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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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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Kars gets win road win 1-0 over Micksburg

The Kars Aces had a big win on the road up in Micksburg on Wednesday night, defeating the first place Twins 1-0 in GOFL play.

Cory Alkerton had the shutout win for the Aces.

more to follow


Quyon Flyers and West Carleton Electric split doubleheader

West Carleton Electric and the Quyon Flyers split a doubleheader in Fitzroy Harbour on Tuesday night.

West Carleton Electric 6 Quyon Flyers 2
In the first match up, the Electric prevailed 6-2 with Andy Barber earning the complete game win and Mark Wright taking the loss with relief from Matt Greer.

Wright, a late season pick up by the Flyers from the beer garden at the Gil Read, last threw a competitive fastpitch game when Andy Barber was in peewee, but did decently over two and a third innings of work.

The Electric scored two in the first. Andy Barber walked, as did brother Derek with one out. As they advanced to second and third on a wild pitch, Jeff Barber's double brought both in.

Fitzroy added a third run in the third inning. Neil Murphy was hit by a pitch to start. After a fly out, the bases were loaded when Jeff Barber and Jeff Cavanagh walked. At this point, the Flyers made the pitching change to bring in Greer. He got a strike out, but then Charlie Ross hit an RBI single to score Murphy. Greer got out of the inning with a ground out.

Quyon scored two in the fourth on a Greer double and a Joe McCleary home run.

West Carleton scored another three runs in the fourth. Steve Cavanagh reached on a misplayed grounder and Andy Barber bunted for a single. After two fly outs, Jeff Barber's three run shot made it 6-2.

Jeff Barber gets the nod for a big night at the plate with 5RBI, a homer and a double and a couple of nice plays at second base.

Andy Barber WIN 7IP 2R 2ER 4H 16K 5BB

Andy Barber 2-3, BB, 2R
Jeff Barber 2-2, 2B, HR, 5RBI, 2BB, R
Charlie Ross 1-3, RBI
Jon Daley 1-2, BB
Steve Cavanagh 1-3

Mark Wright LOSS 2.1IP 2R 3ER 3H 2K 4BB 1HBP
Matt Greer 4.1IP 4R 0ER 4H 2K 2BB

Shawn Laframboise 1-4
Matt Greer 1-2, 2BB, R, 2B
Joe McCleary 1-3, HR, 2RBI
Steve McCord 1-2, BB

Quyon Flyers 9 West Carleton Electric 8
The second game of the night was a high scoring affair, as Matt Greer went the distance for the win for Quyon. Steve Cavanagh had the start for Fitzroy, with Andy Barber coming in relief and taking the loss.

Quyon got a run in the top of the first on a solo home run by Greer.

West Carleton answered back, scoring three in the first. Jeff Barber had an RBI as did Dave Bahm.

In the third, Quyon put three across. If the Caveman's scorekeeping is to be believed (yes, I let him work the sheet), Matt Greer had an RBI, while Joe McCleary had two RBIs.

Fitzroy regained a 5-4 lead in the fourth. Jon Daley's two run homer brought in Dave Bahm who had doubled.

Quyon rebounded immediately with four in the top of the 5th. Dennis McCleary led off with a solo homerun. After an out, Greer doubled, Joe McCleary walked, and Nick Armitage hit a three run shot to make it 8-5 for the Flyers.

WC came back to plate two in the fifth. Adam Brown singled to start the inning and bases were loaded when Derek Barber reached on a misplayed grounder and Jeff Barber walked. A fielder's choice erased Brown at home, but Bahm was hit by a pitch and Daley walked to score two.

The Flyers added a vital insurance run in the seventh. Moe Laframboise's blooper to right couldn't be caught. After two strikeouts, an RBI single by Armitage scored Laframboise to make it 9-7.

The Electric made things interesting in the bottom of the seventh, but couldn't close the deal. After a fly out, Bahm walked and he took second on a wild pitch. There was a strikeout, bringing Steve Cavanagh to the plate. Cavanagh's high fly ball to left just landed fair, scoring Bahm. Trevor Wood, into pinch hit, walked on four pitches to put two men out, but Greer got the next batter to fly out to end the game.

Nick Armitage gets the recognition as Caveman's Choice in this game, going 2-4 with a homer and 4RBIs, including the game winner in the seventh.

Matt Greer WIN 7IP 8R 7ER 9H 7K 6BB 1HBP

Dennis McCleary 2-4, HR, RBI, 2R
Shawn Laframboise 2R
Matt Greer 3-4, HR, 2B, 3R, 1RBI
Joe McClearly 1-3, 2B, BB, R
Nick Armitage 2-4, HR, 4RBI, R
Curtis Daley 1-3, 2B

Steve Cavanagh 5IP 8R 8ER 8H 4K 2BB
Andy Barber LOSS 2IP 1R 0ER 1H 5K

Andy Barber 1-4, BB, R
Neil Murphy 1-1, R
Adam Brown 1-3
Jeff Barber 1-3, BB, R, RBI
Jeff Cavanagh 1-4, R
Dave Bahm 2-2, 2R, 2B, 2RBI, BB, HBP
Jon Daley 1-3, HR, 3RBI, R, BB
Steve Cavanagh 1-4, RBI, 2B


Tuesday, July 30, 2013


Week 12 wasn't in the original schedule - it is the week of make up games. This year we have five games scheduled, with two more hopefully to be finalized soon.

Tonight in Fitzroy Harbour, the West Carleton Electric (7-7-1) will host the Quyon Flyers (5-8) in a doubleheader at 7pm and 9pm.

On Wednesday, the Manotick Taylor's Blitz (5-8-3) face the Barrhaven Broadway Blues (5-9-1) at 8pm, while the Kars Aces (7-4-5) take on the Micksburg Twins (11-4) at 8:30pm up the line.

Thursday sees the Stittsville 56ers (5-10-1) face the Quyon Flyers at 8pm in the PQ, while the Kars Aces (7-4-5) take on the Micksburg Twins (11-4) at 8pm up the line.

Carp I4C Victory (10-5-1) is off this week - they have one game to make up against Quyon. There is also a Barrhaven / Micksburg game to be scheduled as well.

Once these make up games are complete, we will have a better picture of the best-of-five playoff series that will be played to determine the top four teams which will advance to the Final Weekend Showdown on Sept 6 and 7 in Fitzroy Harbour.


Monday, July 29, 2013

Gil Read a big success

I think it is safe to say that the 6th Annual Gil Read Tournament was a huge success. Good weather, great ball, excellent crowds, and lots of money raised for a very worthy cause. Al Read and Chris Read and their team of volunteers have found an excellent formula for success.

Some notes from "The Gil":

- Local support: It is so much fun to play / coach in a game where fans are in the stands. And the Gil certainly delivers on that issue. I am not sure of exact numbers, but I would have to say that Friday night there must have been about 200+ people watching the West Carleton - Napanee game. And the Saturday night West Carleton - Micksburg tilt had a similar number of supporters for both WC and the Twins in the seats as well. The Gil has a reputation now for great ball and lots of fans both hard core and casual make the commitment to come watch the games.

- Beer garden: The Beer Garden at the Gil has become a great fixture with the poker chip tokens, the reasonable prices, the hard working servers and the gathering of players and fans to swap stories, relive games recent and long past and talk about upcoming tournaments and games. If you love beer (check), fastball (check) and good friends (check) it's something you would look forward to all summer, as I do.

- Well run: The tournament committee does a great job during the weekend, with the announcers, the prizes / raffles, the ball toss, etc. Efficient and well run, with a great number of sponsors. The officiating was professional as well, with three umps for every game - except for the semis and finals where there were four men on the field. Kudos to the organizers on keeping things slick.

- Home Run Contest: The home run contest was a new feature that went well and kept fans in the stands while giving the teams a bit of a break. Congratulations to my friend Bill Sherman of the Elkland Thunderbellys on winning the event, edging out another friend and teammate of mine, Charlie "Chico" Ross. Having the kids out on the field was lots of fun as well, though the Caveman was a bit disappointed when his cousin caught one of the fly balls and he missed out.

- Caveman: Speaking of the Caveman, he had a blast all weekend as well, playing impromptu softball games with his brother Fitzroy Junior and the other assorted kids on hand, chasing foul balls, and wondering why all the ball players were addressing him by his nickname. ("How come they all know I'm the Caveman, daddy?" Mrs Fastball: [eye roll]. The Caveman was also very impressed when he heard that #93 of the Micksburg Twins hit two home runs on Friday night. "Daddy, that's Riley! He's a shortstop. He's the guy that I pitched to at the Softball Clinic in Fitzroy!".

Overall, a great time for a great cause. Once again, congrats to the Read family and all the volunteers.

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Sunday results from the Gil Read Memorial

Congratulations to the Lake Simcoe Lightning from Sharon, ON on winning the 6th Annual Gil Read Memorial tournament in Carp this past weekend.

9am - Quarterfinal
Lake Simcoe 5 Napanee Juniors 2
WP: Brad Worsley
LP: Cole Bolton

9am - Quarterfinal
Elkland 5 Stittsville 3
WP: Josh Johnson
LP: Darren Featherstone

11am - Quarterfinal
Kars 6 West Carleton Electric 1
WP: Mitch Hardy (2 hitter)
LP: Andy Barber with relief from Aaron Owl, Steve Cavanagh

11am - Quarterfinal
Donnacona 4 Micksburg 2
WP: Francis Leclair
LP: Corey Costello

Elkland 2 Kars 1
WP: Josh Johnson
LP: Mitch Hardy

Lake Simcoe 4 Donnacona 3
WP: Brad Worsley in relief of Gregg Garrity
LP: Patrice Leclerc
Lightning down 3-1 in the bottom of the seventh, RBI by Garrity and walk off double by Todd Hamblin to win the game

Lake Simcoe 11 Elkland 4
WP: Gregg Garrity in relief of Brad Worsley
LP: Josh Johnson
MVP of finals Aaron Trude, Lake Simcoe

Final order of finish:
1. Sharon, ON Lake Simcoe Lightning 5-0-1
2. Elkland, PA Thunderbellys 5-1
3. Donnacona, QC Blue Sox 3-2
4. Kars, ON Aces 2-2-1
5. Fitzroy Harbour, ON West Carleton Electric 2-1-1
6. Micksburg, ON Twins 1-1-2
7. Napanee, ON Junior Express 1-2-1
8. Stittsville, ON 56ers 1-3
T9. Napanee, ON Senior Express 1-2
T9. Barrhaven, ON Broadway Blues 1-2
T11. Manotick, ON Taylor's Blitz 0-3
T11. Carp, ON I4C Victory 0-3


Sunday, July 28, 2013

Saturday results from the Gil Read Memorial Tournament

Saturday results from the Gil Read Memorial Tournament in Carp, ON.

