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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Saturday, May 31, 2014

Stittsville Minor Softball "Fun League Fun Day" features GOFL game today

Stittsville Minor Softball is hosting a "Fun Day" for their "Fun League" participants today at the Grove.

As part of the activities, there will be a Greater Ottawa Fastball League game between I4C Victory and Stittsville 56ers, with first pitch scheduled for 1:30pm.


Blackburn Men's Fastball League Showcase

from Nick Bowman

The BMFL league showcase will be held this weekend. Games will be played at the Blackburn arena and Queensway (near Telesat).

Here is the schedule:

Sat, May 31
9:00 AM Arena Mr. Electric Rogues
9:00 AM Queensway Bandits Knights
11:00 AM Queensway Goodfellows Blue Jays
11:00 AM Arena Guzzlers Gloucester Heating
1:00 PM Queensway Bandits Rogues
1:00 PM Arena Knights Mr. Electric
3:00 PM Queensway Gloucester Heating Blue Jays
3:00 PM Arena Goodfellows Guzzlers

Sun, June 1
9:00 AM Queensway Guzzlers Blue Jays
9:00 AM Arena Rogues Knights
11:00 AM Queensway Goodfellows Mr. Electric
11:00 AM Arena Bandits Gloucester Heating
1:00 PM Arena Knights Blue Jays
1:00 PM Queensway Rogues Guzzlers
3:00 PM Queensway Bandits Mr. Electric


Friday, May 30, 2014

GOFL Media Partner: Valley Heritage Radio

The Greater Ottawa Fastball League is fortunate to have a media partner with Valley Heritage Radio 98.7 from Burnstown.

Valley Heritage Radio is providing updates on GOFL scores on the noon and 4 pm and 5 pm sportscasts, Monday to Friday.

Be sure to listen to 98.7 if you are in their broadcast area, or check them out online at valleyheritageradio.ca.

Thank to former star of the White Lake Squirts fastball team, and my old volleyball teammate from 1983, Jason "Juice" Marshall, the station manager at CJHR, for providing the coverage.


The return of Woody

Last night at the GOFL game in Shawville, it was great to see a once-familiar face back playing fastball in our league.

Randy Peck, one of the top fastball players ever produced in the area - certainly the best player ever to come from Danford Lake, QC - is suiting up this season for the Quyon Flyers.

The owner of R. Peck Construction played several seasons in the GOFL with the Ottawa Team Easton before taking a temporary retirement a few years back. He is playing this year as well with the Toronto Gators Masters tournament team.

Here are a few old newspaper stories about Randy from an earlier blog posting.

A great guy, top notch player and a busy father of five with tons of fastball experience - just for example, he played in the ISC World Tournament in 1990: that's two years before the pitcher he faced last night was even born!


West Carleton Electric beats Quyon Flyers 8-3 in Shawville

With the the Quyon ball park still soggy with the wet spring, the Greater Ottawa Fastball League game between Quyon Flyers and West Carleton Electric was moved to the Shawville diamond on Thursday night.

The Electric came back from an early 2-0 deficit to beat the Flyers 8-3. Andy Barber had the win while Matt Greer took the loss.

Quyon scored a pair in the bottom of the first frame. With two out, Matt Greer singled. Subsequent walks to Joe McCleary and Steve McCord loaded the bases for the veteran Randy Peck. Peck singled just past the outstretched reach of the Electric's second baseman, cashing two. Another walk to Dave Hobbs loaded the bases again, but Barber got out of the inning with a fly ball.

Fitzroy got on the board in the top of the fourth. Mike Cavanagh started the inning with a double ripped down the third base line. Jeff Barber as hit by a pitch to put two on and none out, setting up a bunt situation for Trevor Barton. When Barton's bunt was thrown away, Cavanagh scored. A walk to Derek Barber loaded up the bases and Shawn Rebertz's sacrifice fly to right scored JBarber.

The Flyers took the lead in the bottom of the fourth on singles by Earl Kearns, Dennis McCleary and Shawn Laframboise which scored one.

WC tied things in the top of the fifth. Andy Barber tripled with one out and scored on an infield single by Barton.

The Electric added three in the sixth and two in the seventh.

The top of the sixth inning saw Rebertz hit a solo home run to start the frame, and Neil Murphy and Jon Daley (both who reached singles) score on Mike Cavanagh's 2 RBI single.

The seventh saw Derek Barber, who had singled, score on Adam Rueckwald's double. Rueckwald subsequently scored on a misplayed fly ball after advancing to third on a ground out.

For his solid game on defense and good night at the plate, the Caveman's Choice for player of the game goes to Mike Cavanagh.

Andy Barber WIN 7IP 3R 3ER 5H 12K 6BB 1HBP

Jon Daley 1-5 R
Andy Barber 1-4 3B R BB
Mike Cavanagh 2-3 R 2B 2RBI HBP
Jeff Barber 1-3 HBP R
Trevor Barton 1-2 RBI
Derek Barber 1-3 R BB
Shawn Rebertz 1-3 R 2RBI Sac Fly
Adam Rueckwald 1-1 2B RBI R
Neil Murphy 2-4 R

Matt Greer LOSS 7IP 8R 6ER 11H 4K 2BB 1HBP

Dennis McCleary 1-3 HBP
Shawn Laframboise 1-3 RBI
Matt Greer 1-3 BB R
Randy Peck 1-2 2RBI
Earl Kearns 1-3 R


I4C Victory beats Kanata Pirates 8-1 - UPDATED with details

In Greater Ottawa Fastball League play on Thursday night in Carp, I4C Victory defeated the Kanata Pirates 8-1.

Neil Cooke earned the win and had relief from Andrew Putnam. Duane Bromley took the loss.

Story by Ivan Taylor

I4C Victory mercied the Kanata Pirates last night 8-1 in Carp.

Duane Bromley got the start for the Pirates and Neil Cooke got the start for I4C.

I4C scored 3 runs in the top of the first.  Shawn Simzer hit a single and was bunted over to second by Donnie Cox.  Bobby Jack Hart hit an RBI double off the fence to score Simzer.  Then Joe Murray hit a 2 run homer.  The Pirates failed to score in the bottom and after one inning the score was I4C 3 Pirates 0.

