Eastern Ontario Fastball Blog

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

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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

West Carleton Electric 4 Barrhaven 3

West Carleton Electric defeated Barrhaven Broadway Blues 4-3 in GOFL action on Tuesday night in Fitzroy Harbour.

Andy Barber had the win, while Paul Ceppi took the loss.

The game remained scoreless through four as both pitchers scattered hits and kept the teams off the scoreboard.

Barrhaven plated three in the top of the fifth to stake out a lead. Trevor Power singled to lead off, and was moved to second on Don Cox's sac bunt. Lindsay Medynski's RBI single scored Power. Then Rob Soublier pulled a ball deep to left centre for a two run homer to put the Blues up 3-0.

The Electric responded with two in the bottom of the frame. Adam Brown reached on an error to lead things off, and moved to second showing his wheels (?) on a wild pitch. Beef Johnson's double cashed Brown and Johnson scored on Neil Murphy's RBI single to put the 'Trics within one.

Joe Allan's lead off double in the sixth looked like potential for the Blues, but the midget-aged Barber shut the door with a pop fly, strike out and grounder.

Ceppi retired the Trics in order in the bottom of six and Barber did the same in the top of seven to set up the final frame.

Barber led off with a bunt single, and the young chucker advanced to second on the misplayed throw to first. Barber then moved to third on Johnson's ground out to Ceppi. The game was ended in dramatic fashion when Tric's first baseman Dave Bahm stroked a long shot to left field for the walk off homer to win the game for West Carleton Electric.

Andy Barber WIN 7IP 3R 3ER 9H 1BB 4K
Paul Ceppi LOSS 6.1IP 4R 2ER 6H 1BB 8K

Fitzroy hitting
Andy Barber 1-4, R
Beef Johnson 1-3, 2B, RBI, R, BB
Dave Bahm 1-4, HR, 2RBI
Neil Murphy 1-3, RBI
Mitch Taylor 1-3
Troy Wilson 1-3

Barrhaven hitting
Joe Allan 1-4, 2B
Trevor Power 3-4, R
Don Cox 2-3, SAC
Lindsay Medynski 1-4, RBI, R
Rob Soublier 1-4, HR, 2RBI
Tony Riches 1-3, BB

Fenelon Falls tourney Aug 27-29

On the weekend of August 27-29, The Fenelon Falls Men's league is holding its 4th Annual Open Tournament in Fenelon Falls, Ontario.

The tournament consists of 12 teams and each team is guaranteed 4 games. There are cash prizes for first: $1200.00, second: $600.00, and third place: $400.00.

Games are 1 hour and 30 minutes long. The tournament has been a tremendous success and has had many great teams participate over the last 4 years.

We look forward to having many other great teams come and join us for a great weekend of ball. The tournament is a first come first serve basis at a cost of $400per team. Any teams interested please contact Shannon Post at 705-341-8078 or heyu686@hotmail.com.

AuSable team looking for pitcher and catcher

from Scott Bombard

A local team from AuSable Forks seeks a pitcher and catcher for the AuSable Tournament on July 9-11.

Expenses covered. If interested, contact Scott at sbombard@graymont.com or 518-572-5344.

Napanee Tournament cancelled

The tournament in Napanee on the July 23-25 weekend has been cancelled - this leaves the Gil Read Memorial in Carp as the only tournament that weekend in the area.

For more info, see the announcement on Al's.

ISC Announces venue for 2011 and 2013 World Tournament

Alsfastball.com has announced that the 2011 and 2013 ISC World Tournament will be back in the Quad Cities.

Negotiations are underway for the 2012 and 2014 hosts.

Wednesday game time change

The GOFL game in Manotick on Wednesday June 30 between Stittsville 56ers and Ottawa Blitz has been moved to 7pm.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Midget Elims rained out

The OASA Midget Elimination tournament in Owen Sound this past weekend was rained out but three teams have been awarded spots in the Nationals based on their performances.

Oshawa BB's were undefeated and were waiting in the final for the winner of Sydenham Cyclones versus Walkerton Wild in the semi-final game.

All three teams have qualified for the Midget Nationals in Stratford, ON this August.

Andy Barber of the GOFL's West Carleton Electric throws for the Sydenham midgets.

Two other teams from eastern Ontario also participated in the 19 team tournament - McNab Mavericks and Greenbush Generals. Both teams finished 0-2.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

GOFL article in the EMC

Jeff Maguire files another story on the GOFL in the EMC chain of papers.

GOFL Week 9

Week 9 of the GOFL season is now upon us. With the holiday, there are only 5 games scheduled for this week.

First up is Tuesday night at Fitzroy Harbour where West Carleton Electric will host the Barrhaven Broadway Blues at 8:30pm (#77).

On Wednesday, West Carleton Electric will travel to the Grove in Stittsville to face the Kars Aces at 8:30pm (#56). In Manotick, the Stittsville 56ers are scheduled to play the Ottawa Blitz at 9pm (#55). The Barrhaven / North Gower game originally scheduled for Weds night has been moved to July 14.

Thursday will feature the 3rd annual Canada Day game as part of the celebrations in the village of Kenmore. Carp I4C Victory will face the North Gower Marlboroughs at 3pm that day at the Kenmore diamond.

On Friday, Quyon COMBAT Flyers will travel to Fitzroy Harbour to face the West Carleton Electric as part of "Harbour Days" - it's a 9pm start.

Fingal Juniors wins the Legends Junior division

from Gary Hargrove

The Fingals Juniors won the junior division of the Legends of Fastball Tournament in Kitchener this weekend by defeating Waterloo Hallman Twins 8-5 in the championship game.

In round robin play Waterloo defeated Fingal 2-0.

Local players on the Fingal team include Joel Langford, Kristian Knapp, Cory and Matt Alkerton and Chad Hargrove.

Game summaries can be viewed at the bottom of this page.

Ed note: The Brantford Juniors also competed at this tournament with local players Jeff Barber, Derek Barber and Jason Naylor. Brantford finished 0-4.

Friday, June 25, 2010

GOFL Standings

With 50 games completed in the GOFL schedule, here are standings:

1. Kars Aces 12-2-0
2. Quyon Combat Flyers 8-2-2
3. Carp I4C Victory 7-5-1
4. Stittsville 56ers 6-8-0
5. Barrhaven Broadway Blues 5-7-0
6. Ottawa Blitz 3-5-2
7. North Gower Marlboroughs 2-6-4
8. Fitzroy Harbour West Carleton Electric 2-10-1

Carp comes back to beat 56ers

In GOFL action on Thursday night at the Carp Fairgrounds, I4C Victory came back to defeat the Stittsville 56ers 7-6.

I4C used five runs in the 6th inning to come back for the win.

Dan Konkle had the complete game win for Carp while Darren Featherstone took the loss, throwing 7 for the 56ers.

Blitz squeak by Barrhaven - WITH DETAILS

from Marcel Mondoux

In second game of the doubleheader in Manotick on Wednesday night, the Ottawa Blitz ended up on top with a 5-4 victory over the Barrhaven Broadway Blues.

Paul Ceppi, in his second complete game of the night took the loss, while Derick Bulley had a complete game win for the Blitz.

Scoreless until the top of 2, Donnie Cox was scored on a hit by Cal Medynski.

The Blitz quickly evened the score in the bottom half started by a Bulley gap shot for a triple. Ron Hrycak took a first pitch offering up the middle to cash the run in.

