Eastern Ontario Fastball Blog

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

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Friday, August 29, 2014

Elkland bound

The 62nd Annual Durk Sherman Classic Labour Day tournament in Elkland starts tonight.

Blogging will be sporadic, if it even happens.

However, I promise a full report upon my return.

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Newboro win North Leeds Men's Fastball League championship

Newboro won the North Leeds Championship last night with a 11-5 win in Newboro, over Lyn.
Chris Bresee had the win and Shane McNish took the loss.
Ryan Bruyere with a Grand Slam and solo HR, Mike Prevost and Jeff Seed homered for Newboro.
Matt McNish and Matt Wing homered for Lyn.


Kanata Pirates take game one of the series - NOW WITH DETAILS

The Kanata Pirates took a one game to none lead in their Greater Ottawa Fastball League best of five playoff series with a 10-0 win over the Micksburg Twins on Thursday night in Carp.

Trevor Lahey had the win, throwing a no-hitter and only walking one batter while striking out twelve. Matt McIntyre took the loss with relief from Jamey Mick.

Derick Bulley had a strong night at the plate for the Pirates, going 2 for 3 with a home run and six runs batted in.

Pirates Mercy Short-Handed Twins 10-0‏

from Ivan Taylor

The Kanata Pirates hosted the Micksburg Twins in Carp last night.  Trevor Lahey started for the Pirates and Matt McIntyre started for the Twins.
Derick Bulley hit a 3-run homer for the Pirates in the bottom of the first inning driving in Kevin Shonfield and Marcel Mondoux.
The Pirates scored 3 more in the bottom of the second inning on a walk by Kevin Williams, a double by Lindsay Medynski, a single by Marcel Mondoux and an RBI fielder’s choice by Derick Bulley.
Four runs came in for the Pirates in the bottom of the third.  Ryan Mitts hit a one-out double.  Lindsay Medynski followed with a two-out single to knock in Mitts.  Jordan Adams walked and Kevin Shonfield singled to load the bases.  Marcel Mondoux worked a bases loaded walk to score Medynski.  Then Jamey Mick came on in relief for the Twins.  Derick Bulley finished the scoring with a single knocking in his fifth and sixth RBIs of the game.
Pirate’s pitcher, Trevor Lahey, was the Caveman Player of the Game.  He shut down the opposing batters pitching a no-hitter with 12 strikeouts.
Twins Pitching
Matt McIntyre 3 2/3 IP 10R 8ER 6H 4K 4BB
Jamey Mick 1 2/3 IP 0R 1H 1K 0BB
Twins Batting
Chad Costello W
Pirates Pitching
Trevor Lahey 5 IP 0R 0H 12K 1BB
Pirates Batting
Derick Bulley 2-3 HR 6RBI
Lindsay Medynski 2-2 2B 2R RBI
Kevin Shonfield 1-3 W 2R
Marcel Mondoux 1-3 W R 2RBI
Ryan Mitts 1-3 2B R
Jordan Adams 0-1 W 2R RBI

Kevin Williams 0-2 W R


Harbour Ball officiating

Tonight in Harbour Ball.....

Big playoff game in Harbour Ball. The rarely seen three umpire system in place. Yours truly playing on the hot corner. Guy on second base. Wild pitch, dude on second takes off. Catcher has a good arm, rifles one to me, I put the tag on hard, it's a close play, could go either way. As I sweep the tag, I lift my head to see the ump's call and WHACK! I am punched in the nose.

By the ump, waving the safe call.

He was so close to the play, he actually smacked me in the nose with his hand as he made the call.

I am not sure, but I am thinking that is not in the umpire's mechanics manual. I know the EOUA officials read this page.....comments?

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

GOFL Playoff schedule UPDATED

2nd place Stittsville 56ers (8-6-4) vs 7th place I4C Victory (7-11)
I4C leads 2-0 in series
Game 1: I4C 4 Stittsville 0
Game 2: I4C 6 Stittsville 2
Game 3 Thursday August 28 at 9 pm in Stittsville POSTPONED - new date TBD
Game 4: Wednesday September 3 in Manotick (if necessary)
Game 5: Wednesday September 10 at 8:30 pm in Stittsville (if necessary)

3rd place West Carleton Electric (9-8-1) vs 6th place Kars Aces (8-10)
West Carleton leads 2-0 in series
Game 1: West Carleton 6 Kars 0
Game 2: West Carleton 2 Kars 1
Game 3: Wednesday September 3 at 9 pm in Fitzroy Harbour
Games 4 to 5 to be confirmed

4th place Kanata Pirates (8-9-1) vs 5th place Micksburg Twins (8-9-1)
Game 1: Thursday August 28 at 8:30 pm in Carp
Game 2: Tuesday September 2 at 8 pm in Micksburg
Game 3: Thursday September 4 at 8 pm in Carp
Games 4 to 5 to be confirmed


Team Quebec now 2-2 at Senior Men's Nationals in PEI

Team Quebec rebounded from losing their first two to win back to back games on Wednesday at the Senior Men's Nationals in PEI. See below for an article from the Charlottetown Guardian, featuring info and photos of all three GOFLers playing for Quebec as well as an interview with Big Joe.

Website (with photos).


Quebec beats Charlottetown 4-1

Both teams now 2-2 at Canadian senior men's fast pitch tournament

Quebec’s Joe McCleary tagged Seth Hood out at home plate Wednesday night, killing a Charlottetown John Brown Grill Fawcetts’ rally at Central Field.
The Fawcetts couldn’t recover losing 4-1. Both teams are now 2-2 at the Canadian senior men’s fast pitch championship entering today’s final games of round-robin play.
Trailing 3-0 in the top of the fourth inning the Fawcetts were threatening with runners on second and third and no out. Cleanup hitter Andy Skelton grounded out to the shortstop and Hood got thrown out at the plate for a 6-3-2 double play.
Fawcetts’ third base coach Doug Hines said the contact play was on, provided the ball was hit deep in the infield.
“I’ll take responsibility for that,” Hines said. “We had some big hitters up there, so he probably should have stayed at third."
The Fawcetts wouldn’t get another hit until Jeff Ellsworth hit a solo home run to start the seventh inning.
“We’re just going to keep a short memory here, come back tomorrow and try and win a couple of games,” Hines said.
Quebec opened the scoring in the first inning when McCleary dropped a bunt down the third base line with the bases juiced and two outs.
McCleary said he discussed the play with leadoff man Mathieu Roy, who he called likely the fastest player in the tournament, before the inning.
“I told him if the third baseman is deep, get ready I might try it.”
McCleary fouled the first attempt off, but said he saw third baseman Chris Craig back up, giving him the idea to try it again.
“If I got it down, I knew I’d get to first because they weren’t expecting it. Thankfully it worked out in our favour,” McCleary said.
It gave Quebec confidence and Charlottetown wasn’t able to answer.
“In this tournament, no matter who you play, if you don’t score early then it gives the other team momentum and that’s what happened tonight,” Ellsworth said.
“It falls back on all the hitters on the team, we just didn’t do the job at the plate tonight.”
Quebec added two runs in the second and pitcher Joran Graham settled in with a 3-0 lead.
“Joran threw a hell of a game, probably the best game he’s thrown this year,” McCleary said.
Graham struck out seven in going the distance for the win.
Mitch Hardy gave up three runs on two hits and four walks in 1 2/3 innings in taking the loss. Skelton allowed a run on two hits in 4 1/3 innings of relief.
“We didn’t give Mitch much help tonight. He deserved a better fate than that,” Hines said. “That’s on us, but we’re going to bounce back tomorrow.”
The Fawcetts made it known they didn’t agree with many of the calls of the home plate umpire during the contest.
“We thought Mitch might have been getting squeezed,” Hines said. “They’re calling the balls and strikes and we have to live with that, no matter what it is. We just didn’t adjust.”
Matt Greer was 2-for-2 and scored twice in pacing Quebec’s offence while Jean-Pierre Savard had an RBI double and Samuel Labrecque doubled and scored.
Ellsworth had two hits for the host while Jamie MacDonald doubled to start the fourth-inning rally and Skelton singled in the seventh.
The Fawcetts play the East Hants Mastodons from Nova Scotia at 2 p.m. and Kelly’s Pub from St. John’s, N.L., at 6:30 p.m.