In the second, Curtis Scurr hit a single.  I4C later scored a run on a Shawn Simzer single off the fence.  Trevor Power led off the bottom of the second inning for the Pirates with a solo homer.  After two innings, the score was I4C 4 Pirates 1.

In the top of the third, Bobby Jack Hart led off by reaching first base on an error.  Joe Murray followed with a single.  Then Andrew Putnam hit a 2 RBI single.  The Pirates failed to score in the bottom of the inning and after three innings, the score was I4C 6 Pirates 1.

In the fourth inning, Bobby Jack Hart and Joe Murray hit solo homers.  Andrew Putnam came in to pitch for I4C and shut down the Pirates in the fourth and fifth inning.  The final score was 8-1.

Caveman player of the game: Joe Murray with 2 home runs and a single in three at bats.

I4C Hitting
Joe Murray 2 HR, 1B, 3 RBIs, 3R
Bobby Jack Hart HR, 1B, BB, 2 RBIs, 3R
Shawn Simzer 3 1Bs, R, RBI
Andrew Putnam 1B, 2 RBIs
Mike Money 1B
Curtis Scurr 1B
S. Murray BB, R

I4C Pitching
Neil Cooke 3 IP, 1R, 2H, 4K
Andrew Putnam 2 IP, 0R, 0H, 2K, BB

Pirates Hitting
Trevor Power HR
Tony MacDonald 2B, BB

Pirates Pitching
Duane Bromley 5 IP, 8R, 11H, 2K, 2BB


Thursday, May 29, 2014

Kars and Micksburg split doubleheader - UPDATED with details

Info from Paul Griffiths & Spud Morrison

Kars Aces and Micksburg Twins split a doubleheader in GOFL play in Manotick on Wednesday night.

Micksburg 9 Kars 1

In the opener, the Twins won 9-1. Joran Graham was the winning pitcher, while Brad Porter took the loss.

The Twins got out to an early lead as Corey Costello drew a two out walk fallowed by a single by Joran Graham. With two on two out, Quintan Rook drove them in with a double to right field.

Micksburg got on the board again in the 4th with a two out single by Jamey Mick scoring Mike Moss.

Twins added one more in the fifth with a solo shot from Graham. Micksburg opened the game up on the fifth with another RBI single by Mick who had a strong game at the plate and in the field making a leaping grab, earning the nod as Caveman's Choice as player of the game. Then next Corey Costello hit a laser three run shot to left centre. Kevin Humphries rounded out the scoring with a RBI single.

Nick Ellis scored the only run for Kars with a solo homer.

Micksburg Batting
Jamey Mick 3-4 2 RBI 1R
Corey Costello 1-4 HR 3RBI BB
Joran Graham 2-4 HR 1RBI BB
Quintan Rook 2-4 2RBI 2B 1R
Kevin Humphries 1-4 RBI
Matt McIntyre 2-3 1R

Joran Graham Win 6 ip 1ER 3H 11K 2BB

Kars batting
Nick Ellis HR
Kristian Knapp 2/3 3B

Kars 9 Micksburg 0

The late game saw the Aces defeat the Twins 9-0. Luke Severson had the win with a one-hitter for Kars, while Matt McIntyre took the loss with relief from Costello. Ellis and Kurtis Summers had homers for Kars.

Kars got out to a two run lead in the first as Matt Alkerton hit a 2Rbi single and later scored in the first. Twins bats cooled off as they only managed a single in the first off the bat of Chad Costello. Kars added to the lead in the 3rd as Kurtis Summers lead of with a homerun to right. A couple errors by the Twins resulted in two more runs for Kars. Then Nick Ellis added a 3 run shot to centre, his second homer of the night.

Luke Severson earns the Caveman's Choice award for throwing a one-hitter in his GOFL debut.

Matt McIntyre LOSS 2 1/3 ip 6H 6ER 5BB 5K
Corey Costello 1 2/3ip 0H 4K

Luke Severson WIN 0R 1H


Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Stittsville defeats West Carleton 14-3

The Stittsville 56ers won 14-3 in Fitzroy Harbour on Tuesday night in GOFL play, defeating West Carleton Electric in a run-rule shortened five inning game.

Dan Konkle had the win, with relief from Darren Featherstone. Steve Cavanagh took the loss in relief of the injured Jeff Barber, and Adam Rueckwald had an inning in relief in his GOFL debut.

Stittsville opened the scoring in the top of the first. Tyler Nystedt walked and Scott Herriot reached on a misplayed ground ball. Both were driven in by Scott Parson's double off the left field fence.

In the bottom of the first frame, Andy Barber walked to lead off, and was moved to second on a Trevor Barton sacrifice bunt. A wild pitch moved Andy to third and a single by Derek Barber scored his younger brother. Jeff Barber singled to put men on first and second. The next hitter Michael Cavanagh hit a hard liner off hand down first base, striking Jeff Barber in the shin. Barber was hurt on the play (and called out) and did not return to pitch. After a walk to Neil Murphy, Konkle got out of the inning with a strike out.

With Steve Cavanagh in from right field to pitch, the 56ers put up four runs in the second inning. Ryan Bond lead off with a walk, and John Craig singled. Nystedt walked to load the bases. Three runs scored on Darren Featherstone's line drive to centre field. Featherstone later scored on Dan Jessiman's single to make it 6-1 for the visitors.

After loading the bases but being kept off the board in the third, the 56ers put five runs across in the fourth. Bond and Trevor Scott had RBIs, and Nystedt had a three run homer in the inning.

Featherstone came in to relief Konkle in the fourth inning. The first batter he faced, Michael Cavanagh, hit a solo home run to make it 11-2 for Stittsville.

Adam Rueckwald, recently signed to a junior card with the Domville Aces, made his GOFL pitching debut in the top of the fifth. Stittsville scored three on an RBI double by Ben Gigliotti and a two RBI single by Bond.

The bottom of the fifth saw Fitzroy score a single run on a solo home run by a pinch hitter, with his first homer in the GOFL since 2005. *

Final score, Stittsville 56ers 14, West Carleton Electric 3.