Saturday 8am
Elkland 5 Donnacona 0
WP: Josh Johnson
LP: Patrice Leclerc

Saturday 9am
Lake Simcoe 10 Napanee Seniors 0
WP: Brad Worsley
LP: Josh Lockridge

Saturday 10am
West Carleton 7 Carp 0
WP: Andy Barber
LP: Caleb Keeshig, relief from Cody Price

Saturday 11am
Micksburg 3 Napanee Juniors 3
P: Jeff Murphy (Micksburg)
P: Cole Bolton & Greg Hammells (Napanee Jr)

Saturday Noon
Donnacona 8 Stittsville 5
WP: Francis Leclair
LP: Adam Smith

Saturday 1pm
Barrhaven 5 Napanee Seniors 4
WP: Jason Smith, save Trevor Lahey
LP: Jordan McDonald

Saturday 2pm
Elkland 7 Manotick Blitz 0
WP: Josh Johnson
LP: Jamie Blakely, relief from Ray Shanoush

Saturday 3pm
Napanee Juniors 8 Carp 1
WP: Greg Hammells
LP: Cody Price, relief from Neil Cooke

Saturday 4pm
Lake Simcoe 10 Barrhaven 3
WP: Ryan Swift
LP: Mike Noftall, relief from Paul Ceppi

Saturday 5pm
Napanee Seniors 5 Kars 4
WP: Ian Wallwork, save Josh Lockridge
LP: Mitch Hardy

Saturday 6pm
Elkland 2 Stittsville 1
WP: Bill Sherman, save Jamie Thompson
LP: Darren Featherstone in relief of Dan Konkle

Saturday 7pm
Donnacona 12 Manotick Blitz 2
WP: Patrice Leclerc
LP: Ray Shanoush, relief from Shannon Borho

Saturday 8pm
West Carleton 5 Micksburg 5
P: Steve Cavanagh & Aaron Owl (WC)
P: Joran Graham & Corey Costello (Micks)

Saturday 9pm
Lake Simcoe 3 Kars 3
P: Gregg Garrity (LS)
P: Cory Alkerton (Kars)

Final seedings:
1. Elkland, PA Thunderbellys
2. Sharon, ON Lake Simcoe Lightning
3. Fitzroy Harbour, ON West Carleton Electric
4. Donnacona, QC Blue Sox
5. Micksburg, ON Twins
6. Kars, ON Aces
7. Napanee, ON Junior Express
8. Stittsville, ON 56ers

Napanee, ON Senior Express
Manotick, ON Taylor's Blitz
Barrhaven, ON Broadway Blues
Carp, ON I4C Victory

Sunday playoff games, single elimination:

9am: Elkland vs Stittsville
9am: Lake Simcoe vs Napanee Jrs
11am: West Carleton vs Kars
11am: Donnacona vs Micksburg


Saturday, July 27, 2013

Friday night results from the Gil Read Memorial Tournament

Results from Friday night at the Gil Read Memorial Tournament.

Friday 7pm North Diamond
Stittsville 56ers 1 Manotick Taylor's Blitz 0
WP: Darren Featherstone
LP: Ray Shanoush
Darren Featherstone solo HR for Stittsville

Friday 7pm South Diamond
Kars Aces 6 Barrhaven Broadway Blues 2
WP: Mitch Hardy
LP: Mike Noftall
Dan Jessiman with 5RBIs for Kars, 2B and HR

Friday 9pm North Diamond
Micksburg Twins 6 Carp I4C Victory 0
WP: Corey Costello (no hitter)
LP: Neil Cooke
Riley Hennessey with two HRs, Joran Graham HR for Micksburg

Friday 9pm South Diamond
West Carleton Electric 7 Napanee Express Juniors 3
WP: Andy Barber
LP: Cole Bolton with relief from Greg Hammels
WC Electric scores seven in the bottom of the fourth to erase the Napanee 3-0 lead


Friday, July 26, 2013

GIl Read Memorial Schedule

The full schedule for this weekend's Gil Read Memorial Tournament in Carp is posted online. Blogging will be sporadic, but I will attempt to get results on the blog as soon as possible.

For access to the results as they come in, follow me @fitzroyfastball on Twitter where I will post the scores using the hashtag #theGil.


Gil Read Memorial Tournament - interview on CTV Live

Watch Chris Read on CTV Morning Live talking about the Gil Read Memorial tournament.



Quyon Flyers win 15-8 over WC Electric on Tim Craig Night

The Quyon Flyers won 15-8 in front of a good crowd on Thursday night over the West Carleton Electric in what was "Tim Craig Night" at the Quyon ball park.

Things started off with a moment of silence in memory of Timmy Ball Player of the Quyon Flyers who died in January. His wee son threw out the first pitch, to the applause of the fans on hand, which included GOFL "hall of famer" (if we had one) Randy Peck. A hat was passed to raise money for Shawville Minor Hockey, the cause of choice for Tim's family, and $400 was raised.

In on field action, Matt Greer was the winning thrower, while Jeff Barber took the loss for Fitzroy in relief of starter Steve Cavanagh.

Quyon came out hot in the first inning, building off the momentum of the opening ceremony. Dennis McCleary reached on an error and was brought in on Matt Greer's one out triple. Joe McCleary's two run homer made it 3-0.

WC Electric answered back with a run in the second.  Jeff Barber walked with one out and moved to second on a wild pitch. Barber scored on Dave Bahm's RBI double.

The Flyers got two more in the third when Nick Armitage homered with Greer on base, who had singled.

Fitzroy got back in the game in the top of the fourth. Jeff Cavanagh started things off with a solo home run. Jeff Barber then walked. Bahm reached on an error to put runners on the corners. A steal attempt did not work as Bahm was thrown out. Jon Daley then walked and took second base. Adam Brown's infield single (that's what the sheet says!) drove in Jeff Barber. This was followed by Andy Barber's three run homer which put WC ahead 6-5.

The Electric changed up their pitcher in the fourth, bringing in Jeff Barber to relief Steve Cavanagh. The Flyers reacted by scoring four. Dennis McCleary tripled to start the inning and was brought in by Greer's single. Joe McCleary then singled and Armitage hit another bomb, this one to right that bounced off the top of the fence to make it 9-6 for Quyon.

West Carleton responded in the fifth. Jeff Cavanagh walked to start, and Jeff Barber reached on an error. After a strike out, Daley walked to load the bases. Steve Cavanagh's double brought in two runs and made the score 9-8.

Quyon extended their lead to 10-8 in the bottom of the inning. Dennis McCleary reached base when a fly ball was dropped. He scored on Greer's single.

When WC couldn't plate a run in their half of the sixth, Quyon pushed across five to invoke the mercy rule. Curtis Daley singled and moved to second when Jordan Kearns walked with one out. Dennis McCleary's three run homer made it 13-8. Shawn Laframboise's solo shot made it 14-8. Matt Greer then tripled, his fifth hit of the night, and scored on Joe McCleary's single to end the game at 15-8.

Matt Greer gets the Caveman's Choice as player of the game (Caveman was there to witness it) since he was 5 for 5 with 4 runs scored and 2 RBIs, plus a win on the slab.

Matt Greer WIN 6IP 8R 7ER 8H 6K 7BB

Dennis McCleary 2-5, 4R, 3RBI, HR, 3B, reached on error twice
Shawn Laframboise 1-5, HR, RBI, R
Matt Greer 5-5, 2 x 3B, 4R, 2RBI
Joe McCleary 3-5, 3RBI, HR, 2R
Nick Armitage 2-3, 2xHR, 5RBI, intentional walk
Steve McCord 1-4
Curtis Daley 2-3, HBP, R
Jordan Kearns 1-3, BB, R

Steve Cavanagh 3IP 5R 4ER 7H 2K 0BB
Jeff Barber 2.1IP 10R 9ER 10H 3K 2BB 2HBP

Andy Barber 2-3, BB, HR, 3RBI, R, BB
Trevor Barton 1-4
Jeff Cavanagh 1-3, HR, RBI, 2R, BB
Jeff Barber 2BB, 3R, reached on error
Dave Bahm 1-3, 2B
Jon Daley 2BB, R
Steve Cavanagh 1-3, 2B, 2RBI
Adam Brown 2-3, R, RBI


Kars Aces and Manotick Blitz tie - twice (from Wednesday)

Info from Chad Milne

The Kars Aces and Manotick Taylor's Blitz met up for a doubleheader on Wednesday night in Manotick after the games originally scheduled for Tuesday in North Gower had to be moved due to diamond issues which involved a dog being shocked (seriously).

Kars 3 Blitz 3
The first game of the evening ended in a 3-3 draw. Brad Porter threw for Kars while Jamie Blakely and Derick Bulley were on the slab for Manotick.

Kars 14 Blitz 14
After battling for over 2 hours in their first game, Manotick Blitz and Kars Aces struggled for more than 2.5 hours in the back end of their Wednesday night doubleheader in Manotick. The Blitz fought back from a huge 1st inning deficit, finally tying the game in the 6th inning. The slugfest ended in a 14-14 draw.

Cory Alkerton started for the Aces and Brad Porter finished. Shannon Borho went the distance for the Blitzos.

In the top of the 1st, Kars sent 11 batters to the plate exploding for 8 runs, highlighted by a Matt Alkerton grand slam and a Kristian Knapp 3-run home run - his second hit of the inning.

The Blitz got 2 runs back in the bottom of the 1st, but Kars scored another run in the top of the 2nd on a solo home run from Chad Milne.

The Blitz stormed back in the bottom of the 2nd, scoring 6 times.

With their huge 1st inning lead almost gone, ahead 9-8 in the top of the 3rd, the Aces scored 3 times on Knapp`s second 3-run homer of the game, giving him 6 rbi`s after 3 innings. Kars added 2 more runs in the top of the 4th on Jeff Hopkins well-placed double that landed right on the left field line.

