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 29, 2009

North Fred Kings at the Ontario East Challenge Cup

Word is that the North Fred Kings will represent the Loughborough Fastball League at the Eastern Ontario Challenge Cup in McNab/Braeside in September.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Au Sable schedule released

10 teams in the 47th Au Sable, NY tournament July 10-12:

Quyon Flyers
Northline Utilities
Waterdown Hammer
Donnacona Blue Sox
Carp I4C Victory

Gordon Oil
Ottawa Blitz
Razzano's Trucking
Team Quebec Juniors

47th Annual Au Sable Forks Fast-Pitch Tournament

F#1 7pm Quyon Flyers vs Northline Utilities
F#1 9pm Gordon Oil vs Ottawa Blitz

F#1 9am Donnacona vs Waterdown
F#1 10:30 Quyon Flyers vs Carp I4C
F#1 12:00 Donnacona vs Northline Utilities
F#1 1:30 Quyon Flyers vs Waterdown
F#1 3:00 Razzano's vs Gordon Oil
F#1 4:30 Blitz vs Team Quebec Jrs
F#1 6:30 Waterdown vs Carp I4C
F#1 8:00 Knoxville vs Razzano's

F#2 9:30 Team Quebec Jrs vs Knoxville
F#2 11:00 Blitz vs Razzano's
F#2 12:30 Team Quebec Jrs vs Gordon Oil
F#2 2:00 Blitz vs Knoxville
F#2 3:30 Carp I4C VS Northline Utilities
F#2 5:00 Quyon Flyers vs Donnacona


F#1 9:00 Team Quebec Jrs vs Razzano's
F#1 10:30 Knoxville vs Gordon Oil

F#2 9:30 Donnacona vs Carp I4C
F#2 11:00 Waterdown vs Northline Utilities

F#1 1:00 First Group 1 vs 2nd Group 2
F#1 3:00 First Group 2 vs 2nd Group 1
F#1 5:00 Final

Oswego Schedule released

The schedule for the Oswego, NY tournament July 3-5 has been released. Only five teams registered:

CPI Classics #8 ISC II
NY Gremlins #13 ISC
Quyon Flyers #33 ISC II
Kars Aces (Easton) #3 ISC II
Kitchener Outlaws #11 ISC II

Friday Night July 3rd
Field 1 7PM CPI VS Kars Aces
Field 1 9PM Quyon VS CPI

Saturday July 4th
Field 1
11AM CPI VS Kitchener
1PM Kitchener VS Quyon
3PM NY VS Kitchener
5PM Kitchener VS Kars

Field 2
9AM Kars VS Quyon
11 AM NY VS Quyon
1PM NY VS Kars

Sunday July 5th
Field 1
10 AM Semifinal
12 Noon Final

GOFL week 9

Week 9 of the Greater Ottawa Fastball League sees some "special events" on tap.

First up on Tuesday night is a doubleheader in Fitzroy Harbour. The 7pm game sees WC Electric hosting the Stittsville 56ers, while the Electric will host the Orleans Gators in the 9pm tilt. Also on Tuesday is Carp I4C Victory traveling to Quyon to face the Flyers at 7:30.

The second annual Canada Day game in Kenmore will be on Wednesday at 4pm, with Team Easton facing the Greely Eagles. There are plenty of festivities throughout the day, including a kids' clinic at 3pm and other community activities.

On Thursday night, I4C Victory travels to Orleans to face the Gators at 8:30, while as part of the Harbour Days festival in Fitzroy Harbour, Team Easton and WC Electric will face off in a make up game from earlier in the season.

The Blitz and Manotick have the week off.

62 Tue. Jun 30 7:00PM Stittsville 56ers at Fitzroy Harbour West Carleton Electric
66 Tue. Jun 30 9:00PM Orleans Gators at Fitzroy Harbour West Carleton Electric
61 Tue. Jun 30 7:30PM Carp I4C Victory at Quyon Combat Flyers
63 Wed. Jul 1 4:00 PM Ottawa Team Easton at Greely DNTW Eagles (in Kenmore)
64 Thu. Jul 2 8:30 PM Carp I4C Victory at Orleans Gators
10 Thu. Jul 2 8:30 PM Fitzroy Harbour West Carleton Electric vs. Ottawa Team Easton (in Fitzroy Harbour)

Friday, June 26, 2009

Fitzroy Harbour gets stimulated

The feds, province and city had a joint announcement today for $27 million in recreation projects in the City of Ottawa.

My sources tell me that one of the items on the list is putting lights on the second diamond in Fitzroy Harbour.

Carp to host Tournament Aug 7-9

Carp Ontario Fastpitch Tournament - Aug 7-9
from Eric Rosenquist

The Carp I4C Victory fastball club will be hosting a men's fastball tournament the weekend of August 7-9 2009 in Carp Ontario, just west of Ottawa. The tournament is open calibre but pitchers must be ISC-II eligible.

Entry fee is $425 with prize money based on 12 teams.

1st Place - $1200
2nd Place - $600

For teams attending the ISC Tournament of Champions this will be an excellent tune-up. Other intermediate teams will enjoy the small town atmosphere in a region with a rich fastball history. This will be the first competitive men's fastball tournament in Carp since the days of the Carp Valley Pride senior men's team in the early 1990s.

If you have questions or would like to reserve a spot, please contact Eric Rosenquist via email: eric [at] rosenquist [dot] com.

Quyon 3 Carp 2

from GOFL.ca

Quyon travelled to Carp Thursday night to make up a game that had originally been cancelled due to weather. The Flyers came away with the 3-2 victory.

Matt Greer had the win, Neil Cooke took the loss.

The Flyers jumped out to a quick start, capitalizing on a Carp error and putting three runs across in the top of the first inning to take a 3-0 lead.

Carp managed to mount a late rally late, starting with an Al Read solo homerun in the fifth. Quyon got out of the inning with no further damage however.

In the bottom of seven, I4C put two runners on with only 1 out. Tony MacDonald then came to the plate with a pinch-hit RBI single to bring I4C within one run. The ensuing play, with runners at the corners, saw a ground ball to Flyers second baseman Luke Young. A close play at the plate had the runner called out. Greer then induced another ground ball for the third and final out, and the Flyers narrowly held on for the victory.

Loughborough League night

from Jeff Hannah

The Loughborough League night that was planned for last week has been rescheduled for Tuesday June 30th at the Keeley Road diamonds.

There has been a slight change to the games as one team was unable to get enough guys on short notice.

The schedule is as follows:

7:00 Kingston Cowboys vs Sydenham Midgets
7:00 Squirt Game
9:00 Sunbury vs Battersea
9:00 Napanee Midgets vs Enterprise

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Orleans 3 Blitz 0

from Joel Langford

Orleans took the back end of a home and home with the Ottawa Blitz Thursday night at the Swamp. Chad Hargrove threw a complete game 4-hit shutout for the win. Derrick Bulley had 8 stikeouts in a losing effort.

Kristian Knapp led off with a homerun in the bottom of the 1st for the Gators. Max Serre scored in the 4th on a Keenan Haight sacrifice fly. Haight added an insurance run in the 6th when he scored on an error.

Kristian Knapp 2-3 HR
Max Serre 2-2 R
Keenan Haight 1-2 RBI R

Comment on comments

Just a quick comment on the comments feature.

They are "moderated" so I have to approve any comment made.

I will post anonymous comments, but only if they are innocuous / non-controversial. If there is a chance for 'controversy' and/or someone being displeased with your comment, I will need you to own up and put your name on it.

I also had a pretty funny anonymous comment recently, but it included an "f-bomb" so I didn't approve it. It's a family site dontcha know.

Anyway, I'm more than happy to publish comments, but I just want to follow those simple guidelines.

I4C and the Printers tie 5-5

As Easton coach Shawn Williams is fond of saying, "not every game is a Picasso painting."

On a hot Wednesday night in Manotick, both the visiting Carp I4C Victory and the host Manotick Lomor Printers took advantage of some defensive miscues to score runs in bunches. In the end, nothing was decided as the teams battled to a 5-5 tie.

Carp got off to a quick start in the top of the 1st when leadoff hitter Eric Colvin drew a walk and then advanced to second on a wild pitch. After a strikeout and a groundout to Manotick pitcher Trevor Lahey, Carp 1B Tim Power hit a single to score Colvin from second.

Manotick got on the board in the bottom of the 2nd when LF Don Cox hit the first pitch from Carp starter Billy Gerber to right field for a triple. Mike Branchaud then hit a two-out single to cash in the run.

Carp regained the lead in the top of the 3rd thanks to a Kevin McGuire triple followed by an RBI ground-out by Tim Power, but Manotick answered with 3 runs in their half of the 3rd, taking advantage of three Carp errors to score runs on a walk and a Trevor Power double.

Manotick added a 5th run in the 5th when Trevor Power took a one-out walk, advanced to second, and was eventually driven in by John Lindsey's two-out RBI single.

The game looked like it might end 5-2 for Manotick when Carp had two-out in the 7th with a runner on first, but Carp rallied with a double by Kevin McGuire and then a walk by Tim Power to load the bases. Shawn Simzer then hit a ground ball between short and third, but everyone was safe as the SS tried unsuccessfully for the force-out at third base. With the score now 5-3 and the bases loaded, Carp 3B Brooks Paziuk hit a shallow fly ball down the left-field line that the charging left fielder got to, only to have it tick off the heel of his glove, allowing two Carp runners to score to tie the game. Trevor Lahey then induced a ground ball from the next Carp batter to end Carp's 7th with the score tied 5-5.

In the bottom of the 7th, pitcher Billy Gerber got two quick fly ball outs, but Manotick then staged their own rally when John Lindsey drew a walk and then advanced to third thanks to a Jason W Smith single. With DP Mike Branchaud at the plate, Billy Gerber threw a wild pitch that got past catcher Al Read enough to make Lindsey break from third toward home, but a fortunate bounce off the backstop allowed Read to retrieve the ball quickly enough that Lindsey was picked off while trying to retreat to third, ending the game in dramatic fashion.

Herriot homers guide Stittsville over Easton 2-1

from Cory Morrison

Stittsville 2 Easton 1

In the Grove on Wednesday night, Scott Herriot got his 4th and 5th home runs of the year in the 1st and 3rd innings to put Stittsville up 2-0. Easton got 1 run back in the 6th as Cory Morrison singled then took second on an attempted pick off and 3rd on a wild pitch. Andy Davey then doubled to drive in Morrison.

Dan Bradley got the win for Stittsville while Brad Porter took the loss.

Easton Batters
Dave Tubman 2/3 BB
Cory Morrison 2/3 run scored
Andy Davey 1/2 2B Rbi

Stittsville Batters
Scott Harriot 2/3 2 HRs 2 Rbi
Dan Jessiman 1/2 BB

Dan Bradley 7IP 1 Run 6 Hits 2BB 11K's
Brad Porter 6IP 2 Runs 4 Hits 1BB 8K's

"The Rock" at the FHCC

Tim "The Rock" Raines, former Expo great and World Series winner as a coach with the White Sox, was on hand at the Fitzroy Harbour Community Centre on Tuesday night to witness his first men's competitive fastball game.

Rumour has it he was impressed with the play of Trevor Barton (pictured below).

Other Wednesday night GOFL scores

In Stittsville, the 56ers defeated Easton by a score of 2-1 to avenge last week's loss.

In the other game in Manotick, the Printers and I4C Victory tied at 5.

more to follow

Orleans stops the Blitz winning streak

from Joel Langford

Derek Barber and Max Serre led the Gators past the Blitz Wednesday night in Manotick. The pair combined for 6 hits as Orleans came away with a 10-4 victory. Chad Hargrove picked up the win in relief of Jeff Barber. Jamie Blakely took the loss, with relief from Will Mood.

