Eastern Ontario Fastball Blog

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

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Friday, June 28, 2013

Wait, am I that baseball dad?

An interesting article about parents and their involvement in their children's Little League baseball games - which of course is applicable to fastball dads out there as well.


OASA Elimination tournaments this weekend

Two tournaments this weekend, June 28-30, for young fastballers hoping to make it to the Canadians for their respective age groups.

Midget (U18) Elimination Tournament in Napanee
Softball Napanee is hosting the Midget Elimination Tournament with 12 teams attending. Napanee Express are the host team, and the Domville Aces, who played at the Williamsburg Tournament earlier this season are an eastern Ontario team in attendance. The draw has Napanee and Domville playing in the 6pm game tonight. The finals are at 1pm on Sunday with the "if" game at 3pm. The winners (plus probably a couple of other Ontario teams) will advance to the Canadians in St-Leonard d'Aston, QC in mid-August. The Quebec Midget host team was also at the Williamsburg Tournament in May.

Junior (U21) Elimination Tournament in Owen Sound
The Junior elims will be hosted in Owen Sound. Owen Sound will also be the location for the Canadians from August 5-11, with nine teams participating, including four from Ontario with the host team the Keady Jets guaranteed a spot. The Napanee Express will be participating in this tournament - they were at the Williamsburg Tournament in May and will be at the Gil Read in Carp in July. There aren't any eastern Ontario teams entered, but Andy Barber of West Carleton Electric will be playing with the Wiarton Red Devils who are a likely contender to make it to the top four. The draw has games starting tonight at 5pm with the final at 2pm and "if" game at 4pm.

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Kars splits doubleheader in Manotick - Wednesday night details

from Chad Milne and Trevor Power
Kars 6 Manotick 2
Kars Aces faced the Manotick Taylor's Blitz in the opening game of their Wednesday night double-header in Manotick, in the first meeting of the season between the two clubs, winning 6-2.

Cory Alkerton had the win for Kars. Shannon Borho took the loss and had relief from Derick Bulley 

Kars got on the board in the first inning. Kristian Knapp led off with a single and was driven home later in the inning by a Cory Morrison single.

The score remained 1-0 until the bottom of the fourth when the Blitz struck for two runs.

Kars responded immediately in the top of the fifth with three runs. Knapp walked to lead off the inning and was followed by an Ellis single. However, Ellis rounded first a little too wide a was picked off first in a controversial call. Cory Alkerton then hit a 2-run homer and Milne followed with a homer of his own, just inside the foul pole in right field to make it 4-2 for Kars.

Kars got single runs in the sixth and seventh on solo homers by Danny Powers and Cory Alkerton, his second of the night, to complete the scoring.

For his complete game win and two homers, Cory Alkerton garners the Caveman's Choice as player of the game. 

Knapp 1-3, BB, 2 runs
C. Alkerton 2-3, 2 HR, BB, 3 rbi, 2 runs
Milne 1-4, HR
C. Morrison 2-3, BB, rbi
Powers 1-3, HR

Barrhaven 4 Kars 3

Kars faced Barrhaven Broadway Blues in the back end of their double-header on Wednesday night in Manotick, in what was the rubber match in the season series between the two clubs. The Blues came away with a 4-3 win.

Trevor Lahey had the win, in relief of Jason Smith. Brad Porter took the loss for Kars.

Kristian Knapp doubled to start the game. Nick Ellis singled to score Knapp. Cory Alkerton then walked. Milne sacrificed, moving both runners up. A ground out and strike out ended the inning.

In the bottom of the first, Joe Allen reached on an error. After a fly out, Kevin Shonfield reached on an error and Allen scored to tie it at one.

For the Blues in the third, Allen singled to lead off.  He was moved to second on a sac bunt by Don Cox, then moved to third on a passed ball. Allen scored on a ground out by Shonfield.

The lead changed again in the fifth as Danny Powers and Jeff Hopkins singled and were brought in on a Knapp double.

Barrhaven restored their lead in the sixth. Cox reached third on an error by the right fielder. Shonfield singled to score Cox.  After Shonfield stole second and third, Trevor Power singled to right, to score Shonfield and make it 4-3. Power earned himself Caveman's Choice as player of the game with the winning RBI.

In top of seven, Knapp singled with one out, but a ground out to first and a strike out ended the Kars' threat to tie the game.
Barrhaven pitching:
Jason Smith 4 1/3, 8k, 1bb, 3h, 3r
Trevor Lahey 2 2/3, 4k, 1h (win)

Barrhaven batting:
Trevor Power 2-3, rbi
Kevin Shonfield 1-3, rbi, run
Joe Allen 1-3, 2runs

Kars batting:
Knapp 3-4, 2 2B, 2 rbi, run
Ellis 2-4
Powers 1-3, run
Hopkins 1-3, run


Thursday, June 27, 2013

Harbour Ball checklist

The Fitzroy Harbour Men's Fastball League is a recreational 10-team loop and has a few unique characteristics. I have written about a few of these things before.

Now, from this year's experience so far with "Harbour Ball", Fitzroy Fastball presents a checklist.
  • 70 year old ump using old school chest protector? CHECK
  • Shortstop smoking a Players in the middle of the inning? CHECK
  • Pitcher wearing wind pants, with the sleeves cut off from his league issued T-shirt? CHECK
  • A neighbourhood dog that got onto the field that we just played around for half an inning because he was too hard to catch? CHECK
  • An assortment of softballs in use in the same game i.e. one Kmaster, one Red Dot and an old white unidentifiable ball, possibly a 177S? CHECK
  • A player that locked his spikes in the car so instead played the first two innings in a pair of slippers? CHECK (note: he now has a nickname, which took quite a while to come up with - "Slippers")
  • A team short a fielder, so 10 year old Fitzroy Junior plays right field and actually makes a couple of plays impressing all attendees? CHECK
  • A 53 year old pitcher half-baked from a day on the golf course throwing 15 straight knuckle balls in an inning? CHECK
This is why I hate missing Harbour Ball - you never know what will happen.

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Carp comes back in the seventh to beat Stittsville

info from Eric Rosenquist and John Craig

Carp I4C Victory used a four run seventh inning to beat the Stittsville 56ers 4-2 at the Grove on Wednesday night.

Neil Cooke earned the pitching win, while Darren Featherstone took the loss.

The bottom of the first, Scott Herriot singled and scored from first on a Dan Jessiman single to right with the hit and run on.

The 56ers added another run in the bottom of the third when Featherstone hit a solo homer to left.

I4C came back to score four in the top of the seventh. Adam Fleming hit a flare single to start. When Joe Murray hit a grounder the 56ers attempted to get Fleming at second but an error resulted in both men being safe. A passed ball advanced both runners sixty feet, and the bases were loaded when Dan Gagne walked. Shawn Simzer reached on a fielder's choice which put Murray out at third, but scored Fleming to make it 2-1. A walk to Adam Purdy loaded the bases once again, setting the table for the red hot Kevin McGuire to single to shallow centre to score Gagne and tie things up at two. The next batter, Al Read, hit a grounder to short and when the throw to home was dropped, Simzer scored and Carp had their first lead of the night. Mike Money's sacrifice fly to right field scored Purdy and added an insurance run.

When Stittsville went out in order in the bottom of the seventh, the game was a 4-2 final for Carp.

Kevin McGuire, with a three for three night plus a walk earned the nod as Caveman's Choice for the player of the game in this one.


Thursday night games postponed

The Thursday night doubleheader in Carp between Quyon Flyers and Carp I4C Victory has been postponed. Make up dates to be announced at a later date.


Wednesday night round up in the GOFL

Three games were played on Wednesday night in the Greater Ottawa Fastball League.

Thanks to Rosey, Spud, Marcel and Newf for the info.

Carp 4 Stittsville 2
I4C Victory scored four in the top of the seventh to defeat the 56ers. Neil Cooke had the win for Carp while Darren Featherstone, who had a solo homer for Stittsville, took the loss. Kevin McGuire continued his hot streak and earned the Caveman's Choice with a 3 for 3 night (with a walk).

Kars 6 Blitz 2
The Aces won the early game in Manotick over Taylor's Blitz 6-2. Cory Alkerton had the win for Kars, Shannon Borho took the loss and had relief from Derick Bulley. Kars hit four home runs: Cory Alkerton had two, and Chad Milne and Danny Powers also had dingers.  Alkerton takes the Caveman's Choice in this one.

