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, June 30, 2015

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Kars beats Stittsville 5-2 in Carp

The Kars Aces defeated Stittsville 56ers 5-2 in Greater Ottawa Fastball League action in Carp on Monday night.

Cory Alkerton earned the complete game win, while Dan Konkle took the loss with relief from Darren Featherstone.

Kars got started early in the first frame. Nick Ellis took the second pitch he saw deep for a solo shot to lead off the game. After a ground out, Kristian Knapp hit a sharp liner at Konkle who was struck in the arm. Konks stayed in the game despite appearing to be in pain. The next hitter, Cory Alkerton, then stroked a no-doubter to centre field to make it 3-0 for Kars. Konkle got out of the inning with two pop ups.

The 56ers responded in the bottom of the first. Ryan Bond lead off with a single, but was erased when John Craig hit into a fielder's choice. Featherstone then doubled, scoring Craig. Two grounds out later, it was 3-1 after the first inning for Kars.

The Aces pushed another across in the second. Chad Milne started things with a single. Jordan Shipclark then hit into a fielder's choice. Jon Ferguson singled, moving Shipclark to third. Ellis then grounded out, but got the RBI as Shipclark scored to make it 4-1 for Kars.

Stittsville got another run in the second. After a ground out, Trevor Scott doubled to left. Darren Ladouceur reached on an infield single. A wild pitch moved both runners sixty feet. Shawn McKenzie's blooper dropped into right field, but Scott was thrown out at home. Bond then singled, scoring Ladouceur to make it 4-2 for the Aces.

Kars got their fifth run in the fourth. Milne walked to start the inning. He moved to second on a wild pitch, and took third on a passed ball. When Ferguson grounded to the pitcher, Milne tried to take home but was thrown out. Ellis then singled and put Ferg on third. With a Morrison walk, the bases were juiced. Knapp's grounder to short was misplayed, scoring Ferguson and making it 5-2.

The next three innings were relatively uneventful, and the game ended 5-2 for Kars.

Cory Alkerton WIN 7IP 2R 2ER 7H 11K 1BB

Nick Ellis 2-4, 2RBI, R, HR, SB
Kristian Knapp 1-4, R
Cory Alkerton 1-4, HR, 2RBI, R
Chad Milne 1-2, BB
Jon Ferguson 1-3, R
Lukas Kamps 1-3

Dan Konkle LOSS 2IP 4R 4ER 5H 1K 1BB
Darren Featherstone 5IP 1R 0ER 2H 7K 2BB

Ryan Bond 3-4, RBI
Darren Featherstone 1-2, 2B, RBI, BB
Trevor Scott 1-3, 2B
Darren Ladouceur 2-3, R


Monday, June 29, 2015

Kanata Storm fundraiser

Kanata Storm men's fastball team fundraiser.

1 in 30 chance to win Jays vs Yankees tickets in Toronto - 11 of 30 numbers sold.
$20 per number.

Win two tickets to Blue Jays vs Yankees and $100 towards trip to Toronto.

August 15, 2015,
Field Level infield
123, Row 24, seats 9, 10

Contact macton17@hotmail.com to get your number.


Sunday, June 28, 2015

GOFL Week #8

Week 8 of the Greater Ottawa Fastball League schedule is jam-packed with games, including a few make ups from previously cancelled tilts.

The Kars Aces (6-2-2) will be in Carp to face the Stittsville 56ers (3-6) in a rare Monday night tilt at 8:30 pm. If all goes according to play, that game will be "live tweeted" via @fitzroyfastball for those who wish to follow the progress of the game.

Tuesday night will see West Carleton Electric (3-5) travel over to Quyon to face the Flyers (2-4) at 8 pm. There will be some Canada Day festivities taking place that evening as well.

There are no games on Canada Day, but there are three games on Thursday. The Ottawa Valley As (3-6) will be hosting a double header in Carp at 7 pm vs Stittsville and 9 pm vs I4C Victory (4-2-2). There will also be a rematch in Quyon as West Carleton is there again to play the Flyers at 8:30pm.

This week also features a Friday-nighter in Micksburg, with the Twins (7-3) hosting the Kars Aces at 8:30 pm.


Friday, June 26, 2015

Kars defeats Ottawa Valley 10-2 - WITH DETAILS

The Kars Aces beat the Ottawa Valley As 10-2 in GOFL action on Thursday night in Carp.

Cory Alkerton had the pitching win while brother Matt hit two homers. Adam Rueckwald was tagged with loss.

from Chad Milne

Thursday night in Carp, Kars Aces showed why they lead the league in runs scored, pounding out a big 10-2 win over the Ottawa Valley A’s. Cory Alkerton got the win for Kars. Adam Rueckwald was tagged with the loss, while Todd Wilson saw action in relief for the A’s.

Kars went to work quickly, scoring a run in the 1st inning after loading the bases with one out. With Nick Ellis and Kristian Knapp aboard on walks and after Cory Alkerton reached on a passed ball third strike, Chad Milne hit a perfectly placed high fly into right-centre field that managed to drop in between three A’s players, scoring Ellis. Rueckwald was able to avoid further damage by inducing a groundout and getting a strikeout to end the inning with the bases still loaded.

Kars then exploded for nine runs in the 2nd inning, with every player except one registering at least one hit and one run. Matt Alkerton started the inning with a huge homerun to left field that landed somewhere in the middle of the second diamond. Jordan Adams then singled and was sacrificed to second by Ellis. The next six Kars’ batters all registered a hit, with RBIs going to Cory Morrison, C. Alkerton (2), Milne, and Danny Powers. After Powers’ single, M. Alkerton came to the plate and mashed his second homerun of the inning, a 3-run line shot over the fence in left-centre field. Adams kept the hit parade going with his second hit of the inning, narrowly missing a homerun of his own, instead settling for a double off the top of the fence in left field. With Wilson on in relief, the next two Kars batters went down in order to end the inning.

C. Alkerton carried a perfect game into the 4th inning, but lost it when Lindsay Medynski worked a walk with two out. The A’s broke through with two runs in the 5th, but could get no closer as the Aces won 10-2.


Stittsville News coverage of GOFL


Thursday, June 25, 2015

Stittsville over Quyon 3-1

From Shawn Laframboise

On Thursday night the Stittsville 56ers took the boat over to Quyon to decide the season series.  Darren Featherstone got the ball for the 56ers while Quyon countered with Trevor Lahey.

In the bottom of the first, Shawn Laframboise hit a one out double off the fence in right field and advanced to 3rd on a passed ball.  Matt Greer drew a walk to put runners on the corners.  Joe McCleary’s hard line drive to centre field was caught and Greer was doubled up at 1st to end the inning.

The 56ers got on the board first with a run in the 2nd inning.  With one out, Trevor Scott reached first on an infield single.  After a ground out, Darren Ladouceur and Tim Maisonneuve drew walks to load the bases for Ryan Bond.  Bond’s second single of the night to centre field scored Scott from third, however Ladouceur was thrown out at the plate by Dennis McCleary.

