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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Monday, August 31, 2015

Durk Sherman Classic Elkland Labour Day tournament draw released

The draw for the Durk Sherman Classic Elkland Labour Day tournament has been released. There are 14 teams participating in the modified double knockout with three game guarantee.

Four teams from eastern Ontario are participating: West Carleton Electric, Ottawa Broker4Tickets, Kingston Axemen and Greenbush Generals.

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Newfoundland wins Senior Men's Canadians

The defending champions from Newfoundland won the Softball Canada Senior Men's Nationals in Ste-Claire and St-Gervais,Quebec on the weekend. They defeated Nova Scotia in the final.

Quebec, on which Matt Greer and Joe McCleary from Quyon Flyers played, finished the round robin 2-3, and lost their first playoff game to Kitchener.

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Elkland B Weekend results

The Elkland B Weekend tournament was won by the New York Bombers. Details available on the Al's Fastball website.

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Local teams win medals at Eastern Canadians

Some local minor softball teams earned medals at Eastern Canadian competitions this past weekend.

At the Peewee Boys (U14) Eastern Canadian tournament in Newfoundland, the Napanee Express earned a silver medal.

For the Bantam Boys (U16) level, the Eastern Canadians in Nova Scotia featured two Ontario teams in the final, as Napanee Express won gold and Lyn Lightning won silver.


Friday, August 28, 2015

GOFL Playoff update

The Greater Ottawa Fastball League playoffs begin with first round best-of-three quarterfinal series.

Kars Aces ended the season at 12-4-2 and earn the bye. Update: With I4C and Micksburg winning their playoff series, the semi-final match ups depend on the result of the Quyon vs West Carleton game on Tuesday.

If Quyon wins:
Semi-Final #1: I4C vs Kars
Semi-Final #2: Quyon vs Micksburg

If West Carleton wins:
Semi-Final #1: West Carleton vs Kars
Semi-Final #2: I4C vs Micksburg

The semi-finals series are best-of-five.

See below playoff previews and results to date for the three first round series.

NOTE UPDATES BELOW as of August 28.

2nd Micksburg Twins (11-5-2) vs 7th Ottawa Valley As (5-13)
Game 1: Thursday August 20 at 8 pm in Micksburg (time updated) Rained out
Game 1: Monday August 24: Micksburg Twins 9 Ottawa Valley As 1 (in Carp)
Game 2: Thursday August 27: Micksburg Twins 9 Ottawa Valley As 1 (in Micksburg)
Micksburg Twins advance to semi-finals

The Twins swept the season seasons three games to none.
June 11: Micksburg 10 Ottawa Valley 4 (in McNab)
July 30: Micksburg 7 Ottawa Valley 1 (in Micksburg)
August 2: Micksburg 8 Ottawa Valley 1 (in Douglas)

3rd Quyon Flyers (9-8-1) vs 6th West Carleton Electric (6-10-2)
Game 1: Tuesday August 18: Quyon Flyers 3 West Carleton Electric 1 (in Quyon)
Game 2: Monday August 24: West Carleton Electric 2 Quyon Flyers 1 (in Fitzroy)
Game 3: Tuesday September 1 at 8 pm in Quyon

The Flyers won two and tied a game during the season.
June 30: Quyon 8 West Carleton 5 (in Quyon)
July 2: Quyon 3 West Carleton 3 (in Quyon)
July 9: Quyon 6 West Carleton 1 (in Fitzroy Harbour)

4th I4C Victory (8-6-3) vs 5th Stittsville 56ers (7-11)
Game 1: Wednesday August 19: I4C Victory 1 Stittsville 56ers 0 (in Manotick)
Game 2: Wednesday August 26: I4C Victory 3 Stittsville 56ers 0 (in Stittsville)
I4C Victory advances to semi-finals

The 56ers won the season series two games to one.
June 3: I4C 4 Stittsville 1 (in Stittsville)
July 15: Stittsville 12 I4C 4 (in Manotick)
July 29: Stittsville 8 I4C 1 (in Stittsville)


Pitchers in the 2015 GOFL regular season

A list of pitchers that threw in the Greater Ottawa Fastball League regular season in 2015, with the number of games in which they appeared and their win / loss record. According to the Blog, which never lies, 27 different pitchers made and appear in a GOFL game this season.

