurance from the retailer that if a bat purchased this fall or winter is deemed illegal by ISF for 2009, you will be able to return it for a refund or exchange it for another bat this is legal.
2. Make sure a newly purchased bat shows both the ISF 2005 certification sticker and the ASA 2004 approval mark.
3. Ask if the bat being considered has been tested and approved under the new BBS test. ASA says that any bat with “ASA 2004” sticker meets the new testing standard unless the bat is on the non-approved list.

Both ISF and ASA will be using identical tests with the only difference being the allowed BBS. ASA will use 98 mph while ISF will adopt a 100 mph maximum.

When more information becomes available, we will pass it on with a release.

Ken Hackmeister
ISC Executive Director

Lyn up 1-0 in North Leeds League final

from the Brockville Recorder

Lyn won the opening game of the finals with a 7-3 decision on Tuesday night in Newboro.

Jeff McNish earned the pitching win and helped his own cause by hitting a home run. Jon Cross also homered for Lyn.

Cornwall Fastball League finals set

from the Cornwall Standard-Freeholder

O'Neill vs. Navy for fastball title

Dan Loney's pair of homers and five RBI powered Navy Club to a 14-7 win over Yum Yum Chips in the deciding fifth game of the first-round Cornwall and District Men's Fastball League playoffs.

Loney also scored three runs.

Shawn O'Neill had a strong night at the plate, going 3-3 with a home run and five RBI.

Chris Nichol picked up the win after relieving Steve McGillis with Yum Yum leading 5-4 in the third inning. Nichol struck out 11 in his four-plus innings of work while contributing a solo home run at the plate.

Chris Lalonde scored twice and added two RBI. Chuck Wert counted for two runs and an RBI. McGillis (two), Randy McGillis, David Murphy and Scott Rogers also scored.

Troy Lalonde suffered the loss for Yum Yum despite picking up two RBI. Jason Woodside scored twice. Frank Marceau scored once and added two RBI. Paul Briffett, Scott Dumoulin, Brad Giroux and Brian Dufresne also scored. Pete Marion had an RBI.

Navy Club advances to the CDMFL championship for the fourth time in five seasons and will square off against O'Neill Taping & Painting.

It will be a rematch of the 2006 championship, which O'Neill won in five games.

The opener in the best-of-five series will take place Thursday tonight at King George Park.

OASA Junior B Provincials

Don't forget the OASA Junior B Provincials are this weekend in Smiths Falls on Aug 23 and 24. Schedule posted here.

I4C Victory moves on to GOFL semi-finals

Carp I4C Victory moved on to the Greater Ottawa Fastball League semi-finals with a 4-1 win over Fitzroy Harbour WC Electric on Thursday night in Carp in Game 2 of their quarter-final match up.

Neil Cooke had the win for I4C while Brad Porter took the loss for WC Electric.

WC Electric started strong in the top of the first but only managed to put one run across, which came back to haunt them later in the game. Jon Daley led off with a single and was moved to first by a Beef Johnson sacrifice bunt. Michael Cavanagh hit an RBI single to score Daley, followed by a Shawn Rebertz single and a Troy Wilson bunt single to load the bases with one out. However Cooke got out of the inning with a pop up and strikeout.

I4C responded with a run in the bottom of the third. Matt McNish led off the inning with a single. With the hit and run on, the Electric was unable to get McNish out at second on a Eric Colvin ground ball and had to take the play at first. After a strikeout, lead off hitter Mike Money drove in McNish to tie things at 1.

In the top of the fifth, WC Electric had another great chance to score. Jason Armstrong led off with a single and was moved to second by a Jason Cope sacrifice bunt. Jon Daley then singled to shallow centre, but the charging fielder forced Armstrong to stop at third. Daley stole second to put two runners in scoring position, but again Cooke induced a pop up and a strikeout to end the threat.

Eric Colvin put I4C in the lead for good, taking Porter deep with a solo homer to centre in the bottom of the fifth.

Victory added insurance runs in the sixth. Tim Power singled with one out. Kevin McGuire then struck out but the pitch was in the dirt and the throw to first was misplayed. McGuire stole second. Brooks Paziuk hit a sharp grounder to short, but Michael Cavanagh made a nice defensive play to throw Power out at home. However, the next batter Shawn Simzer hit a clutch 2RBI single to cash some insurance runs.

Cooke struck out the side in the top of the seventh to seal the win.

Victory will now await the winners of the other three quarter-final series to determine their opponent in the semi-finals.

Both I4C Victory and WC Electric will be participating in the Elkland, PA Labour Day tournament next weekend.

