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Saturday, October 23, 2021

Micksburg GOFL championship interviews

Some post game interviews on YourTV Ottawa Valley with Joran Graham and Scott Conroy following the Micksburg Twins championship win of the Greater Ottawa Fastball League earlier this month.





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Monday, October 18, 2021

WC Electric season meets soggy end

This article appeared in the October 6 version of West Carleton Online and is reprinted with permission. Jake Davies and West Carleton Online have provided excellent coverage of the GOFL and other local news and sports since they started. The site are a great source of local news and it only costs $50 a year for a subscription, well worth the money. Learn more here.

WC Electric season meets soggy end

By Jake Davies - West Carleton Online


CARP – In weather best suited for ducks, the Greater Ottawa Fastball League (GOFL) hosted three playoff games in Carp last Saturday (Oct. 2), and the West Carleton Electric’s 2021 season has come to an end.

For West Carleton’s top fastball team, and the GOFL, 2021 was a return to play following a COVID-19 cancelled 2020. Most tournaments were also cancelled, including the Men’s U23 National Fastball Championship scheduled for Carp in the summer of both 2020 and 2021.

While the record book may not look fondly on the ‘Trics in 2021 who went 3-7 in the GOFL regular season finishing in the six-team basement and then bowed out of the double-knockout playoff tournament losing two straight. On Saturday, the Electric kicked off a soggy triple-header at the Carp Fairgrounds, losing 8-1 to the Kars Aces and eliminating the ‘Trics from the GOFL playoffs.

For Electric player-manager Adam Brown, it was great to get back to the sport he loves.

“Big thanks to Dale and Laurie Hanna from West Carleton Electric Ltd. for their sponsorship and support this year and over the years,” Brown told West Carleton Online yesterday (Oct. 5). “They are a great help. It was really good to be back on the diamond and see everyone, both the guys on the Electric and on the other teams. And even the umpires. I really missed it and I know others did too.”

There was even a bit of a COVID-bump in attendance and many of the games this season had small crowds of enthusiastic fastball fans.

“We had some decent crowds out to games, including a doubleheader in Micksburg in front of about 100 attendees,” Brown said. “The level of play in the league was very even. Some great games. The skill difference between first place and sixth place teams is not that large.”

Following the GOFL opener for the Electric last July, Brown remarked the Electric had added some local youth joining the team in some capacity for the upcoming season. Checking back in at the end of the season, Brown says those players became contributors.

“There are lots of new young guys playing in the league, including pitchers, in their teens and 20s,” Brown said. “It will help the future of the game. We added some youth to the ‘Trics and they did great. Owen Brown (my son, 19) and Jeff Campbell, 27, are both from Fitzroy and have played in the local Harbour Ball league and were ready to make the jump to GOFL, as well as young pitcher Cory Baldwin, 21, from Kemptville who played with Owen at the U19 level back in 2019.”

The Electric, based out of Fitzroy Harbour, have spent 17 years in the GOFL. While they have no championships to date, the team played in the finals three times in 2004, 2007 and 2017. The team often travels to tournaments throughout the season, but did not do so in 2021 due to COVID-19.

Newcomer Matt Greer had a huge impact on the team. Able to play multiple positions, and play them well, Greer led the league in home runs with five (tied with Kars Aces Brad Pender).

In the first Electric playoff game, Greer struck out 14 batters scattering four hits over the game and hit a two-run home run. Greer, a Shawville resident, hit another home run in the Electric’s second playoff game scoring the team’s only run in an 8-1 loss. Greer had all three RBIs for the ‘Trics’ playoff run.

“Matt was a huge addition to the team,” Brown said. “He’s plays at the ‘open’ level, very good athlete, all-around player and great guy. And of course, our returning veterans are the glue that holds things together. Guys like Neil Murphy, Trevor Barton, Steve Cavanagh, Chris Costello who have been around for the long haul with the ‘Trics. Really looking forward to the GOFL again in 2022.”

Brown, a man with his ear down to the fastball ground, also shared a scoop for next year, including the possible return of youth softball to West Carleton.

“There’s rumoured potential GOFL expansion, stay tuned,” Brown said. “And I hope to get the minor softball back going as well in West Carleton next spring.”

In other GOFL playoff news, the Micksburg Twins defeated the Orleans Rebels 9-0 in game two of the Saturday soggy triple-header. The Manotick Brewers would defeat the Carp-based Ottawa Valley A’s 7-2.

Tonight (Oct. 6) the Rebels take on the Brewers at Pierre Rocque Field in Orleans for the right to travel to Micksburg to take on the waiting Twins in the first game of a possible two-game finals. The winner of tonight’s game will have to win two straight to become champion.

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Sunday, October 17, 2021

Chips n Dip wins Orleans league final

Chips N Dip won the Orleans Fastball League playoff title on Sunday afternoon over the Blue Jays. 

With Chips N Dip being undefeated in the OFL double bracket playoff format, they had to be beaten twice. The Blue Jays won the first game 4-1, but Chips N Dip won the "if necessary" game 3-2 in 8 innings to take the title.

Andy Barber had the win in the first game for the Jays, while Derek Barber took the loss. Brett Dugan hit a homer for the Blue Jays and Andre Mainville had a bases loaded 3RBI hit for the Jays who scored all their runs in the top of the seventh. Brad Pender scored the only run for C.N.D.

Jeff Barber earned the pitching win in the second game for the C.N.D, while Andy Barber took the loss. Sean Menard had the game winning RBI for Chips N Dip in the 8th inning.

The four team league played Sundays all year at Pierre Rocque Park and are the last area league to crown a champ in 2021.

Top row: Derek Barber, Derek Brown, Brad Pender, Travis Dittmar, Sean Menard
Bottom row: Alex Sabean, Dave Walters, Jeff Barber, Jason Naylor, Paul Toonders.
Missing: Matt Healey, Geoff Grace


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Orleans league finals on Sunday

The playoff finals for the Orleans Fastball League will be held Sunday October 17 at noon at Pierre Rocque Park with the Blue Jays (one loss) playing Chips n Dip (undefeated).

If the Blue Jays win at noon, the "if necessary" game will be played immediately afterward.

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Thursday, October 14, 2021

GOFL All Stars

Coming soon to the blog, based on voting by each team's representative, will be the annual Greater Ottawa Fastball League all-stars.