Barrhaven 4 Kars 3
The Blues got back on the winning track with a win over the Aces in the late game in Manotick. Trevor Lahey had the win, in relief of Jason Smith. Brad Porter took the loss for Kars, without giving up an earned run. Trevor "Newf" Power, who actually has a fan in the Caveman, ("He's the guy with the Power, Daddy!") earned the selection as player of the game going 2 for 3 and driving the game winning run.

more to follow


Kars comes back in the seventh to beat Stittsville (Tuesday night)

from Chad Milne and John Craig

Stittsville travelled to North Gower Tuesday night to face Kars, in a game that was originally scheduled for June 11, but postponed due to rain and came away with an exciting 8-7 win.
Brad Porter had the complete game win for Kars. Dan Konkle started for Stittsville, came out and was relieved by Adam Smith, returned to the game and took the loss in the seventh. 

Kars jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the first inning. With one out, Nick Ellis walked and moved to third when Corey Alkerton ripped a single just inside the first base bag. Chad Milne then hit a sharp ground ball to shortstop that was handled neatly by Scott Herriot, who stepped on second for the force out, but was unable to complete the double play, allowing Ellis to score.

Stittsville pushed five runs across in the third. Adam Smith singled and later scored on a single by Tim Maisonneuve. Maisonneuve scored later in the inning on a fielder's choice by Tyler Nystedt. After a walk, Dan Jessiman's three run homer made it 5-1 for the 56ers.
Herriot hit a solo shot in the fifth for Stittsville to extend the lead to 6-1. 
In the sixth, Kars got a couple runs back. Kristian Knapp led off with a single and was driven home by an Ellis single. After a strikeout, Milne hit a single between second and first, allowing Ellis to move up to third. Cory Morrison then singled to cash in Ellis. With two on and only one out, Kars looked for more, but a fielder's choice and a strike-out allowed Stittsville to get out of the inning with a 6-3 lead.
The 56ers added another in the top of seventh, Nystedt doubled and was brought in on a Herriot RBI single.
In the bottom of the seventh, Kars staged an exciting comeback. Jamie Smith was walked to lead of the inning, which was followed with one out by a walk to Knapp. Ellis then drilled a double that made its way to the fence in right field, with both Smith and Knapp scoring on the play and Ellis advancing to third. Corey Alkerton followed with a single to score Ellis. The next batter, Milne, smoked a line drive to right field that skipped past the right fielder enabling Alkerton to score all the way from first to tie the game. With Milne on second and one out, Stittsville elected to intentionally walk Morrison to set up the force play. Stittsville also made a pitching change, bringing Konkle back in to face Matt Alkerton. Matt Alkerton wasted little time, jumping on Konkle's first pitch and driving it to left field to score Milne with the game winning run and earning himself the Caveman's Choice as player of the game.
Kars stats:
Knapp 1-3, BB, 2 runs
Ellis 2-3, 2B, BB, 3 runs, 3 rbi
C. Alkerton 2-4, run, rbi
Milne 2-4, run, rbi
M. Alkerton 2-4, gwrbi
Stittsville noteables:
D Jessiman 3run HR
Herriot HR, 2RBI


Tuesday, June 25, 2013

WC Electric blanks Barrhaven 3-0

West Carleton Electric defeated Barrhaven Broadway Blues 3-0 in GOFL play in Fitzroy Harbour on Tuesday night.

Andy Barber had the win for the 'Trics, facing just one batter over the minimum and allowing only one hit. Paul Ceppi threw well for Barrhaven, taking the loss, also throwing a one hitter.

The Electric scored two in the bottom of the second. Derek Barber lead off with a walk but was put out at second when Michael Cavanagh hit into a fielder's choice. Jeff Cavanagh then reached on an error, and MCav moved to third. JCav then stole second to put two in scoring position, as Neil Murphy's 2RBI double to right - the only West Carleton hit of the night - scored both Cavs.

The only other run of the game came in the bottom of the sixth. Andy Barber was hit by a pitch and Trevor Barton and Jeff Barber both walked to load the bases. After a strikeout, Mike Cavanagh's ground ball was quickly played by Jordan Adams at shortstop to get the out at the plate. However, a subsequent walk to Jeff Cavanagh scored another to make it 3-0. A line drive to second ended the inning.

Andy Barber threw very well in earning the Caveman's Choice as player of the game, fanning 17 batters, including the first 12 men he faced.  Trevor Power had the lone hit, an infield single, for the Blues.

Andy Barber WIN 7IP 0R 1H 17K 0BB

Trevor Barton BB, R
Jeff Cavanagh BB, RBI, R
Neil Murphy 1-2, 2RBI, 2B

Paul Ceppi LOSS 6IP 3R 2ER 1H 7K 4BB 1HBP

Trevor Power 1-3


Kars comes back to beat Stittsville

The Kars Aces came back in the bottom of the seventh down four runs to beat the Stittsville 56ers 8-7 in GOFL play on Tuesday night in North Gower.

Brad Porter had the win for Kars. Dan Konkle started for Stittsville, was relieved by Adam Smith, and came back in to pitch in the seventh. Matt Alkerton had the game winning RBI in the bottom of the seventh.

more to follow


EMC article on the Stittsville 56ers

In the June 20th edition of the Stittsville /Richmond EMC: Stittsville 56ers have it rolling


Article: Dallas Slack of Athens makes Team Ontario U21

From the Brockville Recorder and Times: Athens native Dallas Slack part of Team Ontario for international tourney.

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Monday, June 24, 2013

Glen Cairn Tournament titles - UPDATED with scores

Both the winners on the "A" side and "B" side at the 12-team Glen Cairn Men's Fastball League tournament were won by teams from outside the GCMFL.

The "A" side was won by the team representing the Blackburn Men's Fastball League. The BMFL defeated Laurysen Kitchens 7-0.

The "B" side was won by a team representing the Fitzroy Harbour Men's Fastball League, known on the weekend as the Woodlawn Smoke. They beat Don Cherry's 5-4.

Congrats to T-Mac and the teams from "The Glen" on another successful tournament.

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GOFL Week 7 - updated

Week 7 in the GOFL is now upon us, with six seven games on the schedule.

Tuesday night has the Barrhaven Broadway Blues (2-4) in to Fitzroy Harbour at 8:30pm to face West Carleton Electric (4-3-1).  Stittsville 56ers (3-4) will also travel to North Gower at 8:30pm to play the Kars Aces (2-3-2) in a make up game from June 11.

The Wednesday night doubleheader in Manotick has Kars in town, facing the Manotick Taylor's Blitz (3-3) at 7pm and the Blues at 9pm.  That same night, Carp I4C Victory (4-3-1) plays the 56ers at the Grove in the 'Ville.

Thursday night has a true doubleheader at the Carp Fairgounds with the Quyon Flyers (1-4) in for a double dip against I4C at 7pm and 9pm.

Micksburg Twins (7-2), leaders in the GOFL standings, have the week off.


Sunday, June 23, 2013

Minor fastball fun in West Carleton

This past weekend was the West Carleton Minor Softball tournament with events in Fitzroy Harbour, Kinburn, Constance Bay and the older kids participating in Stittsville.

The Fitzroy Squirts (U12) coached by yours truly, were champions after a 15-7 win over Carp - third year in a row as a champ for Fitzroy Junior in the "A" final . The Fitzroy Peewees (U14) were titlists, beating Carp in the "A" final at Fitzroy.

The Caveman participated in two different tournaments. He was at the fun day for his regular age group, Atom (U8), which is a 'coach-pitch' league, in Constance Bay. Caveman did double duty, getting  'called up' for the mite (U10) tourney as well in Kinburn. While at both levels they don't keep score, the Caveman assures me the won all four games in which he played.

So tired after a big day at the diamond, watching the hockey game last night, Caveman says to me in the world weary voice of those that have experienced monstrous hangovers: "Whuh, I am never doing that again."

Me: "Doing what again?"

Caveman: "Eating four hotdogs. I don't feel good!"

I guess he had his free hotdog at each tournament event and unbeknownst to his mother, somehow scrounged another two free wieners - and was paying for it later that night with a hotdog hangover!

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Saturday, June 22, 2013

GOFL Standings update

Updated GOFL standings based on this weeks results.

