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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Thursday, June 30, 2011

OASA Elimination Tournaments this weekend

Two OASA Elim tournaments this weekend, with another next weekend.

Junior Elims

Junior Eliminations, to see who will play in the nationals in Napanee, will be held in Owen Sound. There are 14 teams in this event with representation from Jarvis, Kitchener-Waterloo, Tavistock, "Southern Ontario", Glanworth, Linwood, New Dundee, and Newmarket. Owen Sound has two teams participating. Napanee also has two teams, which both have guaranteed spots at the Nationals, with the host Shoeless Joe's Express and the defending champions North Key Express, featuring local players Joran Graham and Joel Langford. Sydenham will also be participating, using four GOFL players - Andy, Jeff, & Derek Barber from WC Electric, as well as Kevin Schonfield from Barrhaven. Word is that there will two teams (in addition to the two Napanee teams) that will qualify for Canadians.

Bantam Elims

The Bantam Elims are in Stratford with 16 teams participating. Teams include Highgate, Stratford, Oshawa, Cobourg, New Hamburg, Pickering, Teeswater, Fullarton, Jordan, Stratford, Napanee, Kitchener/Waterloo, Tavistock, Port Perry and a team from the Ontario Rural Softball Association. Domville from down near Prescott will be participating, as will the Micksburg Twins from the Upper Ottawa Valley.

Peewee Elims

The OASA has released the Peewee Elimination draw, for the tournament to be held in Toanche, up near Midland on the July 8-10 weekend. There are 14 teams participating - Cobourg, Wellesley, Campbellford, New Hamburg, Brantford, Toanche, Kitchener-Waterloo, Shakespeare, Port Perry, Belleville, Chepstow and Napanee. The Ontario Rural Softball Association will have a representative as well. There is also a team from Ottawa playing at the event. Does anyone have any info on what minor association they are from?

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Upcoming GOFL games

Don't forget Friday afternoon is the Harbour Days fastball event in Fitzroy Harbour. At 2pm, the Ottawa Valley Heat midget team will take on the Fitzroy Men's League "All-stars" in an exhibition game. Following that at 4pm, the Quyon Combat Flyers will play West Carleton Electric in a GOFL league game. Lots of action at the Fitzroy Harbour Community Centre with stuff for the kiddies, Fitzroy Beef Burgers and fireworks.

Tonight (Thursday) the schedule has been tweaked - Kars and Stittsville will play at 7pm in a game postponed from earlier in the season followed by Stittsville and Carp at 9pm with a "redo" of their game rained out last week. These games are in Carp.


Barrhaven wins another one

In GOFL action last night at the Grove, the Barrhaven Broadway Blues came back to win 5-4 over the Stittsville 56ers. The Blues need two runs in the top of the seventh to get the victory.

Paul Ceppi had the win for Barrhaven, in relief of Trevor Lahey. Scott Herriot took the loss for the 56ers.


GOFL standings

After Tuesday's game, things are very close in the GOFL standings.

QUY 5 0 1 = 11 pts
BAR 5 4 1 = 11 pts
FIT 5 4 0 = 10 pts
OTT 5 8 0 = 10 pts
CAR 4 5 1 = 9 pts
STI 3 5 1 = 7 pts
KAR 3 4 0 = 6 pts


Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Softball Ontario seminar in Cobden

Upper Ottawa Valley Minor Fastball League is hosting two (2) Certified Softball Administrator Program (CSAP) Workshops, including “Generating Sponsorship” and “Generating Revenue: Fundraising” on Sunday, August 21, 2011.

Refreshments will be included for all participants at no extra charge. Space is very limited for this clinic, with a maximum of 20 participants able to attend. Each participant will receive a free CSAP Binder, worth $25.00, as well as a limited edition SAFE STAR 2GB USB Drive pre-loaded with valuable materials. The CSAP Binder is designed to be a resource for participants, with room to add additional information and workbooks with each Workshop you attend.

To register, click on this link.

For questions, contact Lisa Crompton Phone: 416-426-7150 or Email: lcrompton@softballontario.ca.

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Barrhaven blanks Kars

info from Spud

The Barrhaven Broadway Blues blanked the Kars Aces in North Gower on Tuesday night by a score of 8-0.

Chad Hargrove had the win, striking out 11 and only allowing two hits. Corey Alkerton took the loss and had relief from Brad Porter.

Don Cox and Trevor Power had RBI doubles for Barrhaven, while Cory Morrison and Corey Alkerton had the two hits for Kars.

Nasty weather delayed things, so the second game of the planned doubleheader was postponed to a later date to be determined.


Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Photos from the Legends Tournament

Some photos from the Legends tournament this past weekend.

Hat tip to Jonathan Thomas


Mickey Brennan Memorial Tournament in Lackawanna NY

Word is that Junior Rodriguez is looking for more teams for the Mickey Brennan tourney in Lackawanna NY on July 8-10. This tournament near Buffalo has a $300 entry fee. Details here


Monday, June 27, 2011

WC Electric defeat Ottawa Blitz 7-2 in Fitzroy

West Carleton Electric beat the Ottawa Blitz 7-2 in GOFL play in Fitzroy Harbour on Monday night.

Andy Barber had the win with Jeff Barber throwing well in relief, while Shannon Borho took the loss with relief from Jamie Blakely.

Ottawa scored their first run in the top of the second. Anil Hayne led off with a double. Ryan Mitts then walked. Adam Grier's RBI single scored Hayne. Andy Barber got out of the jam by retiring the next three hitters.

The home team evened things in the bottom of the second. Jeff Barber led off with a walk and moved to second on a sac bunt by Neil Murphy. Jeff Cavanagh's ground out moved Barber to third, and he scored on a wild pitch to even things at 1-1.

The Blitz moved ahead 2-1 in the third. Derick Bulley led off with a double to right field. Tony Searles then reached on an infield single. Both runners advanced 60 ft on a wild pitch and Bulley scored on Shannon Borho's sac fly to left to put the visitors up a run.

Fitzroy moved ahead in the bottom of the fourth as they sent 12 men to the plate. Derek Barber led off with a double and scored when brother Jeff hit a homerun. After an out, Jeff Cavanagh singled, followed by a Troy Wilson infield single and a Dave Bahm single to load the bases. Mitch Taylor's grounder to third put Cavanagh out but kept the bases loaded with two out. Back to back singles by Jon Daley and Adam Brown scored runs, resulting in Blakely coming in to relieve Borho. Derek Barber, in his second plate appearance of the inning, singled to drive in two runs and put the Electric up 7-2.

No further runs were scored in the game as Jeff Barber threw strong in relief, facing only 10 batters in three innings of work and Jamie Blakely also settled in to keep WC off the scoreboard again.


Andy Barber WIN 4IP 2R 2ER 8H 3K 1BB
Jeff Barber 3IP 0R 1H 4K 0BB

Shannon Borho LOSS 3.2IP 5R 7ER 8H 3K 1BB
Jamie Blakely 2.1IP 2R 0ER 2H 1K 1BB


Jon Daley 1-4, RBI, R
Adam Brown 1-2, RBI
Derek Barber 2-4, 2B, 2RBI, R
Jeff Barber 1-1, 2BB, HR, 2RBI, 2R
Jeff Cavanagh 1-3
Troy Wilson 2-3, R
Dave Bahm 2-3, R

Andrew Bruce 1-4
Jon Ferguson 2-4
Derick Bulley 2-4, 2B, R
Tony Searle 1-4
Shanhon Borho Sac Fly, RBI
Anil Hayne 2-3, 2B, R, SB
Adam Grier 1-3, RBI


Gil Read Memorial Tournament seeking volunteers

from Al Read

The 4th Annual Gil Read Memorial Tournament is less than a month away. The tournament begins Friday July 22nd running through to Sunday July 24th. This tournament will showcase the best men’s fastpitch Eastern Ontario has to offer, all while raising money for a fantastic cause. The Gil Read Memorial Foundation is working to help kids less fortunate compete in sports. We want to put as many kids on the ice, diamond, field or swimming pool that could not do it without our support. Please visit www.gilreadmemorial.com.

Now is the time where you come in! If you or your friends and family want to help in our cause, we could really use the support. Every year however we grow bigger and that means every year we need more volunteers.

We currently still need volunteers for:

- Bartenders (must have Smart Serve)
- Ticket Sellers (also must have Smart Serve)
- BBQ Cooks and helpers
- Ticket sellers for the main Gate & 50/50
- Score Keepers
- Game Announcers

To get involved, please contact Peter Read - pread@rogers.com – 613-838-5282.

In 2010 we raised approximately $10,000 for the great cause. Let’s make 2011 an even better success.


Midget Eliminations final seedings

The final seedings from the OASA Midget Elimination tournament this past weekend in Napanee.

1. Wiarton Red Devils
2. Stratford Memorials
3. Napanee Express
4. Oshawa Double B
5. Sydenham Cyclones
6. Fullarton A's
7. Elmira Laser Video
8. Owen Sound Selects
9. Burgissville Orioles
10. Highgate Rock
11. Tavistock Athletics
12. Milverton AW Millwrights
13. Greenbush A's
14. Wiarton Willies
15. New Hamburg Heat
16. Caledonia Haldimand
17. Springbrook Royals
18. Douro Duro
19. Ottawa Valley Heat (The local lads went 0-2. They were defeating Sydenham 2-1 in the 5th and lost 12-2, and then were beating Fullarton 11-4 in the 5th and lost 14-12.)