Kars Aces
Brad Porter 10G 6W 1L
Luke Severson 8G 0W 3L
Cory Alkerton 7G 6W 0L

Micksburg Twins
Joran Graham 10G 5W 3L
Corey Costello 9G 5W 1L
Jason Smith 2G 1W 1L
Matt McIntyre 2G 0W 0L

Quyon Flyers
Trevor Lahey 11G 5W 4L
Matt Greer 9G 3W 4L
Derick Bulley 2G 1W 0L

I4C Victory
Neil Cooke 10G 2W 4L
Andrew Putnam 7G 5W 0L
Shane McNish 4G 1W 1L
Matt McNish 2G 0W 2L

Stittsville 56ers
Darren Featherstone 13G 6W 5L
Dan Konkle 6G 1W 5L
Kyle Olsen 2G 0W 1L
Trevor Scott 1G 0W 0L

West Carleton Electric
Andy Barber 11G 2W 5L
Steve Cavanagh 10G 4W 3L
Jeff Barber 5G 0W 2L
Jon Daley 1G 0W 0L

Ottawa Valley As
Todd Wilson 12G 3W 5L
Adam Rueckwald 12G 2W 8L
Ian King 2G 0W 0L
Ryley Burns 2G 0W 0L
Bryan Armstrong 1G 0W 0L


Thursday, August 27, 2015

Micksburg defeats Valley As, advances to semi-finals (updated WITH DETAILS)

The Micksburg Twins won game two of their best-of-three series over the Ottawa Valley As on Thursday night by a score of 9-1 to advance to the Greater Ottawa Fastball League semi-finals.

Joran Graham had the win, while Ryley Burns took the loss. Chad Costello had a home run for the Twins.

from Paul Griffith

The Micksburg Twins and Ottawa Valley As squared off in game two of their Greater Ottawa Fastball League playoff series Thursday night in Micksburg.

Joran Graham got the start for the home town Twins and Ryley Burns for the As.

The home team got things going in the second inning as Jamey Mick led off with a single to left field. After Chad Costello drew a walk, Scott Conroy laid down a bunt which the As played perfectly and got the lead runner at third. After another walk loaded the bases. Paul Griffith hit a single up the middle scoring two runs giving the home team the 2-0 lead. Kurt Levet then hit a sac fly to center scoring another run. Matt McIntyre followed with a triple over the center fielder's head adding another run for the Twins. He later scored on a single giving the home side a 5-0 lead.

The As got on the board in the third after a miss played fly ball gave them a runner on third with two out and then scored on a single to right cutting the lead 5-1.

The Twins got the run back in the third as Costello lead things off with a walk and advanced to third on a long fly ball off the center field fence just missing a home run by Conroy. Costello then scored on a ground out by Griffith.

With the score now 7-1 in the sixth, Chad Costello ended the game with a 2-run shot to left center giving the home side a 9-1 win and series win. Joran Graham had a complete game win pitching well.

Micksburg Hitting
Matt McIntyre 1-4 triple RBI R
Conner Moss 1-4 RBI
Jamey Mick 1-1 2BB
Chad Costello 1-1 HR 2RBI 2BB
Scott Conroy 1-1 Dbl 2R BB FC
Quintan Rook 1-2 Dbl R BB
Paul Griffith 1-3 4 RBI
Kurt Levet 0-1 RBI BB


GOFL media coverage in the Pembroke Daily Observer

Some recent media coverage of the Greater Ottawa Fastball League in the Pembroke Daily Observer, including some photos.

Twins overpower the A's in fastball action

Micksburg Twins: Gearing up to face the A's in round one of the fastball playoffs


I4C Victory wins series over Stittsville (updated)

info from Kevin McGuire

I4C Victory won 3-0 in game two of their Greater Ottawa Fastball League quarter-final series on Wednesday over the Stittsville 56ers to advance to the semi-finals.

Andrew Putnam had the win for I4C, throwing a three-hitter. Darren Featherstone took the loss for the 56ers.

Matt McNish scored I4C's first run after hitting a double and was brought in by a Ryan Mitt's double.

I4C got their second run when Shane McNish singled, stole second and was cashed by Joe Allan.

Matt McNish made it 3-0 when he hit a triple and scored on Putnam's sacrifice fly.

The 56er's put pressure on in the 5th and 6th after some walks but the visitors got out of the inning both times. The hits for Stittsville were all singles, with John Craig, Trevor Scott and Dan Bradley reaching safely.

Stittsville is now eliminated from the playoffs and I4C Victory will await the conclusion of the other two series to see who their opponent will be.


Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Matt, Big Joe to play in Softball Canada Senior Men's Nationals

Two players from the Quyon Flyers of the Greater Ottawa Fastball League will be playing at the Softball Canada Men's Senior Nationals in Ste-Claire and St-Gervais, Quebec.