I4C Pitching
Neil Cooke - W - 7IP 1R 1ER 7H 8K 0BB

Fitzroy pitching
Brad Porter - L - 6IP 4R 2ER 6H 8K 0BB

I4C Hitting
Mike Money 1/3, RBI
Tim Power 1/3
Brooks Paziuk 1/3, 3B, R
Shawn Simzer 1/3, 2RBI
Matt McNish 1/3, R
Eric Colvin 1/2, HR

Fitzroy hitting
Jon Daley 2/4, R
Michael Cavanagh 1/3
Shawn Rebertz 1/3
Troy Wilson 1/3
Steve Cavanagh 1/3
Jason Armstrong 1/3

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Stittsville takes Game 1 over Greely

from Sam Oliver

The Stittsville 56ers took the opening game of their quarter final series versus the Greely Eagles by a score of 8 to 1 in a five inning mercy shortened game. Dan Bradley pitched the complete game win while Shannon Borho took the loss with relief from Ryan Cox.

Stittsville opened the scoring in the bottom half of the first when Darren Featherstone hit a two out home run that would also plate John Craig who had singled giving the 56ers a two run lead.

Stittsville added two more runs in the 3rd. Darren Ladouceur walked to start the inning and scored on a Scott Herriot triple. Craig picked up his second hit of the night, an RBI double to make the score 4 – 0 in favor of Stittsville.

The 4th inning would see the 56ers extend the lead to 7. Scott Jessiman walked to lead off the inning and advanced to second on a wild pitch. The next Stittsville batter, Sam Oliver singled driving in the run. Oliver advanced to second on a wild pitch, and took third on a Darren McCartney ground ball to second. Next, Ladouceur drew his second walk of the game, putting runners on the corners. This would be the end of Borho’s night - he was relieved by Ryan Cox. Ladouceur was replaced at first by pinch runner Adam Maheu who stole second uncontested. Both runs scored when Herriot doubled picking up his 2nd and 3rd RBIs of the night.

Needing to score to extend the game, the Greely Eagles pushed a run across in the top half of the 5th inning. Catcher Eric Sanchez singled to start the attack, and advanced to second base on a ground ball to the pitcher. Terry Jones hit a clutch two out single into right field to score the run.

Stittsville would respond in the bottom half of the 5th. Featherstone reached on an error by the Greely third baseman and would advance into scoring position on a Ryan Cox wild pitch. This would prove costly. Scott Parsons ripped a single to plate Featherstone and end the game.

The pitching lines on the night:

Dan Bradley – W, 5IP, 1R, 1ER, 3H, 2BB, 8K

Shannon Borho – L, 3.1IP, 7R, 7ER, 5H, 3BB, 4K
Ryan Cox – 1.2IP, 1R, 0ER, 2H, 0BB, 0K

Stittsville Hitters:
Scott Herriot 2 for 3, 3B, 2B, R, 3RBI
John Craig 2 for 3, 1B, 2B, R, RBI
Darren Featherstone 1 for 3, HR, 2R, 2RBI
Scott Parsons 1 for 3, 1B, RBI
Scott Jessiman 0 for 1, BB, R
Sam Oliver 1 for 2, 1B, R, RBI
Darren Ladouceur 0 for 0, 2BB, 2R

Greely Hitters:
Terry Jones 1 for 3, 1B, RBI
Derek Dumond 1 for 2, 1B
Eric Sanchez 1 for 1, 1B, BB, R

Blitz win one-game playoff over Orleans - with story

The Ottawa Blitz defeated the Orleans Gators 11-3 on Wednesday night in the 8th vs. 9th place GOFL game to move on to face Team Easton in the quarter-finals.

from Andrew Bruce

The Blitz won their first ever playoff game and series in team history on Wednesday night in Manotick. The Blitz beat the Orleans Gators in the single game first round playoff series, ending the season for the Gators.

Derick Bulley opened the scoring for the Blitz in the bottom of the 1st inning with a 2-out walk, a passed ball, and a Tony Searle single. The Gators responded in the top of the 3rd when Max Serre singled and later scored when Jordan Adams hit into a fielder's choice.

The scored remained tied until the 5th due to strong pitching from Jamie Blakely and Nick Bowman (for other pitching feats performed by Nick check out http://istruckoutgreggarrity.huddlebook.com/).

In the bottom of five Brett Dugan and Darron Barr hit back to back singles, and the squirrel was scored off a sac fly by Ron Hrycak. Matt Alkerton answered for the Gators in top of the 6th by turning a good pitch by Blakely into a 2 run homer to centre field (also scoring Chad Hargrove).

With 2 out in the bottom of 6, and a possible 4 outs remaining in the Blitz season they started a rally that saw 10 straight batters reach base, ending the game by mercy at 11-3.

Blitz Pitching

Jamie Blakely 6 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 5K

Gators Pitching

Nick Bowman 5 2/3 IP, 11 R, 10K

HR - Derick Bulley (Blitz)

HR - Matt Alkerton (Gators)

Quyon defeats Manotick in Game 1 - with story

from Shawn Laframboise

Quyon took game 1 of their opening round playoff series against the Manotick Printers on Tuesday night. Drew Hathway had the complete game win for Quyon, while Trevor Lahey took the loss for Manotick.

Lahey started off throwing smoke, striking out the first four batters he faced. Hathway broke up the groove in the bottom half of the second inning, helping his own cause, stroking a 1-out solo homerun to straightaway centerfield.