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Saturday, October 09, 2021

GOFL Final play by play

Starting line ups

Orleans Rebels: Jefferson Roman cf; Matt Healey rf; Andy Barber p; Jeff Barber lf; Derek Barber c; Tyler Borris 1b; Andre Mainville dp; Moises Del Corral 3b; Kevin Shonfield ss; Travis Valois 2b

Micksburg Twins: Andy McIntyre ss; Joran Graham p; Chad Costello c; Scott Conroy 1b; Jared Steege 3b; Matt McIntyre 2b; Connor Moss cf; Joe Mick lf; John Enright rf

Umpires: Dave Herbst (plate); Gary Findley (bases)

Top 1st
Roman strikeout, put out c to 1b; Healy strikeout; A Barber grounder to 3b, safe on error by 1b; A Barber advances to second on wild pitch; J Barber ground out p to 1b. 
0 runs 0 hits 1 left on base 1 error

Bottom 1st
A McIntyre strikeout; Graham walk; Graham advances to second on wild pitch; Costello strikeout, put out c to 1b, Graham advances to third; Conroy ground ball, safe on error by 1b; Graham scores; Conroy advances to second on stolen base; Steege strikeout.
1 run 0 hits 1 left on base 1 error

Top 2nd
D Barber strikeout; Borris pop out to ss; Mainville strikeout.
0 runs 0 hits 0 left on base

Bottom 2nd
M McIntyre walk; Moss pop out bunt to p; McIntyre advances to second on stolen base; Mick hit by pitch; Enright strikeout; A McIntyre strikeout.
0 runs 0 hits 2 left on base

Top 3rd
Del Corral ground out ss to 1b; Shonfield strikeout; Roman strikeout
0 runs 0 hits 0 left on base

Bottom 3rd
Graham walk (intentional); Costello strikeout; Conroy ground out p to 1b, Graham advances to second; Steege single, Graham scores, RBI, Steege to second on throw to c; M McIntyre strikeout.
1 run 1 hit 1 left on base

Top 4th
Healey strikeout; A Barber ground out ss to 1b; J Barber strikeout.
0 runs 0 hits 0 left on base

Bottom 4th
Moss strikeout; Mick strikeout; Enright strikeout.
0 runs 0 hits 0 left on base

Top 5th
D Barber strikeout; Borris strikeout; Mainville strikeout
0 runs 0 hits 0 left on base

Bottom 5th
A McIntyre strikeout; Graham walk (intentional); Ryan McIntyre \pinch runs for Graham; R McIntyre steals second; Costello at bat, error by lf on foul fly ball, Costello walks; Nolan Rook pinch runs for Costello; Conroy home run, R McIntyre scores, Rook scores, Conroy scores, 3 RBI; Steege single; M  McIntyre triple, Steege scores, RBI; Moss hit by pitch; Mick sacrifice fly to lf, M McIntyre scores, RBI.
5 runs 3 hits 1 left on base 1 error


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Micksburg wins GOFL title

The Micksburg Twins won the Greater Ottawa Fastball League playoff title on Friday night in Micksburg, with a 7-0 win over the Orleans Rebels in the single game final in front of an estimated crowd of about 125.

The Twins went undefeated in all three of their games in the playoff bracket to win the title. The Rebels won three and lost two - both to Micksburg. 

Joran Graham was the winning pitcher for the Twins, not allowing a hit over five innings of work and striking out 11. Andy Barber took the loss for the Rebels. He also struck out 11.

Orleans got their only baserunner of the game in the first when Andy Barber reached on an error. He got to second on a wild pitch but was stranded.

The Twins got on the board in the bottom of the first. Graham walked, moved to second on wild pitch and got to third on a strikeout that required the catcher to make the play at first. Scott Conroy's hard hit ball was misplayed allowing Graham to score.

Micksburg made it 2-0 in the third. Graham was intentionally walked to lead off. After a strikeout, a ground out advanced Graham to second. Jared Steege's RBI double scored Graham.

The home team put the run rule in effect to win the game in the bottom of the fifth. After an out, there was once again an intentional walk to Graham, followed by a Chad Costello walk. Conroy's homer to centrefield made it 5-0. Steege then hit another single, followed by a Matt McIntyre triple. Joseph Mick's sac fly to left field plated McIntyre to seal the victory.

Champions - Micksburg Twins
Scott Conroy, Nolan Rook, Paul Griffith, Chad Costello, Nolan Costello, Jared Steege, Noah Fleurie, Connor Moss, Ryan McIntyre.
Joseph Mick, John Enright, Andy McIntyre, Matt McIntyre, Jamey Mick, Joran Graham

Finalists - Orleans Rebels
Derek Barber, Jeff Barber, Matt Healey, Jefferson Roman, Moises Del Corral, Kevin Shonfield
Tyler Borris, Andy Barber, Andre Mainville, Travis Valois

Cup Presentation
(photo by Jamie Bramburger)

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Thursday, October 07, 2021

Pembroke Observer article on GOFL final

Check out this article by Jamie Bramburger in the Pembroke Observer about the Greater Ottawa Fastball League. 

https://www.pembrokeobserver.com/sports/local-sports/micksburg-twins-host-championship-fastball-game-friday-night

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Team Canada U23 Men's roster announced

Softball Canada has announced the roster for the 2022 U23 Men's team who will compete at the World Baseball Softball Confederation Pan American championship.

Connor Brooks of Napanee, who played a two games this year in the Greater Ottawa Fastball League with Micksburg, has been named as an 18 year old.



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Chloe Milne makes Team Quebec U17-Espoir

Congratulations to Chloe Milne for being selected to Team Quebec U17-Espoir female fastball team. They will compete in the 2022 Canadian Championships in l'Île-Perrot, QC.

Chloe is the daughter of Kars Aces' infielder Chad Milne (who is also GOFL webmaster). 

Chloe grew up playing baseball, but has decided to give women's fastball a try. She is a familiar face around the ball diamonds in the Greater Ottawa Fastball League, attending many games. Chloe has made an appearance in at least one league game to help out the Aces, the second woman ever to play in the GOFL. She has also been to Elkland, PA on several occasions to watch the action at the Durk Sherman Classic. 

Best wishes to Chloe for success in fastpitch!

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Raffle to support the U23 Men's Canadian Championship event

The U23 Men's Canadian Championship will be held in Carp in August 2022. The organizing committee is holding a raffle to raise funds to help make this event a success.

Tickets for the raffle - sample below - will be on sale the Greater Ottawa Fastball League final game on Friday at 8 p.m. in Micksburg. If you're attending, be sure to bring some cash to support the cause.