Joe McCleary and Matt Greer will be playing with Team Quebec at the nationals, which start today and end on Sunday. There are six teams attending: the host, two teams from Ontario, one each from Nova Scotia and Saskatchewan, and the defending champions from Newfoundland.

Website here.

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Article on GOFL playoffs

The West Carleton Review has an article on the Greater Ottawa Fastball League playoffs.


Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Micksburg wins game one over Valley As

The Micksburg Twins won the first game of their best-of-three series 9-1 over the Ottawa Valley As in Greater Ottawa Fastball League playoff action Monday night in Carp.

from Paul Griffith

The Twins and A's finally got their first round series going Monday night in Carp. Joran Graham for the start for the Twins and A's Adam Rueckwald got the ball for their side. 

Both teams were held off the scoreboard in the first two innings, each having base runners stranded. 

The Twins were able to get on the board in the third after Connor Moss drew a two out walk then advanced on a passed ball to second, The A's then decided to intentionally walk Jamey Mick to bring up Joran Graham who then took the first pitch he saw and hit it on a frozen rope to left centre landing in the second ball diamond and giving the Twins a 3-0 lead. 

The A's got one back in the bottom half of the third as their lead off batter was able to reach third on a error and later scoring on a sac. fly. 

The Twins answered back in the top half of the fourth as Quinton Rook reached on error, advanced to second on a stolen bag and then third on a sac. bunt by Scott Conroy. Rook then scored on a Paul Griffith sac fly to right. 

Micksburg added to the lead in the fifth as Matt McIntyre lead off with a double, then Moss hit a single over second followed by a 2 RBI double by Mick. The Twins were able to add a couple more runs in the inning with RBI singles by Rook and Griffith. Micksburg retired the A's in the bottom half of the fifth ending the game and giving them a 1-0 lead in the series

Win- Joran Graham 5ip 1H 0ER 1BB 

Micksburg Hitting
Jamey Mick 2-2 Dbl 2RBI BB
Joran Graham 1-3 HR 3RBI
Matt McIntyre 1-3 DBL 
Connor Moss 1-2 BB
Chad Costello 1-2 BB
Quintan Rook 1-2 BB RBI
Scott Conroy 0-1 RBI 
Paul Griffith 1-2 2RBI  


Elkland "B" Weekend schedule

See below for the 14 team draw for the Elkand "B" Weekend on August 28-30.

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Trend-Arlington men's fastball league playoff update

from Ivan Taylor

The semi-final seedings are set for the Trend Arlington Men`s Fastball League. DCI Durabuilt (1 seed) will play Hilti Construction (4 seed). That`s How We Roll (2 Seed) will play Whispers Pub (3 Seed). The semi finals will be a best-of -three with games scheduled for 6:30 and 8:30 on Wednesday, August 25 and Monday, August 31 and if a third game is necessary in either series, it will be played on Wednesday, September 2. Otherwise, the finals will begin on Wednesday September 2.


Monday, August 24, 2015

West Carleton Electric evens series with Quyon

West Carleton Electric evened their best of three quarter-final Greater Ottawa Fastball League playoff series with a 2-1 win in Fitzroy Harbour on Monday night over the Quyon Flyers. A decent crowd was on hand on a pleasant night for fastpitch softball, including a special guest all the way from Newfoundland, as Trics Alumni Bud Hanlon made an appearance.

Andy Barber had the win, with a no hit performance, while Trevor Lahey pitched well in taking the loss.

Quyon scored their first base runner of the game - and he was to be the only Flyer to cross the plate. Dave Hobbs lead off with a walk, moved to second on Shawn Laframboise's sacrifice bunt, stole third, and made it home on an errant throw by the catcher.

West Carleton answered in the bottom of the first with a run of their own. Kevin Shonfield started with a walk. After a Trevor Barton single there were two men on, and Mike Cavanagh sacrifice bunted the runners over sixty feet each. On a dropped third strike on a 42 foot change up, Quyon got the out at first, but Shonfield managed to score to tie the game at one.

Quyon had good chance in the fourth as they loaded the bases with one out on a walk, an error and a hit batsman. However, Barber got out of the inning with a 1-2-3 double play.

In the bottom of the sixth with one out, Neil Murphy drove the first pitch he saw high over the right field 'grey monster' (almost hitting the Caveman who was playing scrub with Fitzroy Junior and three Barton boys on diamond two) to put WC ahead 2-1.

Barber closed the door in the top of the seventh, helped by a great stab by Murphy at first base taking what looked like a sure hit away from Lahey, and the home team won to even the series at a game apiece.

