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 30, 2019

Ashton Men's Fastball League playoff update

On Thursday night in Ashton, the Ashton A's won the battle of the third and fourth place teams by a score of 8-6 over the Whitewater Brewers. In the 9PM first vs. second place game, the Ashton Farmers took a 6-0 lead, fell behind 7-6, then scored a pair in the 6th and held on to defeat the NAPA Shockers 8-7.

The Farmers advance to the A final and the Brewers to the B final - both teams get next week off. Next Thursday sees the Shockers host the A's with the winner advancing to the A final and the loser relegated to the B final.


North Augusta wins NLMFL title

The North Augusta Trappers won their second consecutive North Leeds Men's Fastball League championship on Thursday night with a 12-9 win over the Eastons Corners As to take the final series two games straight.

Jamie Finucan had the win on the slab while Andrew Wiggins took the loss.


Thursday, August 29, 2019

North Leeds Men's Fastball League playoff update

North Augusta are facing the Eastons Corners As in the finals and are up 1-0 after a game one win 9-4. Game two is tonight and the Trappers can take the title again with a win.

Eastons Corners As won game three of their semi-final series with a 4-3 victory over Lyn in 9 innings.


Glen Cairn Men's Fastball League update

The Glen Cairn Men's Fastball League playoffs are now down to five teams.

Laurysen Kitchens defeated Osgoode U19 two games to none.
Upper Canada Elevators defeated Wild Wings two games to none.
Don Cherry's defeated Broker4Tickets two game to none.

Desjardins leads Kanata Sports Club 1-0 with game two to be played on Tuesday September 3rd at 6:30 pm.


67th Annual Elkland Labour Day tournament, Durk Sherman Classic

The 67th Annual Elkland Labour Day tournament, the Durk Sherman Classic has eight teams entered this year, with two from eastern Ontario - West Carleton Electric and Party Lake.

The teams will play three round robin games, get seeded, then play in an elimination bracket.

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Wednesday, August 28, 2019

GOFL final standings and playoff update

1. Kars Aces 12-3-1
2. Micksburg Twins 12-4-0
3. Quyon Flyers 11-5-0
4. Orleans Rebels 8-5-3
5. Ottawa Valley As 8-7-1
6. Stittsville 56ers 5-9-2
7. Kemptville Black Sox 4-10-2
8. I4C Victory 4-12-0
9. West Carleton Electric 3-12-1

Best of three series

1st Kars vs 8th I4C - Game 1 on Wednesday September 4 at 8 pm in Manotick

2nd Micksburg vs 7th Kemptville - Game 1 TBD

3rd Quyon vs 6th Stittsville - Game 1 TBD

4th Orleans vs 5th Valley; Orleans leads 1-0 - Game 2 TBD


Orleans wins game 1 over Valley

In the first playoff game of their best-of-three series, the Orleans Rebels got by the Ottawa Valley As 5-2. Andy Barber earned the win, while Ben Broek took the loss.

Game 2 is scheduled for Thursday September 5 in Carp.


Quyon vs Kars postponed

The final GOFL regular season game scheduled for tonight in Shawville has been postponed.  Stay tuned for more info. UPDATE: Quyon is forfeiting the game and we will start playoffs next week.


Asthon Men's Fastball League playoff preview

from Eric Rosenquist

The four-team Ashton Men's Fastball League is set to begin playoffs this Thursday after a shortened regular season. Due to a large number of rain-outs and limited umpire availability for make-up games, the league shortened the regular season to 10 games from 15 to avoid having the schedule drag on into October.

Playoffs this year, like last year, are using a curling-style page playoff format where the top 2 teams get a double life to reach the A final.

The NAPA Shockers and the Ashton Farmers finished the regular season in first and second place respectively. They play at 9PM on Thursday with the winner advancing to the best of three A final in two weeks.

In the 7PM game on Thursday, the third place Ashton A's take on the fourth place Whitewater Brewers. The loser of that game goes to the B final.

Next week sees the loser of the Shockers / Farmers game playing the winner of the A's / Brewers game for the right to advance to the A final. The loser of that game plays in the B final.

All games take place at the ball diamond at Ashton Park just off Flewellyn Rd.


Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Stittsville 56ers u16 Earn Silver at the Eastern Canadian Championships

