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Friday, May 31, 2019

Valley As win 10-1 over WC Electric WITH DETAILS

The Ottawa Valley As won 10-1 over West Carleton Electric on Thursday night in Carp in Greater Ottawa Fastball League play.

Ben Broek had the win, throwing a 3-hitter. Steve Cavanagh took the loss and had relief from Matt McKay.

WC scored their first batter of the game - but that was it. Alex Boucaud led off with a screamer that hit the newly installed 240 sign in centrefield. He advanced to third on a Jeff Cavanagh infield hit and scored on Steve Cavanagh's ground out.

Valley responded in the bottom of the first as Broek's solo shot to centre tied the game at one.

The As sent 11 men to the plate in the third. Lindsay Medysnki led off with a single but was out on Ben Wade's fielder's choice. Wade stole second and advanced to third on Clayton Vance's single. Vance moved to second on a throw to the plate. Broek then hit a screamer up the middle, which was knocked down deep on the dirt by second baseman Jon Daley, but Wade and the speedy Vance both scored on the infield hit. Ryley Burns then hit a two run shot. Kyle Couvieau reached on a dropped third strike, advanced on a single by Dave Baird and scored on Sean Lecuyer's single. It was 6-1 for Valley after three.

McKay entered to pitch for WC in the fourth. He gave up a run when Broek doubled moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on Couvieau's single.

The game ended in the sixth when Valley scored three to put the mercy rule in effect. Couvieau hit a three run shot to right field, scoring Broek and Burns who had both walked.

Ben Broek 6IP 1R 1ER 3H 11K 0BB

Clayton Vance 1-3, R
Ben Broek 3-3, HR, 2B, 3RBI, 4R, BB
Ryley Burns 1-3, HR, 2RBI, BB, 2R
Kyle Couvieau 2-3, HR, 4RBI, 2R
Dave Baird 1-2, sac bunt
Sean Lecuyer 1-2, RBI
John Sullivan 1-2, BB
Lindsay Medynski 1-3

Steve Cavanagh 3IP 6R 5ER 7H 2K 2BB
Matt McKay 2IP 4R 4ER 4H 2K 2BB

Alex Boucaud 1-3, 2B, R
Jon Daley 1-3
Jeff Cavanagh 1-3
Steve Cavanagh RBI


Micksburg wins home opener, Orleans beat I4C

The Micksburg Twins won their home opener 8-0 over the Kemptville Black Sox on Thursday night.

Joran Graham earned the win. Dan Thompson took the loss and had relief from his son Zach.

The game was only 2-0 going into the bottom of the sixth before the Twins were able to put up six runs to end the game.

In Orleans, the Rebels got by I4C Victory 8-1. Andy Barber had the win, while Matt McNish took the loss.


Wednesday, May 29, 2019

GOFL Wednesday night results

Wednesday night in the Greater Ottawa Fastball League saw the Ottawa Valley As and Kars Aces as winners.

In Kemptville, the Black Sox dropped a 8-1 decision to the Aces. Brad Porter earned the win for the visitors, while Zach Thompson took the loss. Kristian Knapp and Brad Pender had homers for Kars.

At the Grove, the Stittsville 56ers dropped a 7-2 decision to the As. Adam Rueckwald earned the win, while Kyle Olson was tagged with the loss with Luc D'Entremont seeing action in relief in the final inning.


GOFL Week 3

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

On Wednesday, the Kars Aces (1-1) face the Kemptville Black Sox (0-2-1) at Riverside Park at 8:45 pm. The Stittsville 56ers (2-0) will host the Ottawa Valley As (0-1) at 9 pm at the Grove.

Thursday sees the Quyon Flyers playing their first game, hosting the 56ers at 8 pm in Shawville. Also that night, the Valley As host West Carleton Electric (0-1) at 8:30 pm and the Micksburg Twins (3-0) host the Black Sox at 8 pm.

Another Friday nighter this week sees the Orleans Rebels (1-0-1) playing host to I4C Victory (0-2) at 8 pm at Pierre Rocque.



Tuesday, May 28, 2019

BMFL preview

Nick Bowman sent on a BMFL preview for the 2019 season. Thanks Nick!

The Blackburn Men's Fastball League is back for another season of ball in the east end of Ottawa.