1. Micksburg 7-2-0 = 14pts
T2. Fitzroy Harbour 4-3-1 = 9pts
T2. Carp 4-3-1 = 9pts
T4. Manotick 3-3-0= 6pts
T4. Stittsville 3-4-0= 6pts
6. Kars 2-3-2= 6pts
7. Barrhaven 2-4-0 = 4pts
8. Quyon 1-4-0 = 2pts


Kars and WC Electric tie at 2 on Friday

The Kars Aces and the West Carleton Electric played on Friday night in Fitzroy Harbour, ending in a 2-2 tie.

Following a Squirt game between Micksburg and West Carleton, a decent crowd was on hand to watch the Aces and Electric square off in a GOFL make up game.

Steve Cavanagh went the distance for West Carleton while Cory Alkerton had a complete game for Kars.

The Aces scored in the top of the first. Kristian Knapp used his speed to reach on a misplayed grounder. He stole second base and moved to third on a ground out. After a strikeout, Chad Milne's single scored Knapp to put the Aces up 1-0.

Kars added another run to their lead in the second when Matt Alkerton hit a high fly ball to left that just cleared the fence to count as a homer and make it 2-0 for the Aces.

Fitzroy finally responded in the bottom of the sixth to tie the game. Neil Murphy led off with a triple to centre-left that just dropped in between the fielders. Jeff Cavanagh then reached on an misplayed ground ball, but Murphy was held at third. After Cavanagh took second uncontested, Steve Cavanagh hit a sac fly to centre that scored Murphy. Later in the inning, a single by Dave Bahm cashed JCav to even the game at 2-2.

Kars threatened in the top of seven when Lukas Kamps singled with one out and left fielder Brad Porter moved him to second on a sac bunt. But the next batter's shallow fly ball to left was caught by a blogger to end the inning.

When WC Electric when three up three down in the seventh, the game ended in a 2-2 tie.

Caveman's choice is split between the pitchers, as they both threw well limiting their opponents to two runs each.
Steve Cavanagh TIE 7IP 2R 1ER 6H 5K 2BB

Derek Barber 1-4
Neil Murphy 2-3, 3B, R
Jeff Cavanagh 1-3, R
Steve Cavanagh sac fly RBI
Dave Bahm 1-3 RBI
Charlie Ross 1-3

Cory Alkerton TIE 7IP 2R 2ER 6H 5K 1BB

Jeff Hopkins 1-3
Cory Alkerton 1-3, 3B
Chad Milne 1-3, RBI
Matt Alkerton 2-3, HR, RBI, R
Lukas Kamps 1-3


Friday, June 21, 2013

Carp wins 3-0 in Micksburg

info from Kerr Childerose and Eric Rosenquist

Carp I4C Victory travelled to Micksburg on Thursday night for a make up game against the Twins and came away with a 3-0 win.

Neil Cooke had the win, throwing a one-hitter and striking out 11. Joran Graham took the loss, allowing six hits and striking out 14.

Carp got their first run in the top of the 4th. Kevin McGuire took a leadoff walk. Al Read had a perfectly placed bunt and beat the throw - then the throw was high and went into right field. McGuire advanced to third, and came around to score when the ball bounced around in RF. Mike Money followed Read with a double to left-center but a good play kept Read at third. Graham then got a pair of Ks, walked Cooke to load them up, and induced pop up to third end the rally.

Cooke added two runs to the Carp lead in the sixth when he hit a two run shot to dead centre to make it 3-0.

The perfect game was broken up on a pinch-hit single up the middle with one out in the bottom of the 6th by Mike Moss of Micksburg.

Neil Cooke earns Caveman's Choice for player of the game for his night on the slab and at the plate.


Thursday, June 20, 2013

Two road wins in GOFL play on Thursday (corrected)

Two road teams won in the GOFL games on Thursday night.

Carp I4C Victory 3 Micksburg Twins 0
Neil Cooke had the complete game win for Carp, tossing a one-hitter and facing only 22 batters. Cooke also hit a two run shot to dead centre. Joran Graham took the loss of the Twins, allowing only six hits. Mike Moss had the lone hit for the Twins.

Manotick Taylor's Blitz 10 Quyon Flyers 8
The Blitz beat the Flyers in Quyon, with Derick Bulley getting the complete game win and Matt Greer taking the loss. Shannon Borho and Nick Bowman had homers for the Blitz, while Greer and Nick Armitage hit bombs in a losing cause for Quyon. Borho gets the Caveman's Choice for his proficiency at the plate and defensively.

more to follow


Gil Read Memorial Tournament update

The organizers of the Gil Read Memorial Tournament on July 26-28 in Carp have announced they will be going with a twelve team event this year and all spots have been filled.

Organizers had contemplated going to 16, and may do so in the future, but they will stick with 12 for the 2013 event.

There will be seven teams from the GOFL, three other Ontario teams, one from Pennsylvania and one from Quebec. There will be three pools of four teams and be guaranteed three games.

This event, which is very well run every year, could use some volunteers. If you would like to get involved, contact Peter Read at pread@rogers.com or 613-838-5282.

Teams appearing will be:

Kars, ON Aces
Manotick, ON Taylor's Blitz
Carp, ON I4C Victory
Fitzroy Harbour, ON West Carleton Electric
Barrhaven, ON Broadway Blues
Sttitsville, ON 56er’s
Micksburg, ON Twins
Napanee, ON Men’s Express
Napanee, ON Junior.Express
Elkland, PA Thunderbellys
Lake Simcoe, ON Lightning
Donnaconna, QC Blue Sox


Glen Cairn Men's Fastball League tournament schedule UPDATED

The Glen Cairn league will be hosting their annual tournament this weekend June 21-23 in Carp. There are 12 teams, including the eight league teams, a team from the Fitzroy Harbour Men's league (the "Woodlawn Smoke"),  a team from the Trend Arlington League, team from the Blackburn League and Fitzroy team put together this week by the Murph Dog after a team dropped out.

Schedule posted here.


Tuesday night details: Barrhaven wins 6-3 over Kars

info from Chad Milne and Newf Power

The Barrhaven Broadway Blues got their first win of the season in North Gower on Tuesday night with a 6-3 win over the Kars Aces in GOFL action.

Trevor Lahey had the win, while Brad Porter took the loss with four innings of scoreless relief from Cory Alkerton.

For Barrhaven in the second inning, Tony Macdonald walked, Trevor Power hit a bunt single. After two strikeouts, Jordan Adams hit a three run homer to right centre field.

In the top of the 3rd inning, Aaron Amo singled, advanced to second on a passed ball and moved to 3rd on ground out. After a strikeout, MacDonald singled to score Amo. Power was the next batter and hit a two run homer to right field to put the Blues up 6-0.

Kars got on the board in the third. Matt Pollard led off with a single. After a strikeout, both Danny Powers and Kristian Knapp singled to load the bases. After another strikeout, Corey Alkerton worked a walk to score Pollard. Chad Milne and Trevor Lahey then battled in a long 10-pitch at bat that ended in a walk for Milne and scored Powers. Barrhaven got out of the inning without further damage when Cory Morrison hit a sharp ground ball that was knocked down by the 2nd baseman and thrown to first in time for the out.

Trailing 6-2 in the 7th, Kars scored another run on a Powers' single and a Nick Ellis double off the fence in centre. That's as close as Kars could get as with two outs, Lahey induced a groundball from Alkerton that ended the game.

Jordan Adams of the Blues had a three run homer to earn the Caveman's Choice honours as player of the game.


Lahey, 7 inn, 6H, 3R, 2BB, 7K

Power 2/3, HR, 2R, 2RBI
Adams 1/3, HR, 3RBI
MacDonald 1/2, BB, 2R, RBI


D. Powers 2-3, 2 runs
M. Pollard 2-3, run


Barrhaven, Blitz win in Manotick

The Stittsville 56ers dropped both games in a doubleheader in Manotick in GOFL action on Wednesday night.

Barrhaven Broadway Blues 9 Stittsville 56ers 2
Trevor Lahey had the win in this six inning mercy-rule shortened game, while Dan Konkle took the loss with an inning of relief from Trevor Scott.

In the first inning, Joe Allen hit a single and advanced to third on an error, scoring on a Lahey single to give Barrhaven a 1-0 lead.

John Craig of the 56ers then hit a HR to left to tie the game at 1.

Allen hit a double to lead off bottom of the third and scored on Trevor Power single, 2-1 for the Blues.

Craig then hit a second HR again to left, to make it tied 2-2.

In the bottom of the fifth, Allen single (his 3rd hit of the night), Lindsay Medynski walked and Power hit a 3 run shot to right. Kevin Schonfield then reached base on a hit and ended up taking home on a passed ball to make it 6-2.