Manotick answered back in the third. With runners on first and second, Joe Allan singled down the first base line. One run came in to score, and Allan advanced to second on the throw from the right fielder.

The game stayed tight for the next two innings, until the Flyers added some insurance in the fifth. Nick Armitage drew a one-out walk to get things going. After retiring the next batter on strikes, Lahey served up an RBI double to Quyon lead-off hitter Luke "Marteau" Young. Shawn Laframboise followed that up with a hard ground ball, scoring Young from second on the throwing error charged to the Manotick shortstop.

Quyon took their two run lead into the bottom of sixth, and tacked on another four. Hathway led things off with a triple and scored on a Cooney Greer RBI single. Jordan "Doesn't Matter" Kearns followed him up and busted out of a long homerun drought with a high fly ball to deep left field, putting Quyon up 6-1. Marteau continued his hot day at the plate with another single to keep the inning alive, and scored on a Laframboise RBI double.

Game 2 is Wednesday August 27 in Manotick, game time TBD.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

TC's blog on hiatus

I have been advised that TC's Blog will temporarily be shutdown. He plans to have it up and running again by the weekend. He asks that you check back regularly.

I4C Victory defeats WC Electric 4-2

Carp I4C Victory took Game 1 of their series with West Carleton Electric, winning 4-2 in Fitzroy Harbour on Tuesday night.

Neil Cooke had the win, in relief of Trevor Wood. Brad Porter took the loss for the Electric.

I4C scored in the top of the first. Tim Power singled with two out and was replaced by Kevin McGuire for the two-out catcher rule. A Kyle Gourgon double then scored McGuire giving the Victory a 1-0 lead.

WC Electric responded with two in the bottom of the first. Trevor Barton doubled with one out. Then with two out, Shawn Rebertz reaced base on an infield single, putting runners on the corners. Rebertz then stole second base. Barton scored on a wild pitch and Rebertz scored on a Steve Johnson RBI single to put the home side up 2-1. That was all for Wood, as Cooke came in at the beginning of the second inning to pitch.

Carp tied the game at two in the top of the third. Mike Money singled to lead off, and after a strikeout, Kevin McGuire doubled, scoring Money. Porter struck out the next two batters to keep the score at 2-2.

Mike Money's solo shot in the top of the fifth put I4C up 3-2, and Shawn Simzer added to the lead with a solo homer in the sixth to cap the scoring a 4-2.

Next game in the series is Thursday night August 21 in Carp at 8:30 pm.

I4C pitching
Trevor Wood 1IP 2R 2ER 3H 1K 0BB
Neil Cooke - win - 6IP 0R 2H 4K 1BB 1HBP

Fitzroy pitching
Brad Porter - loss - 7IP 4R 4ER 8H 15K 0BB

I4C hitting
Eric Colvin 1-4
Kevin McGuire 1-3, 2B, RBI
Tim Power 1-3, R
Kyle Gourgon 1-2, 2B, RBI
Shawn Simzer 1-3, HR, RBI
Mike Money 3-3, HR, RBI, 2R

Fitzroy hitting
Jon Daley 1-3
Trevor Barton 1-3, 2B, R
Shawn Rebertz 1-2, BB, R
Steve Johnson 2-3, RBI

Monday, August 18, 2008

GOFL Playoff Series game times confirmed

The Greater Ottawa Fastball League playoffs are finally ready to get started. Note the schedule below.

Series A - 9th vs. 8th (one game)
Orleans Gators at Ottawa Blitz
Wednesday Aug 20, 9:00

Series B - 1st vs. winners series A (best of three)
Ottawa Team Easton vs. Winner Series A

Series C - 2nd vs. 7th (best of three)
Stittsville 56ers vs. Greely Eagles
Game B1: Weds Aug 20, 8:30 Greely at Stittsville
Game B2: Mon Aug 25, 8:00 Stittsville at Greely
Game B3: Weds Aug 27, 8:30 Greely at Stittsville

Series C - 3rd vs. 6th (best of three)
Quyon COMBAT Flyers vs. Manotick Lomor Printers
Game C1: Tues Aug 19, 8:00 Manotick at Quyon
Game C2: TBD
Game C3: TBD

Series E - 5th vs. 4th (best of three)
Fitzroy Harbour WC Electric vs. Carp I4C Victory
Game E1: Tues Aug 19, 8:30 - Carp at Fitzroy Harbour
Game E2: Thurs Aug 21, 8:30 – Fitzroy Harbour at Carp
Game E3: Tues Aug 26, 8:30 - Carp at Fitzroy Harbour

UOVMFL Playoff matchups set

from Shawn Laframboise

Here are the final standings for the Upper Ottawa Valley Mens Fastball League:

1. Shawville Snappers 8-1-3 = 19pts
2. Fitzroy/McNab Badham Carpentry 7-5-0 = 14pts
3. Micksburg Sr Twins 4-7-1 = 9pts
4. Micksburg Jr Twins 2-8-2 = 6pts

First round of the playoffs are a best-of-three with 1st playing 4th and 2nd playing 3rd. The finals will then be a best-of-five.

