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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Sunday, June 29, 2014

WC mites win in Westport

The West Carleton Mites team was in the beautiful village of Westport on Saturday for a U10 softball event, along with teams from Spencerville, Athens, and the host Westport Storm.

It was a great day for softball, a well run event and it was nice to see local 'Port legend Mike "Bundy" Seed and Newboro's Scott Rice as their sons were playing on the host team and they organized the day.

The ball was played at a very good level for mites, and the West Carleton boys pulled off three straight wins. 

The second game against Athens had an exciting finish as WC won 8-7 in the bottom of the final inning on a walk off single by none other than the Caveman himself.

The final game of the day was between West Carleton and Westport, with both teams undefeated. While the game was marked by excellent defensive plays, some great hitting and good sportsmanship all around, the highlight for me and for many other attendees was the presence of "celebrity umpire" Shawn 'Pugger' Williams who donned the mask for the first time since the mid-90s and did a solid job calling balls and strikes. Pugger took one direct shot to the mask and another in the side of the head, but afterwards while enjoying a 'refreshment' he claimed to have enjoyed himself.

Congrats to Bundy and Ricer on organizing a great day of ball for the kids, and good luck to the Westport team as they are planning on entering the OASA Mite Provincials in August in Springbrook.

WC Mites - "The Champs" in Westport


Brockville finishes 1-2 at Midget Elims

from Matt McNish

Brockville falls 4-1 to Fullarton at the 3pm game. 

Fullarton drew first blood in the bottom of the 3rd inning being able to string a couple of hits together, plating one run.
Brockville answered in the top of the 5th to tie the game. 

Fullarton put together a couple of more to score two more runs in the bottom of the 6th to make it 4-1.
Brockville put runners on 1st & 2nd with one out but was unable to score them.
Shane McNish took the loss, striking out 8, Ben Petrie pitched the win with 4 strikeouts.

Fullarton played a great defensive game as they got 13 outs via ground outs, Brockville put the bats on the ball, they made the plays.

It was a great experience for the boys, being able to play and compete at this level and being able to play a Teeswater team and face one of the top pitchers for their age group. 

Port Perry defeated Napanee to advance to the undefeated game, and Teeswater defeated Chatsworth.
9am games will have Napanee vs Tavistock and Chatsworth vs GrandValley coming up the losers bracket.
11am will feature Teeswater vs PortPerry in the undefeated game.


Saturday, June 28, 2014

Brockville wins opener at Midget Elims, loses second game

info from Matt McNish

Brockville won their first game at the Ontario Amateur Softball Association midget boys (U18) elimination tournament on Friday night in Tavistock, beating Elmira 9-8.

Brockville jumped out a 9-0 lead and then held on for the win. Carley Shane had the pitching win for Brock-Vegas while Jarod Wilson took the loss.

Next up was a Saturday 9 am game with Brockville facing Teeswater. Teeswater won 7-0.

It was a good game by both sides, and was much closer than the score would indicate. Tyler Randerson, who recently won Most Valuable Pitcher at the OASA Junior Eliminations was on the slab for Teeswater earning the win striking out 12 and allowing only two hits. Shane McNish took the loss.

Next game up for Brockville is at 3pm vs the winner if the Fullarton/Charing Cross game.

Winner's bracket has Port Perry & Napanee at 7pm and Teeswater vs the winner of the Tavistock/Chatsworth game.

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West Carleton Electric wins Friday Night Fastball game 9-2 over Kars

West Carleton Elecrtric won the annual Friday Night Fastball game in Fitzroy Harbour, defeating the Kars Aces 9-2.

Andy Barber earned the win for the Electric while Luke Severson took the loss for the Aces.

The Electric scored two in the bottom of the first to take an early lead they would never relinquish. Trevor Barton lead off with a single and scored on Andy Barber's triple. Mike Cavanagh the waited on a two-strike off speed pitch to cash Barber and put the 'Trics up 2-0.

Kristian Knapp's solo homer for Kars in the third narrowed the lead to 2-1.

West Carleton responded in the bottom of the third by scoring three. With one out, Mike Cavanagh doubled. Mike scored on Jeff Cavanagh's off hand double. Derek Barber's two run homer deep to right made the score 5-1 for Fitzroy.

The Aces got one back in the top of the sixth. Knapp singled to lead off, took second on a wild pitch, moved to third on a ground out and scored on Cory Morrison's grounder to second.

The Electric ended things in the bottom of the sixth by scored in four to invoke the run rule. With one out, Barton reached on an error. Andy Barber's infield single put men on first and second and a flare single by Mike Cavanagh loaded the bases. Severson induced a strike out to get a second man retired. Adam Brown's swinging bunt was then misfielded, allowing him to reach base and scoring two. Derek Barber then doubled to score one and Neil Murphy hit an RBI single to end the game, with the final 9-2.

With a solid night at the plate and a stellar game pitching, Andy Barber gets the nod as Caveman's Choice for player of the game.

Andy Barber WIN 6IP 2R 2ER 3H 13K 1BB

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

Luke Severson LOSS 5.2IP 9R 5ER 14H 7K 3BB

Kristian Knapp 2-2, BB, HR, RBI, 2R
Cory Morrison 1-3, RBI


Friday, June 27, 2014

Stittsville 9 Kanata 5 UPDATED with details

The Stittsville 56ers defeated the Kanata Pirates 9-5 in Greater Ottawa Fastball League play in Carp on Thursday night.

Dan Konkle got the win for Stittsville. Trevor Lahey took the loss, with relief from Jason Smith.

info from Ivan Taylor

Stittsville 56ers stretched their lead over the second place Kanata Pirates with a big 9-5 win on Thursday night at the Carp Fairgrounds. Dan Konkle started for the 56ers and Trevor Lahey started for the Pirates.

The 56ers scored 2 runs in the top of the first when Tyler Nystedt worked a walk to lead off the game. He then scored when Ryan Bond followed with a double. Later Dan Jessiman knocked in Bond with a triple. The Pirates came right back with 3 runs of their own in the bottom of the first inning. Kevin Schonfeld led of the game for the Pirates with a double. Lindsay Medynsky knocked him in when he followed with a single. Later Trevor Power hit a league leading 5th homerun of the season to plate two more runs for the Pirates.

The Pirates added to their lead in the bottom of the second when Jordan Adams walked and circled the bases on a series of wild pitches even though Konkle struck out the side.

The 56ers took the lead with 3 runs in the top of the third inning. Ryan Bond and Scott Herriott started the inning with singles. Then Dan Jessiman reached first base on an error and Bond scored. Dan Bradley followed with a single to knock in Herriott. Later in the inning, with bases loaded Ben Gigliotti knocked in Dan Jessiman with single. The Pirates finally got out of the inning with a double play. After 3 innings, the 56ers led 5-4.

The 56ers stretched their lead in the fourth inning with two more runs. Tyler Nystedt and Ryan Bond singled. Jason Smith came in to pitch for the Pirates and Scott Herriott welcomed him into the game by hitting a double, knocking in Nystedt and Bond. After 4 innings, 56ers led 7-4.