OASA reps to the Canadians will be Wiarton, Stratford, Napanee and Oshawa.

The top 8 teams will also attend the OASA Provincial A tourney in Wiarton, July 23-24. Teams 10 to 19 will attend the Provincial B/C scheduled for August 13-14. Site selected but not yet announced.

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Glen Tournament wraps up

The Glen Cairn Men's Fastball League tournament was held over the weekend in Carp. While rain presented challenges and caused some scheduling changes, all the games were played in the 12 team event, which included 10 league teams plus representatives from the Trend-Arlington and Fitzroy Men's leagues.

Federal Accessibility (Duane Bromley) won the A crown with a 5-4 victory on Sunday afternoon over Mattamy Homes (Darren Featherstone). Mattamy beat D'Arcy McGee's (Neil Cooke) 2-1 in the semi while Fed Access beat Don Cherry's (Bill Gerber) 3-0.

Laurysen Kitchens won the B side over the Trend Arlington squad.


Sunday, June 26, 2011

GOFL Preview Week #9

The GOFL has a busy week in Week #9, with a total of 7 games on the schedule.

Due to a few changes in the schedule, the Ottawa Blitz (5-7) are playing the West Carleton Electric (4-4) for third game in a row - this week the game will be Monday at 8:30 in Fitzroy Harbour. The Blitz have won the last two games.

On Tuesday, there is a doubleheader in North Gower, as Kars Aces (3-3) and Barrhaven Broadway Blues (4-4-1) will play a double dip at 7pm and 9pm.

Barrhaven is back at it again on Wednesday night at the Grove, visiting the Stittsville 56ers (3-5) at 8:30pm.

A scheduling change now has the Thursday night doubleheader in Carp looking a bit differently. At 7pm, the Kars Aces will be the home team to face the Stittsville 56ers in a game that was postponed from June 14. Following that at 9pm, Carp I4C Victory (4-5) will re-play the 56ers in their game that was rained out in Week 8.

Ending the week on Friday will be the Canada Day showdown in Fitzroy Harbour at 4pm with WC Electric hosting the Quyon Combat Flyers (5-0-1). This will be part of the annual Harbour Days summer festival. Prior to the GOFL game, there will be a game at 2pm featuring the Ottawa Valley Heat Midget team based out of Fitzroy Harbour and the Fitzroy Men's League "All-stars". Beer tent, Fitzroy Beef Burgers specially prepared by Bud Hanlon, activities for the kids and fireworks to follow that evening as part of the celebration. Come out to Harbour Days 2011 and don't forget to pick up your souvenir fastball program.


Saturday, June 25, 2011

Tournament updates - Legends, Midget Elims - Results

At the Legends in Waterloo, the #23 Quyon Combat Flyers started off with a 4-0 win over the #22 Wellington Sox on Friday night. In the 8am game on Saturday, Quyon was up 2-1 against #15 K-W Cubs in the sixth, but ended up losing 6-2. At 12:30pm they faced #1 Jarvis and suffered a 10-1 loss. Following that they had a very close game with #5 Midland and lost 5-4. Quyon finishes 1-3 in the round robin - based on the tiebreaker, they advanced to a playoff round game at 10am on Sunday. In the playoff game, the Flyers lost 5-0 to Owen Sound, and finished 6th in the tournament. The New Zealand Black Sox won the tournament, defeating the Jarvis Travelers in the final.

Meanwhile, at the OASA Eliminations in Napanee, Andy Barber's Sydenham Cyclones started 3-0 by beating the Ottawa Valley Heat (from the Fitzroy Harbour Men's League) 12-2 and then defeated Milverton 6-3, following that up with a win over Elmira. However in their next game they got beat 12-0 by Wiarton and then lost 2-1 in 9 innings on Saturday morning to Oshawa and finished in fifth place. Top 4 teams at the Elims get a berth at the Midget Nationals.

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Friday, June 24, 2011

AuSable Forks tournament schedule announced July 8-10

Al's Fastball has the AuSable Forks tournament schedule announced. Lots of local content at this one.


June 24 ISC Rankings

The June 24 ISC rankings are now out. Jarvis remains on top. Quyon moves up to 23rd, with one ranker putting them at #18.


Thursday, June 23, 2011

Kingston Whig article on midget elims

Express, Cyclones gunning for title

Two local midget fastball teams feel they will be in serious contention for one of four national championship berths this weekend in Napanee.

The Napanee Grant's Insurance Express and the Sydenham Cyclones are two of 19 under-19 teams in action at the Ontario elimination tournament at the Napanee Fairgrounds and the North Fred diamonds from Friday to Sunday.

The top four squads at the double-knockout event will advance to the national championship, Aug. 8 to 14 in Fredericton, N.B.

The Express and Cyclones have wildly different background stories. The Mike Bolton-coached Napanee team is a younger squad, with half of the 14 players graduating from the gold medal-winning Napanee bantam squad at last year's eastern Canadian championships. Bolton also coached that team.

To gear up to play older teams, the Express have played in the Loughborough men's league along with the Sydenham midgets this year. While Napanee's record is just 2-5, Bolton feels the experience has been invaluable.

"I have no doubt in my mind these boys are capable of qualifying," Bolton said. "They have to get back to basics and do the little things we taught them for the last 10 years."

Home-town advantage also could come in handy.

"I think it means a lot," Bolton said. "They get to stay at home and get into bed at a decent time. There are no distractions. ... I'm sure we'll get great support, too."

Napanee opens on Friday night at 7 against the New Hamburg Heat in a rematch of last year's Ontario bantam final, won by the Express.

Cole Bolton, coach Mike's son, leads the pitching staff along with second-year midget Braden Scott. Shortstop Taylor Scott "makes 10 plays every night," Mike Bolton said.

Another 2010 bantam, Cody Brooks, has shifted to catcher from third base and is "putting some real power numbers on the board."

The Cyclones, meanwhile, have five players back from a midget squad that finished fourth at nationals in Stratford last year and second in provincial eliminations.

Two of the returnees are the team's pitchers -- ace Brandon Sands and Andy Barber.

"I think we've got two of the best pitchers in the province," Cyclones coach Norm Irwin said. "If we can score three runs in a game, I don't think we'll lose many games."

The Cyclones finished second at a highly-regarded midget tournament earlier this month in Kitchener, losing to the Wiarton Red Devils in the final. Wiarton is considered the favourite at eliminations.

Other expected contenders include the Owen Sound Selects, the Stratford Memorials, the Oshawa Double Bs and Fullerton.

While Napanee is young, Irwin expects the Express to be in the hunt. In a Loughborough League contest last week, the Cyclones edged the visiting Express 2-1. Both coaches said it was a very well-played game.

"You can never take Napanee for granted," Irwin said. "Even though they're mostly a young team, they're still a strong team."

In the draw, Sydenham was one of the teams that was put into the six-team opening round of the tournament (the other teams get byes). The Cyclones open against Ottawa Valley on Friday at 5 p.m.

The final (potentially two games if the team from the loser's side of the draw wins the opener) starts on Sunday at 2:30 p.m.

Junior and bantam provincial eliminations run over the Canada Day weekend in Owen Sound and Stratford, respectively.

Penetanguishene hosts the peewee eliminations July 8 to 10.

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OASA draws announced for Junior, Bantam

The OASA has published the draws for the Bantam Elimination and Junior Elimination tournaments, both to be played July 1-3.

The Bantam Elims are in Stratford with 16 teams participating. Teams include Highgate, Stratford, Oshawa, Cobourg, New Hamburg, Pickering, Teeswater, Fullarton, Jordan, Stratford, Napanee, Kitchener/Waterloo, Tavistock, Port Perry and a team from the Ontario Rural Softball Association. Domville from down near Prescott will be participating, as will the Micksburg Twins.

Junior Eliminations, to see who will play in the nationals in Napanee, will be held in Owen Sound. There are 14 teams in this event with representation from Jarvis, Kitchener-Waterloo, Tavistock, "Southern Ontario", Glanworth, Linwood, New Dundee, and Newmarket. Owen Sound has two teams participating. Napanee also has two teams, which both have guaranteed spots at the Nationals, with the host Shoeless Joe's Express and the defending champions North Key Express, featuring local players Joran Graham and Joel Langford. Sydenham will also be participating, using four GOFL players - Andy, Jeff, & Derek Barber from WC Electric, as well as Kevin Schonfield from Barrhaven.

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Dental care by the Caveman

Mrs. Fastball and I decide it's time for the Caveman to start brushing his teeth on his own. This morning, we set up his toothbrush and tell him it's time for him to give the Chiclets a scrape by himself.

He seems keen to give it a go on his own.

I briefly leave the bathroom and Mrs. Fastball calls me back and says "Come take a look at this."

There's the Caveman, holding his toothbrush still - and moving his head back and forth and in circles so as to get all his teeth clean. The Caveman approved method of dental care!


Legends tournament this weekend in Waterloo

Quyon Combat Flyers are playing with some elite company this weekend at the Legends tournament in Waterloo. Ten teams, including the New Zealand National Team will be playing. Results to be posted as they become available.


Glen Cairn Men's Fastball League tournament

The Glen Cairn Men's Fastball League tournament schedule has been posted. The tourney is being held again in Carp this year, June 24-26, with 10 league teams plus two guest teams - one from the Trend-Arlington League and one from the Fitzroy Harbour Men's Fastball League.