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West Carleton Electric wins in wild finish over Kars Aces

West Carleton Electric won 2-1 in Greater Ottawa Fastball League action in the late game in Manotick on Wednesday night, taking a two games to none lead in their best of five playoff series over the Kars Aces.

Andy Barber had the win for the Electric while Cory Alkerton took the loss for the Aces.

West Carleton scored the game's first run in the third inning. Neil Murphy walked to start off. After a strike out, Murph scored all the way from first on Jon Daley's RBI triple to right.

It looked like Kars would even things up in the bottom of the third. Cory Morrison singled with two out and stole second. Chad Milne ripped a ball that looked sure to score Spud, but a diving stab by shortstop Michael Cavanagh resulted in Morrison being put out at third to end the inning.

Kars again threatened in the fourth. Cory Alkerton got on base on a passed ball third strike. Matt Alkerton then hit an infield single. With the runners on second and third, Barber got a pop up and two strike outs to end the threat.

The Aces evened the score in the fifth. Kristian Knapp used his speed to leg out an infield single to start the inning. Knapp advanced to third on a passed ball and a wild pitch. Nick Ellis then walked and took second uncontested. Morrison's sac fly to left centre scored Knapp to even the score at 1-1. Ellis attemped to take home later in the inning on a passed ball, but was put out at home plate.

The Electric scored the go ahead run in the top of the seventh. Jeff Barber lead off with a double, and took third and home on wild pitches to make it 2-1.

The bottom of the seventh for the Aces started well. Knapp walked, then stole second. Knapp took third on a passed ball. Ellis then walked and stole second without a throw. An infield chopper resulted in Morrison reaching base and loading things up, with no outs. Barber struck out the next two batters. Then, with Matt Alkerton at the plate, a wild pitch saw Knapp attempt to take home to tie the game. As Knapp went past home, Andy Barber was covering the plate took the ball and tagged Knapp. The home plate umpire ruled that Knapp had not touched the plate and was out, ending the game 2-1 in West Carleton's favour.

Andy Barber WIN 7IP 1R 1ER 6H 17K 4BB

Jon Daley 1-3, 3B, RBI
Michael Cavanagh 1-3
Jeff Barber 1-2, 2B, R, sac bunt
Neil Murphy BB, R

Cory Alkerton LOSS 7IP 2R 2ER 3H 11K 2BB

Kristian Knapp 1-3, BB, R, SB
Nick Ellis 1-2, 2BB, 2B
Cory Morrison 2-3, Sac Fly RBI, SB
Matt Alkerton 2-2, sac bunt


I4C wins 6-2 over Stittsville

I4C Victory won game two over the Stittsville 56ers in the early game at Manotick in Greater Ottawa Fastball League playoffs on Wednesday night.

The 6-2 win put I4C up two games to none in the best of five playoff series.

Andrew Putnam had the win, striking out 20 Stittsville batters. Dan Konkle had the start for the 56ers, giving way to Darren Featherstone who took the loss in relief.

more to follow


Wednesday, August 27, 2014

North Leeds Fastball League playoff update - Newboro vs Lyn in the finals

from Terry McCann

Newboro defeated Greenbush 5-3 in the Semi Finals of the North Leeds playoffs on Sun night. Chris Bresee had the win with Kevin Phillips taking the loss.

Newboro 13 Lyn 6 on Tuesday Night Aug 26th was the first game of final where Newboro had to beat Lyn twice in double knock out playoff.

Final game is set for Thursday night Aug 28th in Newboro at 8:30 pm.


GOFL Playoffs tonight

Greater Ottawa Fastball League playoffs tonight with a doubleheader in Manotick.

Stittsville 56ers (down 1-0 in the best of five) face I4C Victory at 7 pm.

West Carleton Electric (up 1-0 in the best of five) play Kars Aces at 9 pm.

Micksburg Twins and Kanata Pirates will start off their best of five series with game one tomorrow night (Thursday) at 8:30 pm in Carp.


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Elkland Labor Day Durk Sherman Classic Bracket

The Elkland Labor Day Durk Sherman Classic tournament bracket, featuring 14 teams, is now available. There are two local teams participating - West Carleton Electric and Greenbush Generals.

There will be more - much more - about this tournament posted on the blog.

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Quyon wins Canada's Capital Women's Fastball League playoff title

Congratulations to the Quyon Flyers (women's edition) who were winners of the Canada's Capital Women's Fastball League playoff title with a 9-1 victory over the Fitzroy Young Gunz last night.  The Quyon and Fitzroy teams feature a few "significant others" of GOFL players.

Other teams in the league include the Nepean Sharks, Orleans Rebels, Orleans Selects and Stittsville Selects.


West Carleton takes game one 6-0 over Kars

West Carleton Electric took the first game of their best of five series against Kars Aces by a score of 6-0 in Greater Ottawa Fastball League playoff action on a rare Monday night game in Fitzroy Harbour.

Andy Barber had the complete game shutout while Brad Porter went the distance for the Aces.

The Electric started off with a big first inning to stake a lead right away. Trevor Barton lead off the bottom of the first with a triple. After a ground out, he scored on Michael Cavanagh's RBI single. Jeff Cavanagh then homered to make the game 3-0. Shawn Rebertz singled to continue the inning, moved to second when Jon Daley's grounder took a funny spin to evade the third basemen, and took third on Steve Cavanagh's fly ball to right. When Dave Bahm's grounder squeaked through the infield, Rebertz scored to make it 4-0 after one.

There wasn't any further scoring until the 'Trics half of the sixth. Rebertz lead off with a single and make it to third on a pair of wild pitches. Jon Daley walked to put runners on the corners, then took second on a wild pitch. Steve Cavanagh singled to score Rebertz. Dave Bahm reached on a fielder's choice which scored Daley to cap the scoring at 6-0.

Barber threw well, limiting the Aces to only five base runners all game.

Next game in the series is in Manotick on Wednesday at 9 pm, following game two of the I4C - Stittsville series.

Andy Barber WIN 7IP 0R 3H 16K 1BB 1HBP

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

Brad Porter LOSS 6IP 6R 5ER 7H 6K 2BB

Cory Morrison 2-3, 2B
Cory Alkerton 1-3


Monday, August 25, 2014

Glen Cairn Men's Fastball League playoffs

as per Facebook

GCMFL 2014 Playoffs - Round 1 (quarter-finals)
Mon 25-Aug 6:30 Don Cherry's @ Ottawa Home Services
Mon 25-Aug 8:30 East Side Marios @ Stittsville Midgets
Tue 26-Aug 6:30 Broker 4 Tickets @ Upper Canada Elevators
Tue 26-Aug 8:30 Kanata Sports Club @ Laurysen Kitchens
Tue 2-Sep 6:30 Ottawa Home Services @ Don Cherry's
Tue 2-Sep 8:30 Stittsville Midgets @ East Side Marios
Mon 8-Sep 6:30 Laurysen KitchensClub @ Kanata Sports
Mon 8-Sep 8:30 Upper Canada Elevators @ Broker 4 Tickets


GOFL playoffs this week

The Greater Ottawa Fastball League playoffs schedule is as follows this week.

Game one of Kars Aces vs West Carleton Electric is schedule for tonight (Monday) at 8:30 pm in Fitzroy Harbour. Game two is scheduled on Wednesday at 9 pm in Manotick as part of a doubleheader.