The Pirates got one back in the bottom of the fifth. Lindsay Medyndky hit a one out double and was knocked in when Tony MacDonald followed with a single.

The 56ers finished the scoring with 2 runs in the top of the seventh. Dan Knokle and Darren Ladouceur walked and Tyler Nystedt reached first base on a fielder's choice. Then after Ryan Bond singled for his fourth hit of the game, Scott Herriott knocked in Ladouceur and Nystedt with two out single. Konkle held the Pirates scoreless in the bottom of the seventh and the final score was 56ers 9 Pirates 5.

The caveman player of the game was Ryan Bond who went 4 for 4 with 2 runs scored and an RBI. Honourable mention goes to Scott Herriott who went 3 for 4 with 4 RBIs.

56ers Pitching
Dan Konkle 7IP 5R 5H 13K 2BB

56ers Hitting
Ryan Bond 4 for 4 2b 2R RBI
Scott Herriott 3 for 4 1R 4RBIs
Dan Jessiman 1 for 2 3b 2RBIs
Dan Bradley 2 for 3 RBI HBP
Tyler Nystedt 1 for 4 3R BB
Ben Gigliotti 1 for 4 RBI

Pirates Pitching
Trevor Lahey 3IP 7R 6ER 8H 5K 2BB
Jason Smith 4IP 2R 4H 8K 2BB

Pirates Hitting
Kevin Schonfeld 2 for 4 2b R
Lindsay Medynsky 2 for 4 2b 2R RBI
Trevor Power 1 for 3 HR 2RBI
Tony MacDonald 1 for 4 RBI
Jordan Adams 2BB R


Midget eliminations (U18) boys elimination tournament this weekend

The Ontario Amateur Softball Association midget boys (U18) elimination tournament this weekend will held this weekend in Tavistock with 16 teams participating.

A team from Brockville is entered, coached by GOFLer Matt McNish. Napanee also has an entry.

The draw is online at oasa.ca.

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Friday night in Fitzroy

Tonight is Friday Night Fastball in Fitzroy Harbour, as the Kars Aces come to town to face West Carleton Electric at 8:30 pm.

Note, the midget game originally scheduled beforehand is cancelled.


Thursday, June 26, 2014

Quyon wins close game 2-1 over West Carleton

In a tight game in Quyon on Thursday night in the Greater Ottawa Fastball League, the home town Flyers defeated their cross-river rivals from Fitzroy Harbour by a score of 2-1.

Matt Greer had the win for Quyon while Jeff Barber took the loss for West Carleton Electric.

Jeff Barber's solo home run in the top of the first put WC on the board.

Quyon loaded the bases on three walks in the bottom of the first but Barber got out of the inning with a srikeout.

Greer's solo homer in the fifth tied things at 1.

In the bottom of the seventh, a walk off RBI double by Shawn Laframboise scored Dave Hobbs to win the game and earn himself the Caveman's Choice as player of the game for his clutch hit.

Matt Greer WIN 7IP 1R 1ER 4H 4K 2BB

Dennis McCleary 2BB
Shawn Laframboise 1-4, 2B, RBI
Matt Greer 1-2, BB, HR, RBI, R
Joe McCleary 1-2, BB
Earl Kearns 1-3
Dave Hobbs 1-2, SB, R

Jeff Barber LOSS 6.1IP 2R 2ER 5H 11K 6BB

Andy Barber 1-3
Jeff Barber 1-3, HR, RBI, R
Jeff Cavanagh 1-3
Jon Dakey 1-2, sac bunt


Micksburg and I4C Victory split doubleheader UDPATED

The Micksburg Twins and I4C Victory split a doubleheader in Manotick on Wednesday night in Greater Ottawa Fastball League play.

In the opener, Micksburg was lead by an 18-strikeout performance by Corey Costello to defeat I4C by a score of 3-0. Andrew Putnam took the loss.

In the second game, the host I4C Victory squeaked out a 2-1 win. Neil Cooke had the win on the slab fanning 14, while Corey Costello again went the distance for the Twins, striking out 12.

details from Adam Fleming

The Micksburg Twins traveled down to Manotick for a double header last night vs I4C Victory. 

Game 1: Micksburg 3 I4C Victory 1

Corey Costello got the start in game 1 for the Twins and Andrew Putnam had the ball for I4C. 

After a scoreless first inning, Micksburg got on the board in the top of the 2nd with a solo home run by Mike Moss. 

The Twins would add to their lead in the 3rd. Riley Hennessy started it when he ended up on 2nd after a throwing error by I4C. Two batters later Costello would single up the middle to drive in Hennessy. 

I4C had a chance to tie it in the bottom of the 4th. Matt McNish started it with a double off the left field fence. Bobby Jack followed with a single and took second on the first pitch to the next batter. This put runners on 2nd and 3rd with one out. Costello shut down the comeback attempt with 2 k's to get out of the inning. 

The Twins continued to add to their lead in the 5th inning. Kyle Jackson lead off with a walk and eventually came around to score on a fielder's choice by Jamey Mick. 

That would be all the scoring for game 1 as both pitchers threw well. The Micksburg Twins got the win in 3 - 0 over I4C. 

Corey Costello gets the Caveman's Choice player of the game for his 18 strike out 2 hitter and going 1-3 with a RBI.


K. Jackson     0-3, BB, 1R 
J. Mick           1-4, RBI
C. Costello     1-3, BB , RBI
K Humphries  1-3, BB
M. Moss         1-3, HR


M. McNish    1-3 , 2B
Bobby Jack    1-3 

Game 2: I4C Victory 2 Micksburg 1

Game 2 saw Neil Cooke start for I4C and Corey Costello again for the Twins. 

For the second game in a row the Twins would start the scoring. Kyle Jackson lead off the top of the first with a triple. Riley Hennssey then drove him in with a single to shallow center field. 

I4C responded in the bottom of the first to tie the game at 1. Dan Loney lead off with a single and then stole second base. He then advanced to 3rd on a ground ball by Bobby Jack Hart and scored on the throwing error by Micksburg.

I4C took the lead in the bottom of the 3rd. Dan Loney lead off with a triple to the fence in left field. Kevin McGuire would then double to score Loney. 

This would be all the scoring for Game two. I4C gets the win 2 - 1 over Micksburg. 

Neil Cooke threw very well getting 14 k's and only facing 24 batters. Costello continued his good pitching only allowing 5 hits adding 11 more K's for a total of 29 on the night. 

Neil Cooke gets the nod as Caveman's Choice player of the game with his 4 hitter, striking out 14 batters. 


K. Jackson      2-3, 2B, 1R
R. Hennessy   1-3, RBI
K. Humphries  1-3 


D. Loney    3-3, 3B, 2R
K. McGuire 1-3, RBI
S. Simzer    1-3


Broker4Tickets ISC World roster now posted

The Ottawa Broker4Tickets ISC World Tournament roster is now posted online.


Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Napanee Juniors win Provincial "A" title at Elims, trip to Nationals

The Napanee Express Junior Men's squad won the 11-team Ontario Amateur Softball Association elimination tournament that they hosted this past weekend. The Express, who will be attending the Gil Read Tournament in Carp in July, earned a bid to the Junior Canadians in Irma, Alberta, along with Sebringville Cubs and Owen Sound Selects.