Round robin games will be played Friday night and Saturday, with the top 8 teams making it to Sunday's playoff round.

Teams finishing 5th through 8th will play in the B semi-finals and 1 through 4 will play in the A semi-finals.

The B-final goes at 2pm and the A-final at 3pm.

Remember, the Glen tournament is a "Bring your own Pepsi" event.

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OASA Midget Eliminations this weekend

The OASA has announced the Midget Elimination schedule for this weekend June 24-26 in Napanee.

There are nineteen teams vying for the title, including Napanee, New Hamburg, Owen Sound, Fullarton, Tavistock, Springbrook, Oshawa, Stratford, Wiarton (two teams), Elmira, Caledonia, Miverton, Highgate, Duoro, and a team from the Ontario Rural Softball Association. Eastern Ontario teams include Greenbush, Sydenham (who have Andy Barber of WC Electric throwing) and the Ottawa Valley Heat who play in the Fitzroy Men's League.

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Article on the Gil Read Tournament

The EMC newspaper / Jeff McGuire provide an update on the Gil Read tournament coming up in late July.

Al Read has confirmed the following 10 entries - I am sure he would still consider a couple more if any other teams are interested.

Carp I4C Victory
Fitzroy Harbour West Carleton Electric
Stittsville 56er’s
Ottawa Blitz
Barrhaven Broadway Blues
Kars Aces
Napanee North Key Junior Express
Napanee Shoeless Joe’s Express
Donnacona Blue Sox
Cree Nation Bears


Barrhaven holds on for 7-6 win over Kars

with info from Cory Morrison

In the late GOFL game at Manotick on Wednesday, Barrhaven had a 7-3 after two and held on for the 7-6 win.

Paul Ceppi had the complete game win striking out 14, while Brad Porter took the loss with relief from Cory Alkerton.

Kars had the bases loaded with 1 out in the 6th and couldn't cash the tying run then runners on 2nd and 3rd in the 7th and again couldn't tie it up.

Chad Hargrove homered for the Blues and Kevin Schonfield was 3/4. Kurtis Summers homered for the Aces and Brad Pender was 2/2 with 3 runs scored.


Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Blitz win 5-2 over West Carleton Electric UPDATED

The Ottawa Blitz won 5-2 over West Carleton Electric in the early game in Manotick on Wednesday.

Shannon Borho had the win, while Steve Cavanagh took the loss.

The Blitz scored three in the first inning. With two out Derick Bulley and Tony Searle walked. Shannon Borho's bloop double with the runners on the move scored two. Borho came home on Anil Hayne's RBI single.

Ottawa pushed their lead to 5-0 in the fourth. Russ Mitchell tripled with two out an scored on Andrew Bruce's triple. Bruce then scored on Jamie Blakely's single.

West Carleton scored their runs in the fifth. Adam Brown reached on an error, and scored on Jon Daley's triple. Daley was cashed on Derek Barber's single. Jeff Barber then drove the ball to right-centre; but unfortunately for him and the 'Trics, the ball bounced over the fence for a ground rule double putting runners on second and third with none out. Borho got out of the inning with two strikeouts and a ground ball.

Final score: 5-2 for the Blitzos.

Shannon Borho WIN 7IP 2R 1ER 7H 5K 2BB
Steve Cavanagh LOSS 6IP 5R 5ER 8H 2K 3BB

Blitz hitting
Andrew Bruce 1-3, RBI, R, Sac
Jamie Blakely 1-4, RBI
Tony Searle 2BB, R
Shannon Borho 1-3, 2RBI, R
Anil Hayne 2-3, RBI, SB
Ron Hrycak 1-3
Russ Mitchell 2-3, 3B, R

Fitzroy hitting
Jon Daley 1-4, 3B, R, RBI
Derek Barber 2-3, RBI, BB
Jeff Barber 2-4, 2B
Jeff Cavanagh 1-4
Adam Brown 1-3, R


Stittsville / Carp rained out

Stittsville and Carp got 2 innings into their game tonight in the Grove - with the game scoreless, it was rained out.


Tuesday, June 21, 2011

ISF umpire certification

Congratulations to all the umpires that acheived their International Softball Federation certification. Some familiar names on the list for 2011 include George Findley, Sal Gara and Peter Kluszczynski.

Thanks to Moe for the info.


Female Select information from Softball Ontario


TORONTO, ONTARIO- The Provincial Women’s Softball Association (PWSA) is excited to offer another year of exceptional Provincial Championships for our female House League Select Teams. We’ve listened to our teams, made their suggested changes and we are looking forward to a highly successful year.

Female teams from Mite through Midget can be admitted to their appropriate tournament following certain eligibility requirements which are changing this year based on your comments from previous years.

Our Provincial Championship Fastpitch House League Select Tournaments are being held simultaneously on the weekend of August 20-21, 2011.

Each team is guaranteed three games, one of which will be played on Sunday, making this a true weekend tournament. According to our players, they love to have a weekend away, play a little ball, make new friends, establish old friendships and have a lot of fun.

All important documents and information can be found on our website www.ontariopwsa.com under the tabs Competition/House League. You will find that the deadline for registering your team is midnight, July 24th, 2011 to your respective divisional coordinator (see the website registration form) to reserve your spot in the tournament. All documents, including proof of insurance, registration form and waiver/sign-in must be submitted in hard-copy format, along with the $340 fee. The waiver is an excel spreadsheet (8.5 x 14, legal) which can be filled in with all the applicable information, and then printed for signature purposes. The waiver must be signed by all participants, including players and coaches. In addition, each minor player, not yet 18, must have a parent or guardian sign the form.

We are well on the way to reaching our maximum teams for a couple of the tournaments. Please don’t disappoint your team by not making the deadline.

PWSA is in the process of finalizing our Mite location and, once done, we will let you know the details.

If you have any questions about the 2011 House League Select Provincial Tournaments that is not answered here or on our web site, please contact the 2011 PWSA House League Select Chair, Catherine Murphy at cathmurphy39@hotmail.com.

Softball Canada and Softball Ontario has designated The Provincial Women’s Softball Association (PWSA) as the governing provincial body for women’s softball in Ontario. This designation gives us the authority to offer Provincial Championships for our elite teams and our House League Select teams.

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Carp at Quyon on Thursday postponed

The GOFL game in Quyon schedule for Thursday is postponed and will be made up at a later date.


Monday, June 20, 2011

Blitz win 7-4 at Fitzroy on Monday

The Ottawa Blitz won 7-4 over West Carleton Electric in GOFL action in Fitzroy Harbour on Monday night.

Jamie Blakely had the win with Shannon Borho seeing action in relief. Jeff Barber took the loss in relief of 'Trics starter Bud Hanlon.

The Blitz scored to start the game in the first. Marcel Mondoux led off with a single, went to second on a sac bunt by Blakely, moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on a misplayed grounder.

West Carleton evened the game on a solo home run by Beef Johnson in the second.

Ottawa got another unearned run in the third inning. Mondoux reached on an error, stole second base and scored on an RBI single by Tony Searle.

The home team again evened the score in the bottom of the third. Jon Daley singled and took second on a wild pitch, scoring on an misplayed grounder hit by Derek Barber. After Jeff Barber singled and stole second, the 'Trics had runners on second and third with one out. Following a ground out on which the runners were held, Jeff Cavanagh hit a grounder to short that was thrown wide of the bag, seemingly allowing both Barber brothers to score. However, an interference call was made by the officials, negating both runs and keeping the score at 2-2.

Hanlon gave way to Jeff Barber in the top of the fourth and the Blitz got their when Andrew Bruce singled, moved to second on a sac bunt by Will Mood then moved to third and scored on two wild pitches.

A two run home run by Tony Searle, driving in Jamie Blakely who had singled, but the Blitz up 5-2 in the fifth. A solo home run by Jon Ferguson in the sixth made it 6-2.

In the bottom of the sixth West Carleton put another run across when Beef Johnson singled with a hard liner off Blakely's pitching arm bringing Borho over to the slab from first base. Johnson moved to second on a wild pitch and scored when Dave Bahm's grounder was misplayed.

Andrew Bruce's sacrifice fly scored Tony Searle in the seventh to put the Blitz up 7-3 and the Electric could only respond with one run in the bottom of the final inning as Shawn Ryan singled, took second on a wild pitch and scored on an error.

Jamie Blakely WIN 5IP 2R 1ER 5H 3K 1BB
Shannon Borho 2IP 2R 0ER 1H 3K 0BB

Bud Hanlon 3IP 2R 0ER 3H 2K 0BB
Jeff Barber LOSS 4IP 5R 4ER 7H 2K 1BB

Blitz hitting
Marcel Mondoux 1-4, SB, 2R
Jamie Blakely 1-3, R, Sac
Tony Searle 3-4, HR, 3RBI, 2R
Shannon Borho 1-4
Andrew Bruce 1-3, Sac Fly, RBI, R
Jon Ferguson 2-3, 2B, HR, RBI
Adam Grier 1-3

WC hitting
Jon Daley 1-4, R
Jeff Barber 1-4, SB
Beef Johnson 2-4, HR, 2R, RBI
Troy Wilson 1-3
Shawn Ryan 1-3, R


WC Minor Tournaments end the season

The West Carleton Minor Softball Association put on three tournaments this past Saturday to wrap things up at various levels.