Derek Barber 3-5, 6 rbi
Max Serre 3-4, 2R
Jordan Adams 2-5, 3R, rbi
Matt Alkerton 2-4, R
Joel Langford 2-3, 2 rbi, R
Chad Hargrove 1-1, 2 BB, R
Kristian Knapp 2 R

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Manotick 7 WC Electric 1

Manotick Lomor Printers defeated West Carleton Electric 7-1 in GOFL play on Tuesday night in Fitzroy Harbour in six innings with former Expo great and WC Electric fan Tim Raines on hand to watch.

Trevor Lahey went the distance for Manotick as did Steve Cavanagh for Fitzroy.

Manotick scored in the top of the second on a Cal Medynski solo homerun to go up 1-0.

WC Electric answered in the bottom of the second. Jeff Cavanagh led off with a single. Bud Hanlon laid down a bunt which was misplayed, putting runners on second and third. Adam Brown hit a high chopper to left field that plated Cavanagh. With runners now on second and third and none out, Lahey got out of the jam with two strikeouts and a ground out.

Both pitchers were throwing well, reflecting the 1-1 score after five, when three WC Electric errors led to a six-run inning for Manotick as they sent 11 men to the plate. Joe Allan and Rich Antunes both reached on errors to put men at first and second. Steve Edgerton then laid down a bunt that stayed just fair, loading the bases. Cal Medynski grounded out to score one, and Don Cox walked again to load the bases. Trevor Power then dropped the ball into centre that took a dirty bounce and resulted in a triple for Power and 3 runs batted in. John Lindsey's double to right scored Power. Jason Smith then reached on another error. Trevor Lahey's single to left scored Lindsey, with Lahey taking second on the throw to third. Cavanagh finally got out of the inning with two Ks.

When Fitzroy failed to score in the bottom of the sixth, the game ended on the 6 run rule.

Manotick hitting
Joe Allan 1-4, R, SB
Steve Edgerton 1-3, R
Cal Medynski 1-3, HR, 2RBI
Don Cox 1-2, BB, R
Trevor Power 1-3, 3B, 3RBI
John Lindsey 1-3, 2B, RBI
Jason Smith 1-3
Trevor Lahey 1-3

Fitzroy hitting
Jon Daley 2-3
Trevor Barton 1-3
Jeff Cavanagh 2-3, R
Adam Brown 1-3, RBI

Manotick pitching
Trevor Lahey - WIN - 6IP 1R 1ER 6H 1BB 6K

Fitzroy pitching
Steve Cavanagh - LOSS - 6IP 7R 1ER 8H 1BB 5K

Easton and Quyon tie at 8 - now with story

Team Easton and Quyon Flyers tied 8-8 in GOFL play on Tuesday night in Quyon. Matt Greer and Drew Hathway threw for Quyon, while Brad Porter had the ball for Easton.

Easton Knots Quyon 8-8
from Cory Morrison

Team Easton ferried over to Quyon last night and after blowing a 5-1 lead through 2 innings settled for an 8-8 draw.

Easton opened the scoring in the top of the first as Dave Tubman led off with a double then went to 3rd on a Kevin Chevrier ground out. After Cory Morrison walked Randy Peck hit a sac fly to score Tubman.

Matt Greer homered to lead off the bottom of the 1st for Quyon to tie game.

Easton sent 10 batters to the plate in the top of 2 and came away with 4 runs to take a 5-1 lead.

Quyon countered with 6 unanswered runs over the next 3 innings to take a 7-5 lead mostly due to no less than 6 errors by the Easton fielders.

The visiting side cut into the lead in the 6th as Chad Milne was HBP and scored on an Andy Davey double to the left field corner. Cory Morrison then homered in the 6th to knot the game at 7.

Matt Greer answered back in the bottom of 6 with his second homerun of the night giving Quyon the lead again.

Easton was able to push the tying run across in the 7th as Pat O'connor walked with 1 out then went to 3rd on an Andy Davey single. Scott Marion then hit a high chopper down the 1st base line to score O'connor. Brad Porter was able to get the Quyon batters in order in the bottom of 7 to end the scoring at 8 apiece.

Easton Batters
Dave Tubman 3/4 2B 2 runs scored
Cory Morrison 2/3 HR BB Rbi
Andy Davey 2/4 2B Rbi

Quyon Batters
Matt Greer 2/3 2HR's BB
Joe Mcleary 1/3 2 Rbi

One prize left from the Gil Read - UPDATE: we have a winner

from Al Read

One big prize at the Gil Read tournament was not claimed – the winning ticket for the Dunlop driver is 0099804.

If anyone has that winning ticket please contact Al Read at aread{at}lwlaw.com or 613-435-3199 to collect your prize.

Update: The winner of the Golf Driver is Rob Pratt, coach of the Napanee Express.

Aussie Fastball Week

Too bad we couldn't have something like this up our way. I guess the amount of fastball down in southwestern Ontario allows them to host a week like this.

from Al's Fastball

Don’t miss the Australian National Men’s Softball Team Exhibition Series as they prepare for competition in the 2009 ISF World Championships in Saskatoon July 17-26, 2009

Monday,July 6 7:00 pm double header vs. KW Outlaws in St.Clements

Tuesday,July 7 7:00 pm double header vs. Owen Sound in Owen Sound

Wednesday,July 8 7:30 pm vs. South Perth All Stars

Thursday,July 9 7:30 pm vs. Millbank Mustangs

Friday,July 10 7:00 pm double header vs. Elmira Erb Electric Expos

Saturday,July 11 9:00 am - 12 noon Kids Skills Camp
2:00pm double header vs. Port Elgin Blue Devils

Sunday,July 12 1:00 pm Softball Reunion at the Milverton Legion. Everyone who has ever played or been a fan of ball in Milverton is welcome to reunite and celebrate Milverton’s history of softball

1:00pm vs. Bridgeport Braves

All games will be held at the Arand Field, Milverton unless otherwise noted

HighSchool & under free
Proceeds to the Arand Field upgrades

Micksburg Twins Peewees win Cobourg Tournament

with info from Al's Fastball

The fastball tradition continues in Micksburg, with the Peewee Twins under the guidance of former Micksburg Sr. Twins captain Jerry McIntyre.

The Micksburg Twins Peewees won the Cobourg Tourney with a 3-0-1 record last weekend. The Twins defeated Norwood 11-0, Stouffville 10-2 and tied Napanee 4-4. In the final they defeated Pickering 9-2.

The Peewee Twins will be travelling to Stratford to compete in the 16 team OASA Peewee Elims June 26-28. Other eastern Ontario teams include Kingston and Enterprise.

Latest ISC II rankings released

The ISC has released the latest rankings for ISC II play, based on last weekend's results.

Ottawa Team Easton move up to #3, while Quyon COMBAT Flyers make an appearance at #33. Donnacona Blue Sox are also on there with a #22 showing.

1 Waterdown, ON Hammer
2 Ashland, OH Stock Pack
3 Ottawa, ON Team Easton Thunder
4 Port Elgin, ON Blue Devils
5 K-W, ON Cubs
6 Elmira, ON Expos
7 Bridgeport, ON Braves
8 Dundas, ON CPI Classics
9 Portland, OR Columbia River Rockers
10 Palermo, ON Athletics
11 Kitchener, ON Outlaws
12 Ohsweken, ON Redmen
13 Sioux Falls, SD Sox
14 Sun Valley, CA A-1 Rude Pac
15 Reading, PA Hoffman Rise
16 Decatur, IL Pride
17 Waverly, MN Minnesota Angels
18 Lloydminster, AB Dodgers
19 Hermann, MO Black Gold
20 Salt Lake City, UT Innovative Communications
21 St. Paul, MN ASB-Villard
22 Donnacona, QC Blue Sox
23 Bay City, MI Twisters
24 Wellington, ON Sox
25 Harrisburg, PA Pennsylvania Power
26 Shakespeare, ON Falcons
27 Staten Island, NY Adco Electric
28 Bulyea, SK Rustlers
29 Alvinston, ON Indians
30 Wyevale, ON Tribe
31 USA Maccabi
32 Halifax, NS Blackburn Transport
33 Quyon, QC Flyers

Oswego Tournament with two ToC berths

Blair Setford reports that the Oswego, NY tournament was previously listed as 2 berths, 1 for US East and 1 for Canada East. Now, both berths are available to any team from any region. For any team looking to play in the Tournament of Champions in Iowa in August, this is a golden opportunity.

Quyon COMBAT Flyers are attending from the area, as is the Kars tournament team, which will have several Ottawa Team Easton players.

Tourney deadline 10PM EST 6/24/09
Oswego CPI ISC II Qualifier – Oswego, NY
July 3 - 5
Berths: 2 ISC II any team any region
Format: Divisional
Entry Fee: $400US
Local contact: Charlie Walseman Charlie_h_walseman@cargill.com, 518-207-6992 Cell
UIC: Chris Tehonica sfitzger@twcny.rr.com 315-771-9810
ISC Rep: Mike Cutro cootie0604@yahoo.com

Monday, June 22, 2009

Like father, like son

Fitzroy Fastball Junior and I were looking over his big pile of school work that he brought home today.

He showed me his Grade One French Immersion journal in which he recorded once a week the important things going on in his life. Alongside stories about four-wheeling with his uncle, going to his cousin's birthday party and visiting a museum with his brother were the following - original spellings intact.

4 mai 2009 Lundi je vais jouer de base-ball.

18 mai 2009 Après l'école j'ai jouer bas balle et je suis deuxieme pour fraper la ball.

8 juin 2009 Hier moi et mon équipe de bas-ball a gagnée.

Looks like we may have another future blogger in the family!

WC Electric at the Gil Read

Fitzroy Harbour West Carleton Electric men's fastball club finished 2-2 at the Gil Read Memorial Fastpitch Tournament

WC Electric 5 Stittsville 56ers 4 - 12 innings
This game was a classic that took three hours over two days to complete. Both Bud Hanlon of WC Electric and Darren Featherstone of Stittsville were outstanding, pitching all 12 innings for their teams.

Beginning on Friday night, the game was a 0-0 shutout over 7 innings, with both teams limited to four hits aside. With the "international tie breaker rule" in effect in the eighth, WC Electric didn't score after a sac bunt and two strikeouts. Stittsville also failed to score when WC Electric turned a 6-3-5 double play followed by a pop up.

The top of the ninth saw the first runs of the game. Two errors resulted in a run scored, and two men on for WC Electric. A clutch two run RBI single by Mitchell Taylor made the lead 3-0 with two out. Then the diamond lights went out at 11pm as they were on a timer, and they couldn't be turned back on.

Fast forward twelve hours later to Saturday morning at 11am when the game resumed. After getting the final out of the top of the ninth, Stittsville scored three runs of their own to tie things up at 3-3.

Neither team scored in the tenth, and both teams put runs in the eleventh on RBIs by Mitchell Taylor for WC Electric and Darren Featherstone for the 56ers to keep the game locked at 4-4.

WC Electric managed to win the game with a run in the twelfth with the game winning RBI by tournament pick up Trevor Power and Stittsville failing to score in their half of the inning.

Team Quebec 1 WC Electric 0

In the game Saturday afternoon, Steve Cavanagh was the hard luck loser pitching for WC Electric, allowing only one run on eight hits. Fitzroy only managed four hits against Pascale Gonthier and Etienne Caron who combined for the shutout for the Quebec City based team.

WC Electric 5 Napanee Express 4

WC Electric came from behind from a 3-0 deficit to win 5-4 against the scrappy Napanee Express. Bud Hanlon started pitching for the 'Trics, but gave way to 16-year old Andy Barber who had the win on the slab in relief. Barber, a Bantam-aged prospect from Olreans, was making his tournament debut for Fitzroy Harbour. Matt Hanewich took the loss for the Express.