The Blitz then took advantage of a strike 3 PB in the bottom of 3, which would have been the final out of the inning. Big Will Mood stepped up to the plate to deliver the RBI before being tagged out at 2 to finish off the inning.

The Blitz entered the bottom of 5 looking to extend their lead. One run came in to score when Marcel Mondoux hit a bases loaded infield single to score 2 more.

The Blues potted one in the top of 6, and two more in the top of 7 in another "interesting final 3 outs" for the Blitz. A mishap in the outfield and a knee drop in the infield put the Blues to within 1. A popout to the infield finished the game.

Blitz Hitting:
Derick Bulley: 2/3, 3B, RBI, SAC
Ron Hrycak: 1/1, RBI, 2BB
Marcel Mondoux: 1/1, 2RBI, SAC, BB

Blitz Pitching:
Derick Bulley: 7 IP, 4R, 2 ER, K

Kars 6-4 over Stittsville - WITH DETAILS

from Cory Morrison

Kars score 5 runs in the second and held on for a 6-4 win Wednesday night at the Grove in Stittsville.

Cory Alkerton picked up the win while Darren Featherstone took the loss with relief from Dan Bradley.

Stittsville jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the bottom of 1 but Kars answered with 5 of their own in the second.

Cory Morrison walked took second on a passed ball then scored on a Curtis Summer's Rbi single. Cory Alkerton and Kevin Chevrier follwed up with singles of their own with Chevrier's scoring Summers. Kristan Knapp walked, Brad Pender hit into a FC to score Alkerton then Dave Tubman singled to score Chevrier and Pender.

Stittsville cut the lead to 1 in the 5th as Johhny Craig's single scored both Darren Ladoceur and Scott Harriot.

Kars would answer back in the 6th as Brad Pender singled, stole second, then scored on Dave Tubman's single. Corey Alkerton then struck out the side in the 7th to end the game.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Quyon and North Gower tie at 4

from TC

North Gower Marlboroughs and Quyon COMBAT Flyers tied 4-4 on Thursday night in GOFL play. Shannon Borho (NG) and Drew Hathway (Quyon) both went the distance on the slab. Quyon had homers from Hathway and Nick Armitage.

Quyon had a 4-0 lead but the Marlies made a comeback, including scoring 3 runs on an error that resulted in an inside the parker scoring two additional runners on base.

OASA Bantam Elims draw announced

The draw for the 17 team Bantam Eliminations has been announced for the July 2-4 weekend in Mitchell.

The Micksburg Twins, led by coach Jerry McIntyre, will be participating.

New ISC rankings announced

The latest version of the ISC rankings are now available.

The Quyon COMBAT Flyers are 27th, one spot ahead of Donnacona Blue Sox. Both have retained their same ranking from the previous release.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Quyon wins 4-0 over Barrhaven

from Shawn Laframboise

Quyon COMBAT Flyers defeated Barrhaven Broadway Blues 4-0 in the early game of the doubleheader in Manotick on Wednesday.

Matt Greer had the win while Paul Ceppi took the loss.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Kitchener Legends tournament this weekend

The Kitchener Legends tournament at the Peter Hallman Ballyard will be played this weekend, June 25-27.

Several local players will be attending to compete in the Junior section of the event.

Micksburg Bantam Twins getting ready for the Elims

from Jerry McIntyre

The Micksburg Twins bantam boys team played in an invitational tournament this past weekend in Cobourg. Here are the results:

Game 1- Micksburg lost to Cobourg 3-1
Game 2- Micksburg mercied Kitchener/Waterloo Colts 11-1
Game 3- Micksburg lost to Springbrook 3-0

Micksburg will be heading to OASA Eliminations from July 2-4 in Mitchell.

Kars wins 8-4 at Fitzroy

The Kars Aces defeated West Carleton Electric 8-4 in GOFL play on Monday night in Fitzroy Harbour.

Chris Hall had the win with relief from Brad Porter while Troy Wilson went the distance for Fitzroy.

Dave Tubman's homer in the top of the first put Kars up 1-0.

WC Electric responded in the bottom of the first. Jon Daley singled, moved to third on two wild pitches and scored on Neil Murphy's grounder.

Kars took the lead in the second. Curtis Summers walked, stole second, and scored on Matt Alkerton's RBI single.

The third Kars run was in the fourth. Chad Milne singled, moved to second on Summers' walk, stole third and came home on Cory Alkerton's RBI single.

The Aces added another in the fifth courtesy of Tubman's second solo HR of the game to go up 4-1.

Matt Alkerton's solo shot in the sixth put the Aces up 5-1 and proved to be the winning run.

WC Electric responded in the bottom of the frame to make the score close. Derek Barber reached on a fielder's choice with two out and Jeff Barber walked. Troy Wilson's RBI double score both brothers, then Mitch Taylor's single scored Wilson to tighten things to 5-4.

In the top of the seventh, the speedy Kristian Knapp legged out an infield single and Kevin Chevrier singled. Both runners moved 60ft on a wild pitch - then Dave Tubman dribbled a 3-0 pitch about 10 feet in front of home and was thrown out at first, but drove in Knappp. Chad Milne's two run homer then put the Aces out in front 8-4.

Porter came in to throw the bottom of the seventh and seal the win.

Kars pitching
Chris Hall - WIN - 6IP 4R 4ER 5H 4K 4BB
Brad Porter - 1IP 0R 0H 2K 0BB

Fitzroy pitching
Troy Wilson - LOSS - 7IP 8R 8ER 11H 2K 2BB

Kars hitting
Kristian Knapp 2-4, R
Kevin Chevrier 1-4, R
Dave Tubman 2-4, 2xHR, 3RBI
Chad Milne 3-4, HR, 2RBI, SB, 2R
Curtis Summers 0-2, 2xBB, R, SB
Cory Alkerton 1-3, RBI
Matt Alkerton 2-3, HR, 2RBI, R

Fitzroy hitting
Jon Daley 1-3, R, BB
Neil Murphy 1-4, RBI
Jeff Barber 0-1, 2xBB, R
Troy Wilson 1-3, 2B, 2RBI, R
Mitchell Taylor 2-3, RBI

Sunday, June 20, 2010

OASA tournaments coming up

This coming weekend, June 25-27 there are two elimination tournaments for the OASA.

The Peewee Elims are in Napanee and feature 11 teams. There is one team listed as "Ottawa" - anybody know anything about that team?

The Midget Elims are in Owen Sound and will have 19 teams participating, including teams from McNab, Greenbush and Sydenham.

GOFL Week 8

Six games on tap for the GOFL schedule this week.

A rare Monday night game in Fitzroy Harbour sees the Kars Aces in town to face West Carleton Electric at 8:30pm (#48).

Wednesday night at the Grove has the Sitttsville 56ers hosting the Kars Aces at 8:30pm (#51). The doubleheader in Manotick will feature Quyon COMBAT Flyers versus the Barrhaven Broadway Blues at 7pm (#49), with the nightcap at 9pm seeing Barrhaven as the "road" team against the Ottawa Blitz (#50).

There will be two games on Thursday - North Gower travels to Quyon at 7:30pm (#52) and Stittsville faces I4C Victory in Carp at 8:30pm (#53).

The game originally scheduled in North Gower on Tuesday versus Carp has been moved to Canada Day in Kenmore.

Napanee ISC Qualifier

Al's Fastball reports that the Cobourg Force won the Napanee ISC Qualifier, defeating the Donnacona Blue Sox 4-1 in the final. Both teams receive berths in the ISC tournament in Michigan.