Series A: Shawville Snappers vs. Micksburg Jr Twins

The Shawville Snappers are faced with the task of taking on Joran Graham and his Micksburg Jr Twins in round one of the UOVMFL playoffs. The Jr Twins proved to be a tough foe for Shawville while in Micksburg, as the Twins came out with two ties against the Snappers in the 'burg. The most recent of which, a wild shootout that posted 18 runs on the board, saw Micksburg come back from a 9-1 deficit to pick up the point. The comeback was completed in the bottom of the seventh. While down 9-6, Graham hit a towering three-run homerun to left field to knot it up at 9's.

Game 1: Micksburg Jr vs. Shawville - Thursday August 21st, 8:00pm, in Shawville
Game 2: Shawville vs. Micksburg Jr - Friday August 22st, 8:00pm, in Micksburg
Game 3: Micksburg Jr vs. Shawville - If Necessary - TBD

Series B: Fitzroy/McNab Badham Carpentry vs. Micksburg Sr Twins

Fitzroy / McNab Badham Carpentry have drawn the Micksburg Sr Twins for their first round battle. Badham Carpentry won the season series, but the Sr Twins will be far from a push-over with their ace Corey Costello coming off a stellar performance at the Tournament of Champions in Appleton, Wisconsin. At the ToC, Costello struck out an impressive 29 batters in just 13 innings of work. Look for him to fan a few more in the next week.

Game 1: Micksburg Sr vs. Fitzroy / McNab - Wednesday August 20th, time and location TBD
Game 2: Fitzroy / McNab vs. Micksburg Sr - Sunday August 24th, in Micksburg, time TBD
Game 3: Micksburg Sr vs Fitzroy / McNab - If Necessary - time and location TBD

North Leeds League Finals set

from Scott Rice

In North Leeds Men's Fastball League action, Lyn punched their ticket to face Newboro in the finals with a game three victory over Greenbush.

Newboro had previously swept the Smiths Falls Junior Redmen in the other series.

Game 1 of the finals takes place in Newboro on Tuesday, August 19 at 8:15. Game 2 is scheduled for Thursday, August 21 in Lyn with game three back in Newboro on Sunday, August 24 at 7:00. Games four and five, if necessary, will take place on Tuesday, August 26 in Lyn, and Thursday, August 28 in Newboro respectively.

Sydenham wins Newboro Tournament

from Scott Rice

The 38th Annual Newboro Fastball Tournament was held this past weekend at Memorial Park in Newboro. After having only four teams last year, a full slate of eight teams took part in this year's event including host Newboro, Greenbush, and Smiths Falls from the North Leeds Mens Fastball League. After round-robin play the semi-finals saw the Williamsburg Cigars face off against Sydenham while the Greely Eagles met with Milliken. Sydenham defeated Williamsburg 3 - 0 and Milliken handed Greely a 5 - 0 loss to set up a Sydenham - Milliken final. Having to play back to back games seemed too much for Milliken as Sydenham went on to a 6 - 0 victory to take the championship.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Back to regularly scheduled blogging....

Back safe and sound from Big Gull Lake, 10 pounds heavier and ready for playoffs.

Keep your fastball updates coming and see below for several updates.

Special thanks to Chevy and Lukas who kept me up to date with text messages from Wisco during the ToC. The info was much appreciated by myself and Dirty Don (another fastball player & fan) who reviewed the scores provided between pints from the keg. Mrs. Fitzroy Fastball didn't seem to care that much but I kept her up to date anyway as well.

Speaking of text messages - a great way to submit playoff scores. If I get a text right after the game, I can put at least the scores up on the blog, with info to follow later, so that blog readers can get up to date playoff results first thing in the morning. Posting to the blog is further complicated by the fact that my employer blocks access to the site, so even if I wanted to (and of course I'm far to busy to be able to think fastball at work) I can't post during the day under most circumstances.

So...captains/players, etc. feel free to send me your playoff game result at any time after the game to the fitzroyfastball cell phone hotline at 613-220-3465.

Kitchener wins ISC World Tournament Final

Kitchener vs. Saskatoon....two Canadian teams in the World Final. Crowd looks a bit sparse on the webcast, probably due to the match up and the delays due to rain.

I watched the last couple of innings on the webcast. Saskatoon was up 3-0, with Dean Holoien throwing. Frank Cox throwing for Kitchener, in relief of Todd Martin.

The wheels fell off though for Sask, as Kitchener hit four homers, scoring 5 runs, with a further insurance run, in the top of the sixth and seventh innings to go up 6-3. Trevor Either came in to relieve Holoein.

Cox then blew a knee in the bottom of the seventh, and Martin had to re-enter but held on for the 6-3 win.