The BMFL is down to seven teams of 13 players this year as the Guzzlers have folded.
The defending champs, the Knights, are looking to capture their 4th consecutive title with the same team as last year. Jamie Blakely and Ryan Chatten toe the rubber for the Knights with Chris MacFarlane and Derek Martin leading their offense.
2018 runner-up Goodfellows will be hungry for revenge. Shannon Borho and Will Lowe are the two pitchers. Defensively and offensively, Jordan Adams, Scotty Adams and Brendan Clarke will lead Goodfellows.
The Bandits will look to continue to strong finish in 2018 with the same roster. Father son duo Pierre Lalonde and Max Lalonde pitch for the Bandits. Bandits have a solid offensive lineup 1 through 13 with power throughout; half of their team hit homeruns last year.
The Bytek Braves are looking to improve on their finish from last year. Will Mood and Nick Bowman are on the mound with Matt Bowman and Jeremy Regan providing key elements of their offensive.
The 2018 regular season champs, the Blue Jays, are looking to make their way back into the Finals with the addition of pitcher Jeff Barber. Brother Andy will lead also toe the rubber and provide offense. Spencer Rodd and Andre Mainville will also be key offensive contributors.
Gloucester Heating is now N-Powerment Elite with slick new jerseys. Derick  Bulley, Derek Bergeron and Alex Levesque will be pitching for the Elite. New addition Jon Ferguson should help the already dangerous offensive lineup.
Already off to a strong 2 and 0 start, the Rogues are hungry for playoff success. Matt Cox will be doing most of the pitching duties for the Rogues with Jefferson Roman leading the offense.


Monday, May 27, 2019

Molly Sherman Memorial won by Elkland Merchants

The Elkland Merchants won the 13th Annual Molly Sherman Memorial this past weekend in Elkland, PA. They went 5-0-1 to win the title, defeating RM Kurtz from Ephrata, PA in the final.

GOFLers Joran Graham (Micksburg) and Matt Greer (Shawville) played for the host team. Graham was named the most valuable pitcher for the event.

Full stats available on Al's Fastball.

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Friday, May 24, 2019

Kingston Men's Fastball League has 8 teams

Kingston Men’s Fastball League is underway for another season. 

There are 8 teams playing a 16 game regular season. 

Sydenham, ICP, Blue Jays, Dig ‘n Dirt, Red Dogs, Enterprise and two entries from Napanee (U16 and U19) make up the league.


Orleans and Kemptville draw at 3

In Friday night action at Pierre Rocque Park, the two Greater Ottawa Fastball League expansion teams (Orleans Rebels and Kemptville Black Sox) tied 3-3.

Brothers Andy (5 innings) and Jeff Barber (2 innings) threw for the Rebels, while Dan Thompson (5 innings) and Shannon Borho (2 innings ) threw for the Sox.

Jeff Barber hit a home for Orleans.

In must be a league first, father and son duo Dan and 16 year old Zach Thompson each hit homers for Kemptville.


Micksburg League to start next month

The Micksburg Men's Fastball League starts up in late June and once again will have four teams participating on Monday nights in the 'Burg.

The teams are all named after squads from 'back in the day' - Golden Gloves, North Stars, Blackwell Brewers and Micksburg Seniors.


The "Glen" has 8 teams this season

The Glen Cairn Men's Fastball League (aka "The Glen") has eight teams this year. The league plays Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights at AY Jackson High School in Kanata.

Don Cherry's
Desjardins Insurance
Kanata Sports Club
Laurysen Kitchens
Wild Wings
Upper Canada Elevators
Broker 4 Tickets
Osgoode U19

The Glen will be hosting their annual tournament on June 7-9 in Carp.

The league website is https://dynessports.com/adult-leagues/glen-cairn-fastball.


Shawville gets underway with four teams

The Shawville Men's Fastpitch League has started. The west Quebec league has four teams this year, down from five last year.

The teams are:
Gannon/Blackburn Electric Bucks
Tubman Autobody Twins
Trudeau Collision Brewers
Bristolview Enterprises Athletics

Visit their site at http://shawvillefastpitch.weebly.com/.


BMFL has 7 teams this year

The Blackburn Men's Fastball League is back for another season of ball in the east end of Ottawa.

The BMFL is down to seven teams this year as the Guzzlers have folded.

Returning teams are the Rogues, Bytek Braves, Goodfellows, Knights, Blue Jay's, Bandits and the newly named NPowerment.

Visit their website at http://bmfl.ca.


Harbour Ball has 8 teams again

Fitzroy Harbour Men's Fastball League is back for another season with eight teams playing Wednesday and Thursday nights in the Harbour.

The teams play a 12 game schedule followed by playoffs with a mid season tournament on June 7-9.

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


Carp league has 4 teams

The Carp Men's Fastball League is back for another season with four teams playing Tuesday nights at the Fairground diamonds.


North Leeds league features 8 teams

The North Leeds Men's Fastball League features eight teams this year.  The season recently got under way.

Teams will play each other twice for a 14 game schedule.