Andy Barber WIN 7IP 1R 0ER 0H 11K 5BB 1HBP

Kevin Shonfield BB, R
Trevor Barton 2-3
Michael Cavanagh 1-1, 2 x sac bunts
Shawn Rebertz 1-3
Neil Murphy 1-2, HR, RBI, R, sac bunt
Jeff Barber 1-3

Trevor Lahey LOSS 6IP 2R 1ER 6H 7K 2BB

Dave Hobbs BB, R
Joe McCleary 2BB


Sunday, August 23, 2015

Eastern Ontario teams at OASA Select softball

Select softball is for minor players at a higher calibre than house league, but not quite at the level of "rep". Local house league associations put together "select" teams from players participating in their program. There were several eastern Ontario teams that had some success at the Provincial tournaments for select boys teams which are held jointly by the Ontario Select Softball Tournament Association and the Ontario Amateur Softball Association.

Squirt: At the U12 boys level, Westport won silver in Bracebridge at the Provincials.

Peewee: This tournament was held in Unionville. West Carleton U14 boys participated (with Fitzroy Junior) but finished out of the medals at 0-3.

Bantam: McNab / Braeside were hosts for the U16 boys provincial championship at select. Micksburg earned silver, while Osgoode took bronze. West Carleton finished just out of the medals at fourth.

Midget: Stittsville, which had some West Carleton boys on the roster as the teams have a joint house league program at that age group, won gold at the Midget Boys Provincials in Topham Park (Toronto), going undefeated. 

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Loughborough Fastball League playoff update

from Jeff Hannah

Here are the final standings and playoff format for the LFL.

1.       Napanee Shoeless Joes Express Juniors
2.       North Fred Kings
3.       Enterprise
4.       Sydenham
5.       Napanee AI Juniors
6.       Napanee Midgets

The Midgets will not be participating in the playoffs as was the plan from the onset of the season.

Sydenham and the Napanee AI Juniors will play a best 2/3 series to get into the semi-finals. (Games were scheduled for Tuesday and Thursday of last week but were both rained out)

The winner of that series will play the Napanee Shoeless Joes Express Juniors in one semi final with North Fred and Enterprise playing in the other.

The winners will play in the Finals.

Enterprise are the Defending Champions.


Friday, August 21, 2015

Blackburn Men's Fastball League playoffs

The Blackburn Men's Fastball League is using a double-knockout format for their playoffs. Check it out online here.

Final regular season standings were as follows:

Bytek Braves211371014510639270.643
Gloucester Heating2111821130131-1230.548
Blue Jays2171400101130-29140.333


Thursday, August 20, 2015

Glen Cairn League playoffs

Here is the Round One quarter-finals playoff schedule for the Glen Cairn Men's Fastball League in Kanata:

First round bye: Laurysen Kitchens

Mon 24-Aug 6:30 Ottawa Home Services vs East Side Mario's
Mon 24-Aug 8:30 Stittsville Midgets vs Upper Canada Elevators
Tue 25-Aug 6:30 Kanata Sports Club vs Don Cherry's
*Wed 26-Aug rain out make up date

Mon 31-Aug 6:30 Stittsville Midgets vs Upper Canada Elevators
Mon 31-Aug 8:30 Ottawa Home Services vs East Side Mario's
Tue 1-Sep 6:30 Kanata Sports Club vs Don Cherry's
*Wed 2-Sep rain out make up date

Final Standings:
TeamWins -- Loses -- Ties -- Points -
Laurysen Kitchens162032
Don Cherrys116123
Upper Canada Elevators107121
East Side Marios108020
Ottawa Home Services810016
Stittsville Midget41408
Kanata Sports Club31506


Micksburg - Ottawa Valley game postponed

Game one in the Micksburg Twins - Ottawa Valley As Greater Ottawa Fastball League series is postponed tonight due to rainy weather.

Looks like they will try and start things on Monday August 24 at 8 pm in Carp (which was supposed to be game 2 originally).


Wednesday, August 19, 2015

I4C beats Stittsville 1-0 in game one

I4C Victory defeated the Stittsville 56ers 1-0 in the first game of their best of three Greater Ottawa Fastball League playoff series in Manotick on Wednesday night.

Andrew Putnam had the win allowing only two hits, while Darren Featherstone was the losing pitcher, throwing a five hitter.

Joe Allan had two hits for I4C, including a triple and an RBI single to score Shane McNish, the game's only run.


Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Quyon wins game one 3-1 over West Carleton Electric

It took a lot of hard work by the Quyon Flyers to get their water-logged diamond ready for their Greater Ottawa Fastball League playoff game on Tuesday night, but the teams got the game in and the Flyers prevailed 3-1 over West Carleton Electric to take a 1-0 lead in their best of three series.

Trevor Lahey had the complete game win, allowing only four hits. Steve Cavanagh threw well but took the loss and had relief from Jeff Barber.

The teams were scoreless through four complete.

West Carleton had a good chance, getting runners on the corners with one out after singles from Derek Barber and Neil Murphy. Lahey got out of the inning with two strike outs.

Quyon scored all their runs in the bottom of the fifth. Randy Peck singled with one out and was replaced by pinch runner Randy Frobel. After a strikeout, Dave Hobbs reached on an infield single. A walk to Shawn Laframboise loaded the bases for Matt Greer. After getting down 0-2, Greer battled back and got a pitch he liked and drove it hard up the middle. The pitch bounced off Cavanagh's glove / wrist, and stayed in the infield. In the attempt to get Greer at first, it was misplayed and both Frobel and Hobbs scored. A walk to Joe McCleary loaded the bases again. Dennis McCleary's hard hit ground ball couldn't be fielded and Laframboise scored to make it 3-0. That was it for Cavanagh. Jeff Barber entered to pitch and got a strike out to end the threat.

The Electric got one back in the top of the sixth. Kevin Shonfield walked to start, then was erased at second as Trevor Barton reached on a fielders' choice. Barton advanced to third on two wild pitches, and scored on Mike Cavanagh's ground out. However, that was the only run West Carleton could muster and Lahey earned the complete game 3-1 victory.

Next game in the series is Monday August 24 at 8 pm in Fitzroy Harbour.

Trevor Lahey WIN 7IP 1R 1ER 4H 2BB 7K

Dave Hobbs 2-4, 2B, R
Shawn Laframboise BB R
Matt Greer 1-1, 2BB, RBI
Randy Peck 1-2, BB
Curtis Daley 1-2, sac bunt

Steve Cavanagh LOSS 4.2IP 3R 2ER 3H 5BB 6K
Jeff Barber 1.1IP 0R 2H 0BB 1K

Mike Cavanagh RBI
Jeff Cavanagh 1-2, BB
Derek Barber 1-3
Neil Murphy 1-3
Dave Bahm 1-3


Monday, August 17, 2015

Stittsville 56ers Midget Girls win silver at provincials

On August 8th and  9th the U18 Midget Girls Stittsville 56er’s headed to Ancaster for the Provincial B Grand Championships. The first game matched them up against the Bramalea Slam.

Katie Wolf took the mound for the 56er’s in a thriller. The 56er’s took a 2-1 lead into the bottom of the 6th when, with two outs, a Bramalea player hit a rocket into the right field corner.  An incredible relay from RF Jesse Duckett to 2b Rachel Ross and home to catcher Alex Demers saved the home run and made the final out of the 6th inning. That was the clincher in this one for Stittsville as they hung on to the 2-1 lead.

The second game of the day matched them up against the Cambridge Coyotes. Jenny David took the mound for the 56er’s and was unstoppable in this one. Stittsville scored a run in the first inning, a run in the second, three in third and three more in the fourth capped off with a Rachel Ross inside the park home run to stake the 56er’s to an 8-0 lead. J. David threw a one hitter over the 5 inning shortened mercy rule game and advanced Stittsville to the undefeated game vs. the Port Perry Angels.

The third game of the day got off to a rough start for the 56er’s. David took the mound again, but Port Perry’s bats were alive and staked them to a 5-0 lead. In the 4th however, the 56er’s started to crawl back and pulled to within two scoring three runs to make it 5-3. Unfortunately however, this game was not meant to be and the 56er’s uncharacteristically struggled a bit on both offence and defence losing this one 12-5. With the loss however, Stittsville moved directly on to the Bronze medal game awaiting the winning team to emerge from the losers' bracket.

Sunday morning saw Stittsville open up the same way they did on Saturday as the Bramalea Slam came up the hard way to test the 56er’s once again. Jenny David was on the mound yet again and the 56er’s bats started well, staking them to a 3-1 lead. It looked like this lead would stand up for the rest of the game as it remained 3-1 heading into the bottom of the 6th. However Bramalea wouldn’t go away. With a few well-placed bloops and a few hard hit balls, the 56er’s found themselves down 4-3 heading to the 7th. The Sixers however then came alive. A single by Erika Geoffrion, and double by Jenna Bjornson tied the game. Then back to back walks from Ryann Seiler and Jenny David loaded the bases for back to back doubles by Rachel Ross and Katie Wolf and Stittsville was back on top 8-4. Again however, Bramalea wanted to stick around. In the Bottom of the 7th a few more well placed bloops and one hard hit moved the score to 8-6 with runners on 1st and 3rd. Stitsville’s ace however remained unfazed as David induced the ground ball to Ross and sent the 56er’s on to the Gold medal game against the undefeated Port Perry Angels.

