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Sunday, September 30, 2018

Quyon Flyers win the GOFL playoff title

with info from Paul Griffith, Erin Durant, Dan Dunbar

The Quyon Flyers won their first ever Greater Ottawa Fastball League playoff title, capturing the I4C Consulting Trophy with a 4-2 win over the Kars Aces on Sunday afternooon in Manotick in front of about 60 spectators.

Matt Greer got the pitching win, while Brad Porter took the loss.

Quyon got on the board in the top of the first, when Dennis McCleary doubled and scored later on the inning on Nick Armitage single.

Kars scored two in the bottom of the first. Brad Pender walked and stole second. Nick Ellis also walked. When Ian King bunted, there was an error on the throw scoring both Pender and Ellis.

Armitage hit a solo home run in the top of the fourth that was barely fair to tie the game at 2-2.

The Flyers scored the winning runs in the sixth. Dave Hobbs singled and Matt Greer then got on through a fielders' choice. Armitage's second home run of the day made it 4-2. Quyon held on for the win to take the title.

Back row: Zach Trudeau, Luke Young, Todd Hearty, Josh Greenshields, Lane McMurtry, Trevor Lahey, Dennis McCleary, Steve McCord, Nick Armitage
Front Row: Daniel Kingdon, Matt Greer, Shawn Laframboise, David Hobbs, Curtis Daley


Friday, September 28, 2018

Murphy's Plumbing are Harbour Ball champions

Murphy's Plumbing, regular season first place finishers in the Fitzroy Harbour Men's Fastball League, claimed the Harbour Ball playoff title last night with a 5-3 win over All in One Septic & Excavating to take the best of three finals two games straight.

Ben Broek and Mitch Taylor pitched for the Plumbers, while brothers Todd ("Willie White Shoes") and Troy Wilson threw for captain Rory Burns' All in One team.

Left to right: Dave Wade, Ben Wilson, Ben Wade, Ryan Conners, Adam Murphy, Sean Lecuyer, Brendan Coker (aka Harbour Commish), Todd Thompson, Blair Foley, Ben Broek, Mitch Taylor. Missing: Chris Murphy (player / sponsor).


Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Blackburn Finals set (updated)

The Knights defeated the Bandits 2-1 in the losers' bracket final on Thursday night. So, it will be the Knights against Goodfellows in the finals of the Blackburn league on Sunday September 30 at 6 pm.

There are three teams remaining in the Blackburn Men's Fastball League playoffs.

Knights and Bandits play tonight Thursday September 27 at 9 pm in the loser backet final, with the winner going up against Goodfellows at 6 pm on Sunday. The if necessary game in October 4 at 7 pm. Bracket online here.


Glen Cairn finals knotted at one game apiece

The best-of-three Glen Cairn Men's Fastball League finals are knotted at one game each.

Game one saw Laurysen Kitchens win 2-1.

Game two was Ken Leslie State Farm winning 1-0.

The deciding game three will be played Monday October 1st at A.Y. Jackson HS field at 7:30 pm.


Tuesday, September 25, 2018

GOFL Final - date now set *TIME UPDATED*

The Quyon Flyers and Kars Aces will face off in the Greater Ottawa Fastball League championship final in Manotick on September 30 at 2 pm.  (Note the time update.)

With the "Final Four" format, the final game is played at the home of the winner of the undefeated match. There is no "if necessary" game.


Harbour Ball Finals first two games set

The first two games of the Fitzroy Harbour Men's Fastball League best of three finals will be played Wednesday at 7 pm and Thursday at 7 pm. The first game was originally scheduled for Monday, however since several Hydro workers are playing in the finals, they were unavailable due to the tornado reparations underway.

Teams in the final are Murphy's Plumbing and All in One Septic & Excavating.


Monday, September 24, 2018

Kingston Axemen plan to attend Men's Canadians in 2019

The Kingston Axemen have announced on Twitter today their intention to attend the Men's Canadian Softball championship tournament in Grande Prairie, Alberta in 2019.


West Carleton Electric season concludes

West Carleton Electric men's fastball season ended last week with a playoff defeat to the Quyon Flyers. The Electric finished in third place this season in the Greater Ottawa Fastball League, and would like to thank the fans that came out to their games this year.

The team would also like to thank sponsors Dale and Laurie Hanna of West Carleton Electric Ltd. and Campbell Fuels for their continued support of the team.


Thursday, September 20, 2018

Quyon wins GOFL semi-final on walk off single by McCleary

The Quyon Flyers won the Greater Ottawa Fastball League Final Four playoffs semi-final 2-1 over West Carleton Electric on Thursday night in west Quebec. The Flyers advance to the Final against the Kars Aces.

Matt Greer had the win for Quyon, while Andy Barber took the loss.