The game remained tied at 1 until the top of the 5th.  Featherstone reached on a one-out infield single and scored on Scott Jessiman’s line drive homerun to right field to make it 3-1 for the visitors.

Featherstone scattered 3 hits over the final 5 innings to seal the win for the 56ers.

WP Darren Featherstone - 7IP, ER, 6H, BB, 10K’s
LP Trevor Lahey  - 7IP, 3ER, 8H, 2BB, 9K’s

Stittsville Hitting
S. Jessiman 1/4 HR
T. Maisonneuve  1/2, 2B, BB
T. Scott  2/3, R
R. Bond 2/4
D. Featherstone 1/4, R
A. Smith  1/3

Quyon Hitting
D. Bulley 1/3, RBI
D. McCleary 1/3, R
J. McCleary 2/3
M. Greer 1/2, BB
S. Laframboise 1/3


Kars over Stittsville 7-0 - WITH DETAILS

Kars Aces defeated Stittsville 56ers 7-0 in Greater Ottawa Fastball League play on Wednesday at the Grove.

Brad Porter got the win, tossing a three hitter. Dan Konkle took the loss.

Info from Chad Milne

Kars 7 Stittsville 0
Kars Aces travelled to Stittsville on Wednesday night to face the 56ers. Brad Porter took the mound for Kars while Dan Konkle pitched for Stittsville. 

After two scoreless innings, Kars got on the board with three runs in the 3rd. Nick Ellis singled leading off and was sacrificed to second by Cory Morrison. Ellis moved to third on a wild pitch to Kristian Knapp, who later walked to put runners at first and third. Cory Alkerton then singled to score Ellis, Knapp to second. Chad Milne hit a ground ball to second to force out Alkerton, Knapp to third. Lukas Kamps followed with a liner just over the infield that found the hole in right-centre, driving in both Knapp and Milne. Kamps advanced to third when the throw from the outfield was misplayed. Konkle got out of the inning without further damage by striking out the next batter.

Kars scored another run in the 4th when Ellis led off with single and later scored on a misplayed ground ball off the bat of Knapp. 

Kars put the game out of reach with another 3-run inning in the 5th. Milne and Kamps both walked and moved up a base on a ground out by Danny Powers. Matt Alkerton then walked to load the bases. Jordan Adams followed with a sharply hit ground ball that was misplayed, allowing Milne to score from third. After a strikeout, Morrison drove in Kamps and Alkerton with a low liner down the left side. Porter closed it out in the 5th inning for the 7-0 win.


Wednesday, June 24, 2015

I4C Victory sweeps doubleheader in Manotick over Micksburg

I4C Victory swept both games against the Micksburg Twins at the Wednesday night Greater Ottawa Fastball League doubleheader in Manotick.

In the opener, I4C defeated the Twins 2-1. Andrew Putnam rung up 13 strike outs and earned the win while Corey Costello took the loss, with 14 Ks. Matt McNish had a homer for I4C.

For the late game, Victory edged Micksburg 5-4. Neil Cooke had the win while Joran Graham was tagged with the loss. Curtis Scurr had a dinger for I4C.


Ottawa Valley As beat West Carleton Electric 7-6

The Ottawa Valley As got out to a 6-0 lead and prevailed with a 7-6 win in Greater Ottawa Fastball League action in Fitzroy Harbour on Tuesday night.

Todd "Willy White Shoes" Wilson went the distance for the win, while Steve Cavanagh took the loss in relief of Jon Daley.

Daley was pressed into service with his first GOFL start, and didn't get a lot of defensive help in the first inning. Steve Frost lead off with a single. Clayton Vance's bunt was misplayed, resulting in Frost scoring and Vance ending up on third after two errors. A ground out by Lindsay Medysnki scored the speedy Vance to put the As up 2-0.  Cavanagh took over pitching duties in the second.

Valley got another run in the third. To start, Frost's high fly ball to left field dropped in putting Frosty on third. Vance's single scored Frost and the visitors were up 3-0.

Ottawa Valley rallied for three more in the fifth. Vance reached base when the third baseman had to rush the throw and missed the target. After a pop up, Adam Rueckwald hit an infield single deep to short, then Kyle Couvieau walked to load the bases. Ryley Burns came in to pinch hit - his dribbler down the line scored the speedy Vance and the Trics were unable to make an out. The next batter, Graham Wilson stroked a single which scored another two runs to make it 6-0. Cavanagh got out of the inning with a couple of ground balls.

WC had three consecutive singles in the fifth with two out, but a run was erased at the plate, killing the rally.

After White Shoes kept the Electric off the sheet for the first five innings, the bats finally came alive in the sixth for the Trics. With one out, Mike Cavanagh singled. Jeff Cavanagh's ground ball was misplayed, allowing Mikey to score. Dave Bahm then hit a sharp grounder that was fielded, but as the As tried to turn the double play, it was bobbled and both men were safe. Adam Brown then singled, to score the JCav. After six complete it was 6-2.

A key decision by veteran As manager Terry Boyd proved to be pivotal in the seventh. Shane Boyd (Terry's son) entered the game to pinch hit in the seventh, and stroke a solo homer making it 7-2 and scoring an important run.

The Trics rallied in the bottom of the final frame but just fell short. Daley started the rally with a single, followed by a walk to Trevor Barton. Neil Murphy dropped a single in to score Daley, and took second when the outfielder hesitated getting the ball in. Mike Cavanagh's single scored Barton, and he also managed to get to second on the throw in. After two pop ups, Brown's double to the fence scored two more to make it a 7-6 game. Wilson sealed the win with a strike out.

Valley A's
Todd Wilson WIN 7IP 6R 4ER 13H 6K 1BB

Steve Frost 2-4, 2R
Clayton Vance 1-3, sac, 2R, RBI, SB
Adam Rueckwald 1-4, R
Kyle Couvieau BB, R
Shane Boyd 1-1, HR, R, RBI
Ryley Burns 1-1, RBI
Graham Wilson 2-4, 2RBI
Dennis Hill 1-4

WC Electric
Jon Daley 1IP 2R 0ER 1H 0K 0BB
Steve Cavanagh 6IP 5R 3ER 8H 5K 2BB

Jon Daley 3-4, R
Trevor Barton 1-3, BB, R
Neil Murphy 1-4, RBI, R
Mike Cavanagh 3-4, 2B, 2R, RBI
Dave Bahm 1-4
Adam Brown 2-4, 2B, 3RBI
Steve Cavanagh 1-3


Tuesday, June 23, 2015

GOFL Week #7

There are six games on the schedule for the Greater Ottawa Fastball League this week.

On Tuesday, the Ottawa Valley As (2-5) visit Fitzroy Harbour to play West Carleton Electric (3-4) at 8:30 pm.