Trevor Power had a home run for WC, and Steve Johnson, Trevor Barton and Barber all had RBIs in the comeback.

Team Quebec 12 WC Electric 0

In a game best forgotten by WC Electric, costly errors early put them down in the first frame, and Team Quebec never looked back in rolling to a 12-0 victory over five innings. Bud Hanlon had the loss and had relief from both Steve Cavanagh and Andy Barber while Guillaume Boucher had the win.

Barber was named WC Electric team MVP of the tournament, based on his strong showing in his first tournament at the men's intermediate level.

UOVMFL report Week 5 and 6

from Shawn Laframboise

Weeks five and six saw some interesting fastball in the Upper Ottawa Valley.

To start week five, the Micksburg SR Twins took an 11-5 decision over the Douglas Green Sox. Jamey Mick had the win for the Twins, with relief coming from both Corey and Shawn Costello. Shawn Dellaire took the loss for the Green Sox. Jamey Mick had a homerun for the home team, and Shawn Costello added two bombs to help Micksburg to the victory.

The first half of a doubleheader scheduled for June 11 in Shawville was postponed to a later date. The 8:30 game saw McNab hand the ball to Troy Wilson, who went the distance earning the W in a 7-0 shutout over the Snappers. Earl Kearns took the loss and Matt Greer saw some time in relief.

Week six saw the Snappers travel to Douglas for the first time this season. The June 16 tilt was moved up from the original date of June 26 due to an umpiring conflict. Earl Kearns went 6 for the visiting team, earning the victory, as Shawville downed Douglas by a score of 13-4. Jonathan Shields took the loss and Shawn Dellaire saw some action in relief. Shawn Laframboise had a three-run homerun in the fifth, chasing Shields from the game. Dellaire replaced him and with his first pitch Matt Greer took him deep over the left field fence for a solo shot of his own.

The June 17th game had McNab continuing their hot streak as they downed the JR Twins by a score of 9-3. Andrew Jahn had the win for McNab, throwing all five in the mercy shortened game. Fabian Christie took the loss with relief coming from Ryan Clarke.

Shawville got their second win of the week on Thursday night against the SR Twins. Matt Greer had the win for Shawville and added two homeruns to help his cause, leading to an 8-3 final. Jamey Mick took the loss for the Twins.

GOFL week 8

Another seven games on tap for the Greater Ottawa Fastball League in Week 8 of the campaign.

Tuesday night there are two games - Team Easton will visit Quyon to face the Flyers at 7:30pm in a rematch of the final at the Gil Read. (Greely was originally scheduled to play this game but there was a change.) Manotick will be in Fitzroy to visit the West Carleton Electric at 8:30pm.

The Wednesday night doubleheader in Manotick sees Carp face the Printers in the 7pm game, followed by the Ottawa Blitz putting their five game GOFL winning streak on the line against Orleans Gators at 9pm. Stittsville will host Team Easton at the Grove that same night in a rematch of the Week 7 match up with the 56ers as the host team this time.

I4C Victory will host Quyon on Thursday at the Fairgrounds in Carp at 8:30 in a rain out make up from earlier in the season, while Orleans will host the Blitzos at Pierre Rocque at 8:30.

42 Tue. Jun 23 7:30 PM Ottawa Team Easton at Quyon Combat Flyers
55 Tue. Jun 23 8:30 PM Manotick Lomor Printers at Fitzroy Harbour West Carleton Electric
57 Wed. Jun 24 7:00 PM Carp I4C Victory at Manotick Lomor Printers
58 Wed. Jun 24 9:00 PM Orleans Gators at Ottawa Blitz (in Manotick)
59 Wed. Jun 24 8:30 PM Ottawa Team Easton at Stittsville 56ers
26 Thu. Jun 25 8:30 PM Quyon Combat Flyers at Carp I4C Victory
60 Thu. Jun 25 8:30 PM Ottawa Blitz Orleans Gators Pierre Rocque Park

Who were those guys from Roebuck?

Mike Money answers that question on the GOFL site.

some more photos from the weekend

TC has some photos of the final.

More photos from Mike Money are also posted.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Second Annual Gil Read - a success

Congratulations to Al Read and his volunteers on a well run event at the second annual Gil Read Memorial Tournament. Everything seemed to go smoothly with the exception of the lights being on a timer and shutting down at 11pm on Friday.

Nice big beer garden tent, reasonably priced grub and pints, good facility, programs, MVP trophies, etc. and of course all the funds going to a great cause. I know for various reasons, the were a lot of expenses for the host committee, but I'm hopeful they raised some big bucks for the fund.

The women's tournament was a nice addition and from what I saw also had some great fastball.

The only thing I'd change - scare off that Dickie Dee ice cream truck and the "Music Box Dancer" music. I can't get that awful tune out of my head!

Be sure to check out some of the photos taken by Mike Money.

Innerkip ISC II qualifier

At the Innerkip ISC II qualifier in western Ontario, the Kitchener/Waterloo Cubs repeated as champions, beating Port Elgin Blue Devils 1-0 in the final. Ryan French was the winning pitcher. Dundas CPI Classics also qualified by finishing 3rd in the 12 team tournament.

Team Easton wins berth to ToC - Sunday scores at the Gil Read Memorial

Scores from Sunday at the ISC II Qualifier in Ottawa. Ottawa Team Easton claims the title with a 4-0 record. WP/LP not "official" - let me know if any corrections.

Team Quebec 12
Fitzroy Harbour WC Electric 0
Fitzroy Harbour eliminated
WP: Guillaume Boucher
LP: Bud Hanlon

Quyon COMBAT Flyers 3
Team Quebec 1
Team Quebec eliminated
WP: Joran Graham
LP: Guillaume Boucher

Quyon COMBAT Flyers 2
Roebuck Rampage 1
Roebuck eliminated
WP: Matt Greer Save: Drew Hathway
LP: Jeff Barber

3pm (final game)
Ottawa Team Easton 5
Quyon COMBAT Flyers 3
Team Easton wins berth to the Tournament of Champions in Iowa
WP: Dan Bradley
LP: Drew Hathway with relief from Joran Graham
HR: Corey Costello, Brad Pender for Easton

Final order of finish:

1. Ottawa Team Easton 4-0
2. Quyon COMBAT Flyers 4-2
3. Roebuck Rampage 2-2
4. Team Quebec 2-2
5. Fitzroy Harbour West Carleton Electric 2-2
T6. Napanee Express 1-2
T6. Stitsville 56ers 1-2
T8. Ottawa Blitz 0-2
T8. Carp I4C Victory

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Saturday at the Gil Read / ISC II Qualifier

Results from the Gil Read Memorial ISC II Qualifier at Carlington Park in Ottawa. Beautiful weather for ball all day. Note, WP/LP are not official, send me corrections if you have them.

Friday 9PM game (continued Saturday morning)
Fitzroy Harbour 5
Stittsville 4
12 innings
WP: Bud Hanlon
LP: Darren Featherstone

Roebuck 1
Carp 0
WP: Chris Hall
LP: Chad Hargrove

Ottawa Team Easton 6
Napanee 4
WP: Dan Bradley
LP: Ian Wallwork

Stittsville 6
Carp 1
Carp eliminated
WP: Bill Gerber
LP: Neil Cooke

Team Quebec 1
Fitzroy Harbour 0
WP: Pascal Gonthier
LP: Steve Cavanagh

Napanee 4
Ottawa Blitz 3
Blitz eliminated
WP: Ian Wallwark
LP: Jamie Blakely

Roebuck 5
Quyon 1
Roebuck to undefeated game
WP: Jeff Barber
LP: Joran Graham

Ottawa Team Easton 9
Team Quebec 1
Easton to undefeated game
WP: Dan Bradley
LP: Etienne Caron

Quyon 5
Stittsville 0
Stittsville eliminated
WP: Drew Hathway
LP: Bill Gerber

Fitzroy Harbour 5
Napanee 4
Napanee eliminated
WP: Andy Barber
LP: Matt Hanewich

9pm - undefeated game
Ottawa Team Easton 5
Roebuck 0
Easton to final
WP: Cory Costello (1 hitter)
LP: Chris Hall

Sunday schedule

Fitzroy Harbour vs. Team Quebec

Winner of 9AM vs. Quyon

Winner of 11AM vs. Roebuck


"IF" Game

Friday night at the Gil Read / ISC II Qualifier

In the 7pm game, the Quyon COMBAT Flyers defeated Ottawa Blitz 3-1. Drew Hathway had the win, Jamie Blakely took the loss.

The 9pm game featured Fitzroy Harbour West Carleton Electric and the Stittsville 56ers and was scoreless after 7 innings. Darren Featherstone had the ball for Stittsville and Bud Hanlon was pitching for Fitzroy. The eighth inning was also scoreless. West Carleton Electric had scored 3 in the top of the ninth when the timed lights went out with a man on first and two out. The game will resume on Saturday at 11am.

Friday, June 19, 2009

GOFL Thursday postponed

The GOFL games on Thursday (WC Electric at Orleans and Team Easton at Carp) were both postponed last night with the inclement weather and will be rescheduled.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Weds in Manotick - updated

The Greely Eagles dropped two in Manotick on Wednesday night in GOFL play, losing 6-0 to the Ottawa Blitz and 7-1 to Manotick Lomor Printers.

more to follow

Manotick 7 Greely 1
from Tony Riches

Manotick took advantage of three Greely errors in a three run second inning en route 7-1 win last night, sweeping this week`s home-and-home series.

Trevor Lahey had a solid outing on the mound for the Printers, getting into trouble only in the fourth inning, but the Eagles were only able to put one run across before leaving the bases loaded.

Offensively Steve Edgerton and Don Cox led the way for Manotick, both going 2/3 at the plate.

Steve Tsonos 1/1, RBI
Kris Knowles 1/1, BB

Ryan Cox 3IP 5H 2ER 1BB 6K
Gord Flannery 1IP 2H 1ER 1BB 1K

Don Cox 2/3, 2B, 2R,RBI
Steve Edgerton 2/3, R, 2 RBI
Steve Walman 1/2, BB, 2R

Lahey 5IP 3H 0ER 2BB 7K

Easton hands Stittsville their first loss

from Cory Morrison

Easton handed Stittsville their first loss of the season with a 2-1 victory at the Grove on Wednesday night.

Brad Porter got the win while Dan Bradley took the loss.

Stittsville opened the scoring in the top of the 3rd as Dan Jessiman walked then advanced to 3rd on a Ryan Bond bloop single to right. Darren Featherstone's sac fly to right scored Jessiman and Bond took second on the throw home. Porter was able to get out of the inning without anymore damage done.

Dan Bradley cruised through the first 5 innings then in the 6th Lukas Kamps lofted a ball to the right-center gap. As the Stittsville right fielder looked as though he might have a play on it, Darren Featherstone who was playing center came sliding out of nowhere and appeared to come up with the ball. However, the umps ruled "no catch" and Kamps stood at second with a double. Two batters later Dave Tubman homered to right to give Easton a 2-1 lead.

The 56er's loaded the bases in their half of the 7th by virtue of two walks and an infield single but Porter got John Craig to fly out to right to end the game.

Brad Porter 7IP 1Run 4Hits 3BB's 6K's

Dan Bradley 6IP 2Runs 4Hits 1BB 7K's

Easton Batters
Dave Tubman 1/3 HR 2Rbi run scored
Lukas Kamps 1/2 2B run scored
Kevin Chevrier 1/3
Kyle Gourgon 1/3

Stittsville Batters
Scott Harriot 1/3 BB
Dan Jessiman 1/2 BB
Ryan Bond 1/3

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Article on Grafton tournament

Bradford Classic crown taken by Force
JEFF GARD, Northumberland Today

GRAFTON -- Every June, fastball players and umpires come together to honour the memory of the late Jim Bradford.