West Carleton had 12 batters retired in order before getting on the board in the fifth. Jeff Barber led off the inning with a double, but got caught and put out in a run down when Shawn Rebertz reached on a fielder's choice. Rebertz scored from first on Michael Cavanagh's triple to put the Electric up 1-0.

Quyon had two singles (Steve McCord and Shawn Laframboise) in the second inning and stranded the runners, but otherwise didn't generate any offense in the first five innings.

The Electric got a single from Alex Boucaud in the top of the sixth, but when he tried to stretch it into a double he got thrown out.

The Flyer put two men on in the sixth with two singles (Dennis McCleary and Dave Hobbs), but Barber got out of the jam.

Jeff Barber walked in the seventh for WC with one out, but was stranded, setting up a bottom of the seventh with the visitors up 1-0.

Todd Hearty led things off for Quyon with a single. After a pop out, Lane McMurty reached on a ball that slowed down in the infield making it a tough play. Following a strike out, Luke Young hit a single that stayed in the infield to load the bases. With the bases loaded, two out, and two strikes, McCleary's single up the middle walked it off for Quyon as they won 2-1.

The Flyers will face the Kars Aces for the GOFL championship at a date to be determined.

Matt Greer WIN 7IP 1R 1ER 3H 9K 1BB

Dennis McCleary 2-4, 2RBI
Dave Hobbs 1-3, SB
Steve McCord 1-3
Todd Hearty 1-3, R
Shawn Laframboise 1-3
Luke Young 1-3

Andy Barber LOSS 6.2IP 2R 0ER 7H 9K 0BB

Jeff Barber 1-2, 2B, BB
Michael Cavanagh 1-3, 3B, RBI
Alex Boucaud 1-3


Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Glen Cairn finals knotted at a game apiece

The Glen Cairn Men's Fastball League final series is now knotted at a game apiece, with Ken Leslie State Farm defeating Laurysen Kitchens 1-0 on Wednesday night.

Luc D'Entremont had the win for State Farm while Tyler Alexander took the loss for Laurysen's.

The date for the deciding Game 3 to see who takes home the title is to be determined.


GOFL semi-final Thursday night in Quyon

The Quyon Flyers will host West Carleton Electric on Thursday September 20 at 7:30 pm in the Greater Ottawa Fastball League Final Four semi-final.

The winner of the game will face Kars Aces in the playoff final.


Tuesday, September 18, 2018

GOFL Final Four Round - updated

The Greater Ottawa Fastball League "Final Four" playoff round determines the playoff champion.

The format is as follows with results posted as the games are completed.

Game 1: Quyon Flyers 7 Ottawa Valley As 0 (September 12 in Quyon)
Game 2: Kars Aces 4 West Carleton Electric 1 (September 13 in Manotick)
Game 3: Kars Aces 8 Quyon Flyers 1 (September 18 in Quyon)
Game 4: West Carleton Electric 4 Ottawa Valley As 3 (September 17 in Fitzroy)
Game 5 - Semi-Final: Quyon Flyers 2 West Carleton Electric 1 (September 20 in Quyon)
Game 6 - FINAL: Quyon Flyers vs Kars Aces (Sunday September 30 in Manotick at 3 pm)


Kars advances to GOFL Final with win over Quyon

The Kars Aces won 8-1 over the Quyon Flyers in the Greater Ottawa Fastball League Final Four playoffs undefeated game on Tuesday night in Quyon. Six different Aces hit homers in the game.

Brad Porter was the winning pitcher. Trevor Lahey took the loss and had relief from Matt Greer.

Kars got out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the second inning. Kristian Knapp doubled and scored on Cory Morrison's double. Danny Powers homered to score Morrison.

Brad Pender hit a solo homer in the top of third to make it 4-0 for the Aces.

Quyon replied in the bottom of the third with a solo home run from Nick Armitage.

The Aces scored four runs on the top of the fifth on four solo home runs by Nick Ellis, Ian King, Kristian Knapp and Matt Alkerton.

With the run rule in effect, the Flyers went down in order in the bottom of the fifth.

Kars advances to the playoff final which they will host. Quyon will host West Carleton Electric in the semi-final on a date to be determined.

Brad Porter WIN 5IP 1R 1ER 3H 5K 1BB

Brad Pender 1-3, HR, RBI, R
Nick Ellis 1-3, HR, RBI, R
Ian King 1-3, HR, RBI, R
Kristian Knapp 2-3, HR, RBI, 2B, 2R, BB
Cory Morrison 1-3, 2B, RBI, R
Matt Alkerton 1-3, HR, RBI, R
Chad Milne 1-3
Danny Powers 2-3, HR, 2RBI, R

Trevor Lahey LOSS 2.2IP 4R 4ER 5H 1K 0BB
Matt Greer 2.1IP 4R 4ER 5H 5K 1BB

Dennis McCleary 1-2, 2B
Matt Greer 1-2
Nick Armitage 1-2, HR, RBI, R


Laurysen Kitchens takes game 1 of Glen Finals

Laurysen Kitchens won game 1 of the Glen Cairn Men's Fastball League finals with a 2-1 victory over Ken Leslie State farm on Monday night. Game two is Wednesday night at 7:30 pm.


