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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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Kanata Storm fundraising raffle

Win two tickets to Ottawa Senators vs Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday April 7 at 7:30 pm.
2 tickets, Section 119, Row F seats 9,10.
$25/number, $40 for 2 numbers. 30 numbers for sale. 
Funds raised to go towards Kanata Storm tournament expenses. 
Contact macton17@hotmail.com to buy a number in the raffle.


Monday, March 23, 2015

GOFL to field seven teams in 2015

A few weeks ago, the Greater Ottawa Fastball League announced that a new team was joining.

Unfortunately one of the teams slotted to return for the season has ceased operations due to player issues, as the Kanata Pirates will no longer be entering the GOFL.

So, the seven teams for this upcoming season will be West Carleton Electric, I4C Victory, Quyon Flyers, Micksburg Twins, Kars Aces, Stittsville 56ers and the expansion Ottawa Valley As.


Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Algonquin College in Pembroke presents Jonah Keri of ESPN’s Baseball Tonight

from Jamie Bramburger

Join ESPN’s Baseball Tonight analyst and one of North America’s leading baseball writers, Jonah Keri, as he tells the story of the Montreal Expos’ turbulent 35 year existence.

Keri, who grew up in Montreal and studied journalism at Concordia University, is a New York Times best-selling author. His new book about the Expos covers everything from the early years at Jarry Park to the crushing loss to the Dodgers on “Blue Monday”, and the catastrophic players’ strike in 1994. He currently lives in Denver and is only visiting two other Canadian cities on his book tour - Montreal and Toronto.

Monday, April 6 at 7 pm 
Knights of Columbus Hall - Pembroke, ON

Copies of his book “UP, UP, & AWAY” will be available for purchase following the presentation. Tickets available at Algonquin College’s Waterfront Campus. $15 or $20 at the door.


Monday, March 16, 2015

New Zealand makes some changes on Men's National team

New Zealand coach Mark Sorenson changed things up on the New Zealand Men's National Team that will be playing at the ISF Worlds this summer. See the story here.


Elkland "Molly" needs one more team

The ninth annual Elkland Molly Sherman Memorial Tournament on May 22 - 24 currently has 15 teams and is looking for one more to complete the field to expand to an unprecedented 16 team event.

This event has will feature teams from New York, Pennsylvannia and Ontario and should be another oustanding weekend of softball at the ESA Complex.

See below for information:

2015 9th Annual Molly Sherman Memorial Tournament
May 22 - 24
Entry Fee - $300
3 game guarantee
Payouts – 1st – $1,000, 2nd – $500, 3rd - $150, 4th - $150
ESA Pitching List and ESA Prawn/Player Restriction (4 per Team) in effect
Contact: esabill30@yahoo.com or (607) 857-8128

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Cephas Roth tournament in Tavistock announces line up

The Cephas Roth tournament in Tavistock, ON has announced its line up for this year's event and it will feature 15 teams competing:

Australian National Men's Team
Hill United Chiefs
Kitchener Hallman Twins
Scarborough Force
Toronto Gators
New York A1 Bombers
Kitchener Cubs
Shakespeare Falcons
Elmira Expos
Niagara Snappers
Kanata Storm
Toronto Batmen
Ponsonby Sting
Kingston Axemen
Tavistock Merchants

For more information, see the press release at TavistockAthletics.ca.


Bellechasse tournament has one spot left

As per Al's Fastball, the Bellechasse tournament near Quebec City on June 12-14 has five teams confirmed with one spot open.

Teams confirmed are:

USA national team
New York Gremlins
Scarborough Force
Ottawa Broker4Tickets
Team Quebec

Check out Al's Fastball for more information.


Thursday, March 12, 2015

CANPitch training to be offered in West Carleton

West Carleton Softball is pleased to announce that in conjunction with Softball Ontario they will be hosting a six-week CANPitch training program for minor softball players.

The first session is Tuesday March 31 and training will be held at the Carp Arena.

First chance for spots will go to West Carleton minor softball registrants, but if space permits other participants could sign up. For more information, contact fastball@fitzroyharbour.com

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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Softball Ontario umpire clinics to be hosted in eastern Ontario

Looks like there will be two Softball Ontario "Junior & Intermediate" combined umpire clinics in eastern Ontario this spring.

Stittsville will host on April 11, while Osgoode will host a clinic on April 18.

Details on the softballontario.ca website.

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Monday, March 09, 2015

Williamsburg 12th Annual Casey at Bat Tournament

Williamsburg, ON - 12th Annual "Casey at Bat" Tournament

May 22 -24, 2015

$400.00 entry
8 teams
unlimited defense

8 teams . First eight paid, play.

Chicken BBQ Saturday, live entertainment all weekend, proceeds to local hospice care.

No restriction on players.
Information on last year's event here.

Cheques made payable to:
Williamsburg Fastball
4303 Pinkus Dr
PO Box 122
Williamsburg ON
K0C 2H0

Lyle Schell


Friday, March 06, 2015

Minor ball registrations - Updated

A few local organizations have begun registration for minor softball in eastern Ontario.  Here are a few - now updated.

Stittsville Minor Softball online registration
Orleans Softball online registration
Gloucester South Youth Softball online registration
West Carleton Softball (home of Caveman and Fitzroy Junior)
McNab / Braeside Minor Softball
Barrhaven Children's Softball
Gloucester South Youth Softball Association
Rideau Osgoode Minor Softball Association
Greely Softball Association
Kemptville Wildcats Softball (Girls)
Lyn Minor Softball
Kenmore Minor Softball
Richmond - Munster Minor Softball

Did I miss any? Let me know at fastball[at]fitzroyharbour.com.


Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Glen Cairn Men's Fastball League registration begins

from Facebook
The 2015 GCMFL in-person registration date is March 15th from 4:00-7:00 pm at Don Cherry's in Kanata. The 2015 registration fee is $175.00 for all players (new, legacy and returning).
You can also register online at anything using the Online registration link http://registration.gcmfl.com. Online payment: http://registration.gcmfl.com/payment


Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Local umpires get National assignments

In addition to the International assignment reported a few weeks ago on the blog, there are a couple of other local officials that have received National level assignments for 2015.

Steve Fitzsimmons and Audrey Desmarteaux-Houle will both be umpiring at the U18 Women's Softball Canada tournament to be held in Montreal from August 2 to 9. Steve is a regular on the Greater Ottawa Fastball League circuit and Audrey will also receive some GOFL assignments this year to prepare her for the Nationals.

Congratulations to both officials.

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