Tyler Nystedt earns the Caveman's Choice as player of the game, scoring three run, driving in three and hitting a home run, with two walks.

* Yeah, I hit one. Sure it was 226 feet, but it still counts.

Dan Konkle WIN 3IP 1R 1ER 3H 4K 2BB
Darren Featherstone 2IP 2R 2ER 5H 3K 0BB

Tyler Nystedt 1-3 2BB 3RBI HR 3R
Darren Featherstone 3-4 2B 3RBI R
Dan Jessiman 3-4 RBI 2R
Scott Parsons 2-3 BB 2B 2RBI R
Dan Konkle 2BB R
Ben Gigliotti 1-1 2B RBI R
Ryan Bond 2-2 2BB 2R 2RBI
John Craig 1-2, R
Trevor Scott RBI

Jeff Barber 1IP 2R 0ER 1H 1K 1BB
Steve Cavanagh LOSS 3IP 9R 9ER 8H 4K 6BB
Adam Rueckwald 1IP 3R 3ER 4H 0K 0BB

Derek Barber 1-3, RBI
Jeff Barber 1-1
Jeff Cavanagh 1-2
Michael Cavanagh 3-3, HR RBI
Adam Rueckwald 1-1 3B
Adam Brown 1-1 HR RBI


Softball Ontario Summer Job

Softball Ontario Job Posting
Summer Student Position

Title:     LTPD Program Assistant

Reporting to:  Technical Program Coordinator

Start Date:  Monday June 23, 2014

Softball Ontario is pleased to offer a summer employment opportunity to a student who will work closely with the Long Term Player Development Committee (LTPD) U10 Competition Review Committee and our Technical Program Coordinator to plan, organize and deliver U10@Play pilot events to help align Softball’s U10 competitions with LTPD principles.  The student would also have the opportunity to assist with updating/improving the Association’s website promoting LTPD and other Programs and Services.
  • Student currently enrolled in a secondary or post-secondary institution or has graduated within the past 6 months.
  • Sport Administration education and/or experience an asset
  • Softball experience an asset
  • Strong communications skills – written and verbal
  • Strong computer skills, including IT/Digital Media Skills (e-broadcasts; web updating; twitter; Facebook)
  • Ability to work from the Softball Ontario (Toronto) office
  • Willing to work on the weekend of Softball Ontario’s U10@Play event pilots (July 26-27, 2014)
 Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Assist Technical Program Coordinator with preparation of educational material on Learn2Train Stage of LTPD for parents, coaches and players
  • Assist Technical Program Coordinator with securing hosts for Association’s U10@Play pilot events that will test new minor rules and competition formats
  • Assist Technical Program Coordinator and chosen U10@Play event hosts to ensure that the goals of the pilot events are achieved.
  • Assist Technical Program Coordinator with evaluation of U10@Play events and the report following the pilots.
  • Assist with the updating of LTPD and other program information on Association’s website.
 Position Information:
  • This position will be a seven week contract, 35 hours per week, starting June 23, 2014.\
  • Salary - $11.00 per hour.
 Application Deadline/Information:
  • Monday June 16, 2014 by 8:00 AM
  • Softball Ontario c/o Wendy Cathcart, Executive Director – Email:  wcathcart@softballontario.ca


Monday, May 26, 2014

GOFL Week #3 with UPDATE

Week 3 in the Greater Ottawa Fastball League has the five matchups scheduled.

Tuesday in Fitzroy Harbour sees the Stittsville 56ers (0-1-1) face West Carleton Electric (0-1) at 8:30 pm.

The Wednesday night doubleheader in Manotick is a true DH as the Micksburg Twins (1-0) are in for a double dip against the Kars Aces (2-1) at 7 pm and 9 pm.

Kanata Pirates (1-0-1) are to host I4C Victory (1-1) at 8:30 pm at the Carp Fairgrounds on Thursday night.

Also scheduled for Thursday night is a West Carleton Electric vs Quyon Flyers (0-1) game. This match was schedule for Quyon at 7:30pm - however the Quyon Ferry is not in service and isn't anticipated to be in service until June 13. What will happen with the game is currently being discussed. UPDATE: The game will be played in Shawville on Thursday at 8:30 pm.


Sunday, May 25, 2014

Williamsburg Tournament - Final results

Results for the Williamsburg Tournament below - please let me know in the comments if you have any of the missing info or additions.

Ottawa Broker4Tickets were the champions of the 11th edition of the Casey at Bat Tournament in Williamsburg, ON from May 23-25.

Mathieu Roy, of Broker4Tickets was named top hitter of the tournament yet again, earning a .615 batting average, scoring 11 runs, one homerun and driving in five.

Andrew Putnam, also of Broker4Tickets was the named the top pitcher, winning three games, not allowing a run and only giving up seven hits.

Friday 6:30 pm
Williamsburg Cigars 4
Lyn 2
WP: Cory Alkerton 12K in relief of Jamie Smith
LP: Shane McNish 7IP 8K 5H 3BB
HR: Brad Boucock (Lyn)

Friday 8:30 pm
Domville Aces Juniors 7
Eastons Corners 5
WP: Matt McIntyre
LP: Will Lowe

Saturday 10 am
Napanee Junior Express 5
Domville Aces Juniors 0
LP: Luke Severson

Saturday Noon
Williamsburg Cigars 10
Napanee Midgets Express 0
WP: Jason Smith, relief Jamie Smith

Saturday 2 pm
Kanata Pirates 12
Lyn 0
WP: Darren Featherstone
LP: Shane McNish
HR: Darren Featherstone

Saturday 2:30 pm (North Diamond)
Ottawa Broker4Tickets 9
Domville Aces Juniors 0
WP: Andrew Putnam
LP: Matt McIntyre

Saturday 4 pm
Napanee Junior Express 3
Eastons Corners 0
WP: Brandon Sands
LP: Will Lowe

Saturday 4:45 pm (North Diamond)
Napanee Midgets Express 4
Lyn 4
P (Napanee): Marcus Rice
P (Lyn): Shane McNish