Game two of Stittsville 56ers against I4C Victory (I4C leads 1-0) will be the 7 pm game in the Manotick doubleheader on Wednesday.

Game one of Micksburg Twins vs Kanata Pirates will be at 8:30 pm on Thursday in Carp.


Senior Men's Canadians start this week

The Senior Men's Canadians start tomorrow in Charlottetown, PEI with games continuing until the championship game on Sunday.

There are seven teams participating - two from Newfoundland, the hosts from PEI, Nova Scotia, Saskatchewan, British Columbia and Quebec. No teams from Ontario this year.

Team Quebec will have three GOFLers participating. Good luck to Joe McCleary and Matt Greer of Quyon Flyers and Joran Graham of Micksburg as they play with Team QC.

Former GOFLer Joel Langford will also be there with East Hants, Nova Scotia.

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Elkland First Weekend Tournament - UPDATE

info from Ryan Morgan

This weekend, the Elkland Softball Association hosts their First Weekend Tournament. This year they had 15 teams for the double knockout event - bracket here.

As of this morning there are eight teams remaining in contention. PA Power and the NY Bombers are playing in the winners' bracket final.

ESA Thunderbellys are joined by Schuykill Merchants, Northern Merchants, Beam House, CPI/Heflin and Waterdown Hammer in coming up the losers' bracket.

The final (single game) is scheduled for 4 pm.

UPDATE: PA Power won the final over NY Bombers 6-4 in 8 innings. Elkland Thunderbellys finished third. MV Player: Simon Zigler (Power), MV Pitcher: Doug Hoffman (Power).

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Loughborough Fastball League playoffs to start

from Jeff Hannah

The Loughborough Fastball League final standings were as follows:

1. North Fred Kings
2. Sydenham
3. Napanee Juniors
4. Enterprise
5. Napanee Midgets

Semi finals will be a 2 out of 3 series, followed by the best of five finals.
North Fred vs Enterprise
Sydenham vs Napanee Juniors


Stittsville Minor Softball hosts U14 Select Provincials - wins gold

Stittsville is hosting the Provincial Women's Softball Association U14 "Novice" Girls House League Select Provincial tournament this weekend, August 23 to 24. There are six teams participating including the host Stittsville 56ers and Orleans Rebels. For more information see the website.

UPDATE: Stittsville won the gold medal at this event.

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Sunday, August 24, 2014

Softball Ontario Seeks Instructors for CANpitch Program

from Softball Ontario 


Toronto, ON- Softball Ontario's CANpitch Committee has a great opportunity for those of you with a passion for pitching and the desire to help young pitchers develop their skills.  The CANpitch Committee is currently recruiting for the following positions within our program:
Master Pitching Instructor (1) Position- 1 representing the Women’s Fast Pitch Game 
 Regional Pitching Instructor(s)-(Open)
The primary role of the Master Pitching Instructor is to train, evaluate, support and mentor the Regional Pitching Instructor(s) within Ontario. In addition, shall play a key role in assisting Softball Canada with the delivery and evaluation of the CANpitch national pitching program.

The primary role of the Regional Pitching Instructor is to be the pitching expert in their region in Ontario and to be responsible for delivery of the six-week training session for both players and coaches. The Regional Pitching Instructor will also support and mentor pitching coaches within their region in Ontario. They shall play a key role in assisting Softball Ontario with the delivery and implementation of the CANpitch program.  Softball Ontario currently has 21 Regional Pitching Instructors, and is looking to expand our reach even further and ensure that CANpitch Clinics will be available in all regions of Ontario.

If you are interested in applying for one of these positions, please view the job descriptions below or online (Regional Pitching Instructor / Master Pitching Instructor) and send your softball pitching resume and cover letter by fax to 416-426-7368 or email to ssutton@softballontario.ca by Friday, October 3, 2014 at 4:30 pm. 
For more information visit www.softballontario.ca.


Softball Ontario Seeks Members for its Coaching Committee

Toronto, ON- Softball Ontario's Coaching Committee is pleased to announce two (2) openings on the Coaching Committee.

Softball Ontario's Coaches program mandate is to create and implement coaching development programs that improve and enhance the quality of Softball Coaching in Ontario.  Our Coaches program offers the following services:
  • National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) - Community Sport Stream and the Competitive Sport Stream contexts
  • Workshops- Beyond the NCCP - interactive clinics for Coaches
  • Coaches Conferences/Symposiums- host and provide coach education opportunities for softball coaches
  • Coach Resources/Materials- designed specifically for softball coaches
Successful candidates will take a leadership role in the development of the Coaching Program in Ontario and will assist the Coaching Committee Chairman in setting program goals and objectives, representing the Coaching Program and working to provide coach education in the Province of Ontario.

Coaching Committee members will be expected to attend all committee meetings (approximately two (2) per year) as well as facilitate two (2) National Coaching Certification Program clinics. Ideally, a Coaching Committee Member will have experience coaching softball in addition to the following qualifications and responsibilities:

  • Good communication and administrative skills
  • A willingness to do tasks as assigned by Softball Ontario Coaches Chairman
  • A keen interest in Coach Development
  • Coaching experience is an asset
  • A good understanding of the National Coaching Certification Program
  • Must be Trained in Competition-Introduction, Softball or fully certified Level 2 in Softball
  • Must sign Softball Ontario’s Confidentially Agreement
  • Must complete Softball Ontario’s Volunteer Application
  • Must be 18 years of age at the time of Application
  • Must possess a full valid G Driver’s License
  • Attend all Coaching Committee Meetings
  • Receive and review all meeting materials/minutes distributed by Softball Ontario
  • Do tasks assigned by the Coaches Committee and/or Chair
  • Help promote the Softball Ontario Coaches Program
  • Instruct/Facilitate Coaches Clinic(s)
  • Submit articles for Coaches Clipboard
  • Be a mentor to another softball coach if requested
Click here for a copy of the Softball Ontario Coaches Committee Member Job Description.

How to Apply
All interested candidates are asked to apply in writing, expressing your interest in a cover letter along with a detailed resume outlining your softball and coaching background and qualifications for this position. Applications should be received by the Softball Ontario office no later than Friday, October 3, 2014 at 4:30 pm.  If you have applied in the past for a position or held a position on the Coaching Committee, Softball Ontario asks that you re-submit your resume.

Email your resume to Steph Sutton at ssutton@softballontario.ca for consideration.


Friday, August 22, 2014

Yet another name that GOFL player contest

In July 2013 and April 2014, I had a "contest" on the blog to see if readers could identify GOFL players based on some photos, which in turn were based on their nicknames.

With it being a slow news day due to last night's playoff games being rained out, I thought it was time for another one. To refresh your memory, here are the "rules", such as they are:

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

With that in mind, this contest tests your knowledge of Greater Ottawa Fastball League player nicknames. See below for four sets of images, each representing a player in the GOFL.

If you know the real names of the players these represent, put your answers in the comments and leave your name (or nickname, I suppose). First person to get all four correct receives a complementary refreshment from me at the Final Weekend Showdown beer tent.


Thursday, August 21, 2014

GOFL playoff games in Carp, Fitzroy postponed

The Greater Ottawa Fastball League playoff game in Carp (Micksburg at Kanata) is postponed due to weather - they will try again next Thursday in Carp at 8:30pm.

Kars at West Carleton Electric in Fitzroy is also postponed. The new date is to be determined but should be announced soon.


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

I4C Victory wins game 1 over Stittsville 4-0, Putnam strikes out 21

Game one of the Greater Ottawa Fastball League best-of-five playoff series between I4C Victory and Stittsville 56ers was played Tuesday in Carp, with I4C winning 4-0.

Andrew Putnam was the winning pitcher, allowing only two hits and striking out an incredible 21 batters.

Darren Featherstone took the loss and had the two hits for Stittsville.

Dan Loney and Ryan Clare both had solo home runs for I4C.

Game two is next Wednesday in Manotick.