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GOFL Final game is set for Friday

The Greater Ottawa Fastball League playoff final game is set for Friday October 8 at 8 p.m. in Micksburg. The second-seeded Twins will host the fifth-seeded Orleans Rebels in the last match up of the GOFL's double knockout bracket in the "single game" final.

Micksburg Twins were the most recent playoff winners of the league during the 2019 season. Orleans Rebels have never won a league title and will be in their first finals appearance.

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Orleans advances to GOFL finals

The Orleans Rebels advanced to the Greater Ottawa Fastball League playoff final game with an 11-3 win on Wednesday night at Pierre Rocque Park over the Manotick Brewers.

Andy Barber was the winning pitcher, allowing seven hits and striking out 11 over five innings. Luc D'Entremont's impressive playoff run came to an end as he took the loss. 

The Rebels got two in the top of the first. Jefferson Roman lead off with a single, followed by two run homer for Matt Healey.

Chris MacFarlane led off the bottom of second for Manotick with a double. Trevor Beaulieu walked, then Riley Dunbar single drove in MacFarlane to make it 2-1 for the Rebels.

In the top of third for Orléans, Andre Manville led of with single. After a sac bunt and ground out, he was brought home by a two run homer by Roman.

A line drive homer by Luc D'Entremont in the bottom of the third halved the lead to 4-2 for Orleans.

The fourth inning saw a walk to Andy Barber who stole second and took third on overthrow. Derek Barber's single scored him to put up Orleans 5-2.

Orleans scored six in the fifth inning. After a fly out, Kevin Shonfield walked and advanced to second on a ground out. And error put Healey on base and moved Shonfield to third. A walk to Andy Barber loaded the bases. A misplayed pop fly with two out allowed two runs to score. A single by Derek Barber scored another run. When another ball dropped in, another run scored. Andre Mainville doubled to score another two score before the inning ended.

Down nine, Manotick had to score three to keep the game going. They got a run on a Tyler Alexander solo homer, but that was all and the game ended 11-3 for Orleans on the run rule.

Orleans will travel to Micksburg on Friday October 8 to play the Twins for the GOFL title at 8 p.m. in front of what is anticipated to be a big crowd.

Orleans
WP: Andy Barber 5IP 2R 2ER 7H 11K 1BB
Jefferson Roman 1B, HR, 2RBI, 2R
Matt Healey HR, 2RBI, 2R
Andy Barber 1B, 2BB, R
Andre Mainville 1B, 2B, 2RBI
Derek Barber 2x1B, 2RBI, R

Manotick
LP: Luc D'Entremont 5IP 11R 5ER 8H 3BB
Chris MacFarlane 2B
Riley Dunbar 1B, 2B, RBI
Luc D'Entremont 1B, HR, RBI, R
Ryan Clare 1B
Tyler Alexander HR, RBI, R

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Wednesday, October 06, 2021

Orleans vs Manotick in GOFL semi-final

The Orleans Rebels and Manotick Brewers will play Wednesday night at 8:15 p.m. at Pierre Rocque Park in the Greater Ottawa Fastball League playoff semi-final. 

The winner will face the Micksburg Twins in Micksburg in the single game final match. Date and time are to be confirmed.

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Brewers advance to GOFL semi-final (with some stats)

Info from Paul Griffith, Erin Durant and Ryan Clare

The Manotick Brewers advanced to the Greater Ottawa Fastball League playoff semi-final with a 5-2 win over the Kars Aces in Manotick on Tuesday night.

Luc D'Entremont was the winning pitcher while Cory Alkerton took the loss.

Kars put up two runs in the bottom of the second. Brad Pender hit a ball that was misplayed, driving in Aces who reached base on an error and walk.

Manotick tied the game in the top of the fifth. Tyler Alexander hit an RBI double, and after D'Entremont was called safe on a close play at first, that allowed Alexander to score from third which he had reached on a passed ball.

In the seventh, Manotick scored three to take the lead. D'Entremont walked, Ryan Clare singled, and Chris MacFarlane smashed a three-run homer.

When Kars was unable to respond in the bottom of the seventh, the Brewers sealed the win to advance to the semi-final game against the Orleans Rebels at 8:15 p.m. on Wednesday night (October 6) at Pierre Rocque Park in Orleans.

Manotick
WP: Luc D'Entremont 7IP 2R 0ER 1H 11K 4BB
Tyler Alexander 1-4, 2B, R, RBI
Ryan Clare 2-4
Luc D'Entremont 1-3, BB, R
Chris MacFarlane 1-3, BB, HR, 3RBI, R

Kars
LP: Cory Alkerton 7IP 5R 4ER 5H 12K 5BB
Nick Ellis single

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Bucks win Shawville title (now with player names)

The Gannon Blackburn Electric Inc. Bucks won the playoff title of the four team Shawville Men's Fastpitch League playoff title with a 3-0 win over Young’s Appliance Royals on Tuesday night.

Joran Graham was the winning pitcher while Gregg Garrity took the loss.

Congratulations to the Shawville Recreation Association and "commissioner" Matt Greer for putting on a successful season of fastpitch softball in west Quebec.

Back row: Ryan Nugent, Mark Richardson, Cris Hearty, Marc "Kyzer" Lavigne
Front row: Jeff Tanguay, Hunter Hitz, Andy McIntyre, Joran Graham, Scott Conroy


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Tuesday, October 05, 2021

GOFL Playoffs "Plan B" (updated Oct 9))

Updated with all scores.

The Greater Ottawa Fastball League updated playoff schedule after last weekend's rainouts. 

Dates, times and locations could change - be sure to check back on the blog regularly if you're a fan looking to catch a game, or check out @fitzroyfastball on Twitter.

Highest seed is "home" for batting purposes in games 1 through 9. Winner of Game 7 is home for Final.