To end the game in the sixth, with Trevor Scott info the starter Konkle, Kevin Williams singles, Allen reached on a fielders choice and singles by Medynski, Power, Tony Macdonald, and Schonfield scored three for a final score of 9-2.

For his big night at the plate, Trevor Power claims the Caveman's Choice award as player of the game.
Allen – 3H, 4R
Power – 3 for 3 with a BB, 2 singles, HR, 6RBI

Craig, 2 solo HR

Manotick Taylor's Blitz 10 Stittsville 56ers 9
Derick Bulley got the win in relief in this game that had many lead changes. Jamie Blakely started for the Blitz and Shannon Borho saw action in relief as well. Darren Featherstone went the distance for Stittsville.  

In the bottom of the first Matt Bowman singled, Bulley tripled and Tony Searle hit a HR to make it 3-0 for the Blitz.

The second saw Jeremy Regan single and scores on Bowman single and put the Blitz up by 4.  Stittsville responded in the top of three, with a Darren Ladouceur walk, scoring later on John Craig double. Craig scored on a Scott Herriot single to make the game 4-2.

In the next inning, Scott Jessiman walked and scored on a Tim Maisonneuve single - 4-3 Blitz.

In the bottom of this frame, Derek Bergeron doubled, Mondoux singled to score him, and Bowman hit a two run shot to right to make it 7-3 for the home team.

In the top of the fifth, Borho came in to relieve starter Blakely. Stittsville got the based loaded with none out on a Craig walk, Herriot single and Featherstone walk. Borho induced a double play that scored one, and that was it as the score moved to 7-4.

The 56ers' bats woke up for a two out rally in the sixth. Scott Jessiman singled, then Tyler Nystedt singled. Craig singled to score Jessiman, and Herriot triples scoring two. Featherstone reaches first on an error where Herriot also scores. Singles by Ben Gigliotti and Trevor Scott score one more to put 5 on the board, 9-7 for the visitors.

The Blitzos came back for the win in the bottom of the seventh. Singles by Searle, Derek Martin, and then a single by Regan scores two to tie the game. Russ Mitchell singles for the walk off to score Relan, game over. 10-9.

Matt Bowman gets Caveman Choice for his productive night at the plate including a homer and four runs batted in.

Bowman – 2S, HR, 4RBI, 2R
Searle – 1S, HR, 2RBI, 2R

Craig – S, 2B, BB, RBI, 3R
Herriot – 2S, 3B, 3RBI, 1R


Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Micksburg beats Quyon 3-0 with details

from Moe Laframboise

The Micksburg Twins beat the Quyon Flyers 3-0 to extend their record to 7-1 Wednesday night. Corey Costello had the complete game win for the Twins, throwing a 2-hitter, while Matt Greer took the loss going the distance for the Flyers.

The game remained scoreless until the 3rd. Chad Costello and Kerr Childerhose started things off with back-to-back singles. Corey Costello drove in the first run with an RBI single to right field off the end of the bat. Greer got out of the jam without further damage with a strikeout and a groundout.

Micksburg added two more runs in the top of the 5th (it was a Quyon home game). Chad Costello walked and scored on a two-run homer off the bat of Corey. After back-to-back singles, Greer induced a ground ball from Ryan Clarke and the Flyers were able to get out of a jam with a double play.

Nick Armitage would break up the no-hit bid with a leadoff single in the 5th but was left stranded. Other than a Dennis McCleary single in the 6th, the Flyers couldn’t muster up much offense and the game ended 3-0.

Corey Costello WIN 7IP 0R 2H 13K 1HBP

Corey Costello 2-3 HR, 3RBI, HBP
Chad Costello 1-1 2BB
Nick Eckford 2-4
Paul Griffith 1-1 2B
Kerr Childerhose 1-3 SAC
Joran Graham 1-4 ROE
Ryan Clarke 1-4 2B

Matt Greer LOSS 7IP 3R 3ER 9H 4K 2BB HBP

Nick Armitage 1-3
Dennis McCleary 1-3


Barrhaven bests Stittsville in first game of doubleheader

In the first game of the Wednesday night GOFL doubleheader in Manotick, the Barrhaven Broadway Blues beat the Stittsville 56ers in six innings by a score of 9-2.

Trevor Lahey had the complete game win. Trevor Power had a three run homer for the Blues. Dan Konkle took the loss with an inning of relief from Trevor Scott.

more to follow


West Carleton Electric wins 4-3 over Carp I4C Victory

West Carleton Electric eked out a 4-3 win over Carp I4C Victory in GOFL play on Tuesday night in Fitzroy Harbour.

Andy Barber had the win for WC, while Cody Price took the loss.

Carp started off the scoring in the first when Kevin McGuire hit a solo homer with two out.

Victory pushed across another run in the third. Price led off with a single and was moved to second base on a Shawn Simzer sacrifice bunt. Price moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on a passed ball.

The Electric answered back with three in the bottom of the frame. With one out, Ryley Burns, a call up from the Fitzroy Harbour League, stroked a solo shot on the first GOFL pitch he has seen in this season to make it 2-1. Andy Barber then reached on an infield error, and stole second. Jeff Barber singled and when the throw came in to the plate to hold Andy at third, Jeff alertly took second base. Jeff Cavanagh's 2RBI single scored both Barber brothers to make it 3-2 for the home team.

Carp tied things on the fifth on a bizarre play. Cody Price lead off being hit by a pitch. Price took second and third on a wild pitch on which Fitzroy catcher Troy Wilson tweaked his sore knee. Barber struck out the next two batters. Fitzroy elected to intentionally walk Kevin McGuire, who promptly took second uncontested. Then as a pitch got away from Wilson, Price broke toward home, and McGuire took off for third - but Price went back for third, leaving McGuire scrambling back to second. When the 'Trics tried to get McGuire at the two bag, Price took home to tie the game. A subsequent fly ball to right ended the threat.

The game winning run was scored by Jeff Barber on a solo shot in the bottom of the fifth, finalizing the scoring at 4-3.

The Caveman's Choice was tough in this one. It could go to Don Barber, the "Barber-Papa" who bailed out the 'Trics when short players by appearing in his GOFL debut in left field. It could also go to Ryley Burns who hit a bomb in his first GOFL appearance of the season. But the award will go to Troy Wilson who found out that he would be catching 10 minutes before game time and performed well behind the dish on short notice.

Andy Barber WIN 7IP 3R 1ER 4H 10K 3BB (2 int.) 1HBP

Jeff Barber 2-3, 2R, RBI, HR
Jeff Cavanagh 2-3, 2RBI
Ryley Burns 1-2, HR, RBI, R

Cody Price LOSS 6IP 4R 2ER 5H 9K 1BB 1HBP

Shawn Simzer 1-3, sac bunt
Kevin McGuire 1-1, HR, RBI, R, 2 x Intentional BB
Al Read 1-3
Cody Price 1-2, HBP, 2R


Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Kars wins in Quyon on Thursday (now with details)