OASA 2014 Mite Rep tournament - featuring the Caveman

This past weekend, the Caveman played in his first "rep" tournament - the OASA Mite Boys Provincial (U10) in Springbrook, near Marmora.

Caveman played with the Augusta team, made up of Spencerville, Westport and Athens kids, plus him. He had a great time with an excellent bunch of kids and very supportive coaching staff which included Scott Rice and Westport legend Mike "Bundy" Seed.

His team went 1-3, losing to host Springbrook, Napanee (coached by Cory Brooks) and Springfield (coached by Todd Winkworth) and defeating Kitchener.

The level of play was quite high for mites, with some excellent pitching, fielding and hitting on display.

As I was at the Squirt Select Provincials with Fitzroy Junior on Saturday, I wasn't able to make it to the Mite tournament until Sunday. When I asked Caveman how it went with Mrs Fastball he mentioned some issues with finding Springbrook and said "You know mommy, she isn't very good at geometry."

In the opener against Springbrook, Caveman reached on a walk. Then, on a wild pitch he used his blazing speed (note: not blazing speed at all) to take second base - but not before tripping over his own shoes and having to belly crawl the last 10 feet to the bag. He claims there was a hole in the basepath. Uh huh, sure. His coach took note and made sure to let me know in a tweet that "Caveman had a bit of unorthodox slide into 2nd. Reminded me of you."

After the win against Kitchener, I got a phone call from Caveman. He was so excited he didn't let me get a word in edgewise: "Daddy, they let me pitch I threw two innings and got all six batters out and two were strikeouts and they didn't get a hit or a run and there were four pop flies and we caught them all and we won the game and now it's raining but it was a good game and I pitched two innings and they didn't get a run off me!"

In the first game on Sunday against Napanee, Augusta was in tough. The Napanee team had very strong hitters and they pounded the ball. The Caveman went in to pitch for an inning and was hit hard. No walks, but lots of very hard hit balls. After several runs were scored, the coach asked him if he still wanted to stay in. He nodded "yes", so continued to pitch. A couple of batters later, he decided it would be a good idea to try a change up - and the line drive whizzed by his head just missing his face by about 18 inches. Immediately after that, he gave the nod to the coach and moved over to third base!

I was proud of him though, he got right back on the horse and pitched a good inning in the final game of the tournament against Springfield, albeit wearing a facial protector that Mrs Fastball calls his "Hannibal Lecter" mask. That game was a very well played match, a 6.5 inning game played in about 1 h 45. Pretty good for mites.

I must say, it's nerve-wrecking to sit in the stands and watch your son bat, pitch, field, etc. You just live and die with every play. When I coach his team, I can stay preoccupied with all the things that have to be done, but as just a "fan" it's very hard on the nerves. Experienced fastball dads that read this blog - does it get easier? Do you feel just as queasy watching your 20-something son play in the Junior Nationals or ISC Worlds as you did in his first mites tourney? I sure hope it gets easier.....

All in all a great experience for a nine year old, one which he and his parents enjoyed.

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Lyn Lightning win Bantam Select OASA Provincial Championship

Submitted by: Nicole Kehoe, Lyn Lightning Team Manager

Held at Goulding Park, North York ON, August 9th, 2014

Game 1 vs Georgian Bay

Game was tied 5-5 at the bottom of the 4th inning when caption Thomas Smith made a beautiful double play that ended the inning. The team then gaining 6 more runs in the 5th inning which included a homerun by Jack Wilson with bases loaded, an RBI from Thomas and double plays throughout the game by Connor and Chase giving the Lightning a 13-5 win over Georgian Bay.

Game 2 vs Ramara

The team was up 4-0 in the first inning adding 9 run’s in the 2nd, including a grand slam from Ethan Jackson with bases loaded. RBI’s by Jacob and Chris giving the team a 13-5 win.

Game 3 vs Lake Simcoe

The Lightning took off strong with 2 RBI‘s from Chase, Preston and Austin who also had a beautiful homerun in the 3rd inning, ending the game in mercy of 15-0.

Game 4 vs Smiths Falls (Semi-Finals)

Lyn took the lead in the 2nd inning scoring runs from Chris, Jack and an RBI from Austin, scoring 3 more runs by the 6th inning. The team ended the game with an amazing sliding catch in left field by Preston Leeder followed by 2 strike outs from pitcher Michael Shane to win the game 6-1.

Game 5 vs Georgian Bay (Championship Game)

The team started strong with 4 runs in the 1st inning followed by 3 strikeouts by Michael. A nice double from Dustin Brown in the 2nd and 6 runs later in the game gave the Lightning a 10-3 win for the gold.

Pitcher Michael Shane was awarded the tournament MVP for the Lightning team with a total of 15 strikeouts during the day.

Lyn Lightning finished the day with 56 runs for and only 14 against!

On behalf of the Lyn Lightning team we would like to express our sincere thanks and great appreciation to all of our sponsor‘s including Munro & Scullion Contracting Inc., Cassidy E.W Construction Consultant Ltd., Francis H.V.A.C Services Ltd., Jan-pro Cleaning Systems, Mulder‘s Machine and Welding Inc., Purcell Insurance, Brockville Fire Protection, Zigman Metals, Apex Facility Man., SPX, ST.Lawerence Forming, for helping make this day a huge success!

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GOFL Playoff Preview

Greater Ottawa Fastball League playoffs start tonight. There are three best-of-five series that will be played, with the three teams advancing along with the 1st place Quyon Flyers to the Final Weekend Showdown on September 12-13 at the Grove in Stittsville.

2nd place Stittsville 56ers (8-6-4) vs 7th place I4C Victory (7-11)
This match up demonstrates how close the GOFL was this year - the second place team had eight wins and the last place team had seven. Stittsville won the season series 2-1, and none of the games were particularly close.
May 14 - I4C Victory 9 Stittsville 0
May 31 - Stittsville 8 I4C Victory 0
June 18 - Stittsville 7 I4C Victory 1


Game 1: Tuesday August 19 at 9 pm in Carp
Game 2: Wednesday August 27 at 9 pm in Manotick
Game 3 Thursday August 28 at 9 pm in Stittsville
Game 4: Wednesday September 3 in Manotick (if necessary)
Game 5: Wednesday September 10 at 8:30 pm in Stittsville (if necessary)

3rd place West Carleton Electric (9-8-1) vs 6th place Kars Aces (8-10)
Kars won the season series with two wins to a single win for West Carleton. None of these games were particularly close either.

Game 1: Thursday August 21 at 9 pm in Fitzroy
Game 2: Wednesday August 27 at 7 pm in Manotick
Games 3 to 5 to be confirmed

4th place Kanata Pirates (8-9-1) vs 5th place Micksburg Twins (8-9-1)
These teams finished with identical records, but Kanata gets the nod as fourth seed since they won the season series two games to one. All of their games were within three runs.
June 14 (game 1) - Kanata 11 Micksburg 8
June 14 (game 2) - Micksburg 3 Kanata 0

Game 1: Thursday August 21 at 8:30 pm in Carp
Game 2: Thursday August 28 at 8:30 pm in Micksburg
Games 3 to 5 to be confirmed


Lyn Lightning win Peewee Select OASA Provincial Tournament

from Mark Blanchard

Lyn Lightning Peewees won the Ontario Amateur Softball Association Squirt Select Boys Provincial tournament in Unionville this past Saturday.

Back row: Dave Kelly, Connor Kelly, Austin Blanchard, Tommy Hanna, Matt Berry, James Martel and Mark Blanchard
Middle row: Mitchell Finnson, Colyn Hunt and Logan Baynham
Front row: Karlie Moore and Ainsley Brown. Missing: Mekayla Lennox

The Lighting won Gold and were an undefeated 5-0 in a rain filled Saturday in Unionville.