In the Innerkip Qualifier, Alvinston defeated Kitchener Outlaws in the final, 8-0.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

A large day - live blog

Not sure if it is exclusively an Ottawa Valley expression or not, but this Saturday, Fitzroy Fastball Junior had what we like to call a "large day". Here's a full account of the day based on Junior's thoughts.

7:05am: Hmmmm...time to wake up I guess. Today is going to be pretty good! I should go in and wake up Mommy and Daddy.

7:07am: Whoa look at Daddy! He sure looks tired this morning. He said he was playing ball in Quyon last night. He must play really hard when he goes there, because every morning afterward he sure seems sleepy.

7:15am: Good, the Caveman is awake. Time to wrestle. Hi-YAH. Take that! And that!

7:45am: Yum yum, peanut butter toast, my favourite. Yeesh look at Caveman eating that bacon. It was funny when Caveman said "Mmm bacon juice" and Daddy told him it was grease.

8:30am: In the car and off to the ball tournament. This should be fun, all the teams will be here in Fitzroy!

8:35am: This is a good warm up, I like it when Daddy hits us all pop flies.

8:36am: Ha ha, Arnold took one right off the throat! It almost seemed like Daddy meant to hit it right at him, but he'd never do that would he?

9:05am: OK, game time. Daddy says I get to hit first. I sure hope I can hit it hard.

9:06am: Yes! Right out onto the grass! Daddy is giving me the thumbs up!

9:15am: Pitcher's helper, this is a good spot. I get to catch the ball and give it to the coach. I am so good, catching every ball thrown back.

9:16am: OUCH! I guess I missed that one. I'm not gonna cry, I'm not gonna cry. But ow, my nose hurts.

9:45am: Daddy really is a good pitcher. He throws them in nice and slow for us! I wonder why he only lets Big Bud the Spud pitch on his grown-up team and doesn't try himself.

10:05am: Getting close to finished in this game now, last inning. I saw the line up sheet and I'm supposed to be in right field, but I heard Assistant Coach say to Daddy "Let's let Fitzroy Junior catch so we can get this game over with." I guess they didn't want Tizzy back there - she tries hard but she's a bit slow!

10:07am: Catching is so cool. Cool mask, cool chest protector, cool shin guards. And you get to touch the ball lots too. I like getting in the crouch like Beefy Steve on Daddy's team. Beefy Steve is cool. Beefy Steve sure smokes a lot. Daddy says smoking is bad. But Beefy Steve is cool and he smokes. Maybe I should try...WHOOPS there's another pitch. Gotta get the ball. Now what was I thinking of trying again?

10:15am: What a great game! We played good. I sure am sweaty after catching. Break time until our next game.

11:30am: Daddy says I have to hit last this game since I hit first in the other game. Fair is fair I guess.

11:40am: Uh oh. Sure is getting windy out here. I think it might rain.

11:50am: Whoa! The rain is really coming down now. Looks like we are all heading for the tent! RUN!

11:51am: Whoops looks like I left my helmet, my glove, and my bat back there. Oh well, Daddy will get it I'm sure.

11:57am: Now that I have my hotdog ticket, I guess I should get one. But the line up is so long. And I don't really like hotdogs that much. Not like Caveman. That was funny that one time he ate four hotdogs!

12:05pm: It's crazy here in the hall. All these kids running around. And there's Daddy talking to the other coaches. I guess they are deciding what to do. Hey there's Daddy talking to that coach that wears the cleats and the short shorts. The one I overheard Daddy calling a "dopey bastard" when he didn't think I could hear him. I wonder if "bastard" is a bad word. I sure don't want to get caught using a bad word, like that time when I was 4 and Daddy took me ice-fishing and afterwards I used that new word* I learned from the guys in front of Mommy. She sure was mad!

12:10pm: This is boring. Daddy is talking to those coaches and Mommy is gabbing with the other mommys. I think I'll go outside with Blondie and play in the rain.

12:12pm: WHOOOOO! This is great! I am soaked!

12:15pm: Uh oh...here comes Mommy. She looks a bit cross. Maybe I should have told Mommy I was going outside?

12:20pm: Back inside. BRRRR I'm freezing now. Maybe playing in the rain was a bad idea.

12:25pm: YES! Trophy presentation time.

12:26pm: Hmmmm, Daddy is saying some nice things about Arnold. "Really improved, real pleasure to have on the team." I think he might be fibbing a bit!

12:27pm: My turn to get a trophy. Look at this thing! How cool! It looks a lot like Caveman's that he got in T-ball. But I play real ball, so this must be a bit bigger. Yeah, for sure, it's bigger and better than Caveman's.

12:45pm: Off to McDonald's for lunch with Mommy and Caveman. Could this day get any better!?

1:00pm: Yum, chicken nuggets. I would eat these things every day if Mommy would let me.

1:45pm: Back home. I think I'll get out the Pokemon cards. Nice, Wurmple has 150 power points, with the Sting defense. Pokemon is so cool. I wonder why Daddy is rolling his eyes like that.

4:00pm: Yikes, look at Daddy back in here from cutting the grass. He sure is sweaty. Holy cow, that 50 didn't last long!

5:45pm: When Daddy makes dinner, my chicken and cheese sandwich isn't quite as good as when Mommy makes it. But I guess Mommy had to go to her teachers' party. I hope she doesn't get sick like last time - after that teachers' party at Christmas she couldn't get out of bed all the next day!

6:00pm: Oh man this is so cool. Uncle is picking me and Caveman up so we can go to watch the Monster Trucks with Cousin. This is gonna be great!

6:15pm: Uncle is so cool. He has a four wheeler, a motorcycle, a boat. Not like lame old Daddy. And I want to be a firefighter like Uncle. That is such a cool job. Not like Daddy's boring job where he sits at a desk in the Big City and talks on the phone and clicks on a computer all day. That one time last year when Mommy and I visited Daddy in the Big City was pretty neat though. There were so many people there it was like Carp Fair. And Daddy says it's that busy every day. Buses, big tall buildings, those machine things along the street (note: parking meters, first time he ever saw one). And those people that get to live right on the street! Camping every day! Daddy called them bums, but Mommy said that's not polite and I should call them helpless, or something like that.

7:35pm: WOW! WHOO! Monster trucks crushing things! WHOOOOOOOO!

8:00pm: WHOO! Monster trucks crushing more things! Here in the same place the Sens play! These trucks sure are loud!

8:15pm: Ha ha! I wish Caveman and I could take our shirts off and wave them around like a towel. WHOOOOOO Monster Trucks!

10:35pm: What a cool day. Ball tournament, a trophy, McDonalds, Monster Trucks with Uncle. I wish every day could be like this.....zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

* Oh yeah it was a bad word. Email me if you want the full story. A bit too raunchy to put on the blog.

ISC Qualifiers

The Ontario ISC Qualifiers are this weekend - follow the scores and updates on Al's Fastball.

Quyon wins two on Friday night

Quyon won two games on Friday night at home in GOFL action.

The first game saw the COMBAT Flyers defeat West Carleton Electric 8-0. Joran Graham and the win and Jeff Barber took the loss with relief from Steve Cavanagh. Graham and Drew Hathway had homers for Quyon.

In the night cap, Quyon defeated league leading Kars Aces 8-1. Drew Hathway had the win and Cory Alkerton took the loss. Shawn Laframboise hit a bomb for the Flyers.