Bradford, who was from Baltimore, was the only nationally recognized Level 5 umpire in both fast-pitch and slopitch when he died in 2001. He was one of the most respected umpires, not only in this area, but in the entire country.

In 2003, Bradford was inducted into Softball Canada's Hall of Fame. Also, Softball Ontario annually hands out the Jim Bradford Memorial Award for fast-pitch and slo-pitch umpires who emulate the qualities and characteristics of Bradford.

"This guy was a gentleman," umpire Serge Laflamme said between games at the 19th Jim Bradford Classic (a tournament renamed following his death) in Grafton this past weekend. "I worked with him many years as an umpire."

Laflamme, who has traveled from Quebec to work the Classic for the past few years, noted Bradford was his first supervisor when he umpired at the Canadian fast-pitch championship in 1985.

"At that time, I didn't speak a word of English," Laflamme recalled. "He spoke slowly to give me the confidence to learn the language.

"His personality was great, he was approachable," added Laflamme, who worked the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia. "(Jim) was a great team guy, always ready to help."

Laflamme enjoys coming to Ontario and the Jim Bradford Classic is a highlight of his summer umpiring schedule.

"I just like the attitude of the umpires; all working together, no competition between umpires," he said. "I'm sure Jim contributed to that kind of fraternity we have here because of his personality."

Seventeen men's teams competed in this year's Classic. There were supposed to be 18, but Hamilton didn't show up. Still, it was the biggest group organizer Steve Bedard has had on the men's side.

"It was a shock, really," Bedard said. "Never in my wildest dreams."

Unfortunately, however, there was no women's division this year. Interest from potential teams evolved too late.

"I would've had nine women's teams if I had known earlier," Bedard said.

Sunday's championship game was a fitting finale for the Classic showdown as the Cobourg Force, with plenty of local flavour, emerged victorious 2-1 over Ottawa Team Easton.

With the game still scoreless in the fifth inning, Craig Minifie belted a two-out solo home run to left-centre field to give Cobourg the first lead.

Cobourg went up 2-0 in the sixth inning when Rob Doncaster scored what turned out to be a important, and game-deciding, run. He doubled before advancing to third on a wild pitch and later scoring when the Ottawa catcher made a throwing error to third base in an effort to pick off Doncaster.

Ottawa got one run back in the sixth, but left two runners stranded on base and couldn't muster any offence in its final at-bat in the seventh.

Doncaster later said that the feeling on the Force bench was that the game would be decided "either by a mistake or a home run."

Turned out that both a mistake and a home run led Cobourg to victory.

"I just didn't think it would be me (scoring the winning run)," Doncaster remarked.
While Doncaster, who also plays in the Cobourg Men's Softball League, doesn't travel to weekend tournaments as much as he used to, he does still enjoy local tournaments.

Like many other players, the Classic has special meaning for him as he gets to play for the former umpire.

"Jim Bradford was a great guy, great umpire," Doncaster said.

A member of Ottawa Team Easton, Scott Herriott, who is from Gore's Landing, always enjoys coming home for the Classic. His parents, Paul and Deb, and brother, Mike, attended all weekend to watch him play.

"They like to see what (Team Easton) is doing," he said.

Herriott has lived in Ottawa since the early 1990s, though it's a thrill to "come back and see guys I haven't seen in years," he said. "This is a really good tournament. Steve has done a really good job."

That's the reason many of the teams come to compete. Other competitors were the Napanee juniors, Picton, Oshawa juniors, CPI/ADS, Newmarket juniors, Oshawa intermediates, Stouffville, Waterdown, Donnacona from Quebec, Team Ontario juniors, Fitzroy Harbour, Maccabbi from North York, Pickering, Team Quebec and the New York Bombers.

Team Ontario, which will compete at the 2009 North American under-19 championship in Charlottetown, PEI in July, includes Cobourg's Travis Gibson as well as Scott Tuttle, who is a part of the coaching staff.

Gibson found out last month that he had been selected for team after having attended several selection camps.

"It's a great honour because these are guys I've played against for the last 10 years," Gibson said of his new teammates.

While he's a pitcher on other teams he plays for, Gibson doesn't pitch on Team Ontario. Instead, he's a utility player. He keeps it all in perspective.

"You accept the role they give you," he said. "I just want to become a better ball player and make friends that, hopefully, I'll keep for the rest of my life."

This past weekend's tournament in Grafton was a good tune-up for the provincial junior squad before they leave for PEI on July 5.

"It was great having such a wide variety of areas represented," Gibson said. "It was great to play against this calibre and still win two games. This is supposed to be one of the best tournaments. It's a good challenge for us to get ready for PEI."

Tuttle also noted that it was important for the squad to meet in Grafton.

"You bring a group of top athletes together and now they have to perform as a team," he said. "We had an excellent idea of what they were like. Some kids play better under pressure."

Added Tuttle, "it was an opportunity for us (as coaches) to get the kinks out, too. It's a learning curve for everybody."

Tuttle was pleased to see Gibson added to the Ontario squad.

"Travis is an excellent ball player," the coach said. "He knows the game and is a very versatile player."

With another successful Jim Bradford Classic in the books, Bedard would like to thank his scorekeepers and announcers -- Layton Dodge, Rosey Bateman, Sylvia Henry, Jean Calder and Richard Cole -- as well as restaurant sponsors -- the Bullpen in Grafton and Casey's Bar & Grill in Cobourg -- and Dave Harnden for looking after the four ball diamonds.

"Without those people, this ain't going," Bedard said.

I4C Victory 10 WC Electric 2

I4C Victory prevailed with a 10-2 win at Fitzroy Harbour in a 2 hour 20 minute marathon on Tuesday night in GOFL play.

Dan Konkle had the complete game win, while Bud Hanlon took the loss with relief from Troy Wilson.

West Carleton Electric took at 1-0 lead in the first inning. Jon Daley led off with a walk and moved to second on Steve Johnson's bunt single. After a strikeout, Daley and Johnson advanced 60 feet on a wild pitch. Troy Wilson hit a single scoring Daley but Johnson was thrown out at the plate by centre fielder Eric Colvin.

Carp threatened a couple of times in the first four innings, but the score remained 1-0 'Trics thanks to some defensive gems by Fitzroy shortstop Jon Daley and a well executed double play by third baseman Neil Murphy.

I4C put four across in the fifth to take a lead. Aaron Amo walked to start the inning and was plated on a double by Kevin McGuire. McGuire took third on a pop up to shallow right. Tim Power then walked, and subsequently stole second. Shawn Simser's three run homer made the score 4-1.

Troy Wilson relieved Hanlon in the sixth, and I4C scored another three runs. McGuire doubled with one out and scored on Al Read's home run. Then Tim Power hit a solo shot to put Carp up 7-1.

The home team scored one in the bottom of the inning to prolong the game. Steve Johnson walked, moved to second on a ground out, and scored on Troy Wilson's RBI single.

I4C Victory capped the scoring in the top of the seventh, putting across three on Todd Storms pinch hit single, Aaron Amo's double followed by Kevin McGuire's three run homer.

Carp hitting
Todd Storms 1-1 R
Aaron Amo 2R 2B 2BB
Kevin McGuire 4-4 3R 2-2B HR 4RBI BB
Al Read R HR 2RBI
Tim Power 2R HR RBI BB
Shawn Simzer R HR 3RBI
Dan Konkle 3-4
Brooks Paziuk 2-4

Fitzroy hitting
Troy Wilson 3-3, 2RBI, 2B
Steve Johnson 1-2, BB, R
Jim Hook 1-3

Carp pitching
Dan Konkle - Win - 7IP 2R 2ER 5H 13K 3BB

Fitzroy pitching
Bud Hanlon - Loss - 5IP 4R 4ER 9H 6K 4BB
Troy Wilson - 2IP 6R 6ER 6H 3K 1BB

Loughborough League night at Keeley Road diamonds

from Jeff Hannah

The Loughborough Fastball League is having a League night with 4 league games played between 8 teams this Thursday night June 18 at the Keeley Road diamonds just off Sydenham Road.

7:00pm Kingston Hyundai Cowboys vs Sydenham Midgets
7:00pm Sunbury vs Battersea

9:00pm North Fred Kings vs Sydenham
9:00pm Napanee Midgets vs Enterprise

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Canada Day in Kenmore

The Greater Ottawa Fastball League is pleased to be part of the Canada Day Celebrations on July 1 in the village of Kenmore. Fun for the whole family and also a great day for softball.

Wednesday July 1st, 2009
Kenmore Bi-Centennial Park

Schedule of Events

3:00PM - Minor Ball Clinic for kids

4:00PM - Greely DNTW Eagles vs Ottawa Team Easton

5:00PM - Pig Roast $7.00 / person

5:30PM - Horseshoe Tournament (BYOH - bring your own horseshoes)

6:00PM - Kids Games (Sack Wars, Tug of War, etc.)

7:00PM - "Winding Roads Band"

4:00PM - 9:00PM - Carnival games / Giant Fire Truck Slide / Face Painting / Clowns

Canteen & BBQ open all evening

9:30 - The Big Show (Fireworks)

Manotick defeats Greely

from Tony Riches

Manotick used four first inning runs to propel them out of the gate to a 10-3 victory in Greely last night. The rejuvenated Calvin Medynski continued his strong start with a 4/4 night to pace the hitting attack with Trevor Power adding a 3/4 game, including his third home run of the season.

Paul Ceppi had another solid outing on the mound, allowing just one earned run while striking out 14 and surrendering no free passes. Gord Flannery started for Greely and was replaced by Shannon Borho in the second, who gave way to newcomer Tom Edwards for the final three innings.

C Medynski 4/4, BB, 2B, 3B, 2R, 3RBI
Power 3/4, BB, HR, 2R, 2RBI
Don Cox 2/5, 2B, 2R, RBI
Mike Branchaud 2/2, BB, R, RBI

Ceppi 7IP 5H 1ER 0BB 14K

Kris Knowles 2/3, 2R
Edwards 1/2, 2RBI

Flannery 1IP 5H 4ER 0BB 1K
Borho 3IP 7H 4ER 2BB 3K
Edwards 3IP 3H 2ER 4BB 1K

Monday, June 15, 2009

Da rules

Blair Setford has provided the rules for the Qualifier this weekend:

Tournament rules:
1. Rules of play will be those in the current rule book of Softball Canada with the exception of the ISC pitching rule and the ISC (ISF) eligible 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.
5. Team lineups must be completed and handed in to the game controllers prior to the start of the game. Lineup cards can be obtained from the game controllers. A game ball will be provided upon completion of your lineup card.
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. Coin toss will take place between 30-45 minutes prior to the scheduled start time.
7. The International Tie-Breaker 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 will be the batter who is scheduled to hit 9th in the inning.
8. We ask that, where possible, teams dress in contrasting colour jerseys to make the game more visually appealing for fans.
9. Protests on the interpretation of the playing rules only will be considered. A protest must be made at the time of the infraction – before the next pitch is delivered - and will be decided by the UIC.
10. No infield practice will be permitted prior to games.
11. The official schedule shall be the posted bracket board.
12. Alcoholic beverages are only permitted during designated times in the beer garden area. Teams that tail-gate may be disqualified from the tournament.
13. The "two-out catcher" rule is optional.

GCMFL Tournament wrap up

from Eric Rosenquist

Congratulations to Medaglia Auto Imports who defeated ASAP Print Management by scoring 3 in the bottom of the 6th for a 5-4 come-from-behind victory to claim the tournament championship. The "B" trophy went to Laurysen Kitchens who defeated Mattamy Homes 4-1.