In the final game, Katie Wolf took the mound in a superb effort. The Sixers gave everything they had and kept the game tight. The Angels scored two runs in the 2nd inning and two more in the bottom of the 6th and held on to take the gold medal with a 4-0 win.

This is the first year that Midget Tier Two Fastball has returned to Stittsville. With a group of athletes from all across the region, they worked incredibly hard all season long to attain this goal and are thrilled to bring home the silver medal . Congratulations Ladies.

The U18 Midget girls 56er’s - # 1 – Emily Craig - #2 Jenna Bjornson - # 3- Jesse Duckett - #5 Alex Demers - #7 Ryann Seiler - # 11 Katie Wolf - #12 – Jenny David - #13 – Rachel Ross - # 14 Shaylyn James - # 15 – Erika Geoffrion - #18 – Sara Entwistle - #23 – Savannah Desrosier - #96 – Kylie Phanenhour.

Coaches:  Head coach - Al Read -Assistant coaches Peter Read, Dale Aiken, Haley Aiken and Nicole Dunlop.

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Micksburg and West Carleton tie at 3 to end GOFL season

The Micksburg Twins and West Carleton Electric tied at 3-3 to end the Greater Ottawa Fastball League season in action on Thursday night.

Jeff Barber threw for West Carleton, while Matt McIntyre had the ball for the home team.

The tie kept West Carleton in sixth place, while the Twin were in second no matter the result.


Call for applications - House League Service Committee Chairperson

TORONTO, ONTARIO – Softball Ontario is now accepting applications for the House League Services Chairperson. 

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the House League Services Chairperson will oversee programs that assist Local Softball Associations better serve their community. The House League Services program includes:
  • School Programs – TRY, ACTIVE & DEVELOP Softball Kits designed for elementary – high school students.
  • SAFE Star – A rating system that is designed to promote best practices in softball association management and administration.
  • Get in the Game Symposium - A full day symposium to improve grassroots softball across the province and create networking and learning opportunities for Local Softball Associations/Leagues. 
  • Certified Softball Administrator Program (CSAP) – Several workshops to help and support local volunteers by providing training and best practices in a variety of important areas of association management and organizational development.
To help Softball Ontario run a successful program, we are looking for a Chairperson who will attend and chair all House League Services Committee meetings, oversee the operations of the program in conjunction with Softball Ontario's Program Coordinator and the House League Services Committee.  The Chairperson will ensure that assigned tasks are completed by the set deadlines.  Knowledge and local softball experience is a requirement.

  • Schedule, chair and establish agenda for meetings in conjunction with PC
  • Ensure minutes of meetings are recorded and produced
  • Have knowledge of and support Softball Ontario and related programs and promote the game of softball in general
  • Liaise with ball associations and any other interested organizations
  • Assist PC in preparing information packages and reports
  • Prepare or obtain articles for Softball Ontario’s Newsletter and other media
  • Communicate with Coaching Chairperson on any related activities
  • Submit reports to the Board of Directors’ meeting and attend all Board meetings to present motions, minutes, plans and budgets when required
  • Recruit and select new members with the PC and submit to Board of Directors for approval
  • Delegate and follow-up on tasks to committee members with the PC to ensure that all tasks are completed by the specified deadlines
  • Ensure planned and actual spending of monies in conjunction with PC are accurate and judicious (ie committee budget, Trillium grant, etc)
  • Promote and provide briefings and presentations to groups, ball associations, schools, parks and recreation department, etc
  • Work with committee to schedule and provide House League Services initiatives.
  • To review and revise the responsibilities of committee members once a year with the PC
  • Liaise with the PC and to a lesser extent the Executive Director by the most practical means (i.e. email, phone, meetings, etc)
  • Ensure Softball Ontario Chairperson is provided copies of minutes of meetings and is informed of all activities
  • Take part in Community Fun Team Events (minimum of one (1) per year)
  • Attend and take an active role in the yearly Get in The Game Symposium
To view the detailed job description, please click here.

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 experience qualifications for this position. Applications should be received by the Softball Ontario office no later than October 2, 2015, 4:30 pm.  