Friday, June 18, 2010

I4C Victory 5 WC Electric 0 on Thursday

I4C Victory defeated West Carleton Electric 5-0 in GOFL play on Thursday night in Carp.

Kyle Olson had the win, scattering 5 hits, while Steve Cavanagh took the loss with relief from Troy Wilson.

Fitzroy had their best chance to score in the first. Beef Johnson singled with one out and Jeff Cavanagh walked. They both advanced 60 feet on a wild pitch. However Derek Barber lined out and Johnson was doubled off third to end the threat.

Carp's first run was in the third. Aaron Amo reached on an error, stole second and scored on Al Read's RBI blooper.

The game was a tight pitchers' duel until the fifth when Victory broke things open. Amo led off with a single, and Tim Power walked. A long fly by Kevin McGuire advanced the runners a base. Then Read fouled off several pitches to earn a walk and load the bases. Tony McDonald's liner to centre scored three. McDonald advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on Todd Storms sacrifice fly.

Carp pitching
Kyle Olson WP 7IP 0R 5H 5K 1BB

Fitzroy pitching
Steve Cavanagh LP 5IP 5R 4ER 5H 6K 3BB
Troy Wilson 1IP 0R 1H 0K 0BB

Carp hitters
Aaron Amo 1-4, 2R, 2xSB
Tim Power 0-1, 2BB, R, SB
Al Read 2-2, BB, RBI, R, SB
Tony McDonald 1-3, 3RBI, 2B, R
Todd Storms 1-2, Sac Fly, RBI
Shawn Simzer 1-3, 2B

Fitzroy hitters
Jon Daley 1-3
Beef Johnson 1-3
Jeff Cavanagh 1-2, 2B, BB
Derek Barber 1-3
Troy Wilson 1-2

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Weds night games rained out

The GOFL doubleheader in Manotick and game in Stittsville were rained out on Wednesday night. Make up dates to be determined.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010


Fitzroy Junior or Foligno Junior?: Fitzroy Junior has been really coming along defensively this season. This means he has been catching a few pop flies, which to a seven year old is pretty exciting. Tonight he actually caught what could be described as a line drive. However, every time he makes a catch, he performs a little "Mike Foligno" celebration jump. It's cute for now....let's just hope he's not doing it in Bantam.

Caveman protects his prize: Speaking of celebrations, tonight was the Fitzroy Harbour T-ball League final game and post game "banquet". The kids played their last game, had some pizza, then the coaches handed out the trophies. Because Junior and I were at his game, we arrived late. Pizza had been finished, half the kids were gone and all the remaining youngsters were on the nearby play structure. When we got there, about 20 minutes after the awards had been handed out, there's the Caveman going down the slide, playing on the swings, jumping around - with trophy still in hand. I guess he didn't want anybody to steal it, so he was keeping within reach at all times!

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Stittsville tops North Gower 4-1 on Tuesday

txt msg from TC

Stittsville 56ers defeated North Gower Marlboroughs 4-1 in GOFL play on Tuesday night in the Gower.

Darren Featherstone had the win, while Ryan Chatten took the loss. Scott Herriot had a two run homer for the 56ers.

Blitz at Quyon on Thursday postponed

The Ottawa Blitz game at Quyon on Thursday has been postponed until later in the season at the request of the Blitz.

Kars 9 Barrhaven 0 - updated

In Monday night in GOFL play in North Gower, Kars defeated Barrhaven 9-0. Brad Porter threw a one-hitter in the win, while Trevor Lahey took the loss.

details from Cory Morrison

Kars avenged their only loss of the year with a 9-0 victory over the Broadway Blues last night in North Gower.

Brad Porter got the win tossing a 1 hitter while striking out 12. Trevor Lahey took the loss.

Kars opened the scoring in the bottom of 1 as Kristian Knapp singled, stole second, advanced to 3rd on an error and scored on Cory Morrison's ground out.

The home side added 6 more in the 3rd when Kevin Chevrier singled, Kristian Knapp singled, Brad Pender reached on a fielder's choice, Dave Tubman walked to score Chevrier, Cory Morrison singled to score Knapp and Pender, Curtis Summers doubled to score Tubman and Morrison, then Lukas Kamps singled to score Summers.

The Aces rounded out the scoring in the 4th when Dave Tubman walked and scored on Cory Morrison's double then Morrison later scored on a throwing error to first.


Brad Porter 5IP 0Runs 1Hit 0BB's 12K's

Trevor Leahy 4IP 9Runs 7Hit's 2BB's 4K's


Kristian Knapp 2/3 2Runs SB
Cory Morrison 2/3 2B 2Runs 4Rbi
Curtis Summers 1/3 2B 1Run 2Rbi

Calvin Medynski 1/2

Monday, June 14, 2010

A telephone conversation

I'm off putting the Caveman to bed, which involves a ritual from which you must not deviate or he gets mad. It consists of reading the same book, singing him the same two songs and tucking him in the same way, every night without exception.

Mrs Fastball is out, so Fitzroy Junior answers the Fastball Hotline when it rings.

The following conversation ensues:

Fastball player:"Hi is your dad there?"

Junior: "No, he's putting my brother to bed."

Now Junior sounds older than his seven years on the phone. He gets telemarketers trying to sell him stuff, people leaving all kinds of complicated messages that he never remembers, etc. So Fastball Player, who hasn't met Junior and is looking to get a hold of Bud Hanlon, says: "Well maybe you know. Can you tell me what Bud's number is?"

Junior, who is always thinking fastball like his dad answers "Uh, I think he's #17."

Oshawa Rebels 10 Kars Aces 7

with info from Cory Morrison

The final game at Grafton was a high scoring 3 hour affair, with the Oshawa Rebels taking the Jim Bradford title with a 10-7 win over Kars Aces.

Dan Konkle started the final for Kars while Matt Leahy started for Oshawa.

Kars went up 1-0 in the bottom of the first but Oshawa scored 4 in the second to go up 4-1. Konkle was then pulled and Brad Porter went into pitch.

Dave Tubman hit a 3 run shot to tie it at 4 in the bottom of two.

Oshawa then went up 5-4 in the third.

Kars tied it the bottom of the third but thought they should have had another run. The Aces had runners on 2nd and 3rd with two out when Scott Herriot singled to left. The man on third scored and when the left fielder bobbled the ball, Kyle Jamieson appeared to score as well. Meanwhile the fielder threw to second to pick off Herriot. Kars thought they had a 6-5 lead, but the plate umpire determined the second run had not scored in time and the game was in fact 5-5.

Oshawa scored two more to go up 7-5. By this time, Lahey was removed for John Sharpe on the pitching slab.

Cory Morrison's two run homer then tied the game and it stayed tied 7-7 until the final frame.

Porter came out and was replaced by Corey Costello. Oshawa scored two runs in the top of the seventh off Costello, before Konkle re-entered the game, and he allowed another run on a sac fly for a 10-7.

Kars got two on with two out in the 7th but couldn't cash them, and the game ended with an Oshawa victory.

Winning pitcher, John Sharpe in relief of Matt Leahy.
Losing pitcher, Corey Costello in relief of Dan Konkle and Brad Porter, with relief from Konkle.

Scott Herriot was named top hitter in the final.


Just a comment on comments.

I moderate all comments - I don't want this site turning into a place to slag other guys. I'm trying to promote the game, not denigrate those trying to keep fastball going.