All in all it was a great weekend, with good fastball weather, nice facilities, and highly competitive games. Of the 18 round-robin and 6 playoff games played, only three were decided by a "mercy", and in all three of those cases it was because the losing team's starting pitcher was unavailable.

A big thanks to:

The Broadway Bar & Grill in Stittsville for sponsoring our tournament and hosting our pub night on Friday. The tournament trophy is on display at Broadway's and will soon have a plaque added to it for the 2009 winners.

Our three non-league teams: The Insomniacs, the Blackburn Warriors, and Trend-Arlington. Having 12 teams made for a much better schedule, and all three teams played great ball and were very competitive.

Geoff Lathem and the Huntley Community Association for the use of their excellent facilities and the grooming of the diamonds each day.

All of the players and fans who helped keep the park free of litter - that goes a long way toward giving the league a good reputation with the community association and the residents around the ball park.

The men in blue for working through the heat and doing an excellent job despite being shorthanded all weekend.

Mike Vandenberg for looking after the Combat draw on Friday night and the league equipment all weekend - taking it home each night and making sure it was back at the diamonds before the next morning's games.

Final standings were:

Pool "A"
Ottawa Home Services 2-0-1 5 +12 A3
Air1One 2-1-0 4 +7 A4
Laurysen Kitchens 1-1-1 3 -6 B3
Trend-Arlington 0-3-0 0 -13

Pool "B"
Medaglia Auto Imports 3-0-0 6 +13 A1
Mattamy Homes 2-1-0 4 +6 B1
Insomniacs 1-2-0 2 -7
Cavanagh Construction 0-3-0 0 -12

Pool "C"
ASAP Print Management 3-0-0 6 +5 A2
Local Heroes Kanata 1-1-1 3 +1 B2
East Side Mario's 1-2-0 2 -3 B4
Blackburn Warriors 0-3-1 1 -3

"B" Playoffs
Laurysen Kitchens over Local Heroes 4-1
Mattamy Homes over East Side Mario's 19-4
Laurysen Kitchens over Mattamy Homes 4-1

"A" Playoffs
Medaglia Auto Imports over Air1One 11-1
ASAP Print Management over Ottawa Home Services 3-2
Medaglia Auto Imports over ASAP Print Management 5-4

GOFL Week 7 preview

Seven games on the GOFL schedule for Week 7.

Greely will host Manotick on Monday at 8:30, as the Eagles seek their first win over the surging Printers.

Tuesday night in Fitzroy Harbour sees WC Electric hosting Carp I4C Victory at 8:30.

The Grove in Stittsville on Wednesday will see Team Easton hosting the 56ers at 8:30, while the weekly doubleheader in Manotick has Greely in town for a tilt against the Blitz at 7pm and the Printers in the late game at 9pm.

Thursday night will see WC Electric at Orleans and Team Easton at Carp. Both are 8:30 starts.

48 Mon. Jun 15 8:30 PM Manotick Lomor Printers at Greely DNTW Eagles
49 Tue. Jun 16 8:30 PM Carp I4C Victory at Fitzroy Harbour West Carleton Electric
50 Wed. Jun 17 7:00 PM Greely DNTW Eagles at Ottawa Blitz (in Manotick)
51 Wed. Jun 17 9:00 PM Greely DNTW Eagles at Manotick Lomor Printers
52 Wed. Jun 17 8:30 PM Stittsville 56ers at Ottawa Team Easton (in Stittsville)
53 Thu. Jun 18 8:30 PM Fitzroy Harbour West Carleton Electric at Orleans Gators
54 Thu. Jun 18 8:30 PM Ottawa Team Easton at Carp I4C Victory

Gil Read tourney website now up

Check out the website for the Gil Read Memorial Tournament

Sunday, June 14, 2009

The Grafton tourney

Some thoughts on Grafton / Jim Bradford Classic

- Beautiful weather all weekend

- 17 teams was great - good mix of intermediate, midget and junior teams from across Ontario and Quebec on hand. Too bad the ladies tourney was a no go this year, I know some of our players were disappointed.

- Too bad the 18th team that signed up didn't bother to show or contact organizers as the Hamilton Hawks were nowhere to be seen

- Four game guarantee is nice, especially as a tune up for the qualifier. Unfortunately with only the division winners moving on the semis, this can mean several meaningless games. Organizer did mention a possible format change for 2010.

- The peameal bacon on a bun at the snack shack is really tasty. Too bad the wait for grub was around 45 minutes!

- Nice complex they have there with four diamonds. In some cases the infields could use a bit of work, but certainly lots of ball to watch in one spot which is great.

- The officiating I thought was good all weekend. Yes, even you Dave.

- A good job organizing by Steve Bedard - looking forward to the 20th edition of the tourney next year.

Jim Bradford Classic at Grafton

Ottawa Team Easton finished second of 17 teams at the Jim Bradford Classic tournament in Grafton this weekend, losing to Cobourg Force in the finals.

Fitzroy Harbour West Carleton Electric went 2-2 and out of the playoff round.

Fitzroy Harbour West Carleton Electric

Fitzroy Harbour WC Electric started off with two losses to remove themselves from contention in the playoff round, but finished with two strong wins.

The draw saw the Electric play Donnacona Blue Sox and Waterdown Hammer, two ISC II ranked teams, back to back at 8:30 and 10:30 on Saturday morning. (No excuses, but that is a tough draw, n'est-ce pas?)

Donnaconna (ISC II #29) won the first one by a score of 8-1 in six innings. Francis Leclair had the win, with relief from Luc Thibeault. Bud Hanlon had the loss and had relief from Steve Cavanagh. Down 2-0 after four and a half innings, the lug nuts loosened in a big way in the fifth for the 'Trics. Up to that point, the Blue Sox had three hits and Hanlon was throwing well, but four errors made for four runs as all four tires blew off and Donnacona went up 6-0. Fitzroy scored their run in the sixth when Trevor Barton hit a solo shot off Thibeault. The Electric loaded the bases on two singles and a walk, but couldn't get another across. Two runs by Donnacona in the bottom of the frame ended the game. Leclair threw five complete, striking out 10, no hits, one walk and two hit batsmen, including one of the helmet of Joel Langford of the Electric.

No rest for Fitzroy as they faced the ISC II #4 ranked Waterdown Hammer immediately following. The Hammer won 8-3. Jimmy Hurst had the win for the Hammer with relief from Tim Neil, while Matt Greer threw for the Electric. The game was tied 3-3 after the third inning, but the big bats of Waterdown pounded out five more runs for the win. Will Lake had a homer for the Hammer. Joel Langford had one RBI and Matt Greer had two RBI for Fitzroy.

In the third game of the day, Fitzroy won 10-5 against Team Ontario, the under 19 team which will be representing the province in PEI in July. Team Ontario had shutout Donnacona 5-0 earlier in the day, but the bats of the Electric came alive in the 4:30 game. Steve Cavanagh pitched the complete game win, while Brendan Roach and Ian Wallwork threw for Team Ontario. Adam Alexander had a two run homer for the midgets. Mitch Taylor hit a three run homer for Fitzroy, his first round tripper in Intermediate play, while Neil Murphy and Steve Johnson had two RBIs and Joel Langford, Matt Greer and Adam Brown all had one RBI each.

WC Electric closed things out on a winning note, defeating Pickering 5-1 on Sunday morning. Bud Hanlon had the complete game win, scattering five hits. Steve Johnson had an RBI on a sacrifice fly in the first and Joel Langford hit a solo homer in the third. With the bases loaded, two out and a full count in the fifth inning, Adam Brown hit a slow roller to short which was thrown in the rhubarb, off the fence and down the right field line scoring all three baserunners to complete the scoring.

Team Easton

Team Easton won their first two games handily, beating Newmarket Stingers Juniors 10-0 and the Stouffville Mennos 9-2.

Easton's third game of Saturday was a beauty as they faced the also undefeated CPI Classics from Dundas at 8:30pm on the main diamond. Easton prevailed by a score of 2-0. Corey Costello had the complete game win, while Jeff Murphy took the loss with relief from Shaun Winship. Cory Morrison had both Easton runs with two solo homers.

Their fourth game of the round robin on Sunday morning against the Oshawa Intermediates was meaningless as they had already advanced. Easton lost 9-2. Kevin Chevrier and Scott Herriott took on pitching duties for the game.

In the semi-finals, Easton played the New York Bombers, winner of the "D" pool, winning 3-2. Corey Costello got the start, throwing to his brother Chad who was catching with a badly swollen ankle. Ryan Cummings had the ball for New York. Costello threw into the fifth, when he gave way to Brad Porter. With the Bombers up 2-0 in the bottom of the seventh, Dan Jessiman doubled and Cory Morrison reached base on a misplayed throw to first. With runners on the corners, Dave Tubman hit a walk off homer for the win and put Easton into the finals.

Easton played Cobourg Force in the finals. Cobourg had defeated Waterdown Hammer in the semi-finals by a score of 2-1, and the Force prevailed in the final by the same score. Kyle Linton had the win, Steve Ketchell the save. Brad Porter threw for Easton. Chad Milne had the Easton RBI.

Gil Read Memorial Tournament / ISC II Qualifier

The schedule for the qualifier June 19-21 at Carlington Park has been released by Blair Setford.

Friday June 19
7:00 pm Gm 3 Quyon COMBAT Flyers vs Ottawa Blitz - Main diamond
9:00 pm Gm 1 Fitzroy Harbour West Carleton Electric vs Stittsville 56ers - Main

Saturday June 20
9:00 am Gm 4 Roebuck Intermediates vs Carp I4C Victory - Main
11:00 am Gm 2 Ottawa Team Easton vs Napanee Express Midgets - Main
12:00 pm Gm 7 Loser Gm 4 vs Loser Gm 1 - Second diamond
1:00 pm Gm 5 Team Quebec vs Winner Gm 1 - Main
2:00 pm Gm 6 Loser Gm 2 vs Loser Gm 3 - Second
3:00 pm Gm 10 Winner Gm 3 vs Winner Gm 4 - Main
5:00 pm Gm 9 Winner Gm 2 vs Winner Gm 5 - Main
7:00 pm Gm 8 Winner Gm 6 vs Loser Gm 5 - Main
7:00 pm Gm 11 Winner Gm 7 vs Loser Gm 10 - Second
9:00 pm Gm 13 Winner Gm 9 vs Winner Gm 10 - Main

Sunday June 21
9:00 am Gm 12 Winner Gm 8 vs Loser Gm 9 - Main
11:00 am Gm 14 Winner Gm 11 vs Winner Gm 12 - Main
1:00 pm Gm 15 Winner Gm 14 vs Loser Gm 13 - Main
3:00 pm Gm 16 Winner Gm 13 vs Winner Gm 15 - Main
5:00 pm if necessary - Main

Friday, June 12, 2009

Manotick beats Carp 5-1 - now with deets

from Tony Riches

Thursday night action in Carp saw Manotick defeat I4C Victory by a score of 5-1. Trevor Lahey had a strong outing on the mound for Manotick into the sixth inning when he was felled by a line drive to the head off the bat of Kevin McGuire. Lahey was able to walk off the field and tests at the hospital revealed no damage other than a bruise and some swelling. The Printers would like to express their appreciation to I4C for being so quick to grab ice packs from their first aid kit and assist in getting Mr Lahey as comfortable as possible.

After a scoreless first three innings Manotick broke the ice with a clutch two out single by Calvin Medynski that plated Joe Allan and Steve Edgerton, who reached with his first of three hits on the night.

The Printers added to their lead in the fifth with a solo home run by John Lindsey and an RBI double by Edgerton that scored Lahey.