Moe Laframboise and Chad Milne reporting

Kars visited Quyon on Thursday night and escaped with a 10-9 victory, avenging a loss to the Flyers in their first meeting of the year. Brad Porter threw 6 1/3 for the win, and Cory Alkerton had a save.  Matt Greer took the loss for Quyon.
Pitchers for both sides struggled to find solid footing on a very soft and sandy mound, in a game that looked like it was going to be a blowout for Kars, but ended in nervous fashion with the tying run on 3rd base.
In the top of the 1st, Kars sent 11 batters to the plate scoring 6 times, highlighted by a big 3-run homer to right field by Cory Alkerton.
Quyon got one back in the bottom half of the 1st.  Dennis McCleary led off with a hard hit double down the left field line.  Matt Greer walked with one out, and Joe McCleary reached on an error to the 2nd baseman to load the bases.  Steve McCord drew a walk to open the scoring for the home half.
Greer settled down on the mound in the 2nd and got out of the inning with no further damage.  Quyon plated 4 runs in the home half to bring the game within one.  Dave Hobbs led off the bottom of the inning with a single and stole 2nd.  After back to back strikeouts, McCleary walked and the two runners scored on a Shawn Laframboise “triple” to right field.  A slicing fly ball into the sun was enough to completely fool the right fielder.  Greer followed that up with a two-out two run homer.
Kars came back with 3 more runs in the top of 3rd. Matt Pollard started the inning with a single and was followed by a Jeff Hopkins single. After the next two batters struck out, Nick Ellis laced a single up the middle that looked like it was going to score Pollard, but at the last second he got the stop sign from the 3rd base coach. This created havoc on the base paths as both Hopkins and Ellis got hung up. Luckily for Kars Ellis was able to scramble back to 1st base just ahead of the throw from the Quyon centrefielder. Cory Alkerton followed with a bases loaded walk to score Pollard, and then Chad Milne hit a full count pitch back up the middle to score Hopkins and Ellis. Score 9-5 Kars.
Porter settled in and only gave up a single and a walk over the next 3 innings.
Kars got a big insurance run in the 6th. Andy Davey hit a one-out double and was brought home by a Hopkins single to make the score 10-5.
Hobbs led off the 6th with a single for the Flyers and Kearns followed suit, reaching on a misplayed bunt.  After a strikeout, McCleary scored Hobbs with an RBI single and Kearns advanced to 3rd.  With a full count, McCleary took off for 2nd and Laframboise struck out.  The throw to 2nd was not in time, however a quick relay to home was in plenty of time to get Kearns attempting to sneak home.
Kars looked to add another important run in the 7th. With one out, Ellis walked and moved to second on an Alkerton single. Milne then ripped a single up the middle, with Ellis on the move trying to score. But Dennis McCleary came up with a strong throw to brother Joe, gunning down Ellis at the plate.
The Flyers mounted a comeback in the bottom of 7 but ultimately fell one run short.  After a pop out, Joe McCleary started things off with a double and advanced to 3rd on a McCord single.  After a walk to Curtis Daley to load the bases, both McCleary and McCord would score on Hobbs’ third single of the game to make it 10-8.  Daley advanced to 3rd on the play.  With the tying run on base, Kars made a pitching change and Alkerton came in to close out the game.  After Hobbs swiped 2nd, a passed ball allowed Daley to score and put the tying run at 3rd with only one out.  Alkerton was able to battle back and get a strikeout and a groundout for the save.
Alkerton earns Caveman Choice honours with a home run, 4 RBIs, and earning the save.
Kars stats:
C. Alkerton 2-4, HR, BB, 4 rbi, run
C. Milne 2-3, 2 BB, 2 rbi, run
A. Davey 2-4, 2B, rbi, run
J. Hopkins 2-4, rbi, run
Quyon stats:
D. McCleary 2-3, 2B, BB, RBI, 2R
M. Greer 1-2, HR, 2RBI, 2BB
D. Hobbs 3-4, RBI, 2R
S. McCord 1-3, RBI, R, BB


Monday, June 17, 2013

GOFL action this week

This week in the Greater Ottawa Fastball League has a full slate of games.

Tuesday night sees Barrhaven Broadway Blues (0-4) seeking their first win of the season in North Gower against the Kars Aces (2-2-1) at 8:30pm. At the same time, West Carleton Electric (3-3) will host Carp I4C Victory (3-2-1) in Fitzroy Harbour.

On Wednesday, the doubleheader in Manotick has the Stittsville 56ers (3-2) in for a double dip against Barrhaven at 7pm and Manotick Taylor's Blitz (1-3) in the nightcap at 9pm. The other game of the night sees Quyon Flyers (1-2) facing the Micksburg Twins (6-1) at 8:30 - it's in Micksburg but a bit of scheduling snafu means it is actually a Quyon home game.

Thursday night sees the Blitz make their one trip to Quyon for a 7:30pm start, while Carp travels to Micksburg for an 8:30pm start in a make up game from week 1.

Finally, Friday night sees WC Electric hosting Kars at 8:30pm in a make up game from earlier in the season - it will be part of a planned doubleheader with a minor softball game beforehand.


Micksburg wins both in doubleheader against West Carleton Electric

A good-sized crowd of Upper Valley fastball fans were treated to two great games of fastpitch softball on Friday night in Micksburg, as the Twins hosted West Carleton Electric in a GOFL doubleheader.

Micksburg Twins 2 West Carleton Electric 0
The early game of the night was a showcase of two excellent pitchers: Corey Costello, the dominant pitcher in eastern Ontario in the last decade against Andy Barber, a twenty-year old recently named member of Team Ontario.

Costello was almost untouchable in earning the Caveman's Choice honours as player of the game. He had a no-hitter, with one hit batsmen, 20 strikeouts and one ground ball out, which he fielded. Barber, while not quite as dominant, also had a great showing, allowing only five hits, walking one, and striking out 13.

The Twins scored the only runs of the game in the bottom of the sixth. With one out, Corey Costello had a classic battle with Barber, fighting off several pitches and working a full count before stroking an outside pitch up the middle for a single. Riley Hennessy came in to pinch run, and moved to third when Joran Graham doubled to left. After a strikeout, catcher Chad Costello hit a double off hand down the first base line to score both runners.

Corey Costello WIN 7IP 0R 0H 20K 1HBP
Corey Costello 1-3
Joran Graham 1-3, 2B, R
Chad Costello 2-3, 2RBI
Ryan Clarke 1-2

Andy Barber LOSS 6IP 2R 2ER 5H 13K 1BB

Micksburg Twins 4 West Carleton Electric 3
The Twins won the nightcap in dramatic fashion, as Joran Graham throwing for Micksburg faced off against Steve Cavanagh for Fitzroy.

Micksburg scored one in the first. Riley Hennessy reached on an error. Jamey Mick walked to put two men on. Corey Costello's RBI single drove in Hennessy to make it 1-0.

The Twins got another in the third. Corey Costello singled and Graham singled, and both advanced on wild pitches. After a strikeout, Mark Bell's sac fly to right scored Corey to make it 2-0.

Graham hit a solo shot from mid-shin in the fifth to push the lead to 3-0 for the home team.

The Electric battled back with two runs in the top of six. Derek Barber reached on an error and then after a strike out, Neil Murphy walked. There was a subsequent strikeout, but Dave Bahm's single drove in both runners to cut the lead to 3-2.

Fitzroy tied the game in the top of the seventh. Andy Barber lead off with a single and took second on a wild pitch. A ground out advanced Andy to third. Derek Barber walked and then took second base without a throw. Shawn Rebertz hit a blooper to left to score Andy and tie the game. Graham struck out the next two batters to keep the game at 3-3.

The Twins won the game in dramatic fashion in the bottom of the seventh, much to the delight of the local fans on hand. Cavanagh got a pop up and ground out to get two outs, bringing up Graham. Graham's second solo homer of the night was a walk off shot to earn him the Caveman's Choice as player of the game and win the match 4-3 for the Twins.

Joran Graham WIN 7IP 3R 1ER 5H 17K 3BB 1HBP
Corey Costello 2-4, RBI, R
Joran Graham 3-4, 2RBI, 2HR
Chad Costello 1-3
Mark Bell sac fly RBI
Mike Moss 1-3, 3B

Steve Cavanagh LOSS 6.2IP 4R 3ER 8H 7K 2BB
Andy Barber 2-3, BB, 2SB, R
Shawn Rebertz 1-4, RBI
Steve Cavanagh 1-3, BB
Dave Bahm 1-3, 2RBI


Sunday, June 16, 2013

Carp splits doubleheader in Manotick on Wednesday - with details

from Eric Rosenquist

Carp I4C Victory visited Manotick for a double-header against the Blitz and the Blues and came away with a split.

Manotick Taylor's Blitz 5 Carp I4C victory 2
In the opener, Cody Price got the ball for Carp while Jamie Blakely countered for the Blitz.

The Blitz got off to a fast start, scoring runs in the first 4 innings. Marcel Mondoux led off the bottom of the first with an infield single and advanced to second when the throw to first went into the Carp dugout. After Price retired the next two batters on a ground out and a strikeout, Blitz catcher Tony Searle stroked a double to the gap that scored Mondoux to put the Blitz up 1-0.