California Lumberkings win the Tournament of Champions

Congratulations to Ottawa Team Easton on their quarter-final finish at the ToC in Wisconsin where they lost to the eventual champions, the California Lumberkings. (Also known to some as the "California Raisins".) No shame in Easton losing to these guys - a very strong team ranked #1 coming in that proved why they had top billing. Congrats as well to Carp I4C Victory who came away with a 1-3 record and were very competitive.

by Blair Setford:

Day 4 at the ToC - California Dreamin'
Thursday, August 14, 2008

California Taylor Farms LumberKings rallied for a come-from-behind 2-1 win over Waterdown Hammer to become the first top-ranked team to win the ISC II Tournament of Champions.

The LumberKings victory capped a day spectacular fastball with all but one of the seven games played at Memorial Park in Appleton decided by only one or two runs.

In the final, winning pitcher Dave Drotzmann and the Hammer’s Wayne Wells each worked three scoreless innings before the Hammer got on the board in the bottom of the fourth with Matt DaSilva coming in to score.

The LumberKings replied with two runs of their own. Pat Fuentes scored the tying run on a wild pitch and then Brian Teeters scored on an infield ground out to put California in the lead for good. Drotzmann worked 1-2-3 innings in the sixth & seventh to get the complete game victory.

California started the day with a nervy 3-1 win over Ottawa Team Easton Thunder. ISC II MVP Marcus Tan lead off the game with an inside the park home run to give the LumberKings a lead they would never relinquish. Jeff Twist reached base after a strike out passed ball, and came around to score the second run. Ottawa trimmed the lead to 2-1 on an unearned run, though the LumberKings added a key insurance run in the 6th on a Marcus Tan sacrifice fly. Centerfielder Brian Teeters made a game saving catch in the bottom of the 6th on a long gap shot with two men aboard to preserve the win.

In the semi finals, it was Teeters to the rescue again, with a two-run home run in the bottom of the sixth inning to provide themargin of victory as the Lumberkings edged the previously unbeaten New York Knights 2-1. Mike Egerdeen turned in his finest performance of the 2008 ISC II tournament, an 11 strikeout, 3-hitter, going the distance for the win. Egerdeen had only one mistake in the game, surrendering a fourth inning solo home run to straight-a-way center to first baseman Dave Lohman. Until the Teeters home run, it appeared that the performance might go for naught, but the Lumberkings showed remarkable resiliency, with three wins coming in their final at bat.

For Waterdown, they started the day facing hard-throwing righty Kevin Kammueller of St. Paul, MN ASB Villard. Wells lasted only four innings before giving way to Tim Neill. With the game tied at 2, the Hammer broke the game open in the top of the seventh with three runs, two of them coming on a key Dave Brownhill triple.
Neill would go the distance for Waterdown in their 2-1 semi-final win over Kitchener Outlaws. Waterdown got on the board early as Tim Coe followed a John Kemp triple with an RBI single. In the second, back to back triples by Brownhill and Kemp counted the second run for the Hammer. Neill was masterful, not allowing an Outlaws runner past first base until a Tim Dubois home run in the 5th.

Earlier in the day, New York ended the run by Bryan Newton and the River City Rockers with a 6-2 victory while Ashland Stock Pack were eliminated by Kitchener.
Marcus Tan was named the ISC II MVP. Also the RBI leader with 11, Tan played stellar defence at second for the LumberKings and provided both power and average from his lead-off spot in the order.

John Kemp was the leading hitter, batting .562 prior to the final.

Dave Drotzmann was the Most Outstanding Pitcher, finishing with a 5-0 record.

Ontario sweeps Junior Nationals

Ontario teams swept the medals at the Junior Nationals. Chad Hargrove of the Orleans Gators of the GOFL was a member of the Bronze medal winning Owen Sound team. Scarborough took gold, while Elmira won silver.

Napanee gets Silver at the Midget nationals

I guess rain washed out the championship round at the Midget Nationals and they were unable to get the games in. Based on the round robin and the playoff games that were played, Saskatoon was awarded Gold and Napanee got silver. Joran Graham of the GOFL's Quyon Flyers got the MVP award. Congrats to Joran and his teammates on a strong showing in Brantford.

Redmen to host Alumni game, info on Junior Provincials



The Smiths Falls Madden Hearing Center Junior Redmen are hosting the first ever Redmen Alumni game as part of the kick off to the All Ontario Junior B championships.

The Alumni game is schedule for Friday August 22nd at 7.30pm, at Lower reach Park in Smiths Falls. The current and past management of the Redmen are encouraging all former Redmen to lace up the cheats and pull out their gloves to take part in this special occasion. The Redmen were established as a Junior team in the late 70’s and over the course of nearly thirty years of continuous operation, hundreds of young men have played in the Red, Black and White colours. The team has won numerous OASA Junior and Juvenile titles over the years.

Any former Redmen players or coaches interested in playing the in the alumni game, or just joining together to swap fastball stories from the past, is asked to contact current Redmen Manager Terry Shea at 613-283-5349 or by e-mail at tdtc_shea@sympatico.ca


The chairman of the Men’s committee of the Ontario Amateur Softball Association has announced the draw of teams for the O.A.S.A. provincial Junior B to be held in Smiths Falls Aug 23rd and 24th.