In the sixth inning Lindsey hit another ball hard to right field that eluded the fielder and got all the way to the fence, allowing Medynski to score from first. Carp got on the board in the bottom of the frame with Trevor Wood driving in McGuire following his hit off Lahey, literally.

Edgerton 3/4 2B, R, RBI
Lindsey 2/3 solo HR
C Medynski 1/2 BB, R, 2RBI

Lahey 5+IP 4H 1R 2BB 11K
Paul Ceppi 2IP 1H 0R 0BB 3K

Wood 2/3 RBI
McGuire 1/2 BB, R

Neil Cooke 7IP 7H 3ER 2BB 10K

North Leeds info in the Brockville paper

from the Brockville Recorder-Times


After an absence of a number of years, there is a men's fastball team back in Brockville.

The Brockville team (formerly Lyn) is playing in the North Leeds Men's Fastball League and has a game at Goldie Christopher Ball Park tonight at eight o'clock against Smiths Falls.

This will be the home opener for Brockville, with a 2-2 won-loss record.

The Brockville team consists of Ryan Brown, Adam Cross, Jon Cross, Mike Hanna, Jason Livingston, Adam McNish, Jeff McNish, Matt McNish, John Purvis, Mark Reilly, Derrick Roberts, Matt Walker and Milo VanDyk.

The longtime North Leeds league consists of teams from Newboro (defending champs), Greenbush and Smiths Falls.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Manotick 5-0 over Quyon - now with bonus info

from Tony Riches

Manotick took advantage of a depleted Quyon squad and used another solid mound outing from Paul Ceppi to defeat the Flyers 5-0 Wednesday night.

Quyon`s best opportunity to score came when they loaded the bases on Ceppi`s only three walks of the game in the second inning. But Manotick escaped with no damage when second baseman Rich Antunes made a nice over-the-shoulder grab on a popup in short right field.

Bonus info: Manotick also escaped a jam in next inning with what may have been the first recorded 9-8-6 double play in league history. With one out and runners at first and second, Kenny (Bigger than Papi) Fleck hit a sinking line drive into right field that Trevor Power lunged at to make a shoetop running catch for the out. Both runners took off with the hit and were well off their respective bases when Power came up throwing. Unfortunately, he didn`t have a very good grip on the ball and it squirted out of his hand, landing behind him. Centerfielder Joe Allan had alertly backed up the play and still had time to pick up the ball and throw behind Matt Greer at second to end the inning.

The Printers opened the scoring when Rob Soublier led off the third with a walk and came around to score on singles by Antunes and Steve Edgerton. They added another run in the fourth on a leadoff single by Trevor Power, who advanced to third with a couple of walks and scored on a Joe Allan sac fly.

Don Cox made it 3-0 in the fifth inning with his second homer of the season before Manotick added a couple of insurance runs in the sixth, with Tony Riches and Jason Smith both plating with two out following an infield error.

Ceppi closed out the game strongly, retiring eight of the last nine batters and never allowing a Flyer to reach third after the second inning.

Matt Greer 2/4
Jordan Kearns 1/1

Matt Greer 6IP 8H 3ER 4BB 5K

Don Cox 2/3, solo HR
Steve Edgerton 2/4, RBI
Jason Smith 1/1, 2B, R

Paul Ceppi 7IP 6H 3BB 1HBP 8K

Stittsville / Orleans Thursday game postponed

Game 46 - Stittsville at Orleans on Thursday June 11 has been postponed, and will be played later in the season.

GCMFL Tournament

From Eric Rosenquist

Nine teams from 'the Glen' plus the Warriors from the Blackburn league, a team from the Trend Arlington league and a 'converted' slow pitch team (Insomniacs) will be playing in the 12 team Glen Cairn Men's Fastball League tournament this weekend at the Carp diamonds. Great to see interest in a rec tourney.

June 12-14


6:00 PM D1 Air1One vs Laurysen Kitchens
6:00 PM D2 Ottawa Home Svcs vs Trend-Arlington
7:45 PM D1 Cavanagh Constr vs Mattamy Homes
7:45 PM D2 Medaglia Auto vs Insomniacs
9:30 PM D1 ASAP Print Mgmt vs East Side Mario's
9:30 PM D2 Local Heroes Kanata vs Warriors

9:30 AM D1 Air1One vs Ottawa Home Svcs
9:30 AM D2 Laurysen Kitchens vs Trend-Arlington
11:15 AM D1 Cavanagh Constr vs Medaglia Auto
11:15 AM D2 Mattamy Homes vs Insomniacs
1:00 PM D1 ASAP Print Mgmt vs Local Heroes Kanata
1:00 PM D2 East Side Mario's vs Warriors
2:45 PM D1 Air1One vs Trend-Arlington
2:45 PM D2 Laurysen Kitchens vs Ottawa Home Svcs
4:30 PM D1 Cavanagh Constr vs Insomniacs
4:30 PM D2 Mattamy Homes vs Medaglia Auto
6:15 PM D1 ASAP Print Mgmt vs Warriors
6:15 PM D2 East Side Mario's vs Local Heroes Kanata

10:00 AM D1 (B1) vs (B4)
10:00 AM D2 (B2) vs (B3)
12:00 PM D1 (A1) vs (A4)
12:00 PM D2 (A2) vs (A3)
2:00 PM B Final
4:00 PM A Final

Printers and Blitz win in Manotick

from Shawn Laframboise / GOFL.ca

Quyon Flyers dropped two on the road in Manotick on Wednesday night.

Manotick Lomor Printers took the first game by a score of 5-0 over Quyon. Paul Ceppi had the win and Matt Greer took the loss.

The Ottawa Blitz pushed their winning streak to four, a first for the Blitzos in GOFL play, with a 7-6 victory over Quyon. Jamie Blakely has had all the wins for the Blitz this season. Matt Greer had to throw again and was the losing pitcher.

Stittsville stays undefeated

Stittsville stayed undefeated on Wednesday night in GOFL action with a 7-1 victory over West Carleton Electric in five innings.

Darren Featherstone had the complete game win while Bud Hanlon took the loss with relief from Steve Cavanagh.

Stittsville got rolling early when their first four batters of the game all came round to score. Scott Herriott led off with a home run. John Craig drilled a ball that bounced off Hanlon for a single, then was brought in on a Dan Jessiman single. When Darren Featherstone homered to bring the lead to 4-0, Steve Cavanagh came into pitch.

Herriott and Craig had RBIs in the second inning to push the lead to 6-0 and a monster shot by Kyle Jamieson to lead off the third made it seven-zip.

West Carleton managed to score one in the fifth. Mitchell Taylor walked, was moved to second on a Adam Brown sac bunt and scored on a Jon Daley RBI. When the Eletric failed to get another run, the game ended on the mercy rule.

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Some Showcase coverage

The Ottawa South Weekender gives the GOFL Showcase some coverage.

ISC II Qualifier in Innerkip

from Blair Setford

Innerkip Qualifier June 19-21 Schedule(s)

We have a unique situation this year with the qualifier in that Bridgeport may have already qualified for the ToC in Midland one week prior to our tournament in Innerkip.

Therefore, below you will find two versions of the schedule, one for 13 teams including Bridgeport and one for 12 teams without the Braves. We will know on Monday June 15 which one will be in effect and will advise everyone at that time.

Friday June 19
Game 4 6:30 pm Wellington vs Innerkip
Game 2 7:00 pm CPI vs Glencoe
Game 3 8:15 pm Port Elgin vs Orangeville
Game 5 9:00 pm Alvinston vs Shakespeare
Game 1 10:00 pm KW vs Wyevale

Saturday June 20
Game 7 9:00 am Winner G2 vs Winner G3
Game 8 9:00 am Bridgeport vs Winner G4
Game 6 11:00 am Kitchener vs Winner G1
Game 9 11:00 am Ohsweken vs Winner G5

12 teams
Game 2 7:00 pm Wellington vs Glencoe
Game 4 7:00 pm KW vs Innerkip
Game 1 9:00 pm Wyevale vs Shakespeare
Game 3 9:00 pm Alvinston vs Orangeville

Game 5 9:00 am Kitchener vs Winner G1
Game 8 9:00 am Ohsweken vs Winner G4
Game 6 11:00 am CPI vs Winner G2
Game 7 11:00 am Port Elgin vs Winner G3

APB: one ball cap

An all points bulletin has been issued by Tim Power for his I4C Victory ball cap, last seen in the beer gardens in Fitzroy Harbour on the afternoon of Sat June 6.

Anyone with information as to the whereabouts of said ball cap is asked to contact TP at powerts{at}sympatico dot ca.

Softball Ontario News Release - Hall of Fame inductees

Gil Read to be inducted alongside the great Darren Zack. Pretty prestigious company!

Five Ontario Nominees will be Inducted to Softball Canada Hall of Fame



Softball Ontario is thrilled to share that five (5) Ontario Nominees are to be inducted to Softball Canada`s Hall of Fame in 2009! Please see Softball Canada`s News Release (below) for more information on the Nominees and their accomplishments:

Five Ontario Nominees will be Inducted to Softball Canada Hall of Fame

(Ottawa, ON) - Softball Canada is pleased to announce that Phyllis Bomberry (Athlete), Don Bracey (Official), Gil Read (Builder), the 1949 Tip Top Tailors (Team) and Darren Zack (Athlete) will be inducted into the Softball Canada Hall of Fame in recognition for their contribution and excellence in the sport of softball across the country.

Phyllis Bomberry (Athlete – Ontario), born in 1943 in Oshweken, Ontario, grew up playing softball in a time when there were no Canadian Championships, and once they were created, it was very difficult for women’s teams to qualify. Phyllis played in several world-class tournaments, most notably the Bulova Watch Tournament at the Canadian National Exhibition in Toronto where she had three (3) first-place finishes and two (2) second-place finishes. From 1967 to 1970, Phyllis was by far one of the best players in the country. In 1967, she won a Canadian Championship and was named All-Star Catcher, also collecting Top Batter and Most Valuable Player awards. The following year, she won her second straight Canadian Championship and once again was named All-Star catcher. In 1969, Phyllis became the first woman to win the Tom Longboat award (created in 1951) annually awarded to the most outstanding First Nations athlete. That same year, she won a Gold medal at the first Canada Games.

Don Bracey (Official – Ontario), an official from Oshawa, Ontario, has made many contributions to the sport of softball in addition to his many years of officiating. His umpiring career began in 1980 and he quickly made an impact at the local, provincial and national level, umpiring at numerous Provincial and National Championships. He was granted Level V status in 1989 at the Canadian Senior Men’s Championships. At the International level, he worked the 1992 (where he worked the plate during the Gold medal game) and 2004 ISF Women’s World Championships. In addition to his hard work on the field, Don was also very involved in the administration side of officiating, serving as a member of the Officiating Development Committee ODC and working as Umpire in Chief at various Canadian Championships. He mentored many officials as a Master Instructor and Evaluator, and his greatest impact on the Softball Canada Umpire Program was when he created and maintained the Softball Canada Umpire Case Book.

Gil Read (Builder – Ontario), a long-time coach from the Ottawa region, led three teams to the Canadian Championships in 1993, 1995 and 1999 and also coached Team Ontario to Gold medals at the 1997, 2001 and 2005 Canada Summer Games. Gil was a member of Softball Ontario’s Coaching Committee from 1995 to 2002, also served on Softball Canada’s Coaching Committee and was a Softball Canada Master Course Conductor from 1994 to 2006. In addition to all his contributions to the coaching community, Gil also served as a member of Softball Canada’s Initiation Committee, and was Canada’s Team Leader at the 2003 ISF Junior Women’s World Championship, at the 2003 Women’s Olympic Team Qualifier and at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. Gil suddenly passed away in 2007.