Trailing 14-8 in the bottom of the 4th, the Blitz wouldn`t go away, putting up 4 more runs to cut the Kars lead to 14-12.

After a scoreless 5th inning, the Blitz completed the comeback in the bottom of the 6th, scoring 2 times to tie the game at 14.

Both teams went down in order in the 7th, finally putting an end to one ugly game of fastpitch. 

Jon Ferguson had a homer for the Blitz.


Barrhaven Broadway Blues 4 Stittsville 56ers 3 (from Wednesday)

from Trevor Power

Barrhaven Broadway Blues edged out the Stittsville 56ers 4-3 in GOFL play on Wednesday night at the Grove. Trevor Lahey had the win while Adam Smith took the loss.
Barrhaven scored all their runs in the third. Jordan Adams was hit by pitch, and then Aaron Amo hit a two run homer. Kevin Shonfield reached on a single, took second on a passed ball and scored on Trevor Power's infield hit. With Don Cox in to run for Power on the two-out catcher rule, he scored on Tony MacDonald's double.

Smith had two RBIs for Stittsville and Darren Featherstone had a solo HR.

Aaron Amo earns Caveman's Choice as player of the game for his two run shot and great defensive catch.


GOFL standings after week 11

GOFL standings after this week's games

1. Micksburg 11-4 = 22 pts, 2GR (vs Kars, Barrhaven)
2. Carp 10-5-1 = 21 pts, 1 GR (vs Quyon)
3. Kars 7-4-5 = 19 pts, 1 GR (vs Micksburg)
4. Fitzroy 7-7-1 = 15 pts, 2 GR (vs Quyon x 2)
5. Blitz 5-8-3 = 13 pts, 1 GR (vs Barrhaven)
6. Barrhaven 5-9-1 = 11 pts, 2 GR (vs Blitz, Micksburg)
7. Stittsville 5-10-1 = 11 pts, 1 GR (Quyon)
8. Quyon 5-8 = 10pts, 4 GR (vs Fitzroy x 2, Stittsville, Carp)

Games remaining - scheduled:

Tuesday July 30: Quyon at Fitzroy for a doubleheader
Wednesday July 31: Blitz at Barrhaven
Thursday Aug 1: Stittsville at Quyon
Thursday Aug 1: Kars at Micksburg

To be scheduled:

Barrhaven at Micksburg
Quyon at Carp


Thursday, July 25, 2013

Carp beats Micksburg 3-1 - UPDATED

Carp I4C Victory defeated the Micksburg Twins 3-1 in GOFL play on Thursday night in Carp.

Neil Cooke had the win, striking out seven, allowing only four hits and no walks.

Joran Graham took the loss, striking out ten, allowing six hits and walking four. Only one of the Carp runs was earned.

Andrew Fortier of Carp earns the Caveman's Choice as player of the game for his defensive plays at second base, including a couple of nice catches running back into the OF.


OASA Tournaments this weekend

The OASA is hosting a couple ofprovincial tournaments of note this weekend:

Midget (U18) A / B
The Midget Provincials are being held in Teeswater. There are twelve teams participating, including the Domville Aces from eastern Ontario.

Great Lakes Championship
This men's tournament will determine three qualifiers (in addition to host Shakespeare Falcons) for the Nationals in Stratford in late August as well as issue a berth for the ISC Tournament in 2014. There are nine teams participating.

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GOFL Wednesday night round up - Updated again

Four games in the GOFL on Wednesday night with some surprising scores. More to follow (hopefully) on all these games.

Barrhaven Broadway Blues 4 Stittsville 56ers 3
Barrhaven Broadway Blues edged out the Stittsville 56ers 4-3 in GOFL play on Wednesday night at the Grove. Trevor Lahey had the win while Adam Smith took the loss.

Barrhaven scored all their runs in the third. Jordan Adams was hit by pitch, and then Aaron Amo hit a two run homer. Kevin Shonfield reached on a single, took second on a passed ball and scored on Trevor Power's infield hit. With Don Cox in to run for Power on the two-out catcher rule, he scored on Tony MacDonald's double.

Quyon Flyers 12 Carp I4C Victory 2
The Flyers took this make up game 12-2 in five innings at the Fairgrounds in Carp over I4C Victory. Matt Greer had the win, while Cody Price took the loss, with relief from Shawn Simzer. Quyon scored five unearned runs in the first inning. Price left the game in the second after taking a line drive in the leg.

Manotick Taylor's Blitz 3 Kars Aces 3
In the first of a doubleheader in Manotick, the Blitz and Aces tied at 3-3. Brad Porter threw for Kars while Jamie Blakely and Derick Bulley were on the slab for Manotick.

Manotick Taylor's Blitz 14 Kars Aces 14
The second game of the doubleheader was a marathon, ending just before midnight, as Manotick and Kars tied 14-14. Cory Alkerton started for the Aces and Brad Porter finished. Shannon Borho went the distance for the Blitzos. Kristian Knapp had two homers and Matt Alkerton a grand slam for Kars. Jon Ferguson had a homer for the Blitz.


Updated GOFL standings

After tonight's games, the GOFL standings:

1. Micksburg 11-3 = 22 pts, 3 GR (vs Carp, Kars, Barrhaven)
2. Carp 9-5-1 = 19 pts, 2 GR (vs Micksburg, Quyon)
3. Kars 7-4-5 = 19 pts, 1 GR (vs Micksburg)
4. Fitzroy 7-6-1 = 15 pts, 3 GR (vs Quyon x 3)
5. Blitz 5-8-3 = 13 pts, 1 GR (vs Barrhaven)
6. Barrhaven 5-9-1 = 11 pts, 2 GR (vs Blitz, Micksburg)
7. Stittsville 5-10-1 = 11 pts, 1 GR (Quyon)
8. Quyon 4-8 = 8pts, 5 GR (vs Fitzroy x 3, Stittsville, Carp)


Tuesday, July 23, 2013

West Carleton Electric defeats Stittsville 8-1

West Carleton Electric defeated Stittsville 56ers 8-1 in Fitzroy Harbour on Tuesday night in GOFL action.

Andy Barber had the win for WC, while Darren Featherstone took the loss, with Adam Smith facing one batter in relief.

The Electric scored in the bottom of the first. Andy Barber doubled and scored on Jeff Cavanagh's single with two out.

The 56ers evened things in the second on Adam Smith's solo home run.

West Carleton sent eleven men to the plate and scored six runs in the fourth. Three Stittsville errors were a factor, as Dave Bahm, Trevor Barton and Derek Barber had RBIs.

The game ended in the bottom of the sixth when Derek Barber hit a solo homer to lead off the inning and bring the mercy rule into effect.

Andy Barber received honours as Caveman's Choice for player of the game for the three hitter and scoring two runs in a winning effort.

Andy Barber 6IP 1R 1ER 3H 12K 1BB

Andy Barber 1-3, 2B, 2R, BB
Trevor Barton 2-4, RBI
Derek Barber 1-4, 2RBI, HR, R
Jeff Cavanagh 1-3, RBI
Dave Bahm 2-3, RBI, R
Adam Rueckwald, 1-3, R

Darren Featherstone 5IP 7R 1ER 7H 6K 3BB
Adam Smith 1 batter 1R 1ER 1H

Dan Jessiman 1-2, BB
Scott Parsons 1-2
Adam Smith 1-2, HR, RBI, R


GOFL Week 11 - Updated

Lots of action this week in the GOFL, capped off by the top tournament in the area, the Gil Read Memorial 12 team tournament this weekend.

Tuesday has the Stittsville 56ers (5-8-1) in Fitzroy Harbour at 8:30pm to face West Carleton Electric (6-6-1).

Manotick Blitz (5-8-1) are to play Kars Aces (7-4-3) in a doubleheader - this was originally scheduled for Tuesday in North Gower, but has been moved to Wednesday in Manotick at 7pm and 9pm due to diamond issues in the Gower. 

Also on Wednesday, Quyon Flyers (3-8) will go to Carp (9-4-1) to face I4C Victory in a make up game at 8pm. At the Grove in Stittsville, Barrhaven Broadway Blues (4-9-1) will face the 56ers at 8:30pm.

The Micksburg Twins (11-3) will be in for two one game in Carp on Thursday, facing I4C Victory at 7pm. The game originally scheduled against Barrhaven that night will be postponed until a later date.

West Carleton Electric will cross the river to face Quyon at 8pm on Thursday. The Flyers have announced that this game will be played in honour of their teammate Timmy Craig who died this past winter.


Minor softball winners

- Congratulations to the Micksburg Twins Squirt Boys, who won the select tournament in Stouffville, ON this past weekend.

- Congratulations as well to all the winners at the 3rd Annual Bernie Beauregard Tournament in Orleans this past weekend. The divisions and winners were Squirt Boys (Orleans Rebels), Peewee Boys (Lyn Lightning) and Midget Ladies (Williamsburg Warriors). The West Carleton Squirt Boys participated and finished 2-2.

Fitzroy Junior of the West Carleton Squirts fields a ball at second base. In the words of BK the Harbour Ball ump "Looks like there will be at least one ball player in the family".


Eastern Ontario umpires receive Softball Canada assignments

from Dave Herbst and George Findlay

Eastern Ontario (Softball Ontario Fast Pitch Zone 10)  and Eastern Ontario Umpires Association members are very well represented at Canadian Championships this year.

Greg Beach, Marc Beaulne, Steve Fitzsimmons and Justin Greatrix are umpiring at the U14 Girls Championship in Montreal, QC. Sal Gara is the Deputy Umpire in Chief (DUIC) at this event.

Audrey Desmarteaux-Houle will officiate at the U18 Ladies Championship in Charlottetown, PEI.

Don Kennedy is the Umpire in Chief (UIC) at the U18 Men Championship in St-Leonard-d'Aston, QC.

David Herbst is umpiring at the U21 Men Championship in Owen Sound, ON.  George Findley is the UIC at this event.

George Findley is also umpiring at the Senior Men Championship in Stratford, ON.

Mike Lieff is umpiring the Senior Ladies Championship in Leduc, AB.

Congratulations and good luck to all of the umpires and supervisors.

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Saturday, July 20, 2013

Kars beats Micksburg 5-2

from Chad Milne

Kars Aces 5 Micksburg Twins 2
Kars and Micksburg squared off on a wet and muggy night in Carp on Thursday. Cory Alkerton got the ball for the Aces, while Joran Graham started for the visiting Twins.