Wednesday night doubleheader action in Manotick has Micksburg Twins (7-1) in to play I4C Victory (2-2-2) at 7 pm and 9 pm. The Kars Aces (4-2-2) will face the Stittsville 56ers (2-5) at the Grove at 8:30 pm.

The Valley As host Kars at 8:30 pm on Thursday in Carp, and the Quyon Flyers (2-3) host the 56ers at 7:30 pm on the Quebec side.


Monday, June 22, 2015

Hill United wins Tavistock tournament

Hill United Chiefs, the #1 ranked ISC team, won the Cephas Roth Memorial Tournament in Tavistock, ON this past weekend. HU defeated the #3 Kitchener Hallman Twins in a wild 11-9 final. Matt Greer of the GOFL's Quyon Flyers plays with the Twins.

The #22 Kanata Storm, featuring several GOFLers, finished with a 2-2 record. The Storm beat the Glanworth Gators 3-2 and the #14 Kitchener Cubs 4-3, dropped a very close 6-5 decision to the #8 A1 Bombers and ended the tourney with a 10-5 loss to the Australian National Team.

All the scores are on Al's Fastball here.


Sunday, June 21, 2015

West Carleton house league softball wraps up

Saturday was the final day for house league softball in West Carleton for the atom, mite, squirt and peewee teams, ending things of with a softball extravaganza in Carp. West Carleton house league softball traditionally wraps up in mid-June, with "select" softball continuing until August.

The eight Atom teams and eight Mites teams wrapped up things with a "Fun Day", each team playing two games. Atom is a "coach pitch" level for boys and girls under 8, and mites is for boys and girls under 10. There was representation from teams in Kinburn, Fitzroy, Carp, Constance Bay and Dunrobin. The Caveman plays on a mites team in Fitzroy and he ensures me that they won both games at the Fun Day, even though we don't really keep score.

In the Squirt/Peewee girls (U14) division, Kinburn were A champs, defeating Carp in the final. Fitzroy / Dunrobin finished third.

For Squirt Boys (U12), Kinburn upset Fitzroy in the A final, coming back in the sixth and final inning to take the title. In the B final, Carp prevailed over a much improved Dunrobin team. Caveman was a "call up" in the B final, playing as a special guest star for Carp.

At the Peewee Boys (U14) level, Fitzroy #1 capped an undefeated season by winning the A Final over Fitzroy #2. Fitzroy Junior is a member of the A champs, coached by yours truly. Kinburn lost in the A semi-final. The B final had Carp #2 beating Carp#1.

The wrap up tournament for Bantam (U16) and Midget (U18) boys and girls, combining West Carleton and Stittsville teams, is next weekend.

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Friday, June 19, 2015

Both games in doubleheader in Manotick end in ties - WITH DETAILS

The Kars Aces and I4C Victory faced off in a Greater Ottawa Fastball League doubleheader in Manotick on Wednesday night - and both games ended in ties.

The early game saw the teams end knotted 3-3. Luke Severson threw for Kars, while Andrew Putnam was on the slab for I4C Victory.

The last show was a marathon game with Kars coming back to tie things at 8-8. Brad Porter and Severson chucked for Kars. I4C had Neil Cooke and Shane McNish throwing.

info from Chad Milne

Kars 3 I4C 3

In the first game of the Kars Aces - I4C doubleheader on Wednesday night in Manotick, Luke Severson pitched for Kars while Andrew Putnam pitched for I4C. Kars got on the board quickly in the top of the first inning. With one out Cory Morrison singled and after a fly out Chad Milne walked, putting two runners on base with two out. Matt Alkerton then jumped on the first pitch he saw launching a long home run to left field giving Kars a 3-0 lead. I4C managed to get one run back in their half of the first inning and then later tied the game in the bottom of the third inning on Andrew Putnam's long two-run home run to left field.

After the early runs, both pitchers settled in with neither team able to get anything going on offence. I4C came closest to breaking the tie in the bottom of the sixth inning, getting a runner as far as third base with two out, but could not score the go ahead run. After seven innings, the game ended in a 3-3 tie.

Kars 8 I4C 8 
In the second game of the doubleheader, Brad Porter and Neil Cooke were the starting pitchers. Like Kars in the first game, I4C got on the board quickly in this one, scoring three times with two out to take an early 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning. Kars got one run back in their half of the first inning. Nick Ellis led off with a triple and Cory Morrison reached base after being hit by a pitch. With one out, Chad Milne laced a ground ball up the middle for what looked like a single, but Kevin McGuire made a great diving play to stop the ball and then flip to second to force out Morrison. Ellis scored on the play.

I4C scored one run in the the top of the second inning. Kars cut into I4C's lead in the third inning, scoring twice. Ellis doubled to start the inning and moved to third on a fly out. After a strike out, Milne sliced a high fly ball down the line in shallow left field that was misplayed by the hardcharging I4C fielder, allowing Milne to reach base and Ellis to score. Matt Alkerton then singled to score Milne.

I4C stretched their lead to 8-3 scoring two runs in each of the fourth and fifth innings, and chasing Porter from the game, who was relieved by Severson. In the bottom of the fifth, Shane McNish relieved Cooke. Morrison and Lukas Kamps both walked and then Milne reached on a fielder's choice that erased Kamps. With two out, Kurtis Summers stroked a triple to score Morrison and Milne. James Shaw then walked, but McNish escaped further damage by striking out the next batter.

Down 8-5, Kars batted around in the bottom of the sixth inning. Severson led of with a double just inside the left field line, Ellis then walked and Morrison reached on an error that scored Severson. Kamps then walked to load the bases. The next batter, Milne, hit a hard comebacker that McNish was able to snare and then elected to throw to first to get the out, allowing Ellis to score from third. With two out, Summers reached on an error that allowed Morrison to score to tie the game 8-8. Kars loaded the bases again when J. Shaw walked, but McNish preserved the tie by striking out the next batter to end the game.


Stittsville over Quyon 3-1 - WITH DETAILS

The Stittsville 56ers beat the Quyon Flyers 3-1 in Greater Ottawa Fastball League play on Wednesday night at the Grove.

Dan Konkle had the win while Matt Greer took the loss.

info from Johnny Craig

Quyon scored in the top of the first. The Flyers started with a walk to Dave Hobbs and single by Shawn Laframboise. There was a subsequent walk to Dennis McLeary to load the bases. A ground out by Randy Peck  to first scored Hobbs.

The 56ers loaded the bases in the second but were unable to score.  

In the bottom of four, walks to Ryan Bond and Trevor Scott put two runners on, and Darren Ladouceur drove in the 56ers first run with a single, to make it a tied game 1-1.

Quyon had multiple runners on base on the 4th and 6th but were unable to push them across home plate.

In the bottom of 5th, Bond scored a runner from first on a double giving the 56ers the lead.  They added one more in the 6th when Mike Barrett singled and later scored on a double by Tyler Nystedt.