In the nine-team Atom 5-pitch tourney (6-8 year olds), it was actually a "Fun Day" hosted by Kinburn. The Kinburn CA used their main diamond and also their new "mini-diamond" which was a hit with the players and coaches. Each team, including those from Fitzroy Harbour (3), Kinburn (2), Carp (3) and Dunrobin played two games, just for fun. Caveman enjoyed himself thoroughly and there are reports of a nice force out at third base on defense and a hitting streak on offense.

Fitzroy Harbour was host to the eight-team Mites tournament (9-10 year olds) with Carp (3), Fitzroy Harbour (2), Kinburn (2) and Dunrobin represented with squads. The team used the classic "A-side/B-side" draw. Fitzroy Junior's team won their first two games against Kinburn 1 and Kinburn 2, before running into Carp 3 in the final. Carp 3 completed their undefeated season (15-0) with a 15-10 win in the A-final. Fitzroy Junior did well defensively in the title game, pitching a great inning and making a couple nice defensive plays in the infield. I think the pressure got to him a bit hitting with the big crowd of moms, dads, and grandparents on hand as he froze a couple of times to watch strike three. Carp 2 defeated Carp 1 in the B-final. In a game that set the schedule back a bit, isntead of the normal 5 inning game, one of the B semi-finals between Carp 2 and Fitzroy 2 went 9 innings and took three hours to play!

At the six-team Squirt-Peewee Boys (11-14 year olds) event in Carp it was a round robin format. Kinburn 1, Kinburn 2 and Fitzroy all went 2-0, while Dunrobin 1, Dunrobin 2, and Carp were winless. Based on the tiebreaking process, the Kinburn teams faced off in the championship game and Fitzroy took third.

Congratulations to all teams and organizers on a great day and successful season.

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GOFL Week #8 preview

The Greater Ottawa Fastball League will feature five games this week.

On Monday night, the Ottawa Blitz (3-7) will travel to Fitzroy Harbour to face West Carleton Electric (4-2) at 8:30pm.

Carp I4C Victory (4-5) will visit the Stittsville 56ers (3-5) at the Grove on Wednesday at 8:30. The Blitz and Electric will play a return match in Manotick at 7pm, while following at 9pm will be the Barrhaven Broadway Blues (3-4-1) hosting Kars Aces (3-2).

In Quyon on Thursday night, the Combat Flyers (5-0-1) host Carp at 8pm.


Sunday, June 19, 2011

Quyon Combat Flyers finish 4th at ISC Qualifier in Springfield

The Quyon Flyers finished 4th of 12 teams at the ISC Qualifier in Springfield, ON this past weekend. They beat the Kitchener Outlaws 4-3, beat the Elmira Expos 7-5, lost to the K-W Cubs 9-1, beat the Outlaws again this time 3-2, then lost a 2-1 squeaker against Alvinston Indians to be elminated.

The top three teams are Alvinston, Shakespeare Falcons and K-W Cubs.

more to follow

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Saturday, June 18, 2011

ISC Qualifier Friday night, Saturday results and early Sunday results from Springfield

as per Al's Fastball:

Friday, June 17

Gm 1
Shakespeare Falcons 8
Team Cree Nation 3
WP Luke Raymer 7 inn 3 hits 3 runs 2 earned runs 11Ks
LP Ray Shanoush 6 inn 10 hits 8 runs 7 earned 10Ks 3 BBs
Shakespeare Jamie Boyd 3 hits, Kevin Newhouse 1b, home run, Jamie Wicke 1b, 3b; Reid Yantzi 1b, 3b
Cree Nation Ray Shanoush 3-run home run
Shakespeare to play Toronto Gators Sat 9 am

Gm 2
Hickson Reds 7
Wyevale Tribe 1
WP Mark Van Vliet 7 inn 6 hits 1 run 11Ks
LP Jason Giffen 4 runs, Mark Lambie 6 inn 3 hits 3 runs 4Ks 3BBs
Hickson Paul McIntyre 2-3 3b RBI
Wyevale Steffan Walma home run
Hickson to play Alvinston Indians Sat 11 am

Gm 4
Sweaburg Crush 7
Kitchener Selects 0
WP Todd Winkworth 5 inn 2 hits 3Ks; Rory Miller 1 inn 1 hit 2Ks
LP Rod Fevreau 6 inn 7 runs 4 earned 8 hits 4Ks
Sweaburg: Robert Bomberry 2-run home run; Matt Sault 3-run home run
Sweaburg to play KW Cubs Sat 9 am

Gm 3
Quyon Flyers 4
Kitchener Outlaws 3
WP Drew Hathway 7 inn 5 hits 3 runs 8Ks 2BBs
LP Ryan Shannon 6 inn 7 hits 4 runs 2 earned runs 2Ks 1BB
Quyon Joran Graham 1-3 2 RBIs, Joel Langford RBI
Kitchener Kevin Hurley 1-2 2 RBIs
Flyers score 2 in bottom 6 to come back and win.
Quyon to play Elmira Expos Sat 11 am

Saturday June 18

Game 5
Shakespeare Falcons - 5
Toronto Gators - 0

WP: Fred Follings
7IP 0R 5H 3K 1BB
LP: Donnely Archibald
5.1IP 2R 2ER 6H 3K 4BB
Tom Berube (in relief)
..2IP 3R 3ER 2H 1K
Doug Hoffman
1IP 0R 1H 0K 0BB

Falcons: Wicke - 2RBI single
Rankin - 2RBI single

Shakespeare plays the winner of Alvinston/Hickson at 5

Toronto plays Kitchener Selects at 1pm

Game 6
Alvinston Indians: 7
Hickson Reds: 1

WP: Ryan Swift
3.1IP 1R 1H 6K 2BB
Shaun Winship (in relief)
3.2IP 0R 3H 7K

LP: Tim Neill
4.2IP 6R 8H 6K 0BB
Tim Yantzi (in relief)
2.1IP 1R 2H 2K 2BB

Kyle Mitchell: Single and Homerun
Ryan Chapman: Triple and Double

Brent Lange 2 singles and an RBI

Alvinston plays Shakespeare at 5pm
Hickson will play Kitchener Outlaws at 3pm

Game 7
Quyon Combat Flyers - 7
Elmira Expos - 5

WP: Joran Graham
7IP 3R 5H 8K 2BB
LP: Dan Martin
1.2IP 5R 5ER 4H 2K 1BB
Casey Halstead (in relief)
5.1IP 2R 2ER 5H 2K

Chad Hargrove : 2 run shot
Joel Langford: solo shot (back to back)

Tim Freeman- 2 run shot

Quyon plays KW cubs at 5pm

Elmira plays Wyvale at 3pm

Game 8:
KW Cubs: 11
Sweaburg Crush: 0

WP: Scott Wagar 4IP 0H 0R 7K
LP: Adam Martin 2 1/3IP 8R 6ER 7H
Todd Winkworth (in relief) 2/3IP 3R 3ER 3H 1K 1BB
Rory Miller (in relief)
1IP 0R 1H 2K

KW- Travis Hofstetter single and a double
Wayne Stephen - 2 singles

Game 9

Sweaburg Crush - 13
Cree Nation - 2

WP - Rory Miller
3IP 2R 2ER 5H 1K 0BB
Rick Johnson (in relief)
2IP 0R 1H 1K 0BB

LP: Ray Shanoush
1.2IP 5ER 6H 2K 1BB
Derek Bulley (in releif)
3.1IP 8R 9H 2K 0BB

Jeff Figg - Homerun and triple
DJ Latford - homerun and single
Matt Sault - Homerun and single

Cree Nation:
Tony Searle - 2 singles
Mike Gilpin - double

Game 10 -
Wyvale Tribe - 0
Elmira Expos - 6

WP: Casey Halstead
Dan Martin in relief

LP: Gord Scott

Kevin Gutscher - 3 for 4
Trevor Beatson & Travis Martin 2 for 3.

Halstead and Martin frustrate the Tribe Hitters
LP: Gord Scott

Game 11

Kitchener Outlaws - 11
Hickson Reds - 8
Final in 8 innings

WP: Ryan Shannon (in relief)
4IP 1R 1ER 3H 2K 0BB
Kevin Buckley
4IP 7R 6ER 6H 1K 2BB

LP:Tim Neill (in relief)
3.1IP 8R 8ER 7H 4K 4BB
Mark VanVliet
4.2IP 3R 3ER 5H 5K 4BB

John Klingenburg - Homerun, double, single
Adam Learn - 2 singles

Tim Dubois - homerun and a single
Brian Kron - Homerun and 2 singles
Terry Martin - Homerun and a single
Ryan Shannon - walk off Grand slam in the bottom of the 8th inning to win it.

Game 12
Toronto Gators: 10
Kitchener Selects: 2

WP: Tom Berube
4IP 0R 2H 3K 0BB
Doug Hoffman (in relief)
3IP 2R 2ER 2H 2K 2BB

LP: Scott Clark
..2IP 3R 3ER 3H 2K
Bryan Belisle
6.1IP 7R 7ER 8H 4K 1BB

Mathieu Roy - 4 for 5 2 triples 3 RBI - game ending diving catch in centre field out of no where.
Donnelly Archibald - 2 for 4 3RBI
Dan Edholm - 4 for 4 2 triples 2 RBI

Toronto Gators will play the winner of Hickson/Kitchener Outlaws at 7pm.