West Carleton wins on Barber walk off single

West Carleton Electric won in dramatic fashion on Monday night in Greater Ottawa Fastball League play in Fitzroy Harbour, eliminating the Ottawa Valley As from the Final Four playdowns with a 4-3 win. There was a good crowd on hand of about 80 or so spectators (about half supporting each team) to watch a well played game of fastpitch softball on a beautiful late summer night.

Andy Barber had the win for the 'Trics, while Ben Broek took the loss, pitching well for Valley.

The home team put two across for an early lead in the bottom of the first. Andy Barber walked and moved to second on Trevor Barton's sacrifice bunt. Chris Costello then singled to score A.B. and advanced to second on a throw to the plate. After a strikeout, Costello was replaced by Jeff Barber via the two-out catcher rule, and J.B. was brought home on a double by Shawn Rebertz.

Valley threatened in the top of two. After a fly out, Sean Lecuyer walked and moved to second on Clayton Vance's single. A pop up got a second out, and then a runner interference call ended the inning, preserving the 2-0 lead for Fitzroy.

Both teams went three up three down in the third and fourth innings, as both chuckers were pitching well.

The As put up a big inning in the top of the fifth. Vance stayed hot at the plate, starting the inning with a single. After a fly out, Vance stole second and Lindsay Medynski scored him with an RBI infield single. Medynski then stole second, and after a pop out, scored on Dave Sullivan's pinch hit smacked to left centre. Sullivan then made it home on a single by Broek to put the As up 3-2.

Fitzroy looked like they may have a chance to score when Neil Murphy singled to start the bottom of the fifth. He moved to second on a sac bunt by Jeff Cavanagh and took third on a wild pitch. However two consecutive ground outs kept Valley up by a run.

The top of the sixth saw the Valley As get a chance when Vance tripled with two out, but a strikeout ended the inning. The Electric went down in order in the bottom of the sixth.

After Valley couldn't generate much in the top of the seventh, the stage was set for the exciting bottom of the seventh. Mike Cavanagh led off with a single for West Carleton and took second and third on wild pitches. Kevin Shonfield's RBI single scored M. Cav to tie the game. Murphy then laid down a sacrifice bunt to move Shonfield to second. After a strikeout, Barber's single up the middle walked things off as Shonfield scored to end the game 4-3 for Fitzroy.

West Carleton will play next in the semi-final against the loser of the undefeated game between Kars and Quyon, to be played tomorrow (September 18) at 7:30 pm in west Quebec.

Andy Barber WIN 7IP 3R 3ER 7H 3K 1BB

Andy Barber 1-3, RBI, BB, R
Chris Costello 1-3, RBI, R
Shawn Rebertz 1-3, 2B, RBI
Mike Cavanagh 1-3, RBI, R
Kevin Shonfield 1-1, RBI, R
Neil Murphy 1-2, sac bunt

Ben Broek LOSS 6.2IP 4R 4ER 6H 7K 0BB

Ben Wade 1-4
John Sullivan 1-1, RBI, R
Ben Broek 1-4, RBI
Clayton Vance 3-3, 3B, R, SB
Lindsay Medynski 1-3, RBI, R, SB


Sunday, September 16, 2018

Host team wins Shawville tournament

The host Shawville Scrappers won the four team men's fastball tournament this past weekend in Shawville, QC. The Scrappers went undefeated (four wins), beating Micksburg in the final by a score of 5-0. Pitching for the hosts were Len Burger, Todd Hearty and Matt Greer, while Micksburg had Adam Rueckwald and Ben Broek on the slab.

Other teams participating were the Goodfellows / Kemptville Black Sox (Dan Thompson, Zachary Thompson, Will Lowe and Matt Cox pitching) and Fitzroy Harbour (Todd Wilson and Steve Cavanagh).


NAPA Shockers win Ashton playoff title

The NAPA Shockers won the Ashton Men's Fastball League title on Thursday night, defeating the Ashton Farmers 5-2 to take the series two games to none.

The Shockers rallied from a 2-0 deficit in the top of the 7th by scoring five runs, then held off the Farmers in the bottom to take the game and title. Bill Gerber, Chris Parish and Steve Cavanagh all threw for the winners.

NAPA didn't lose a game throughout the regular season and playoffs of the four team league, with a mid-season tie the only blemish on their record.

The "B" series also concluded Thursday night and saw the Ashton As defeat Lee Plumbing two games straight.

NAPA Shockers - 2018 champions of the Ashton league


Friday, September 14, 2018

Shawville tournament this weekend

Shawville will be hosting a men's fastball tournament this weekend, with four teams participating. The fastball event is intertwined with a slow pitch tourney and will be at the Shawville RA diamonds.