Saturday 6 pm
Kanata Pirates 5
Williamsburg Cigars 2
WP: Andy Barber
LP: Cory Alkerton
HR (Kanata): Darren Featherstone (2); Shawn Laframboise
HR (Williamsburg): Matt Alkerton

Saturday 8 pm
Ottawa Broker4Tickets 11
Eastons Corners 2
WP: Luc Thibeault
LP: Andrew Wiggins

Sunday 9 am
Ottawa Broker4Tickets 9
Napanee Junior Express 8
WP: Mathieu Roy
LP: Braden Scott

Sunday 9 am (North Diamond)
Kanata Pirates 3
Napanee Midget Express 0
WP: Duane Bromley
LP: Alex Douglas, relief Marcus Rice

Final Standings

1. Kanata Pirates 3-0
2. Williamsburg Cigars 2-1
T3. Napanee Midgets Express 0-2-1
T3. Lyn 0-2-1

1. Ottawa Broker4Tickets 3-0
2. Napanee Junior Express 2-1
3. Domville Aces Juniors 1-2
4. Eastons Corners 0-3

Playoff Round

Sunday 11 am - Semi-Final
Kanata Pirates 4
Napanee Junior Express 3
WP: Trevor Lahey
LP: Brandon Sands

Sunday 1 pm - Semi-Final
Ottawa Broker4Tickets 6
Williamsburg Cigars 0
WP: Andrew Putnam
LP: Jason Smith, relief Cory Alkerton

Sunday 3:30 pm - Final
Ottawa Broker4Tickets 5 - winner $1000
Kanata Pirates 0 - winner $600
WP: Andrew Putnam
LP: Andy Barber, relief Trevor Lahey


Orleans Rebels finish 1-3 at Elkland Molly Sherman Memorial Tournament

info from Joe McCleary & Derek Barber

The Orleans Rebels went 1-2 in round robin plan and advanced to Sunday at the Molly Sherman Memorial Tournament in Elkland.

First game was a 6-5 loss to Bedford Rays, last years champions. The Rebels were up 5-1 at one point in this one. Jeff Barber took the loss in relief of Matt Greer.

The Rebels then defeated Dick's Diner of Williamsport 8-4. Jeff Barber had the win. Derek Barker, Joel Langford, and Joe McCleary (2) had home runs for Orleans.

Their round robin ended with a 9-3 loss to PA Power. Greer took the loss.

Finishing as the 7th seed, the Rebels play the 2nd seed, face the Elkland Thunderbellys at 11am on Sunday in single elimination play. The host team defeated the Rebels 4-3; Garrett Hone had the win, Jeff Barber pitched well for Orleans.

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Friday, May 23, 2014

Williamsburg Tournament - Friday night results UPDATED

Friday 6:30 pm
Williamsburg Cigars 4
Lyn 2
WP: Cory Alkerton 12K in relief of Jamie Smith
LP: Shane McNish 7IP 8K 5H 3BB
HR: Brad Boucock (Lyn)

Lyn hitters
Brad Boucock 2-3 HR 2RBI
Matt McNish 2-2 BB R

Friday 8:30 pm
Domville Aces Juniors 7
Eastons Corners 5
WP: Matt McIntyre
LP: Will Lowe

Eastons Corners hitters
Jeremy Malloy 1-2 HR, RBI, HBP
William Earl 2-3 HR, 2RBI
Gord Earl 1-2 3B, 2RBI

Thanks to the following "reporters" for their contributions: Trevor Power, Matt McNish, and Jerry McIntyre


Kars beats I4C Victory 3-1 in Manotick night cap UPDATED

In the late game at Manotick, the Kars Aces earned their second win of the night by a 3-1 score over I4C Victory.

Brad Porter earned the pitching win allowing only two hits, while Andrew Putnam took the loss despite tossing a one-hitter.

Kevin McGuire had a solo home run for I4C.

Info from Chad Milne

Kars won the second game of its double-header on Wednesday night, downing I4C by a score of 3-1. Brad Porter pitched for Kars, while Andrew Putnam pitched for I4C.

There wasn’t a lot of scoring in this one. I4C scored their lone run of the game on a long homerun to centre off the bat of Kevin McGuire in the bottom of the 3rd inning to make the score 1-0. As was the case in their first game, Kars responded in their next at bat. In the top of the 4th inning, Kars struck out 5 times and had only 1 hit, a line drive rbi double of the bat of Matt Alkerton, but Kars was able to score 3 runs. A few passed balls and an I4C error contributed to the outburst by Kars. There was no scoring in the last 3½ innings of the game.

Of note, Putnam had 19 strikeouts and allowed only 1 hit for I4C.

Co-players of the game earning the Caveman's Choice: the battery of Brad Porter and Matt Alkerton.


Kars Aces beats Quyon 5-4 in the bottom of the seventh UPDATED

Greater Ottawa Fastball League action on Wednesday night saw the Kars Aces beating the Quyon Flyers 5-4 in the early game in Manotick.

The Aces broke a 4-4 deadlock with a run scored by Kristian Knapp in the bottom of the seventh to seal the victory.

Cory Alkerton earned the pitching win and also contributed with a home run. Matt Greer took the loss but had a big night at the plate going two for two with two walks, three runs batted in and a home run.

Details provided by Chad Milne

Game 1 vs Quyon:

Kars Aces picked up their first win of the season by a score of 5-4 in a back-and-forth contest with the Quyon Flyers. Cory Alkerton pitched for Kars, while Matt Greer pitched for Quyon.

Quyon got on the board in the top of the 1st inning on a 2-run homer off the bat of Matt Greer. Kars responded in the bottom of the 1st with 3 runs of their own. Nick Ellis tripled and was brought home by a Cory Morrison double. Two batters later, Cory Alkerton connected for a 2-run homer to left-centre, scoring Morrison.

After two scoreless innings, Quyon tied the game with a run in the top of the 4th inning. But Kars got that run right back in the bottom of the inning. With one out, Matt Pollard doubled and later scored on a sharp single to right field by left fielder, and former Eastons Corners League batting champ, Brad Porter.