Dan Konkle closed out the 7th to get a 3-1 win.


LP:  Matt Greer
Hobbs: 1B, 2BB, 1R


WP:  Dan Konkle
Bond: BB,1B, 2B, 1R, 1RBI
Nystedt: 1B, 2B, 1RBI


Tavistock "Cephas Roth" Tournament this weekend

There are 15 teams in three divisions at the Cephas Roth Memorial Tournament this weekend, in Tavistock, ON, including the Kanata Storm.

This may be the top invitation tournament of the 2015 season, with four of the top five ISC ranked teams in the world, plus an international team competing. Hill United, Kitchener Hallman Twins, Toronto Gators, Scarborough Force and Team Australia are all in attendance.

There were three games on Thursday night:
Elmira 4 Tavistock. 0
Shakespeare 9 Ponsonby 3
Australia 5 Kitchener Cubs 0

Play resumes Friday night and continues all day Saturday. Top two teams from each division advance to Sunday.

Full schedule here.


Bellechasse Tournament article

An article (in French) on the Bellechasse Tournament last weekend, and the upcoming Men's Senior Canadians in St-Gervais, QC.

Autre succès du tournoi de balle rapide dans Bellechasse

(Another successful fastball tournament in Bellechasse)


Thursday, June 18, 2015

GOFL games rained out Thursday night

Both Greater Ottawa Fastball League games were rained out Thursday night (Ottawa Valley As at Micksburg Twins and West Carleton Electric at Quyon Flyers).


Wednesday, June 17, 2015

West Carleton wins 9-4 in Fitzroy over Stittsville

West Carleton Electric won 9-4 over the Stittsville 56ers in Greater Ottawa Fastball League play in Fitzroy Harbour on Tuesday night as the teams combined for 26 hits.

Steve Cavanagh had the win for the home side, while Darren Featherstone took the loss with relief form Trevor Scott.

The 56ers opened the scoring in the top of the first. Tyler Nystedt and Ryan Bond singled back-to-back. Featherstone then ripped a liner off the left field fence, but with the base runners tagging up, it was only a single and the bases were loaded. After a line out to third, Scott Jessiman's sac fly to left scored Nystedt to make it 1-0 for Stittsville.

Stittsville scored another two in the third. Nystedt singled to start the inning, and scored on Bond's triple to right field. A long sac fly to centre field by Featherstone scored Bond to put the Sixers up 3-0.

West Carleton tied things up in the bottom of three. Neil Murphy singled to start, then moved to second on a ground out. Kevin Shonfield bunted successfully to put men on the corners. Mike Cavanagh then singled, scoring Murph. After a pop up, Andy Barber also singled scoring Shonfield. Jeff Cavanagh followed with a single that scored Mike Cav to make it 3-3.

The Electric took the lead in the fourth. Shawn Rebertz singled, moved to second on a wild pitch and then took third on a ground out. Shonfield walked to put men on first and third. Mike Cavanagh's single scored Rebertz. That was followed by a triple by Jeff Barber which cashed Shonfield and Cavanagh. Jeff B subsequently scored on brother Andy's single.

The home team added to their lead in the fifth on a two run homer over the "Grey Monster" in right field by Murphy, scoring Rebertz who had singled.

Bond's solo homer in the top of the seventh ended the scoring, making the final 9-4 for Fitzroy.

West Carleton
Steve Cavanagh WIN 7IP 4R 4ER 10H 6K 2BB

Trevor Barton 2-4
Kevin Shonfield 1-3, BB, 2R
Mike Cavanagh 3-4, 2RBI, 2R
Jeff Barber 1-4, 3B, R, 2RBI
Andy Barber 3-4, 2RBI, 2B
Jeff Cavanagh 1-3, RBI
Dave Bahm 1-4
Shawn Rebertz 2-4, 2R
Neil Murphy 2-3, 2R, HR, 2RBI

Darren Featherstone LOSS 4.1IP 9R 9ER 13H 3K 1BB
Trevor Scott 1.2IP 0R 3H 1K

Tyler Nystedt 2-3, BB, 2R
Ryan Bond 3-4, 3B, HR, 2RBI, 2R
Darren Featherstone 1-3, Sac Fly RBI
Scott Jessiman 1-1, Sac Fly RBI, BB
Aaron Amo 2-3
Darren Ladouceur 1-3


Tuesday, June 16, 2015

GOFL Week #6

There are six games on the schedule for Week #6 of the Greater Ottawa Fastball League.

Tonight (Tuesday) has the Stittsville 56ers (1-4) going to Fitzroy to play West Carleton Electric (2-4) at 8:30 pm.

The Wednesday night doubleheader in Manotick has I4C Victory (2-2) and the Kars Aces (4-2) facing off at 7 pm and 9 pm. The Quyon Flyers (2-2) will also be at the Grove to play the 56ers that night at 8:30 pm.

Thursday has WC Electric taking the ferry to play Quyon at 7:30 pm. The Ottawa Valley As (2-5) will be making their first trip up the valley to play the Micksburg Twins (7-1) at 8:30 pm.


Monday, June 15, 2015

Extreme kids' sports

We were getting ready the other day to go to Napanee for Caveman's (and Fitzroy Jr's) softball tournament. Admittedly, a 2.5 hour drive for a ten year old to play softball may seem a bit much to some, but you do what you gotta do to play competitive ball.

I was saying to Mrs Fastball: "Well, I know it's a bit of a drive, but it could be worse. A woman at work has a daughter in diving, and she is London today and was in Windsor a couple of weeks ago."

Caveman's eyes get big. "How old is she?"

I said: "I'm not sure, I think she is about 12 or 13. Why?"

Caveman says: "Wow, she's only 13 and she goes skydiving! Cool!"

Uh, Caveman, that's diving into a pool, not skydiving.


Sunday, June 14, 2015

Scores from the Glen Cairn Men's Fastball League tournament

Results from the GCMFL tournament held in Carp this past weekend, provided by Hélène Rivest.