Email your resume to Joanna Stapleton at jstapleton@softballontario.ca or by fax (416) 426-7368 for consideration.

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Friday, August 14, 2015

Kingston Axemen finish second at ISC II tournament

After getting bumped from the ISC World Tournament in South Bend, Indiana, the Kingston Axemen moved to the ISC II bracket and made the best of it, finishing second.  The only two losses for Kingston were against the champions, the Wiarton Nationals.

Special recognition to past GOLFer Brad Pender on being named to the ISC II all tournament team.

Scores and stats for the ISC II tournament are available here.

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Thursday, August 13, 2015

Kanata Storm finish 2-2 at the ISC World Tournament, 1-2 at ISC II tournament

Kanata Storm results at the International Softball Congress World Tournament in South Bend, Indiana.

The Storm opened up Saturday afternoon with a 8-6 win over the Bedford Rays from Reading, Pennsylvania. Mike Noftall earned the win and had relief from Joran Graham and Corey Costello. Duane Weiler was the losing pitcher. Kyle Ezekiel and Matt Greer had home runs for the Storm.

Next up on Sunday afternoon was an 8-2 loss to the Toronto Gators. The game was 5-2 going into the sixth. Sean Cleary had the win and Kyle Linton threw an inning of relief. Corey Costello took the loss for Kanata and Mike Noftall saw action in relief. Ezekiel was 3 for 3 for the Storm with an RBI and a run scored. Wayne Laulu, Tyson Byrne and Shane Boland all had homers for the Gators.

Monday morning saw the Storm defeat Ochapowace Cree Nation Chetty's Pretty Boys from Saskatchewan 10-0 in run-rule shortened game. Joran Graham had the win, allowing only one hit and one walk. The Storm had homes from Ezekiel, Greer and Ryan Kirk.

The fourth game for the Storm was a 4-2 against Delisle, SK Diamond Dogs. Bryan Newton got the win. Mike Noftall took the loss with relief from Joran Graham. The Storm moved to the ISC II bracket.

In the first game of the ISC II draw, the Storm defeated SME Threshers from Fargo, North Dakota 9-3. Ryan Kirk hit a homer in a pinch hit appearance for the Storm. Joran Graham had the win while Kevin Kameuller took the loss.

The second match up in ISC II was against Tin Cup from Minnesota. After going down 5-0, the Storm came back in the top of the seventh to go ahead 6-5 but Tin Cup hit two solo shots in the bottom of the inning to beat the Storm 7-6. Mike Noftall was the losing pitcher in relief of Cory Alkerton. Winning pitcher was Nicolas Siebenlist in relief of Joel Cooley.

Storm were beat out of the ISC II tournament with a 10-5 loss to Waterdown Hammer from southern Ontario. Tim Neill was the winning pitcher and had relief from Tim Yantzi. Corey Costello had the start for Kanata and Joran Graham took the loss in relief. Darren Featherstone also pitched in relief.

The Kingston Axemen won their first World Tournament game 3-2 against the Lloydminister Dodgers from Saskatchewan. They lost their second game 3-2 to the Kitchener Hallman Twins and lost 6-0 to Page Brake from Utah. They also went to "The Twos". Axemen won their won their first game 4-2 against the Great Lakes Mariners from Michigan and their second 12-4 against Cal State Builders of Washington. They lost Wednesday night to Wiarton Nationals 3-2 in extra innings. They can finish no lower than third at the ISC II Tournament.

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Thursday, August 06, 2015

GOFL standings update

With the Thursday night game in the books, the Greater Ottawa Fastball League standings are getting much clearer.

1st: Kars Aces (12-4-2)

2nd: Micksburg Twins (11-5-1) have a game to go, but will finish second.

3rd: Quyon Flyers (9-8-1)

4th: I4C Victory (8-7-3)

5th / 6th: Stittsville 56ers finished 7-11. West Carleton Electric is currently 6-10-1 with a game to go against Micksburg. If WC wins, the get 5th. If Micksburg wins or the game is a tie, Stittsville gets 5th.

7th: Ottawa Valley As (5-13)

Bye: Kars Aces

Best-of-three series:
Micksburg Twins vs Ottawa Valley As
Quyon Flyers vs Stittsville or West Carleton
I4C Victory vs Stittsville or West Carleton


Micksburg Twins and I4C Victory tie at 1-1

I4C Victory tied the Twins 1-1 in Micksburg in Greater Ottawa Fastball League play on Thursday night. Joran Graham threw for the home team, while Neil Cooke had the ball for the visitors.