Wednesday September 29 – Manotick 
Game 1: Orleans Rebels 12 Ottawa Valley As 2
Game 2: Manotick Brewers 3 West Carleton Electric 2

Thursday September 30 – Manotick
Game 3: 7 p.m. Orleans Rebels 1 Kars Aces 0

Thursday September 30 – Micksburg
Game 4: 7:30 p.m. Micksburg Twins 6 Manotick Brewers 2

Saturday October 2 – Carp D2 
Game 5: 3 p.m. Kars Aces 8 West Carleton Electric 1  (WC eliminated)
Game 7: 5 p.m. Micksburg Twins 9 Orleans Rebels 0
Game 6: 7 p.m. Manotick Brewers 7 Ottawa Valley As 2 (Valley eliminated)

Tuesday October 5 - Manotick
Game 8: 7 p.m. Manotick Brewers 5 Kars Aces 2 (Kars eliminated)

Wednesday October 6 - Orleans (Pierre Rocque)
Game 9: 8:15 p.m. Orleans Rebels 11 Manotick Brewers 3 (Manotick eliminated)

Frisay October 8 – Micksburg
Final: 8 p.m. Micksburg Twins 7 Orléans Rebels 0

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Shawville championship game tonight

The championship game for the Shawville Men's Fastpitch League is tonight (Tuesday October 5) at 7 p.m.

The Gannon Blackburn Electric Inc. Bucks will face off against Young’s Appliance Royals. 

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Sunday, October 03, 2021

Royals advance to Shawville final

The Royals advanced to the Shawville Men's Fastpitch League final with a 9-1 win on Sunday afternoon in what could be described as "challenging" weather and field conditions. 

Gregg Garrity was the winning pitcher. Matt Greer took the loss.

Garrity had a homer for the Royals as did Greg Hayes and Darron Barr.

The Royals will now face the Bucks in the SMFL final, on a date and time to be confirmed.

The challenging field conditions.



Home plate 


 

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Saturday, October 02, 2021

GOFL playoff results from Saturday

Saturday afternoon saw a Greater Ottawa Fastball League tripleheader in Carp to determine the final four teams in the playoff double knockout bracket.

Things started at 3 p.m., in a game where the weather was wet, but not the kind of weather you'd cancel a playoff game over. For the 5 p.m. game the weather got progressively worse; the sort of game where you just try to finish things off since you already started. The weather was ugly for the 7 p.m. and stayed ugly - it's shocking that they got the full seven innings in.

(The Ottawa GeeGees vs Queen's Gaels women's games were cancelled, once again showing women are far more sensible than men.)

Game 5
Kars Aces 8 West Carleton Electric 1

The Aces got by the Electric 8-1 with Gregg Garrity earning the win allowing one hit and striking out three. Trevor Lahey took the loss with relief from Matt Greer. 

Kars got on the board in the first inning, with lead off man Brad Pender scoring a run on an error. West Carleton evened the score with a Greer solo shot in top of the fourth. Kars got a second run in the bottom of the fourth when Matt Alkerton walked, moved to third on Kurtis Summers single, and was plated on Cory Morrison's single.

The game got out of reach when the Aces scored six in the fifth inning. They loaded the bases on singles by Kristian Knapp and Garrity, followed by a walk to Cory Alkerton. A Nick Ellis single scored two, prompting a pitching change with starter Lahey being replaced by Greer. Three walks and a hit batsmen scored three more runs. Knapp's sacrifice fly brought in Matt Alkerton to put the run rule on and end the game at 8-1.

Game 7
Micksburg Twins 9 Orleans Rebels 0

The battle of the undefeated teams ended in five innings as the Twins beat the Rebels 9-0. Joran Graham threw the complete game shutout. Andy Barber started and took the loss with Matt Healey seeing some time in relief. Graham hit a two run shot in the first inning.

Game 6
Manotick Brewers 7 Ottawa Valley As 2

In a game played in the most unpleasant of conditions, the Brewers got out to a 5-0 lead and ended up with a 7-2 victory. Luc D'Entremont got the win. Adam Rueckwald was tagged with the loss and had relief from Todd Wilson.

D'Entremont hit a solo homerun and added a second homer, a three-run shot. Ryan Clare also had a solo homer for Manotick.

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Given Saturday's results, the upcoming games are as follows:

Game 8: Manotick Brewers vs Kars Aces
Game 9: Winner of Game 8 vs Orleans Rebels
FINAL: Winner of Game 9 vs Micksburg Twins

Dates, times and locations for the next three GOFL playoff games will be posted shortly.

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Friday, October 01, 2021

Saturday softball in Carp (GOFL, OIWFA)

Plans are for five fastball games to be played Saturday in Carp at the fairgrounds, with both diamonds on the go during the afternoon.

The University of Ottawa GeeGees women's fastpitch softball team will be playing on Diamond #1, with their scheduled Ontario Intercollegiate Women’s Fastpitch Association games against Queen's University Gaels taking place at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Ottawa is currently second place in the East division at 6-1, behind the undefeated University of Toronto. Info here on the OIWFA website.

On Diamond #2, the Greater Ottawa Fastball League playoffs will continue with three games scheduled. Playoff Game 5 between West Carleton Electric and Kars Aces will start at 3 p.m. The loser of that game will be eliminated.

At 5 p.m., the two undefeated teams will faceoff in Playoff Game 7 - Orleans Rebels and the Micksburg Twins. The winner goes directly to the Final with the other team going to the loser side of the bracket.

The late game at 7 p.m. has the Ottawa Valley As against the Manotick Brewers in Playoff Game 6, again with the loser of that game being eliminated. 

The follow up games in the GOFL playoff double knockout bracket, with dates and locations yet to be determined will feature the following:

Game 8: Loser Game 5 vs Loser Game 6
Game 9: Winner Game 8 vs Loser Game 7
FINAL: Winner Game 9 vs Winner Game 7 (single game final)

More about the GOFL is available online here.

NOTE: the forecast is a bit iffy. If GOFL games are cancelled / changed, updated info will be posted in real time on Twitter @fitzroyfastball.


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Shawville league semi-final scheduled for Sunday

The Shawville Men's Fastpitch League semi-final game is scheduled for Sunday October 3 at 11 a.m. with the Brewers facing the Royals for the right to play the Bucks in the league final at a date and time to be determined.

The Brewers finished first in the regular season, with the Bucks second and Royals third. The fourth place Athletics lost their two playoffs games, each by one run, and were eliminated.

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Thursday, September 30, 2021

Twins and Rebels win on Thursday

The Micksburg Twins and Orleans Rebels won in Greater Ottawa Fastball League playoff action on Thursday night.

In Manotick, the Rebels edged the Kars Aces 1-0 in playoff Game 3 based on a strong pitching performance from Andy Barber who only allowed three hits, striking out 14. Brad Porter took the loss, allowing three hits over four innings of work; Cory Alkerton threw three innings in relief and only allowed one hit.

The lone run for Orleans was in the top of the first. Matt Healey singled, and was brought in by Andy Barber's RBI double to left field.

Chad Milne, Kristian Knapp and Cory Alkerton had hits for the Aces.