More from the Kingston Whig-Standard here.

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Gil Read Memorial Tournament still has room for teams

The Gil Read Memorial Foundation is pleased to announce the 8 teams that are confirmed for the 7th Annual Gil Read Memorial Tournament occurring at the Carp Fairgrounds July 25th – 27th.

1 – Micksburg Twins
2 – Fitzroy Harbour West Carleton Electric
3 – Elkland Thunderbellys
4 – Kanata Pirates
5 – Napanee Jr. Express
6 – Ottawa Broker4Tickets
7 – Woodlawn Smoke
8 – Stittsville 56ers

The organizers are still hoping to attract two more teams to the event. If you have a team that is interested, please contact Allan Read at aread@solowaywright.com. Or 613-782-3204.


GOFL Tuesday game postponed

Due to the rainy weather, the Greater Ottawa Fastball League game in Carp tonight (Quyon at Kanata) has been postponed and will be rescheduled.


GCMFL Tournament Results

from Tony MacDonald

Congrats to Bracebridge squad who traveled from far to claim the A side championship of the Glen Cairn Men's Fastball League 2014 tournament held June 20-22. Congrats to Upper Canada Elevators for winning the B side of the 2014 GCMFL championship.

Game Scores

Friday Night

6:00 - Trend Arlington - 9                   Laurysen Kitchens - 5
            East Side Marios - 11               Kanata Sports Club - 10

7:45 - Ottawa Home Services - 10     Don Cherrys - 0
           Bracebridge - 9                          Blue Jays - 5

9:30 - Woodlawn Smoke - 1               Upper Canada Elevators - 0
           Broker 4 Tickets - 6                   Stittsville - 5


9:00 - Trend Arlington - 6                   Kanata Sports Club - 1
            Laurysen Kitchens - 7              East Side Marios - 5

10:45- Ottawa Home Services - 9      Bracebridge- 6
             Blue Jays - 9                              Don Cherry's- 8

12:30 - Stittsville  - 8                             Upper Canada Elevators - 8
             Broker 4 Tickets - 8                  Woodlawn  - 7

2:15  - Trend Arlington - 6                   East Side Marios  - 2
            Kanata Sports Club - 6             Laurysen Kitchens - 4

4:00 - Ottawa Home Services - 8        Blue Jays - 3
           Bracebridge - 13                         Don Cherrys - 0

5:45  - Woodlawn Smoke - 5              Stittsville - 2
            Upper Canada Elevators - 6    Broker 4 Tickets - 3

Sunday B side Semi

10:00 - Laurysen Kitchens - 11           Woodlawn Smoke - 3
             Upper Canada Elevators - 8   Kanata Sports Club - 2

Sunday B Side Final

2:00 - Upper Canada Elevator - 12    Laurysen Kitchen - 7

Sunday A Side Semi Final

12:00 - Bracebridge - 11                     Ottawa Home Services - 2
             Broker 4 Tickets - 3                 Trend Arlington - 1

Sunday A Side Final

4:00 -  Bracebridge - 12                       Broker 4 Tickets - 2

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Monday, June 23, 2014

A cheesy minor ball story......

(Note: I am using nicknames instead of real names in this story - but all the nicknames are legit! And the story is true.)

This weekend, the West Carleton minor softball league held its "Championship Weekend". Fitzroy Junior plays Squirts (U12) and I am his coach.

After losing the first game of the season, we ran the table with 11 straight wins to go to the A Final versus our rivals from Kinburn.

Saturday morning was the final game, and it was a very well played match, especially by Squirt house league standards.

With the final set for six innings, I had to divvy up the innings for my pitchers - in our league, no chucker can go more that three innings. Of the nine players I had available, Fitzroy Junior and The Snake are my two best arms. They split the first four and did well. We were up 9-5. So, I decided to give Cheese a chance to pitch. He is decent - he took the CanPitch clinic and generally does a good job.

However, with about 80 to 100 in attendance, including parents, grandparents and siblings, Cheese was on a big stage. And unfortunately, it didn't go so well. He walked eight consecutive, throwing a total of three strikes in those at bats.

What to do? With a grown up, it's easy. That pitcher wants out. But with an 11 year old, it's tough. I don't want to "pull him" - I haven't done that even once this year. But I also hate to watch him struggle.

It was my toughest coaching decision of the year. After the fourth run was walked in, I brought it the Snake from first base to finish the inning. It wasn't easy. Cheese was in tears on the bench between the fifth and sixth.

Man, did I feel bad. Should I have pulled him earlier? Not pulled him at all? It is only Squirt house league after all.

I felt terrible. Our team was down 10-9 and I had a kid bawling and as you can imagine spirits were not high on the Fitzroy bench.

In our half of the fifth, we faced the Kinburn ace - The Bird - in his third and final inning. We went three up three down. Things were not looking good for Fitzroy to defend our Squirt title that we had won in 2013 with pretty much all the same boys.

I knew we had to keep them off the board to have a chance in the sixth. Fitzroy Junior got the ball. He began the season not wanting to pitch at all - memories of a line drive drilling him in the forearm last year still lingered - but he eventually came around about game four of the season and was convinced to go back on the slab. He can throw strikes consistently which is obviously important in Squirt house league. And he has also developed the "Mick Changeup" and uses it well. Junior did me proud in the top of the sixth, setting down the Kinburn batters in order.

This set up the bottom of the sixth, with us down by a single run. A quick pep talk before we went to bat and fingers crossed in the coach's box. Thanks to KO, Fitzroy Junior and the Hop, we manufactured a run to tie it. If we went to extra innings any pitcher could throw. That meant seeing The Bird again - and when he is on, which was for the final, our boys have trouble scoring against him. We pretty much needed to win it now against their second pitcher while we had the chance. But now, with a runner on third and two out, who was at the plate?


The first pitch was right up the pipe. He froze. Strike one.

The second pitch was about a foot over his head. He swung. Strike two.

The crowd was even bigger now as the Peewee players and their relatives waiting for the next game were in the stands watching the drama.

Oh no, I thought. If this poor kid strikes out he might quit for good, and Fitzroy isn't a big place, I need all the athletes I can get.

Next pitch was right up the middle. And Cheese swung - hard. He hit it a nice flare, right over the shortstop's head, and it fell onto the grass, scoring the Hop from third to win the game, a walk off RBI single. Cheese ran to first, started going to second, then realized what had happened, turned around, looked at the bench with a mile-wide grin, and was promptly mobbed by his teammates celebrating the victory. If there were tears, they were tears of relief.

A great way to end a fun season, and hopefully he'll be back to play softball next season. I think he will be.

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GOFL Week #7

Week seven of the Greater Ottawa Fastball League has six games that are scheduled.

Kanata Pirates (5-2-1) will host a rare Tuesday night game in Carp at 8:30 pm as they face the Quyon Flyers (2-2-1).

The Wednesday night doubleheader sees the Micksburg Twins (4-3) and I4C Victory (3-5) squaring off for two games at 7 pm and 9 pm.