from Erin Durant
This past weekend the Stittsville 56ers u16 team earned a silver medal at the Eastern Canadian Softball Championships hosted in Whitby. The tournament featured the top tier II teams from Quebec, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, New Brunswick and, of course, Ontario.  The 56ers competed in the tournament as Ontario 3.
The 56ers are sponsored by platinum sponsor Sleepwell Property Management as well as Beans Chevrolet, Ken White Construction, Upper Canada Elevators, the BLG Foundation, lawyer Larry Elliot, Ram Electric, Shouldice Mechanical, Ottawa-Nepean Canadians Sports Club, Kanata Sports Club and Water Depot.
In the first game the 56ers faced Quebec 2. The team would have 23 hits while committing zero errors to start the tournament with a 19-1 win in five innings (including scoring nine runs in the 5th). Alison Roach and Kate Parks led the offence with four hits each, with Roach hitting an opposite field homerun. Roach also had four RBIs in the game and four runs scored. Sydney Watts pitched four innings for the 56ers striking out seven and allowing one earned run. Jordyn LeBoutillier was perfect in relief.
The 56ers next faced New Brunswick 2. The 56ers scored early with one run in the first inning and six in the second inning on route to a 10-0 win in four innings.  The offence was again led by Roach who was 3 for 3 at the plate with two RBIs and two runs scored. Pick up players Ella Altiman and Meg McCallum (both from the Springfield Brewers) each had two hits and two RBIs – Altiman’s on a two run homerun. Emmy Lecour also contributed two hits and two RBIs in the game.  McCallum earned the pitching win going three innings with four strikeouts. LeBoutillier was, again, perfect in relief.
In the biggest game of the round robin, the 56ers then faced Ontario 1 (Brampton).  It was a tight game with both teams playing stellar defence and no score going into the top of the 7th. In the top of the 7th, MacKenzie Bresee led off the inning with a single. Following a strikeout, Emmy Lecour executed a perfect bunt and legged it out at first base, leaving runners at first and second. Avery Smith then hit a bloop single just over the third basemen that scored the speedy Bresee and advanced Lecour to third. Altiman then hit a long fly ball to centre field that was caught for a sacrifice fly, scoring Lecour. The 56ers would hold their 2-0 lead in the bottom of the 7th after a fly ball to Lecour, a strikeout, a single down the third baseline, and a pop out to Watts to end the game. Watts pitched the complete game for the 56ers, striking out seven and allowing only two walks and no runs.
In the last game of the round robin, the 56ers faced Newfoundland. McCallum had the ball for the 56ers. The game was a close one after three innings with the score tied at 2-2. In the 4th inning, the bats again exploded for the 56ers. Brianna Flowers started the inning off with a walk. LeBoutillier then executed a bunt and was safe at first following an overthrow, which advanced Flowers to third. Hailey Armstrong then got on base with another walk, loading the bases for leadoff hitter Avery Smith. Smith singled scoring Flowers. McCallum then drew another walk, scoring LeBoutillier. With the bases loaded, Delaney Johnston belted a grand slam homerun clearing the bases. In total, the 56ers scored six runs in the inning. They would go on to add three more runs in the fifth inning after a single from Paige Galbraith, homerun from Smith, a triple from Johnston and a single from Jayde Shouldice. McCallum pitched four innings for the 56ers allowing 1 earned run. LeBoutillier pitched two innings in relief, striking out four, walking none and allowing no earned runs.
The win over Newfoundland earned the 56ers first place in their pool and a spot in the 1st vs 1st game – with the winning advancing straight to the final and the loser guaranteed no worse than third place.
The 56ers would face Ontario 2 (Aurora) in the 1st vs. 1st game.  It was clear from the outset that the game would be a slug fest with both teams coming out very strong on the bats. After the 56ers scored three runs in the top of the 2nd inning,  Aurora responded with 6 of their own in the bottom of the half earning a 6-3 lead. The 56ers responded immediately with 5 runs in the top of the third inning with a single from Johnston, a single from Parks, a single from Roach (scoring Johnston), a fielder’s choice for Bresee (scoring Parks),  a double from LeBoutillier (scoring Bresee), a single from Lecour and a double from Avery Smith (Scoring LeBoutillier and Lecour who had stole second). The scoring pace for both teams slowed down after that and the 56ers would go in to the top of the 7th inning up by only one run. An insurance run was added in the top of the seventh following a triple from Lecour, a sac fly by Smith and a double by Altiman. The bottom of the 7th inning was a nail bitter. After forcing a pop up to Bresee, a runner reached base safely on a single. A fielder’s choice then left a runner on first with no one out but with one of Aurora’s top batters at the plate. With two out a sinking line drive was hit to Smith in right field who executed a perfect sliding catch that ended the game for the 56ers 10-8. Smith was also 4 for 5 in the game with four RBIs. Bresee was the other offensive powerhouse going 2 for 4 with three RBIs. LeBoutillier was the hero in the pitchers circle pitching 5.1 innings in relief and allowing only two earned runs with four strikeouts and only one walk.
Brampton would go on to defeat Aurora in the bronze medal game forcing a re-match with the 56ers in the final. Unfortunately, the 56ers bats went cold in the final and they would lose the game 9-0.  Watts, Leboutillier and McCallum all pitched in an effort to calm the Brampton bats but to no avail. Smith, Lecour, Johnston, Shouldice and Roach all had hits in the final.
The team was extremely pleased with their silver medal performance. They were also treated to an additional surprise during their medal ceremony when two of their athletes were honoured with individual awards (pictured). Watts was named top pitcher of the round robin having pitched 11 innings, earning two wins, allowing only seven hits, one earned run and striking out 14 for a 0.636 ERA. Roach was also named top batter for the round robin finishing with a 0.800 average, 1.200 slugging percentage, scoring six RBIs, six runs scored, a homerun, a double and six singles in ten at bats. The 56ers as a whole had a phenomenal tournament at the plate with a team batting average over six games of .441 with eight batters with averages over 0.400, four homeruns, seven triples and twelve doubles.
It was an incredible end to an incredible year that the coaches were privileged to be a part of. 
The 2019 Stittsville 56ers u16 Team at Eastern Canadians
Athletes: Sydney Watts, Jordyn LeBoutillier, Paige Galbraith, Emmy Lecour, Avery Smith, Brianna Flowers, Hailey Armstrong, Kate Parks, Jayde Shouldice, Mikaylee Driver, Delaney Johnston, MacKenzie Bresee, Alison Roach, Ella Altiman (Springfield), Meg McCallum (Springfield)
Coaches: Erin Durant, Brad Pender, Dale Aiken, Carolyn Harmen

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2019 BMFL Playoffs - detailed preview

From Nick Bowman

The 2019 BMFL playoffs get underway on Tuesday (tonight). It’s a double knockout format. 
Regular season champions, Goodfellows get a bye in the first round after posting an impressive 13-3-2 record. They are led by lefties Shannon Borho and Will Lowe. Goodfellows will look to continue their strong offense output and solid defense into the post season; they were plus 73 in runs for and against.

First match up of the playoffs at 7 pm will see number 2 ranked Blue Jays face off against the Knights, ranked 7. The Blue Jays will have Andy and Jeff Barber toe the rubber and they will pitch in offensively as well. Catcher Spencer Rodd will also look to continue his stellar hitting into the playoffs. The Knights are looking to bounce back after a rough regular season. Ryan Chatten and Jamie Blakey will be throwing and Chris McFarlane will look to spur the offense via the long ball.

Second match at 9 pm on Thursday will have the number 3 ranked Rogues play against the number 6 ranked Bandits. Only 1 point separates teams ranked 3 to 6. The Rogues will look to continue their best regular season finish in a number of years. Perennial innings pitched contender, Matt Cox, will do most of the pitching and the team will look for offensive contributions from the whole lineup. The Bandits will send veteran Pierre Lalonde to the mound. The long ball has played an important part of the offense for the Bandits with Max Lalonde, Vincent Gascon and Phil Bédard in the top 10 for homeruns hit.