Returning teams are Athens, Easton's Corners As, Easton's Corners Haymakers, Greenbush, Lyn, North Augusta and Westport.

Joining this year is Maitland, while Seeley's Bay withdrew from the loop.


Thursday, May 23, 2019

GOFL game in Carp cancelled

The Greater Ottawa Fastball League game in Carp tonight (Quyon vs Ottawa Valley) is cancelled due to the rain and ugly forecast.


Stittsville edges Kemptville 3-2

The Stittsville 56ers won 3-2 over the Kemptville Black Sox on Wednesday night at the Grove.

Kyle Olson went the distance for the win. Tom Hanna took the loss throwing two innings in relief of Zach Thompson.

Luc D'Entremont hit a two run shot for the 56ers.


Micksburg wins two in Manotick

The Micksburg Twins ran their winning streak in Greater Ottawa Fastball League play to three games with a doubleheader sweep in Manotick on Wednesday night.

The Twins defeated the Kars Aces 8-1 in the opener. Joran Graham had the win, and hit a home run to help his cause. Brad Porter took the loss. Connor Moss and John Enright had inside the park homers for the Twins.

The second game saw Micksburg prevail 10-1 over I4C Victory. Graham once again had the win on the slab and hit another HR. Enright saw action in relief for the Twins. Matt McNish started for I4C and had relief from Neil Cooke.


Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Stittsville wins 7-1 over West Carleton

The Stittsville 56ers won 7-1 on Tuesday night in Greater Ottawa Fastball League action in Fitzroy Harbour.

Luc D'Entremont had the win, spinning a two hitter. Matt McKay took the loss with relief from Steve Cavanagh.

Stittsville scored all their runs in the first two innings.

In the first, Dan and Scott Jessiman both walked with two out. A single by Jamie O'Hare scored one run and single by Scott Muir scored another two.

The second inning saw another two-out rally for the 56ers. D'Entremont and Dan Jessiman, who had both walked, advanced a base and scored on Scott Jessiman's single. O'Hare singled, and Johnny Craig drove in two with a triple to put the visitors up 7-0 after one and a half.

Fitzroy answered with a run in the bottom of the second. Steve Cavanagh singled to start the inning. After a strike out, Mitch Taylor walked. McKay then reached on an error to load the bases with one out. Adam Brown's fielder's choice (which saw McKay put out) scored SCav for the Electric's only run of the night.

For the remainder of the game, West Carleton did not manage another hit against D'Entremont. Steve Cavanagh threw four innings in relief for the home team, allowing only three hits and no runs.

Luc D'Entremont 7IP 1R 0ER 2H 9K 4BB

Dan Jessiman 2BB 2R
Scott Jessiman 1-3, 2RBI, BB, 2R
Jamie O'Hare 3-4, RBI, 2R
John Craig 1-4, 3B, 2RBI
Scott Muir 3-4, 2RBI
Spencer Lee 1-3, 2B

Matt McKay 3IP 7R 5ER 6H 4K 4BB
Steve Cavanagh 4IP 0R 3H 3K 0BB

Jeff Cavanagh 1-3
Steve Cavanagh 1-2, BB, R
Adam Brown RBI


Friday, May 17, 2019

Micksburg defeat Ottawa Valley

In Greater Ottawa Fastball League play on Thursday night, the Micksburg Twins defeated the Ottawa Valley As 8-5 in Carp. The Quyon Flyers were originally scheduled to play the As but had player availability issues, so the Twins filled in the gap.

Joran Graham had the win, with 18 year old John Enright throwing in relief. Ben Broek took the loss for the As while Adam Rueckwald also pitched for Valley.


Thursday, May 16, 2019

Orleans defeats I4C on Wednesday

by Travis Valois

The Orleans Rebels kicked off their season against I4C in Manotick. Neil Cooke opened up throwing for I4C while Andy Barber threw for Orleans. The first inning saw Orleans get on the board. Kevin Shonfield singled with one out then advanced on a passed ball. Derick Bulley drove him in to put the score at 1-0.  The Rebels had a clean half inning. The Rebels added to their lead in the 2nd when Ryan Mitts scored. The 3rd saw two more runs tacked on when Derick Bulley drove in Derek Barber who had reached first on a walk. A couple errors plated Bulley. 

I4C got on the board in the 4th inning. Jeff Barber took over for Andy and struck out the first batter before giving up a pair of singles to Ryan Clare and Chris MacFarlene. Derek Martin walked to load the bases. Jeff would K two more batters but not before Neil Cooke was walked putting the score to 4-1.

I4C tied the game in the 5th with a 2 RBI single from Derek Martin followed by an overthrow on a steal to score the runner from 3rd.