Game 13

Sweaburg Crush - 3
Elmira Expos - 1

WP: Adam Martin
7IP 1R 1ER 6H 6K 1BB

LP: Casey Halstead
6IP 3R 2ER 7H 4K 1BB

Josh Leuszler 2 singles
Matt Sault 2 singles

Josh Brohman single and a double

Game 14

Kitchener Outlaws - 10
Toronto Gators - 2

WP: Kevin Buckley
6IP 2R 2ER 6H 6K 0BB
LP: Donnelly Archibald
5.1IP 8R 7H 9K 3BB
Doug Hoffman (in relief)
1.2IP 2R 2ER 1H 1K

Corey Tinline - 2 for 4 triple
Kevin Hurley - 2 for 4 triple
Ryan Shannon - 2 for 4 triple and a double
Matt Stagg - 3 for 3 - 2 doubles and an RBI

Mathieu Roy - Homerun

Game 15

KW Cubs - 9
Quyon Combat Flyers - 1

WP: Ryan French
5IP 1R 1ER 2H 4K 2BB
LP: Drew Hathway
3IP 6R 6ER 7H 3K 0BB
Chad Hargrove (in relief)
1IP 3R 3ER 7H 3K 0BB

Cubs: Andy Baechler 2 for 3 with a triple
Allan Phibbs 3 for 3 Homerun and 5 RBI
Travis Hofstetter 2 for 3

Quyon: Drew Hathway HOUR

KW CUBS will play the winner of Alvinston/Shakespeare in the 9pm game.

Game 16

Shakespeare Falcons - 8
Alvinston Indians - 6

WP: Fred Follings
6.1IP 6R 6ER 11H 6K 1BB
Luke Raymer
..2IP 0R 1H 0K 1BB

LP: Brad Young
4.1IP 4R 3ER 7H 2K 0BB
Shaun Winship
2.2IP 4R 3ER 6H 2K 0BB

Jamie Wicke triple and a single
Kyle Wilhelm 2 singles
Jamie Boyd double and a single
Keith Rankin 2 singles
Reid Yantzi double and a single

Kyle Mitchell 2 Homeruns 4RBI
Joe Triest 3 singles
Ryan Chapman 2 singles
Mark McCallum double and a single

Shakespeare plays KW CUBS at 9.

Alvinston plays sunday at 9am

Zame 19
KW Cubs - 11
Shakespeare Falcons - 1

WP: Scott Wagar
5IP 1R 1ER 1H 2K 0BB

LP: Luke Raymer
3.2IP 11R 11ER 10H 5K 2BB
Larry Cox (in relief)
1.1IP 0R 0H

Bob Gillow 3-3 Homerun 4RBI 3runs
Adam Hiller 3-3 Homerun 2RBI 2runs

Jamie Boyd 1 for 2 Homerun (only hit wagar surrended)

Sunday June 19

Game 17
Alvinston Indians 9
Sweaburg Crush 2
WP Ryan Swift 5 inn 2 runs 6 hits 5Ks
LP Todd Winkworth 1 2/3 inn 6 runs 5 earned 7 hits 3Ks; Adam Martin 3 1/3 inn 3
runs 3 hits 1K 1BB
Alvinston Ryan Chapman Grand Slam, Kyle Mitchell 2-run home run, Ryan Gray 3b,
1b, Mark McCallum home run
Sweaburg Steve Johnson 2x2b
Alvinston jumps on Sweaburg early and never let up

Game 18
Quyon Flyers 3
Kitchener Outlaws 2
WP Joran Graham 7 inn 2 runs 2 hits 10Ks 2BBs
LP Kevin Buckley 7 inn 3 runs 7 hits 7Ks 1BB
Kitchener Terry Martin 2-run home run
Quyon Drew Hathway home run; Dave Tubman pinch hit RBI; Dylan Cunningham RBI
Quyon scores 2 in T7 after Martin's home run in the 6th had put Kitchener ahead

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Friday, June 17, 2011

Tourneys this weekend

Some big tournaments this weekend.

In Springfield, ON (down near London), the ISC Eastern Canada qualifier is being played, with 12 teams vying for a spot at the Worlds. Good luck to Quyon in their game at 7pm - we'll post results as they come available.

Fri 7 pm Gm 4 D1 Sweaburg Crush #24 vs Kitchener Selects #40
Fri 7 pm Gm 3 D2 Quyon Flyers #31 vs Kitchener Outlaws #37
Fri 9 pm Gm 1 D1 Shakespeare Falcons #23 vs Team Cree Nation NR
Fri 9 pm Gm 2 D2 Wyevale Tribe #34 vs Hickson Reds #36
Sat 9 am Gm 8 D1 KW Cubs #17 vs winner Gm 4, loser to Gm 9
Sat 9 am Gm 5 D2 Toronto Gators #22 vs winner Gm 1, loser to Gm 12
Sat 11 am Gm 6 D1 Alvinston Indians #13 vs winner Gm 2, loser to Gm 11
Sat 11 am Gm 7 D2 Elmira Expos #16 vs winner Gm 3, loser to Gm 10

There is also a qualifier this weekend in Elkland PA for the Mid Atlantic Fastpitch Travel League - but I can't find any info on that one online.

And of course Fitzroy Fastball Junior will be playing in the 8 team West Carleton Minor Softball Association year end Mites (9-10yrs) tournament in Fitzroy Harbour. Look for Fitzroy 1 to have a strong tournament, likely facing arch rivals Carp 1 in the championship game.

Last, and certainly not least, will be the Caveman's first ever tourmnament - the 5-pitch Fun Day in Kinburn. Nine teams will be participating in that. I'll have a full report of the Caveman's successes (or lack thereof) based on Mrs. Fastball's report.

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WC Electric win 6-3 over Carp

West Carleton Electric came back to defeat Carp I4C Victory 6-3 in GOFL play on Thursday night at the Fairgrounds.

Steve Cavanagh had the win for the Fitzroy while Neil Cooke took the loss.

Carp took an early 2-0 lead in the first. Aaron Amo led off with a single and stole second, scoring on a Brooks Paziuk RBI single with two out. Paziuk took second on the throw to the plate and was cashed on Neil Cooke's RBI single.

The Electric answered back with one in the top of the second. Beef Johnson tripled with two out and scored on a wild pitch.

I4C restored their two run lead in the bottom of the frame. Neil Drummond singled and stole second. After two strike outs, Amo reached on an error putting runners on the corners. Drummond scored on Eric Colvin's RBI single. That was it for the Carp offence as Cavanagh settled in and allowed only two baserunners (an infield single and an error) in the remaining five innings.

The Electric come back started in the fourth. Johnson again hit the ball hard and doubled with two out and scored on Dave Bahm's RBI single.

WC took the lead in the fifth. Again with two out, Derek Barber tripled. Jeff Barber then walked. Neil Murphy's soft pop up was misplayed, allowing Derek to score and an alert Jeff made it to third. When Johnson struck out, the ball eluded the catcher and Jeff scored to put the 'Trics up 4-3.

Insurance runs were put on the board in the sixth and seventh for West Carleton. Troy Wilson walked to lead off the sixth and scored on Andy Barber's triple. In the seventh, Jeff Barber singled, was moved to second on Murphy's sac bunt, moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on a passed ball.

Brooks Paziuk shone defensively for Carp, making several nice plays at second base while Jon Daley was strong with a couple of nicely field ground balls at short for WCE.

Steve Cavanagh WIN 7IP 3R 2ER 6H 10K 0BB
Neil Cooke LOSS 7IP 6R 2ER 8H 5K 2BB

Hitting - WC Electric
Andy Barber 1-4, 3B, RBI
Derek Barber 1-4, 3B, R
Jeff Barber 1-3, BB, 2R
Beef Johnson 2-4, 3B, 2B, 2R
Dave Bahm 1-4, RBI
Troy Wilson 1-2, BB, R
Shawn Ryan 1-3

Hitting - I4C Victory
Aaron Amo 2-4, R, SB
Eric Colvin 1-4, RBI
Brooks Paziuk 1-3, R, RBI
Neil Cooke 1-3, RBI
Neil Drummond 1-3, SB, R


Quyon 11 Blitz 4

info from Moe Laframboise, Marcel Mondoux

The Quyon Combat Flyers remained undefeated in GOFL play with a 11-4 win in six innings on Thursday night in the PQ.

Matt Greer had the win for the undefeated Flyers, while Derick Bulley took the loss with relief from Shannon Borho.

more to follow


Thursday, June 16, 2011

ISC World Tournament going back to Michigan

This article confirms that the 2012 ISC Worlds will be in Midland.

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ISC Qualifier in Springfield, ON

Al's Fastball has the deets:

Canada East ISC Qualifier - Springfield, ON June 17-19

The Canada East ISC Qualifier goes this weekend in Springfield, Ontario.

Springfield is located south of Hwy 401 and east of St. Thomas/Aylmer.