The lone Thursday match is at 7 pm and will have the number 4 Bytek Braves against number 5 N-Powerment Elite in what has become an annual event. Expect a lot of offense out of this matchup. Bytek will have Nick Bowman and Will Mood to toe the rubber and will be led by Jeremy Regan and Matt Bowman offensively. The Elite will send Derick Bulley to the mound who will also lead the offense. Ryan Mitts and Marcel Mondoux will also contribute offensively.


Stittsville girls rep teams seeking coaches

Stittsville Minor Softball Association is looking for coaches to head up our 2020 Rep Teams: U12, U14, U16 , and U19 PWSA rep teams.

Interested candidates should email Al Read at al@stittsvillesoftball.org to apply.

Tryouts for most 2020 teams will be in early fall of 2019.

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Harbour Ball playoffs

Tonight in Harbour Ball:

Campbell Fuels: 4 (Jeff Campbell and Steve Cavanagh)
Murphy's Plumbing: 3 (Ben Broek and Mitch Taylor)

Next round of Harbour Ball ( best-of-three)

All in One Septic and Excavating vs Al's Corner Store

Cheshire Cat Pub vs Campbell Fuels


Monday, August 26, 2019

GOFL regular season to wrap up Wednesday

The Greater Ottawa Fastball League regular season will wrap up the same night that playoffs start - Wednesday August 28 at 8 pm in Shawville, the Quyon Flyers will host the Kars Aces.

As per an earlier post, the result of this game will determine playoff seeding positions 1st, 2nd and 3rd.

Also that night, Game 1 of the Ottawa Valley As (5th) vs Orleans Rebels (4th) best-of-three series will start with a game at Pierre Rocque park in Orleans at 9 pm.


BMFL playoff bracket set

The eighteen game regular season for the Blackburn Men's Fastball League is complete and the playoff bracket for the seven teams with a doubleknockout format is now posted on their website at BMFL.ca.

Tuesday August 27 at 7 pm features the Blue Jays (2nd) vs Knights (7th). The 9 pm game that night has Rogues (3rd) vs Bandits (6th).

Thursday August 29 at 7 pm will see Bytek Braves (4th) vs N-Powerment Elite (5th). The losers of the Tuesday games will play at 9 pm that night in a loser bracket game.

1st place Goodfellows will play the winner of the 4th vs 5th place game on Tuesday September 3rd at 7 pm.


GOFLers at Men's Canadians

There are two members of the Greater Ottawa Fastball League playing at the Softball Canada Men's Canadian Championship in Grande Prairie, Alberta starting on Wednesday.

Matt Greer (Quyon) and Joran Graham (Micksburg) will be with "ON1", the Hill United Chiefs at the ten team event.

Information online here.

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New York Bombers win the 26th annual Elkland First Weekend tournament

The New York Bombers lost their first two games but then came back to win their next five in a row to win the Elkland First Weekend tournament, defeating Bear Bottom Lodge in the finals.

Greenbush Generals from eastern Ontario attended the First Weekend tournament this year instead of the Labour Day event as they normally do. They finished 1-3.

Details here.  Photo from Facebook.

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Saturday, August 24, 2019

Men's Intermediate B East award winners

There were two individual awards handed out last weekend at the Ontario Amateur Softball Association Intermediate Men's B East Provincial tournament in McNab/Braeside.

Andy Barber of West Carleton Electric won the Most Valuable Player, while Trevor Lahey of Micksburg Twins won the Top Pitcher.

Photos by Tamara Cavanagh.


GOFL standings update and playoffs

1. Micksburg Twins 12-4
2. Kars Aces 11-3-1 - one game remaining vs. Quyon
3. Quyon Flyers 11-4-0 - games remaining vs. Kars
4. Orleans Rebels 8-5-3
5. Ottawa Valley As 8-7-1
6. Stittsville 56ers 5-9-2
7. Kemptville Black Sox 4-10-2
8. I4C Victory 4-12-0
9. West Carleton Electric 3-12-1

With Micksburg winning on Friday night they moved into first place at least temporarily.

With the Kars vs Quyon game to be played, the following scenarios are possible:

Kars wins:

Kars finishes first and plays I4C
Micksburg finishes second and plays Kemptville
Quyon finishes third and plays Stittsville

Quyon wins:

Micksburg finishes first (based on head to head with Quyon) and plays I4C
Quyon finishes second and plays Kemptville
Kars finishes third and plays Stittsville

Tie game:

Micksburg finishes first (based on more wins) and plays I4C
Kars finishes second and plays Kemptville
Quyon finishes third and plays Stittsville

Valley vs Orleans series

In the best-of-three series already determined (Ottawa Valley As 5th vs Orleans Rebels 4th) the first game will be played on Wednesday August 28 at 9 pm in Orleans.


Micksburg wins 7-0 over Quyon in Chapeau

The Micksburg Twins defeated the Quyon Flyers 7-0 in a Greater Ottawa Fastball League game at a special event in Chapeau, QC organized by legendary pitcher (and great guy) Lenny Burger.

A great crowd was on hand to see Joran Graham get the shut out win. Trevor Lahey took the loss and had relief from Matt Greer.

Chad Costello had two home runs for Micksburg and Connor Moss and Jared Steege also hit one out each.


Friday, August 23, 2019

Eastons Corners to face North Augusta in NLMFL finals

Eastons Corners As defeated Lyn 4-3 in 9 innings last night to advance to the North Leeds Men's Fastball League finals, taking the series 2-1.

WP Zach Thompson
LP Andrew Fortier

Finals start Tuesday in North Augusta.


