Eastern Ontario Fastball Blog

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

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Friday, August 18, 2017

GOFL playoff scenarios - updated

It's time for the annual Greater Ottawa Fastball League playoff scenario possibilities going into the final regular season games.

West Carleton Electric
Current record: 11-5-1
Games remaining: none, except a suspended game vs Kars
Where can they finish? First or second

Quyon Flyers
Current record: 10-6-2
Games remaining: none
Where can they finish? Second or third

Kars Aces
Current record: 9-6
Games remaining: doubleheader vs Micksburg, suspended game vs West Carleton
Where can they finish? First, second, third or fourth

Micksburg Twins
Current record: 8-5-1
Games remaining: two each against I4C and Kars
Where can they finish? First, second, third, fourth

Ottawa Valley As
Current record: 6-11-1
Games remaining: none
Where can they finish? Fifth or Sixth

If I4C win both, or win one tie one in remaining games vs Micksburg --> Sixth
Otherwise --> Fifth

I4C Victory
Current record: 5-10-1
Games remaining: two vs Micksburg
Where can they finish? Fifth or Sixth
If they win both, or win one tie one in remaining games vs Micksburg --> Fifth
Otherwise --> Sixth

Stittsville 56ers
Current record: 4-10-4
Games remaining: none
Where can they finish? Seventh for sure


Micksburg wins at home

The Micksburg Twins won their Greater Ottawa Fastball League game at home on Thursday against the Ottawa Valley As 8-1.

Corey Costello had the win on the slab while Adam Rueckwald took the loss.

Valley joins Quyon, West Carleton and Stittsville as having finished their regular season games.

Micksburg has two games against both I4C Victory and Kars. Playoff match ups will depend on those games.


Thursday, August 17, 2017

I4C edges Stittsville

I4C Victory edged the Stittsville 56ers 4-3 in Greater Ottawa Fastball League play on Wednesday night at the Grove.

Matt McNish had the win for the visitors while Kyle Olson took the loss for the 56ers.

I4C had homers from McNish, Chris MacFarlane and a timely seventh inning solo shot from Ryan Clare.

Stittsville threatened to tie the game in the bottom of the seventh but a close play at the plate ended the game.


Monday, August 14, 2017

West Carleton defeats Quyon 5-3

In a rare Monday night Greater Ottawa Fastball League game in Quyon, West Carleton Electric won 5-3 over the hometown Flyers.

Steve Cavanagh had the win for Fitzroy in relief of Andy Barber. Drew Hathway and Trevor Lahey threw for Quyon.

Alex Boucaud hit two Homers for WC.


Sunday, August 13, 2017

West Carleton Squirts finish second at Provincials

West Carleton Junior Electric Squirts (U12) team finished second at the Ontario Amateur Softball Association Provincial "B" Tournament in Napanee on the weekend.

The mini-'Trics did things the hard way in the eight team double knockout event, losing the first game Saturday morning 7-6 against the Kitchener-Waterloo Hallman Twins.

WC then reeled off four straight wins:
16-0 over Oshawa BBs
7-4 over Westport Storm
12-10 over Kitchener-Waterloo Hallman Twins
6-5 over Baden Pirates

Out of gas in the final, they lost 17-6 to the Tavistock Athletics who went undefeated on the weekend.

Caveman had a 2-0 pitching record and saw relief duty in the two losses as well.

In the Squirt Provincial "A" Tournament held the same weekend, Napanee Express were champs, defeating the Tweed Longhorns in the final.

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Friday, August 11, 2017

Micksburg defeats Valley

from Scott Conroy

The Micksburg Twins travelled to Carp on Thursday to face off against the home side Ottawa Valley A’s. Rain came down briefly just after 7 pm but the clouds passed and there would fastball. Joran Graham had the ball for Twins and Ben Broek countered for the A’s.

Micksburg struck early in the top of one. Matt McIntyre walked to start the game and was driven in two batters later with Joran Graham’s RBI single. With Kyle Jackson taking a walk two batters later Scott Conroy was able to cash in Jackson and Graham on a double. A misplayed ball plated the fourth run of the inning on a Connor Moss groundout.

The A’s wouldn’t score in the bottom of one. Mcintyre started another rally for the Micksburg team with a one out double. RBI singles in the inning by Riley Hennessy and Corey Costello would score three runs for the Twins.

That would be all the scoring for the game. Ben Broek settled in and only allowed three hits the rest of the way. Joran Graham went all five innings allowing only two hits. Final score 7-0 Twins.

A rained out game is rescheduled for next Thursday August 17th at 8pm in Micksburg with the Ottawa Valley A’s making the trip west.

Joran Graham heads out to Michigan Saturday for the ISC World Tournament with the Kingston Axemen. Best of Luck Jo!


Thursday, August 10, 2017

Thursday night in the GOFL

There were two games in Greater Ottawa Fastball League play on Thursday night.

In Carp, the Micksburg Twins won 7-0 over the Ottawa Valley As. Joran Graham had the shutout win. Ben Broek took the loss for the As.

Over in Quyon, the hometown Flyers and the Stittsville 56ers battled to a 3-3 tie. Veteran third baseman John Craig of the 56ers had a solo homer.


Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Wednesday night results - I4C and Kars win

In the first of two games in Manotick on Wednesday night in Greater Ottawa Fastball League play, I4C Victory won 7-1 over the Stittsville 56ers. Neil Cooke had the win for I4C while Kyle Olson took the loss for the 56ers. Victory had four homers - solo shots from Matt McNish and Ryan Clare, and two x two run shots from Derek Martin. Luc D'Entremont hit one out for Stittsville.

The nightcap saw the Kars Aces edge the Quyon Flyers 3-1. Luke Severson earned the pitching victory with relief from Brad Porter. Matt Greer took the loss for the visitors.


Bancroft hosting men's fastball tournament

Bancroft has recently started up a new men's fastball league after many years absence. They brought a team to the Fitzroy Harbour tournament back in June.

Bancroft is now looking at hosting a tournament of their own on the weekend of September 30th.

If your team is interested, contact Mike Murphy at 613-332-8405.

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Shawville to host Men's Fastball tournament

Shawville, QC Men's Fastpitch League is planning on hosting a tournament on September 22-24 at the R.A. Centre diamond in Shawville.

They are looking for six teams and the entry fee will be $300. The exact format and prize money will be determined once teams are finalized.

To register your team or for more information, email shawvillefastpitch@gmail.com.


West Carleton holds on for 7-5 win over Ottawa Valley

West Carleton Electric held on for a 7-5 over Ottawa Valley As in Greater Ottawa Fastball League play on Tuesday night in Fitzroy Harbour.

Andy Barber had the win for Fitzroy going four innings, while Steve Cavanagh picked up the save shutting out the As in three innings of work. Adam Rueckwald went the distance for Valley.

Valley had two on in the top of the first. With one out, Ben Wade walked. Clayton Vance then reached on a misplayed ground ball. A hard hit ball by Ryley Burns looked like it was going to drop, but a good catch by WC centrefielder Alex Boucaud and subsequent throw to second got the double play to end the threat.

Fitzroy responded with a five run outburst in the first. Trevor Barton singled, then scored on Barber's double. After a walk to Neil Murphy, there were two men on. Rueckwald got a strikeout and a hard hit ball to second was fielded nicely by Burns for the second out. Steve Cavanagh then singled to score two more runs. SCav was subsequently cashed on a two run homer from Boucaud to give the Electric a 5-0 lead after one.

The As got on the board in the second. Steve Frost reached on an error, was moved to second on a sac bunt by Dave Baird and scored on Gavan Boyd's double.

The visitors pushed another two across in the third. Clayton Vance lead off with a single. A hard hit grounder by Burns was misplayed, scoring Vance who had stolen second. Steve Frost then singled and after a strikeout, Lindsay Medynski reached on a fielder's choice in which no out was made. Boyd's ground out scored another to make it 5-3 Trics.

West Carleton added a run in the bottom of the third. Murphy lead off with a single but was erased at second on a fielder's choice that put Christ Costello on. Costello stole second and scored on Jeff Cavanagh's  single.

Valley put another two across in a bizarre fashion in the top of the fourth. Jackson Vance singled to start things off. A double by Wade scored him. Clayton Vance then hit a ball to the right side of the infield and when the Electric tried to get Wade at third, all were safe. A walk to Burns loaded the bases. Steve Frost hit a flare to shallow left in no man's land. It looked like shortstop Steve Cavanagh may get to the ball but it just fell into play fair. However, the ball bounced directly into Cavanagh's glove and he promptly threw it to third for one out and the third baseman Murphy threw it to second for another out. Wade scored on the play and the next batter struck out making the score 6-5 for the home team.

West Carleton made the pitching change in the top of the fifth, replacing starer Barber with Steve Cavanagh. Cavanagh threw well, allowing only two hits and no runs in three innings of work.

The Electric added an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth. After two fly outs, Barton singled. Andy Barber then singled as well, followed by an infield single by Murphy to load the bases. Costello's hard hit ball scored Barton but a good defensive play by left fielder Dave Baird prevented Barber from scoring.

Andy Barber WIN 4IP 5R 3ER 6H 4BB 5K
Steve Cavanagh SAVE 3IP 0R 0ER 2H 0BB 5K

Trevor Barton 2-4, 2R
Andy Barber 2-4, R, RBI, 2B
Neil Murphy 2-3, BB, R
Chris Costello 2-4, R, SB, RBI
Jeff Cavanagh 1-4, RBI
Steve Cavanagh 1-3, 2RBI, R
Alex Boucaud 1-3, HR, R, 2RBI
Steve Edgerton 1-2, 2B

Adam Rueckwald LOSS 6IP 7R 7ER 12H 1BB 5K

Jackson Vance 2-3, BB, R
Ben Wade 1-2, BB, 2B, R, RBI
Clayton Vance 1-4, SB, R
Steve Frost 3-4, RBI, R
Gavan Boyd 1-4, 2B, 2 RBI


Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Harbour Ball Playoffs start Wednesday

The Fitzroy Harbour Men's Fastball League aka "Harbour Ball" playoffs start this Wednesday, with all eight teams in action in the first game of best-of-three series.