In Micksburg, the Twins defeated the Manotick Brewers 6-2 in playoff Game 4. Joran Graham had the win, allowing only two hits and striking out 18. Luc D'Entremont took the loss. 

Tyler Alexander led off the game for the Brewers with a single, but he was stranded when Graham struck out the next three batters.

The Twins got on the board in the bottom of the first - Andy McIntyre singled and was scored on a homer from Graham.

Micksburg had two baserunners in the second with a Scott Conroy single and a Noah Fleurie walk, but they were stranded.

In the bottom of three, Micksburg scored two. Graham walked, took second on a wild pitch, and scored on a Chad Costello double. An RBI single from Conroy made it 4-0.

The Twins added another in the fourth. Fleurie walked again, went to second on a wild pitch and scored on a Graham double to the right-centre gap. The inning could have been worse if were not for a spectacular catch by Brewers left fielder Chris MacFarlane who caught a long fly with his back to the the infield.

In the fifth the home team added one more. Conroy hit an infield single to go three for three on the night. Joe Mick hit into a fielder's choice and was replaced by pinch runner Nolan Costello on first. A Paul Griffith single put runner on the corners, and Fleurie's RBI single made it 6-0.

The visitors got two in the seventh. MacFarlane walked and stole second. Trevor Beaulieu hit a single to right field that got by the outfielder all the way to the fence and both runs plated. However, Graham got out of the inning to preserve the win.

Based on tonight's results the next playoff games are:

Game 5: West Carleton Electric vs Kars Aces (loser eliminated)
Game 6: Ottawa Valley As vs Manotick Brewers (loser eliminated)
Game 7: Orleans Rebels vs Micksburg Twins (winner to final, loser to loser bracket)

These games were scheduled for Saturday afternoon but the forecast is looking terrible. Watch this blog for details once finalized for game times.


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GOFL history lesson

It's a yearly tradition, (except for last year) - blog readers' annual history lesson on the GOFL. The Greater Ottawa Fastball League and its predecessor, the Kemptville Men's Fastball League have been around since 2000.

Here are the past winners/finalists, as well as the league teams and franchise histories.

Past winners / finalists

2000 Dolco defeated Macton (3-0, best of five)
2001 Macton defeated D.T.I. (3-1)
2002 Lomor defeated Macton (3-0)
2003 Team Easton defeated Macton (1 game final, 8 innings)
2004 Team Easton defeated West Carleton (3-1)
2005 Team Easton defeated Stittsville (3-1)
2006 Team Easton defeated Stittsville (3-1)
2007 Team Easton defeated West Carleton (3-0)
2008 Stittsville defeated Team Easton (3-1)
2009 Stittsville defeated Quyon (3-2)
2010 Kars defeated Quyon (2-0, series shortened to best of three)
2011 Kars defeated Quyon (Final Weekend Showdown tournament format)
2012 Kars defeated Quyon (FWS tournament format)
2013 Micksburg defeated Kars (FWS tournament format)
2014 I4C Victory defeated Micksburg (FWS tournament format)
2015 I4C Victory defeated Micksburg (2-0, best of three)
2016 Micksburg defeated Kars (Final Four format)
2017 Micksburg defeated West Carleton (Final Four format)
2018 Quyon defeated Kars (Final Four format)
2019 Micksburg defeated Kars (2-1, best of three)

League Composition

2000 - 6 teams
Kemptville Macton Muckdogs
Kemptville D.T.I.
Stittsville 56ers
Kemptville Dolco Printing
Kemptville Thunder Juniors
Kanata Pirates Juniors

2001 - 5 teams
Kemptville Macton Muckdogs
Kemptville D.T.I.
Stittsville 56ers
Kemptville Dolco Printing
Kanata Pirates Juniors

2002 - 4 teams
Kemptville Macton Muckdogs
Kemptville Team Easton (formerly D.T.I.)
Stittsville 56ers
Kemptville Lomor Printers (formerly Dolco Printing)

2003 - 4 teams
Kemptville Macton Muckdogs
Kemptville Team Easton
Stittsville 56ers
Kemptville Lomor Printers

2004 - 5 teams
Kemptville Macton Muckdogs
Kanata Team Easton
Stittsville 56ers
Manotick Lomor Printers
Fitzroy Harbour West Carleton Electric

2005 - 4 teams
Kanata Team Easton
Stittsville 56ers
Manotick Lomor Printers
Fitzroy Harbour West Carleton Electric

2006 - 6 teams
Kanata Team Easton
Stittsville 56ers
Manotick Lomor Printers
Fitzroy Harbour West Carleton Electric
Carp I4C Victory
Ottawa Blitz

2007 - 8 teams
Ottawa Team Easton
Stittsville 56ers
Manotick Lomor Printers
Fitzroy Harbour West Carleton Electric
Carp I4C Victory
Ottawa Blitz
Quyon Combat Flyers
Orleans Gators

2008 - 9 teams
Ottawa Team Easton
Stittsville 56ers
Manotick Lomor Printers
Fitzroy Harbour West Carleton Electric
Carp I4C Victory
Ottawa Blitz
Quyon Combat Flyers
Orleans Gators
Greely DNTW Eagles

2009 - 9 teams
Ottawa Team Easton
Stittsville 56ers
Manotick Lomor Printers
Fitzroy Harbour West Carleton Electri
Carp I4C Victor
Ottawa Blitz
Quyon Combat Flyers
Orleans Gators
Greely DNTW Eagles

2010 - 8 teams
Kars Aces (formerly Team Easton)
Stittsville 56ers
Barrhaven Broadway Blues (formerly Lomor Printers)
Fitzroy Harbour West Carleton Electric
Carp I4C Victory
Ottawa Blitz
Quyon Combat Flyers
North Gower Marlboroughs (formerly Greely Eagles)

2011 - 7 teams
Kars Aces
Stittsville 56ers
Barrhaven Broadway Blues
Fitzroy Harbour West Carleton Electric
Carp I4C Victory
Ottawa Taylor's Blitz
Quyon Combat Flyers

2012 - 7 team
Kars Aces
Stittsville 56ers
Barrhaven Broadway Blue
Fitzroy Harbour West Carleton Electric
Carp I4C Victory
Ottawa Taylor's Blitz
Quyon Combat Flyers

2013 - 8 teams
Kars Aces
Stittsville 56ers
Barrhaven Broadway Blues
Fitzroy Harbour West Carleton Electric
Carp I4C Victory
Manotick Taylor's Blitz (changed name to Manotick)
Quyon Flyers
Micksburg Twins