Thursday, August 22, 2019

GOFL standings & playoff update

The current standings for the Greater Ottawa Fastball League are as follows:

1. Kars Aces 11-3-1  - one game remaining vs. Quyon
2. Quyon Flyers 11-3-0 - games remaining vs Kars and Micksburg
3. Micksburg Twins 11-4 - one game remaining vs Quyon
4. Orleans Rebels 8-5-3
5. Ottawa Valley As 8-7-1
6. Stittsville 56ers 5-9-2
7. Kemptville Black Sox 4-10-2
8. I4C Victory 4-12-0
9. West Carleton Electric 3-12-1

The remaining games are Quyon vs Micksburg at 8:30 pm on Friday in Chapeau, Quebec and Quyon vs Kars on a date to be confirmed shortly. These games will determine the first, second and third seeds for the playoff series.

One series is determined - 4th place Orleans will play 5th place Valley.

The final three seeds are firmed up with Stittsville in 6th facing the 3rd seed, Kemptville in 7th facing the 2nd seed and with I4C beating West Carleton in the "play in" game, Victory will have the final seed and play whatever team ends up first.


Glen Cairn Men's fastball league playoff schedule

GCMFL playoff schedule for the upcoming week.

Playoffs matchups (best-of-three series) are set and the games are scheduled for next week as follows at the AY Jackson HS diamonds.

Monday 630pm Game 1 - Upper Canada Elevators @ Wild Wings
Monday 830pm Game 1 - Osgoode U19 @ Laurysen Kitchens

Tuesday 630pm Game 1 - Kanata Sports Club @ Desjardins
Tuesday 830pm Game 2 - Don Cherry's @ Broker4Tickets  (DC leads 1-0)

Wednesday 630pm Game 2 - Wild Wings @ Upper Canada Elevators
Wednesday 830pm Game 2 - Laurysen Kitchens @ Osgoode U19


North Leeds Men's Fastball League playoff update.

North Augusta await the winner of Eastons Corners vs. Lyn for the Championship series. 

Eastons Corners and Lyn are tied 1-1 in their best of 3 series.  Game one was Lyn 10 Eastons Corners 5, and game two was Eastons Corners 10 Lyn 4.


Harbour Ball Playoffs update

Games played to date in the first round of the best-of-three Fitzroy Harbour Men's Fastball League playoffs.

1st - All-in-One Septic & Excavating 8
8th - Anderson Auto 3

1st - All-in-One Septic & Excavating 12
8th - Anderson Auto 4

All-in-One wins series 2-0

2nd - Cheshire Cat Pub 7
7th - Clean Cut Construction 6
(8 innings)

2nd - Cheshire Cat Pub 13
7th - Clean Cut Construction 7

Cheshire Cat wins series 2-0

6th - Als's Corner Store 4
3rd- Clouthier Carpentry 3

6th- Als's Corner Store 8
3rd - Clouthier Carpentry 7
(8 innings)

Al's Corner Store wins series 2-0

4th - Campbell Fuels 4
5th - Murphy's Plumbing 2

Campbell Fuels leads series 1-0, next game TBD


I4C beats WC 7-5 in play in game

The Greater Ottawa Fastball League "play in game" between the 8th and 9th place teams to determine which squad moves on to the best of three playoffs was held in Manotick on Wednesday night with I4C Victory (8th) prevailing 7-5 over West Carleton Electric (9th).

Matt McNish had the win for I4C while Steve Cavanagh took the loss for the Electric.

West Carleton got on the board first in the top of the second. Chris Trafford singled with two out, followed by a walk to Alex Boucaud. Adam Brown's single scored Trafford.

The home team responded in the bottom of the second. Curt Scurr singled, moved to third on two wild pitches and scored after a walk to Riley Dunbar on a single by Ryan Clare to tie things at one apiece.

I4C put up four in the bottom of the fifth. Derek Martin single. Then a bunt by Chris Parish was misplayed putting runners on second and third. A hard liner to left field by Gerry Wall was not fielded and went to fence, scoring all three runners. I4C added another when McNish doubled, took third on a ground out and scored on sacrifice fly by Scurr.

The Fitzroy team responded with a single run in the top of six. Neil Murphy walked with one out, took second on a grounder then scored on Boucaud's single to make it 5-2.

West Carleton then tied things up in the top of the seventh. Mitch Taylor singled with one out. Two misplayed ground balls allowed Taylor to score and put Jeff Cavanagh and Chris Costello base. They both scored on Murphy's single.

With the game tied in the bottom of the seventh, Tyler Alexander reached base on an error. Scurr then hit a walk off line shot homer to left-centre to win the game for I4C and move them on to the playoff round.


Micksburg wins 7-0 over Orleans

The Orleans Rebels travelled to Micksburg on Wednesday night in Greater Ottawa Fastball League play.

The Twins prevailed 7-0, with Joran Graham earning the win. Nick Bowman took the loss. Jared Steege had a homer for the home team.


Wednesday, August 21, 2019

West Carleton Online article on Provincials

West Carleton Online (subscription required - you should get one, it's only $50 for the year) article on the WC Electric win at the OASA tournament in McNab this past weekend.


Glen Cairn Men's Fastball League first round playoffs

First round playoff match ups for the Glen Cairn Men's Fastball League, best of three series.

Don Cherry's (1) vs Broker4Tickets (8)
Desjardins (2) vs Kanata Sports Club (7)
Wild Wings (3) vs Upper Canada Elevators (6)
Laurysen Kitchens (4) vs Osgoode U19 (5)


Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Elkland 'First Weekend' tournament schedule

The Elkland First Weekend tournament will be played August 24-25, with eleven teams participating.

While they usually attend the Labour Day weekend, the Greenbush Generals from eastern Ontario are instead going to this event in 2019.

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Stittsville U12 selects win bronze

The Stittsville 56ers U12 boys select team won bronze at the Select Provincials this past weekend in Unionville.


Monday, August 19, 2019

Kemtpville and Stittsville tie at 7

The Kemptville Black Sox and the Stittsville 56ers tied at 7-7 in Carp in Greater Ottawa Fastball League action on Monday night.

Dan and Zach Thompson threw for Kemptville while Kyle Olson had the ball for Stittsville.