8:00 - Laurysen 12 vs Kanata Sports Club 0 (D2)
8:30 - Bulldogs 9 vs Ottawa Valley A’s 2 (D1)
9:45 – Don Cherry’s 11 vs Stittsville 6 (D2)
10:15 - East Side Mario's 8 vs Ottawa Home Services 6 (D1)
11:30 - Rogues 3 vs Upper Canada Elevators 10 (D2)
12:00 - Laurysen 15 vs Ottawa Valley A's 4 (D1)
1:15 - Bulldogs 12 vs Stittsville 3 (D2)
1:45 – Ottawa Home Services 7 vs Kanata Sports Club 2 (D1)
3:00- Don Cherry’s 5 vs Upper Canada Elevators 4 (D2)
3:30 - Laurysen Kitchens 12 vs East Side Mario's 8 (D1)
4:45 - Rogues 5 vs Stittsville 11 (D2)
5:15 - Ottawa Valley A's 8 vs Ottawa Home Services 6 (D1)
6:30 - Bulldogs 7 vs Upper Canada elevators 0 (D2)
7:00 - East Side Mario's 13 vs Kanata Sports Club 5 (D1)
8:15 - Don Cherrys 11 vs Rogues 5 (D2)

Sunday Games
10:00 - B side Semi 5 (OHS 5) vs 8 (UCE 4) (D1)
10:00 - B side Semi 6 (OVA 5) vs 7 (Stittsville 8) (D2)
12:00 - A side Semi 1 (Laurysen 8) vs 4 (Don Cherry’s 7)(D1) in 9 innings
12:00 - A side Semi 2 (Bullsdogs 10) vs 3 (ESM 1) (D2)
2:00 - B Final (D1) OHS 8 vs Stittsville 4
4:00 - A Final (D1) Laurysen 9 vs Bulldogs 8


Tournament results this past weekend

As mentioned in a previous post, there were several tournaments this past weekend with local interest. Here are some of the results:

Bellechasse International Tournament
Team USA won the title at the four team event in St-Gervais, Quebec, beating Scarborough in the final. Wrap up on Al's Fastball.

Jim Bradford - Neil Cane Tournament
On the Intermediate / Junior side, the Orleans Rebels entry went 1-2, losing to the Stratford Juniors and Oshawa Juniors, and defeating Pickering. No word yet on who won the event, but according to Twitter, the finals were between Curve Lake and the Stratford Juniors. On the Masters side, according to Twitter, the Cobourg Force won.

ISC Canada East Qualifier
This eleven team event in Springfield, Ontario was rained out, but the top four finishers were declared: 1. Waterdown Hammer; 2. Great Lakes Pirates; T3 Kitchener Cubs and Wiarton Nationals. Full details on Al's Fastball. Kingston Axemen went 0-2.

Glen Cairn Men's Fastball Tournament
This ten team tournament for the Kanata men's league was held in Carp. A-side champions were Laurysen Kitchens over Blackburn Bulldogs, with Matt McIntyre the winning chucker over Will Lowe. The consolation side saw Ottawa Home Services defeat the Stittsville Midgets.

Applebee's Olean Men's Fastpitch Tournament
This six team event was won by the Bedford Rays over the New York Bombers in the final. The ESA Merchants from Elkland, PA lost in the semi-finals.

Napanee Combo Classic
In the Mites U10 division, the West Carleton boys won their first two games over Napanee Express and Springbrook Royals, then lost in the A-final to Napanee Spuds. The Caveman had two wins on the slab for WC, including three innings of no-hit ball against the Royals. In the Peewee U14 division, the West Carleton/Micksburg combo team entered finished 0-4.


Friday, June 12, 2015

Revised Glen Cairn MFL Tournament schedule

Here is the updated GCMFL tournament schedule in Carp, June 13-14.

8:00 - Laurysen vs Kanata Sports Club (D2)
8:30 - Bulldogs vs Ottawa Valley A’s (D1)
9:45 – Don Cherry’s vs Stittsville (D2)
10:15 - East Side Mario's vs Ottawa Home Services (D1)
11:30 - Rogues vs Upper Canada Elevators (D2)
12:00 - Laurysen vs Ottawa Valley A's (D1)
1:15 - Bulldogs vs Stittsville (D2)
1:45 – Ottawa Home Services vs Kanata Sports Club (D1)
3:00- Don Cherry’s vs Upper Canada Elevators (D2)
3:30 - Laurysen Kitchens vs East Side Mario's (D1)
4:45 - Rogues vs Stittsville (D2)
5:15 - Ottawa Valley A's vs Ottawa Home Services (D1)
6:30 - Bulldogs vs Upper Canada elevators (D2)
7:00 - East Side Mario's vs Kanata Sports Club (D1)
8:15 - Don Cherrys vs Rogues (D2)

10:00 - B side Semi 5 vs 8 (D1)
10:00 - B side Semi 6 vs 7 (D2)
12:00 - A side Semi 1 vs 4 (D1)
12:00 - A side Semi 2 vs 3 (D2)
2:00 - B Final (D1)
4:00 - A Final (D1)


Several tournaments this weekend (June 12-14)

There are several men's fastball tournament this weekend, some in which GOFLers will be participating. I will try and get the info on who wins each of these events.

Bellechasse International Tournament
St-Gervais, QC
Four team Senior Men's tournament, including Team Quebec featuring Matt Greer and Joe McCleary.

Jim Bradford - Neil Cane Memorial Tournament
Cobourg, ON
Ten intermediate and junior teams, along with four masters teams. Orleans Rebels will have several GOFL and  Blackburn league players.

ISC Canada East Qualifier
Springfield, ON
Eleven teams attempting to qualify for the ISC World Tournament. The Kingston Axemen, with former GOFLer Brad Pender, will be in attendance.

Glen Cairn Men's Fastball League annual tournament
Carp, ON
Ten teams participating in this annual fun event. The Ottawa Valley As from the GOFL are entered, along with the Rogues from the Blackburn League and the Blackburn Bulldogs, plus seven teams from "The Glen". Support the Kanata Storm BBQ onsite on Saturday and Sunday. Note, Friday games postponed until Saturday due to the rain.

Applebee's Olean Men's Fastpitch tournament
Olean, NY
This is the first edition of what hopefully becomes an annual event in southwestern New York State, with six teams (I think) participating. The Elkland ESA Merchants will be there, with Brad Porter and Matt Alkerton from the Kars Aces playing.


Napanee Combo Classic Tournament
Napanee, ON
This is a minor rep fastball tournament in Napanee, with six mite U10 teams (five boys, one girls), four squirts U12 teams (three boys, one girls) and five peewee U14 teams (four boys, one girls) participating. Fitzroy Junior and the Caveman will be in attendance.

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Thursday, June 11, 2015

Micksburg Twins win in McNab 10-4 over Ottawa Valley As - WITH DETAILS

The Micksburg Twins chalked up another win, defeating the Ottawa Valley As 10-4 in the first men's fastball game played at the McNab diamonds in quite some time.

Joran Graham lead the way for the Twins, getting the pitching win in relief of Matt McIntyre and hitting two home runs. Other home runs for the Twins came from Kyle Jackson and Jamey Mick.

Adam Rueckwald took the loss for the As, and also hit a home run. Ian King also hit a shot for Valley.

Story from Paul Griffith and Adam Rueckwald

The Twins and Valley A's took to the field for a Greater Ottawa Fastball League game on Thursday night in McNab with Matt McIntyre starting for Micksburg and Adam Rueckwald countering for Valley.