2014 - 7 teams
Kars Aces
Stittsville 56ers
Fitzroy Harbour West Carleton Electric
I4C Victory (home diamond moved to Manotick)
Quyon Flyers
Micksburg Twins
Kanata Pirates

2015 - 7 teams
Kars Aces
Stittsville 56ers
Fitzroy Harbour West Carleton Electric
I4C Victory
Quyon Flyers
Micksburg Twins
Ottawa Valley As

2016 - 7 teams
Kars Aces
Stittsville 56ers
Fitzroy Harbour West Carleton Electric
I4C Victory
Quyon Flyers
Micksburg Twins
Ottawa Valley As

2017 - 7 teams
Kars Aces
Stittsville 56ers
Fitzroy Harbour West Carleton Electric
I4C Victory
Quyon Flyers
Micksburg Twins
Ottawa Valley As

2018 - 7 teams + 1 affiliated team
Kars Aces
Stittsville 56ers
Fitzroy Harbour West Carleton Electric
I4C Victory
Quyon Flyers
Micksburg Twins
Ottawa Valley As
Kemptville Black Sox (affiliate team)

2019 - 9 teams
Kars Aces
Stittsville 56ers
Fitzroy Harbour West Carleton Electric
I4C Victory
Quyon Flyers
Micksburg Twins
Ottawa Valley As
Kemptville Black Sox (joined full time)
Orleans Rebels

2020 - no season (COVID)

2021 - 6 teams
Kars Aces
Fitzroy Harbour West Carleton Electric
Manotick Brewers (formerly I4C Victory)
Micksburg Twins
Ottawa Valley As
Orleans Rebels

Franchise History - Current Teams

Kars Aces
Home Diamond: Manotick
Years in League: 21 (2000-21)
Previous Names: D.T.I., Team Easton
Previous Home Diamonds: Kemptville, Stittsville, Kanata, North Gower
Championships: 8 (2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2011, 2012)
Finalists: 5 (2001, 2008, 2013, 2016, 2018, 2019)

West Carleton Electric
Home Diamond: Fitzroy Harbour
Years in League: 17 (2004-2021)
Championships: none
Finalists: 3 (2004, 2007, 2017)

Manotick Brewers
Home Diamond: Manotick
Years in League: 15 (2006-2021)
Previous name: I4C Victory
Previous Home Diamonds: Carp
Championships: 2 (2014, 2015)
Finalists: none

Micksburg Twins
Home Diamond: Micksburg
Years in League: 8 (2013-2021)
Previous League: Upper Ottawa Valley Men's Fastball League
Championships: 4 (2013, 2016, 2017, 2019)
Finalists: 2 (2014, 2015)

Ottawa Valley As
Home Diamond: Carp
Years in League: 6 (2015-2021)
Championships: none
Finalists: none

Orleans Rebels
Home Diamond: Orleans
Years in League: 2 (2019-21)
Championships: none
Finalists: none

Franchise History - Defunct Teams

Stittsville 56ers
Home Diamond: Stittsville
Years in League: 20 (2000-19)
Championships: 2 (2008, 2009)
Finalists: 2 (2005, 2006)

Quyon Flyers
Home Diamond: Shawville, Quyon
Years in League: 13 (2007-2019)
Previous Names: Quyon Combat Flyers
Previous League: Ottawa R.A. League
Championships: 1 (2018)
Finalists: 4 (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012)

Kemptville Black Sox
Home Diamond: Carp, Kemptville
Years in League: 2 (2018-2019)
Championships: none
Finalists: none

Kanata Pirates
Home Diamond: Carp
Years in League: 1 (2014)
Championships: none
Finalists: none

Manotick Taylor's Blitz
Home Diamond: Manotick
Years in League: 8 (2006-2013)
Previous Names: Ottawa Blitz, Ottawa Taylor's Blitz
Championships: none
Finalists: none

Barrhaven Broadway Blues
Home Diamonds: Manotick, Kemptville
Years in League: 14 (2000-2013)
Previous Names: Lomor Printers, Dolco Printing
Championships: 2 (2000, 2002)
Finalists: none

North Gower Marlboroughs
Home Diamonds: North Gower, Greely
Years in League: 3 (2008-2010)
Previous Names: Greely DNTW Eagles
Championships: none
Finalists: none

Orleans Gators
Home Diamond: Orleans
Years in League: 3 (2007-2009)
Championships: none
Finalists: none

Macton Muckdogs
Home Diamond: Kemptville
Years in League: 5 (2000-2004)
Championships: 1 (2001)
Finalists: 3 (2000, 2002, 2003)

Kanata Pirates Juniors
Home Diamond: Kemptville
Years in League: 2 (2000-2001)
Championships: none
Finalists: none

Kemptville Thunder Juniors
Home Diamond: Kemptville
Years in League: 1 (2000)
Championships: none
Finalists: none

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Rebels and Brewers win Wednesday night GOFL playoff games

In Greater Ottawa Fastball League playoff action on Wednesday night in Manotick, the Orleans Rebels and Manotick Brewers chalked up wins.

The first game of the night had the fifth place Rebels winning 12-2 in six innings over the fourth place Ottawa Valley As.

Jeff Barber had the start for the Rebels but had to come out due to injury. Andy Barber earned the win in relief. Adam Rueckwald took the loss with relief from Ryland Hill.

The game was 3-1 for Orleans after five complete, but they put up nine runs in top of the sixth to seal the victory.

Orleans will play first place Kars Aces at 7 p.m. on Thursday in Manotick.

The night cap saw the Manotick Brewers prevail 3-2 over West Carleton Electric.

Luc D'Entremont had the win. He struck out 16 and only allowed four hits. Matt Greer took the loss; he also only allowed four hits and he had 14 Ks.

Manotick scored in the first. Ty Alexander walked, stole second, got to third on a passed ball and took home on a wild pitch.

WC scored two in the third when Greer homered after Neil Murphy walked.

The Brewers tied the game in the bottom of the fifth. Tyler Beaulieu singled and scored on Alexander's triple.

With the game tied 2-2 in the bottom of the seventh, Beaulieu hit a high fly that dropped in for a double. He moved to third on a ground out, and ended up scoring to end the game on a pitch that got away.

Ryan Clare also had a single for Manotick, while Greer was 2 for 2 with a walk and Hugh Murray 2 for 3 for West Carleton.