June 17-19, 2011

Springfield qualifier schedule
Fri 7 pm Gm 4 D1 Sweaburg Crush vs Kitchener Selects, winner to Gm 8, loser to Gm 12
Fri 7 pm Gm 3 D2 Quyon Flyers vs Kitchener Outlaws, winner to Gm 7, loser to Gm 11
Fri 9 pm Gm 1 D1 Shakespeare Falcons vs Team Cree Nation, winner to Gm 5, loser to Gm 9
Fri 9 pm Gm 2 D2 Wyevale Tribe vs Hickson Reds, winner to Gm 6, loser to Gm 10
Sat 9 am Gm 8 D1 KW Cubs vs winner Gm 4, loser to Gm 9
Sat 9 am Gm 5 D2 Toronto Gators vs winner Gm 1, loser to Gm 12
Sat 11 am Gm 6 D1 Alvinston Indians vs winner Gm 2, loser to Gm 11
Sat 11 am Gm 7 D2 Elmira Expos vs winner Gm 3, loser to Gm 10
Sat 1 pm Gm 9 D1 Losers bracket
Sat 1 pm Gm 12 D2 Losers bracket
Sat 3 pm Gm 11 D1 Losers bracket
Sat 3 pm Gm 10 D2 Losers bracket
Sat 5 pm Gm 15 D1 Winners bracket
Sat 5 pm Gm 16 D2 Winners bracket
Sat 7 pm Gm 13 D1 Losers bracket
Sat 7 pm Gm 14 D2 Losers bracket
Sat 9 pm Gm 19 D1 Winners bracket final
Sun 9 am Gm 17 D1 Losers bracket
Sun 9 am Gm 18 D2 Losers bracket
Sun 11 am Gm 20 D1 Losers bracket
Sun 1 pm Gm 21 D1 Losers bracket final
Sun 3 pm D1 Gm 22 Championship Game
Sun D1 Gm 23 if necessary to follow Gm 22 immediately after

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Carp wins 11-9 over Barrhaven

Reports that Carp I4C Victory won 11-9 over Barrhaven Broadway Blues in GOFL play in Manotick on Wednesday night.

Ryan Chatten had the win, while Chad Hargrove took the loss in relief of Trevor Lahey. Tony MacDonald and Kevin Schonfeld had homers for Carp.

more to follow


Blitz defeat Stittsville 8-5

from Marcel Mondoux

The Ottawa Blitz take Wednesday night’s GOFL game by a score of 8 – 5 over Stittsville 56ers. Starting on the mound for the Blitz was Derick Bulley who was replaced in the 3rd inning for Jamie Blakely while Adam Smith toed the rubber for Stittsville with relief from Darren Featherstone in the 5th inning.

The Blitz came out of the top of the 1st inning up 2 after a 2-out Derick Bulley single was cashed in by a 2 run HR by Tony Searle. The 56’ers replied with one of their own in the bottom of the inning via a lead off single by Ryan Bond, sac bunt by John Craig and an RBI double from Darren Featherstone.

Enter the bottom of the 3rd, Bond started the inning with a walk, followed by an FC from Craig to set up a 2 run HR from Dan Jessiman. Featherstone and Scott Jessiman followed up with back to back singles where Featherstone was later tagged out at a very close play at 3rd to get the first out of the inning. Dan Bradley walked to get Adam Smith up to the plate and punch one through the infield for Stittsville’s 3rd run of the inning. Enter Blakely who came in to stop the bleeding recording the final 2 outs of the inning. 4-2 Stittsville.

The Blitz replied in the top of 4 when Andrew Bruce led off with a double and scored on a Blakely single. Jon Ferguson lined a ball to left center to score Blakely while legging out a triple. Marcel Mondoux then scored Ferguson on an infield error. 5-4 Blitz

After Blakely struck out the side in the bottom of the fourth, Bulley led off the 5th with a triple of his own to right center to set up “Big Papi” Searle for another 2 run HR. Blitz 7-4.

After striking out the first 2 batters in the 6th inning, Bond came to the plate to sit a solo HR to narrow the gap to 7-5 after 6 innings of play.

The Blitz answered in the top of the 7th after Bruce started the inning with a single and a SB to put him on second, Ron Hrycak put the ball in play to score Bruce on an infield error. Blitz 8-5.

Blakely returned in the 7th so strike out 2 batters and a FC to end the ball game 8-5.

Blitz stats:
Blakely – 2/3 RBI – 5IP 1R 9K’s
Searle – 2/4 (2)HR (4)RBI
Bruce – 3/4 2B (2)SB’s
Bulley – 2/4 3B
Ferguson – 2/3 3B RBI BB

56ers stats:
Bond – 2/3 HR BB
Featherstone – 3/4 2B RBI
Jessiman, D. – 2/4 HR 2(RBI)


Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Article on the Jim Bradford

An article on the Jim Bradford tournament from the Northumberland newspaper.


Other tournament results

As reported earlier, the Donnacona Blue Sox won the Jim Bradford Tournament in Cobourg on the weekend. The Blue Sox have now been confirmed as entering the Gil Read Tournament in Carp later in July.

Other tournament winners on the weekend included the Ottawa Valley Heat, aka Team 8, aka the Fitzroy Midgets in the eight team Fitzroy Harbour Men's Fastball League Annual Tournament. They went 3-1 to take the title, winning the A-final 14-1.

At the Midget Invitational in Waterloo, the Wiarton Red Devils won the A-final 7-0 over the Sydenham midgets. Andy Barber of WC Electric throws for Sydenham.


Tuesday, June 14, 2011

OAFA celebrating 40 years

The Orleans Amateur Fastball Association is celebrating 40 years this season. Check out this YouTube video with more information.


GOFL week 7 preview UPDATED

The Greater Ottawa Fastball League will feature four games this week.

The Ottawa Blitz (2-6) will visit the Stittsville 56ers (3-4) at the Grove on Wednesday at 8:30. Barrhaven Broadway Blues (3-3-1) will play host to Carp I4C Victory (3-4) at 7pm in Manotick. The game originally scheduled at 9pm against Kars will be moved to June 28 to form part of a doubleheader in North Gower.

In Quyon on Thursday night, the Combat Flyers (4-0-1) host the Blitz at 8pm, while I4C Victory hosts Fitzroy Harbour West Carleton Electric (3-2) at the Carp Fairgrounds at 8:30pm.

The Tuesday night doubleheader originally scheduled between Stittsville at Kars in North Gower will be rescheduled due to a conflict with the diamond.


Jim Bradford Results from Cobourg

As per Al's Fastball, the Donnacona Blue Sox won their second tournament of the year, taking the title in Cobourg over Oshawa.

The Kars Aces made it to the quarter-finals on Sunday before losing to Darren Zack and the Cobourg Force.

Details here.


Saturday, June 11, 2011

Friday night results from Cobourg - Jim Bradford Classic

From Al's Fastball

Friday, June 10

1st Game
Cobourg Force 5
Napanee Shoeless Joes Juniors 3
Wp Jeff Murphy
LP Kyle Arsenault
Tied 1-1 right up till the 6th

2nd Game
Oshawa Bombers 2
Napanee Midgets 0
Wp Ryan Swift
LP Cole Bolton

3rd Game
Napanee NorthKey Express Juniors 2
Pickering Blazers 0
WP Joran Graham
LP Marvin Smith

4th Game
Oshawa Rebels 7
Cree Nation Bears 3
Wp Matt Lahey relief 6th Luke Lahey
Lp Ray Shanoush


Friday, June 10, 2011

North Leeds report from Thursday

Eastons Corners 13 - Greenbush 5. Paul Ceppi win, Kevin Phillips loss 9 earned runs 3 innings. Tyler Hughes 7 RBI for Eastons Corners.


Somewhat regular assortment of miscellaneous fastball thoughts

Now for the Fitzroy Fastball semi-regular round up of fastball tidbits.

Tournament weekend
Some tournament action this weekend in fastball. The Jim Bradford memorial tournament is in Cobourg. Kars Aces will be in attendance at this 12 team affair.

Also on this weekend is the big Midget tourney in Waterloo. Ten teams at this one, including Sydenham which features Andy "The Android" Barber on the slab.

The most exciting tournament this weekend however will of course be the Fitzroy Harbour Men's Fastball League 8 team extravaganza held Friday and Saturday. It's a round robin tournament with all league teams participating. Go team Red! The ball is definitely improving in the FHMFL. On Wednesday, we had a game that ended in 75 minutes, with a 4-0 score and only one error. That was unheard of a few years ago. Of course we also had an 18-6 game that same night which featured 6 hit batters in one inning (you should see the bruise on my thigh), but the better games are getting more frequent.

Peterborough tournament cancelled
Word yesterday however on Al's Fastball that the Peterborough tournament in July has been cancelled. No word on why other than "circumstances beyond their control."

Caveman has found his position
The Caveman has definitely found his favourite spot defensively on the diamond. His season is going very well under the leadership of Coach Deb and Coach Mommy (aka Mrs Fastball). I've had to miss a few games coaching Fitzroy Junior, but every time I go he's playing a strong second base. He loves picking up the ground balls with a runner on first, stomping on second with both feet, and thrusting the softball up in the air a la Statue of Liberty for several seconds to let everyone know that yes indeed he has made an out. He basks in the cheers of the parents and has to be asked politely to return the ball to the pitcher.

Fitzroy Junior mites season
Fitzroy Junior's mites team under the tutelage of yours truly is enjoying an excellent season with a 7-3 record which includes two one-run losses. Fitzroy Junior has even pitched a few innings and recorded the first ever Ks in family history. It's amazing to watch the skill level progress from when I first started coaching this group when they were six year olds. Last week versus Dunrobin we had an inning where the putouts were 7-5 (double play) and 7-5. Think about it - that rarely happens in men's ball let alone mites. The first was a fly ball to deep left (well relatively deep), the left fielder made a nice catch and had the ball sense to throw it in to the third baseman to double off the runner that had taken off. The third out of the inning was a long bomb that went deep to left, the fielder chased it down, whipped it in to third and got the kid out trying to stretch his double into a triple. Exciting stuff. Also great was the last out of the game - a fading line drive to right field which Fitzroy Junior made a stretching catch to preserve the win. He was promptly mobbed by his teammates like they had won the Cup. Great stuff and fun to watch.