The 1949 Tip Top Tailors (Team – Ontario) are the only Canadian team ever to win an ASA Championship, which at the time was considered the World Softball Championship for Men’s Fastpitch. 2009 marks the 60th anniversary of the Championship win, and four members are still alive (Ray Pulfer, Bill “Babe” Gresko, Pat McCullagh, and Len Gaull). In the late 40’s and early 50’s, softball would attract thousands of fans in the Toronto area.

Darren Zack (Athlete – Ontario), born in Garden River, Ontario in 1960, was the top pitcher in Canadian Fastpitch from 1992 to 2002. He is a great ambassador of the game, and is treated as a legend whenever he appears at a Canadian ballpark, a certain sign of the respect that he has earned in the softball community. Zack has participated in numerous Canadian Championships, winning Gold medals in 1993, 1995 and 1996 and a Silver medal in 1992. His National awards include Top Pitcher in 1992, Top Player in the Championship Round in 1993, All-Star Pitcher and Top Player of the Championship Round in 1995, and Most Valuable Player and Top Pitcher of the Qualifying Round in 1996. Darren also represented Canada at numerous International events from 1991 to 2004, winning a Gold medal at the 1992 ISF World Championship, a Silver medal at the 1996 ISF World Championship, and three Gold medals at the Pan American Games (1991, 1995 and 1999).

These five inductees will join the select group of Canadians who have had this honour bestowed upon them at the Induction ceremony which will be held Saturday, November 14th, 2009. The ceremony is held in conjunction with Softball Canada’s Annual Meeting in Ottawa, Ontario, which will take place from November 12-14.

Orleans wins 4-1 at Greely

from TC and Jeff Langford

The Orleans Gators beat the Greely Eagles 4-1 at Andy Shields Park on Monday night.

Rookie pitcher Jeff Barber threw a two hitter to get his first GOFL win. Jeff helped his own cause at the plate by going 2/3 with 2 runs scored. The score was 1-1 after 4innings but Cory Alkerton lead off the 5th inning with a home run. Joel Langford hit a double later in the inning to score 2 runs. Jason Naylor had the other RBI for Orleans.

Gord Flannery took the loss for Greely with some relief from Shannon Borho. Mike Savoie scored the Greely run.

Monday, June 08, 2009

Potential Tournament in Carp Aug 7-9

from GOFL.ca and Eric Rosenquist

I4C Victory is looking into potentially hosting a ISC II level tournament in Carp on August 7-9. This would be the weekend before the ISC II Tournament of Champions in Quad Cities.

Assuming there is enough interest, entry for the tournament would be $375.00 and no pitchers on the ISC II ineligible list would be allowed. Please contact Eric Rosenquist eric{at}rosenquist.com for more details.

UOVMFL update

Week 4 Update

The Shawville Snappers continued their hot start with an 8-0 victory over the Micksburg JR Twins. Matt Greer threw all 6 innings for Shawville giving up 1 hit.
Micksburg handed the ball to Doug Christie for the start and took the loss. Ryan Clarke saw some time in relief. Shawn Laframboise had a solo homerun for the Snappers.

The Douglas Green Sox came out with their first ever UOVMFL victory on Wednesday night (June 3), by a score of 9-3 over McNab.

The Sunday night (June 7) game saw McNab travel to Micksburg to take on the SR twins. The two teams played to a 4-4 draw. Starting for Micksburg and going four innings was Corey Costello (4.2IP 15K 0 Hits 0 ER). Shawn Costello (2.1IP 9K 3 Hits 2ER)closed out the final three for the twins. McNab countered with Spencer Campbell for the first two, and Troy Wilson came into the game in relief to finish the final five frames. Micksburg jumped out to a 3 run lead in the first inning, but failed to capitalize on any of their other chances. Corey Costello looked very sharp through four innings, but made way for his cousin Shawn after experiencing some tightness in his arm. Taking advantage of some walks and passed ball strikeouts with timely hitting, McNab scored 4 runs with 2 outs in the top half of the 7th to take a 4-3 lead. The Twins rallied with their last at bat, when Chad Costello singled in Barry McIntyre with two outs to even the game at 4.

Week 5 sees Douglas travel to Micksburg Wednesday night for a tilt with the Sr. Twins. Shawville is the host of a fastball doubleheader on Thursday night, as the Snappers host McNab at 7:00, followed by a showdown with the Micksburg Sr. Twins immediately thereafter.

GOFL Showcase - some updates

Results from Saturday at the GOFL Showcase. Great weather for the event and great support from the community (more on that later). In some cases, the results below are subject to correction, since some of the details are from memory and I did help close the beer garden. If you have corrections, leave a comment and I'll fix it.

West Carleton Electric 4 Manotick Lomor Printers 4

Manotick remained undefeated by tying Fitzroy Harbour by a score of 4-4.

Paul Ceppi for Manotick and Bud Hanlon for WC Electric respectively had complete games.

Fitzroy opened the scoring in the top of the third. Jim Hook singled and scored on a Steve Johnson RBI single. Johnson advanced to third on an outfield error, but was stranded.

The Harbour plated another in the fourth. Steve Cavanagh walked and stole second base. Cavanagh scored on an RBI single by Bud Hanlon. Hanlon was subsequently thrown out stealing by Manotick catcher Joe Allan to end the inning. Lomor captain Tony Riches reports that Joe Allan is #5 on the Manotick catching depth chart, but due to several absences for the morning game was pressed into service and did well.

Manotick took a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the fourth due to some miscues by the WC Electric defense. Don Cox reached on an error to start the inning. Jason Smith singled. After a ground out, Tony Riches walked to load the bases. When Joe Simpson hit a slow roller to second base, the Electric tried for the play at the plate but it was too late and Cox scored. After a strike out, Joe Allan hit a soft fly to right-centre that should have been caught - with two outs the runners were going and scored to make it 3-2 Manotick. Hanlon got a ground ball to get out of the inning.

West Carleton Electric responded in the top of the fifth. Jeff Campbell, a 15-year old rookie and Fitzroy Harbour native in his first men's game, singled with one out. Jon Daley cashed Campbell with a triple. Daley subsequently scored on Steve Johnson's single. Ceppi struck out the next batter and got a fly to right to end the inning with Fitzroy up 4-3.

Manotick tied the game in the bottom of the sixth. Joe Simpson singled with one out. After a fly ball to get a second out, Joe Allan hit a fly to right that was lost in the sun. Once again, with two out the runner wsa going and scored to tie the game. Allan made it to third on the miscue, but was stranded there as Hanlon induced a ground ball.

Fitzroy had a chance to score the go ahead run in the top of the seventh. Steve Johnson tripled with one out. When the next batter, Jeff Cavanagh, hit a ground ball to shortstop Jason Smith, Johnson tried to score. However, the throw was on target.

After the Printers failed to score in the bottom of the frame, the match ended tied at 4.

Ottawa Team Easton 5 Carp I4C Victory 3

Team Easton held on for a 5-3 victory over Carp I4C Victory in the 10AM game up on diamond two.

Brad Porter was the winning pitcher, Neil Cooke took the loss.

Team Easton added three Micksburg Twins to their roster with the presence of Chad Costello, Jamey Mick and Brad Pender in the lineup. Corey Costello would have attended but apparently had to work. (Side note: Chad Costello is getting married and his stag was Saturday night, so he and Jamey missed the afternoon game. Congrats Chad.)

Brad Pender, Chad Milne and Jamey Mick (2) all had RBIs for Easton. Easton staked out a 5-0 lead until the seventh, when Al Read's three run homer closed the game to 5-3.

Ottawa Blitz 7 Orleans Gators 1

With the Orleans Gators shorthanded with four key starters off playing in southern Ontario, the Ottawa Blitz won 7-1 in five innings in the 1pm game.

Jamie Blakely had the win, throwing a one hitter. Jeff Barber took the loss with relief from Nick Bowman.

Derick Bulley of the Blitz hit a home run, went 2/3 with 2 RBIs and 2 runs scored. Jon Ferguson went 3/3 with 3 RBIs.

Matt Medaglia had the only Orleans hit.

Carp I4C Victory 4 Greely DNTW Eagles 3

It looked like Greely might put their first win in the books in the 2pm game, but Al Read's walk off RBI single in the bottom of the seventh won the game for I4C by a score of 4-3.

Trevor Wood got the win in relief of Neil Cooke. Shannon Borho took the loss in relief of Gord Flannery.

Eric Colvin was 3 for 3 for Carp, including a solo HR off Greely starter Gord Flannery in the 5th to tie the game at 3. Anil Hayne and Mike Savoie hit solo HRs for Greely.

Stittsville 56ers 9 Manotick Lomor Printers 0

Stittsville ended Manotick's undefeated season with a 9-0 five inning game during the 3pm slot.

With Dan Bradley away for the weekend, Darren Featherstone got the ball again and threw a no-hitter over five. When interviewed by Fitzroy Fastball post-game, the absence of his father Mr. Featherstone, a mainstay during Darren's games far and wide, was noted. Darren replied that "he doesn't love me anymore", though sources report that in fact it was other family responsibilities that forced him to miss the Showcase.

Trevor Lahey took the loss for Manotick and had relief from Paul Ceppi.

The 56ers used the long ball again, as they had on Friday night, putting three homers in the Carp River off the bats of Sam Oliver, Kyle Jamieson, and Dan Jessiman.

With the win, the defending champs remain as the GOFL only undefeated team at 6-0-2.

Ottawa Team Easton 8 Orleans Gators 0

Team Easton rolled over Orleans in the 4pm game with a 8-0 victory in five innings.

Brad Porter had the two hit shutout, while Nick Bowman took the loss.

Lukas Kamps and Chad Milne had RBIs for Easton, while Brad Pender hit a grand slam homer in the third for the winning side. Mike Armstrong and Jason Naylor had the only hits for the Gators.

Ottawa Blitz 11 Greely DNTW Eagles 2

Break up the Blitz - they have a three game GOFL winning streak after a 11-2 mercy rule shortened win in the final 5pm game of the Showcase.

Jamie Blakely had the win and had relief from Derick Bulley. I think Shannon Borho took the loss and had relief from Gordie Flannery.

GOFL Week 6

Week 6 is now upon us - we are almost to halfway through the GOFL season.

The week starts off with a return to Greely after a few weeks' absence as Orleans goes to Andy Shields Park at 8:30 to face the Eagles.

The Tuesday night game in Quyon which had Team Easton coming to town has been postponed to a later date.

Wednesday night in Stittsville will see West Carleton Electric playing the 56ers at 8:30. The weekly doubleheader in Manotick will see Quyon in town for two, facing the Printers at 7pm followed by the Blitz at 9pm.

Two games Thursday - Stittsville at Orleans and Manotick at Carp. Both games are 8:30 starts.

41 Mon. Jun 8 8:30 PM Orleans Gators at Greely DNTW Eagles
43 Wed. Jun 10 7:00 PM Quyon Combat Flyers at Manotick Lomor Printers
44 Wed. Jun 10 9:00 PM Quyon Combat Flyers vs Ottawa Blitz (in Manotick)
45 Wed. Jun 10 8:30 PM West Carleton Electric at Stittsville 56ers
46 Thu. Jun 11 8:30 PM Stittsville 56ers at Orleans Gators
47 Thu. Jun 11 8:30 PM Manotick Lomor Printers at Carp I4C Victory

Sunday, June 07, 2009

Snapper Shootout photos

Some photos from the Snapper Shootout, including several of Big Joe McCleary's backside.

UOVMFL results

from Mo Laframboise - more info to follow

Some scores to report in Upper Ottawa Valley Men's Fastball League play:

May 29: Micksburg jrs beat the Micksburg srs 5-2.