For the fastball, there will be a round robin, with the top two teams playing off for the Final.

Friday 7:20 pm  Fitzroy Harbour vs Shawville
Friday 8:40 pm Goodfellows vs Micksburg

Saturday noon Goodfellows vs Fitzroy Harbour
Saturday 1:20 pm Micksburg vs Shawville
Saturday 4:40 pm Goodfellows vs Shawville
Saturday 6:00 pm Fitzroy Harbour vs Micksburg

FINAL 8:20 pm 1st vs 2nd


Kars wins over West Carleton

The Kars Aces won game two of the Greater Ottawa Fastball League Final Four playoff round 4-1 over West Carleton Electric on Thursday night in Manotick

Cory Alkerton had the win, allowing only three hits. Andy Barber took the loss.

The team exchanged runs in the first inning.

For West Carleton, Barber led off with a walk, stole second and scored on Chris Costello's single.

The Aces scored after Nick Ellis walked, stole second and scored on Alkerton's single.

Kars scored three runs in the fifth. With two out, Brad Pender reached when a hard hit grounder was misplayed, reaching second. The Electric opted to intentionally walk Ellis to put the force on, however Ian King singled to score Pender. Two more singles by Alkerton and Cory Morrison scored Ellis and King to make it 4-1 for Kars.

Alkerton retired six of the next seven WC batters to secure the win.

Cory Alkerton WIN 7IP 1R 1ER 3H 12K 3BB

Brad Pender 1-2, HBP, R
Nick Ellis 2BB, 2R
Ian King 1-3, RBI, R
Cory Alkerton 2-3, 2RBI
Cory Morrison 2-3, RBI

Andy Barber LOSS 6IP 4R 1ER 8H 6K 2BB 1HBP

Andy Barber 2BB, R, SB
Chris Costello 2-3, 2B, RBI
Derek Barber 1-3


Thursday, September 13, 2018

Glen Cairn finals set

Laurysen won 2-0 in deciding game three of the Glen Cairn Men's Fastball League semi-finals versus #1 seed Wild Wings last night. Tyler Alexander was the winning pitcher with Kyle Olsen taking the loss in a great pitching duel.

The Finals are set as Ken Leslie State Farm (Luc Dentremont) will play Laurysen (Tyler Alexander). Game 1 is Monday at 7:30 and game 2 goes Wednesday at 7:30pm.


Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Quyon wins game one of Final Four

The Quyon Flyers won the first game of the Greater Ottawa Fastball League Final Four playoff round 7-0 over the Ottawa Valley As.

Matt Greer was the winning pitcher for Quyon. Ben Broek took the loss and had relief from Adam Rueckwald.

Quyon will play the winner of Thursday's game between West Carleton Electric and Kars Aces with the winner to advance to the playoff final.  Ottawa Valley will play the loser of the Kars - WC match up with the loser of that eliminated.

WC Electric plays Kars on Thursday at 8 pm in Manotick in Game 2 of the Final Four round.


Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Playoff update for other leagues

Fitzroy Harbour Men's Fastball League
Four squads are remaining in the best-of-three semi-finals out of the eight teams in the league.

Anderson Automotive leads Murphy's Plumbing one game to none. Last night Ryley Burns had the pitching win in a 2-1 victory, with Dan Armstrong picking up the save. Ben Broek and Mitch Taylor threw for the Plumbers.

All in One Septic & Excavating, last year's champions, lead Clean Cut Maintenance one game to none. Todd & Troy Wilson and Rory Burns pitch for All in One while Adam Rueckwald and Andrew Jahn throw for the Cutters.

Glen Cairn Men's Fastball League
There are three teams remaining out of the nine teams in the league.

Ken Leslie State Farm won their semi-final two games straight over Don Cherry's and are waiting in the final.

In the other semi-final, first place Wild Wings is tied one game apiece with Laurysen Kitchens, with game three tomorrow night to determine the other finalist.

Blackburn Men's Fastball League
All eight teams are still in the hunt for the BMFL title. The league is using a double knockout tournament which started Sunday and is spread over a few weeks.

The bracket is available on their website.


Kars advances, GOFL Final Four now set

The Kars Aces advanced to the Greater Ottawa Fastball League Final Four playoff round with a 7-0 win in five innings over Stittsville 56ers in Manotick on Tuesday night.

Kars won the best-of-three series over Stittsville winning two games straight.

Brad Porter was the winning pitcher, throwing a perfect game over five innings. Kyle Olson took the loss for the 56ers.

The Final Four teams for the GOFL, and their seedings, are as follows:
1. Quyon Flyers
2. Kars Aces
3. West Carleton Electric
4. Ottawa Valley As


GOFL playoffs continue

The Greater Ottawa Fastball League playoffs continue tonight (Tuesday), with the Kars Aces hosting the Stittsville 56ers at 8 pm in Manotick. The Aces lead the best-of-three series 1-0.