George Ryder made the announcement earlier this week and it was released to participating teams. The seven team event will run Saturday August 23rd with a total of 11 games scheduled for the first day of competition. Both Civitan Diamonds at Lower Reach Park will be used with games beginning at 9am in the morning and concluding with the last scheduled games starting at 9pm at night. The championship round of the event starts at 9am on Sunday morning, and the final games scheduled for 1 and 3 pm on Sunday.

The tournament format is a traditional double knock out, but there is one variation. According to Ryder “With teams traveling as far as they do these days, the O.A.S.A has added a provision for a play back game for those teams who lose their first two games. This in affect guarantees each team three ball games.”

The draw was done randomly and sets up as follows. The host Smiths Falls Madden Hearing Center Junior Redmen face the Oshawa Double “B’s” at 9pm on Saturday morning. That is followed by the opening ceremonies. At 11am the Toanche play Newmarket and the Fingal Juniors play Atwood. At 1pm the winner of game one, either Smiths Falls or Oshawa plays the Glenworth Gators. The schedule continues for the remainder of the day, with two games at 3pm and 5pm, a single game at 7pm and two more at 9pm. Three and possibly four more are slated for Sunday. Single games at 9am,11am,1pm and 3pm if necessary.

Redmen manager Terry Shea was happy with the draw. “In terms of entertainment value it’s hard to beat some of the matchups as they were scheduled. We have seen or played against most of these teams over the past two seasons and it should be great ball. Playing against Oshawa to start out will be no easy task, they are traditionally one of the best in province. Being able to coach against Pete Landers is a personal thrill. I watched him pitch when I was a kid coming up through and I guess he be one of the greatest of all time.”

Shea also evaluated the rest of the field. “Just looking at results from the Junior Eliminations, Fingal and Toanche would have to be the favourites. But we played Newmarket and Glenworth at this year’s eliminations and Atwood last year ot the provincials and they are all good teams.”

The weekend of fastball kicks off the Friday night prior to the championships with an alumni game featuring may Redmen greats from the past. Any former Redmen interested in playing or just up for some reminiscing is asked to contact Terry Shea at 613-283-5349. Or by e-mail at tdtc_shea@sympatico.ca

Stittsville solidifies second

The Stittsville 56ers wrapped up second place in GOFL play with a 1-0 win over Manotick on Wednesday despite missing several players at the ISC ToC in Wisconsin.

Darren Featherstone got the win, while Lyle Schell took the loss. Featherstone also scored the games only run on an error.

This finalizes the GOFL standings as follows:

1. Ottawa Team Easton
2. Stittsville 56ers
3. Quyon Flyers
4. Fitzroy Harbour WC Electric
5. Carp I4C Victory
6. Manotick Printers
7. Greely Eagles
8. Ottawa Blitz
9. Orleans Gators

Saturday, August 09, 2008

Blog break

Good luck at the ToC to both Ottawa Team Easton and Carp I4C Victory as they go for the title in Wisconsin.

Check out the ISC website, Al's Fastball or TC's blog for results and news. Mrs. Fitzroy Fastball and I will be sequestered back in the bush with the kids and 15 of our closest friends at a giant cottage on Big Gull Lake.

I may get a chance to update mid-week at the "Plevna Internet Cafe".

Please continue to send results if you are a contributor and I will post as soon as I can.

Joran Graham Walk-off homer at Midget Nationals - with video

Joran Graham hit a walk-off homer last night to lead the Napanee Express to a 8-6 win over Paul Davis Systems from Newfoundland at the Midget Nationals.

With the Express down by one in the bottom of the seventh, and one out, two batters walked back to back. Joran then stroked the second pitch he saw over the left field fence for the game winner.

Watch the video here - scroll to the 1:22 mark to watch the bottom of the seventh.

From my interpretation of how the playoff system works, Napanee can now finish no lower than fourth.

Two notes:
1) Looks like a COMBAT he used to hit the dinger!
2) GOFL umpire Paul Colotelo was working the dish in this game.

UOVMFL Playoffs

Word is that the Upper Ottawa Valley Men's Fastball League playoff series for the first round are now set as follows:

1st Shawville Snappers vs. 4th Micksburg Twins Juniors
2nd Fitzroy/McNab Badham Carpentry vs. 3rd Micksburg Twins Seniors

Friday, August 08, 2008

GOFL Week 15

Stittsville and Manotick will get their final game of the season played on Wednesday August 13 at 8pm in Manotick.

There is another final game to be played between Quyon and Orleans - no details yet on when this will be played.

With the two games played last night, the standings are currently as follows:

1. Easton 20GP 34
2. Stittsville 19GP 27
3. Quyon 19GP 26
4. Fitzroy 20GP 23
5. Carp 20GP 22
6. Manotick 19GP 14
7. Greely 20GP 11
8. Blitz 20GP 11 (8th place based on wins)
9. Orleans 19GP 8

The only teams that can change positions are Stittsville and Quyon so the make up games do mean something.

For the playoffs, we know the following:

Blitz will host Orleans in the one game "play in" game (9th vs 8th)

Easton will play the winner of that game in a best of three

Greely will face either Stittsville or Quyon in a best of three, whoever finishes second.