Kars got on the board first in this one. Chad Milne lead off the second inning with a single and later advanced to third base on passed balls. After a strikeout, Andy Davey hit a sharp ground ball to the Micksburg first baseman, who threw home to try and get the charging Milne, but with the contact play on, Milne made a nice slide to elude the tag from the Micksburg catcher. Danny Powers then walked, but Graham was able to strike out the next Kars batter to end the inning.

Micksburg answered in the top of the third. Corey Costello drove in Micksburg's first run with a ground out to first. Then Graham helped himself with an RBI single to put the Twins in front 2-1.

The Twins' lead was short-lived as Kars got those two runs right back in the bottom of the third. With one out, Kristian Knapp hit a solo home run to right centre. After a strikeout, Cory Alkerton and Chad Milne both walked, and Alkerton was driven home on a single by Cory Morrison. Graham struck out the next batter to end the inning.

In the bottom of the fifth, Kars got some much needed insurance. With two out and Alkerton on base with a walk, Morrison stroked a two-run homer to left centre. Andy Davey followed with a walk, but another strike out for Graham ended the inning.   

Alkerton was able to shut the Twins down in the final two innings, securing the 5-2 victory.


Friday, July 19, 2013

Kars edges West Carleton Electric 7-6

As part of some "neutral site" GOFL games taking place on Thursday, Kars Aces 'hosted' West Carleton Electric in Carp and came away with a 7-6 win.

Cory Alkerton had win in 2/3 inning relief of starter Jamie Smith. Andy Barber took the loss in relief of Steve Cavanagh.

Kars got out to a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first. Kristian Knapp singled, and took second when the ball was misplayed in the outfield. Nick Ellis then doubled, scoring Knapp. When Cory Morrison grounded out to the pitcher, Ellis went to third and drew a throw, which was errant and he scored a second run.

The Aces extended the lead to 4-0 in the third. Jeff Hopkins doubled to start the inning. After a strikeout, Ellis hit a fly ball deep to left. Hopkins tagged up and beat the throw to get to third. Morrison then stroked a two run homer for Kars to push the lead to four.

After five crafty innings by Smith in which he only allowed one single, the Electric finally put a couple of hits together in the sixth. Jon Daley doubled to lead things off, and scored on Andy Barber's triple. Two ground outs ended the inning.

Andy Barber had come in to pitch in the fourth and thrown two clean innings, but the Aces changed that in their part of the sixth. Morrison led off with a single. After a strikeout, Andy Davey walked to put two on. Barber was able to get another strikeout, but Danny Powers singled to score Morrison, then Smith singled to score Davey and the lead was extended to 6-1.

Down five in the top of the seventh, the Electric didn't roll over, but instead tied the game and sent 11 men to the plate. Derek Barber led off with a single moved to second on a passed ball and scored on a Jeff Cavanagh RBI single. Smith got the next batter to strike out but not before Cavanagh moved to second on a wild pitch. Dave Bahm popped up for what looked to be the second out of the inning, but it was misplayed and runners were on first and second. Steve Cavanagh singled to load the bases, resulting in a pitching change and Cory Alkerton coming in to throw for Kars. Consecutive walks to Daley and Andy Barber narrowed the gap to 6-4. After a shallow fly out to right was caught on the runner held at third, Jeff Barber's hard hit ball to short squeaked through to score Steve Cav and Daley to tie the game at 6. Derek Barber walked to load the bases once again, but a hard hit ground by Jeff Cav was fielded cleanly by Alkerton to end the top half tied at six.

Kars however responded to get to the win in the bottom of the seventh. Knapp hit a grounder to short, which wasn't fielded in time to get the speedster at first. Ellis sac bunted Knapp to second, and Morrison walked to bring Chad Milne to the plate. Milne's tailing off hand hit to left field was enough to score Knapp and end the game at 7-6 on a walk off.

For his great job pitching, Jamie Smith earns the Cavenan's Choice as player of the game


Thursday night GOFL games in Carp

There were three GOFL games in Carp on Thursday night.

Kars Aces 5 Micksburg Twins 2
In the early game, the Aces won 5-2 over the Twins. Cory Alkerton had the win for Kars while Joran Graham took the loss, with an inning of relief from Ryan Clarke. Cory Morrison had a homer for Kars.

Micksburg Twins 8 Carp I4C Victory 2
The Twins got back on the winning track with a 8-2 win over Carp in their second game of the evening. Corey Costello had the pitching victory, while Cody Price took the loss for I4C. Kevin McGuire had a solo shot for Carp, while Corey Costello also had a home run for the Twins.

Kars Aces 7 West Carleton Electric 6
Kars staked out a 6-1 lead, only to see WC Electric come back in the top of the seventh to tie things at 6. Chad Milne's walk off single in the bottom of the seventh made it 7-6 for Kars. Cory Alkerton had the win in relief of Jamie Smith, while Andy Barber took the loss in relief of Steve Cavanagh. Cory Morrison had a two-run homer in this game.

more to follow

Current Standings
Micksburg 11-3
Carp 9-4-1
Kars 7-4-3
Fitzroy 6-6-1
Manotick 5-8-1
Stittsville 5-8-1
Barrhaven 3-9-1
Quyon 3-7


Thursday, July 18, 2013

Kars and Stittsville tie in another close game (Weds night)

from Chad Milne, Cory Morrison

Kars Aces 1 Stittsville 56ers 1
The Aces and 56ers had another classic in the Grove on Wednesday night, with this one ending in a 1-1 tie.

Cory Alkerton threw a three-hitter allowing only one walk for Kars, while Darren Featherstone of Stittsville also threw a three-hitter, walking two.

Kars got their only run of the game in 4th. Cory Alkerton drew a lead off walk. Chad Milne missed in his first two attempts to bunt Alkerton into scoring position, and then with the count 2-2, ripped a line drive into the left field corner for a stand-up RBI triple. Featherstone was able to get the next two Kars batters. Then with Matt Pollard at the plate, Milne attempted to score on a passed ball, but Scott Jessiman got a nice bounce off the backstop and made a good play to Featherstone, who tagged a sliding Milne out at the plate to end the inning.

After having blown late leads in each of their previous two meetings with Kars, Stittsville looked to turn the tables on their GOFL rivals. Trailing 1-0 in the bottom of the 7th, John Craig walked with two out. Craig took second on a passed ball and scored when Tyler Nystedt's fly ball to left fell in to tie the game at one, which is how it ended.

For their equally strong games pitching, Alkerton and Featherstone share the player of the game honours as Caveman's Choice.


EMC Article on the Gil Read Memorial Tournament

The EMC newspaper has an article this week on the Gil Read Memorial Tournament.


New feature at the Gil Read Memorial Tournament

As local fastball fans know, the Gil Read Memorial Tournament will be held at the Carp Fairground from July 26-28. The 12-team schedule has been released.

It also appears there will be a new feature this year at "The Gil": apparently Broker 4 Tickets will be sponsoring a contest for players. Word is that if you hit a home run over their sponsorship banner, there will be hockey tickets as a prize.


Quyon splits doubleheader in Manotick on Wednesday

from Moe Laframboise

Game 1 – Barrhaven 5 Quyon 4
In game one of the Manotick Wednesday night doubleheader, Barrhaven came out on top with a 5-4 win.  Paul Ceppi took the win while Matt Greer suffered the loss in relief of Earl Kearns.

Quyon opened the scoring in the 2nd inning.  Kearns singled and was put out on a Curtis Daley fielder’s choice.  Steve Armstrong followed hitting into another fielder’s choice for the 2nd out.  Joe McCleary then scored Armstrong from first with an RBI double.

The lead was short-lived however, as the Blues put three across in the bottom half of the 2nd.  Lindsay Medynski led off with a single and advanced to third on a Kevin Williams single.  Williams advanced to second on a ground out and both runners scored on a 2-RBI single from Joe Allan.  Donny Cox and Kevin Shonfield followed with singles of their own, with Allan scoring on the latter.  Greer then entered the game for Quyon and got out of the jam.

Quyon tied the game at 3 in the top half of the 3rd inning.  Dennis McCleary singled with one out and advanced to third on a Nick Armitage single.  Both runners would eventually score on Kearns’ 2nd hit of the night.

The Blues regained the lead in the bottom half of the 3rd.  Medynski led off with a walk and advanced to 2nd on a sacrifice bunt from Mike Branchaud.  After a walk to Jordan Adams, Medynski scored on a Joe Allan single.  Cox drove in the eventual winning run with a laser-beam double to the fence in right-centre.

The Flyers threatened in the 7th.  Dennis McCleary hit a one out triple to left field and scored on a Steve McCord single to make it 5-4.  With the tying run on first Ceppi was able to end the game with a strikeout.

Joe Allan gets the nod for Caveman's Choice as player of the game - he was 3 for 4 and drove in three runs, despite injuring himself in the first inning.

Game 2 – Quyon 8 Manotick 5
The Flyers got back in the win column with an 8-5 win over the Blitz in the second half of the doubleheader.  Matt Greer had the complete game win while Shannon Borho took the loss in relief of Jamie Blakely.

Quyon took the lead in the top of the 1st.  Dennis McCleary led off the game with a single and later scored on a single from brother Joe.

The Flyers added to their lead with a run in each of the next two innings.  In the 2nd, Steve “Big Cat” Armstrong was hit by a pitch and scored all the way from first on a D. McCleary single that was misplayed by the left fielder and went all the way to the fence.  Greer led off the 3rd inning with a triple and scored on a Nick Armitage groundout to shortstop.

In the 5th inning Quyon added two more runs to jump out to a 5-0 lead.  Jordan Kearns led off with a controversial hit-by-pitch call to put one on and none out.  The Big Cat followed that up by missing the bunt sign and lacing a double over the centrefielder’s head to score Kearns all the way from first.  After a strikeout and a groundout, Big Cat Armstrong would score on a Joe McCleary single.  Borho came on to relieve Blakely and the scoring went quiet until the bottom of the 6th.