If the 56ers win tonight, the decisive game three will be Wednesday night in Manotick at 8 pm.

If the Aces win tonight, the plan is to start the "Final Four" round right away with the Quyon Flyers hosting the Ottawa Valley As at 7:30 pm in Quyon on Wednesday and the Aces hosting West Carleton Electric in Manotick on Thursday at 8 pm.


Sunday, September 09, 2018

North Stars win Micksburg Rec League title

The North Stars won the 2018 Micksburg Rec Fastball League playoff championship. More to follow.


Friday, September 07, 2018

Brewers win Shawville Men's Fastball League playoff final

After losing the first game of the five-team Shawville Men's Fastball League playoff double knockout tournament, the Brewers reeled off three straight wins against the Athletics, Royals, and Bucks then defeated the Twins in the single game final on Friday night by a score of 1-0 to win the title.

Trevor Lahey was the winning pitcher and Todd Hearty took the loss. Steve McCord doubled then scored the game's lone run on an error.

Back row: Jordan Kearns, Mike Baker, Steve McCord, Blake Howarth, Trevor Lahey
Front row: Evan Atkinson, Derek McColgan, Jason Trudeau, Thomas Barry, Brent Jackson
Missing: Carter MacDonnell


MIcksburg Men's Rec Fastball League playoffs conclude Friday

The Micksburg Men's Rec Fastball League Playoffs conclude tonight with a semi-final at 7 pm (Brewers vs Micksburg Seniors) followed by the final at 9 pm with the semi-final winner to play the North Stars.


West Carleton, Valley As advance to Final Four

West Carleton Electric and the Ottawa Valley As advanced to the Final Four round of the Greater Ottawa Fastball League playoffs with wins on Thursday night.

Ottawa Valley As 5 I4C Victory 4

The Valley As narrowly defeated I4C Victory in Carp, holding on for a 5-4 win to win their series two straight. Valley scored all their runs in the fourth inning. Adam Rueckwald had the win, with Ben Broek earning the save. Neil Cooke took the loss for I4C. Ben Wade and Ryley Burns had key runs batted in for Valley.

West Carleton Electric 8 Micksburg Twins 2

West Carleton Electric managed to get by the host Micksburg Twins 8-2, also winning the series two straight.

Andy Barber went the distance for the Trics while Matt McIntyre also had a complete game for the Twins.

West Carleton got on the board in the top of the first. Andy Barber doubled and scored on brother Jeff's RBI single.

WC added another run in the third when Andy Barber scored again, hitting a triple and scoring on Trevor Barton's double.

The Electric's third run was scored in the fourth as Mitch Taylor doubled, took third on a wild pitch and scored on Steve Cavanagh's double to centre.

The Twins got on the board in the bottom of the fourth. Quinton Rook singled and moved to second on Chad Costello's walk. Scott Conroy moved the batters 60 feet on a sacrifice bunt which was a very close play at first. Jared Steege's sacrifice fly to right plated Rook.

Fitzroy got a two-out rally going in the top of the fifth. Chris Costello tripled, then scored on Taylor's RBI single. Neil Murphy then homered to make it 6-1. Two walks and a single loaded the bases, but McIntyre got out of the inning with a strikeout.

Micksburg scored another in the sixth when McIntyre singled and was driven in on Rook's triple. Three straight Ks by Barber ended the threat.

West Carleton added two in the top of the seventh when Andy Barber homered to scored Kevin Shonfield who had walked.

Andy Barber WIN 7IP 2R 2ER 6H 11K 1BB

Andy Barber 3-3, 2B, 3B, HR, 2BB, 3R, 2RBI
Trevor Barton 1-5, 2B, RBI
Jeff Barber 1-4, RBI
Chris Costello 2-4, 2B, 3B, R
Mitch Taylor 2-3, 2B, RBI, 2R, HBP
Neil Murphy 1-4, HR, 2RBI, R
Steve Cavanagh 1-3, 2B, RBI, BB
Kevin Shonfield 1-3, R, BB

Matt McIntyre LOSS 7IP 8R 8ER 12H 6K 4BB 1HBP

Andrew McIntyre 1-4
Matt McIntyre 1-3, R
Quinton Rook 2-3, 3B, R, RBI
Jared Steege sac fly RBI
Brenden Hennessy 2-3, 2B


Thursday, September 06, 2018

Kars wins game one - with details

From Chad Milne

Kars travelled to Stittsville on Wednesday to begin their best-of-three first round playoff series against the 56ers. After finishing the regular season in second place, Kars has home field advantage in this series, but due to diamond availability in Manotick, the Aces had to play game one on the road.

It was a hot and very humid night at the Grove on Wednesday after a couple of thunderstorms earlier in the evening, but the field was in good shape. Brad Porter started and went the distance for the Aces, while Kyle Olson did the same for Stittsville.