Manotick will face either Stittsville or Quyon in a best of three, whoever finished third.

Fitzroy will face Carp in a best of three. Schedule to be posted soon.

Blitz drop two in GOFL Thursday night play in Carp

from Eric Rosenquist

The Blitz lost game #1 to Stittsville last night 5-0. Duane Bromley took the loss for the Blitz with Will Mood in relief. Dan Bradley got the win for Stittsville.

In game #2, Carp defeated the Blitz 2-1 with a run in the bottom of the 7th to break a 1-1 tie. Trevor Wood got the win for Carp in relief of Neil Cooke. Jamie Blakely went the distance for the Blitz.

Note: Special thanks to umpire Chris Carroll for coming up from Sydenham to work this game and help us get it in. Also thanks to Tony Riches for taking on his first umpiring assignment and working the bases.

Wednesday night GOFL play - updated

Manotick 5 Orleans 2
from Tony Riches

Manotick scored four times in the top of the seventh inning to defeat a shorthanded but game Orleans squad 5-2 Wednesday night. Nick Bowman pitched a complete game and drove in both Orleans runs with a clutch 2-out single in the second inning. Trevor Lahey had another solid outing and looked again to be the victim of a lack of run support before the late rally.

Manotick scored their first run with the seldom used Joe Allan/Tony Riches double steal in the third but Bowman worked his way out of several jams before tiring in the seventh. A Steve Walman triple got things going before an RBI single by John Lindsey, followed later by a tough play for Orleans to score the winning run in which the throw to the plate hit the runner. Joe Allan drove in two insurance runs with a 2-out single.

Easton 8 Orleans 1
from Spud Morrison

Easton beat Orleans 8-1 Wednesday night to close out their regular season. Dan Konkle got the win while Derek Bergeron took the loss. Easton only had 5 hits on the night but took advantage of the 10 walks issued by Bergeron to induce the mercy rule after 5 innngs. Pat O'Connor led the way offensively for Easton going 2/3 with 2 runs scored while Dan Konkle 1/3 2B 2Rbi and Lukas Kamps 1/2 2Rbi chipped in with the other Easton hits. Joel Langford 1/3 2B Rbi and Matt Alkerton 1/2 had the only Gators hits

Thursday, August 07, 2008

GOFL standings

The standings are clearing up a bit...but playoff matchups are still up in the air. Here are the details as of Thursday morning:

1. Easton 20GP 34pts
2. Quyon 19GP 26pts
3. Stittsville 18GP 25pts
4. Fitzroy 20GP 23pts
5. Carp 19GP 20pts
6. Manotick 19GP 14pts
7. Greely 20GP 11pts
8. Blitz 18GP 11pts
9. Orleans 19GP 8pts

So, interpreting here:

Easton has first wrapped up.
Quyon and Stittsville could both either finish second or third.
Fitzroy will be fourth.
Carp will be fifth.
Manotick could finish sixth or seventh.
Greely can finish seventh or eighth.
Blitz could finish sixth, seventh or eighth.
Orleans will be ninth.

Midget Canadians

The live webcast of the games at the Midget Canadians is a nice touch!

Saskatoon is the class of this tourney, still undefeated at 8-0.

Joran Graham's Napanee team is at 5-2.

Our condolences...

Our condolences to Kerr Childerhose and his family on the death of Kerr's wife Eileen.

Kerr plays for Micksburg Twins of the Upper Valley league.

GOFL Thursday night make up games

The Quyon - Orleans game had to be cancelled on account of no umpires available.

There were no regular GOFL umpires available for the Stittsville - Blitz / Blitz - I4C doubleheader in Carp as well. However, some umpires were brought in to work the game and they will go forward.

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Easton clinches first with 4-2 win over Quyon

from Cory Morrison

Easton topped Quyon 4-2 Tuesday night to clinch first place in the GOFL regular season. Dan Konkle got the win for Easton while Drew Hathaway took the loss.

Quyon opened the scoring the in their half of the 1st as Luke Young led off with a single was then sacrificed to second by Shawn Laframboise and driven in by Drew Hathaway.

Easton responded with 4 runs in the 3rd. After a Dan Konkle strikeout Dave Tubman walked and tried to take 3rd on a Kevin Chevrier single but was thrown out. Todd Fraser then doubled to score Chevrier and tie the game. Chevrier then replaced Fraser on 2nd due to the 2 out catcher rule and scored again on a Cory Morrison single. Pat O'connor then hit a 2run shot to deep left and put Easton up 4-1.

Quyon got one back in their half of the 3rd as Ben Young walked and was sacrificed to second by Luke Young, Drew Hathaway then singled again to plate Young and cap the scoring at 4-2.

Both pitches threw very well as each hit double digits in strike outs.