Black Sox players hitting homers were Jeremy Malloy, Juan Ramirez and Wilmer Lovera.


GOFL Play In game

The Greater Ottawa Fastball League is a nine team league, with eight making the playoffs.

As per the league meeting, the 8th place and 9th place teams face off in a "play in" game to see which team participates in in the best of three first round versus the 1st place team.

As such, West Carleton Electric (9th) will play I4C Victory (8th) on Wednesday August 21 at 8 pm in Manotick.


GOFL this week (updated)

There are at least two three games scheduled this week for the Greater Ottawa Fastball League. (Potentially more to come.)

In Carp on Monday night at 9 pm, Kemptville Black Sox will be hosting the Stittsville 56ers.

On Wednesday night, the Orleans Rebels will be in to Micksburg to play the Twins at 8 pm.

At a special event in Chapeau, QC on Friday night (link here), the Twins and Quyon Flyers will play a league game, starting at 8:30 pm following an old timers game.


Sunday, August 18, 2019

West Carleton Electric wins Intermediate Men's B East Provincial title

West Carleton Electric won five games straight to claim the Ontario Amateur Softball Association Intermediate Men's B East Provincial championship this past weekend in McNab/Braeside.

The Electric won their pool in round robin play. Their first game was a 8-2 win over Frankford with Andy Barber getting the win. Adam Danford took the loss for Frankford with relief from Brandon Smith. The second game saw West Carleton prevail 9-2 over the Moscow Mohawks. Jeff Barber was the winning pitcher and Tom Hanna took the loss. The third game of the day saw WC get by Scarborough Lions 10-0. Kyle Olson got the win this one while Josh Dhalipal was the losing pitcher.

The semi-final on Sunday saw the Electric once again playing Frankford. This game was much closer, with West Carleton edging out a 4-3 win. Michael Cavanagh had the game winning RBI in the bottom of the seventh. Andy Barber got the win in relief of brother Jeff. Adam Danford took the loss in relief of Brandon Smith.

The final saw West Carleton face off against the Micksburg Twins. WC won 9-4 to take the gold medal. Andy Barber had the win while Trevor Lahey took the loss.

Andy Barber was named tournament MVP while Trevor Lahey got the nod as top pitcher.

Micksburg had two wins (over Ottawa Valley As 4-3 and Frankford 8-4) in the round robin with a 14-3 loss to Scarborough Lions. The Twins avenged their earlier defeat by beating the Lions 6-1 in the semi-final.

The Ottawa Valley As went 1-2 in the round robin, beating Moscow Mohawks 11-6 and losing to Frankford 9-6. They played in the consolation "C" Final on Sunday where they beat the Mohawks 15-14.

Back Row: Gary Charlebois, Kyle Olson, Adam Brown, Scott Muir, Neil Murphy, Steve Cavanagh, Andy Barber
Front Row: Jeff Cavanagh, Sponsor Dale Hanna, Jeff Barber, Shawn Ryan, Jon Daley, Chris Costello, Michael Cavanagh and his two sons Tyler and Dylan


Friday, August 16, 2019

Men's Intermediate B/C East provincials in McNab/Braeside this weekend

The Ontario Amateur Softball Association Intermediate Men's B/C tournament will take place on Saturday and Sunday at the McNab Centre diamonds on Calabogie Road.

There are six teams taking part, including three from the Greater Ottawa Fastball League: West Carleton Electric, Micksburg Twins, and Ottawa Valley As.

For the full schedule, check out this link.


Cobourg Dirt Road Co. wins ISC II title

The Cobourg Dirt Road Co. team won the International Softball Congress ISC II title in Denmark, Wisconsin today with a 4-0 victory over the Wiarton Nationals.

Nick Ellis of the GOFL's Kars Aces plays for Cobourg.

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Thursday, August 15, 2019

North Augusta advances to NLMFL finals

In Thursday night action in the North Leeds Men's Fastball League, North Augusta beat out Greenbush 6-1 behind Cory Alkerton's 3 hitter. Greenbush pushed a run across in the 3rd before Andrew Dickerson's 3 run shot in 4th and Matt Alkerton's 2 run HR in 6th sealed the deal. Kevin Phillips took the loss with relief from Brock Seed and Austin Blanchard.

North Augusta will play in the Chamipionships aginst the winner of Eastons Corners and Lyn.


North Leeds Men's Fastball League playoffs

In the North Leeds Men's Fastball League, the first round of the playoffs best-of-three series are complete.

Greenbush defeated Westport 2-0
North Augusta defeated Athens 2-0
Lyn defeated Maitland 2-1
Eastons Corners A's defeated Eastons Corners Haymakers 2-0

The second round sees North Augusta match up against Greenbush. The first game had North Augusta win 2-1. Luke Severson and Cory Alkerton combined for a 1 hitter and Alkerton hit a 2 run HR to help his cause. Austin Blanchard took the loss with excellent relief from Kevin Phillips who also provided to lone Gererals hit and RBI. Game 2 tonight in Greenbush.

 The other series between Eastons Corners A's and Lyn is yet to start.


GOFL playoff scenarios

With a few make up games to go, the Greater Ottawa Fastball League playoff possibilities are getting a bit clearer.

8th (I4C Victory) and 9th (West Carleton Electric) are set. They will play each other in a one game play in match to see which team participates in the best of three playoffs.

Kemptville Black Sox and Stittsville 56ers play each other on Monday. The result of that game will determine which team is 6th and which team is 7th.

Ottawa Valley As will finish 5th no matter what.

The other positions depend on the results of the make up games.

Orleans Rebels could finish 3rd or 4th.

Micksburg Twins could finish first (they would need to win both their make up games and have Kars and Quyon tie their game). The Twins could also place 2nd, 3rd or 4th depending on how things shake out.

Both the Quyon Flyers and Kars Aces could finish anywhere between 1st and 3rd, depending on how their final games end up.