Lyn defeated Belleville 8-3, Georgian Bay 6-4, Stouffville 11-1 and Bracebridge 13-0.

The Championship game was a rematch with Belleville. In a tightly matched game the Lightning scored 4 runs in the 7th inning to take the Gold by the score of 8-4. Tommy Hanna pitched a 4 hitter and struck out 13 in the Championship game.

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Monday, August 18, 2014

GOFL Playoff schedule

The games are set for the first two weeks of the Greater Ottawa Fastball League playoff schedule. The annual Playoff Preview post will be up later tonight, but here are the games in the GOFL for the next two weeks.

The week features "game one" for all three series.

I4C Victory, the 7th place team, will play 2nd place Stittsville at 9 pm on Tuesday August 18 in Carp.

Micksburg Twins, 5th place finishers, will also play in Carp, on Thursday at 8:30 pm against the 4th place Kanata Pirates.

Also Thursday night in Fitzroy Harbour at 9 pm will see 3rd place West Carleton Electric host the 6th place Kars Aces.

Next week on Wednesday August 27 at 7 pm in Manotick will see game two of West Carleton vs Kars. Following that at 9 pm will be game two of Stittsville vs I4C.

Thursday August 28 at 9 pm in Stittsville will have the 56ers host I4C in game three, while that same night in Micksburg at 8:30 pm, Kanata will travel up the Valley to face the Twins in game two of that series.

Further schedules to be posted once confirmed.

Winners of the playoff series will join 1st place Quyon Flyers at the Final Weekend Showdown Tournament in Stittsville on September 12 and 13.


Napanee Express Juniors win silver at Nationals

The Napanee Express junior men's team won silver at the Softball Canada U21 Nationals, falling 4-2 to the host Tigers from Irma, Alberta in the title game.

Napanee Juniors were semi-finalists at the GIl Read Memorial Tournament in Carp in July.

More info here and here.

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Saturday, August 16, 2014

ISC World Tournament final

The ISC Tournament wrapped up in Kitchener on Saturday night with Hill United staying undefeated and winning the title again this season. They beat the Kitchener Hallman Twins 3-2 in the bottom of the seventh, with walk off single by Craig Crawford. After losing their second game of the tournament to Bloomington Stix, the Twins reeled off seven straight wins to make it to the final.

GOFLer Matt Greer is a member of the Hallman Twins.

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Eastern Ontario teams at the Squirt Select Provincials

The OASA Squirt Select Boys Provincial tournament was held in Woodbridge in the Toronto area on Saturday. Of the twelve teams involved, there were three from eastern Ontario.

West Carleton lost to the host Woodbridge and Georgian Bay, then beat Jordan to finish 1-2.

Micksburg lost their first game to Topham Park (the eventual tournament champs), then defeated Scarborough and Orleans to finish 2-1.

Orleans also lost to Cambridge and Tweed (the tournament finalists) to finish 0-3.

Other teams participating were Goulding Park and Bracebridge.

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ISC Masters (50+) tournament

Congratulations to the Cobourg Force on winning the ISC Legends 50+ championship, beating the Toronto Masters Gators in the final in ten innings.

The ageless Slammin' Sammy Forbes scored the winning run. GOFLer Randy Peck was playing for the Gators.

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Friday, August 15, 2014

ISC World Tournament - final four

The International Softball Congress World Tournament final four have been determined.

On Friday night, Hill United Chiefs (#1 ranked) defeated PA Power (#6 ranked) in the undefeated game. Hill U will advance directly to the final.

Tomorrow morning the loser's bracket final will be played between New York Gremlins (#2 ranked) and Kitchener Hallman Twins (#3 ranked), with the winner to play PA Power to see who goes to the final.

The final game is projected for a 7 pm start. More info and a link to the webcasts available online here.

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Joran Graham named top pitcher at ISC II Tournament

Joran Graham of Ottawa Broker4Tickets was named top pitcher for the ISC II component of the International Softball Congress World Tournament in Kitchener.

Graham was also named to the "All World" team for ISC II as a pitcher, as was Brad Pender for outfielders.

More information here.

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

ISC World Tournament - Thursday (UPDATED with more info)

Broker4Tickets started off Thursday in the ISC II bracket with a 11-6 win over Shakespeare Falcons. Joran Graham had the pitching win. Cory Alkerton, Steve Savard and Brad Pender all had homers.

Then Broker beat the Waterdown Hammer 11-4. Graham again had the pitching win. Once again, Alkerton, Savard and Pender homered.

Broker then lost a heartbreaker to the Niagara Snappers in the ISC II semi-final match. After being down 7-1, Broker came back to lead 8-7 before Niagara tied things. The Snappers hit a walk off homer in the bottom of the seventh and win 9-8.

Niagara Snappers then defeated Westerville (OH) Capitals in the ISC II championship game 11-4.

According to intrepid reporter Erin Durant, Joran Graham and Brad Pender were named to the ISC II "All World" team.

more to follow

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Squirt Select Provincial in Woodbridge this Saturday

Three local teams will be participating in the Squirt Select provincial tournament, a twelve team event to be held in Woodbridge, near Toronto.

Micksburg, Orleans and West Carleton will all be there. Each team plays three games in the round robin then top four advance to playoff round. The tournament is all done on Saturday August 16.

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ISC World Tournament - Wednesday

A brief summary of eastern Ontario teams at the International Softball Congress World Tournament in Kitchener on Wednesday.

Ottawa Broker4Tickets won three straight games to stay alive in the ISC II bracket.

Ottawa Broker4Tickets 9 Aurora (IL) Dolan & Murphy 5
The ISC II main results page says they played Puslinch, but they actually played Aurora. Joran Graham had the win, and Cory Morrison and Cory Alkerton both had homers.

Ottawa Broker4Tickets 8 Wiarton Nationals 5
Broker were up 3-0, then down 5-3, but came back to win this one 8-5.

Ottawa Broker4Tickets 7 Napanee Merchants Express 6
Broker came back from a four run deficit to beat Napanee and eliminate the Express from the ISC tournament. Joran Graham had the win.

Napanee had previously beaten Sweaburg Crush 6-5 and the Ponsonby Stingers 10-9 earlier on Wednesday.

Broker have a single life remaining and play Thursday morning against the Shakespeare Falcons, a team they beat to start off the tournament.

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

ISC World Tournament - Tuesday

A brief summary of eastern Ontario teams at the International Softball Congress World Tournament in Kitchener on Tuesday.

Kitchener Cubs 7 Kanata Storm 1
Scott Wagar got the win for #17 ranked Kitchener and had an inning of relief from Ward Gosse. Darren Featherstone took the loss. Nick Ellis hit a solo shot in the first at bat of the game for Kanata. That 1-0 lead held up for three innings, until the Cubs scored two in the fourth. In the top of the seventh Brandon Parks hit a grand slam for Kitchener to put the game out of reach. Kanata finished the tournament with a 2-2 record.

Tavistock Merchants 5 Ottawa Broker4Tickets 2
In Broker's first game in the ISC II bracket, Chad Fink had the complete game win for Tavistock while Cory Alkerton took the loss with relief from Joran Graham. (Online scoring doesn't reflect the pitching change though.) Steve Savard had a two run homer for Ottawa. This loss moved Broker4Tickets to the bottom of the ISCII bracket.

Ottawa Broker4Tickets 7 CPI / Heflin (NY) 0
Broker beat CPI in their late game on Tuesday, with Joran Graham earning the win throwing a one hitter. Broker continues in the ISC II bracket with their next game at noon on Wednesday against the Pusclinch Kodiaks.

Napanee Merchants Express 4 Wellington Sox 3
Hickson Reds 5 Napanee Merchants Express 3
Napanee also went 1-1 in the ISC II bracket on Tuesday. They play Wednesday at noon against the Sweaburg Crush.

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

ISC World Tournament - Monday

A brief round up of eastern Ontario teams at the International Softball Congress World Tournament in Kitchener.