It was a clean inning for both sides in the first. Kars opened the scoring in the second inning, which was highlighted by an outstanding defensive play by Stittsville. With one out, Ian King scorched a ball to the left-centerfield gap for what looked like an easy triple, but Kyle Gourgon, playing centerfield for the 56ers, got to the ball quickly, picking it up at the fence, and made a perfect throw to third base to get the sliding King. With two out, Matt Alkerton singled and then scored when Chad Milne rocketed a line drive off the fence in right-centerfield for a double. Olson was able to limit the damage by striking out the next Kars batter.

The only action in the third inning also involved Gourgon. With one out, Gourgon ripped a single past the Kars first baseman. With Olson at the plate, the speedy Gourgon tried to get into scoring position by stealing second, but was DOA on a strong throw from the Kars catcher Alkerton.
Kars widened their lead in the fourth on some defensive miscues by the 56ers infield. Cory Morrison started the inning with a walk and moved to second on a perfect bunt single by King. With two on, Alkerton laid down a sacrifice bunt. Rather than taking the out at first base, Stittsville attempted to get the force-out at third base, but an errant throw landed way down the line in left field, allowing both Morrison and King to score and Alkerton to take second base. Milne then followed with a hard-hit ground ball to the right side that got under the glove of the Stittsville second baseman, allowing Alkerton to score the Aces’ third run of the inning. Olson retired the next two Kars’ batters with a strikeout and a groundout.

Kars added two more runs in the fifth inning. Brad Pender singled to lead off the inning, hitting a ball off the end of the bat about 15 feet up the third base line. With Pender’s speed, there was no chance for Stittsville to make a play at first base. Pender then stole second base. With one out, Kristian Knapp drilled a sinking line drive to left field that was misplayed by the Stittsville fielder. The balled rolled all the way to the fence and Knapp burned around the bases to score Kars’ second run of the inning. Olson retired the next two Kars’ batters on a groundout and a strikeout.

With Kars leading 6-0 in the sixth, Stittsville got on the board when Dan Jessiman singled to score Olson who had singled and advanced to second on a misplay in the Kars outfield. Al Read then walked to put two runners on for Stittsville, but Porter was able to retire the next two batters to limit the 56ers to one run. Porter set down the 56ers in order in the bottom of the seventh to secure the 6-1 victory for the Aces.

Kars leads the best-of-three series one game to none. Game two goes Tuesday, September 11 at 8pm in Manotick.


Wednesday, September 05, 2018

Kars wins in Stittsville

The Kars Aces won the first game in their best-of-three Greater Ottawa Fastball League playoff series 6-1 over the Stittsville 56ers on Wednesday night.

Brad Porter earned the win and Kyle Oslon took the loss.

The next match up in the series is scheduled for Tuesday September 11 in Manotick at 8 pm.


Shawville League playoff final set: Brewers vs Twins

info from Shawn Laframboise

The Shawville Men's Fastball League has one game left in the playoffs, with the Brewers and Twins facing off for the title on Friday at 8 pm. The Brewers defeated the Bucks in a dramatic 9-8 semi-final win on Tuesday night.

The Brewers took the lead 5-2 in the fifth with a two run homer by their pitcher Trevor Lahey. The Bucks batted around in the sixth and put six runs across to take a 8-5 lead.

The Bucks maintained their three run lead going into the bottom of the seventh.  Mike Baker walked, followed by a Derek McColgan hit by pitch to put two on and none out. Bucks' thrower Lenny Burger got a pop out and ground out to the three and four hitters to make things look good for them. Jason Trudeau then hit a hard double to the gap in left-centre to make it 8-7. Jordan Kearns then hit a high pop up to shallow left-centre that just eluded the short stop and score the tying urn. Brent Jackson knocked in the winner with a line drive to the left-centre gab and put the Brewers on to Friday's final against the Twins.


New York Bombers win Durk Sherman Classic in Elkland

The New York Bombers from Cortland, NY were champions of the Durk Sherman Classic tournament on Labour Day weekend in Elkland, PA. The Bombers went undefeated and were lead by Argentinian stars Sisko Sabate and Martin Gonzalez on the slab. They beat the host ESA team 7-2 in the final.

Third place was Eline's Tax Service Bears from Ephrata, PA who had Tyson Duncan from Australia and Duane Weiler pitching. Team USA Futures finished fourth.

There were three teams from Eastern Ontario. The only one to make it to Monday was Party Lake from the Kingston area. They were lead by Jordan Macdonald and finished with three wins and two losses.

Greenbush Generals had Clayton Robinson pitching. They finished 2-3.

West Carleton Electric were 1-3 on the weekend.

Some statistics available here.

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Valley As take game 1

The Ottawa Valley As won the first game of their best-of-three series against I4C Victory in Manotick on Wednesday night.