On Thursday, West Carleton Electric (2-5) will take the newly opened Quyon Ferry over to play the Flyers at 7:30 pm. Also that day the Stittsville 56ers (4-1-2) will be in Carp to face the Pirates at 8:30 pm.

Friday night will see a special doubleheader at the Fitzroy Harbour Community Centre. At 7 pm, the West Carleton Midgets will play the Stittsville Midgets, followed by West Carleton Electric hosting the Kars Aces (3-4) at 9 pm.

Current Standings (W-L-T)
Kanata Pirates 5-2-1 = 11 pts
Stittsville 56ers 4-1-2 = 10 pts
Micksburg Twins 4-4-0 = 8 pts
Kars Aces 3-4-0 = 6 pts
I4C Victory 3-5-0 = 6 pts
Quyon Flyers 2-2-1 = 5 pts
West Carleton Electric 2-5-0 = 4 pts


Friday, June 20, 2014

Au Sable Forks Tournament teams set for 2014

As per Al's Fastball, the twelve team field is set for the 52nd Annual Au Sable Forks, NY Fastpitch Tournament July 11-13.

There are two teams from the GOFL participating.

Au Sable Forks, NY
CPI (Oswego, NY)
DA Collins (Fonda, NY)
Donnacona, QC
Kanata, ON Pirates
Staten Island, NY Swashbucklers
Oshawa, ON Rebels
Razzano's (Johnstown/Au Sable Forks, NY)
Scooters (Forrestport, NY)
Seadogs (Boston, MA)
St Henri, QC
Stittsville, ON 56ers


West Carleton Minor Softball Championship Day

The West Carleton Softball house league wraps up this weekend with "Championship Day" for Squirt (U12) and Peewee (U14) aged players.

Following playoff games this past week, all championship games will be played Saturday June 21 at the Fitzroy Harbour Community Centre.

Squirt Boys A Final (9 am, Diamond 1)
Fitzroy Harbour vs Kinburn

Squirt Boys B Final (9 am, Diamond 2):
Dunrobin vs Carp#1

Peewee Boys A Final (11 am, Diamond 1)
Fitzroy Harbour vs Kinburn

Peewee Boys B Final (11 am, Diamond 2):
Constance Bay vs Carp

Squirt/Peewee Girls A Final (1 pm, Diamond 1)
Kinburn vs Carp

The Squirt Boys had a five team league, there were four teams in the Peewee Boys league and the Squirt and Peewee girls combined to form a three team league.

At the Atom (U8) level, the six teams in the league enjoyed a fun day on June 14 in Dunrobin.

The Mites (U10) have their eight team fun day tonight and tomorrow in Kinburn.

West Carleton teams in Bantam (U16) and Midget (U18) play in the Stittsville league. There were two Bantam Boys team, one Midget Boys team and three Bantam/Midget Girls teams entered from WC in the SMSA. Their year end tournament is currently underway. Schedule here.


Kanata Pirates over West Carleton Electric 7-5 UPDATED

In Greater Ottawa Fastball League play in Carp on Thursday night, the Kanata Pirates beat West Carleton Electric 7-5.

Jason Smith had the complete game win throwing for Kanata. Andy Barber took the loss for Fitzroy and had relief from his brother Jeff.

The Pirates got out to an early 6-0 lead after two innings and held on for the win.

In the first, Marcel Mondoux doubled and moved to third when the throw in was off line. Jon Ferguson then walked to put runners on the corners. A delayed steal scored Mondoux. Later in the inning, Derick Bulley singled and so did Tony MacDonald, who drove in Ferguson to make 2-0 Pirates.

Fitzroy had the bases loaded in the top of two with none out. Jeff Cavanagh singled, as did Derek Barber. A bunt single by Jon Daley put three men on. However Smitty got out of the inning with a pop up to second, a strike out and a fly out to centre.

Kanata put up four in the second inning. Kevin Williams walked to start things, and moved to second on Kevin Shonfield's bunt single. Mondoux's sac bunt moved the runners over a base, and Ferguson's singled cashed both runs. Trevor Power then launched a high fly ball to centre that was not caught, putting the Newf on second and Ferg on third. Bulley's subsequent single scored both of them to make it 6-0.

West Carleton finally got on the board in the third. Michael Cavanagh singled with one out, moved to second on a ground out and scored on Jeff Cavanagh's single.

In the bottom of the third, WC made a pitching change, bringing in Jeff Barber to replace Andy, who then threw three straight clean innings.

The Electric chipped away at the lead. In the fifth, Trevor Barton lead off with a walk, and Michael Cavanagh walked as well after a line out. A wild pitch moved men to second and third. Smith got a strike out to get two outs, but Jeff Cavanagh came through again, with another RBI single, this one scoring two to narrow the gap to 6-3.

Another run was manufactured in the sixth. Jon Daley singled to start the inning, was moved to second on Neil Murphy's sac bunt, took third on a wild pitch and scored on Dave Bahm's ground out to narrow the gap to two runs.

Kanata scored their only run against Jeff Barber in the bottom of the sixth. Bulley singled with one out and scored on MacDonald's line drive off hand double to right.

West Carleton managed a run in the seventh on Shawn Rebertz's solo home run, but the game ended 7-5 for the Pirates.

Derick Bulley gets the Caveman's Choice award as player of the game. He was three for four at the plate, driving in two and scoring a run.

Jason Smith WIN 7IP 5R 5ER 8H 10K 2BB

Kevin Shonfield 1-4, R
Marcel Mondoux 1-3, 2B, R
Jon Ferguson 1-3, BB, 2R
Trevor Power 1-4, R
Derick Bulley 3-4, 2RBI, R
Tony MacDonald 2-4, 2RBI
Aaron Amo 1-2, 2BB
Kevin Williams 1-1, BB, R

West Carleton
Andy Barber LOSS 2IP 6R 4ER 7H 2K 3BB
Jeff Barber 4IP 1R 1ER 4H 5K 2BB

Trevor Barton BB, SB, R
Michael Cavanagh 1-3, BB, 2R
Shawn Rebertz 1-4, HR, RBI, R
Jeff Cavanagh 3-4, 3RBI
Derek Barber 1-3
Jon Daley 2-3, R
Dave Bahm RBI


Quyon wins 5-4 over Micksburg UPDATED

The Quyon Flyers won 5-4 at home over the Micksburg Twins in Greater Ottawa Fastball League play on Thursday night.

Matt Greer earned the win on the slab for Quyon, and Joran Graham was the losing pitcher for Micksburg.

Joe McCleary and Dennis McCleary hit homers for the Flyers, while Jamey Mick hit one out for the Twins.

Micksburg got on the board in the first when Kerr Childerhose lead off with a single and scored on Jamey Mick's home run to make it 2-0 Twins.

Quyon got a run back in the home half of the first on Dennis McCleary's solo shot.

The Flyers tied it up in the third. Greer drew a walk and advanced to third on two passed balls. Greer then scored on Randy Peck's ground out.

Quyon took the lead for the first time in the fifth on Joe McCleary's solo homer to right.