After two more scoreless innings, Quyon tied the game again in the top of the 7th inning. With two out and with two strikes against him, Matt Greer lined a ball just off the end of the outstretched glove of the Kars 2nd baseman, but it was enough to drive in the tying run from 2nd base. But again Kars came right back in the bottom of the 7th. Kristian Knapp lead off with a single. When the next batter Ellis hit a bouncing ball that deflected off the Quyon 2nd baseman’s glove into right field, Knapp raced around the bases and Quyon could not get the ball back into home in time to prevent Knapp from scoring the winning run.

Caveman's Choice as Player of the game: Cory Alkerton for a gritty pitching performance and his 2-run homer.


Williamsburg "Casey at Bat" Tournament Schedule - starts tonight

from Lyle Schell

Tournament schedule for the "Casey at Bat" Tournament in Williamsburg, ON on May 23 to 25.

Williamsburg, ON Cigars
Lyn, ON Midgets
Napanee, ON Express Midgets
Kanata, ON Pirates

Domville, ON Aces Juniors
Eastons Corners, ON
Ottawa, ON Broker4Tickets
Napanee, ON Express Juniors

Fri 6:30 pm Williamsburg Cigars vs Lyn
Fri 8:30 pm Domville Aces vs Eastons Corners

Sat 10 am Domville Aces vs  Napanee Express Jrs
Sat 12 pm Williamsburg Cigars vs Napanee Express Midgets
Sat 2 pm Kanata Pirates vs Lyn
Sat 2:30 pm Ottawa Broker4Tickets vs Domville Aces (north diamond)
Sat 4 pm Eastons Corners vs Napanee Express Jrs
Sat 4:45 pm Napanee Express Midgets vs Lyn (north diamond)
Sat 6 pm Williamsburg Cigars vs Kanata Pirates
Sat 8 pm Ottawa Broker4Tickets vs Eastons Corners

Sun 9 am Napanee Express Jrs vs Ottawa Broker4Tickets
Sun 9 am Kanata Pirates vs Napanee Express Midgets (north diamond)
Sun 11 am semi-final
Sun 1 pm semi-final
Sun 3:30 pm final


Thursday, May 22, 2014

Kanata vs Stittsville postponed due to area thunderstorms

The Stittsville 56ers - Kanata Pirates rematch scheduled for tonight in Carp has been postponed due to thunderstorms in the area. Make up date to be determined.


Local entry into ISC World Tournament - Kanata Storm roster released

As mentioned back on the blog in March, it's anticipated that two local teams will play at the ISC World Tournament in Kitchener this August.

One of the teams has announced their roster: Kanata Storm earned a berth as the top finishing Canadian team at the Elkland Dirk Sherman Classic last Labour Day weekend.

The roster, now posted on Al's Fastball, features GOFL players from five different league teams.

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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Kanata and Stittsville tie at 9 - WITH DETAILS

The Kanata Pirates and the Stittsville 56ers tied at 9 in Greater Ottawa Fastball League action at the Grove on Wednesday night.

Trevor Lahey and Derick Bulley pitched for Kanata. Dan Konkle and Darren Featherstone handled pitching duties for Stittsville.

Johnny Craig provides the details.

In the first walks to Joe Allen and Aaron Amo were cashed by a Jon Ferguson double and he would later score on a 56er error to put Kanata out to a 3-0 lead.  

In the bottom of the second Ryan Bond lead off on a walk and moved to second on a sac bunt.  Dan Bradley then hit a ground ball up the left side and Bond got caught in a good old fashion game of pickle.  Despite the valiant effort, the Pirates got him and Bradley moved to second, he would later score on a Trevor Scott single, 3-1.

In the third Kanata scored two more on singles from Amo, Ferguson and Tony MacDonald taking a 5-1 lead.  

Stittsville would get one back when Scott Herriot singled, stole second and then scored on a Dan Jessiman single cutting the lead to 3.

The 4th was a big inning for the 56ers as old long arms Bradley blasted a home run well up the lights to opposite field.  They would cash in 4 more on a walk to Scott and singles to Ladouceur, Nystedt, Featherstalone, and Herriot taking a 7-5 lead as the Pirates relieved Lahey on the hill with Bulley part way through. 

Kanata answered right back though when Bulley hit a missile over the left field fence followed by Ferguson’s blast to right - the back to back shots tied the game and the 56ers went to the bull pen; enter Dan Konkle relieving Featherstone.   

Top of 6 now, as the players expect daylight to break any minute, they soldier on. Kanata scores two more on a single to Allen, a double to Schonfield and a Stittsville error taking a 9-7 which they would hold into the bottom of 7.  

Scott Parsons was hit by a pitch to lead things off and then scored on Bradley’s double. Dan Konkle then hit a triple to centre tying the game and bringing the winning run to third with one out, but the Pirates were able to close out the marathon, 9-9.

In a GOFL first, the Caveman's Choice for player of the game was Scott Jessiman, despite his being on the 56ers Injured Reserve list. Reason? He showed up with four pizzas for the Stittsville team for their post game nourishment.

Ferguson: 1B,2B, HR
Bulley : HR

Bradley: HR, 2B
Konkle: 3B, RBI


Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Micksburg edges West Carleton Electric 2-1

In Greater Ottawa Fastball League play on Tuesday night in Fitzroy Harbour, the visiting Micksburg Twins edged West Carleton Electric 2-1 in the first game for both teams.

Corey Costello earned the win, with Joran Graham picking up the save. The lone Fitzroy hit was a Trevor Barton bunt single in the third.

Andy Barber threw well in taking the loss for Fitzroy allowing only three hits.

The Twins scored their runs in the third. Paul Griffith lead off with a walk. Mark Bell then bunted with two strikes, pushing the ball down third. The Electric attempted to get the lead runner, but the throw was errant. A sacrifice bunt by Riley Hennessy moved the runners over 60 feet. With the infield drawn in, Kerr Childerose punched a single through the middle to score both runs and put the Twins up 2-0, earning himself the nod as the Caveman's Choice as player of the game.

Costello threw four shutout innings, facing 13 batters, but gave way to Graham in the fifth. After a ground out, Dave Bahm reached first on a Micksburg error. Neil Murphy walked to put two on. The following batter grounded out. Trevor Barton then popped up, but it was misplayed and the bases were full. A walk to Andy Barber scored a run for the 'Trics. Graham got out of the inning with a strikeout.