The Blitz scored 2 in the second when Blakely walked, DP Shannon Borho singled, CF Derek Bergeron bunted them over, and then Mondoux cashed them in with a 2-out triple. They added another in the third when Searle hit a double and was brought in by LF Derek Martin's single.
Carp had men on base in the second and third innings, but didn't get a run across until the top of the fourth when Kevin McGuire hit a solo homerun to lead off the inning. Al Read followed that with a single, but Blakely ended the threat with a pair of strikeouts and a groundout.
The Blitz got that run back promptly when a leadoff single by Ryan Mitts scored on Derick Bulley's 2-out triple.
Carp rallied in the 5th when SS Curtis Scurr hit a leadoff double and 1B Eric Colvin knocked him home with a 1-out single. Kevin McGuire followed Colvin with a single of his own, but Blakely got the next batter to ground out to end the inning. Carp had runners in scoring position in the 6th and 7th, but a close call at 1st ended the 6th and a pair of ground ball outs with 2 runners on base ended the 7th for Carp, making the final score 5-2 Blitz.
Marcel Mondoux who was 3-4 with two singles and a triple, and a run scored was the player of the game and took Caveman's Choice honours in this one.
Carp I4C Victory 6 Barrhaven Broadway Blues 0
Game 2 started off much better for Carp. Neil Cooke toed the rubber for the Victory while Trevor Lahey had the ball for the Barrhaven Broadway Blues.
Shawn Simzer started the game off by hitting the first pitch he saw up the middle for a single. Carp 1B Eric Colvin followed that with a single of his own, and Carp #3 hitter Kevin McGuire hit a homerun to put Carp up 3-0 with no one out. Lahey then settled in and retired the next 3 batters in order with a pop up and a pair of strikeouts.
With both pitchers getting strikeouts and using their defence effectively, the score remained 3-0 Carp through 6 innings.
In the top of the 7th, Carp catcher Joe Murray started the inning with a single. Shawn Simzer then hit a fly ball to deep centre field that allowed Murray to tag up and advance to second. Carp 1B Eric Colvin then reached on an infield error, putting runners on the corners. With McGuire at bat and only one out, Barrhaven had a conference and contemplated walking him while Carp wondered if they should have Colvin steal second base and risk taking the bat out of the 2 for 2 McGuire's hands. Barrhaven elected to pitch to McGuire and Carp opted to keep Colvin on first and see if Barrhaven would pitch to McGuire. A few pitches later, McGuire hit his second homerun of the night off the tree beyond centre field to make the score 6-0.
Cooke shut down the Barrhaven hitters in the bottom of the 7th to preserve the shutout and earn the win for Carp.
Kevin McGuire had a monstrous night at the plate, going 3 for 3 with two three-run homers and double, plus an intentional walk to earn Caveman's Choice.


Friday, June 14, 2013

Merrickville Fair Fastball Tournament

Easton's Corners of the North Leeds Fastball League is hosting a tournament Aug. 9,10,11 weekend at Merrickville and Easton's Corners diamonds. Merrickville Fair Weekend. We are looking for 12 teams for a double loss elimination tournament. Right now it's $425 a team with $1000 to 1st place, and prize money to 2nd and 3rd. Everything else pays for umpires and goes to fair. There will be a beer tent on site. Please contact william.earl73@yahoo.com or mikehanna447@hotmail.com if interested.


Blackburn Tourney - Thursday results

Thursday night results from the Blackburn Tournament from Derek Martin.

Guzzlers beat Rogues 5-0, WP: Neil Cooke, relief from Jeff Barber. LP: Chuck Musicka. HR: Derek Barber.

Blitz beat Knights 7-3, WP: Shannon Borho LP: Ryan Chatten with relief from Max Lalonde. HR: Brett Dugan, Ryan Claire, Derek Martin


Thursday, June 13, 2013

Fitzroy Fastball media appearance

If you happen to be listening to the radio about 8:10am tomorrow morning, you may hear me and Fitzroy Junior on the airwaves. You will have to listen in to hear the details, but suffice it to say, it's fastball related. CBC Radio 91.5 "Ottawa Morning".


56ers over Twins 10-4 - with details

Info from Johnny Craig

Stittsville 56ers handed the Micksburg Twins their first loss of the season in GOFL play at the Grove last night. Dan Konkle got the win, with relief from Dan Bradley and Trevor Scott as home side won 10-4. Joran Graham took the loss and had relief from Ryan Clarke.

Stittsville got on the board in the bottom of the first as Tyler Nystedt was hit by a pitch and scored on Dan Jessiman's homer to right put the 56ers up 2-0.

In the bottom of the third, back to back doubles by Ryan Bond and Nystedt scored a run. Konkle reached first on an fielder's choice, and Bond advanced to third. DK showed the wheels and stole second, scoring along with Bondo when Trevor Scott hit his second single of the night to put Stittsville up 5-0.

Micksburg got on the board in the fourth. Jamey Mick walked and Nick Eckford hit a two run homer to right field to make it 5-2.
But Stittsville responded in the bottom of the inning as Bond singled, Nystedt reaches first on FC and they both score on a Dan Jessiman double to make it 7-2.

Konkle had a good start over the first four innings, giving only one walk, two hits and striking out eight. But in the top of the fifth, Micksburg threatened as they loaded the bases on walks. When Konkle experienced some issues with his arm, he was replaced by Dan Bradley. Ryan Clarke then ripped Bradley's first pitch for a double to score two. The 56ers got out of the inning and it was now 7-4.

Graham had 10 strikeouts in four innings of work, but Clarke came into pitch for the fifth inning for the Twins. Scott hit his third single of the night, John Craig walked and Dan Bradley singled to load the bases. Mike Barrett's 3RBI single capped the scoring at 10-4.

Trevor Scott finished the game pitching for Stittsville.

For his standout night at the plate, Dan Jessiman is the Caveman's choice, with a homer, a double and four RBIs.
Other Stittsville hitters:
Bond – Single, Double, 2R
Nystedt - Double, 1 RBI, 3R
Scott – 3 for 3 (singles), 1R


Carp splits doubleheader in Manotick

info from Eric Rosenquist

In GOFL play on Wednesday night in Manotick , Carp I4C Victory split their two games.

In the first game, Manotick Taylor's Blitz won 5-2 over Carp, with Jamie Blakely earning the win. Cody Price took the loss for Carp. Marcel Mondoux who was 3-4 with two singles and a triple, and a run scored was the player of the game and took Caveman's Choice honours in this one.

The second game of the night saw Carp win 6-0 over the Barrhaven Broadway Blues. Neil Cooke had the win, while Trevor Lahey took the loss. Kevin McGuire had a monstrous night at the plate, going 3 for 3 with two three-run homers and double, plus an intentional walk to earn Caveman's Choice.

more to follow


Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Blackburn Summer Sizzler Fastball Tournament June 13-16 UPDATED

from Derek Martin

**UPDATED AGAIN** 2013 BMFL Summer Sizzler June 13-16
There are 8 teams in the Men's division and 6 in the Women's. Both divisions will be a 3 game guarantee double knockout. The tournament headquarters will be Blackburn Arena (D1) and games will also be held at Telesat (D3) and NDC (D2) throughout the weekend. There will be a beer tent and food stand set up at the main field for the duration of the tournament.

Men's Teams:

Knights (BMFL)
Rogues (BMFL)
Manotick Blitz (GOFL)
Gloucester Heating (BMFL)
Glen Cairn (GCMFL)
Blue Jays (BMFL)
Eastmain Fireballs
Guzzlers (BMFL)

Women's Teams:

Mound Pounders
Chix With Stix
Young Guns
Eastmain Cougars
Lucky Pennies

            7:00pm- ARENA: ROGUES VS GUZZLERS
            9:00pm- ARENA: KNIGHTS VS BLITZ
            7:00pm- NDC: BATTITUDES VS YOUNG GUNS
            7:00pm- ARENA: GLEN CAIRN VS HEAT
            9:00am- ARENA: BLUE JAYS VS FIREBALLS
            11:00am- D1 (HR DERBY)
            11:00am- D2 (W5)
            11:30am- D3 (W6)
            1:00pm- D1 (M5)
            1:00pm- D2 (M7)
            1:30pm- D3 (M8)
            3:00pm- D1 (M6)
            3:00pm- D2 (W7)
            3:30pm- D3 (W8)
            5:00pm- D1 (M13)
            5:00pm- D2 (M19)
            7:00pm- D1 (M10)
            7:00pm- D2 (W9)
            9:00pm- D1 (W10)
            9:00pm- D2 (M11)
            9:00am- D1 (M12)
            11:00am- D1 (M14)
            11:00am- D2 (W11)
            3:00pm- D1 (W Final)
            3:00pm- D2 (M15)
            5:00pm- D1 (M Final)

To view both the Men's and Women's brackets check out the BMFL Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Blackburn-Mens-Fastball-League-BMFL/1313282078812161?ref=hl

Bring the family out to Blackburn to check out some great ball!