With the Flyers up 3-2 going into the top of the seventh inning, Micksburg scored a pair. With two out and runners on first and second, Quinton Rook hit a single that was misjudged, scoring Graham from second base. When the throw in from the field went out of play, the Twins were up 4-3 going into the bottom of the seventh.

Quyon managed a come back to win. Shawn Laframboise reached on an infield single. Greer reached on the fielder's choice which erased Moe; Greer then stole second. Joe McCleary walked and Greer moved to third on a passed ball. The Twins decided to intentionally walk Randy Peck to load the bases. On a wild pitch, Greer scored to tie things at four and all runners advanced. Curtis Daley reached base to load it up again when Graham went home on his chopper to the mound but no runners advanced. Earl Kearns then hit a walk off single to left to win the game for the Flyers and earn himself the Caveman's Choice honours as player of the game.

Pitching lines:

Matt Greer WIN 4R 3ER 8H 9K 2BB

Joran Graham LOSS 5R 4ER 4H 12K 7BB HBP


Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Manotick doubleheader results UPDATED

The Greater Ottawa Fastball League doubleheader in Manotick on Wednesday night saw I4C Victory go 1-1, losing to Stittsville but defeating Kars.

Stittsville 56ers 7 I4C Victory 1
Info from Johnny Craig

The 56ers used the long ball to seal this 7-1 win over I4C. Darren Featherstone earned the win while Neil Cooke took the loss.

The 56ers lead off the top of the first when Featherstone hit a bloop single to left which he turned into a double. He then advanced on a passed ball and the throw to third got away which scored one for Stittsville.

Featherstone lead off the third with another single, moved to second on a Tyler Nystedt sac bunt and Scott Herriot’s double would cash in the second run.  Herriot then moved to third on Dan Jessiman single and would score on an error giving Stittsville a 3-0 lead.

The game was pretty quiet through the middle of the game but D. Jessiman and Dan Bradley hit solo shots in the 5th and 6th giving the 56ers a 5-0 lead.

I4C bats came to life in the 6th when Shawn Simzer walked, and then singles to Mike Money and Jon Murray would cash a run and get them on the board.

More from the 56ers bats in the 7th though when Nystedt doubled and Herriot went deep with a 2 run shot extending the lead to 7-1.  Stittsville was able to get out of the 7th unscathed and hung on to the 7-1 win.

Scott Herriot of the 56ers gets the nod as Caveman's Choice as player of the game for his productive night at the plate.

Simzer, 1H, BB, 1R
Cooke – LP

Herriot – 2B, HR, 2R, 3RBI
D. Jessiman – 2 for 3, HR, BB
Bradley - HR
Featherstone – WP

I4C Victory 2 Kars Aces 1
Info from Adam Fleming

The late game in Manotick last night saw the Kars Aces take on I4C Victory in what would turn out to be a pitchers duel. Andrew Putnam got the ball for I4C and Brad Porter started for Kars.

Things started out well for Kars when lead off man Nick Ellis walked to start the game. Andrew Putnam was able to get out of the inning with 3 straight k's. In the bottom half Matt McNish hit a 2 out single but was stranded when Porter got the next batter to K.

Both teams would go 3 up 3 down in the 2nd inning.

Kars was able to take the lead in the top of the 3rd. After a K to the lead off batter, Brad Porter would start things by reaching first on a dropped 3rd strike. Ellis then hit a grounder to short and I4C was able to get the lead runner at 2. Ellis would then take 2nd and 3rd on passed balls. He scored when Luke Severson reached on the second dropped 3rd strike of the inning. Putnam would limit the damage with a K to the next batter.

Both teams would go 3 up 3 down again in the 4th inning.

I4C would  tie the game in the bottom of the 5th. Dan Loney made it to third on a high fly ball to center field that dropped. The speedy Loney then scored on a passed ball to tie the game.

There was no scoring in the 6th.

Kars threatened in the top of the 7th. Lead off batter Ian King got it started with a walk. He then stole 2nd and 3rd. Putnam was able to strand King at 3rd with 2 K's to end the inning.

I4C would end the game in the bottom of the 7th with a walk off single. Dan Loney led off with a double. Loney then made it to 3rd on a dropped 3rd strike, when Kars threw to first to get the batter. Kars would elect to intentionally walk Putnam to try and put the force on for the next batter. Putnam quickly took 2nd to remove the force and potential double play. Adam Fleming then hit a fly ball over the shallow right fielders head to score Loney.

Caveman's Choice player of the game goes to Andrew Putnam for his 1 hitter with 16 k's and a solid night at the plate with 2 walks. Brad Porter also threw well in the loss only allowing 3 hits and getting 13 k's.

Nick Ellis 0-2 , BB , R
Ian King 0-2 , BB
Cory Morrision 1-2 , BB

Dan Loney 1-2 , 2B , 2 R
Matt McNish 1-3
Andrew Putnam 0-1, 2 BB
Adam Fleming 1-3 , 1 RBI


GOFL schedule changes for Wednesday night

There have been some last minute schedule changes for the Greater Ottawa Fastball League tonight.

The Micksburg at Stittsville game scheduled for the Grove at 8:30 pm has been postponed.

Instead, the doubleheader at the Manotick diamonds will now feature:
7 pm: Stittsville 56ers at I4C Victory
9 pm: Kars Aces at I4C Victory


Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Ottawa team finalists in Bracebridge tournament

from Derek Martin

This past weekend (June 13-15) a group of players from the Blackburn Men's Fastball League hit the road for Bracebridge for the Bracebridge Fastball League's annual tournament, which featured sixteen teams.

The team finished the round robin with a 3-0 record.

Game 1: 9-2W over Boston Pizza with HRs from Derek Martin and Chris Golden. Rene Roncali had the win for "Ottawa".

Game 2: 3-2W over Sagamok. Will Dunk had the win for Ottawa.

Game 3: 9-2W over Co-op Razorbacks. WP: Rene Rancoli

Semis: 10-5W over Diamond Kings. Derek Martin had 2HRs. WP: Will Dunk.

The finals saw two undefeated teams go head to head as Ottawa took on Pickering. Ottawa jumped out to a quick lead as they scored three runs in the second inning, then added two more runs in the third and fourth.

Heading into the bottom of the 5th with a 7-1 lead the boys thought they had it in the bag but Pickering battled back scoring six runs before Ottawa could record an out. With a huge crowd looking on Pickering managed to complete the comeback and beat Ottawa by a final score of 8-7.

The boys would like to send out a special thanks to Ted Conway and everyone in the Bracebridge Men's Fastball League for their hospitality and a very well run tourney.

Special shout out to the folks at Charlie's Tiki Bar. If you're in the Muskoka region, check it out!


Monday, June 16, 2014

Glen Cairn Tournament schedule announced

The Glen Cairn Men's Fastball League (based in Kanata) has announced the schedule for their 12-team tournament this coming weekend, which features their eight league teams plus four entrants from outside "The Glen".

The tournament takes place on the Carp diamonds, starting Friday June 20 and ending Sunday June 22.