In the bottom of the 6th the Blitz answered back sending 9 batters to the plate and tying the game up at 5.  Adam Grier walked and advanced to second on a Matt Bowman single.  Jon Ferguson then walked to load the bases.  Greer was then able to get Tony Searle to ground into a fielder’s choice at second base, but scoring Grier in the process to put the Blitz on the board.  Bowman would then score when Searle attempted to swipe second and the throw was air-mailed into centrefield.  Derek Martin reached base on a soft grounder to first base that was misplayed.  Borho followed that up with a single which scored Searle to make it 5-3 Quyon and runners on the corners.  Blakely then came to the plate and knocked a hard fly ball over the head of the right fielder that was playing shallow.  With the ball going all the way to the fence, both runners would score but Blakely was thrown out at home by a 9-6-2 relay to leave the game at 5-5.

Quyon regained the lead in the top of the 7th.  Earl Kearns reached on an error while pinch hitting for Nick Armitage.  Armitage then re-entered to run for the veteran.  McCord then hit one to the gap in left-centre that went off the base of the fence, scoring Armitage all the way from first.  This brought Daley to the plate and he hit a soft grounder to third base.  McCord was running on contact, and if he hadn’t have taken a nose dive halfway home he should have scored easily.  Still, the ball wasn’t fielded cleanly, and as the runner attempted to dog-paddle his way home the catcher applied the tag just in time.  After Jordan Kearns drew a walk, Borho was able to sit the Big Cat down on strikes for the 2nd out.  With two runners in scoring position, Shawn Laframboise came in to pinch hit for Blake Howarth.  Laframboise knocked the first pitch he saw over the head of the second baseman to score both insurance runs and the Flyers held on to win by a score of 8-5.

Steve McCord gets the nod as the Caveman's Choice for player of the game, going 2 for 3, with a triple and a walk and several defensive gems at shortstop.


Wednesday night in the GOFL

Despite the stormy weather in the area, all three games in the GOFL were played Wednesday night and all were close ones. More info to follow on each.

Barrhaven Broadway Blues 5 Quyon Flyers 4
The Blues prevailed 5-4 in the first of two in Manotick, defeating the Flyers. Paul Ceppi had the win for Barrhaven while Earl Kearns took the loss with relief from Matt Greer.

Quyon Flyers 8 Manotick Taylor's Blitz 5
Quyon won the second game in Manotick, despite blowing a five run lead. With the Flyers up 5-0 in the sixth, the Blitz tied it at 5. But Quyon scored three in the seventh and held on for the win. Matt Greer had the win on the slab, while Shannon Borho took the loss in relief of Jamie Blakely.

Kars Aces 1 Stittsville 56ers 1
The Aces and 56ers had another classic in the Grove, with this one ending in a tie. Cory Alkerton threw a three-hitter allowing only one walk for Kars, while Darren Featherstone of Stittsville also threw a three-hitter, walking two. Stittsville scored the tying run with two out in the bottom of the seventh.


Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Newspaper report on Au Sable tournament

A report on the Au Sable results from the local newspaper.


Carp 9 Barrhaven 3 - DETAILS

from Eric Rosenquist

On a hot breeze-less night in Carp, I4C Victory got contributions from some Cornwall-area players and posted a 9-3 win over Barrhaven Broadway Blues.

Cody Price earned the pitching win while Paul Ceppi took the loss.

Carp took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first when Eric Colvin hit a one-out double to the fence. Kevin McGuire, out of the lineup due to a bruised catching hand, pinch ran for Colvin who was playing 1B for the shorthanded I4C squad despite a nagging ankle injury. Carp left fielder Shawn Simzer followed Colvin with an RBI single to put the home side up 1-0. After a strikeout, catcher Joe Murray moved Simzer to third with a single and then shortstop Curtis Scurr walked to load the bases, but Barrhaven pitcher Paul Ceppi got the next batter to pop up to end the threat.

Barrhaven answered with a run of their own in the top of the second. Second baseman Kevin Williams hit a one-out double, advanced to third on a throwing error that allowed Lyndsay Medynski to reach safely, and came home on a Steve Edgerton ground-out.

Carp scored four in their half of the second inning. Third baseman Jason Woodside started things with a solo shot to right field, then 2B Darry Beck took a walk and CF Dan Loney followed with a single. Loney was making his first GOFL appearance since suffering a separated shoulder in mid June. Beck, Loney, and Woodside all hail from the Cornwall area and will be attending the 2013 World Masters Games in Torino Italy with several members of the I4C squad. With one out and two men on, Shawn Simzer and pitcher Cody Price hit back-to-back doubles to make the score 5-1 Carp.

Barrhaven narrowed the gap in the top of the third when Rob Soublier took a lead-off walk and Joe Allen singled. Soublier was then picked off heading for third on a passed ball, but Allen moved to second on the same play and was driven home by a Don Cox single. Carp pitcher Cody price got out of the inning courtesy of a fielder's choice and a strikeout.

In the bottom half of the third, the Cornwall connection added another pair of runs for Carp. Woodside, Beck, and Loney all hit singles with one out.

The score remained 7-2 until Kevin Williams hit a solo home run in the top of the 6th. Carp answered with two insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth when Curtis Scurr was hit by a pitch, Adam Fleming drew a walk, and Jason Woodside just missed his second home run of the night when the ball bounced off the top of the centre field fence and back into play for a triple.

For his great night in the batter's box, Jason Woodside gets the nod as the Caveman's Choice player of the game.


Tuesday, July 16, 2013

West Carleton over Blitz 5-1

The West Carleton Electric earned a 5-1 win over Manotick Taylor's Blitz on Tuesday in GOFL play on a muggy and buggy night in Fitzroy Harbour.

Jeff Barber earned the pitching win, while Shannon Borho took the loss.

The home team started off with two runs in the bottom of the first inning. Neil Murphy singled and was brought in on a Jeff Barber home run to centre.

Two runs were added to the lead in the third. Jeff Barber singled and scored on Derek Barber's triple off the grey monster in right field. Derek scored on Jeff Cavanagh's sac fly to centre after a great at bat fouling off several pitches.

Jeff Barber added a monster solo shot to centre in the fight to cap the 'Trics scoring.

The sole Blitz run came on a Derek Bergeron homer in the sixth.

Jeff Barber's complete game three-hitter, plus a monster night at the plate earned him the Caveman's Choice as player of the game.

Jeff Barber WIN 7IP 1R 1ER 3H 10K 0BB

Trevor Barton 1-4
Neil Murphy 1-4, R
Jeff Barber 3-3, 2HR, 3R, 3RBI
Derek Barber 1-3, 3B, RBI, R
Jeff Cavanagh 1-2, sac fly, RBI
Trevor Wood 1-3
Adam Rueckwald 1-2, BB

Shannon Borho LOSS 6IP 5R 5ER 9H 8K 1BB

Derek Bergeron 2-3, HR, 2B, R, RBI
Tony Searle 1-3


Carp wins 9-3 over Barrhaven

Carp I4C Victory won 9-3 over Barrhaven Broadway Blues in GOFL action in Carp on Tuesday night. This was a make up game from a previously rained out match up.

Cody Price had the win for Carp and Paul Ceppi took the loss for Barrhaven.

Kevin Williams had a homerun for the Blues.

Jason Woodside was the Caveman's Choice as player of the game, going 3 for 4 with 3 RBI, including a home run and a triple.

more to follow


GOFL week 10 (with a small update)

Games on the schedule this week in the Greater Ottawa Fastball League:

Tonight, Manotick Taylor's Blitz (5-6-1) travel to Fitzroy Harbour to play West Carleton Electric (5-5-1) at 8:30pm. Also tonight is a make up game in Carp, with Barrhaven Broadway Blues (3-8-1) onsite to play I4C Victory (8-3-1) at 8:30pm.

On Wednesday, Quyon Flyers (2-7) go to Manotick to play two games - at 7pm against Blues, followed by a game against the Blitz. That same night at 8:30pm at the Grove, the Kars Aces (5-4-2) face the Stittsville 56ers (5-8).

Thursday night sees three games in Carp. The early game sees the Micksburg Twins (10-2) play against Kars who are the home team. Following that at 9pm, the Twins face I4C Victory on the A diamond. Also at 9pm, following the ladies league game on B diamond, West Carleton Electric will face Kars.


Micksburg wins 7-0 at Harbour Days game - WITH DETAILS

The Micksburg Twins won 7-0 at the annual Harbour Days game on Thursday night in Fitzroy Harbour.

Joran Graham had the win, allowing only two hits. Steve Cavanagh was the losing pitcher.

Micksburg scored early, marking two in the first. Jamey Mick doubled with one out and scored on Joran Graham's two run homer.

West Carleton Electric had the bases loaded in the bottom of the second after a Derek Barber double and two walks, but Graham shut the door with a strikeout.

A solo home run by Riley Hennessey in the third made it 3-0.

The lead was pushed to 4-0 in the fourth. Kyle Jackson led off with a walk, was moved to second on sac bunt, and scored a single by Mick.

The Twins pushed three across in the seventh. Corey Costello, second baseman for the night, led off with a solo homer. Jackson and Mike Moss also had RBIs in the inning.

The game was played in front of a good crowd, many of whom were minor ball players that participated in the skills clinic prior to the GOFL game. A sincere thanks to the lads from Micksburg that came down an hour early to help out with the clinic, and thanks as well to Derek Barber of WC Electric for putting his teacher's college credentials to good use in leading the event.

The Caveman and Fitzroy Junior enjoyed themselves thoroughly at the clinic. The Caveman was a bit curious as to why so many of the ball players on hand from Micksburg knew his nickname.

Joran Graham gets the Caveman's Choice as Player of the Game for his shutout win and two run homer, as well as for his leading of the batting station at the Kids' Clinic. (Let's hope the Caveman himself was paying attention.)

Joran Graham WIN 5IP 0R 2R 11K 6BB

Riley Hennessey 1-4, HR, R, RBI
Jamey Mick 3-3, 2B, RBI, R, SB
Joran Graham 1-3, HR, 2RBI, R
Corey Costello 1-2, HR, RBI, R, BB
Nick Eckford 1-3
Kerr Childerose 1-3
Kyle Jackson 1-2, 2R, RBI, BB, 2B
Mike Moss 1-2, 2B, RBI, sac bunt

Steve Cavanagh LOSS 5IP 7R 7ER 10H 5K 2BB

Derek Barber 1-1, 2BB, 2B
Dave Bahm 1-2


Monday, July 15, 2013

Au Sable Forks tournament

Word is that Knoxville/Ontario won the AuSable Forks, NY 51st Annual Tournament this past weekend. Lead by pitcher Juan Potolicchio, K/O defeated CPI of Oswego, NY 6-1 in the tournament final.