The Visitor Twins got on the board early in their first at bat as with one on Joran Graham hit a 2-run shot to left giving them the two run lead. The A's didn't take long to get themselves back in the game as their lead off batter Ian King took the first pitch he saw deep over the right field fence. Then after a error and walk to Lindsay Medynski and Ryley Burns, Adam Rueckwald hit a 3-run shot to left giving the home side a 4-2 lead.

The Twins were able to cut into the lead in the 2nd as lead off batter drew a walk then Paul Griffith hit a single advancing the runner, with one out Andrew McIntyre hit a one out single scoring one cutting the A's lead to one.

In the top of the 3rd, the Twins tied the game with a solo hr by Kyle Jackson.

The A's threatened in the their half of the 3rd as they loaded the bases with a single and back to back walks, the Twins then brought Graham in who was able to get out of the jam with two strike outs and a ground ball.

Micksburg took the lead in the 4th as their lead off batter drew a walk, and then next up Jamey Mick hit a 2-run shot to left center giving the visitors 6-4 lead. They added to their lead in the top half of the 6th with a massive 2-run shot by Graham his second of the night and a 2-run single by Andrew McIntyre. Graham was able to strike out the side giving the Twins the win.

Valley A's Pitching
Adam Rueckwald LOSS 6IP 10R 1BB 3K

Valley A's Hitting
Adam Reuckwalk HR, 3RBI
Ian King HR, RBI

Micksburg Pitching
Matt Mcintyre 2IP 3R 5H 3BB 1K
Joran Graham WIN 4ip 0H 10K

Micksburg Hitting
Matt Mcintyre  1-4 R
Jamey Mick 3-4 HR 2RBI 3R
Joran Graham 3-4 2HR 4RBI 3R
Kyle Jackson 1-4 HR
Jordan Donahue 1-3 BB R
Paul Griffith 3-4 R

Andrew Mcintyre 2-4 3RBI


Kars Aces defeat Quyon Flyers 9-5

The Kars Aces defeated the Quyon Flyers 9-5 on the Quebec side of the river in Thursday night Greater Ottawa Fastball League play.

Cory Alkerton had the win for the visitors, while Matt Greer took the loss.

The ball was flying out of the park in Q-town and Joe McCleary had a home run for the home team and the Aces had bombs from Nick Ellis (2), Alkerton and Matt Pollard.

more to follow


WC Electric at Stittsville postponed

The West Carleton Electric at Stittsville 56ers GOFL game last night was postponed due to the rain and will be made up later in the season.


Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Manotick doubleheader postponed

With rain already starting in the southern part of Ottawa and the radar looking ugly, the doubleheader in Manotick with Quyon coming to town to play Kars and I4CVictory is postponed tonight.


Cobourg Tournament

The Jim Bradford and Neil Cane Memorial Tournament will be held this weekend (June 12-14) at the Cobourg Legion Fields.

There are four masters teams competing and twelve Intermediate / Junior teams in another division.

Masters teams:
Cobourg Force, Toronto Gators, Cambridge Rusty Jiggers, Durham Bull Legends

Intermediate / Junior teams:
Curve Lake Slayers, Campbellford, Napanee Juniors #1, Napanee Juniors #2, T. Hawks of Dieppe (Toronto), Pickering Panthers, Oshawa Juniors, Orleans Rebels, Stratford Juniors, Oshawa Rebels, CPI Classics, Quebec Juniors.

Full schedule here.


West Carleton Electric defeat Ottawa Valley As 7-2

West Carleton Electric defeated the Ottawa Valley As 7-2 in Greater Ottawa Fastball League play in Fitzroy Harbour on Tuesday night.

Andy Barber had the win, with two innings of relief from Steve Cavanagh. Adam Rueckwald was tagged with the loss, and Todd Wilson saw action in relief for the As.

The upstart Valley As got on the board in the top of the first inning. Steve Frost walked with one out. Lindsay Medynski's sac bunt was then misplayed, to put runners on the corners. After Medynski took second uncontested, Rueckwald's chopper over first scored Frost.

West Carleton responded right away in the bottom of the first as Trevor Barton hit a home run to lead off. 

The second inning for West Carleton was the difference in the game. Shawn Rebertz lead off with a single. Andy Barber then walked. A double by Neil Murphy scored Rebertz, and sacrifice fly from Dave Bahm scored Barber from third. Barton then hit his second homer of the night, this time a two run shot. The chased Rueckwald from the game, bringing in Wilson. Mike Cavanagh's solo homer later in the inning made it 6-1 for Fitzroy.

Ryley Burns hit a solo bomb for Valley to start the fourth inning and make it 6-2.

The Electric capped the scoring in the sixth. Adam Brown hit a single with two out and was replaced on a re-entry by Kevin Shonfield. Shonfield scored on a Mike Cavanagh hit to make it 7-2.

Andy Barber WIN 5IP 2R 1ER 3H 10K 3BB
Steve Cavanagh 2IP 0R 0H 1K 1BB

Trevor Barton 2-4, 2HR, 3RBI, 2R
Kevin Shonfield 1-3, 2B, R
Michael Cavanagh 2-3, HR, BB, 2RBI
Shawn Rebertz 2-3, R
Andy Barber BB, R
Neil Murphy 1-3, 2B, RBI
Dave Bahm Sac Fly RBI
Adam Brown 1-1

Valley As
Adam Rueckwald LOSS 1.1IP 5R 5ER 5H 2K 1BB
Todd Wilson 4.2IP 2R 2ER 4H 2K 1BB 1HBP

Steve Frost BB, R
Ryley Burns 1-3, HR, RBI, R
Adam Rueckwald 1-1, RBI, SB
Todd Wilson 1-2
Ian King 2BB, 2SB


Tuesday, June 09, 2015

Glen Cairn Tournament schedule - June 12-14

The Glen Cairn Men's Fastball League will be holding their annual tournament this weekend in Carp, with ten teams participating.

There will be an onsite BBQ on Saturday and Sunday, with proceeds to support the Kanata Storm ISC team.

Friday Night

6pm - Laurysen vs Kanata Sports Club (D1)
6pm - Don Cherrys vs Stittsville (D2)
7:45 - Blackburn Bulldogs vs Ottawa Valley A's (D1)
7:45 - East Side Mario's vs Ottawa Home Services (D2)
9:30 - Rogues vs Upper Canada Elevators (D1)


10:00 - Blackburn Bulldogs vs Stittsville (D1)
10:30 - Laurysen vs Ottawa Valley A's (D2)
11:45 - Don Cherrys vs Upper Canada Elevators (D1)
12:15 - Ottawa Home Services vs Kanata Sports Club (D2)
1:30 - Laurysen Kitchens vs East Side Mario's (D1)
2:00 - Rogues vs Stittsville (D2)
3:15 - Ottawa Valley A's vs Ottawa Home Services (D1)
3:45 - Blackburn Bulldogs vs Upper Canada Elevators (D2)
5:00 - East Side Mario's vs Kanata Sports Club (D1)
5:30 - Don Cherrys vs Rogues (D2)

Sunday Games 

10:00 - B side Semi 5 vs 8 (D1)
10:00 - B side Semi 6 vs 7 (D2)
12:00 - A side Semi 1 vs 4 (D1)
12:00 - A side Semi 2 vs 3 (D2)
2:00 -  B Final (D1)

4:00 -  A Final (D1)

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Port Perry Tournament announcement

Room still available for the Port Perry Tournament - see the attachment:


ISC May 29 Rankings

Meant to post this last week but forgot.