Main Diamond (North)
6:00 PM Laurysen Kitchens vs Trend Arlington
7:45 PM Don Cherry's vs Ottawa Home Services
9:30 PM Upper Canada Elevators vs Woodlawn Smoke

9:00 AM Kanata Sports Club vs Trend Arlington
10:45 AM Bracebridge vs  Ottawa Home Services
12:30 PM Upper Canada Elevators vs Stittsville Midgets
2:15 PM East Side Mario's vs  Trend Arlington
4:00 PM Blackburn Blue Jays vs Ottawa Home Services
5:45 PM Upper Canada Elevators vs Broker 4 Tickets

Diamond #2 (South)
6:00 PM East Side Mario's vs Kanata Sports Club
7:45 PM Bracebridge vs Blackburn Blue Jays
9:30 PM Broker 4 Tickets vs Stittsville Midgets

9:00 AM Laurysen Kitchens vs East Side Mario's
10:45 AM Blackburn Blue Jays  vs Don Cherry's
12:30 PM Woodlawn Smoke vs Broker 4 Tickets
2:15 PM Laurysen Kitchens vs Kanata Sports Club
4:00 PM Bracebridge vs Don Cherry's
5:45 PM Woodlawn Smoke vs Stittsville Midgets

The top four ranked teams advance to the "A" playoffs and five through eight advance to the "B" playoffs. Semi-finals are on Sunday at 10am and Noon, while the B final is at 2 pm and the A final at 4 pm.

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Pickering Tournament results

from Dave Northern

Royal Knights Victorious in 2014 Pickering Fastball Association Men's Tournament

The Royal Knights (a combination of players from these 2 teams) went undefeated in the 4th Annual Pickering Fastball Associations Men's Invitational Tournament to take the title.  They held on for a close 3 to 2 victory over the Dragons in the championship game.  The Royal Knights scored single runs in 3 different innings and held off the Dragons in the 7th when they scored their 2 runs.  Chad Feltham made a shoestring catch in centrefield with the tieing run on 2nd for the Dragons to preserve the victory.  The Royal Knights played solid ball all weekend winning 9 to 3 over the Loaded Dog, 4 to 1 over the Wranglers and 5 to 1 over the Red Sox in the round robin.  They then defeated the Port Perry Lumberjacks in the semi finals 10 to 2.

The Dragons got stronger as the tournament progressed.  They lost their opener to Port Perry 15 to 2, but followed that up with solid wins in their last 2 round robin games - 7 to 3 over the Bulls and 12 to 3 over the Woodlawn Smoke.  The Dragons semi final game vs the Angels was definitely one of the tournament highlights.  Tied 2 to 2 after 7 innings, the teams each exchanged a run in the 8th inning, then had a scoreless 9th.  In the top of the 10th the Dragons pushed across 2, but the Angels came back with 1 in the bottom and stranded a runner on base when the final out was made.  End result was a well fought 5 to 4 victory for the Dragons to set up the all Pickering final.

Congrats to the Angels who made it to the semi finals at least for the 4th year in a row.
Congrats to the Port Perry Lumberjacks, one of the top Midget teams in the province, for a great showing in their first trip to our tournament, making it to the semi finals.

All told there were 12 teams that took part in this years tournament including a few new entries.  The Durham Bulls Masters team consisted of some of the best 50 year old plus players in the province who are banding together to take a run at the ISC Masters World Championship in Kitchener in mid August. The Woodlawn Smoke came all the way from Ottawa and the Port Perry Lumberjacks Midget rep team were new to the mix this year.  The rest of the teams were familiar faces that have been pretty faithful to us over the past few years.

Thanks to Brian Sharples and his blue crew for a job well done behind the plate and on the bases.

Thanks to all the teams for a very good tournament and we hope to see you all again next year.

(Note: the Woodlawn Smoke finished 1-1-1, tied for 5th, narrowly missing the playoff round as four teams advanced.)


GOFL Week #6

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

The Wednesday night doubleheader in Manotick has I4C Victory (2-4) and Kars Aces (3-3) tangling for two games at 7 pm and 9 pm.

Also on Wednesday, the Micksburg Twins (4-3) travel to the Grove in Stittsville to take on the 56ers (3-1-2) at 8:30 pm.

Thursday night as the Twins continuing their road trip in Quyon as they play the Flyers (1-2-1) at 8 pm. The other Thursday match up is in Carp with West Carleton Electric (2-4) in to play the Kanata Pirates (4-2-1) at 8:30 pm.

Current Standings (W-L-T)
Kanata Pirates 4-2-1 = 9 pts
Micksburg Twins 4-3-0 = 8 pts
Stittsville 56ers 3-1-2 = 8 pts
Kars Aces 3-3-0 = 6 pts
I4C Victory 2-4-0 = 4 pts
West Carleton Electric 2-4-0 = 4 pts
Quyon Flyers 1-2-1 = 3 pts


Sunday, June 15, 2014

Midget mini-tourney in Brockville - results

Matt McNish reports the scores from the Midget Boys (U18) tournament in Brockville on June 13/14.

Friday results
Brockville-12 Kars-5

Saturday Results
Brockville-10 Napanee-3
Napanee-8 Stittsville-1
Brockville-15 Stittsville-9
Napanee-10 Kars-4
Stittsville-10 Kars-4

Mother Nature decided to dampen the afternoon games after a beautiful start to the day.  All games were played.  Good day had by all.

Napanee and Brockville will have next weekend off in preparation for the OASA Midget eliminations tournament in Tavistock which both teams will open up on June 27th.

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Saturday, June 14, 2014

Pirates and Twins split doubleheader at Micksburg showcase - UPDATED

The Kanata Pirates and Micksburg Twins split a Greater Ottawa Fastball League doubleheader in the 'Burg on Saturday as part of the Showcase.

In the opener, Kanata pulled off an 11-8 win, with Trevor Lahey earning the win. Joran Graham took the loss in relief of Matt McIntyre.

The second game saw the Twins prevail 3-0. Corey Costello was the winning pitcher, tossing a three-hitter. Trevor Lahey again threw for Kanata.

Detailed story by Ivan Taylor

Micksburg Twins hosted the Kanata Pirates for a day-night doubleheader.

The Pirates won the high scoring afternoon game 11-8.  Matt McIntyre started for Micksburg, pitched 2 1/3 innings, and had relief from Joran Graham.  Trevor Lahey pitched a complete game and got the win.

Marcel Mondoux led off the game with a triple and scored on Kevin Schonfeld's single.  The Pirates loaded the bases with a couple of walks but couldn't score any more in the first.

The Pirates knocked in five more runs in the second inning.  Ryan Mitts and Trevor Lahey led off the inning with a couple of walks bringing up the top of the order.  Marcel Mondoux and Kevin Schonfeld got on with errors to right field and shortstop respectively.  Ryan Mitts and Trevor Lahey scored.  Jon Ferguson walked to load the bases.  Trevor Power and Kevin Williams followed with singles to knock in Marcel Mondoux, Kevin Schonfeld and Jon Ferguson.  The Twins got out of the inning with a double play and a line out to shortstop.

The Twins failed to score in the first two innings and the Pirates led by a score of 6-0.

The Pirates scored another run in the top of the third when Trevor Lahey and Marcel Mondoux hit back to back doubles.  The Twins brought in Joran Graham to pitch and stemmed the bleeding.