Easton Batters
Pat O'Connor 1/4 HR 2Rbi
Todd Fraser 2/4 2B Rbi
Cory Morrison 1/3 Rbi

Quyon Batters
Drew Hathaway 2/3 2(1B) 2Rbi
Luke Young 1/3 runs scored, sac bunt
Steve McCord 1/3 1B

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

GOFL week 14 - updated

Tuesday Aug 5
Easton at Quyon - 8pm

Wednesday Aug 6 - (I originally had the times flip flopped - sorry for the error)
Manotick vs. Orleans (in Manotick) - 7pm
Easton vs. Orleans (in Manotick) - 9pm

The games for Thursday night are going to be a problem - the umpire shortage strikes again. There was to be a doubleheader in Carp (Stittsville at Blitz 7pm followed by Blitz at Carp 9pm) and Quyon was to visit Orleans. Once I get confirmation on whether they are cancelled or not I will post here.

Tournament of Champions schedule

Here is the ISC Tournament of Champions schedule for the two GOFL teams in next week's event Aug 10 - Aug 13 in Appleton, Wisconsin. The games at Central Daylight Time, 1 hour west of EDT.

Carp I4C Victory
Sun Aug 10 12:00PM vs. Winterset, Iowa A's
Sun Aug 10 06:30PM vs. Ashland, Ohio Stockpack
Mon Aug 11 05:00PM vs. Palmermo, Ontario Athletics

Ottawa Team Easton
Sun Aug 10 02:00PM vs. St. Paul, Minnesota ASB Villard
Mon Aug 11 01:00PM vs. Kelvington, Saskatchewan PDC Comets
Mon Aug 11 04:30PM vs. Sacramento, California River City Rockers ** to be webcast
(I don't know much about Kelvington, SK - but one of their most famous residents wore #17.)

The playoff round is Aug 12 and Aug 13. Good luck to both teams.

Their rosters are posted here.

Newboro Fastball Tournament - UPDATE

Updated again: The tourney is now full with 8 teams and two on the waiting list.

UPDATE: There is now only one spot available for the Newboro tournament. Teams registered are Greely, Newboro, Greenbush, Smiths Falls, Sydenham, Central Fairbanks, and Milliken. Any team interested should call Ricer as soon as possible.

39th Annual Newboro Fastball Tournament
August 15 – 17, 2008

Entry fee - $350.00
3 game guarantee
Prize Money
1st - $800.00
2nd - $500.00
Playoff Semi-finalists - $150.00

Inquiries please call Scott Rice at (613) 273-6706 or e-mail to srice_at_rideauinsurance.com.

Local Heroes win the Elk Lake Tourney

from Eric Rosenquist

Local Heroes won the Elk Lake tournament.

Monday morning saw Locals defeat Welsh's in the semi-final with Trevor Wood
getting the complete game win.

In the other semi-final, the New Liskeard Super Trojans beat the defending
champion Garson Hounds from Sudbury.

Local Heroes then defeated New Liskeard in the final with Billy Gerber throwing
a complete game shutout.

Monday, August 04, 2008

Junior & Midget Canadians

Good luck to GOFL players Chad Hargrove (Owen Sound) and Matt Greer (Quebec) at the Junior Canadians in Owen Sound this week.

Looks like Matt won "player of the game" for Quebec in one of their losses.

Info here.

As well, good luck to GOFL'er Joran Graham (Napanee) at the Midget Canadians in Brantford this week.

Info here.

ISC "Home League" Tournament in Fitzroy Harbour

Fitzoy Harbour will host the International Softball Congress "home league" tournament for the region on September 19-21. The winner of the tournament will get a berth at the 2009 Tournament of Champions in Iowa.

The format will be 8 teams, double knockout.

Area leagues are invited to send teams to represent their association. The selection process is up to each individual league. Teams are to be from the league roster, with two pickups from within the league allowed. Some of these teams below are tentative, but as of right now, it looks like we have:

Host: Fitzroy Harbour, ON West Carleton Electric
GOFL1: Ottawa, ON Team Easton Thunder
GOFL2: Quyon, QC COMBAT Flyers
GOFL3: Stittsville, ON 56ers
LFL: Enterprise, ON Oasis Pools (Kingston aArea league)
Donnacona, QC Blue Sox (Quebec City area league)
BMFL: Blackburn, ON Knights (first time for the Blackburn League to enter a team)
UOVMFL: Team TBD - either Mickburg Twins or Fitzroy/McNab

Easton at the Elims in Cobourg

From Al's fastball, it appears that Team Easton won their pool with a 3-0 record, but lost two in the playoff round.

Cobourg Force with Wayne Wells won the tourney.

Local Heroes in Elk Lake Tourney

from Eric Rosenquist

Game 1: Local Heroes beat Big Game 9-0 in a 6 inning mercy. Billy Gerber threw a perfect game, striking out 11. Ben Gigliotti hit a 2-run homer to end the game.

Game 2: Local Heroes defeated Temagami 12-0 in a 4 inning mercy. Trevor Wood pitched a no hitter with 7 Ks. One Temagami player reached on an error and was then picked off at first. Other than that, Woody threw a perfect game. Tim Power hit a solo home run.

Next game for Locals New Liskeard.