The International Softball Congress has announced their preliminary rankings for the World Tournament in South Bend, IN this August.

Eastern Ontario teams include Kanata Storm at #22 and Kingston Axemen at #29.

See the ranking list here.


GOFL Week #5

The Greater Ottawa Fastball League's fifth week is now upon us.

Tuesday night in Fitzroy Harbour, West Carleton Electric (1-4) will host the Ottawa Valley As (2-3) at 8:30 pm.

The Wednesday night doubleheader in Manotick sees the Quyon Flyers (2-1) in for a game against the Kars Aces (3-2) at 7 pm, and I4C Victory (2-2) at 9 pm. West Carleton will also be at the Grove to play Stittsville 56ers (1-4) that night at 8:30 pm.

Kars Aces travel to Quyon to play the Flyers on Thursday night at 7:30 pm. Also that night, the Valley As will host the Micksburg Twins (6-1) at the McNab Centre diamonds at 8:30 pm.


Sunday, June 07, 2015

Orleans Select Tournament

Orleans Amateur Fastball Association is hosting a select tournament on the weekend of July 18, 19.

Divisions are:
Squirt (U12) Boys
Peewee (U14) Boys
Squirt (U12) Girls
Novice/Peewee (U14) Girls
Bantam (U16) Girls
Midget (U18) Girls

Contact Jeff Toll for more info: j.toll@rogers.com

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Northeast Drillers win Kingston Axemen Shootout

info from @kingstonaxemen on Twitter

The Northeast Drillers from Pennsylvania won the Kingston Axemen Shootout hosted in Sydenham this past weekend. The Drillers defeated CPI Classics of Oswego, NY in the final by a score of 8-4. Kyle Crawford had the win with relief from Caleb Keeshig. Gregg Garrity took the loss.

Kingston Axemen finished third, losing to the Drillers 7-0 in the semi-final.

Other teams participating in the seven-team event were both Napanee Junior teams, the Quebec Junior and Grimsby.


Kingston Axemen media coverage

Some coverage in the Kingston media on the Axemen ISC team here and here.


Saturday, June 06, 2015

Joel Langford - UPDATED with obituary notice

As most of you probably already know, Joel Langford died yesterday.

Joel was a son, a brother, a team-mate, a friend, an opponent.

Joel was a highly skilled softball player; one of our country's best.

He was a tremendous person, a product of his fine parents, Jeff and Joanne, and a brother to Kelsey.

Joel was loved by many and respected by all who met him.

And now he is gone.


Softball Canada official statement.

Services for Joel Langford. Visitation and wake will be on Sunday June 7 from 1-4 and again from 7-9 at Kelly's Funeral Home in Orleans. The funeral service is going to be on Monday June 8 at 11am at the Orleans United Church, 1111 Orléans Boulevard.


Obituary in the Ottawa Citizen


Micksburg wins on Friday against West Carleton

Micksburg hosted two games on Friday night - a peewee boys game to start, followed by a Greater Ottawa Fastball League match up.

In the kids' game, Micksburg beat West Carleton 6-1 in a well-played event, with several great plays on both sides. Winning pitcher was John Enright (mark my words, remember that name) and he had help from Joseph Mick. Kevin Bird pitched for WC and had relief from Carson James.

The GOFL game saw the Micksburg Twins win 3-1 over Fitzroy Harbour West Carleton Electric. Corey Costello was the winning pitcher and Andy Barber took the loss, as both throwers went the distance.

Micksburg got a run in the bottom of the first inning. Joran Graham singled with one out, and moved to second when Jamey Mick's grounder was misplayed. Chad Costello's single brought in Graham to make it 1-0.

Back-to-back solo home runs by Graham and Corey Costello in the third inning put the Twins up 3-0.

Barber hit a two out triple in the sixth to give WC some life, but he was stranded on base as the next batter popped out.

West Carleton got on the board with a solo homer by Steve Cavanagh to start the seventh, but after a subsequent single to Dave Bahm, Costello closed things off for the 3-1 win.

Corey Costello WIN 7IP 1R 1ER 5H 13K 1BB 1HBP

Joran Graham 2-3, 2R, HR, RBI
Corey Costello 1-3, HR, RBI, R
Chad Costello 1-2, RBI, BB

Andy Barber LOSS 6IP 3R 2ER 4H 12K 3BB

Michael Cavanagh 1-3
Andy Barber 1-2, 3B, BB
Steve Cavanagh 1-3, HR, RBI, R
Dave Bahm 2-3


Friday, June 05, 2015

Quyon defeats Stittsville 8 - 1 : WITH DETAILS

The Quyon Flyers defeated the Stittsville 56ers 8-1 in Greater Ottawa Fastball League play on Thursday night in west Quebec.

Trevor Lahey earned the pitching victory while Dan Konkle took the loss. Shawn Laframboise and Matt Greer had home runs for Quyon.

Article by Shawn Laframboise

The Quyon Flyers hosted the Stittsville 56ers in GOFL action Thursday night.  Trevor Lahey got the ball for the home side while Stittsville countered with Dan Konkle.

The Flyers opened the scoring in the bottom of the 1st inning.  With one out, Shawn Laframboise reached first with an infield single and scored on Matt Greer’s triple.  Greer then scored on a Joe McCleary RBI single to make it 2-0 Quyon.

Lahey was perfect through 3 innings and the Flyers added to their lead in the bottom of the 3rd.  Greer and McCleary started things off with back-to-back doubles to make it 3-0.  Dennis McCleary then drew a walk.  Lahey then reached safely to load the bases when nobody covered 1st base on his sacrifice bunt.  Steve McCord’s sac fly scored Joe from 3rd.  Konkle was able to get out of the jam without further damage with two strike outs.

The 56ers got on the board in the top of the 4th.  John Craig drew a leadoff walk and advanced to 2nd on a wild pitch.  Lahey retired the next two batters with a ground out and a strike out.  Craig would then score when Ryan Bond’s soft grounder to 3rd base was thrown away, making it 4-1 Quyon.

The Flyers added another 4 runs in the bottom half of the inning.  With one out, Laframboise and Greer hit back-to-back solo shots to straightaway centre.  Joe McCleary singled and was put out at 2nd on Randy Frobel’s ground ball to 1st.  Frobel advanced from 1st to 3rd on Lahey’s single.  McCord and Jordan Kearns each singled to bring in the final two runs of the night.