There was no further scoring and the Twins prevailed with a 2-1 victory.

Corey Costello WIN 4IP 0R 1H 9K 0BB
Joran Graham SAVE 3IP 1R 0ER 0H 5K 3BB

Kerr Childerose 1-4, 2RBI
Joran Graham 1-3
Chad Costello 1-2, BB
Paul Griffith BB, R

Andy Barber LOSS 7IP 2R 1ER 3H 14K 3BB 1HBP

Andy Barber BB, RBI
Neil Murphy 2BB
Trevor Barton 1-3


Monday, May 19, 2014

8th Annual Molly Sherman Memorial Tournament in Elkland May 23-25

The 8th Annual Molly Sherman Memorial Tournament will be held in Elkland, PA from May 23 - 25.

Twelve teams are competing - most from New York and Pennsylvania, but this year, there will be a local team at "The Molly" as the Orleans Rebels tourney squad is making the trek.

My sources tell me that the Rebels team will feature GOFLers from West Carleton Electric, Kanata Pirates, Quyon Flyers, and some players from the Blackburn Men's Fastball League, all lead by a member of the Toronto Gators (formerly of the GOFL's Orleans Gators).

Full schedule here.

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REMINDER: Gil Read Tournament July 25-27 still has room for teams

The "Gil" is still looking for a few teams to confirm for the tournament this year. If your team is interested, now is the time to let the organizers know so they can ensure they have enough to make it viable. 

It's a great annual event and all local men's teams should consider entering. It would also be great if other teams from outside eastern Ontario  / western Quebec could join and be a part of a great tournament with great crowds for a great cause.

7th Annual Gil Read Memorial Tournament 

The 7th Annual Gil Read Memorial Men’s Fastpitch tournament will be held once again at the Carp Fair Grounds in Carp, Ontario the weekend of July 25th, 26th and 27th, 2014.

The first 12 teams will be accepted with entry fee set at $450. This is an Open class tournament without restriction.

Prize money will be handed out as follows (Based on a 12 team format):

  • 1st Place $1,800.00
  • 2nd Place $700.00
  • 3rd place tie - $250 each 

Last year’s winners were the Lake Simcoe Lightning.

Fantastic beer garden with the best burgers around, all in support of the Gil Read Memorial Foundation.

Contact Info
Al Read
wk 613-782-3204
hm 613-435-3199


GOFL week #2

Week 2 of the Greater Ottawa Fastball League schedule has five games on tap.

Tuesday night sees West Carleton Electric with their home opener, facing defending champions Micksburg Twins at 8:30 pm in Fitzroy Harbour in the first game of the season for both clubs.

The Wednesday nighter in the Grove has the Stittsville 56ers (0-1) hosting the Kanata Pirates (1-0) at 8:30 pm. The doubleheader in Manotick has Quyon Flyers in their opener against the host Kars Aces (0-1) at 7 pm, with I4C Victory (1-0) hosting Kars in the second game at 9 pm.

Thursday night in Carp has Kanata playing host to Stittsville at 8:30 pm.

There was originally a game in Quyon on Thursday as well but with the Ferry closed until later in the month and I4C with player issues, the game is being postponed until a later date. Update: Turns out as well the field in Quyon is very soggy and still unplayable due to the high water conditions on the Ottawa River. 


Napanee Express finish 4-1 at Woodstock tournament

The Napanee Express men's team finished 4-1 at the Woodstock tournament this past weekend, losing out in the A semi-finals to the eventual champs the Shakespeare Falcons. Several ISC level teams were competing at this event.

Full results on Al's Fastball.

(In an aside, please tell me I am not the only person juvenile enough to have laughed at the team listed as the "Toronto Master Gators" - see game 5. I am thinking Toronto Gators Masters would be a better formulation.)


PWSA Novice Girls House League Selects Provincials in Stittsville

from Kelly Daize
Aug 22-24, 2014: Provincial Women's Softball Association - Novice Girls House League Selects Provincials (Stittsville)
The Stittsville Minor Softball Association is thrilled to hosting this year’s provincials.  If you have any questions please feel free to contact kelly@stittsvillesoftball.org. For for tournament details visit http://www.ontariopwsa.com/Competition/Houseleague/Championships.aspx.

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Thursday, May 15, 2014

Kanata 5 Kars 4 - with DETAILS

The Kanata Pirates won tonight in Carp in their first game in the Greater Ottawa Fastball League with a 5-4 rain-shortened victory over the Kars Aces.

Jason Smith earned the win for the Pirates with relief from Trevor Lahey while Brad Porter took the loss. Kristian Knapp and Cory Morrison had homers for Kars.

details from Duane Bromley

Kanata Pirates win their inaugural game in the GOFL, edging Kars Aces 5-4 in a rain shortened game on Thursday.

Kars got off to a quick start as Kristian Knapp led off the game with a home run. Kanata threatened in the bottom of the first but their aggressive base running ran them out of the inning as Joe Allen was caught trying to steal home and Kevin Shonfield got caught rounding second after walking to get on base. 

Kanata scored three in the bottom of the second sending eight men to the plate. Jon Ferguson and Trevor Power led off the inning with walks and Ferguson scored on Lindsay Medynski’s double. After Kevin Williams walked to load the bases, Power scored when Trevor Watts was hit by a pitch. Medynski later scored after tagging up when Joe Allen’s shallow fly to left was caught by Kars shortstop Nick Ellis.  Ellis had no chance at the plate but made a head’s up play throwing out Kevin Williams trying for third. Brad Porter gave up another walk but got out of the jam when Aaron Amo was caught looking.

Kars used the long ball again to regain the lead 4-3 in the top of the third on Cory Morrison’s three-run shot to centre.

The see-saw battle continued in the bottom of the third.  Derrick Bulley led off the inning with a triple and scored when Kars 2nd baseman Knapp couldn’t scoop Trevor Power’s slow bouncer. Power advanced to second on a wild pitch and on to third when Medynski was thrown out at first. Power later scored on another wild pitch to make it 5-4 for the home team (note: it was actually Medynski who scampered home as he was running for Power on the two-out catcher rule).