So if you have a significant comment, especially one that is critical, leave your name. (Lighthearted comments or just simple questions might be published without a name.) And even if you leave your name, if you make an overly nasty comment, I'm not putting it up. You want to be nasty, go to the Saskatoon Forum and fill your boots.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

GOFL Week 7

Nine games on the schedule this week in the GOFL.

Things start on Monday with Barrhaven facing Kars at the North Gower diamond at 8:30pm (#27).

Tuesday night back in North Gower will see Stittsville in to play the Marlies at 7pm (#39).

The Wednesday night doubleheader in Manotick has the Blitz hosting two games: Broadway Blues at 7pm (#41) and Quyon at 9pm (#42). North Gower goes to the Grove to face Stittsville in the second leg of a home and home on Wednesday - that's an 8:30pm start (#43).

Quyon will host the Ottawa Blitz on Thursday at 7:30pm (#62) as they are also playing a home and home series. West Carleton Electric will be at the Carp Fairgrounds against I4C at 8:30 (#38) on Thursday night.

Friday night in Quyon is the scene of a doubleheader as WC Electric is first up at 7pm (#45) and Kars Aces are next at 9pm (#46). My sources tell me there should be a fair number of 2 for $5 pints served that night.

Taggart's wins the Glen Tournament

The Glen Cairn League tournament at Carp this weekend featured the 10 teams from the Glen plus guest teams from Trend Arlington and Blackburn.

Taggart's Welding won the A-final 5-4 over Mattamy Homes. Neil Cooke had the win, while Darren Featherstone took the loss.

Oshawa Rebels win at Grafton

16 teams at the Jim Bradford Tournament in Grafton.

Some notes:

- Weather was a factor, but Steve Bedard and his gang ended up getting all the games in, despite diamond two which was a bit like a giant mud puddle.

- West Carleton Electric got mercied by Napanee Express Intermediates and by Quyon COMBAT Flyers. If they would have beat Oshawa Junior BBs, they still would have qualified for Sunday. After Fitzroy jumped out to a 5-1 lead, Oshawa hit three 2-run shots in the sixth and came back and won the game 7-6.

- Quyon won their pool and got a bye into the quarter-finals on Sunday. Despite being shorthanded, the Flyers beat Donnacona 2-1 to move the semis, where they lost to the Oshawa Rebels 3-1.

- Kars won their quarterfinal game against Joran Graham and the Napanee Juniors 4-1, then beat last year's champions, the Cobourg Force 2-0 in the semis. Then Oshawa Rebels beat Kars 10-7 in the final, so the Aces finished second for the second year in a row. The Rebels had Matt Leahy throwing while the Aces had Corey Costello, Brad Porter and Dan Konkle for the tournament.

Friday, June 11, 2010

GOFL standings after 6 weeks

Kars Aces 9-1-0 = 18
Quyon COMBAT Flyers 5-2-1 = 11
Carp I4C Victory 5-5-1 = 11
Barrhaven Broadway Blues 5-4-0 = 10
Stittsville 56ers 5-6-0 = 10
North Gower Marlboroughs 2-5-3 = 7
Ottawa Blitz 2-5-2 = 6
Fitzroy Harbour WC Electric 2-7-1 = 5

Minor fastball connections

Lately, I've been fielding a few inquiries from minor fastball teams from mites (9-10) right up through midgets (under 20) about trying to get them connected with other area teams for exhibition games.

If you have a minor fastball team looking for some competition, send me a message at fastball[at]fitzroyharbour.com and I'll do my best to get you some contacts.

Sagamok Rez Ryderz Tournament

Sagamok Rez Ryderz Fastball Tournament - "Winner Take All"
Sagamok, ON
July 23-25
Entry Fee: $400
3 game guaranteed
Contact: Tiffany Abitong, 1-705-865-1232 tiff_abit@live.ca

Some pub for the GOFL

Jeff McGuire has another good article on the GOFL in the EMC chain of papers this week.

Carp beats Blitz 8-2

from Trevor Wood

With the equipment barely dried out from the rain-soaked affair against Kars on Wednesday night, I4C Victory played host to the Ottawa Blitz in the second game on back to back nights.

Derick Bulley had the start for the Blitz, and Neil Cooke made his 2010 GOFL debut after losing an arm wrestle with a boat dock prior to the season start.

The Blitz opened the scoring in the second taking a two run lead when a Brett Dugan single scored Russ Mitchell who reached on a dropped third strike and Derek Bergeron who walked.

The Victory were held off the scoreboard in the first two innings (stranding 5 runners) but scored 3 in the third. Kevin McGuire reached on an error, Al Read singled (one of his 4 hits on the night) and singles by Tim Power, Shawn Simzer, and Mike Money put Carp up front 3-2.

Carp would add another run in the fourth with an Aaron Amo single and stolen base cashed in by an Al Read single.

The Victory increased their lead to 5-2 when a Shawn Simzer walk scored on a single by Dan Konkle. A Kevin Mcguire double, Al Read double, Brooks Paziuk walk (the hard way), Tim Power single and Shawn Simzer sac fly stretched the Carp lead to 8-2.

Derick Bulley went the distance for the Blitz. Neil Cooke had the win over 5 innings, while Kyle Olson saw two in relief.

Neil Cooke: 5IP, 8K, 1H, 2R, 0ER
Kyle Olson: 2IP, 2K, 0H, 0R

Ottawa Blitz
Marcel Mondoux 1-1 2BB SB

Carp I4C Victory
Kevin McGuire 2-4 2R 2B
Al Read 4-4 2R 2B 2RBI
Tim Power 2-4 R 3RBI SB
Shawn Simzer 2-2 R RBI BB SAC
Dan Konkle 1-2 RBI BB

Thursday, June 10, 2010

ISC Qualifier - Napanee

from Al's Fastball

ISC Canada East Qualifier in Napanee

Below is the schedule for the 2010 ISC Canada East Qualifier Tournament to be held in Napanee, Ontario June 18-20.

Two berths are available to the 2010 ISC World Tournament.

ISC Game Controller Mal Swift will be on site and will be assisted by ISC Canada East VP Blair Setford.

Pool A
Cobourg Force
Toronto Gators
Napanee Express
Curve Lake Midgets

Pool B
Donnacona Blue Sox
St. Thomas Storm
North Fredericksburg Kings
Cree Nation Bears

Friday 7 pm
Napanee vs Cobourg D1

Friday 9 pm
North Fred vs Cree Nation D1

Saturday 9 am
Curve Lake vs Toronto D1

Saturday 11 am
St. Thomas vs North Fred D1
Cree Nation vs Donnacona D2

Saturday 1 pm
Curve Lake vs Napanee D1
Cobourg vs Toronto D2

Saturday 3 pm
Donnacona vs St. Thomas D1

Saturday 5 pm
Toronto vs Napanee D1
Cobourg vs Curve Lake D2

Saturday 7 pm
St. Thomas vs Cree Nation D1

Saturday 9 pm
Donnacona vs North Fred D2

Sunday 9 am
P1 A1 vs B1 D1
P2 A2 vs B2 D2

Sunday 11 am
P3 Loser P1 vs Winner P2 D1

Sunday 1 pm
P4 Winner P1 vs Winner P3 D1

Flyers win 7-0 at home over Stittsville

from Moe Laframboise

Quyon defeated Stittsville 7-0 in 4.5 inning mercy rule shortened game in GOFL play Thursday night. Drew Hathway had the win, Darren Featherstone the loss, and Kyle Jamieson saw some action in relief.