The final score was 3-0, with Ben Broek earning the shutout win for the As and only allowing one hit and striking out 15. Matt McNish took the loss for I4C - he also had a good game, giving up only three hits.

Valley got RBIs from Broek, Sean Lecuyer and Kyle Couvieau.

The next game in the series is Thursday September 6 at 8 pm in Carp.


Roebuck wins Grenville League playoff tournament

Roebuck Relics were the A Champions of the Grenville Men's Fastball League playoff tournament on Labour Day weekend in North Augusta, defeating Domville in the Final. Roebuck also defeated North Augusta and Maitland along the way. Matt McNish threw all three games for the champs.

On the consolation "B" side, Maynard were the winners, defeating Inverary in the final. Other league teams participating were a second North Augusta team and Spencerville.

The seven teams from the Grenville Men's Fastball League were joined by Inverary to round out the field of eight. 

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Harbour Ball semi-finals are set

The semi-finalists are set for the Fitzroy Harbour Men's Fastball League playoffs. In the best-of-three match ups, the top ranked Murphy's Plumbing will face 7th place Anderson Automotive, while 3rd place Clean Cut takes on 4th ranked All-in-One Septic & Excavation.

The first two games of each series will be played at 7 pm on both Fitzroy Harbour diamonds on Monday September 10 and Thursday September 13.


Ottawa Sport Council Foundation: 2018 True Sport Community Grant

The Ottawa Sport Council is pleased to announce the launch of the Ottawa Sport Council Foundation: 2018 True Sport Community Grant.  The Ottawa Sport Council Foundation is a Charitable Endowment fund established in partnership with the Ottawa Community Foundation and the True Sport Foundation with the goal of providing support to Ottawa Community Sporting Organizations.

The focus of the 2018 Fund will be to assist community sport organizations to establish new programs in underrepresented communities in Ottawa and to increase opportunities for participation in sport activities embracing the True Sport principles (Go For It, Play Fair, Respect Others, Have Fun, Stay Healthy, Include Everyone, Give Back).
Who Can Apply? 
Incorporated not-for-profit organizations that offer sport programs in Ottawa and have operated and been incorporated for at least one year in Ontario.

Application Deadline:
All applications must be submitted no later than Friday September 28, 2018 at 17:00.

Application details are available at 2018 Ottawa Sport Council Foundation Fund
For further information, please contact  
Marcia Morris
Executive Director,
Conseil du sport d'Ottawa Sport Council


Softball Ontario seeks two CANpitch master pitching instructors

Softball Ontario's CANpitch Committee has a great opportunity for individuals with a passion for pitching and the desire to help train Regional Pitching Instructors and young pitchers develop their skills.  The CANpitch Committee is currently recruiting for the following positions within our program:
  • Master Pitching Instructor (2) Positions- 1 representing the Men's Fast Pitch game of Softball and 1 representing the Women's Fast Pitch game of Softball
The primary role of the Master Pitching Instructor is to train, evaluate, support and mentor the Regional Pitching Instructor(s) within Ontario. In addition, shall play a key role in assisting Softball Canada with the design of the CANpitch national pitching program.

Also, Master Pitching Instructors are the pitching expert in their region in Ontario and to be responsible for delivery of the six-week training session for both players and coaches. The Master/Regional Pitching Instructor will also support and mentor pitching coaches within their region in Ontario. They shall play a key role in assisting Softball Ontario with the delivery and implementation of the CANpitch program.


The Master Pitching Instructor is responsible to both Softball Canada and Softball Ontario. The primary role of the Master Pitching Instructor (MPI) is to work with Softball Ontario and train, evaluate, support and mentor the Regional Pitching Instructor(s) (RPI) within Ontario. In addition, the MPI shall play a key role in assisting Softball Canada with the design and implementation of the national pitching program and to provide feedback about the program.