Sweaburg Crush 2 Ottawa Broker4Tickets 0
At 10 am, Broker4Tickets lost a close one to Sweaburg. The Crush scored a run on a wild pitch in the first inning and added an insurance run in the seventh. Lefty Todd Winkworth got the win and Joran Graham took the loss. This second loss put Ottawa into the ISC II bracket with a game early Tuesday morning against the Tavistock Merchants.

Kanata Storm 7 Napanee Merchants Express 5
In what perhaps was not the best defensively executed game at the ISC World Tournament, the Storm prevailed 7-5 over Napanee. Darren Featherstone had the complete game win, while Ian Wallwork took the loss and had relief from Jordan Macdonald. Derick Bulley and Shawn Laframboise had home runs for the Storm. A second loss dropped Napanee to the ISC II bracket for an early Tuesday game against the Wellington Sox.

Kanata Storm 4 Toronto Batmen 3
The Storm's winning ways continued on Monday. After a brief rain delay, their game against the Batmen did not get off to a good start as they gave up three runs in the first. However, those were the only runs that Jeff Barber allowed in getting the win for Kanata. Ryan Swift took the loss with relief from Luke Leahy. Shawn Laframboise had another home run for the Storm in this game. This win for Kanata means they stay in the ISC World bracket with their next game on Tuesday afternoon (likely at 3 pm with the rain delay) against the loser of the Scarborough Force vs Kitchener Cubs. That game was to be played Monday night but the heavy rain deferred it to Tuesday morning.

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Sunday, August 10, 2014

ISC World Tournament - Sunday

A brief round up of eastern Ontario teams at the ISC World Tournament today.

Toronto Gators 12 Napanee Merchants Express 0
After winning their first game, Napanee played #4 Toronto Gators this morning. Sean Cleary had the win for the Gators, while Jordan MacDonald took the loss with relief from Josh Lockridge. Former GOFLer Joel Langford was 2 for 3 with a walk and two runs batted in for the Gators. Napanee will now play the Kanata Storm at noon on Monday.

Circle Tap (WI) Dukes 9 Ottawa Broker4Tickets 0
Broker4Tickets drew #8 Cirle Tap Dukes from Wisconsin after beating Shakespeare on Saturday. The Dukes used two Argentinian pitchers: Juan Potolicchio had the win and had relief from Erick Urbaneja. Cory Alkerton took the loss. Joran Graham had the only hit for Broker - a double. Ottawa now pays Sweaburg Crush at 10 am on Monday.

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ISC World tournament - Saturday

Ottawa Broker4Tickets 3 Shakespeare Falcons 2
Broker was down 1-0 after five and half until Joran Graham launched a three run bomb to put them in the lead. Shakespeare got one in the top of seven, but Broker held on for the win. Neil Cooke spread out eight hits in earning the win and Fred Follings only allowed five hits in taking the loss. Broker4Tickets plays Circle Tap (WI) today (Sunday) at 3 pm.

Napanee Merchants Express 2 Westerville (OH) Capitals 1
Jamie Purdon's 2RBI double for Napanee was the difference. Ian Wallwork had the win throwing a two hitter. Chris van Volkenberg was the hard luck loser, with the double the only hit he allowed along with three walks. Napanee plays Toronto Gators tonight (Sunday) at 6:30 pm.

Elmira Expos 10 Kanata Storm 2
The game was tied at 2-2 after four innings as Nick Ellis hit a two run shot for the Storm. However, a couple of misplayed bunts followed by timely hits put Elmira up 4-2 in the fifth. The game got put away with a six run sixth inning for the Expos. Darren Featherstone took the loss and had relief from Bill Carson. Casey Halstead was the winning pitcher. Kanata plays the loser of the Napanee / Toronto game at noon on Monday.

Full results are posted online here.

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Saturday, August 09, 2014

North Leeds Men's Fastball League playoffs

The North Leeds Men's Fastball League is into their playoffs. An update from Terry McCann.

Final Standings
1. Lyn
2. Newboro
3. Greenbush
4. Seeleys Bay
5. Domville
6. Eastons Corners As
7. Athens
8. Eastons Corners Haymakers

Top 4 get two lives
4 @ 1
3 @ 2

Bottom 4 get 1 life
8 @ 5
7 @ 6

Aug 7th  Playoff Scores
Lyn 7 Seeleys Bay 1
Newboro 6 Greenbush 3
ECAS 12 Athens 11
ECHaymakers 5 Domville 3

Aug 12th
Newboro @ Lyn  winner advances to final, loser goes to semi final on Aug 21st

Aug 14th : winners play on Aug 19th to see who advances to semi final on Aug 21st
EC Haymakers @ Greenbush
ECAs @ Seeleys Bay


Local team competing at Ontario Rural Softball Association men's provincial tournament

A local men's team based out of the Augusta area in eastern Ontario will participating in the Ontario Rural Softball Association provincial tournament on August 8 to 10 in Springfield in the western part of the province. (More on the ORSA here.)

Players on the Augusta team come from the North Leeds, Glen Cairn and Greater Ottawa fastball leagues.

The other seven teams participating in the event are Springfield, Charring Cross, Jarvis, Moraviantown, Dunnville, Rockwood and Morpeth.


Quyon defeats Stittsville 10-7: the deets

from Moe Laframboise

Quyon Clinches 1st Place With Win Over Stittsville

The Quyon Flyers visited Alexander Grove Park Wednesday night for a Greater Ottawa Fastball League matchup with the 56ers with first place on the line.  The Flyers handed the ball to Matt Greer while Stittsville countered with Darren Featherstone.  Both went the distance in what was not exactly a pitcher’s duel.

Dennis McCleary led off the game with a single.  After a strikeout, McCleary scored on Greer’s RBI single.  Greer then stole second and scored on Joe McCleary’s RBI single to make it 2-0 for the visiting squad.

The home team got one back in the bottom half of the inning.  Tyler Nystedt reached on a Quyon error.  After two strikeouts, Scott Jessiman drew a walk.  Ryan Bond followed that up with a single to score Nystedt, cutting the lead in half.

The Flyers went down in order in the 2nd inning.  After a leadoff walk to John Craig in the bottom half, Greer was able to escape the inning unscathed with a couple groundouts and a strikeout.

Quyon put three more runs up in the 3rd inning.  Dennis McCleary walked and advanced to second on a Moe Laframboise bunt single.  Both would score on Joe McCleary’s three run blast to centre field, making the score 5-1 Quyon.

The 56ers answered back with three of their own in the bottom of the 3rd.  Ben Gigliotti walked to start things off.  Scott Jessiman then hit a grounder up the middle that looked like it would get through, but the second baseman was able to track it down and make a nice glove toss to retire Gigliotti.  With two outs Bond drew a walk and both he and Scott Jessiman would score on a Dan Jessiman double.  Craig singled, scoring D Jessiman, and then Trevor Scott singled but was left on base after a ground out.  5-4 Flyers.

In the 4th, Quyon added 2 more runs, but Stittsville was able to answer with 3 more of their own to tie the game.  With one out, Curtis Daley doubled.  The next batter grounded out before D McCleary was hit by a pitch.  Both runners advanced on a wild pitch and scored on Laframboise’s single up the middle.

In the bottom half, Nystedt doubled to lead off for the 56ers.  After two fly outs, S Jessiman stroked a two run bomb to left field to cut the lead to 1.  Bond then walked for the second time of the night and advanced to 3rd on D Jessiman’s second double of the night.  Craig then singled to score Bond but the other runner was held at 3.  Greer was able to get out of the inning with a strikeout.

Greer then settled in and kept the home team off the score board for the rest of the night.

Quyon added 3 more runs in the 6th inning to round out the scoring.  D McCleary hit a one out single and advanced to second on a ground out.  He then came in to score for the 4th time in the game, this time by way of another Greer RBI single.  Greer then scored on J McCleary’s triple off the right field fence.  Randy Peck singled to score McCleary from 3rd.  Final score, 10-7 for Quyon.