Hathway had 3 run HR and Joe McCleary had 3RBI.

Kars edge Carp 5-4

from Cory Morrison

Kars held on to edge Carp 5-4 on a wet Wednesday night at the Grove.

Brad Porter got the win while Dan Konkle took the loss with relief from Kyle Olson.

Carp scored 3 runs in the first when Kristian Knapp walked, Brad Pender reached on error, Chad Milne singled to score Knapp, runners advanced on a passed ball, Cory Morrison grounded out to score Pender, then Milne scored on a wild pitch.

Carp responded with a single run in the 3rd virtue of back to back double by Konkle and Eric Colvin then cut the lead to 3-2 in 5th when Brooks Paziuk hit an rbi single.

The Aces restored their 3-run in the bottom of 5th when Brad Pender led off with a single, stole 2nd and 3rd then scored on a wild pitch. Chad Milne followed with an infield single, stole 2nd, and scored on Curtis Summer's rbi single.

I4C cut the lead to one in the 6th as Eric Colvin singled with the based loaded to cash two runs. Brad Porter retired the side in order in the 7th to secure the win.


Brad Porter W 7IP 4Runs 7Hits 1BB 16K's

Dan Konkle L 5IP 5Runs 5Hits 2BB 10K's
Kyle Olson 1IP 0Runs 0Hits 1BB

Kars Batters
Chad Milne 2/4 2Runs Rbi
Curtis Summers 1/3 Rbi
Brad Pender 1/4 2Runs

Carp Batters
Eric Colvin 2/4 2B 3Rbi
Dan Konkle 1/3 2B
Brooks Paziuk 1/3 Rbi

56ers take much needed 4 points in rain shortened Double Dip

from Tyler Nystedt

Stittsville 9 Barrhaven 2

Billy Gerber took to the mound for the 56ers in the first game of a double hitter in Manotick.

Scott Herriot scored in the first for the 56ers with Barrhaven countering in the bottom.

From then on the game was tied at 1-1 thru 5 innings of play with a pitching duel between Gerber and Paul Ceppi.

In the 5th the 56ers used some rarely seen small ball to get a run across. Tyler Nystedt singled to lead off the inning moving to 2B on a perfect sac bunt by Darren Ladouceur. Gerber followed by driving a hard single up the middle to score the run.

In the 6th the 56ers got another run which saw Dan "Junior" Jessiman single to lead off the inning, and Darren Featherstone hitting into a FC. This brought Kyle Jamieson to the plate in a dreadful slump which he promptly broke out of by lining a single to centre field moving Featherstone to third. Nystedt followed this up with a single driving in the go ahead run.

In the 7th the 56ers broke it open when Gerber doubled to lead off the inning followed by Herriot hitting a triple off the wall in center field. John Craig and Featherstone followed with hard singles. Jamieson then stepped to the plate and put his slump to bed by rediscovering last years power driving a ball over the right field fence on what one fan described as a moon shot. Dan Bradley finished off the inning hitting a triple to center after a long drawn out at bat. Barrhaven countered in the 7th with a run before Gerber got out of the inning with a ground ball.

Game Stats

Herriot 3-3 with 2 3B
Craig 1-4
FeatherStone 1-4
Jamieson 2-4 HR
Bradley 2-4 2B 3B
Nystedt 2-4
Gerber 2-3 2B

Stittsville 2 Barrhaven 0

The rain finally came in the second game of the double hitter limiting the game to 1 complete inning. The 56ers got off to an early start by two walks to Craig and Junior Jessiman. A wild pitch moved them over before Featherstone singled to right to score the 2 runs. In the bottom of the first Barrhaven threatened but Featherstone got a ground ball to get out of the inning stranding two Barrhaven runners.

Game Stats

Featherstone 1-1 2RBI

Tidbits from West Carleton 5-pitch

Coaching 6 to 8 year olds can be challenging, but can also be lots of fun. Watching the softball skills develop over the course of a six week season is very gratifying. Most nights you have good and bad moments. For instance at a recent game with Fitzroy Junior.......

Pop flies: With kids of all ages, of course, practice makes perfect. At the beginning of a recent game, we had a warm up with the kids shagging flies. Now normally this means me hitting a bunch of balls that get dropped, completely missed, make kids cower with fright or overran. GOOD: On this night, the warm up plan seemed to work, and work well. During the game we caught a total of four pop flies in the game, which is pretty much unheard of in this league. Fitzroy Junior caught his first ever pop fly. The look on his face was priceless when he realized he had hung on for the out - he looked directly at me, did a little jump for joy, and pointed to the ball. BAD: Unfortunately during the warm up I hit a liner a bit too hard and bonked one of the girls right in the melon. She was not pleased. Her dad who is my assistant coach and a very good friend of mine, game her a hug and reminded her to pay attention, but I think he may have been a little ticked off at me too. Whoops. Good thing her mom wasn't there. Oh well, she had a wee cry and got back out there.

Batting practice: Since the kids were there early we also did a little batting practice, giving the kids a chance to take some cuts. At the 5pitch level, it's the coach that throws them in so I was out on the slab, chucking a little BP. GOOD: You could really tell the difference a little batting practice made. The kids were crushing the ball; even the weaker players were putting the ball in play with authority during the game. BAD: One of the girls who is normally a really good hitter was having a bit of a problem connecting after a few pitches. The game was about to start and there a few kids that had to go yet, so I moved up and gave her a nice soft lob... and she promptly drove it back at me, no time to react, BAM right off the left eye. Ouch that hurt. To quote her: "Coach, I don't want to hit anymore, I don't want to hurt you."

Au Sable Forks Tournament line up announced

The 48th Annual Au Sable Forks Tournament line up has been announced for July 9-11. Four of the ten teams participating are from the GOFL - so half the league will be there.

Ottawa "Mountain Brook Lodge" Blitz
Carp I4C Victory
Barrhaven Broadway Blues
Quyon COMBAT Flyers
Knoxville / Ontario
Team Quebec Juniors
Donnacona Blue Sox
Northline Utilities (Au Sable Forks, NY)
Razzano's Trucking (Johnstown, NY)
CPI Classics (Oswego, NY)

Weds night in the GOFL

with info from Tony Riches, Eric Rosenquist and Cory Morrison

In the Wednesday night GOFL doubleheader in Manotick, Stittsville topped Barrhaven 9-2 in the first game. The second game was rained out in the second inning, but as per GOFL rules in the interest of minimizing make up regular season games, it goes in the books with the 2-0 score in favour of the 56ers as that was the score after the last completed inning.

At the Grove, Kars edged Carp 5-4, with Brad Porter getting the win, while Dan Konkle had the loss, with relief from Kyle Olson.

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

June 8 ISC Rankings

The June 8 ISC Rankings are out - Quyon is now at #27, one spot ahead of Donnacona.

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Quyon tops North Gower 8-4 on Tuesday

from Shawn Laframboise

Flyers Double-Up Marlies

On Tuesday night the Quyon Combat Flyers hit the road and captured their first win in North Gower in three tries this season. Matt Greer got the ball and pitched all seven innings for Quyon. The Marlies countered with Shannon Borho who took the loss, and Gord Flannery saw some action in relief.

Quyon got on the board first with a 1-out solo homerun off the bat of Shawn Laframboise in the top of the first inning.

North Gower answered back with one of their own in the bottom of the first. Nick Bowman walked for the Marlies, and then scored on an RBI double from Borho. Greer then managed to retire the next three batters.