Wednesday, August 14, 2019

U16 Stittsville 56ers to Represent Ontario at the Eastern Canadian Championships

The Stittsville 56ers u16 Tier II team placed third this past weekend at the PWSA “A” Bantam Provincials, earning themselves a place in the Eastern Canadian Championships as Ontario 3. The tournament will take place August 22-25, 2019 in Whitby.
The 56ers are sponsored by Platinum Sponsor Sleepwell Property Management as well as by Beans Chevrolet, Ken White Construction, Upper Canada Elevators, the BLG Foundation, lawyer Larry Elliot, Ram Electric, Shouldice Mechanical, Ottawa-Nepean Canadians Sports Club, Kanata Sports Club and the Water Depot.
On Thursday night the 56ers started off the round robin tournament with a 10-0 run rule win over the Kawartha Lakers. Sydney Watts pitched a complete game shut out, giving up only one hit and one walk in five innings. The 56ers scattered nine hits in the game, led by Avery Smith (two hits, one walk, two RBIs and two runs scored) and MacKenzie Bresee (three hits, one run and an RBI). Six different 56er players had hits in the game, leading to a well-balanced attack. The 56ers also had no defensive errors in the game.
The 56ers next faced the Springfield Brewers, the 2018 PWSA “A” Provincial Champions, on Friday morning. The 56ers needed a win in this game to guarantee themselves a spot in the playoff round. The 56ers gained an early 4-0 lead over the Brewers before allowing 4 runs in the bottom of the fourth inning and 2 runs in the bottom of the 5th inning to fall behind 6-4. The 56ers would come from behind with three runs in the 6th inning and one in the 7th inning to win the game 8-6. Watts started the game fort he 56ers going five strong inning before being relieved by Jordyn LeBoutiliier who closed out the game in the 6th and 7th inning. Smith and Emmy Lecour each had three hits in the game, while Alison Roach and Kate Parks each had two RBIs. Again, six different 56ers had at least one hit in this important game.
On Saturday morning, the 56ers had their last game of the round robin against Brampton. Brampton scored three runs in the bottom of the first inning, leaving an early mountain for the 56ers to climb back from. The 56ers would score once in the second, once in the sixth and twice in the top of the seventh, coming just shy of the comeback in a 5-4 loss. LeBoutillier pitched very well going the full game and giving up only one earned run in the loss. Delaney Johnston had two hits and a run scored for the 56ers, Bresee had a double and an RBI and Lecour contributed offensively with a triple, an RBI and a run scored. The loss earned the 56ers second place in their pool.
After a short break the 56ers had their first playoff game against the Palmerston Marlins. The 56ers needed to win against the Marlins and another team to be determined to earn a medal in the tournament and a potential berth to the Eastern Canadian Championships. In an unbelievable offensive performance, the 56ers scored 14 runs off of 20 hits to defeat the Marlins 14-4 in five innings. Eight different 56ers had hits in the game. Notable performances included Johnston with three hits, five RBIs and two runs scored, Bresee with three RBIs and two runs scored and Jayde Shouldice who had three RBIs. Watts again pitched a complete game, going five innings with six strike outs and giving up only 1 earned run.
Immediately after the win, the 56ers faced the Oakville Angels. The Angels defeated the 56ers by a score of 12-1 at the Qualifier Tournament to send the team to the bronze medal game instead of a chance at gold. The game started close with a score of only 3-0 for the 56ers after three innings. The bats game alive again in the top of the fourth inning when the 56ers scored five runs. After a quick shut down inning on defence, the 56ers scored another five runs in the top of the fifth inning, ending the game due to the run rule in a 13-0 victory. The 56ers had 13 runs scored off of 13 hits, four walks and two Oakville errors. Watts again pitched a complete game for the 56ers, striking out four, walking none and scattering 4 hits. Seven different 56ers had hits in the game, including a homerun by Kate Parks (who had 4 RBIs and a run scored and  a triple by Jayde Shouldice. Johnston had another huge game for the 56ers with two hits, three runs scored and three RBIs.
The win over Oakville earned the 56ers a spot in the playoff “undefeated” game against the Aurora Diggers on Sunday morning. Unfortunately, the 56ers would lose the game 8-5 (and the coach lost the score sheet for the highlights). Watts and LeBoutillier shared the pitching duties in the game and the 56ers put up a strong performance against a strong Diggers team.  The 56ers had another shot to earn their way back into the gold medal game in a rematch against Brampton immediately following their loss to the Diggers. Brampton would score two runs in the first inning and another two in the top of the fourth. The 56ers battled back in the bottom of the fourth with two runs off a home run by Parks (scoring Johnston). Unfortunately, Brampton would add another run in the top of the fifth and the 56ers fell short of the comeback with a final score of 5-2 Brampton. Brampton would go on to defeat Aurora in the finals for the Provincial Championship.
The loss earned the 56ers a bronze in the tournament.  Avery Smith was selected by the Brampton coaching staff as the MVP for the tournament for the 56ers. By winning three games by the “run rule”, the 56ers also earned “triple ice cream” paid for by Coach Erin and Coach Brad. The athletes are very, very excited about the ice cream. If anyone out there owns an ice cream truck, we could give you some business.
The third place finish also earned the 56ers a berth to represent Ontario along with Brampton and Aurora (and host team Whitby) at the Eastern Canadian Softball Championships. This is a tremendous accomplishment for the team as the Bantam II division started with 38 teams from across the province. Very few teams from the Ottawa-area have qualified for the Eastern Canadian Championships in recent years and the coaching staff, the SMSA and the local softball community is all very proud of these great athletes.

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GOFL Tuesday night round up

There were two games in the Greater Ottawa Fastball League on Tuesday night.

In Fitzroy Harbour, West Carleton Electric got by the Micksburg Twins 14-12 in a wild game with several lead changes, which was also the Murph Dog's managerial debut for the Trics. Steve Cavanagh had the win for Fitzroy and also hit a home run to help his cause. Michael Cavanagh and Neil Murphy also hit homers for West Carleton. For Micksburg, Matt McIntyre was the losing pitcher in relief of John Enright. Scott Conroy and Andy McIntyre had homers for the Twins.