Barrhaven Broadway Blues were entered and went 1-2, losing to Knoxville in an elimination game 3-0, even though pitchers Cory Alkerton and Jason Smith allowed only two hits.

Carp I4C Victory won their first three games (7-1 over Scooters of Forestport, NY, 14-0 over St-Henri, QC, 5-4 over Donnacona, QC Blue Sox) but lost in an elimination game against Gregg Garrity and CPI by a score of 7-6 after being up 6-0 early in the game.


Team Ontario wins U21 International challenge in Saskatoon

Congratulations to Team Ontario, which included Andy Barber of West Carleton Electric, on winning the U21 International Challenge in Saskatoon this weekend, going undefeated over the course of the six day event.

Ontario beat New Zealand 9-3 in the winner take all final.

Story here.

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Sunday, July 14, 2013

Stittsville downs Quyon 9-5 in make up game - DETAILS

from Moe Laframboise

Stittsville 9 Quyon 5
The Stittsville 56ers earned their 5th win of the year on Tuesday night with a victory over the visiting Quyon Flyers.  Darren Featherstone earned the win for the 56ers, with relief from Adam Smith.  Matt Greer took the loss for the Flyers.
Stittsville opened up the scoring in the bottom of the second, jumping out to a 5-0 lead.  With one out, Trevor Scott reached on an error to the 3rd baseman, followed up by singles to both Smith and Darren Ladouceur (which scored Scott).  After a strikeout, Featherstone cashed in the 2nd run of the inning with a single of his own.  Ryan Bond made it 3-0 with a grounder that was misplayed by the Quyon shortstop.  Dan Jessiman followed that up with a double over the centre fielders' head, scoring two more.

Quyon got on the board with two in the top of the 4th.  Dave Hobbs led off with a triple to left-centre and scored on a RBI single from Curtis Daley.  Daley was subsequently caught trying to swipe 2nd on the next pitch.  Jordan Kearns then singled and scored on a Dennis McCleary RBI single.  Down 5-2, with two on and two out, Moe Laframboise hit one to deep centre, but Smith was able to track it to the fence and reach over and bring it back, leaving the score at 5-2.

Stittsville added 3 more to their lead in the bottom of the 5th.  Jessiman walked and scored on a double from brother Scott. Dan Bradley reached drew a walk to put two on and no out.  Greer was able to retire the next two batters, but Ladouceur reached on an error to the Quyon third baseman scoring Scott Jessiman.  Ladouceur would then score on a wild throw from the outfield to make it 8-2.

Quyon narrowed the deficit to 8-4 in the top of the 6th.  Kearns led off with a single and advanced to 3rd on a Steve McCord single.  With one out, Kearns scored on a Laframboise RBI single to left field which also advanced McCord to 3rd. McCord would then score on a Joe McCleary ground out.

The 56ers added one more in the 6th.  Bond led off with a single and advanced to 2nd on a Dan Jessiman single.  Scott Jessiman then grounded into a fielders choice to put runners on 2nd and 3rd with one out.  Bond would then score on another fielders choice to make the score 9-4.
The Flyers scored one in the top of 7 to make the score 9-5, but that's as close as it would get.  Hobbs led off with a single, his 3rd hit of the game, and later scored on a McCord RBI single.


Blitz / Barrhaven doubleheader on Wednesday - the details

from Tony Searle

Wednesday night saw Barrhaven matchup against the Blitz in a double header. 
Blitz 4 Barrhaven 4
In the first game Jason Smith took the ball for the Blues and Jamie Blakely was on the hill for the home team.
The Blitz scored first in the opening inning. Marcel Mondoux worked a lead-off walk and stole second.  Matt Bowman followed with a single.  Derick Bulley then walked to load the bases.  After a strikeout, Jon Ferguson took an RBI walk to cash Mondoux and continue the threat.  Two more K’s got Smith out of the jam.
Things stayed 1-0 until the third when Kevin Williams led off with a homerun.  After a couple of outs, Trevor Power legged out a triple just beating the tag and was brought home on a Tony McDonald single, putting Blues up 2-1.
The Blues added to their lead in the 6th, Calvin Medynski reached on an error, followed by a sacrifice bunt and a walk to Trevor Lahey.  With two outs Williams struck again with a 2 RBI triple.  The inning was finished when SS Russ Mitchel got to a ground ball deep in the hole and gunned Williams out at home.
In the 7th the Blitz rallied.  Bulley reached on a one out walk.  Searle hit into a fielder’s choice. Ferguson brought Searle home with an RBI single that got by the center fielder and Ferguson made it to third.  Derek Martin brought in Ferguson with a game-tying single.  Lahey was brought in to pitch and induced a ground out to end the game 4-4.
POG: Kevin Williams
Smith : 6 2/3 IP 5 H  11 K, 5 BB, 1 HBP
Lahey: 1/3 IP
Williams: 2/3 HR, 3B, 3 RBI .495 WPA
McDonald: 2/2 RBI .327 WPA
Shonfield: 2/4
Power: 1/4,  3B
Blakely: 7 IP, 6 H, 8K, 3 BB, 1 HBP
Ferguson: 1/2, 2 RBI, BB, HBP, R
Searle: 1/4, 2B RBI R
Borho: 1/4, 2B
Martin: 1/4 , RBI, .308 WPA
Bowman: 1/4
Blitz 3 Barrhaven 1 
In the second game, Lahey had the ball for the home team. Borho toed the rubber for the visitors.
After a scoreless first, the Blitz got on the board in the top of 2.  A pair of singles by Searle and Ferguson put men on the corners, followed by a walk to Martin.  Searle was forced at home for the first out.  Ferguson scored on a passed ball.
In the third the Blitz added to their lead.  Mondoux singled and stole second. Searle brought him home with a two-out single.
Blues got one back in the fifth. Steve Edgerton led off with a double. After a K and a passed ball, Jordan Adams hit a long fly ball to centerfield to score Edgy on the sacrifice.
The Blitz added one more in the seventh. Blakely doubled and was brought in on a miscue by the shortstop. After giving up a leadoff walk in the bottom of 7, a double play and a line-out sealed the 3-1 win for Borho.
POG: Borho: 7 IP, 2H, 1R, 9 K, 1BB
Searle:3/3 3B, RBI
Mondoux: 1/4, SB,R
Blakely: 1/3, 2B,R
Ferguson: 1/3 R
Lahey 7 IP, 7H, 3R, 8K, 1BB
Edgerton: 1/3, 2B, R


Friday, July 12, 2013

Carp beats Quyon 3-2 on Thursday

In GOFL action in Quyon on Thursday night, Carp I4C Victory beat the Flyers 3-2.

Cody Price had the win, allowing only three hits, and earning the Caveman's Choice as player of the game in the process.

Earl Kearns took the loss for Quyon but the wiley veteran had a great game allowing two runs in the first before settling in and only giving up one more run in the seventh.


Kars comes back to beat Stittsville 6-5 - Wednesday night details

from Chad Milne, info from Cory Morrison

Kars 6 Stittsville 5
Kars Aces travelled to Stittsville Wednesday night to take on the 56ers at the Grove. Cory Alkerton started for the Aces, while Darren Featherstone was on the mound for the 56ers.

Kars jumped out to an early lead on a solo homer by Cory Alkerton in the first inning. Kars added another single run in the second inning. Andy Davey led off with a walk and later scored on a sacrifice fly by Jeff Hopkins.

Kars looked to break the game open in the fifth. After Hopkins was called out for being hit by his own bunt while out of the batter’s box and then a fly out, Kristian Knapp and Cory Morrison both singled and Cory Alkerton followed with a walk. With two out and the bases loaded, Chad Milne hit the first pitch from Featherstone right at the 56ers first baseman to end the threat. Kars added another single run in the sixth on a lead-off homer by Matt Alkerton.

Cory Alkerton had little trouble with the 56ers through the first five innings, but that changed in a hurry in the bottom of the sixth. With a seemingly comfortable 3-0 lead, Stittsville exploded for 5 runs. After a couple of walks, Darren Ladouceur drove in a run. After Scott Herriot was hit by a pitch to load the bases, Brad Porter came in to relieve Alkerton. Consecutive walks to Dan and Scott Jessiman scored two more runs, a two RBI single by Trevor Scott put Stittsville in the driver's seat.

Trailing 5-3 in the seventh, Lukas Kamps reached on an error to start the inning, but was quickly erased on a fielder’s choice by Knapp. Morrison was then hit by a pitch to put runners at first and second. With Cory Alkerton at the plate, both runners moved up a base on a wild pitch. Alkerton then hit a ball back to Featherstone on the mound, who checked Knapp at third, looked to throw to first, but turned back to third to catch Knapp in no-man’s land. What ensued has to be the longest run-down in GOFL history, a display not likely seen since our minor ball days. With at least a dozen throws, Sttitsville finally wore down the fleet-footed Knapp and tagged him for the second out of the inning.

With two out and runners on first and second, Milne cashed in Morrison with a single to left. Matt Alkerton then walked to load the bases. Davey then hit a tricky ground ball that was misplayed by the Sttitsville infielder, allowing Cory Alkerton to score, tying the game 5-5. With Powers at the plate, Milne raced home on a wild pitch to score the go-ahead run.

Porter came on strong in the bottom of the seventh for the Aces, preserving the 6-5 come-from-behind victory. Porter earned the win, while Featherstone took the loss.

Caveman's Choice for player of the game goes to Cory Alkerton for five strong innings of pitching, and hitting a homerun.

Kars stats:
Morrison 1-2, run, sac, hbp
C. Alkerton 1-3, hr, rbi, 2 runs, bb
Milne 2-4, rbi, run
M. Alkerton 1-3, hr, rbi, run, bb


Carp 3 Quyon 1

Carp I4C Victory won 3-1 over Quyon Flyers on the Quebec side on Thursday night. Cody Price had the win while long time fastball veteran Earl Kearns took the loss

more to follow.


Thursday, July 11, 2013

Update from the U21 International Challenge in Saskatoon

Team Ontario is now 3-0 after a wild 13-10 win last night at the U21 Challenge in Saskatoon.

Andy Barber was the winning pitcher.