The Flyers tacked on two more in the second inning. After a Steve McCord walk, Tim Craig placed a perfect bunt single to put two on and no out. McCord would then score on a Curtis Daley single up the middle. With two out, Laframboise knocked in the second run of the inning, when his hit to shortstop was misplayed. After being replaced by the two-out catcher rule, the Quyon runner would be thrown out at second by Tyler Cox to get the Marlies out of the innning.

North Gower answered right back with another two of their own in the bottom half of the second. Stephane Vinette walked, and Ryan Cox knocked him in with an RBI triple to left field, that eluded the diving Quyon fielder. Cox would then score on a ground out from brother Tyler.

The see-saw battle continued in the third, with Nick Armitage hitting a solo shot to deep left with the first pitch of the inning. Greer would then walk for the second time, and score on a Troy Cote RBI single.

The Marlies would score their fourth and final run in the bottom of the third. Brendan Holmes reached on a fielders choice. After advancing to second on a passed ball, he would score on an RBI single from the bat of Mike Savoie. McCord came up with the ball quick in centerfield, and a good throw and cut off play by Greer at the pitcher's mound caught Savoie between first and second, resulting in the third out.

Greer then settled in, retiring his last 12 batters, and striking out six of them. Quyon also added three more insurance runs, to make the final 8-4.

Quyon Combat Flyers
Shawn Laframboise R HR 2RBI SAC
Nick Armitage 2-4 R HR RBI
Matt Greer 1-1 3R RBI 3BB
Tim Craig 3-4 R RBI

Monday, June 07, 2010

Glen tourney

The Glen Cairn Men's Fastball League tournament is this weekend, June 11-13 and once again is being held at the Carp Fairgrounds diamonds.

The schedule is linked on their website.

Sunday, June 06, 2010

Gil Read Coaches Award

from the OASA

Do you know a coach that has gone above and beyond the call of duty? Has made a difference to your association and teams? Has shown exceptional leadership to his/her team? We would like you to nominate him/her for the Gil Read Coaches Honour Roll Award. This award is presented annually at the Ontario Amateur Softball Association Annual General Meeting in November. It is presented in honour of a past president that made a difference within the OASA as well as coaching a number of National level teams. What better way to honour that great coach than to submit their name for this prestigious award. Nomination forms can be found online at www.oasa.ca under information then forms. We are also looking for nominations of outstanding associations for the Association Merit Award. This is presented at the Annual General Meeting to honour those associations that do much for softball within the province. If you need more information, please do not hesitate to contact the Awards Committee Chair - Christine Patenaude - lat@love-a-tree.com.

GOFL Week 6

The sixth week of the GOFL season has six games scheduled.

On Tuesday, Quyon is scheduled to travel to play the Marlboroughs in North Gower (#76). Note that this game incorrectly showed Stittsville at North Gower until fixed today.

The Wednesday doubleheader in Manotick is a true double dip, with Stittsville 56ers facing the Barrhaven Broadway Blues at 7pm and 9pm (#34 and #35). Kars will host Carp at the Grove as well at 8:30pm (#36).

Thursday night sees the the Ottawa Blitz in Carp at 8:30pm (#44), while the 56ers continue their "road trip" with a game in Quyon at 7pm (#37).

Grafton tournament schedule announced

from Steve Bedard

Grafton Jim Bradford Classic 2010
Divisions and Schedule

Div 1
Cobourg Force
Oshawa Bombers
Napanee North Key Express jrs
Pickering Blazers

Div 2
Quyon Combat Flyers
Fitzroy Harbour West Carlton Electric
Napanee Int.
Oshawa BB'sJrs

Div 3
New York Bombers
Newmarket Stingers Jrs
Donnacona Blue Sox
Cree Nation Bears

Div 4
Ottawa Kars Aces
Oshawa Rebels
Quebec Jrs
Stouffville Mennos

Fri. G1 7pm D1 Pickering vs Oshawa Bombers
G2 D2 Oshawa BB's jrs vs Napanee Int
G3 9pm D1 Cobourg vs Napanee NK jrs
G4 D2 Stouffville vs Oshawa Rebels

SatG5 9am D1 New York B.vs Newmarket Jrs
G6 D2 Kars Aces vs Quebec Jrs
G7 D3 Quyon vs Oshawa BB's Jrs
G8 D4 Donnacona vs Cree Nation

G9 11am D1 Cobourg vs Pickering
G10 D2 Oshawa Bombers vs Napanee Jrs
G11 D3 Oshawa Rebels vs Quebec Jrs
G12 D4 Fitzroy Harbour vs Napanee Int.

G13 1pm D1 New York B. vs Cree Nation B.
G14 D2 Donnacona vs Newmarket jrs
G15 D3 Fitzroy H. vs Oshawa BB's Jrs
G16 D4 Stouffville vs Kars Aces

G17 3pm D1 Quyon vs Napanee Int.
G18 D2 Napanee Jrs vs Pickering
G19 D3 Stouffville vs Quebec Jrs

G20 5pm D1 Cobourg Vs Oshawa Bombers
G21 D2 Fitzroy Harbour vs Quyon CF
G22 D4 Newmarket jrs vs Cree Nation

G23 7pm D1 New York Bombers vs Donnacona
G24 D2 Oshawa Rebels vs Kars Aces

Top 3 in each division
go into a single elimination round
Division winners get 1st round Bye.
10am G25 D1 D1-2 vs D3-3
G26 D2 D3-2 vs D1-3
G27 D3 D2-2 vs D4-3
G28 D4 D4-2 vs D2-3

12pm G29 D1 D1-1 vs WG28
G30 D2 D2-1 vs WG27
G31 D3 D3-1 vs WG26
G32 D4 D4-1 vs WG25

2pm G33 SEMI D1 WG29 vs WG32
G34 SEMI D2 WG30 vs WG31

4pm G35 Final D1 WG33 vs WG 34

Kars wins two at the GOFL Showcase

from Cory Morrison

Kars 8 Stittsville 4

Kars jumped out to a 7-0 lead then held on to double up Stittsville 8-4 in the first game of the showcase Saturday morning. Brad Porter got the win with relief from Cory Alkerton while Darren Featherstone took the loss.

The Aces opened the scoring in the 3rd when Cory Morrison homered with Kristian Knapp on base to put the visiting side up 2-0. Kars added to their lead in the 4th as Kristian Knapp doubled with runners on 2nd and 3rd then scored on a Kevin Chevrier single.

In the 5th Cory Alkerton homered with Cory Morrison on base to make it 7-0.

In the bottom of the inning with the Aces 1 out from a mercy rule win, Darren Featherstone homered to make it a 7-2 game.

The 56ers added two more with rbis from Dan Jessiman and Dan Bradley. Kars added another in the 6th with a Chad Milne single that scored Knapp.

Cory Alkerton was brought into the game to relieve Brad Porter and picked up the save.

Kars Batters
Kristian Knapp 3/4 2B 2Rbi 3 Runs Scored
Cory Morrison 2/4 HR 2B 2Rbi run
Cory Alkerton 2/4 HR 2Rbi run
Chad Milne 2/4 Rbi

Kars 2 Fitzroy Harbour 1

Kars edged Fitzroy 2-1 in the second game of Saturday's Showcase.

Cory Alkerton got the win with relief from Brad Porter while Bud Hanlon took the loss.

Kars opened the scoring in the 1st as Chad Milne doubled and scored on a Cory Morrison single.