Sunday, June 09, 2013

Hill United wins Jim Bradford - Neil Cane tournament in Cobourg

The highly favoured Hill United Chiefs went 6-0 to claim the "Open' title at the Jim Bradford - Neil Cane tournament in Cobourg this past weekend.

Kars Aces of the GOFL finished 1-3, losing to Napanee Express in the first game of the playoff round on Sunday.

In the 'Masters, Junior, Intermediate' side of the event, Team Ontario Juniors went 6-0 to take the crown. Congratulations to Andy Barber of WC Electric of the GOFL who is a member of Team Ontario.

Some info available on Al's Fastball.


Thursday, June 06, 2013

Harbour Ball Sponsors

Good old Harbour Ball, the Fitzroy Harbour Men's Fastball League has expanded to 10 teams this year - a level of interest not seen since the late 80s or early 90s. There are lots of young guys playing in the league, but older guys (up to mid-60s) are still welcome.

There are nine sponsored teams, plus the West Carleton Midget Selects in the league. I thought I would show the sponsors some love by putting them on the blog since the league itself doesn't have a website.

The nine West Carleton businesses that have sponsored are:

Clouthier Custom Carpentry (Shawn Clouthier)
Murphy's Plumbing (Chris Murphy)
Shouldice Mechanical
Dunrobin Meat and Grocery
The Harbour Store
Pinto Valley Ranch
Al's Corner Store
Cheshire Cat Pub
All in One Septic and Excavating (Doug Norton)


GOFL games tonight postponed, standings update

The snotty weather in the area has resulted in both GOFL games tonight being postponed. Stittsville at Quyon and Barrhaven at Carp will be made up at later dates.

Current GOFL standings:
1. Mickburg Twins 4-0 = 8pts
2. Fitzroy Harbour West Carleton Electric 3-1 = 6pts
3. Carp I4C Victory 2-1-1 = 5pts
4. Stittsville 56ers 2-2 = 4pts
5. Kars Aces 1-2-1 = 3pts
6. Quyon Flyers 1-1 = 2pts
T7. Barrhaven Broadway Blues 0-3
T7. Manotick Taylor's Blitz 0-3


Micksburg sweeps doubleheader in Manotick - with details

With info from Kerr Childerose

The Micksburg Twins defeated Barrhaven Broadway Blues 7-0 and the Manotick Taylor's Blitz 7-2 in GOFL play on Wednesday.

Micksburg 7 Barrhaven 0

The Mickburg Twins made the long commute to lovely Manotick Wednesday for a twin bill. In the first tilt they were pitted against the Barrhaven Broadway Blues. Corey Costello got the call for the Twins, while Chad Hargrove went the distance for Barrhaven.

The game remained scoreless until the third inning when Jamey Mick hit a two out single. Kerr Childerhose then hit a low liner that seemed to have handcuffed the left fielder as he dropped the ball. This two out error proved costly as Costello ripped a single that scored Mick and Childerhose. Joran Graham followed with a triple that scored Costello.

The Twins added to their lead in the fifth, when Mick led off with a single and Childerhose doubled. Graham brought them in with a towering home run to left field. Nick Eckford added a home run of his own immediately after that and the score reached 7-0. After the home side failed to score in their half of the fifth, the game was called due to the mercy rule.

Costello finished the night with a one-hitter, the lone single for Barrhaven coming off the bat of Steve Edgerton.

The Caveman's Choice for player of the game is Jamey Mick for his 2 for 3, two run performance. Note: Quite literally the Caveman would choose Jamey if he were making the decision. He is a big fan of "Jamey Mick from Micksburg" as a pitching coach, though he does have some skepticism that in fact Micksburg is a real place.

Costello: 5IP 0ER 1H 11K 0BB

Mick 2/3 2R
Graham 2/3 HR, Triple 3RBI 1R
Eckford 1/3 HR

Micksburg 7 Blitz 2

Note: Ivan Taylor offers his version on the Blitz Blog.

The second game featured Micksburg against the Manotick Taylor's Blitz. Like the first game, it remained scoreless until the third inning.

Joran Graham collected his second triple of the night that brought in Jamey Mick (walked) and Corey Costello (single).

The Twins scored three more runs in the fourth when Mick started a two out rally with a single. Young Riley Hennesy legged out an infield single, followed by a Costello walk. Graham brought all three home with a bases loaded double.

Micksburg added another run in the top of the sixth, but the Blitz, to their credit, would not go away and scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth. The Blitz continued to grind away in the seventh, but despite base runners, could not get any more runs, making the final 7-2.

Graham had the win, in five innings of relief of Costello, while Jamie Blakely took the loss for the Blitz with relief from Derick Bulley.

Player of the game goes to Joran Graham, getting the nod as Caveman's Choice with the pitching victory and going 4 for 4 with a triple, double and six RBIs.

Costello: 2IP 0ER 1H 6K 0BB
Graham: 5IP 2R 1ER 3H 8K 1BB

Costello 3/3 1BB 3R
Graham 4/4 Triple, Double 6RBI 1R
Eckford 3/4 Double


Stittsville wins 7-0 over Fitzroy at the Grove

Stittsville 56ers shut out West Carleton Electric 7-0 in a mercy-rule shortened game Wednesday night at the Grove.

Darren Featherstone earned the win while Andy Barber took the loss.

Stittsville scored two in the first on Dan Jessiman's two-RBI triple which drove in Featherstone (who had singled) and Tyler Nystedt (who had walked).

The 56ers put three runs across in the second. Trevor Scott led off with a single, moved to second on Darren Ladouceur's walk and both scored on Dan Bradley's 2 RBI double. Bradley subsequently moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on Nystedt's sac fly.

The home team scored two more in the bottom of the fourth. Bradley hit a solo shot with two out. Featherstone then doubled and scored on Nystedt's single.

Bradley's big night at the plate has him named as Caveman's Choice for the game.

Darren Featherstone 2-3, 2B, 2R
Tyler Nystedt 1-1, BB, Sac Fly, 2RBI, R
Dan Jessiman 1-2, 3B, 2RBI, BB
Trevor Scott 1-2, R
Dan Bradley 2-2, HR, 2B, 2R, 3RBI

Darren Featherstone WIN 5IP 0R 5H 7K 2BB

Jeff Barber 2-3
Derek Barber 1-2, BB
Jeff Cavanagh 1-2
Dave Bahm 1-2

Andy Barber LOSS 4IP 7R 7ER 7H 8K 4BB


Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Tuesday night doubleheader in North Gower - the details

from Eric Rosenquist and Chad Milne

Game 1: Carp 5 Kars 1

Neil Cooke got the start for Carp while Jamie Smith countered for Kars and had two innings of relief help from Cory Alkerton.

Carp got on the board first when second baseman Andrew Fortier hit a solo homerun, but Kars answered in their half of the inning when Jeff Hopkins singled with one out and was driven in by shortstop Nick Ellis.

Carp regained the lead in the top of the 5th when Fortier hit a leadoff triple and then scored on Shawn Simzer's homerun to center. Adam Purdy and Kevin McGuire followed with singles of their own and were driven in by a Mike Money double to make the score 5-1. From there, Cooke shut down the Kars hitters, retiring nine straight to close out the game.

For his 2 for 3 night, Andrew Fortier gets the nod as the Caveman's Choice for player of the game.
Game 2: Carp 5 Kars 5
The nightcap was a Carp home game - a make-up from a rain out on May 23rd. Cody Price got the ball for Carp with Brad Porter pitching for Kars.
Once again, Carp struck first, scoring two runs in the bottom of the first. Dan Loney led off the inning with a single, was bunted to second by Adam Purdy, and was driven in by a Kevin McGuire home run.
Kars got a run back in the top of the 2nd. Chad Milne led off with a walk. Milne advanced to second on a wild pitch and moved to third on a groundout by Cory Morrison. Andy Davey then brought Milne home with a groundout to first.
Kars tied the game at 2 in the top of the 3rd. Jeff Hopkins led off with a walk, followed by a walk to Kristian Knapp. Both runners moved up on a strikeout that forced the Carp catcher to make a throw to first to get the Kars batter. With one out, Corey Alkerton hit a sacrifice fly ball to centre field to score Hopkins.  
Carp regained the lead in the bottom of the fourth courtesy of a solo homerun from Shawn Simzer.
Trailing 3-2, Kars took the lead in the top of the 6th. With one out, Cory Morrison doubled, followed by a walk to Andy Davey. Both runners moved up on a sacrifice bunt by Matt Alkerton. Matt Pollard then hit a sharp ground ball that was fielded nicely by the Carp third baseman, but an errant throw to first allowed both Morrison and Davey to score for Kars.
Carp answered with two runs of their own in the bottom of the 6th to make the game 5-4. Mike Money led off the inning with a solo homerun, then Andrew Fortier hit a one-out single, stole second, and was driven home when Joe Murray's ground ball got past the Kars second baseman.
Kars battled back again in the top of the 7th. Nick Ellis led off with a triple into the left field corner. Corey Alkerton then walked. Jamie Smith, who had entered the game in the 4th inning for an ailing Milne, singled up the middle to drive in Ellis. After a flyout, Andy Davey reached on a Carp error and Kars looked to take the lead, with two runners on and only one out. But Cody Price was able to settle down and end the Kars` threat with two big strikeout to keep the score 5-5.