Next up for Ontario is Manitoba at 4pm Central tonight (6pm Eastern).

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GOFL Nickname contest

Well the results are in and we had six entries all with the correct answers:

Trevor "Mister" Lahey
Cory "Spud"  Morrison
Neil "Cookie Monster" Cooke
Andy "Android" Barber

First on the case was Derek Barber, the proud new owner of a bottle of Yuengling beer.

Also with correct entries were:
Kenny Fleck
Cory Alkerton
Mike Money
Derek Martin
Shawn Laframboise

Thanks for participating. Maybe we will do it again.

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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Blitz earn three points in doubleheader with Blues

Results from the Barrhaven Broadway Blues / Manotick Taylor's Blitz doubleheader in Manotick on Wednesday night.

Barrhaven 4 Manotick 4
Jason Smith threw for Barrhaven while Jamie Blakely was in the circle for Manotick. Kevin Williams had a home run for the Blues.

Manotick 3 Barrhaven 1
Shannon Borho had the win for the Blitzos while Trevor Lahey was tagged with the loss for Barrhaven.


Comeback win for Kars over Stittsville, 6-5

In an exciting game at the Grove on Wednesday night, the Kars Aces defeated the Stittsville 56ers 6-5 in GOFL action.

Brad Porter had the win, in relief of Cory Alkerton. Darren Featherstone took the loss.

Kars had a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the sixth, but Stittsville scored five to go ahead 5-3. However, a rally by the Aces in the top of the seventh saw the visitors score three to regain the lead and hold on for the win.

more to follow


Fitzroy Fastball Contest

Not too often do we have a contest on the blog, but tonight I was inspired to try one.

One of the things about fastball I like is the creative nicknames. Sometimes you may play against (or even with) a particular player for a long period of time and never know their actual name on their birth certificate. Or you may have a nickname (like I do) that only people you play ball with call you by - your other friends outside fastball have never heard you called that.

With that in mind, this contest tests your knowledge of Greater Ottawa Fastball League player nicknames.  See below for four photos, each representing a player in the GOFL (hint: they are from four different teams).

If you know the real names of the players these represent, put your answers in the comments and leave your name (or nickname, I suppose). First person to get all four gets a duty free Yuengling from the case I brought back from Lackawanna on the weekend. (Approximate cash value, 83 cents USD).

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As seen in Harbour Ball UPDATED

I like to periodically bring you gems from the Fitzroy Harbour Men's Fastball League, known locally as "Harbour Ball". This recreational men's league has its share of interesting characters.

Tonight, the first baseman for one of the teams had a glove on his right hand. Not so strange, you say, for a first baseman to be left-handed.

Yes, but this guy is right-handed. He had a ball glove on his left-hand, and a batting glove on his throwing hand. Not sure whether he has bizarre skin disease or something, but definitely the first time I have seen that, even in Harbour Ball.

UPDATE: Turns out the guy had a burnt had from a BBQing accident!


Gil Read Memorial Tournament History

A little bit of history on the Gil Read Memorial Tournament - the sixth edition of which will take place on the July 26-28 weekend.

2012: 9 teams - at Carp Fairgrounds
Champions: Toronto, ON Gators

2011: 10 teams - at Carp Fairgrounds
Champions: Quebec, QC Seniors

2010: 10 teams - at Carp Fairgrounds
Champions: Quyon, QC Combat Flyers

2009: 9 teams - at Carlington Park, Ottawa (also ISC II Qualifier)
Champions: Ottawa, ON Team Easton

2008: 8 teams - at Carlington Park, Ottawa
Champions: Ottawa, ON Team Easton

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Tuesday, July 09, 2013

6th Annual Gil Read Memorial Tournament schedule

The 6th Annual Gil Read Memorial Fastball Tournament will be held July 26-28 in Carp with 12 teams attending.

Pool A
Fitzroy Harbour, ON West Carleton Electric
Micksburg, ON Twins
Carp, ON I4C Victory
Napanee, ON Express (Juniors)

Pool B
Stittsville, ON 56ers
Manotick, ON Taylor's Blitz
Elkland, PA Thunderbellys
Donnacona, QC Blue Sox

Pool C
Kars, ON Aces
Barrhaven, ON Broadway Blues
Napanee, ON Express (Seniors)
Sharon, ON Lake Simcoe Lightning

Friday July 26
7pm D1: Stittsville vs Blitz
7pm D2: Kars vs Barrhaven
9pm D1: WC Electric vs Napanee Jr
9pm D2: Micksburg vs Carp

Saturday July 27
8am D2: Elkland vs Donnacona
9am D1: Lake Simcoe vs Napanee Sr
10am D2: WC Electric vs Carp
11am D1: Micksburg vs Napanee Jr
Noon D2: Stittsville vs Donnacona
1pm D1: Barrhaven vs Napanee Sr
2pm D2: Blitz vs Elkland
3pm D1: Carp vs Napanee Jr
4pm D2: Barrhaven vs Lake Simcoe
5pm D1: Kars vs Napanee Sr
6pm D2: Elkland vs Stittsville
7pm D1: Blitz vs Donnacona
8pm D2: WC Electric vs Micksburg
9pm D1: Kars vs Lake Simcoe

Top two teams in each division advance to Sunday, plus two "wildcards". All teams seed according to tie breaker formula.

Head to Head
plus / minus
runs against
coin flip

Sunday July 28
9am D1: #1 Seed vs #8 Seed
9am D2: #2 Seed vs #7 Seed
11am D1: #3 Seed vs #6 Seed
11am D2: #4 Seed vs #5 Seed

NEW THIS YEAR: Home Run Derby between quarterfinals and semifinals

1pm D1: Highest advancing seed vs Lowest advancing seed
1pm D2: Advancing team #2 vs Advancing team #3

3:30pm D1: FINAL


Lackawanna tournament results

Word is that the PA Power won the Mickey Brennan Memorial tournament in Lackawanna, NY this past weekend, lead by standout pitching from Juan Potolicchio (Argentina) and supported by Thomas Enoka (Samoa by way of New Zealand), Frank Perez and Frank DeGroot (USA softball). Four ISF players on one team at Lackawanna - not bad!

Making it to the final six on Sunday were Lackawanna Jaxx, the finalists (Doug Hoffman), Napanee Express (Jordan McDonald, Ian Wallwork), New York Bombers (Neil Cooke, Caleb Keeshig), Elkland Thunderbellys (Gregg Garrity, Jamie Thompson, Ty McKinney, Bill Sherman) and Lackawanna Big John's (Tom Berube).

Other teams participating included Lackawanna Steamers, Dunkirk Big Daddy's Lounge, Curve Lake Trappers and Niagara Snappers.

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OASA Eliminations results - Peewee and Bantam

The OASA elimination tournaments for Peewee (U14) Bantam (U16) were held this past weekend in Cobourg and New Dundee respectively.

The Peewee tournament did not have a representative from eastern Ontario. There were 13 teams including Napanee and the hosts from Cobourg. Glencoe were the winners, beating Chepstow in the final.

For the Bantam side, there were also 13 teams competing, including one from Osgoode in eastern Ontario. Osgoode finished 1-2, though it does look like their win may have been a default - it's not clear in the results. The tournament was won by the Kitchener/Waterloo team.

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51st Annual Au Sable Forks Tournament Schedule

There are 12 teams this year in the Au Sable Folks Annual Tournament in Au Sable, NY including three GOFL teams.

CPI Classics - Oswego, NY
Razzano's Trucking - Johnstown/Au Sable Forks, NY
Knoxville Ontario, PA/ON
Gordon Oil - Au Sable Folks, NY
Barrhaven Broadway Blues - Ottawa, ON
New York Bombers - Cortland, NY
Scooters - Forestport, NY
St-Henri, QC
Carp I4C Victory - Carp, ON
New York Swashbucklers - Staten Island, NY
Mountain Brook Lodge Blitz - Wilmington, NY / Ottawa, ON
Donnacona Blue Sox - Donnacona, QC

New format for this year with the two extra teams - schedule posted here.


U21 Men's International Tournament in Saskatoon

Things get started today at the U21 Men's Fastpitch International Championship in Saskatoon, which runs from July 9 to July 14.

There are 12 teams participating, with 9 provinces (all but PEI) represented as well as the Northwest Territories plus international teams from New Zealand and Argentina.

Team Ontario plays in the first game against Team Alberta at 11am Saskatoon time.

Best of luck to Andy Barber of West Carleton Electric as he participates for Ontario in the event. Follow the results on the Softball Canada website.

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Monday, July 08, 2013

Edmond Taylor dies at 91

Condolences to Ivan Taylor and his family on the death of his father, Edmond Taylor. Mr. Taylor died last night in Mount Forest at the age of 91.

Well into his golden years, Mr. Taylor embraced technology and had his own Facebook page.

"Ed" was a fastball fan and sponsor. The Manotick Taylor's Blitz bear his name.

A long live well lived.


GOFL this week

The Greater Ottawa Fastball League has six games lined up on the schedule this week.

Things kick off with a rare Tuesday night tilt at the Grove in Stittsville, as the Quyon Flyers (2-5) are in to play the 56ers (3-7) at 8:30pm in a make up game from early June.

The 56ers are back at it on Wednesday night at home, hosting the Kars Aces (4-4-2) at 8:30pm. The 7pm and 9pm games in Manotick sees Taylor's Blitz (4-6) and the Barrhaven Broadway Blues (3-6) tangle in a 'home and home' doubleheader.

Thursday night, Carp I4C Victory (7-3-1) takes the boat to Quyon to face the Flyers in a 8pm start. Also that night at 7pm in Fitzroy Harbour is the annual "Harbour Days" game, this year featuring the Micksburg Twins (9-2) in face West Carleton Electric (5-4-1). Beforehand, there will be a softball skills clinic from 6pm to 6:45pm led by some of the GOFL players on hand.


Micksburg beats Quyon 9-2 on Friday - DETAILS

Micksburg 9 Quyon 2

Friday night saw Micksburg beat Quyon by a score of 9-2 in 5 innings.  Corey Costello had the win while Matt Greer took the loss.  The Twins jumped out to an early lead and easily cruised to victory.

Quyon got a spark in the second inning after a Steve McCord single to right field.  In his 2013 debut, Earl Kearns pulled an RBI double down the right field line to get the Flyers on the board.