The Trics tied it up in the 2nd as Jeff Barber homered over the gray monster in right.

The Aces grabbed the lead back in the 3rd as Chad Milne's line shot cleared the fence in left field.

The pitchers shut the door for the remainder of this one giving Kars their 8th straight win.

Kars batters
Chad Milne 2/3 2B HR Rbi 2 runs
Cory Morrison 2/3 (2)1B Rbi
Jamey Mick 2/3

Fitzroy batters
Jeff Barber 2/3 HR RBI
Jason Armstrong 2/3
Dave Bahm 1/3
Shawn Ryan 1/3

Quyon finishes 2-1 at Shootout, tourney rained out on Sunday

The Quyon COMBAT Flyers finished the round robin 2-1 at the Niagara Shootout. See below for game summaries from www.niagarasnappers.com.

Game #8
(#36) Quyon Flyers 8
(N/R) Oshawa BB’s 1
**5 inning mercy

WP: Chad Hargrove 8k
LP: Vanvolkenburg 1k, in relief Jordan Wrightly 1k

-Joe Allan 2 RBI, Matt Greer 1 RBI for Quyon

Game #13
(#36) Quyon Flyers 6
(#17) Ashland Stockpack 3

WP: Drew Hathway 7k
LP: Ty McKinney 8k

-Joel Langford 2-4, Joran Graham 2-4, Steve Savard 2-4, Matt Greer 1 HR, Drew Hathway 2-3 for Quyon Flyers
-Trevor Urban 2-4, Ty McKinney 2-4, Chad Honaker 1-3, Justin Cevette 1-3 for Ashland Stockpack

Game #24
(#24) Elmira Expos 9
(#36) Quyon Flyers 2
**5 inning mercy

WP: Dan Martin 8K
LP: Joran Graham 2K, in relief Chad Hargrove 1k

-Cam Hauck 3 RBI, Travis Martin 2 RBI, Dan Martin 1 HR 2 RBI, Kevin Gotscher 2 RBI for Elmira Expos
-Steve Savard 2-2 1 RBI, Jon Darveau 1 RBI for Quyon

According to Al's Fastball, with the heavy rain in the Niagara area overnight Saturday and continuing on Sunday, the tournament was rained out.

Saturday, June 05, 2010

Quyon starts 2-0 at Snapper Shootout

8-1 win over Oshawa Juniors.

6-3 win over Ashland Stockpack.

Showcase roundup

9am: Kars 8 Stittsville 4. Brad Porter with the win, relief by Cory Alkerton. Darren Featherstone for the 56ers.

11am: Kars 2 WC Electric 1. Cory Alkerton with the win, save by Brad Porter. Bud Hanlon for the Electric. Jeff Barber with a HR for Fitzroy, Chad Milne with a HR for Kars.

1pm: Blitz 8 North Gower 3. Ended after 5 complete due to rain. Score was actually 11-3 in the top of the 6th when it ended. Derick Bulley for the Blitzos, Ryan Chatten for the Marlies.

Stittsville 15 WC Electric 7 on Friday night -A FEW MORE DETAILS

Stittsville used five homeruns to power past WC Electric on Friday night in Fitzroy Harbour with a 15-7 victory.

Darren Featherstone had the start for the 56ers and gave up 7 runs in three innings, before giving way to Dan Bradley who made his first appearance of the season.

Jeff Barber started for WC Electric, and Steve Cavanagh threw in relief.

Stittsville homeruns were hit by Dan Jessiman (grand slam), Kyle Jamieson, John Craig, Scott Jessiman and Ryan Bond.

Jeff Barber had a 3 run shot for the Electric.

more to follow

Thursday, June 03, 2010

North Gower at Barrhaven cancelled

The North Gower at Barrhaven game was cancelled last night, as the Marlies were unable to field a team.

UPDATE: This will go in the books as a forfeit win for Barrhaven.

Kars 7 Blitz 3

from Cory Morrison

Kars Aces defeated the Ottawa Blitz 7-3 in GOFL play on Wednesday night in Manotick. Fortunately the rain held off until the game ended.

Chris Hall picked up his 1st victory in the GOFL going 4 2/3 innings allowing 2 runs on 3 hits. Brad Porter got the save working 2 1/3 innings giving up 1 run on 1 hit. Derek Bulley took the loss giving up 7 runs on 10 hits.

Kars opened the scoring in the 1st as Kristian Knapp led off with a double and scored on two passed balls. Two batters later Chad Milne walked and advanced to 3rd on a Cory Morrison single then scored on Andy Davey's single.

The Blitz answered in the 3rd as Derek Bulley hit an Rbi single to make the score 2-1.

The Aces added to their lead in the 5th as Chad Milne reached on a FC, Cory Morrison doubled, Andy Davey hit into a FC to score Milne and Scott Marion hit a 3-Run bomb to make it a 6-1 game.

The home side added a single run in the 5th and the teams exchanged runs in the 6th to make the final 7-3

Kars Batters
Scott Marion 1/4 HR 3Rbi
Andy Davey 2/4 2Rbi
Cory Morrison 2/4 2B

Carp 5 Stittsville 1 on Wednesday night

txt from Eric Rosenquist

Carp I4C Victory defeated Stittsville 56ers 5-1 in GOFL play on Wednesday night at the Grove.

Kyle Olson had the win throwing 4 innings, with Dan Konkle seeing 3 in relief. Darren Featherstone took the loss for Stittsville.

John Craig had a solo homerun for the 56ers.

more to follow

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Blog stats

I finally got around to signing up the Blog for Google Analytics and have found out some very interesting info over the last three weeks since I registered.

Some factoids:

1) Over 3700 visits with 5200+ page views in a three week period. Pretty decent traffic - I'll be interested to see the numbers when we get full into summer.

2) I'm told I've had "945 absolutely unique visitors" - now I assume there are some of you that may check at home and at work (during lunch break only of course). But that's still pretty impressive, more that I thought checking the blog out. So how come only 7 of you follow me on Twitter ha ha?

3) Of course the bulk of the people viewing the blog are from eastern Ontario including Ottawa, the Valley and the Kingston / Brockville area. However, there appear to be regular readers from Southern Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia, Alberta, New York, Pennsylvania, Florida and Washington State. As well I have a regular reader from South Korea, but I knew about him (g'day Adam).

Anyway, enough stats for now. Back to posts actually about fastball (or the Caveman).

Barrhaven bounces back, beats North Gower 8-1

txt msg from Tony Riches

Barrhaven Broadway Blues defeated the Marlboroughs in North Gower on Tuesday night by a score of 8-1.

Snapper Shootout June 4-6

The schedule for the Snapper Shootout in Virgil, Ontario has been announced. Lots of quality teams at this event, including the Quyon COMBAT Flyers of the GOFL. Here is the story on Al's Fastball, and a link to the full schedule.

Quyon is in a pool with the Oshawa BBs, Ashland Stockpack, and the Elmira Expos.

Kars defeats Quyon 4-1

from Cory Morrison

Kars defeated Quyon 4-1 in GOFL play Monday night in North Gower.

Brad Porter got the win for the Aces, giving one run on five hits and striking out 13. Matt Greer took the loss for the COMBAT Flyers, giving up four runs, three of which were earned, on four hits and striking out 11.

Kristian Knapp led off the game with a solo homer for the Aces. Kurtis Summers and Brad Pender also had RBIs for Kars. Nick Armitage drove in Shawn Laframboise for the lone Quyon run.