Gil Read Tournament
The Gil Read tourney is a great event, for an excellent cause, with a good track record, at a perfect venue and generous prize money. But for some reason, they are having trouble attracting teams from out of the area. I can't understand why. Would be nice to see some Southern or Central Ontario teams make the trip up here for a change.

GOFL standings
Great to see some parrty in the GOFL standings this year. After week 6, we have the following point totals: Quyon 9, Barrhaven 7, Fitzroy 6, Kars 6, Carp 6, Stittsville 6, Blitz 4. Looks like the salary cap is working!

Billy Dunlop dies
Former Arnprior Men's Fastball League pitcher Bill Dunlop died a couple of weeks ago. I played with Bill a couple of years in the AMFL and he was a pretty good town league chucker back in the day. When I played with him he would have been in his mid-30s, and let me tell you he seemed ancient, especially since he was prematurely grey. Suddenly, that doesn't seem so old anymore. Bill was only 55.

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GOFL Thursday night round up - UPDATED

Info from Twitter, Moe Laframboise

Quyon 5 Barrhaven 5
In Quyon, the Combat Flyers stayed undefeated with a 5-5 tie against Barrhaven. Matt Greer and Drew Hathway threw for Quyon while Chad Hargrove and Trevor Lahey chucked for the Blues.

Barrhaven got on the scoreboard in the top of the first by way of a two run homer off the bat of Chad Hargrove.

Quyon answered back with one of their own in the bottom half of the first frame. Nick Armitage walked, and advanced to 3rd on back-to-back wild pitches. He would then score on an RBI single from Drew Hathway.

Quyon would then take the lead in the 2nd. Shawn Laframboise walked, and Tim Craig grounded to shortstop. An error charged to the 2nd baseman left both runners safe, with Laframboise advancing to 3rd. Mike Baker grounded out to 2nd, scoring Laframboise from 3rd. Tim Craig would later score on a wild pitch to put the home team up 3-2.

Armitage led off the 3rd inning for Quyon with a walk. After advancing to 3rd, he would later score on a sac fly from Laframboise. Baker added Quyon’s 5th run in the 4th inning. After leading off with a single to right field, he swiped 2nd and 3rd, and scored on an RBI groundout from the bat of Luke Young.

Barrhaven then answered back with three runs, capitalizing on three Quyon errors to tie the game at 5-5.

Carp 3 Stittsville 2
In Carp, I4C Victory bounced back with a 3-2 win over the Stittsville 56ers, to further clog up the standings. Neil Coooke had the win, while Darren Featherstone took the loss. Dan Jessiman had a two run homer for the 56ers.

more to follow


Thursday, June 09, 2011

Mites Boys Select softball - anybody out there?

This year, West Carleton minor softball has started a mites boys "select" team. Fitzroy Junior is on the squad and I'm putting things together. We're just starting out, and one of the hardest things I've found is trying to find other teams to play games or tournaments.

If you have any knowledge of a Mites (2001/2002) Boys Select program in eastern Ontario, let me know at fastball[at]fitzroyharbour.com or in the comments. Any leads appreciated.


Stittsville beats Barrhaven 10-3 UDPATED

from John Craig via GOFL.ca

56ers Continue Jekyll & Hyde Season

The Stittsville 56ers were at home to Barrhaven last night and managed a 10-3 win after 5. In an up and down season Stittsville has mercied their opponent or been mercied in 5 of their 6 games.

Darren Featherstone had the win with relief from Dan Bradley, while Paul Ceppi took the loss with relief from Trevor Lahey.

Stittsville picked up three in the first on a double by John Craig, singles by Dan Jessiman and Darren Feather-stalone followed by Dan Bradley's lanky Marmaduke triple to opposite field. Barrhaven later picked up 3 in the thrid on singles from Trevor Wood, Joey Allen, Don Cox, and Trevor Power and a sac fly from Chad Hargrove.

D. Jessiman belted a solo shot to lead off the third and the 56ers added 4 more in the fourth. Walks to Tyler Nystedt and Darren Ladouceur set the table for Ryan Bond's double and singles by Craig and Featherstone, 8-3 after 4.

The Blues threatened in both the 4th and 5th loading the bases both times but but couldn't push a run across the plate. In the bottom of the 5th Mike Barrett blasted his first home run in over a year but found no one at home plate to greet him and silent 56ers squad sitting upon his entrance to the bench. "You (jerks)" said Barrett as the bench and the crowd broke out laughing. 56ers added one more for the mercy and ended the game after 5, 10-3.


Barrhaven- Paul Ceppi LP, Joey Allen 1B,BB, R; Don Cox, 1B, BB, 1RBI, 1R; Trevor Wood H, Rob Soublier H

Stittsville- Featherstone, WP, 1B; Bradley, 3B; Bond, 1B,2B, 1RBI, 1R; Craig 3H, 3RBI, 2R; D. Jessiman 1B, 1HR, 2RBI, 2R; Barrett HR


Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Kars takes both games of doubleheader over Blitz

info from Marcel Mondoux and Cory Morrison

As per GOFL.ca, the Kars Aces won both games of their doubleheader over the Ottawa Blitz on Tuesday night in North Gower.

Kars 14 Blitz 6 (6 innings)

The first game saw the Aces win 14-6. Brad Porter had the win going four innings, with relief from Chris Hall. Shannon Borho took the loss and had relief from Derek Bergeron.

Matt Alkerton ended this one with a 3 run shot in the bottom of the 6th. Chad Milne, Danny Powers, and Kurtis Summers also homered in this game for Kars, while Borho had a homer for the Blitz.

Kars 8 Blitz 1 (5 innings)

Chris Hall got the win going all 5 innings for Kars while Jamie Blakely took the loss for the Blitz. Kurtis Summers homered for Kars again. Brad Pender was 5/5 on the night for Kars.


Tuesday, June 07, 2011

ISC Travel League Tournament in Elkland, PA

"ISC travel league" tournament
Elkland, PA
June 18-19
12 team tournament
Entry fee is $300 US
ISC World Tournament Bid to the winner
Question? Contact Bill Sherman at esabill30@yahoo.com or 814-258-7096

A road trip to Elkland and a chance at World Tournament berth - very interesting! Too bad Fitzroy Junior's tournament is that weekend.

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4th Annual Gil Read Memorial Tournament - July 22-24

There are still spots available for the 4th Annual Gil Read Memorial Tournament being held July 22nd, 23rd & 24th at the Carp Fairgrounds in Ottawa.

Teams confirmed include:

Napanee Juniors
Kars Aces
Carp I4C Victory
Ottawa Blitz
Fitzroy Harbour West Carleton Electric
Stittsville 56ers
Barhaven Broadway Blues
Cree Nation Fireballs

All teams are guaranteed 3 games. The prize money (based on 12 team entry) is $3,000.00 (Cnd) with $1,800 for first, $700 for second and $250 for each of the semi-finalists

Entry is $450 payable to the Gil Read Memorial Foundation.

Please contact Al Read aread@lwlaw.com for more information.


Monday, June 06, 2011

WC Electric wins 4-3 over I4C Victory

West Carleton Electric won 4-3 over Carp I4C Victory in GOFL action in Fitzroy Harbour on Monday night.

Andy Barber had the win in relief of big brother Jeff, while Neil Cooke took the loss in relief of Bill Gerber (no relation).

Victory got on the board in the top of the first. Derek Dumond reached on an error with one out. Tony MacDonald then walked and both runners advanced sixty feet on a wild pitch. Shawn Simzer's single cashed Dumond to put Carp up 1-0.

The Electric tied things up in the bottom of the third. Andy Barber led off with a double, tagged and moved to third on a fly to centre, and scored on a sac fly by Jeff Barber, which actually went to deep shortstop.

Carp went up again in the top of the fifth. Aaron Amo walked to start things, then took second on a wild pitch. A well placed Dumond bunt put runners on the corners. Dumond stole second and then Amo subsequently scored on another wild pitch and Dumond moved to third, and was cashed by a Shawn Simzer sacrifice fly.

The home side again tied the game in the bottom of the inning. Jon Daley led off with a single and moved to second on a sac bunt by Andy Barber. After a strike out, Jeff Barber singled to score Daley. Neil Murphy's single advanced Jeff to second. Jeff Cavanagh then singled to score Barber and tie the game at 3-3.

Andy Barber came in for the top of the sixth to relieve his brother and blanked Carp. West Carleton responded with the game winning run in the bottom of the sixth off reliever Neil Cooke. Beef Johnson singled to start the inning. Mitch Taylor then showed bunt and pushed the ball over the infielders' heads to put runners on first and second. Adam Brown's sac bunt moved the runners to second and third with one out. Jon Daley stroked a fading liner to centrefield that was quickly fielded by Dumond. After some discussion by the officials, it was ruled a single, not a catch, and Johnson scored to put the Electric up 4-3, which proved to be the winning run.

Carp made things tight in the top of the seventh. Dumond singled with one out, stole second and moved to third on a wild pitch. Andy Barber struck the next batter out, bringing Simzer to the plate who had hit well all game. Simzer stroked a liner to centre and Jeff Barber made the diving catch to secure the win for his little brother.