The Twins finally got on the board in the bottom of the third when Jamey Mick reached first base on a error and went to second on a wild pitch.  Jamey Mick scored on Chad Costello's two out single.  After three innings, the score was Pirates 6 Twins 1.

Neither team scored in the fourth.  

The Twins scored three in the bottom of the fifth.  Jamey Mick led off the inning with a double but was caught at third on a Joran Graham fielder's choice.  Chad Costello got his second RBI by singling in Joran Graham.  Then with two out, Kevin Humphries hit a two run home run.  After five innings, the Pirates led 6-4.

The Pirates added to their lead in the top of the sixth.  Kevin Williams got a one out single and Duane Bromley knocked him in with a single.  The Twins got three more runs in the bottom of the inning to close the lead.  Brandon Jackson got a one out single.  Kyle Jackson knocked him in with a triple.  Jamie Mick then knocked in Kyle Jackson with a single.  Joran Graham followed with a single and was knocked in by Quinton Rook's two out single.  After six innings, the Pirates lead was cut to one run.  Pirates 8 Twins 7.

In the top of the seventh inning, Marcel Mondoux hit a one out triple and scored when Jon Ferguson singled with two out.  Trevor Power followed with a two run homer.

The Twins tried to rally back in the bottom of the seventh.  Ryley Hennessy reached first base on an error but was cut down at second on Matt McIntyre's fielder's choice.  Matt McIntyre scored on a two out double by Kyle Jackson.  Jamey Mick then reached base on an infield error but Trevor Lahey got Joran Graham to fly out to right to end the game and win the game for the Pirates 11-8.

Pirates Pitching
Trevor Lahey 7IP 8R 12H 10K 1BB

Pirates Batting
Marcel Mondoux 2-4 2x3b 3R 1RBI
Kevin Schonfeld 1-4 1R 1RBI
Jon Ferguson 1-4 2R 2BB
Trevor Power 2-4 1R 1HR 2RBI
Kevin Williams 2-5 1R 1RBI
Duane Bromley 2-4 1RBI
Ryan Mitts 1-4 2b 1R
Trevor Lahey 1-3 2b 2R

Twins Pitching
Matt McIntyre 2 1/3 IP 7R 4H 5BB
Joran Graham 4 2/3 IP 4R 6H 7K 1BB

Twins Batting
Kyle Jackson 2-5 2b 3b R
Jamey Mick 3-5 2b R
Joran Graham 1-5 2R
Chad Costello 2-4 2b R RBI
Quinton Rook 1-4 RBI
Kevin Humphries 2-3 2b HR 2RBI
Brandon Jackson 1-4 R

Caveman Player of the Game - Marcel Mondoux with 2 triples and 3 runs scored

The nightcap saw Corey Costello toe the rubber for the Twins and Trevor Lahey returned to pitch another game for the Pirates.

This was a low scoring affair. The Twins scored two runs in the bottom of the first inning when Kerr Childerhose led off the inning by getting to first base on an error.  Jamie Mick then hit a double to put runners at second and third.  Later with two out, Chad Costello knocked them in with a single.

There was no more scoring until the bottom of the fifth inning when Trevor Lahey hung a drop ball and Corey Costello hit a home run that ended up on Mountain Road.

That was all the scoring in the game and the Twins won 3-0.  

Corey Costello pitched a three hitter and struck out 16 Pirates.  Trevor Lahey pitched well.  He allowed just 5 hits, only 1 earned run and struck out 8 Twins.

Pirates Pitching
Trevor Lahey 6IP 3R 1ER 5H 8K BB

Pirates Hitting
Kevin Schonfeld 1-3 2b
Duane Bromley 1-3
Tony MacDonald 1-3

Twins Pitching
Corey Costello 7IP 0R 3H 16K

Twins Hitting
Kerr Childerhose R
Jamie Mick 1-3 2b R
Corey Costello 1-3 HR
Joran Graham 1-3
Chad Costello 2-3 2RBI

Caveman Player of the Game - Corey Costello for his complete game shutout with 16 strikeouts along with a home run at the plate


WC Electric 2 Micksburg 0 - UPDATED

With the nasty weather that rolled through earlier in the day, a lot of work had to be put in to make the Micksburg diamond playable for the Friday nighter as part of the Showcase. (Unfortunately the Squirt Boys game scheduled prior to the GOFL game was postponed.) The Greater Ottawa Fastball League game did end up being played, and West Carleton Electric beat the Micksburg Twins 2-0..

Andy Barber had the complete game win for Fitzroy,allowing only one hit. Joran Graham took the loss, with two innings of relief from Corey Costello.

West Carleton scored their first run in the third. With two out, Andy Barber walked, and later stole second. He scored on Michael Cavanagh's triple to the left centre gap to make it 1-0 for the visitors.

Micksburg got two runners on in the fourth on walks, but could not cash a run.

The Electric scored another run in the fifth. With one out, Trevor Barton hit an infield single. He was moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Andy Barber. When Michael Cavanagh's high pop fly got moved in the wind and misplayed, Barton scored for the 2-0 lead for Fitzroy.

In the bottom of the sixth, Corey Costello singled with one out. After Graham grounded out and moved Corey to second, West Carleton elected to intentionally walk Chad Costello. A grounder to second ended the inning.

After Costello struck out the side in top of the seventh, Barber did the same in the bottom of the inning to close out the game.

Andy Barber earns the Caveman's choice as player of the game for his excellent pitching outing.

West Carleton
Andy Barber WIN 7IP 0R 1H 15K 2BB 1IBB 1HBP

Trevor Barton 1-4, R
Andy Barber BB, SB, R
Michael Cavanagh 1-3, 3B, RBI, ROE x 2
Jeff Cavanagh 1-3
Neil Murphy 2BB

Joran Graham LOSS 5IP 2R 1ER 3H 11K 2BB
Corey Costello 2IP 0R 0H 6K 1BB

Kerr Childerose BB, HBP
Corey Costello 1-2, BB


Friday, June 13, 2014

WCElectric - Micksburg game a go

A huge rainstorm came through Micksburg and dropped a whack of rain on the diamond this afternoon.

However, the game will go forward at 8:30 pm as the field has been made ready to go despite looking pretty bad earlier today.

Unfortunately the squirts game beforehand had to be cancelled as there was some uncertainty as to whether it would be ready or not for a 7 pm start.


Pickering tournament

The schedule has been posted on Al's Fastball for the Pickering Tournament which starts tonight and wraps up tomorrow night. Participating for the first time are the Woodlawn Smoke, who are a local team that also competed in the Glen Cairn Tournament last year and are entering other local tournaments this season as well.


Thursday, June 12, 2014

OASA elimination draws announced for Midget, Junior

The Ontario Amateur Softball Association has announced the draws for two upcoming elimination tournaments.

The Junior Men's (U21) eliminations are scheduled for June 20-22 in Napanee. There are eleven teams participating, including the Domville Aces from eastern Ontario. Draw is posted here.

Midget (U18) eliminations are being held June 27-29 in Tavistock in southwestern part of the province. There are sixteen teams participating, including Napanee and a team from Brockville coached by GOFLer Matt McNish. Check out the draw here.