Joe McCleary added a solo home run in the 5th but that’s all the offense Quyon could muster.

Corey Costello had two homers in addition to the pitching victory to earn the Caveman's Choice as player of the game.

Corey Costello WIN 5IP 3H 2R 1ER 12K

Riley Hennessy 2/2 Triple BB 3R
Corey Costello 3/3 2HR 5RBI
Kerr Childerhose 1/1 Triple BB 1R 1RBI

Joe McCleary HR RBI R
Earl Kearns Double, RBI
Steve McCord Single, R


Quyon 12 vs Barrhaven 4 - details from Thursday

from Shawn Laframboise

Quyon 12 Barrhaven 4
In GOFL action on Thursday night in Quyon, the Flyers beat the Blues 12-4. Matt Greer took the win while Paul Ceppi the loss with relief coming from Trevor Lahey.

Barrhaven got out to an early 4-0 lead in the top of the 1st inning.

Quyon answered back with 2 in the bottom half of the 1st.  Dennis McCleary singled and scored on a Shawn Laframboise double to the gap in right centre.  Laframboise scored on a Matt Greer RBI single to right field.

Quyon took the lead in 2nd with a 3-run homer off the bat of Greer and never looked back.  Joe McCleary ended things in the bottom of the 5th with a walk-off mercy rule grand slam.

For his work on the slab getting the win as well as going three for four with a HR and 4RBI, Greer gets the decision as Caveman's Choice for player of the game.

Matt Greer – WIN, 5IP, 6H

Quyon Hitting

S. Laframboise  3-3, 2B, 2RBI, HBP
M. Greer             3-4, HR, 4RBI
J. McCleary         2-3, GS, 4RBI
D. McCleary        2-4, 2RBI


Micksburg 9 Quyon 2

Word is that Micksburg beat Quyon 9-3 in GOFL action on Friday night in the 'Burg.

More to follow


Friday, July 05, 2013

Lackawanna Tournament this weekend

The Mickey Brennan Memorial Tournament in Lackawanna, NY (near Buffalo) has ten teams this year. Should be some good competition this weekend. While no GOFL teams are attending, a few league players will be there. The Elkland Thunderbellys are defending champions.

Draw and tourney information online here: http://www.mickeybrennantournament.com/

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Carp over Blitz 6-1 on Thursday night

from Eric Rosenquist

Carp I4C Victory beat the Manotick Taylor's Blitz 6-1 in GOFL play on Thursday night. Cody Price had the win while Jamie Blakely took the loss.

Carp got off to a quick start in the late game, scoring a run in the bottom of the first when lead-off hitter Shawn Simzer singled and was driven in by a two-out RBI single off the bat of catcher Al Read.
Carp added a pair of runs to put them up 3-0 after two innings. Adam Fleming hit a lead-off single but was forced out at second on a fielders choice off the bat of Curtis Scurr. Scurr then moved to third base on a double by Carp pitcher Cody Price and was driven in when Eric Rosenquist hit an infield single off Blitz pitcher Jamie Blakely's leg. Simzer then hit a fly ball to right field that was just deep enough for Price to tag up and score from 3rd.
The score stayed 3-0 until the top of the 5th when the Blitz got on the board. Tony Riches survived a lengthy at-bat in which he fouled off several two-strike pitches and eventually singled to left field. He worked his way to third on a pair of passed balls and was eventually brought home by Tony Searle's two-out single.

Carp added some insurance in the bottom of the sixth when Curtis Scurr started the inning with a single, moved to second on a one-out bunt by Rosenquist, advanced to third on a shallow single by Simzer, and then came home when Bobby Jack Hart doubled to score both Scurr and Simzer. Kevin McGuire followed Hart with a double off the fence, driving in Hart and putting Carp up 6-1.
Price then closed out the game allowing just one baserunner in the top of the 7th to seal the win for Carp.
For his 1-2 night at the plate and 7K pitching performance, Cody Price gets the nod as the Caveman Player of the Game.
Cody Price WIN 7IP 1R 1ER 6H 7K 2BB 1HBP
Al Read 3-4, RBI, SB
Adam Fleming 2-3
Shawn Simzer 2-4, RBI, 2R
Bobby Jack Hart 2-4, 2RBI, R
Cody Price 1-2, R, SAC
Eric Rosenquist 1-2, RBI, SAC
Jamie Blakely LOSS 6IP 6R 6ER 4K 0BB
Tony Searle 1-2, RBI, BB
Tony Riches 1-3, R
Jeremy Regan 1-3, BB


Micksburg defeats the Blitz 3-1

from Ivan Taylor

Micksburg Twins beat the Manotick Taylor's Blitz 3-1 in Carp on Thursday night.  Joran Graham got the win and Tony Riches took the loss with relief from Gord Flannery.

Manotick got on the board first.  Jamie Blakely led off the game with a walk, advanced to second on a wild pitch and scored on an RBI single by Jon Ferguson. 

Micksburg left two on base in the bottom of the first. 

It was a pitchers duel with Manotick going three up and three down for the rest of the game.  Riches also pitched well allowing just two hits until the fifth inning.

In the fifth inning, Paul Griffith hit a one out single for Micksburg.  Then Mike Moss walked.  After a sacrifice bunt, Jamey Mick hit a hanging changeup for a 2 RBI single.  He later scored on an RBI single by Kerr Childerhose.  That put Micksburg up 3-1.  Graham coasted to the win from there.

Jamey Mick earns the Caveman's Choice as Player of the Game honours for his two RBIs and run scored.

For Micksburg
Joran Graham had 12 strikeouts
Jamey Mick single, walk, 2 RBI and a run scored
Kerr Childerhose single, RBI

For Manotick
Tony Riches 10 strikeouts
Jon Ferguson single and RBI


GOFL standings update

Greater Ottawa Fastball League standings after Thursday's games.

Micksburg Twins 8-2
Carp I4C Victory 6-3-1
West Carleton Electric 5-4-1
Quyon Flyers 2-4

Kars Aces 4-4-2
Manotick Taylor's Blitz 4-6
Stittsville 56ers 4-7
Barrhaven Broadway Blues 3-8


Carp I4C Victory comes back to beat West Carleton Electric 6-5

Carp I4C Victory came back with a run in the bottom of the seventh to beat West Carleton Electric 6-5 in GOFL play on Thursday night at the Fairgrounds.

Neil Cooke had the complete game win, while Steve Cavanagh was the losing thrower.

WC scored in the top of the first. Andy Barber walked, was moved to second on a sac bunt by brother Jeff, took third on a wild pitch and scored on Neil Murphy's ground out.

Carp evened the score in the bottom of the second as Joe Murray hit a solo shot.

I4C added a run in the third. With one out, Eric Colvin singled, followed by a Kevin McGuire single. A misplayed grounder on Al Read scored Colvin. Bobby Jack Hart reached on a fielder's choice that put out Read, and the bases were loaded when Adam Fleming walked. However, Cavanagh was able to get a fly out to end the inning, with the score 2-1 for Carp.

Fitzroy took a 3-2 lead in the top of the fourth. With one out, Jeff Cavanagh singled and took second when the ball was bobbled. Jon Daley's hit advanced Cavanagh to third, and JCav scored on Mike Cavanagh's blooper to right. Daley subsequently scored on a Steve Cavanagh's ground out to second.

Carp immediately responded to tie the game in the bottom of the frame. With one out, Cody Price singled, followed by a Shawn Simzer single which moved Price to third. Price scored on a sac fly to right by Colvin.

The Electric again took the lead in the fifth. With one out, Jeff Barber singled and was moved to second on Murphy's sac bunt. Derek Barber's homer to left-centre made the game 5-3 for the 'Trics.

However I4C did not give up and chipped away at the lead. The home team scored one in the bottom of the fifth. Hart singled, took second on a wild pitch and scored on Murray's RBI single.

The game was tied in the bottom of the sixth when Simzer singled and was driven in by a double by pinch hitter Eric Rosenquist.

Fitzroy put two men on in the top of the seventh but couldn't score.

Carp won the game in the bottom of the seventh. After two ground outs, Murray singled, his third hit of the night. On the move with two out, Curtis Scurr's double to the gap scored Murray and ended the game. For his scoring of the game winning run and big night at the plate, Murray earns the Caveman's Choice as player of the game.

Neil Cooke WIN 7IP 5R 5ER 7H 7K 2BB

Shawn Simzer 2-4, R
Eric Colvin 2-2, sac fly, RBI, R
Eric Rosenquist 1-1, 2B, RBI
Kevin McGuire 1-2, 2BB
Bobby-Jack Hart 1-4, R
Joe Murray 3-4, 2RBI, 2R, HR
Curtis Scurr 1-3, RBI, BB
Cody Price 1-3, R

Steve Cavanagh LOSS 6.2IP 6R 5ER 12H 5K 3BB

Andy Barber 1-3, BB, R
Jeff Barber 1-3, R, sac bunt
Neil Murphy RBI
Derek Barber 1-4, HR, 2RBI, R
Jeff Cavanagh 2-3, 2B, R
Jon Daley 1-2, BB, R
Mike Cavanagh 1-3, RBI
Steve Cavanagh RBI


Thursday, July 04, 2013

GOFL Thursday night round up

There were four GOFL games played on Thursday night - three in Carp, one in Quyon.

Micksburg 3 Manotick 1
In a neutral site game played in Carp, (Micksburg home game), the Twins defeated the Blitz 3-1. Joran Graham was the winning pitcher, while Tony Riches took the loss in his Blitz debut with relief from Gord Flannery. The Blitz were up 1-0 after 4 2/3, but Micksburg came back for the win.

Carp 6 Fitzroy Harbour 5
In a game that had a few lead changes, I4C Victory came back to beat West Carleton Electric 6-5, with a walk off double to cash the winning run in the bottom of the seventh. Neil Cooke earned the win, while Steve Cavanagh took the loss.

Carp 6 Manotick 1
I4C Victory won their second game of the night with a 6-1 win over the Blitz. Cody Price was the winning thrower for Carp, while Jamie Blakely was the loser pitcher.

Quyon 12 Barrhaven 4
The Flyers got back on the winning side of things with a big 12-4 mercy rule win in five innings over the Blues. Matt Greer was the WP, Paul Ceppi had the loss with relief from Trevor Lahey. Joe McCleary's grand slam for the Flyers in the fifth ended things.