Trevor Lahey entered the game in relief of Kanata’s starter Jason Smith. While he gave up a single he got out of the inning quickly with a pair of strikeouts. With rain starting to fall, Trevor Watts led off the home half of the inning with his first career GOFL homerun. The skies started to open up and with a bleak forecast the blue crew quickly called the game. 

Trevor Power gets the Caveman’s Choice as player of the game scoring twice including the winning run. 


Quyon at Micksburg postponed due to weather / field conditions

With rain last night and more rain in the upper valley this afternoon plus the distinct possibility of more rain coming this evening, the GOFL game to be hosted in Micksburg tonight between the Twins and the Quyon Flyers has been postponed due to field conditions.


I4C Victory 9 Stittsville 56ers 0 - with details

In the first game of the Greater Ottawa Fastball League regular season Wednesday night, I4C Victory defeated the Stittsville 56ers 9-0 in a mercy rule shortened game at the Grove.

Andrew Putnam earned the pitching win a no-hitter in his GOFL debut. Darren Featherstone took the loss and had relief from Dan Konkle.

Detailed report below, from Adam Fleming

I4C Victory made their season debut last night on the road vs Stittsville 56ers at the Grove.

Andrew Putnam earned the pitching win a no-hitter in his GOFL debut. Darren Featherstone took the loss and had relief from Dan Konkle.

Kevin McGuire started things off top of the first with a lead off walk but Featherstone was able to get out of the inning with a strikeout followed by 2 flyouts.

Stittsville threatened in their half of the inning when Featherstone and Scott Herriot got on with back to back walks. Putnam was able to get out of it without any damage.

Stittsville threatened again in 2nd when they loaded the bases with walks but again Putnam was able to get out of the inning untouched.

Victory got on the board in the top of the third with a lead off walk by Adam Fleming followed by a single by McGuire. Matt McNish then drove in Fleming on a ground ball single that bounced up and over the Sttitsville third basemen. Next batter Bobby Jack Hart drove a double to the fence in left field scoring McGuire and McNish. After Shawn Simzer reached on an error, Joe Murray singled up the middle scoring Hart. Mike Money then drove in Simzer on a double to make it 5 - 0.

Putnam would then settle in and go 3 up 3 down for the 3rd and 4th innings.

In the top of the 5th Stittsville made a pitching change bringing in Dan Konkle for his season debut. Victory would add to their lead in the 5th. They started with a walk by McNish. Next batter Hart reached on an error and Simzer drew a walk to load the bases. Murray then drove in McNish and Hart with his second single of the night. McGuire would later single to drive in Simzer and Murray giving Victory a 9 - 0 lead.

Putnam would continue to cruise in the bottom of the 5th with 3 k's to end the game in a 9 - 0 win for I4C.

Andrew Putnam gets the Caveman's Choice as player of the game throwing a no hitter in his GOFL debut with 11 k's over 5 innings.

McGuire   2 - 3 , 1 BB, 2 RBI, 1 R
McNish    1 - 3 , 1 RBI, 2 R
Simzer      0 - 2 , 1 BB, 2 R
Hart         1 - 3 , 2 RBI, 2 R
Murray    2 - 2 , 3 RBI, 1 BB , 1 R
Money    1 - 3 , 1 RBI
Fleming  0 - 1 , 2 BB , 1 R


Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Pontiac Men's Fastball League a go for 2014

Looks like Pontiac League will be a go for Monday nights this season, with four teams participating at the Shawville RA diamonds.

Organizer Joe McCleary is still looking for a "few good men" to help round out the teams. Interested players should contact Big Joe via Facebook, by phone 613-294-7319 or email at jmccleary25@gmail.com.


Elkland Thunderbellys ISC roster posted

The Elkland, PA Thunderbellys have posted their roster for the ISC World Tournament in Kitchener this August.

Lots of 'Bellys regulars on the team with a few new faces. GOFLer (Kars Aces) and long-time Thunderbelly tournament pitcher Brad Porter is on the roster, as posted on Al's Fastball.


Toronto Gators ISC roster posted

The Toronto Gators ISC roster for the World Tournament in Kitchener is now posted on Al's Fastball.

Notables on the roster include Joel Langford, originally from Orleans, who has played in GOFL with the former Orleans Gators team and with I4C Victory. Also on the list is Dan Loney, from Cornwall who plays in the GOFL with I4C Victory. They also have Darren Zack on the list - as a coach.


Local minor softball tournaments

A few local associations are hosting softball tournaments for various minor age groups. If you know of an area tournament for minor softball teams, please let me know at fastball@fitzroyharbour.com and I will post.

Peewee Boys Softball Tournament - Kenmore
June 20-21 (Rain date: June 22)
$250 per team, with a three game minimum
Canteen for food and drinks.
Register by June 6
Contact Mark Baldwin email: Mark.Baldwin[at]ottawa.ca

2nd Annual McNab-Braeside Peewee Select Tournament
June 27-29
$300 per team, with a three game minimum. Looking for 12 teams
Register by June 14
Contact Joe Shean email: jshean65[at]yahoo.ca or Adam Rueckwald mbfastball[at]hotmail.com

Bernie Beauregard Tournament - Orleans
July 12-13
Select teams at Mite, Squirt boys and girls, Novice girls, Peewee boys and Midget Girls.
Contact Tiffany Dunbar email: competitive[at]orleanssoftball.org

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Monday, May 12, 2014

GOFL week one - the season begins!

The Greater Ottawa Fastball League season finally gets started this week with three games - assuming the weather cooperates.

Wednesday night at the Grove sees the Stittsville 56ers host I4C Victory at 8:30pm.

Thursday night has two games, with the Quyon Flyers playing the Twins at Micksburg at 8:30pm, while the Kars Aces will play the Kanata Pirates (in Carp) at 8:30pm.

West Carleton Electric gets started in Week 2.

Be sure to check out the league website at www.GOFL.ca.