After a clean top half of the 5th the mercy rule was invoked.

Lahey W - 5IP 1R 0ER 0H 2BB 7K
Konkle L - 4IP 8R 8ER 11H BB 7K

Quyon Hitting
M Greer 3/3 HR, 3R, 2RBI, 3B, 2B
J McCleary 3/3, R, RBI, 2B
S Laframboise 2/3 HR, 2R, RBI
S McCord 1/3 2RBI, SAC
T Lahey 1/3, RBI, R
J Kearns 1/3 RBI

Stittsville Hitting

J Craig 0/1 BB, R


Thursday, June 04, 2015

ISC 2017 to be held in Grand Rapids, Michigan

The International Softball Congress has announced that the 2017 ISC World Tournament will be hosted in Grand Rapids, Michigan. More info here.

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Tournament schedules - Kingston, Cobourg

A couple of tournament schedules now up on Al's Fastball.

Kingston Axemen Shootout - June 6-7:
There are four men's teams and three junior teams in this event, which is a double knockout, to be held at the Keeley Road diamonds near Sydenham. Bracket here.

Jim Bradford / Neil Cane Memorial in Cobourg - June 12-14:
There are 10 teams in the Intermediate / Junior group and 4 in the masters. The Orleans Rebels are entered. Info here.


Ottawa Valley As wins 4-0 over I4C Victory

The Ottawa Valley As had a couple of firsts tonight in Greater Ottawa Fastball League play in Carp, as they defeated I4C Victory 4-0.

Todd Wilson earned the first shoutout in Valley A's GOFL history in taking the win on the slab. Neil Cooke to the loss for I4C.

The As got on the board early with three runs in the first inning, helped by hits from Ryley Burns, Steve Frost and Lindsay Medynski. Frost also hit the first home run for the new club later in the game to seal the 4-0 win.


I4C Victory wins 4-1 at the Grove

I4C Victory defeated the Stittsville 56ers 4-1 in Greater Ottawa Fastball League play at the Grove on Wednesday night.

Andrew Putnam had the win, while Darren Featherstone took the loss. Matt McNish had a two run homer for I4C.


Wednesday, June 03, 2015

MIcksburg and Kars split doubleheader - WITH DETAILS

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

In the opener, Brad Porter lead the Aces to a 2-0 shutout. Joran Graham took the loss.

The late match saw the Twins rebound with a 6-1 win. Corey Costello was the winning pitcher, while Luke Severson was tagged with the loss.

Story by Paul Griffith

The Micksburg Twins traveled to Manotick Wednesday night for a double dip with the Kar Aces.

Kars 2 Micksburg 0 

Game one Brad Porter took the mound for the aces and the Twins countered with Joran Graham.

The game remained scoreless until the bottom of the 4th when Nick Ellis led things off with a single, later advancing to second on a passed ball and then scoring on a Shawn Forbes RBI single to right.

Kars added another run in the 5th as Jon Ferguson reached via walk and advanced to second on a passed ball, later scoring on a infield error making the score 2-0 Aces.

The Twins threatened in the 6th as Matt McIyntre and Jamey Mick both singled to start the inning but were left stranded. The Twins were not able to mustard up any offence as the Aces shut them out 2-0 handing the Twins their first loss of the season.  Porter earning the complete game 6H shutout.

Twins Pitching
Joran Graham –Loss 6ip 1ER 3H 10K 1BB

Twins Hitting
Jamey Mick 3-3
Matt McIyntre 1-3
Joran Graham 1-3
Jordan Donahue 1-2

Aces Pitching
Brad Porter –Win 7ip 6H 8K 1BB

Kars Hitting
Nick Ellis 1-3 R
Shawn Forbes 2-3 RBI

Micksburg 6 Kars 1

In the second game of the night the Twins sent Corey Costello out to the mound and the Aces started Luke Severson. 

The Twins got things started in the first as with two out Joran Graham hit a line drive triple to right center field. Next batter up Corey Costello hit a hard single to left scoring Graham giving the visitors a 1-0 lead.

The score would remain 1-0 till the bottom half of the 4th as Shawn Forbes reached on an error, then advancing to second on a passed ball. The Aces cashed in the runner from second on a Cory Morrison single to left. 

The Twins regained the lead in the top of the 6th Corey Costello led off the inning by reaching on an error, then Jordan Donahue reached on a bunt single. With two out Jamey Mick came in to pinch hit, the Aces elected to walk the hot hitting Mick giving Twins runners on first and third. Next up Scott Conroy hit a hard line drive to left that evaded a diving left fielder allowing the ball to roll to the fence scoring both runners and giving Conroy the rare inside the park homerun.  

The Twins added to their lead in the 7th as Chad Costello drew a walk bringing Graham to the plate who hit a 2-run shot to left giving the Twins a 6-1 lead. This was enough for Costello who retired the side in the 7th earning the win and the Twins their 5th win of the season. 

Twins Pitching
Corey Costello WIN 7ip 2H 1R 14K

Twins Hitting
Chad Costello 1-3 BB
Corey Costello 2-4 RBI 2B
Joran Graham 2-4 3b HR 2BI 2R
Scott Conroy 1-2 HR 3RBI BB
Jordan Donahue 1-4 

Kars Pitching 
Luke Severson LOSS 7ip 7H 6R 2BB 9K

Kars Hitting
Cory Morrison 1-3 RBI
Nick Ellis 1-3 Triple 


Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Camp with KJ

An anonymous commenter sent in the following link about Kyle Jamieson Softball Camp.

Kyle is a graduate of the Stittsville 56ers program, a former member of Team Canada world juniors, and a former GOFLer, as well as being a great guy and ballplayer.

Kyle makes his living in softball as the head coach at a Women's NCAA program at Furman University in South Carolina. Read a bit about his bio on this blog story from 2011.

Best of luck to KJ with his camp.

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Monday, June 01, 2015

GOFL Week #4

Week 4 of the Greater Ottawa Fastball League has six games on tap.

The Wednesday night doubleheader in Manotick has a true double dip on tap with Micksburg Twins (4-0) in for 7 pm and 9 pm games against the Kars Aces (2-1).  Also on Wednesday, I4C Victory will (1-1) will face the Stittsville 56ers (1-2) at 8:30 pm at the Grove.

Thursday night has the 56ers travelling to Quyon to face the Flyers (1-1) at 7:30 pm. That night sees the Ottawa Valley As (1-3) host their first home game in Carp at 8:30 pm against I4C Victory.

There is also a Friday-nighter up in Micksburg with West Carleton Electric (1-3) coming to town to face the Twins.


Au Sable annual tournament needs one team

The 53rd Annual Au Sable Forks Men's Fastpitch men's fastpitch tournament, always a great event from all reports, is seeking one more team for this year's event July 10-12 in Au Sable, NY.

If you are interested, please contact Tom O'Neill at tpogiantsfan@yahoo.com for more information.