Qualifications to become Softball Ontario Master Pitching Instructor include
  • Must complete Softball Ontario's Volunteer Application Form
  • Must sign Softball Ontario's Confidential Agreement
  • Must sign a MPI Duties and Responsibility Contract
  • Must have a Vulnerable Sector Screening complete and receive approval from Softball Ontario’s Screening Task Force
The ideal candidate should have the following qualities:
  • Demonstrated a commitment to pitching instruction
  • Have strong communication skills
  • Have strong leadership ability
  • Be a positive role model
  • Experience in pitching a requirement; coaching experience is an asset.
The Master Pitching Instructor Duties and Responsibilities include (but not limited to):
  • To be accountable and responsible to both Softball Canada and Softball Ontario
  • Attend all national meetings and conference calls held by Softball Canada regarding the CANpitch Program
  • To help organize and deliver training sessions for the Regional Pitching Instructors in collaboration with Softball Ontario
  • Agree to submit a Police Records Check to Softball Ontario prior to attending any training sessions with athletes
  • To train, evaluate and mentor Regional Pitching Instructors according to Softball Canada's guidelines
  • Act as a liaison between Softball Canada and Softball Ontario by enduring communication with the Softball Ontario office in regards to any Softball Canada meetings
  • This may require the MPI to prepare a report to give Softball Ontario
  • To communicate regularly with the RPIs and Softball Ontario
  • Host RPI Training and/or professional development session when needed or scheduled by Softball Ontario's CANpitch Committee
  • To perhaps be responsible for delivery of training sessions for players and coaches, if necessary
  • To assist in developing resource material for the CANpitch program
  • To assist Softball Ontario in writing an annual report for Softball Canada providing data about the program and summarizing the feedback from players, coaches, fellow Master Pitching Instructor, and all Regional Pitching Instructors regarding the CANpitch program
  • To annually evaluate the CANpitch program in regards to format, content and delivery and provide recommendations for revisions to Softball Canada
Those who are interested in becoming a Softball Ontario Master Pitching Instructor please send a letter of interest along with a letter outlining your Fast Pitch pitching experience to Steph Sutton via ssutton@softballontario.ca  by Friday, December 8, 2017 by 4:30 pm.


GOFL playoffs first round (updated with further Kars vs Stittsville info)

Greater Ottawa Fastball League playoffs first round.

2nd Kars Aces vs 7th Stittsville 56ers
Game 1: Wednesday September 5 at 9 pm in Stittsville
Game 2: Tuesday September 11 at 8 pm in Manotick
Game 3: Wednesday September 12 at 8 pm in Manotick (if necessary)

3rd West Carleton Electric vs 6th Micksburg Twins
Game 1: Tuesday September 4: West Carleton 14 Micksburg 7
Game 2: Thursday September 6 at 8 pm in Micksburg
Game 3: Tuesday September 11 at 8 pm in Fitzroy (if necessary)

4th I4C Victory vs 5th Ottawa Valley As
Game 1: Wednesday September 5 at 8 pm in Manotick
Game 2: Thursday September 6 at 8 pm in Carp
Game 3: Wednesday September 12 time tbd in Manotick (if necessary)

Quyon Flyers have a bye to the Final Four as 1st place seed.


West Carleton wins game 1 over Micksburg

West Carleton Electric won the first game of their best-of-three Greater Ottawa Fastball League series over the Micksburg Twins by a score of 14-7.

Andy Barber had the complete game win. Matt McIntyre took the loss in relief of Corey Costello. Andrew McIntyre also pitched for the Twins.

The Twins got off to a quick three run lead in the top of the first. With two out, Corey Costello walked, Quinton Rook reached on an error and Chad Costello walked to load the bases. A walk by Matt McIntyre scored the first run and a single by Scott Conroy drove in another two runs.

WC responded in the bottom of the first with an Andy Barber solo home run.

Micksburg put up four in the third inning. Rook hit an infield single, and Chad Costello walked. Matt McIntyre then singled to drive them both in. McIntyre subsequently scored on Conroy's RBI double and Conroy made it home on Paul Griffith's RBI single.

In the bottom of the third, Andy Barber once again led off the inning with a solo shot to make it 7-2.

In the top of the fourth, Corey Costello started things off with a single, and moved to second on a wild pitch. Rook reached on an error to put two on. When a pitch got by the catcher, Costello hustled to third, but injured himself on the play and had to be removed from the game.

With Matt McIntyre in to pitch the fourth, West Carleton got a run when Chris Costello singled, took second on a wild pitch and scored on Kevin Shonfield's single.

The Electric put up 10 runs in the bottom of five, with grand slams from Jeff Barber and Shawn Rebertz, as well as a two run single by Shonfield.

West Carleton was able to enact the run rule, by scoring an additional run in the bottom of the sixth when Mitch Taylor (who had singled) scored on Trevor Barton's single to end things.

The next game is Thursday at 8 pm in Micksburg.

Andy Barber WIN 6IP 7R 4ER 6H 4BB

Andy Barber 3-5, 2xHR, 2RBI, 3R
Trevor Barton 1-4, RBI, HBP, 1R
Mike Cavanagh 2-3, 2B, 2R, HBP
Shawn Rebertz 1-4, HR, 2R, 4RBI
Jeff Barber 1-3, HR, 4RBI, R, BB
Chris Costello 1-3, 2R
Mitch Taylor 2-2, 2B, 2R
Kevin Shonfield 2-3, 3RBI

Corey Costello 3IP 2R 2ER 3H 1BB
Matt McIntyre LOSS 1.2IP 11R 6ER 8H 0BB 2HBP
Andrew McIntyre 1IP 1R 1ER 2H 2BB

Corey Costello 1-2, R, BB
Quinton Rook 1-4, 2R
Chad Costello 2BB, 2R
Matt McIntyre 1-2, BB, 3RBI
Scott Conroy 2-3, 2B, 3RBI
Paul Griffith 1-3, RBI