In Shawville, the Quyon Flyers defeated the Stittsville 56ers 4-2. Trevor Lahey got the win while Kyle Olson took the loss. Scott Jessiman had a homer for the 56ers while Curtis Daley hit one out for the Flyers.


Sunday, August 11, 2019

West Carleton Electric U12 boys win silver

The West Carleton Junior Electric U12 rep boys team won silver medals at the eight-team Ontario Amateur Softball Association Provincial A tournament in Ponsonby this past weekend.

The 'Trics started their tournament off with a big 9-3 win over St. George Spartans on Friday night. On Saturday morning, the WC team got by Tara Titans 13-7. This set up the "undefeated game" against their rivals the Napanee Express. WC won 4-3 in a very well played game of fastpitch softball to advance to the finals, where they would have to be beat twice.

Napanee won their way through the losers' side to advance to the final.

On Sunday, the first final game ended 12-7 for Napanee, requiring the "if necessary" game to be played in the double knockout event. That proved to a crazy match up, with several lead changes, and requiring an eighth (extra) inning. In the end, the Napanee team prevailed 12-9.

The U12 Trics are coached by three GOFLers: Trevor Barton, Shawn Rebertz and Sean Lecuyer

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Friday, August 09, 2019

Fastball event in Chapeau, QC

A special fastball exhibition GOFL League game event coming up on August 23 in Chapeau, QC.


Wednesday, August 07, 2019

Valley beats I4C

The Ottawa Valley As got by I4C Victory 6-5 in Greater Ottawa Fastball League play on Wednesday night in Carp.

Ben Broek earned the win with an inning and third of pitching in relief of Adam Rueckwald. Matt McNish took the loss.

Dave Baird hit a two run shot in the bottom of the sixth to put Valley ahead, driving in Sean Lecuyer who had doubled. Lecuyer had a monster homer earlier in the game.

McNish, Chris MacFarlane and Curtis Scurr all hit homers for I4C.


Orleans and Stittsville play a game and a half on Wednesday

On Wednesday night, the Orleans Rebels and the Stittsville 56ers played a game and a half at Pierre Rocque park in Greater Ottawa Fastball League action.

On June 26 a game between the two teams was halted due to an injury to an umpire. The game was completed on Wednesday with Orleans taking the 4-2 victory. Jeff Barber was the winning pitcher based on his work on the 26th, with Andy Barber getting the save. Luc D'Entremont was the losing pitcher, also based on his innings on the 26th, while Kyle Olson took the loss.

The teams then played a full game, with Orleans winning this one as well 6-1. Jeff Barber earned the win in relief of brother Andy. Olson took the loss.


OASA U12 provincials this weekend in Ponsonby

This weekend the Ontario Amateur Softball Association U12 provincial A and B tournaments will be held in Ponsonby and Elora. The A tournament has 8 teams, including West Carleton Junior Electric and the B tournament has 10 teams.

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ISC World Tournament starts this weekend

The Interntional Softball Congress World Tournament starts this weekend in Denmark, Wisconsin with 36 teams participating.

GOFLers Matt Greer (Quyon) and Joran Graham (Micksburg) will be playing for the Niagara Stompers. Nick Ellis (Kars) will be playing for Cobourg Dirt Road Co.

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Quyon beats Micksburg in make up game

The Quyon Flyers defeated the Micksburg Twins in a hastily scheduled make up game on Tuesday night in Shawville. The Twins game in Fitzroy was postponed due to no officials being available, so the Flyers invited them in to play after a Shawville League game.

The Flyers prevailed 7-3 on the strength of a seven run first inning. Trevor Lahey earned the win while John Enright took the loss with relief from Joran Graham.

The Flyers' Matt Greer and the Twins' Graham will be off to Wisconsin this weekend as teammates for the ISC World Tournament. They are both playing with the Niagara Stompers.

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Tuesday, August 06, 2019

GOFL games this week

There are Greater Ottawa Fastball League games on the schedule to make up this week.

Orleans will host the Stittsville 56ers on Wednesday at 7 pm where they will complete their previous game which was halted, as well as play their remaining game on the schedule following.

Also on Wednesday, the Valley As will host I4C Victory at 8 pm in Carp.

There was a make up game scheduled for Tuesday in Fitzroy (Micksburg vs West Carleton) but it had to be postponed as no officials were available.


Steve Fitzsimmons to umpire at the ISC World Tournament

Local umpire Steve Fitzsimmons has been named to the officiating crew for the International Softball Congress World Tournament in Wisconsin next week.

Story: http://iscfastpitch.com/18-world-class-umpires-will-be-joining-the-2019-isc-wt-blue-crew/

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Sunday, August 04, 2019

West Carleton Junior Electric U14 team wins OASA C Provincials

West Carleton Junior Electric U14 boys rep team played in the Ontario Amateur Softball Association provincial "C" tournament on the weekend in Wilmot Township and came away with gold medals.

The mini Trics started off with a 10-2 win over Oshawa Double Bs.

Next up was a game against the Tara Twins that saw WC prevail 12-4.

This set up a final with the Elmira Heat. Given the double knockout format, West Carleton had to be beaten twice.

The first matchup saw WC up take 8-7 lead into the seventh inning only to fall 9-8, resulting in an "if necessary" game.

West Carleton got off to a 9-0 lead in the last match up and held on for a 10-6 win to earn gold.

Back row: Coach Josh Pennock, Coach Blair Armstrong, Will Potten, Zach Branchaud, Conner Hopper, Blake Bramburger, Will Herrick, Jack Armstrong, Coach Adam Brown
Middle Row: Taelyn Lecuyer, holding plaque - Kobi Stevenson and Gabe Brown
Front row: holding banner - Coach Sean Lecuyer, Dawson Pennock, and Hayden Khan; Colton Lecuyer
Missing: Josh Langford

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Friday, August 02, 2019

Stacked Elkland wins Gil Read tourney

Published with permission 

By Jake Davies - West Carleton Online

CARP – The heat was on for the 12th annual Gil Read Memorial Fastball Tournament, so it’s no surprise a beverage company was named champion Sunday afternoon (July 28).