ISC World Tournament starts on Saturday

The International Softball Congress World Tournament starts on Saturday in South Bend, Indiana.

There are 41 teams participating, with the finals slated for Saturday August 15.

The Kanata Storm, made up of several Greater Ottawa Fastball League players will be attending the event and open up at 4 pm on Saturday against the Bedford, PA Rays.

There will be some games with live webcast - visit this site for information.

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Napanee to host Junior Men's Nationals

Napanee will be hosting the Junior (U21) Men's National tournament starting on Monday.

There are three GOFLers participating on the Napanee Abundant Insulation team which earned a spot in the tournament through the provincial elimination tournament: Ty and Shane McNish of I4C Victory and Luke Severson of the Kars Aces.

Nine teams are involved representing five provinces.

The Softball Canada U21 Championship site with full schedule is posted here.

Also check out this article in the Kingston Whig-Standard.

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GOFL playoff scenarios

The Greater Ottawa Fastball League playoffs will start the week of August 17. With the games completed tonight, the possible scenarios are getting more clear.

First place gets a bye to the semi-finals. Kars, who is done for the regular season at 12-4-2 will finish first, unless Micksburg (11-5) wins both their remaining games. If Micksburg doesn't win both, they get second.

Quyon Flyers have finished the season at 9-8-1. The Flyers will end up in third, unless I4C Victory (8-7-2) wins their final game against Micksburg on Thursday night.

West Carleton is at 6-10-1. If they win their final game next week against Micksburg, they will get fifth. A loss or tie means that Stittsville, sitting at 7-11 will get fifth and WC stays in sixth.

The expansion Valley As finished at 5-13 and will be in the seventh spot.

So, our scenarios are:

Micksburg beats I4C
Micksburg beats or ties West Carleton

Micksburg - bye
Kars vs Valley As
Quyon vs West Carleton
I4C vs Stittsville

I4C beats or ties Micksburg
Micksburg beats or ties West Carleton

Kars - bye
Micksburg vs Valley As
I4C vs West Carleton
Quyon vs Stittsville

I4C beats or ties Micksburg
West Carleton beats Micksburg

Kars - bye
Micksburg vs Valley As
I4C vs Stittsville
Quyon vs West Carleton

Micksburg beats I4C 
West Carleton beats Micksburg

Kars - bye
Micksburg vs Valley As
Quyon vs Stittsville
I4C vs West Carleton


Quyon Flyers and I4C Victory split doubleheader in Manotick

The Quyon Flyers and I4C Victory split a Greater Ottawa Fastball League doubleheader in Manotick on Wednesday night.

In the opener, the Flyers jumped out to a 4-0 lead, but a home team comeback culminated in a 6-5 win with a bottom of the seventh walk off hit by Curtis Scurr to win the game for I4C. Neil Cooke earned the win in relief of Andrew Putnam, while Trevor Lahey was tagged with the loss.

The night cap saw the Flyers prevail with a 8-5 win, coming back after I4C Victory staked out a 5-1 lead in the game. Matt Greer was the winning pitcher, Neil Cooke took the loss.


Wednesday, August 05, 2015

GOFL Week #13 and #14

There are only four games during Week 13 and 14 of the Greater Ottawa Fastball League, all make up games from previously cancelled games.

Tonight (Wednesday) in Manotick, there is a doubleheader between the Quyon Flyers (8-7-1) and I4C Victory (7-6-2) at 7 pm and 9 pm.

Thursday night in Micksburg, I4C Victory will travel to Micksburg (11-5) to play the Twins at 8:30 pm.

Next Thursday night (August 13) another make up game is scheduled in Micksburg with the Twins hosting West Carleton Electric (6-10-1) at 8:30 pm. No other games will be played during the week of August 10-14 as the GOFL traditionally takes off the ISC World Tournament week without playing games.

There are three teams that have completed their season: Kars Aces (12-4-2), Stittsville 56ers (7-11), Ottawa Valley As (5-13).

Playoffs will begin the week of Monday August 17. The first place team will get a bye. There will be best-of-three first round series played with 2nd vs 7th, 3rd vs 6th and 4th vs 5th.


Monday, August 03, 2015

Micksburg and Ottawa Valley As play in benefit game in Douglas

The Micksburg Twins defeated the Ottawa Valley As 8-1 in a benefit game in front of a great crowd in Douglas on Sunday afternoon.

Corey Costello earned the pitching win and hit a homer for the Twins, while Adam Rueckwald took the loss with relief from Bryan Armstrong for the As.