Manotick will go to Micksburg on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. to face the Twins.

The As and Electric will be on the loser side of the bracket and wait to see who their next opponents are based on Thursday's results.

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Sunday, September 26, 2021

Blue Jays advance to Orleans final

Results from the Orleans Fastball League playoffs on Sunday night. 

6 p.m. game

Goodfellows 6
Bandits 2

WP Matt McKay
LP Tyler Alexander

HR Matt McKay

Bandits eliminated

8 p.m. game

Blue Jays 6
Goodfellows 1

WP Andy Barber
LP Shannon Borho

HR Juan Morales

Goodfellows eliminated

The Blue Jays will play Chips n Dip in the Final next Sunday.


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Friday, September 24, 2021

GOFL playoffs start next week - UPDATE as of September 24

UPDATE with the rain on Wednesday Sept 22 and Thursday September 23, the bracket will be updated with new dates / locations as soon as possible.

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The Greater Ottawa Fastball League playoffs start next week with all six teams playing. The format is a double knockout bracket, with a single game final. The first week of games is as follows:

Wednesday September 22 TBD
Game 1: 7 p.m. Orleans Rebels (5th) vs Ottawa Valley As (4th)
Game 2: 9 p.m. West Carleton Electric (6th) vs Manotick Brewers (3rd)

Thursday September 23 in Manotick TBD
Game 3: 8 p.m. Winner Game 1 vs Kars Aces (1st)

Thursday September 23 in Micksburg TBD
Game 4: 8 p.m. Winner Game 2 vs Micksburg Twins (2nd)

Following week, tentative schedule, details to be confirmed

Game 5: Loser G2 vs Loser G4 - Wednesday September 29
Game 6: Loser G1 vs Loser G3 - Wednesday September 29
Game 7: Winner G3 vs Winner G4 - Wednesday September 29 or Thursday September 30
Game 8: Winner G5 vs Winner G6 - Friday October 1
Game 9: Winner G8 vs Loser G7 - Saturday October 2
FINAL: Winner G9 vs Winner G7 - Saturday October 2

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Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Lyn wins North Leeds title (player names added)

The Lyn Lightning won the North Leeds league title on Tuesday night, defeating the North Augusta Trappers 4-3 in eight innings to win the series two games to none.

Carley Shane took the win for Lyn, while Luke Severson took the loss in relief of starter Cory Alkerton.

Danny Powers had a homer for North August. Andrew Fortier had the game winning double for Lyn.

Back row: Adam Cross, Jeff McNish, Joe Murray, Carley Shane, Jason Perkins, Jason Livingstone, Travis Wing
Front row: Hugh Murray, Andrew Fortier, Derek June, Jon Purvis

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Bucks advance to finals, Royals to play Brewers in Shawville semi-finals

The Bucks beat the Brewers and the Royals beats the Athletics in Shawville Men's Fastpitch League games on Tuesday night.

The first game of the night saw the Bucks win 14-5 over the Brewers in the undefeated game to advance to the finals of the double knockout bracket. Joran Graham earned the win while Adam Rueckwald and Matt Greer shared pitching duties for the BrewCrew, who were caught by four different catchers.

The Bucks were up 6-1 at one point but the Brewers battled back to make the score to 6-5. However, the Bucks piled on the runs to take the game in the late stages. Ryan Nugent, Andrew McIntyre and Scott Conroy all had homers for the winners. 

The late game saw a much tighter match, with the Royals edging the Athletics 3-2 in eight innings. Gregg Garrity earned the win and Trevor Lahey threw well but took the loss. 

Garrity homered to lead off the first for the Royals.

The teams were tied after seven regulation innings, bringing the tie-breaker rule into effect. In the top of the eighth, Lahey drove in a run to make it 2-1 for the Athletics. However, in the bottom of eight, Cavy Cavanagh hit an RBI single to tie the game, and a bases loaded hit by Darron Barr drove in the winning run.

The Royals will play the Brewers to determine which team will face the Bucks in the final. Game times are to be confirmed.

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Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Micksburg - West Carleton doubleheader photos

Some photos from the Micksburg - West Carleton doubleheader on September 10. 

Photo credits: Terry Fleurie.




Connor Brooks at bat, Hugh Murray catching.


Joran Graham about to pitch


Jared Steege at bat

Matt Greer about to pitch.

Nolan Costello with the ball from his first ever home run

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Monday, September 20, 2021

Bren Electric are Harbour Ball champs

Bren Electric won the Fitzroy Harbour Men's Fastball League championship series two games to none, defeating Murphy's Plumbing 5-0 on Monday night in the Harbour in front of about 50 fans.

Todd Wilson had the start and threw three shutout innings for Bren, with Adam Rueckwald also throwing shutout ball over four frames. Shawn Ryan had the start for Murphy's allowing three over four innings, and Ryland Hill was in for three innings and allowed two runs.

Bren got on the board early with three in the top of the first. Ben Wade walked, Rueckwald reached base on catcher's interference, bringing Ryan Conners to the plate who homered to centre field.

The Electricians added to the lead scoring two off the Plumbers in the top of the sixth. Wade got on with a bunt single and scored on Rueckwald's triple. Rueckwald later scored on Conners' ground out to the pitcher.

The Fitzroy Harbour Men's League had five teams this year after taking 2020 off due to the pandemic. Bren Electric didn't lose a game all year, winning all eight Harbour Ball games they played.

This year's Most Valuable Player for the league was Adam Rueckwald.  Shawn Ryan was named the Most Sportsmanlike.

Back row: Josh Hemphill, Ben Wade, Ryan Conners, Sean Lecuyer, Jay Fournier, Ben Wilson, Joey Gribbon, Adam Rueckwald

Front row: Andrew Mcnair, Mitch Taylor, Todd "Willy White Shoes" Wilson, Todd Clouthier

Missing: Brendan Coker

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Osgoode wins The Glen title

The Osgoode Chiefs won the Glen Cairn Men's Fastball League playoff final series two games to none on Monday night with a 4-2 victory over Vance's Service Centre. Osgoode went undefeated through three rounds of playoffs.

Cory Baldwin earned the pitching win, his sixth straight in the playoffs for the Chiefs. Luc D'Entremont threw well but was tagged with the loss for VSC.

The Glen (website) had eight teams in 2021: six men's teams, the U19 Cardinals and the U23 Chiefs.