Harbour Ball is brought to you by the following sponsors:

Murphy's Plumbing
Campbell Fuels
Clouthier Carpentry
All in One Septic & Excavating
Clean Cut Construction
Anderson Automotive
Al's Corner Store
Cheshire Cat Pub


Friday, August 04, 2017

West Carleton Review article on the Gil Read Memorial Tournament

Jake "Scoop" Davies of the West Carleton Review published an article on the Gil Read Memorial tournament from last weekend. Check it out here.


Eastern Ontario teams at OASA Provincials

Some local teams participated recently at Ontario Amateur Softball Association provincial tournaments.

At the Midget (U18) Provincial B tournament in Jarvis, Osgoode finished with two wins and two losses and finished second in the four team event, losing both times to the champions from Cambridge.

At the Peewee (U14) Provincial A tournament in Stouffville, the Westport Storm finished with one win and two losses in a very tough field of eight teams to finish fifth.  At the Peewee C tournament, also in Stouffville, Ottawa South lost two straight at the six team event.

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Thursday, August 03, 2017

Kars defeats Valley and Stittsville

The Kars Aces came away as big winners in the Greater Ottawa Fastball League doubleheader in Carp on Thursday night.

The Aces opened up things with a 13-0 victory over the Ottawa Valley As. Cory Alkerton had the pitching win while Todd Wilson took the loss with relief from Ben Broek. Cory and Matt Alkerton both had homeruns for the Aces.

Kars continued their heavy hitting ways in the late game, staking out a 9-1 lead in the second inning. They ended up defeating the Stittsville 56ers 10-2. Luke Severson earned the pitching victory and Kyle Olson took the loss with relief from Luc D'Entremont. Matt Alkerton had another two home runs in this match up while brother Cory had two triples.


Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Wednesday night in the GOFL (corrected)

The Quyon Flyers won 8-1 over I4C Victory in Manotick in Greater Ottawa Fastball League play on Wednesday. Matt Greer had the win while Neil Cooke took the loss.

At the Grove, the Stittsville 56ers fell 7-4 to the Ottawa Valley As. Adam Rueckwald had the win and Kyle Olson took the loss. The As put up a big six run inning in the first. Ryley Burns had a homer for Ottawa Valley.


West Carleton wins two over Micksburg

West Carleton Electric won both games in a Greater Ottawa Fastball League doubleheader in Fitzroy Harbour on Tuesday night against the Micksburg Twins.

West Carleton Electric 13 Micksburg 6

The first game of the night saw WC prevail 13-6 over the Twins. Steve Cavanagh had the win for the 'Trics while Matt McIntyre took the loss for the visitors.

The Electric got a run in the first as Kevin Shonfield doubled, stole third and scored on Andy Barber's ground out.

WC scored three in the third on Barber's based loaded double.

Three more runs for the home team made it 7-0 as Steve Cavanagh and Matt McKay both drove in runs.

Micksburg responded with a large fourth inning. Joran Graham hit a two run homer, Riley Hennessy had a 2 RBI single, as did Scott Conroy.

However, WC Electric were able to respond with a six run inning of their own in the bottom of the fourth. Jeff Cavanagh had an RBI single, Shonfield had a two RBI single and Andy Barber hit a three run homer.

With the mercy rule in effect, S Cav shut down the Twins in order in the bottom of the fifth to finalize the win.

West Carleton Electric 5 Micksburg Twins 3

In the night cap, the Electric won another, this time 5-3. Joran Graham had the start for the Twins but was replaced after three by Matt McIntyre who took the loss. Matt McKay went the distance for Fitzroy and earned the win in his first GOFL start.

After two scoreless, the Twins scored first on a solo home run by Andrew McIntyre.

West Carleton took over the lead in the fourth as McKay hit a three run shot.

The fifth inning saw 14 year old Joseph Mick double for the Twins to earn his first career hit in the GOFL.

The home squad added to their lead in the sixth. Derek Barber reached on an error and Jeff Cavanagh singled to put two on. A single by McKay drove in a run and another single by Jeff Barber drove in another to make it 5-1.

The Twins got two more back in the top of the seventh when Andrew McIntyre homered again - a two run shot - to make it 5-3, but McKay go out of the inning and preserved the win.


Tuesday, August 01, 2017

North Leeds playoffs set to begin

Lyn and Seeleys Bay have clinched first round byes for the North Leeds Men's Fastball League playoffs. 

The first round will be:
ECAs vs Athens
Greenbush vs Westport (Game 1 in Greenbush Thur Aug 3rd , Game 2 in Westport Tues Aug 8th)

First round must be completed before Thur Aug 10th , 2nd round starts on Thur Aug 10th
Second round will be a best of 2 of 3 to start on Thur Aug 10th

First round is a 2 game series if tied at one game each there will be a mini game to decide the series, first team ahead after any completed inning wins. 

Game 1 is played at lower placed team game 2 at higher seed team.

No extra innings played in game 1 or 2 a tie stays a tie  (a win and a tie wins the series).

No time limit in the playoffs.  

Seeleys Bay
ECAS (Easton Corners As)
Easton Corners Haymakers)