Fitzroy pitching
Jeff Barber 5IP 3R 2ER 3H 9K 5BB
Andy Barber WIN 2IP 0R 0ER 1H 4K 1BB

Carp pitching
Bill Gerber 5IP 3R 3ER 7H 8K 1BB
Neil Cooke LOSS 1IP 1R 1ER 3H 1K 0BB

Fitzroy hitting
Jon Daley 3-4, R, RBI
Andy Barber 1-2, 2B, BB, R, SB, Sac
Jeff Barber 1-2, 2RBI, R, Sac Fly
Neil Murphy 1-3
Jeff Cavanagh 2-3, RBI
Beef Johnson 1-3, R
Mitch Taylor 1-3

Carp hitting
Aaron Amo 0-2, 2BB, R, SB
Derek Dumond 2-4, 2R, SB
Shawn Simzer 2-3, 2RBI, Sac Fly
Matt Medaglia 0-1, 2BB


Sunday, June 05, 2011

GOFL Week #5 preview

There are six games scheduled for Week 5 of the Greater Ottawa Fastball League.

Monday night in Fitzroy Harbour will see West Carleton Electric (2-2) host Carp I4C Victory (2-3) at 8:30pm.

Tuesday night is a doubleheader in North Gower, as Kars Aces (1-2) have the Ottawa Blitz (2-4) in for a double dip at 7pm and 9pm.

It's a rare night for the diamonds in Manotick on Wednesday, as Barrhaven Broadway Blues (3-2) travel to Stittsville (2-3) to face the 56ers at 8:30pm.

Thursday sees two games, as Stittsville travels to Carp for an 8:30pm game and Barrhaven takes the boat for their one trip to the Quebec side to face the undefeated Quyon Flyers (4-0) at 8pm.


Quyon Combat Flyers win "B" title at Snapper Shootout

As per Al's Fastball, the Quyon Combat Flyers finished 2-1 in the round robin, then won two more games to take the "B" title at the 14-team Snapper Shootout in Niagara Falls.

The tournament was delayed by rain on Saturday, but they shortened the games and managed to get the tournament in.

Saturday morning:
Quyon Combat 4
KW Cubs 3 (ISC #17)
MVP: Dylan Cunningham
WP: Joran Graham
LP: Scott Wagar

Saturday afternoon:
Quyon Combat Flyers 7
Cree Nation 0
MVP: Matt Greer
WP: Matt Greer
LP: Andrew Fleck

Saturday evening:
Ashland Stockpack 5 (ISC #19)
Quyon Flyers 3
MVP: Jason Whitely
WP: Sean Kelly
LP: Drew Hathaway

As per the tourney set up, the top four teams go to the "A" group, the next four to the "B" group and the next four to the "C" group, with two teams eliminated.

Quyon's 2-1 record put them in the "B" group with Napanee Juniors, Lake Simcoe Lightning and Niagara Snappers.

B semi-final:
Quyon Flyers 6
Napanee Jrs 3
MVP: Dylan Cunningham
WP: Drew Hathway
LP: Ian Wallwork
HRs for Quyon: Dylan Cunningham, Nick Armitage

B final:
Quyon Flyers 6
Lake Simcoe Lightning 1
MVP: Joran Graham
WP: Drew Hathaway
LP: Greg Garrity
Joe McCleary had a two run homer for Quyon to break a 1-1 tie.


Au Sable Forks 2011 Tournament line up announcement

49th Annual Au Sable Forks Fastpitch Tournament Teams:

Mountain Brook Lodge Blitz - Wilmington, NY/Ottawa Ont.
Carp I4C Victory - Carp, Ontario
Knoxville/Ontario - Pennslyvania/Ontario
Team Quebec Juniors - Quebec City, Canada
Donnacona Blue Sox - Donnacona, Quebec
Razzano's Trucking - Johnstown/Au Sable Forks, NY
CPI Classics - Oswego, NY
Scooter's - Forestport, NY
Au Sable Spirits - Au Sable Forks, NY
Broadway Barrhaven Blues - Ottawa, Ontario


Cornwall and District Men's Fastball League kicks off the season

Looks like four teams again this year in the Cornwall and District Men's Fastball League: O'Neill Taping & Painting, Yum Yum Chips, Bojangles and Navy Club.

Here is an article from the Cornwall Standard-Freeholder on the first week of play.


Saturday, June 04, 2011

WC Electric 8 Stittsville 1 in Friday night fastball action in Fitzroy

The West Carleton Electric topped the Stittsville 56ers 8-1 in 5 innings in GOFL action in Fitzroy Harbour on Friday night.

Andy Barber had the win for the 'Trics while Adam Smith took the loss with relief from Darren Featherstone.

Stittsville scored in the top of the second. Scott Jessiman doubled to lead off the inning, moved to third on a ground ball, then scored when Fitzroy attempted to double him off third on a line drive but the throw was errant.

The Electric got the board in the bottom of the third. Mitch Taylor led off with a single. Jon Daley then dropped a sac bunt and reached on an error. Derek Barber's single tied things at one apice. Andy Barber then helped his cause with a three run homer to put the home team up 4-1.

Fitzroy scored another two in the fourth. Shawn Ryan was hit by a pitch, then brought in when Taylor hit a two run home run, after which Featherstone came in on relief of Smith.

The game ended in the bottom of the fifth on the run rule. Jeff Cavanagh legged out an infield single but was subsequent put out when Beef Johnson reached on a fielder's choice. Steve Cavanagh then also reached on an infield single. After a strikeout, Mitch Taylor's double then cashed both runs to end the game.

Andy Barber WIN 5IP 1R 0ER 2H 2BB 7K

Adam Smith LOSS 3IP 6R 5ER 5H 3BB 1K 1HBP
Darren Featherstone 1.1IP 2R 2ER 3H 1BB 2K

Derek Barber 1-2, BB, RBI, R
Andy Barber 1-2, BB, HR, 3RBI
Jeff Cavanagh 2-3
Steve Cavanagh 1-3, R
Mitch Taylor 3-3, HR, 2B, 4RBI, 2R

Scott Jessiman 1-1, 2B, SAC, R
Mike Barrett 1-2


North Augusta beats Eastons Corners 4-1

In North Leeds action on Thursday night, North Augusta beat Eastons Corners 4-1. Chris Hall had the win while Paul Ceppi loss despite allowing only 1 earned run.


Friday, June 03, 2011

Springfield ISC Qualifier schedule announced

Al's Fastball has the schedule for the Springfield ISC Qualifier on June 17-19. Quyon will be at this 12 team double knockout tournament.

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Friday night fastball schedule change

The Blitzos cannot field a team tonight in Fitzroy - so the Friday Night Fastball schedule has been tweaked to have Stittsvile play Fitzroy at 9pm.


Wednesday, June 01, 2011

It happened in Harbour Ball...

Regular readers may recall a Harbour Ball highlight from last year when there was a rare 8-6-2-2 double play in the men's rec league in Fitzroy Harbour.

Tonight was another interesting Harbour Ball play. Team Red (which features Fitzroy Fastball playing the three bag) was facing Team Beige in a important early season match up. Team Red had men on first and second when a hard hit ball went out to right-centre field.

Now, Harbour Ball doesn't have what you might call a strict uniform protocol. While the majority play in ball pants, you do see the odd guy in shorts, jogging pants, occasionally jeans, and tonight's subject in question, the dude running from second base, was wearing "tear away" wind pants.

So he's rounding third, heading full steam for home looking to score fairly easily. But as he starts toward the dish, the tear away pants start doing what they do best - tearing away. By the time he's halfway home his pants are around his knees and he's sort of hobbling towards the plate, where he's tagged out handily.

Hard to describe in writing, but trust me, fairly hilarious to witness in person.

(P.S. we ended up losing the game 9-8.)


Carp beats Barrhaven, loses to Blitz

Carp I4C Victory was in for two games on Wednesday in Manotick and split the games.

In the early match up, I4C squeaked out a 1-0 win over Barrhaven. Neil Cooke had the win while Chad Hargrove took the loss. . The difference was in the top of the 5th. Carp's Brooks Paziuk led off with a single, then pinch runner Neil Drummond stole second. Batter Neil Cooke then hit a sharp grounder to SS and the SS elected to throw to 3B in an attempt to get Drummond out at third. The ball popped out of 3B's glvoe due to contact with the sliding Drummond, so Drummond and Cooke were safe at 1st and 3rd on the fielder's choice. The next batter, Al Read, hit a fly ball to CF that was deep enough to score the speedy Drummond from third. Hargrove then struck out two of the next three batters to end the threat, and only allowed two baserunners the rest of the way. For his part, Cooke faced 26 batters and only flirted with danger in the first and 6th innings with the top of the Barrhaven order at the plate. Both times, Barrhaven got a runner to third but Cooke stranded him there thanks to inning ending strike outs.

In the nightcap however, the Blitz were 12-0 winners over Carp in five innings, with Jamie Blakely throwing the shut out win with 12Ks. Bill Gerber took the loss for I4C and had relief from Ryan Chatten. Ryan Mitts had a 3 run homer and added an RBI single for the Blitz and Shannon Borho had two doubles and 3 RBIs.


ISC Rankings released

The first version of the 2011 ISC rankings have been released. The Quyon Combat Flyers make an appearance at #31. Jarvis Travelers are at #1.

Check out Al's Fastball for all the details.