Friday, August 08, 2014

GOFL regular season ends with Micksburg winning 5-1 over Kars - NOW WITH DETAILS

The Greater Ottawa Fastball League season wrapped up on Thursday night with the Kars Aces losing to the Micksburg Twins 5-1. Corey Costello had the win for the home team while Cory Alkerton was tagged with the loss. Costello had a home run for Micksburg as did Kristian Knapp of the Aces.

details from Paul Griffith

Kars made the trip up to Micksburg for a battle for fifth place. Corey Costello got the ball for the Twins and Cory Alkerton countered for Kars.

The game went scoreless until the bottom of the third as Matt McIntyre drew a one out walk then stole second. Kyle Jackson then ripped a double over the first base bag scoring McIntyre from second.

Kars went scoreless in the fourth and fifth.

The Twins added some insurance runs in the fifth as Riley Hennessy drew a one out walk then stole second. McIntyre then hit a hard single up the middle, then stole second putting runners on second and third. Paul Griffith hit a single to right scoring both runners. Then with two out Corey Costello hit a two-run homer deep into the wood in left centre making the score 5-0 for Micksburg.

Kars were able to get on the board as Kristian Knapp hit a line drive home run to centre. That's all Kars were able to get off of Costello as Micksburg won 5-1 locking up the fifth position in the GOFL.

Caveman's Choice as player of game with the win, 16k, and 2-run home run was Corey Costello.

Win Corey Costello 7ip 16k 5h 1er
Loss Cory Alkerton 6 ip 6k  7h 5er

Kars Hitting
Knapp 2-3 HR
Ellis 2-3 2b
C.Alkerton 1-3 2b

Twins Hitting
K.Jackson 1-2 2b RBI
Corey Costello 1-3 HR 2 RBI
M.Moss 1-2 2b
Chad Costello 2-3
M.McIntyre 1-1 BB
P.Griffith 1-1 2RBI


ISC World Tournament starts Saturday

The International Softball Congress World Tournament starts Saturday in Kitchener and runs right through until Saturday August 16.

Forty-eight teams will be competing for the title, including two local entries: local tournament team Ottawa Broker4Tickets as well as the Kanata Storm, put together especially for this event.

Broker4Tickets opens up with Shakespeare Falcons at 4 pm on Saturday at Peter Hallman Yard diamond three. Kanata's first game is against Elmira Expos at 8 pm on Saturday at Budd Park diamond one.

I will update the blog as much as possible with results from the event as well as posting info on Twitter @fitzroyfastball.

The following provinces and states will be represented at the event:

Ontario: 27
British Columbia: 3
New York: 3
Saskatchewan: 2
California: 2
Illinois: 2
Pennsylvania: 2
Michigan: 2
North Dakota: 2
Ohio: 1
Wisconsin: 1
Colorado: 1


GOFL Playoff match ups now set

With the regular season concluding tonight, the Greater Ottawa Fastball League playoff match ups have been determined.

Six teams will play best-of-five playoff series, with the three winners joining the first place team in a four-team double knockout tournament to determine the GOFL playoff champion. Stittsville will be hosting the Final Weekend Showdown on Friday September 12 and Saturday September 13 at the Grove.

Final Standings (W-L-T)

1. Quyon Flyers 11-6-1 = 23 pts
2. Stittsville 56ers 8-6-4 = 20 pts
3. West Carleton Electric 9-8-1 = 19 pts
4. Kanata Pirates 8-9-1 = 17 pts  *seeded ahead of Micksburg based on season series
5. Micksburg Twins 8-9-1 = 17 pts
6. Kars Aces 8-10-0 = 16 pts
7. I4C Victory 7-11-0 = 14 pts

Bye to the Final Weekend Series: Quyon Flyers
2nd vs 7th: Stittsville 56ers vs I4C Victory
3rd vs 6th: West Carleton Electric vs Kars Aces
4th vs 5th: Kanata Pirates vs Micksburg Twins

Best of five playoff series to start the week of August 18 as the league will be taking the week off for the ISC World Tournament in Kitchener, ON.

As the schedule is determined, dates and times will be posted on the blog as soon as known.


Thursday, August 07, 2014

West Carleton Review photos from the Gil Read tournament

This week's edition of the West Carleton Review published some photos from the Gil Read Tournament.


Kars defeats Kanata 7-5 - the details

from Chad Milne

Kars hung on to beat Kanata 7-5 in the late game Wednesday night in Manotick. Derrick Bulley started for Kanata, while Brad Porter pitched for Kars.

Porter started strong, fanning five Pirates in the first two innings. The Aces’ offense then went to work in the bottom of the 2nd, scoring five times. Cory Alkerton walked leading off and Kars loaded the bases on consecutive singles by Powers and Pollard. With two out, Knapp laced a bases clearing double to left field. This was followed by a long home run to centre by Nick Ellis.

Kars added to their lead in the 4th when Porter walked leading off and was brought home on a sacrifice fly by Morrison. Following a walk to Milne to put two runners on, Kars looked to finish the game early, but Trevor Lahey, who had earlier replaced Bulley for Kanata, was able to strike out the next Kars’ batter, keeping the score 6-0.

Kanata came to life in the 5th, scoring two runs on some timely hitting and some close calls on the bases. Kanata then held Kars scoreless in the 5th and closed the gap to 6-4, scoring another two runs in the 6th, while leaving the bases loaded.

Kars got a big insurance run in the bottom of the 6th on a home run by Knapp.

In the top of the 7th, leading 7-4 and looking to close out the game, Kars got two quick outs. With the five fans in attendance packing up their lawn chairs, Joe Allan lifted a high fly ball to shallow centre that looked to be the final out of the game, but the Kars centre-fielder overran the ball and had it bounce off his glove, allowing Allan to race around to 3rd. A few more miscues followed, allowing Allan to score and Kanata to put the tying runs on base. Not trusting his fielders, Porter got a big strike out to end the game.

Kristian Knapp was 4 for 4 with 4 RBIs for the Aces, earning the Caveman's Choice as player of the game.


Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Wednesday night results in the GOFL and playoff scenarios (with more details)

I4CVictory 3 Kanata Pirates 1
I4C Victory closed out their regular season with a win Wednesday night in first of two Greater Ottawa Fastball League games in Manotick.

Victory won 3-1 over the Kanata Pirates. Andrew Putnam (4IP 1H 10K) had the win and Neil Cooke (3IP 1H 4K) earned a save. Jason Smith (6IP 5H 12K 7BB) took the loss.

Quyon Flyers 10 Stittsville 56ers 7
Quyon clinched first overall in the GOFL with a win at the Grove in Stittsville. Matt Greer had the win and Darren Featherstone took the loss.

Kars Aces 7 Kanata Pirates 5
Kars defeated the Pirates in the late game in Manotick. Brad Porter got the win, while Derick Bulley had the loss with relief from Trevor Lahey. Kristian Knapp was 4 for 4 with 4 RBIs for the Aces.

Standings update as of end of day Wednesday:

1. Quyon Flyers 11-6-1 = 23 pts
2. Stittsville 56ers 8-6-4 = 20 pts
3. West Carleton Electric 9-8-1 = 19 pts
4. Kanata Pirates 8-9-1 = 17 pts
5. Kars Aces 8-9-0 = 16 pts (1 game remaining vs Micksburg)
6. Micksburg Twins 7-9-1 = 15 pts (1 game remaining vs Kars)
7. I4C Victory 7-11-0 = 14 pts

Playoff situation:
  • Quyon earns the bye to the Final Weekend Showdown.
  • Stittsville finishes second and will play I4C Victory (7th seed) in a best-of-five series.
  • The other two best-of-five series are to be determined based on the Thursday game.
  • West Carleton finishes third.
  • Kanata finishes fourth or fifth, depending on what happens in the Thursday game.
  • If Micksburg wins Thursday, Kanata would be fourth and play Micksburg as fifth seed (based on head to head), and West Carleton would play Kars as sixth seed.
  • If Kars wins Thursday, Kanata would be fifth and play Kars as fourth seed, and West Carleton would play Micksburg as sixth seed.
  • If Kars and Micksburg tie, Kanata would get fourth seed and play Kars as fifth seed (based on head to head), and West Carleton would play Micksburg as sixth seed.
more to follow


Upcoming OASA minor tournaments

There are a few Ontario Amateur Softball Association provincial tournaments for minor boys softball upcoming in the next two weeks.