Cory Alkerton relieved Porter on the mound for the bottom of the seventh and allowed two runners to reach, but stranded them with a fly ball to first base to end the game and preserve the tie.
Joe Murray of Carp earned the Caveman's Choice as player of the game, going 2/3 with a ROE as the DP.


Tuesday night doubleheader in North Gower - results

Carp I4C Victory and Kars Aces played a doubleheader in GOFL play Tuesday night in North Gower. The first game was regularly scheduled, while the second was a make up for rained out game in the "week that never was" in the GOFL in mid-May.

The first game saw Carp come away with a 5-1 victory. Neil Cooke got the win, while Jamie Smith took the loss in his pitching debut for Kars, getting relief from Cory Alkerton.

In the nightcap, Kars and Carp tied at 5. Cody Price threw for I4C, while Brad Porter and Alkerton shared duties for the Aces.

more to follow


Tuesday, June 04, 2013

Caveman's question and pitching technique

Caveman, working hard on his homework project last night. He's working on a story about himself for his English class. He looks at me with a puzzled look.

Me: "What's the problem?"

Caveman: "How do you spell 'would'?"

Me: "Do you mean 'wood', like comes from a tree, or 'would' as in 'what would I do'?"

Caveman: "'Would' as in 'If I did that, I would get arrested'."

Can you imagine the grade 2 teacher reviewing this kid's homework?


Tonight after a game of minor softball at the Fitzroy diamond, which I missed due to a late meeting.

Me: "Hey, Caveman! How did the ball game go tonight?"

Caveman: "Daddy, it was great, Daddy! I got to pitch!"

Me: "Oh good! How was that?"

Caveman: "Good! I was the only one that pitched windmeal."

Me: "Pitched what?"

Caveman: "WindMEAL, Daddy!" (mimes a windmill pitch, looking at me like I'm an idiot).

Note to self: Follow up on that appointment with the audiologist.


Article on Jim Bradford / Neil Cane tournament

Item on this weekend's tournament in Cobourg from a local radio station - Scott Herriot gets a mention.


Sunday, June 02, 2013

News coverage of the Williamsburg Tournament

An article on the Williamsburg Casey at Bat Tournament in the Morrisburg Leader.


Saturday, June 01, 2013

Tournament in Merrickville / Eastons Corners

Men's Fastball tournament to be held in Merrickville / Easton's Corners in conjunction with the 175yr anniversary of the local fair.

Date: August 9 -11
Entry: $425
Prize money to top teams.
Hoping for 10 to 12 teams
Beer tent on site.

Contact: mikehanna447@hotmail.com


Andy Barber named to Team Ontario U21 Men's Team

Congratulations to Andy Barber of the GOFL's West Carleton Electric who was named to Team Ontario U21 Men's Team for the International Fastpitch Championships in Saskatoon, July 9-14. The "Android", who will be playing Junior for the Wiarton Red Devils this summer, has been working hard in the off season to make the team and his performance to date in the GOFL makes that evident.

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Jim Bradford - Neil Cane Tournament Schedule (Cobourg)

The Jim Bradford - Neil Cane Tournament is June 6 -8 in Cobourg. There are two divisions this year. One is Open and the other is for intermediate, junior and masters teams.

Open - JB Division
Scarborough/Cobourg Force
Napanee Express
Elimra Expos
Parry Island Hawks

Open NC Division
Hill United Chiefs
Kitchener Cubs
Lake Simcoe Lightning
Kars Aces

Masters/Intemediate/Junior - JB Division
Cobourg Force Masters
Kitchener Classics
Oshawa BBs Juniors
Team Ontario Juniors

Masters/Intemediate/Junior - NC Division
Colborne Rutherflo
Napanee Express Juniors
Keady Jets Juniors
Pickering Bulls

Diamonds  -  JB  -  Jack Bevan
                  -  LD  -  Layton Dodge
                  -  CS  -  Clarke Summerville

Fri 7pm      G1       JB    Mas,Int,Jr           Cobourg Force Masters. vs Team Ont.
      7pm      G2      LD    Mas,Int,Jr          Colborne Rutherflo vs Napanee Exp.Jrs
      9pm     G1      JB       OPEN    Scarb/Cob Force vs Napanee Express
      9pm     G2      LD      OPEN    Ottawa Kars Aces.vs Kitchener Cubs
 Sat 8.30am   G3   JB     Mas,Int,Jr             Kitchener Classics  vs Oshawa BB's
       8.30am   G4   LD    Mas,Int,Jr             Pickering Bulls vs Napanee Jrs
       8.30am   G5   CS    Mas,Int,Jr             Colborne Rutherflo vs Keady Jets Jrs
     10.30am   G3   JB       OPEN     Hill United vs Ottawa Kars.Aces
    10.30am   G4   LD      OPEN     Simcoe Lightning vs Kitchener Cubs
     10.30am   G5   CS      OPEN     Elmira Expos vs Parry Island Hawks
     12.30pm   G6   JB     Mas,Int,Jr             Cobourg Force Masters. vs Oshawa BB's
     12.30pm   G7   LD    Mas,Int,Jr             Kitchener Classics  vs Team Ont.
     12.30pm   G8   CS    Mas,Int,Jr             Napanee Jrs vs Keady Jets Jrs
       2.30pm   G6   JB       OPEN    Scar/Cob Force vs Parry Island Hawks
      2.30pm   G7   LD      OPEN    Elmira Expos vs Napanee Express
       2.30pm   G8   CS      OPEN    Simcoe vs Ottawa Kars.Aces
       4.30pm   G9    JB      Mas,Int,Jr          Cobourg Force Masters  vs  Kitchener Classics.  
       4.30pm   G10  LD     Mas,Int,Jr          Oshawa BB's vs Team Ont.
       4.30pm   G11  CS     Mas,Int,Jr           Pickering Bulls  vs Colborne Rutherflo
      6.30pm    G9    JB       OPEN    Scar/Cob Force vs Elmira Expos
      6.30pm    G10  LD      OPEN    Hill United vs Kitchener Cubs
      6.30pm    G12  CS    Mas,Int,Jr   Pickering Bulls vs Keady Jets Jrs
      8.30pm    G11  JB        OPEN   Napanee Express. vs Parry Island Hawks
      8.30pm    G12  LD       OPEN   Hill United Chiefs vs Simcoe Lightning

                                                          Sunday Schedule
  JB – Jack Bevan
  LD- Layton Dodge
  CS- Clarke Summerville

                 Game  Dia.
Sun 8.30   G13   JB       Mas ,Int,Jr   NC 1 vs JB 4
                 G14   LD                         JB 2  vs NC 3
                 G15   CS                         NC 2 Vs JB 3
Sun 10.30 G13   JB       OPEN           NC 1 vs JB 4
                 G14   LD      OPEN           JB 2 vs NC 3
                 G16   CS       Mas ,Int,Jr.   JB 1vs NC 4 
Sun 12.30  G15    JB     OPEN           JB 1 vs NC 4
                  G16    LD    OPEN           NC 2 vs JB 3
                  G17    CS    Mas,Int,Jr      WG13  vs  WG14
Sun 2.30    G17    JB     OPEN            WG15  vs  WG16
                  G18    LD    OPEN            WG13  vs  WG14
                  G18    CS   Mas,Int,Jr        WG15 vs  WG16
Sun 4.30    G19     JB   OPEN FINAL   WG17  vs  WG18 
       4.15    G19     LD  Mas,Int,Jr Final    WG17  vs  WG18