The game went into the 7th inning tied 4-4. Matt McNish struck out the first two Rebel batters before giving up a single to Kevin Shonfield. Derek Barber reached base before some wild events. Shonfield looked dead to rights advancing to third, an over throw on a rundown lead to Shonfield reaching 3rd and Barber reaching 2nd. Derick Bulley was walked which loaded the bases. Jeff Barber delivered with the bases loaded, hitting a triple on a 0-2 count.

The score was 7-4 going into the bottom of the 7th. I4C looked like they may have something going with a 2 out walk but the game was finished when Ryan Mitts made a nice basket catch on a hard hit ball to left field.

Andy Barber 3 IP, 5K, 1BB, 1H,0ER
Jeff Barber 4 IP, 9 K, 5BB, 3H,3ER

Shonfield 2/4
D. Barber 1/3, RBI, BB
Bulley 2-3, RBIx2, BB
J. Barber 2/4, RBIx3, 3B
Mitts 1/3
Mainville 1/2

Neil Cooke 3IP, 3K, 1BB, 4H, 3R, 2ER
Matt McNish 4IP, 2K, 1BB, 5H, 4R, 3ER

Clare 1/3
MacFarlane 2/3, BB
Martin 1/2, RBIx2, BB

First night round up in the GOFL

In Greater Ottawa Fastball League play on Wednesday night there were two games in Manotick. The game at the Grove (Micksburg at Stittsville) had to be postponed due to soggy field conditions.

The early game saw the expansion Orleans Rebels defeat I4C Victory 7-4. Jeff Barber had the win in relief of brother Andy, while Matt McNish took the loss in relief of Neil Cooke.

The late match up had the Kars Aces defeating Kemptville Black Sox 4-1. Brad Porter had the win with relief from Gregg Garritty in his GOFL debut. Dan Thompson was the losing pitcher and split the pitching duties with Shannon Borho.

The game on Thursday in Carp (Ottawa Valley As hosting Quyon Flyers) has been postponed due to player availability issues.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

GOFL Week #1

It may not seem like softball weather, but the Greater Ottawa Fastball League starts the 2019 campaign this week.

There are three games on Wednesday, including the Stittsville 56ers hosting the Micksburg Twins at the Grove at 9 pm. The doubleheader in Manotick sees the expansion Orleans Rebels facing I4C Victory at 7 pm and the Kemptville Black Sox (affiliated team last year, full time this season) playing Kars Aces at 9 pm.

In Carp on Thursday, the Ottawa Valley As host the Quyon Flyers at 8:30 pm.

West Carleton Electric doesn't get started until Week 2.

For all the scores and schedules, visit www.GOFL.ca.


Thursday, May 09, 2019

Team Quebec U23 to play exhibition games in the area

Saturday May 11 Elmwood Dale Park in Shawville will be hosting 3 exhibition games starting at 1PM.
The schedule is as follows:
1pm - Quebec U23 Juniors VS Quyon Flyers 
3pm - Micksburg Twins vs Quyon Flyers 
5pm - Quebec U23 vs Micksburg Twins
Sunday May 12 Team Quebec will travel to Orleans to play a double header starting at 11am vs the Orleans Rebels and the Kemptville Black Sox.



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Tuesday, May 07, 2019

Ottawa Valley As play Canadian Forces in exhibition game

With the recent flooding in eastern Ontario, the Canadian Forces have been a key responding group to assist local residents.

On Saturday May 4, the Ottawa Valley As and members of the Forces in the area got together to play a friendly fastball game in McNab. Fun and fellowship were the order of the day.


Wednesday, May 01, 2019

GOFL 2019 schedule announced

The schedule for the 2019 Greater Ottawa Fastball League season has been posted on the GOFL.ca website. The schedule (as always subject to a few tweaks) has the nine member teams each playing 16 games.

The schedule set up is as follows:

- Stittsville 56ers simply play each team home and home.
- The teams in the "West" (West Carleton Electric, Quyon Flyers, Micksburg Twins and Ottawa Valley As) will play one team in their division four times, the other two teams in their division three times, one game against each of the "East" teams, plus two against Stittsville.
- The teams in the "East" (Orleans Rebels, I4C Victory, Kars Aces and Kemptville Black Sox) will play a similar schedule to the teams in the West.

The Flyers will be playing the majority of their home games this season in Shawville. (Side note: the flooding in Quyon has been bad, and the diamond there is underwater.)

Games kick off on Wednesday May 15 with three games planned.


New women's fastball league this year in Micksburg

Continuing the strong fastball tradition in Micksburg, Jennie Mick has announced that there is a new four-team women's fastball league starting this season. Registration goes from May 1 to May 15. For more information visit their website.