In Belleville this coming weekend, the Squirt (U12) A/B provincials with twelve teams participating. Napanee is entered but no teams from this end of the province.

On August 16-17 weekend, the Peewee (U14) A provincials will be played in Tavistock with eight teams, including Napanee. In Ponsonby the B/C tournament will be played with nine teams. No peewee teams are from this area.

Also on August 16-17 are the Mites (U10) provincials in Springbrook. There will be eight teams attending, including two from Napanee and a team from the Augusta league with representation from towns such as Westport and Athens. Also in the line up for the Augusta team is the Caveman, making his OASA debut.

To say the Caveman is excited about the event would be an understatement. He has the schedule memorized and big plans for success. Caveman pitches in the West Carleton house league and the WC mite select team, but this is his first big test at the "rep" level. He played in a couple of rep games last month and that was eye opening for him to realize the level at which some youngsters at this age can play. As the fastest pitcher in his local league and in the local select circuit, he wasn't used to hitting against a very speedy chucker. So we have been working in the yard and at the diamond for him to get his timing down at the plate.

Last week I had the milk crate full of balls and was windmilling them as fast I could at him from 30 feet (mites pitching distance). He was making good contact and I was praising him, telling him if he kept this up he would hit well at the provincials. However, he was unconvinced....

"Daddy, no offense, but the big kid from Napanee throws way faster than you!"

Sadly, that's probably true; out-pitched by a 10 year old!

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Spencerville solutions to important problems

What if......

You were supposed to catch a fastball game......

But you forgot your jock strap.....

However you did have a cup......

As well as some scrim-backed pressure-sensitive tape coated with polyethylene.

(Which is also known as duct tape.)



Hursty's Bar & Grill beats Bucks in Shawville League final

The Shawville Men's Fastball League, a recreational men's fastpitch league started up this year on the Quebec side, finished off their season on Monday.

The champs of the three team league were Hursty's Bar & Grill who defeated the Bucks in the final game. Hursty's is lead by Matt Greer and the Bucks main man was Shawn Laframboise. The third team in the league is the Royals who are captained by Joe McCleary.

Nice to see a league being started. Hopefully they will get to at least four teams next season.


56ers grind out win over Micksburg

from John Craig

Micksburg Twins and Stittsville 56ers played a lengthy Greater Ottawa Fastball League game Tuesday night with the 56ers coming out on top by a run.

The Twins started quickly when Kyle Jackson drilled the first pitch of the game over the left field fence giving them an early lead but the 56ers were able to get one back in the bottom half tying the game.

Stittsville broke it open in the second scoring five on a walk, a couple of singles and two-run homerun by Scott Jessiman giving them what proved to be a very short-lived comfy lead.

In the top of the third Micksburg came out swinging and grabbed four runs back on a couple of singles and a three run blast from Mike Moss cutting the lead to 6-5.

Both teams picked up a run in the 5th keeping it close at 7-6, nothing in the 6th and Stittsville needed 3 outs to close out the game but the Twins refused to go away.

Top of 7 Kerr Childerhose reached on an error and Kevin Humphries singled setting the table for Mike Moss’ second three-run homerun of the game giving Micksburg a 9-7 lead going into the bottom half.

Jessiman reached first for the 56ers on an error and a couple of walks to Ryan Bond and John Craig loaded the bases with nobody out for Trevor Scott who singled to score one, 9-8. Craig was then able to steal home on a passed ball to tie the game and Tyler Nystedt hit a walk off single to end the marathon, 10-9 for the 56ers.

Jackson: HR, 1 RBI
Humphries: 3H, 2R
Moss: 2 HR, 6 RBI
LP – Matt MacIntyre (relief from Jamey Mick)

S Jessiman: HR, 2RBI
Scott: 3H, 2R, 2RBI

WP – Darren Featherstone


West Carleton Electric wins both games in doubleheader against I4C Victory

West Carleton Electric won both games in doubleheader in Greater Ottawa Fastball League play in Fitzroy Harbour on Tuesday night.

West Carleton Electric 6 I4C Victory 1
In the first game of the evening, the home side scored six runs in the first three innings to hang on for a 6-1 win. Andy Barber had the win while Neil Cooke took the loss.

The Electric scored two in the first innning. Trevor Barton lead of with a single and advanced to third on Michael Cavanagh's double. Derek Barber's single cashed both runs.

West Carleton moved the lead to 5-0 in the second inning. Steve Cavanagh started the inning with a single. After a pop out and a strike out, Barton reached on an error. Jeff Barber's three run shot put the 'Trics up five.

The home team extended the lead by one more in the third as Derek Barber hit a solo shot to make it 6-0.

I4C got a single in the top of the fourth. Mike Money singled and Andrew Putnam brought him in to make it 6-1.

The visitors looked like they may make some noise in the top of the seventh - they loaded the bases on a Curtis Scurr walk, a single by Kevin McGuire and passed ball third strike to Shawn Simzer. However, Barber got out the jam with a strikeout to end the game.

Andy Barber WIN 7IP 1R 1ER 5H 18K 4BB

Trevor Barton 1-4, 2R
Jeff Barber 1-3, HR, R, 3RBI
Michael Cavanagh 1-3, 2B, R
Jeff Cavanagh 1-3
Derek Barber 2-3, 3RBI, HR
Steve Cavanagh 2-3, R

Neil Cooke LOSS 6IP 6R 3ER 8H 9K 0BB

Kevin McGuire 1-2, 2BB
Mike Money 2-3, R, SB
Andrew Putnam 1-2, RBI, BB
Curtis Scurr 1-2, 2B, BB

West Carleton Electric 3 I4C Victory 1
In the nightcap, the Electric once again prevailed, this time with a 3-1 win. Andy Barber once again had the complete game win for Fitzroy, while Andrew Putnam took the loss. Both pitchers only allowed four hits.

West Carleton put two across in the first inning. Trevor Barton walked to lead things off, and moved to third on two wild pitches. Michael Cavanagh was then hit by a pitch, and took second uncontested. Derek Barber's off hard double down the line scored both runners to make it 2-0.

It looked like I4C may generate a run in the third. With two out, Kevin McGuire singled. Mike Money then drove a hard hit ball to centre. When McGuire attempted to take third, he was thrown out by centrefielder Jeff Barber to end the inning.

The Electric got an insurance run in the fourth. Steve Cavanagh lead off with a slap single, and moved to third on two wild pitches. After two strikeouts, Putnam got a third K - but the pitch was dropped and throw to first off line allowing the SCav to score.

I4C managed a run in the seventh when Neil Cooke (who had singled) scored on Don Cox's RBI single.

Andy Barber WIN 7IP 1R 1ER 4H 14K 1BB

Trevor Barton 1-2, 2BB, R, SB
Jeff Barber 1-3, SB
Michael Cavanagh HBP, R, Sac Bunt
Derek Barber 1-3, 2RBI, 2B
Steve Cavanagh 1-3, R

Andrew Putnam LOSS 6IP 3R 2ER 4H 4BB 1HBP

Kevin McGuire 1-3
Mike Money 1-3
Neil Cooke 1-2, BB, R
Don Cox 1-3, RBI