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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Canadian Dad

Check out this list of top ten Canadian Dads - it includes at #7 a familiar face to those involved in the local fastball scene.


Minor Softball event in Fitzroy Harbour

West Carleton Softball is looking at hosting some local teams at the Squirt Boys (U12) Select and Peewee Boys (U14) Select level for an event on Saturday July 19 in Fitzroy Harbour.

Looking for at least three teams at each level to have a "tri-meet" event where each team plays two games. If there is interest, it could potentially be larger. The format will be based on how many teams are interested.

Cost will either $100 (if two games guaranteed) or $150 (if three games guaranteed).

For more information, contact fastball@fitzroyharbour.com.

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GOFL games cancelled tonight in Manotick

With all this rain, the GOFL doubleheader in Manotick is cancelled. Stittsville was in for a game against Kars and I4C Victory. Make up dates to be determined.


Micksburg fastball showcase

The details are now available on the fastball showcase that will be held in Micksburg this weekend, with minor games and Greater Ottawa Fastball League games on tap.

Friday June 13:
7 pm: West Carleton Squirt Boys vs Micksburg Squirt Boys
8:30 pm: West Carleton Electric vs Micksburg Twins (GOFL league game)

Saturday June 14:
Noon: McNab Peewee Boys  vs Micksburg Peewee Boys
3 pm: Kanata Pirates vs Micksburg Twins (GOFL league game)
5 pm: Bantam / Midget game (teams to be announced)
7 pm: Kanata Pirates vs Micksburg Twins (GOFL league game)

There will be a BBQ and canteen on site.

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Midget Fastball mini-tournament in Brockville

Great to see a midget fastball event getting put together in our area. Congrats to Matt McNish for making this happen.

A four team exhibition mini Fastball Tournament for midget boys (U18) is scheduled for this weekend June 13th & 14th in Brockville at the Goldie Christopher ball diamond in behind the Brockville Memorial Centre. 

Games start Friday night at 8 pm and continuing Saturday morning at 9 am with the last game being played at 5pm. Each team plays three games in preparation for their respective journeys this fastball season, whether it is Eliminations, provincials etc. 

Schedule as follows:

8pm-Brockville vs. Kars 

9am-Brockville vs. Napanee
11am-Napanee vs. Stittsville 
1pm-Brockville vs. Stittsville 
3pm-Napanee vs. Kars
5pm-Kars vs. Stittsville 

Should be a great day for fastball! Canteen on site and admission is FREE!

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Kanata Pirates win 7-6 in Fitzroy

In a game that saw several lead changes, the Kanata Pirates scored three in the top of the seventh to defeat West Carleton Electric 7-6 in Greater Ottawa Fastball League play in Fitzroy Harbour on Tuesday night.

Trevor Lahey earned the complete game win, while Jeff Barber took the loss in relief of Steve Cavanagh.

The Pirates opened the scoring in the top half of the first. Kevin Shonfield hit an infield single and scored on Tony Macdonald's double.

The Electric answered back, tying the score when Andy Barber's line drive cleared the fence for a solo home run.

Kanata again scored one in the second. Jordan Adams reached base on a misplayed grounder, took second on a wild pitch and scored on Lahey's RBI single.

WC took the lead for the first time in the bottom of two when Jeff Cavanagh's home run scored Neil Murphy who had walked.

Not to be denied the lead, Kanata pushed two across in the third as Trevor Power's home plated Macdonald who had doubled to start the inning.

After a couple scoreless innings, the home team took a 6-4 lead when Jeff Cavanagh hit his second homer of the night scoring Derek Barber who had reached on an error and Murphy who hit a bunt single.

The Pirates responded in the top of the seventh, scoring three on Power's second homer of the night. Also scoring on the dinger were Joe Allan who had reached on a misplayed fly ball and Shonfield who had walked.

The Electric could not respond in the bottom of the frame and Pirates earned a 7-6 victory.

Once again the Caveman's Choice as player of the game is Trevor Power with two homers and five runs batted in for Kanata.

Trevor Lahey WIN 7IP 6R 5ER 7H 5K 3BB

Kevin Shonfield 2-3, BB 2R, SB
Tony Macdonald 3-4, 2x2B, R
Trevor Power 2-4, 2xHR, 5RBI, 2R
Trevor Lahey 1-3, RBI

Steve Cavanagh 5IP 4R 3ER 7H 2K 1BB
Jeff Barber LOSS 2IP 3R 2ER 1H 2BB 1BB

Andy Barber 1-3, BB, HR, RBI
Mike Cavanagh 1-3, BB, 2B
Derek Barber 1-4, R
Neil Murphy 2-3, 2R
Jeff Cavanagh 2-3, 2xHR, 5RBI


Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Quyon wins 8-3 over I4C Victory

The Quyon Flyers won their first game of the Greater Ottawa Fastball League season with a 8-3 decision over I4C Victory on Tuesday night in Quyon.

Matt Greer earned the win, while Shane McNish took the loss.

Greer had a huge night at the plate, going 3 for 4 with a triple, two doubles, two runs batted in and scoring a run. Dennis McCleary also hit well, hitting the cycle (single, double, triple and homer) with three runs batted in plating three times.

For I4C, the McNish family contributed two homers, with Matt and Ty both hitting round trippers.


Media exposure for the GOFL

I have heard recently of a couple of anecdotal stories about Valley Heritage Radio listeners talking to Greater Ottawa Fastball League players about info they heard on the radio coverage of the league.

One player works retail and a customer said "I heard you hit a homer the other night."

Another player was at a wedding and another attendee said "I heard you guys tied your ball game last night."

Both guys said they heard about it on the radio. Nice to have some coverage of the league on the Valley Heritage Radio sportscasts.


Monday, June 09, 2014

2nd Annual McNab-Braeside Peewee Select Tournament (New dates)

McNab - Braeside Peewee Select Tournament
July 25 - 27 (NEW DATES)
$300 per team, with a three game minimum. Looking for up to 12 teams.
Register by July 14
Contact Joe Shean email: jshean65[at]yahoo.ca or Adam Rueckwald mbfastball[at]hotmail.com

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Bernie Beauregard Select Tournament - Orleans

Orleans Amateur Fastball Association annual Bernie Beauregard Select Tournament will occur July 12/13. 

Here are some details about the tournament: 

1) Orleans are fielding teams in Mite, Squirt Boys (girls teams are welcome to play as well), Novice Girls, Peewee Boys, and Midget Girls Select teams. 

2) Price: $300 which will cover three games guaranteed, opportunity to play in the Bronze or Gold Medal game if qualified, medals, etc. Please send your cheque addressed to OAFA to the following address: 

Tiffany Dunbar
1211 St. Jerome Cres. 
Orleans, ON 
K1C 2A7 

3) Six teams will be accepted/ division and will be on a first come first serve basis. The last date to register by is June 30th and the schedule will be posted on the website and sent to the participating teams within a week before the tournament date. 

Looking forward to seeing you at our tournament! If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact me either by email or by telephone. (613)-841-8216. Feel free to forward the invitation to this tournament to other associations! 

Tiffany Dunbar

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