June 3: Douglas got their first win, beating Mcnab by a score of 9-3.

ISC II rankings released

The latest version of the ISC II rankings have been released. Team Easton has dropped to #14, while Donnacona Blue Sox come in at #29.

Top ten are as follows:

1. Ashland, OH Stock Pack
2. Kitchener, ON Outlaws
3. Ohsweken, ON Redmen
4. Waterdown, ON Hammer
5. Bridgeport, ON Braves
6. Palermo, ON Athletics
7. Elmira, ON Expos
8. Sun Valley, CA Rude Pac
9. Sioux Falls, SD Sox
10. Portland, OR Columbia River Rockers

Random thoughts and thanks on Showcase Weekend

A great weekend for fastball in Fitzroy Harbour, as the weather cooperated, the burgers were tasty and the beer was cold (exception: some of the 50 was warm).

- Another good show by local fans and sponsors in attending and helping out. Thanks go especially to our three major sponsors without who it would not be possible: West Carleton Electric Ltd (Dale and Laurie Hanna), Campbell Fuels (Russ Campbell) and the Fitzroy Harbour Community Association. Russ's 15-year old son Jeff made his Men's Fastball debut on Saturday morning and did pretty well in the Electric line-up.

- Thanks to all eight teams that attended. We missed the presence of the Quyon Flyers, but many of them were off in Niagara Falls and seemed to do well down there, so they had a good excuse. I know a couple of teams, Manotick and Orleans especially, had to call on some spares to field a team. Thanks for not pulling the 'chute. It was also good to see Darren Ladouceur out with the 56ers even though he was unable to play, and to see Kyle Jamieson up from Syracuse for the weekend.

- We appreciated the teams that represented in the beer garden and supported the team and the Community Association. Seeing teams from around the league all together in the beer pen, sharing a few laughs, a few rumours along with some recruiting going on for tournaments is what this thing is all about. I also want give props to the umps who certainly contributed to the burger and beer revenues as well.

- A big thank you to the guys that helped out at the Kids' Clinic. It was the first time we have tried something like this so I was unsure what to expect. What we got was about 30 kids from ages 3 to 15 that came out for an hour and had a great time thanks to all the players on WC Electric as well as Tyler Cox of Greely and Al Read and Kevin McGuire of I4C. Thanks a lot for helping make it successful. Congrats to Brendan Ovington of Fitzroy Harbour (son of Colin, a former Smiths Falls Junior fastball player) who won the bat generously donated by COMBAT sports (thanks Big Joe.) Thanks as well to Mike "Pudge" Branchaud of Manotick (and of Softball Canada) for the materials and equipment he supplied.

- The T-Ball Caveman enjoyed the clinic, especially learning baserunning and how to make the Blast Base honk with instructions from Neil Murphy. (Need wood? Call the Dog!). Unfortunately Fitzroy Fastball Junior was unable attend the clinic. When you are six and every boy in your Grade One class gets invited to a birthday party at the same time as your dad's Softball Clinic, it's time for some choices. There were tears because he couldn't do both, but I guess that's all part of growin' up.

- To the guys that went out of their way to tell me how they enjoyed the event, thank you, believe me it's appreciated.

Team Quebec Combat beaten by Niagara Snappers

with info from Shawn Laframboise and Al's Fastball

The Team Quebec Combat run at the Snapper Shootout came to an end with a 5-2 loss to the Niagara Snappers in the Quarter Finals. They were up 2-1 after five innings but a 4 run sixth for Niagara was the difference.

Rob O’Brien had the win in relief of Wayne Wells. Frankie Leclair took the loss. Shawn Laframboise had 2 hits and Joran Graham had an RBI.

Team Quebec Combat at the Snapper Shootout

Al's Fastball and Mo Laframboise (via text msg) report that Quyon won both games on Saturday at the Snapper Shootout in Niagara Falls:

Quebec TeamCombat 4
Niagara Falls Dawgs 2

WP: Drew Hathaway
LP: Marvin Smith

Quebec Team Combat 6
Hamilton Hawks 0

WP: Frank Leclair
LP: George Topp

Joran Graham had a three run homer in this one. Francis Leclair, Shawn Lafraboise and Joe McCleary all had RBIs.

Next up for Team Quebec is a game at noon on Sunday versus the host Niagara Snappers.

Saturday, June 06, 2009

Team Quebec loses first game at Snapper Shootout

As per Al's Fastball, Quebec Team Combat (featuring players from Donnacona and Quyon) lost on Friday night to the Bridgeport Braves, but a score of 1-0. Todd Winkworth had the win in relief of Greg DeBelleval, while Francis Leclair had the loss for the Quebexicans.

Friday night at the Showcase

There was no joy in Fitzroy on Friday night...none at all.

The Showcase started off with the Fitzroy Jr Electric Peewees losing to Kinburn by a score of 15-11. Some good action in this one as both teams played well and made some nice plays.

Things got much worse in the GOFL game of the night as Stittsville defeated West Carleton Electric by a score of 11-1 in five innings.

Bud Hanlon took the loss with relief from Steve Cavanagh and Troy Wilson. Darren Featherstone had the win for the 56ers.

Stittsville scored two in the top of the second on a two run homer off the bat of Scott Jessiman.

The Electric answered with one in the bottom of the inning. Jeff Cavanagh led off with a double and was scored on his brother Steve's single.

Things went wrong in a big way for the home team in the third as Stittsville sent 11 men to the plate and scored 6 runs. Kyle Jamieson led off with a home run to start the inning, and Darren Featherstone also hit a shot.

Featherstone hit another homer in the fourth, a three run dinger, to push the lead to 11-1.

Friday, June 05, 2009

Canadian Olympic Committee seeks feedback

Let the Canadian Olympic Committee know that you support softball as an Olympic sport. Vote on the COC's site in the online poll.

GOFL Showcase on June 5/6

Some local media (West Carleton Review and West Carleton EMC) coverage on this event. See you in the Harbour this weekend....

Fitzroy Harbour will host the 2009 GOFL Showcase on June 5/6. Eight teams, eight games, which will all count in the GOFL standings.

There will also be a kids' softball clinic for boys and girls at noon on Saturday to learn some ball tips from the "stars" of the GOFL. The clinic is free, and all participants will get a hot dog and drink as well as an entry to win a new bat, courtesy of COMBAT Sports.

We will also be featuring a Peewee Boys softball game between the Fitzroy Harbour "Junior Electric" and Kinburn on Friday night.

There will be a barbecue on site with "Fitzroy Beef Burgers" and the canteen will be open for other items. The Fitzroy Harbour Community Association will be hosting a outdoor beer garden for both Friday night and Saturday.

For bargain hunters, June 6 is also "Garage Sale Day" in Fitzroy Harbour - tour around town and hunt for some deals!


7PM - West Carleton Minor Softball Boys Peewee Game - Fitzroy "Jr Electric" vs. Kinburn

9PM - Game 34 - Stittsville 56ers vs Fitzroy Harbour West Carleton Electric - D1


10AM - Game 35 - Carp I4C Victory Ottawa vs Team Easton - D2

10AM - Game 36 - Fitzroy Harbour West Carleton Electric vs Manotick Lomor Printers - D1

NOON - Kids' Clinic - D1

1PM - Game 37 - Orleans Gators vs Ottawa Blitz - D2

2PM - Game 38 - Greely DNTW Eagles vs Carp I4C Victory - D1

3PM - Game 39 - Manotick Lomor Printers vs Stittsville 56ers - D2

4PM - Game 40 - Ottawa Team Easton vs Orleans Gators - D1

5PM - Game 33 - Ottawa Blitz vs Greely DNTW Eagles - D2

** Quyon has half their team away at the Snapper Shootout and will not be participating.

Canada Day in Kenmore confirmed

The second annual Canada Day GOFL game will be played once again in Kenmore this year at Bicentennial Park.

Starting things off will be a youth clinic at 3pm with GOFL players giving some instruction for the local minor ball association. First pitch in the game to follow will be at 4pm as Greely DNTW Eagles face Ottawa Team Easton.

Last year's event was a close one as Dave Tubman hit a walk off winner to give Team Easton the 2-1 win over the Eagles.

Radio Pugger

Shawn Williams of Team Easton was on Team 1200 this morning around 11am promoting the GOFL, the Showcase, the Gil Read, Fitzroy Beef Burgers and fastball in general. Good exposure for the league and the game - thanks Shawn.

Easton 5 Orleans 3 - full details

from Cory Morrison

Easton 5 VS Orleans 3

Easton got back on the winning track with a close 5-3 win over the home side Gators last night at Pierre Rocque Park in Orleans. The Gators started strong in the bottom of the 1st as Matt Alkerton hit a 2 Run shot to straight away center that also plated Jordan Adams who had previously walked. Easton fought back in their half as the 3rd as Kyle Gourgon led off with a walk then was sacrificed to second by the aging veteran Kevin Chevrier. Cory Morrison then singled to score Gourgon, took second on the throw home then took 3rd on a pass ball to Dave Tubman who walked to put runner's on the corners. Chad Milne followed with a single to score Morrison and tie the game. After Pat O'connor struck out Scott Marion singled to score Tubman and put the visitors up 3-2.

Orleans tied the game in the 4th as Chad Hargrove reached on an error. Next batter Jason Nailer hit a liner to center that bobbled by the CF allowing Hargrove to take 3rd. The ensuing throw to second was also misplayed and Hargrove scampered home.
Easton regained the lead in the 5th as Tubman walked for the 3rd consecutive time and reached second on a passed ball. Pat O'Connor then singled to plate Tubman. The visiting side added to their lead in the 6th as Kyle Gourgon doubled to deep left then took 3rd and home on passed balls. Brad Porter had a 1-2-3 7th to seal the victory.

Ottawa Team Easton
Kyle Gourgon 2-3 2R 2B BB
Dave Tubman 2R 3BB

Orleans Gators
Matt Alkerton R HR 2RBI
Jason Naylor 1-2

Thursday in the GOFL

As per the information on GOFL.ca, in Orleans, the Gators lost to Team Easton by a score of 5-3. Brad Porter had the win, and Chad Hargrove took the loss. Matt Alkerton had his league leading third homerun for the home side.

I4C defeated Greely by a score of 2-0 in Carp. Dan Konkle had the win and 17ks, while Shannon Borho took the loss. Tim Power and Trevor Wood had the RBIs for I4C.

from Trevor Wood / Eric Rosenquist

In a low scoring affair, Carp continued its undefeated streak as they beat Greely on Thursday night. Dan Konkle was on the mound for Carp and he continued his hot streak, striking out 17. He is the league leader with 69 K's over 4 games.

Carp got off to a quick start when Eric Colvin hit a leadoff single in the bottom of the 1st and then stole second. After a strikeout, Carp catcher Tim Power then stroked a high fly ball to deep left center. For a while it looked like it might be a home run, but the Greely left fielder stayed with it and made a difficult catch falling backward at the fence for the out. Ever alert, Colvin tagged up on second and with the left fielder having to get up off the ground to throw, Colvin rounded third and scored on the play. Carp put two more runners on but Greely starter Shannon Borho worked out of the inning via a strikeout.

The score remained 1-0 until the bottom of the 3rd when Carp left fielder Shawn Simzer hit a one-out triple to left center. Tony MacDonald followed Simzer with a walk, putting runners on the corners. Carp DP Trevor Wood then grounded to short, but with Simzer running on contact Greely had to settle for the force out at second base, giving Carp a 2-0 lead that would stand for the remaining 4 innings.

Derek Dumond had a great night at the plate for Greely, going 2-2 with a walk, including a double to center field that just eluded a diving Eric Colvin.

Veteran Gord Flannery pitched the bottom of the 6th for Greely in relief of Borho.