Monday, May 05, 2014

Call 2014 for U10@Play Event Host

We hosted one of these last year in Fitzroy Harbour. It was lots of fun for the kids - hopefully an association in eastern Ontario will put forth a bid. If there is one nearby, I can pretty much guarantee the Caveman coming to your town with the West Carleton Mites. (Which pretty much would make it worthwhile, don't you think?)

Call 2014 for U10@Play Event Host

Softball Ontario in partnership with Provincial Women’s Softball (PWSA), Ontario Amateur Softball Association (OASA), and Ontario Rural Softball Association (ORSA), is seeking hosts to pilot the new Softball Canada Minor Softball Rules for the weekend of July 26-27, 2014 across the province!
Softball Ontario’s U10@Play events are to encourage a friendly, social and non-competitive atmosphere and capture the following principles of the Learn2Train stage for LTPD:
  • Fun, participation and learning
  • All softball players with various skill levels playing softball all together
  • Developing FUNdamental skill movement and softball skills
The U10@Play Events can be held for any level of softball – House League, Select, Rep. or Open and can be Female, Male or Co-Ed- all levels are encouraged to apply.
All U10@Play qualifying events must be at the U10 level and must be willing to adopt the rules as provided by Softball Ontario.  

Who Can Host?
Eligible U10@Play Hosts are:
  • A member of one of Softball Ontario’s Fast Pitch Member Associations (PWSA, OASA or ORSA)
  • Paid in full Softball Ontario’s Local Softball Association/House League Service Fee member
 Terms & Conditions for U10@Play Hosts:
  • Hosts must complete an online bid form
  • The U10@Play Pilot is not intended to be a revenue making event
  • Fee charged to the participants are subject to approval Softball Ontario’s U10 Competition Review Committee
  • U10@Play Host must not charge a gate fee
  • U10@Play Host must accept all terms and conditions
 U10@Play Format
In addition to piloting the new Softball Canada Minor Softball Rules, U10@Play Hosts will also offer the Softball Skills Zone and Softball Fun Zone to add excitement to the event.  A Softball Ontario Representative will be on site to lead the Softball Skill Zone to offer instruction and conduct player skills assessment.

Feedback/Comments and Suggestions
Softball Ontario representatives will be on-site to survey U10@Play participants, coaches, umpires and spectators about the new rules.
How to Apply?
To apply to be a U10@Play host site, please click here and fill out the application form in its entirety.
Applications must be submitted to Softball Ontario via online application by Noon on May 30, 2014 to be considered.
If you have any questions about this exciting opportunity, please contact Steph Sutton by email at ssutton@softballontario.ca or call 416-426-7150. 

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Kitchener Twins roster announced

The Kitchener Twins (formerly Jarvis Hallman Twins) have posted their roster for the 2014 ISC World Tournament, which of course will be hosted in Kitchener, ON. Expect the Twins to be a top-5 contender this year.

They will be lead by pitchers Paul Koert, Jeremy Manley and Ryan French. Also on the roster is Matt Greer of the GOFL's Quyon Flyers.

Full roster available on Al's Fastball.


Napanee Merchants Express roster for ISC

The Napanee Merchants Express have announced their roster for play at in ISC in 2014.

Several familiar names on the list as they are going with a roster made up of several players who are graduates of the Napanee minor ball / junior program.

Check it out on Al's Fastball.


Trend Arlington Men's Fastball League still accepting players

The Trend Arlington Recreational Men's Fastball League in Nepean is still seeking players for the 2014 season.  The league will have four teams: Durabuilt Construction, That's How We Roll, Hilti Construction and Vipond Fire Protection.  The season is scheduled to start on Monday, May 12th.  Each team will be playing 24 games regular season games.  The games are played on Mondays and Wednesdays at 6:30 and 8:30 pm on the Trend Arlington diamond, 50 Bellman Drive just off Greenbank north of Hunt Club.  For more information contact info@tafastball.ca or visit their website at www.tafastball.ca.


Sunday, May 04, 2014

Fitzroy Harbour Men's Fastball League starts Wednesday night

The Fitzroy Harbour Men's Fastball League kicks off their season on Wednesday May 7.

"Harbour Ball" will feature nine men's teams and the West Carleton Midgets playing on Wednesdays and Thursdays with some games on Sundays until the end of June.

Sponsors for the nine men's teams are: Clouthier Carpentry, Murphy's Plumbing, Dunrobin Meat and Grocery, Shouldice Mechanical, Cheshire Cat Pub, All in One Septic and Excavating, Anderson Automotive, Al’s Corner Store, and Nixon Enterprises.


GOFL schedule now online

The 2014 Greater Ottawa Fastball League regular season schedule is now posted on the league website at www.GOFL.ca.

This season the 7 league teams will each play 9 home games, for a total of 63 games before playoffs start in August. Action starts Wednesday May 14 in Stittsville.

The seven teams this season are West Carleton Electric, I4C Victory, Quyon Flyers, Kars Aces, Kanata Pirates, Stittsville 56ers and Micksburg Twins.


Friday, May 02, 2014

Williamsburg Tournament update

The "Casey at Bat" 11th Annual Men's Fastball Tournament in Williamsburg, ON has eight teams registered for the event on May 23 - 25.

Ottawa Broker 4 Tickets
Kanata Pirates
Napanee Junior Express
Napanee Midget Express
Domville Aces
Easton Corners
Williamsburg Cigars


Thursday, May 01, 2014

Blackburn Men's Fastball League gets ready for 2014

The 2014 BMFL season is set to get underway once the City of Ottawa gives us the nod. Once again, 8 teams will be competing in the league. Games are played at 7 and 9 pm on Tuesday and Thursday at the Blackburn arena diamond as well as on Sunday evenings. During May and June, Sunday games will be played at 4, 6, and 8 at the Blackburn arena. During the months of July and August, games will be played at 6 and 8. We are always looking for new players. If you are interested in playing, send an e-mail to Nick_Bowman22@hotmail.com. The schedule and roster will be posted shortly at http://www.bmfl.ca/.


Glen Cairn Men's Fastball League in good shape for 2014

After some recruiting by league organizers, the Glen Cairn Men's Fastball League in Kanata looks to be in good shape this season, with seven full men's teams - rosters posted here - and the Stittsville Midgets.

Good luck to all players in "The Glen" this season.