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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Wednesday, October 14, 2015

2016 Bradford / Cane Tournament set for Cobourg

Bradford / Cane Men's Fastball Tournament
Cobourg Legion Fields
June 10 - 12,  2016
Berth(s) to be available for ISC World Tournament (to be confirmed)
Possible Intermediate / Junior / Masters division (to be confirmed)

Entry:  $525
$100 per win in the round robin, more for playoffs.

Cheques payapble to *Jim Bradford Classic*
Steve Bedard (sjbgolf@hotmail.com)
411 Sidney St apt 5
Trenton Ont.
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I4C Victory repeat as GOFL playoff champions - WITH MORE DETAILS

I4C Victory repeated as Greater Ottawa Fastball League playoff champions, taking the best of three final two games to none on Tuesday night in Manotick with a 1-0 win in eight innings over the Micksburg Twins.

Andrew Putnam got the win allowing only three hits and striking out an impressive 22 batters. Corey Costello took the loss even though he threw a one-hitter. He struck out 19.

Quinton Rook and Jamey Mick had singles for the Twins, while Chad Costello had a double. The only I4C hit was a Ryan Mitts' double.

The game was scoreless after seven complete and went to the "international runner" on second base in the eighth. Micksburg got the bases loaded in top of the first extra inning but couldn't score. I4C got the win when a two-out fly ball by Ryan Clare was misplayed in the outfield, allowing the runner (Don Cox) on second to score.

The win allowed I4C Victory to repeat as GOFL playoff champions for the second straight year.


Tuesday, October 13, 2015

GOFL finals resume tonight

The Greater Ottawa Fastball League finals resume tonight (Tuesday) with the Micksburg Twins visiting I4C Victory at 8 pm in Manotick. Victory leads the best of three series one game to none.


Senior Men's Nationals in Newfoundland in 2016

Softball Canada has announced that Newfoundland will host the Senior Men's Canadians in 2016, as per this article.

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Thursday, October 08, 2015

"Ice Cold Pitchers" wins Kingston Men's Fastball League

Ice Cold Pitchers won the playoff championship for the six team Kingston Men's Fastball League with three games to two series win over the Red Dogs last night. Some media coverage here.


Fastball inductees in Kemptville Sports Hall of Fame

The Kemptville and District Sports Hall of Fame recently made some inductions recognizing Derrick Byrd of the Rideau Valley Pioneers and the 1976 Kemptville Junior As (coached by Vince Daly) for their fastball excellence. Article below from the Manotick Messenger, October 1 edition.


Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Chip Savini obituary

For those that have attended the Elkland Labour Day tournament, you will likely recall Chip Savini, manager of PA Power for many years.

Obituary of Anthony "Chip" Savini on Al's Fastball.


Caveman's perfect recall

It's now hockey time for the Caveman, and the teams have been selected. He has been assigned to a team in the Atom (U10) house league.

At his first practice, his hockey coach said to me something along the lines of “Jeez, I was impressed when I saw your son this spring. Caveman can sure throw a softball - I don’t know if I could hit his pitches!”

Caveman was of course pleased to hear this. I asked him afterward: "Do you remember playing against Coach's son in softball this year?" (I must have missed the game coaching Fitzroy Junior's team because I don’t remember seeing him play this kid.)

Caveman: “Oh yeah Dad, I remember. Struck him out on five pitches.”

Me: “C’mon, as if you remember how many pitches!”

Caveman: “It’s true. Strike, strike, ball, ball, strike three. You don’t have to believe me but that’s what I did.”

So, either the Caveman has a photographic memory for softball, has a great imagination or is completely insane....or all three.

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Monday, October 05, 2015

GOFL Finals to continue after Thanksgiving

I4C Victory currently leads the Greater Ottawa Fastball League playoff final series one game to none over the Micksburg Twins.

Game two of the series will be played Tuesday October 13 at 8 pm in Manotick.

Game three, if necessary, will be played Thursday October 15 at 8 pm in Micksburg.


Article in Canadian Lawyer about Jack Fireman

An interesting article in Canadian Lawyer magazine about the sponsor of the Toronto Gators, Jack Fireman.


Friday, October 02, 2015

I4C Victory wins game one of the GOFL finals

I4C Victory opened up the Greater Ottawa Fastball League playoff final series with a 6-2 win in Micksburg on Thursday night.

A good crowd was on hand on a chilly evening as Andrew Putnam threw a one-hitter and struck out 16 for the win. Joran Graham took the loss for the Twins, striking out 13.

After a scoreless first inning, I4C scored two in the second. Ryan Mitts reached based on a misplayed fly ball and scored on Curt Scurr's two run homer to left-centre field.

Victory added another two in the third inning. With one out, Kevin McGuire hit a single that went by the outfielder, resulting in a three base error and allowing him to score. Joe Allan then singled, stole second and scored on Mitts' RBI single to make it 4-0 for I4C.

There were two more runs for I4C Victory in the fifth as McGuire walked, stole second and scored on Putnam's RBI single. After a single by Ryan Clare and a walk to Scurr, the bases were loaded for Adam Fleming who also walked to bring in another run to make it 6-0 for the visitors.

Micksburg got on the board in the bottom of the sixth. Graham walked and was brought in on a large home run by Corey Costello - which turned out to be the Twins only hit of the game.

Game two of the series is "under negotiations" and will be published on the Blog once finalized.

I4C Victory
Andrew Putnam WIN 7IP 2R 2ER 1H 4BB 16K

Kevin McGuire 1-3, 2R, BB, SB
Joe Allan 1-3, SB, R
Andrew Putnam 1-4, RBI, R
Ryan Mitts 2-4, 3B, 1R, RBI
Ryan Clare 1-4
Curt Scurr 2-3, HR, 2RBI, BB
Adam Fleming BB, RBI, Sac bunt

Joran Graham LOSS 7IP 6R 4ER 8H 3BB 13K

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


Thursday, October 01, 2015

Shockers repeat as Ashton League playoff champions

The Shockers repeated as playoff champions of the four-team Ashton league earlier this month, once again defeating the Ashton Farmers in the finals.


Upper Canada Elevators wins Glen Cairn league finals over Laurysen Kitchens

Upper Canada Elevators defeated Laurysen Kitchens two games to none in the best of three Glen Cairn Men's Fastball League finals on Wednesday night.

UCE won by scores of 4-2 and 14-6 in what some local observers are calling an upset.