That makes it the third time in a row for the Elkland Beverage Company out of Pennsylvania, a five-hour trip to Carp. It was absolutely a test of stamina as players battled each other and the sun as the current heatwave in West Carleton tested the mettle of athletes all weekend long.
Mitch Taylor beats the throw home in the Electric's game against three-time tournament champions Elkland. Photo by Jake Davies
Mitch Taylor beats the throw home in the Electric’s game against three-time tournament champions Elkland. Photo by Jake Davies

Fitzroy Harbour’s Adam Brown was a key tournament organizer and told West Carleton Online it was a good weekend for fastball in Carp.

“The tournament went well,” Brown said this morning (July 29). “The one exception was a team dropping out on Thursday at noon which made for some scheduling changes. But generally, the weather was great, the level of play was very high, a decent number of fans came out to support and there were no problems with the event. I’d really like to thank the Huntley Community Association and the West Carleton Amateur Sports Club for their collaboration on the event, and of course all the volunteers who made the event possible.”

After a day of round-robin play, the Elkland Beverage Co. faced the Durham Diamondbacks in one semi-final and the Micksburg Twins played the Waterdown Hammer in the other.

Elkland defeated the Diamondbacks 13-7 with pitcher Gregg Garrity getting credit for the win. The other semi-final game was one for the ages. The Twins were down 4-2 in the bottom of the last inning of the game. Then Twins Scott Conroy and Matt Greer hit solo homeruns to tie the game and Jordan Graham followed that with a walk-off homerun for the win.

In the finals, Elkland defeated Micksburg 6-1 for the championship. Elkland was considered a favourite heading in to the tournament with three players on the squad who are also starters for the New Zealand national team – one of the powerhouses on the world fastball stage. Tournament MVP Riley Makea, 19, is considered one of the most promising young players in New Zealand, and has won a silver and bronze in Junior Men’s World Championships. He will represent New Zealand as the country chases its eighth world championship in August in Prague, Czech Republic.

Social media for the visiting teams was full of praise for the tournament and its organization. It’s no small feat as Brown manages the tournament, manages the home team West Carleton Electric and is also a bench player for the local team.
Kinburn's Scott Barton turns the double-play during a game against Elkland. Photo by Jake Davies
Kinburn’s Trevor Barton turns the double-play during a game against Elkland. Photo by Jake Davies

“It is exceedingly challenging to manage a tournament and also play and coach in the event,” Brown said. “I have done it before in Fitzroy years ago and it hasn’t got any easier. Over the past years, the Gil Read Memorial has really proven itself to be a top-notch event. Well run, at nice diamonds with good crowds and a good ‘vibe.’ That attracts teams and players to make the trip from out of town to play. We have had players over the years who have represented their countries internationally for Canada and USA. This year there were three players from Team New Zealand, with Elkland, and one with Waterdown from the Dominican Republic national team program.”

Host team the Electric started off strong opening the tournament with an 8-3 win over the Ottawa Spiders, but was in a tough pool having to face off against Elkland Saturday morning in a 10-2 loss that was close early in the game. The ‘Trics then loss Saturday night 6-5 to the Fenelon Falls The Lakes and were shut-out Sunday morning 8-0 to the Waterdown Hammer. The team did not make it to the playoff round.

“The ‘Trics were in a tough pool,” Brown said. “Elkland is always strong as they ‘load up’ for the Gil and have now won it three years in a row. Waterdown Hammer is also a very strong team making a run at the International Softball Congress World Tournament (ISC) in August. They flew in a pitcher, Bryan Newton, from Saskatchewan for the weekend. The Fenelon Falls The Lakes team is also playing in the ISC tournament and have a strong hitting crew.”

The ‘Trics also play in the Greater Ottawa Fastball League (GOFL) and are in the middle of a long season. The team is last in the league with a 2-11-1 record, just one game back of Kemptville and still time to make a playoff run.

“For the remainder of the GOFL season, the ‘Trics are looking to close out play in the schedule and make a run – as long as possible – in the playoffs,” Brown said. “It’s been a ‘rebuilding’ year but the guys are still enjoying things.”

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Thursday, August 01, 2019

Moe is a winner

Congratulations to Shawn Laframboise, Shawville native and long term player for the Quyon Flyers. Moe and his better half moved to Calgary this spring. He was able to catch on with a local team, and the Calgary Buffalos are Softball Alberta Intermediate Men's Provincial C champions after winning an eight team tournament in July.

See if you can find him in the photo below!


Harbour Ball moment

As regular readers know, anything can happen in Harbour Ball (also known as the Fitzroy Harbour Men's Fastball League).

This past Wednesday, Team Black (Clouthier Custom Carpentry) had the bases loaded with none out against Team Yellow (All in One Septic and Excavating).

When a Team Black player hit a liner to centre, all the base runners were on the move. They however neglected to consider that the Team Yellow centrefielder actually is a very quick Harbour Baller, and he tracked the ball without issue. As the Team Black captain was shouting "Whoa, whoa, whoa" the baserunners apparently heard "Go, go, go".

After a couple of throws following the catch, Team Black fell victim to the Harbour Ball Triple Play. According to those on the deck enjoying refreshments post game, if the rules allowed for a quadruple play, that may have been possible!


Orleans beats I4C in bottom of the seventh

At Pierre Rocque Park on Wednesday night in Greater Ottawa Fastball League play, the Orleans Rebels beat I4C Victory 7-6.

Derick Bulley had the win for Orleans, in relief of Nick Bowman. Matt McNish took the loss.

The Rebels were down 6-5 but won with a walk off single by Tyler Borris in the bottom of the seventh.


Napanee wins U14 nationals

At the U14 Softball Canada national championship in Saskatoon, the Napanee Express defeated the Wilmot New Hamburg Thunder 8-4 in the gold medal game. Ontario teams swept the medals at this ten team event.

Gold: Napanee
Silver: Wilmot New Hamburg
Bronze: Chatsworth

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