Back row: Austin Blanchard, Trevor Beaulieu, Cole Hodges, Sam Bowman, Cory Baldwin, Cole Poirier, Kevin Collins (coach);
Front row: Wyatt Collins, Hudson Collins, Kyle Weiss, Wade Davidson
Missing: Nolan Holmes


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Sunday, September 19, 2021

Blue Jays and Chips N Dip win Sunday in Orleans

Sunday results for Orleans Fastball League playoffs.

Blue Jays 4
Goodfellows 1
WP: Andy Barber
LP: Matt McKay

Chips N Dip 5
Bandits 4
WP: Jeff Barber
LP: Tyler Alexander

Next up September 26

6 p.m. Goodfellows vs Bandits 
8 p.m. Blue Jays vs Winner 6 p.m. game

Chips N Dip waiting in the Final, will play winner of September 26 at 8 p.m. game.

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Bucks beat Royals in Shawville playoffs

The Gannon / Blackburn Electric Bucks edged the Young’s Appliance Royals 2-0 in Shawville Men's Fastpitch League playoff action on Sunday night.

It was another well pitched game at the Shawville R.A., as Joran Graham earned the win with a two hitter, and Gregg Garrity only allowed four hits and struck out 11 in a losing cause.

The Royals threatened in the top of the third. Julien Gagnon and Ron Laronde got on with bases on balls with two outs, and advanced 60 feet on a wild pitch. Gagnon attempted to score on a wild pitch but was put out by the catcher on a close play to end the inning.

The Bucks scored their two runs in the bottom of the fifth. Graham doubled, and was plated by a Scott Conroy double. With Conroy substituted for the two out catcher rule, the runner took home on a wild pitch.

The Royals had another great chance to score in the sixth. Veteran Ron Laronde doubled to start the inning. After a strike out, an infield error and a walk loaded the bases. However, Graham got the next two batters to strike out. 

Andy McIntyre had two hits for the Bucks. Garrity also had a hit for the Royals.

Next games are on Tuesday. The Bucks will face the Brewers at 7 p.m. to determine which team advances to the finals, while the Royals take on the Athletics at 9 p.m. as part of the double knockout bracket.

Gregg Garrity on the slab for the Royals


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Thursday, September 16, 2021

Lyn wins game one of North Leeds final

The Lyn Lightning won the first game of the best-of-three final series for the North Leeds Men's Fastball League on Thursday night, beating the hometown North Augusta Trappers 3-2.

Carley Shane earned the win while Luke Severson took the loss.

Jason Livingstone hit a two run homer for Lyn in the top of the seventh which proved to be the game winner.

Game 2 of the series will be played Tuesday September 21 in Lyn at 8 pm.

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GOFL regular season wraps up with Aces, Twins wins

The Greater Ottawa Fastball League regular season wrapped up Thursday night in Carp with a doubleheader.

The first game was a close one with Kars Aces getting by the Ottawa Valley As 1-0. Brad Porter earned the win, allowing only two hits, and Nick Ellis finished the game by getting the final batter out. Ben Broek was the hard luck loser - despite the loss, he threw a no-hitter.

The only run of the game was scored by Aces' catcher Brad Pender. He walked, stole second, and scored when a throw back to the pitcher from the catcher sailed overhead into centrefield.

The late game had Micksburg Twins prevailing 8-2 over the Orleans Rebels. Joran Graham earned the win, throwing a two hitter and striking out 20, while Jeff Barber was tagged with the loss.

Matt Healey had a homer for Orleans, while Matt McIntyre hit his team leading second of the season, a two run shot for the Twins. 

The Rebels also turned a "6-6-3" triple play in this game.

With the season now complete, the GOFL playoff bracket begins next week.

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GOFL HR hitters

Home run hitters this season for the Greater Ottawa Fastball League. If I missed anyone, let me know.

5:
Brad Pender, Kars
Matt Greer, WC

2:
Luc D'Entremont, Manotick
Cory Alkerton, Kars
Andy Barber, Orleans
Matt McIntyre, Micksburg
Matt Healey, Orleans

1:
Kurtis Summers, Kars
Matt Alkerton, Kars
Manuel Luna, Orleans
Jeff Barber, Orleans
Andy McIntyre, Micksburg
Joran Graham, Micksburg
Dylan Cunningham, Micksburg
Jared Steege, Micksburg
Nolan Costello, Micksburg
Neil Murphy, WC
Trevor Barton, WC
Hugh Murray, WC
Shawn Rebertz, WC
Chris Costello, WC
Sean Lecuyer, Valley
Lane McMurtry, Valley
Ben Wade, Valley
Cole Hodges, Manotick
Jeremy Malloy, Manotick

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GOFL pitching records

Records for all pitchers with appearances this year in the GOFL. If I am missing anyone let me know.

W: Wins
L: Losses
ND: Appearance but no decision
SV: Save

Kars
Brad Porter 7W 1L
Cory Alkerton 1W 1ND 1SV
Nick Ellis 1L 1SV
Gregg Garrity 1ND

Orleans
Andy Barber 3W 3L 3ND
Jeff Barber 4L

Valley
Ben Broek 2W 3L 1ND
Adam Rueckwald 2W 2L 3ND 
Ryland Hill 1L

Manotick
Adam Smith 4W
Luc D'Entremont 1W 4L
Ty Alexander 1L 1ND

Micksburg
Joran Graham 6W
Connor Brooks 1W
Noah Fleurie 3L 1ND
John Enright 2ND

West Carleton
Cory Baldwin 2W 4L 1ND
Trevor Lahey 1W 1L 2ND 1SV
Steve Cavanagh 1L 1ND
Matt Greer 1L 1ND
Gabe Brown 1ND

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GOFL final regular season standings

The final regular season standings for the Greater Ottawa Fastball League, also available on GOFL.ca:

Kars Aces 8-2
Micksburg Twins 7-3
Manotick Brewers 5-5
Ottawa Valley As 4-6
Orleans Rebels 3-7
West Carleton Electric 3-7

Orleans takes 5th based on head to head run differential with West Carleton

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Bren Electric goes up one game in Harbour Ball finals (updated)

Bren Electric got by Murphy's Plumbing 7-5 in the first game of the best of three final series for the Fitzroy Harbour Men's Fastball League playoff title.

Adam Rueckwald earned the win, in relief of Todd Wilson. Shawn Ryan was tagged with the loss and had relief from Ryland Hill.

Mitchell Taylor and Ryan Conners had homers for the Electricians, while captain Kyle Campbell hit one out for the Plumbers.

Game two is tentatively scheduled for Monday September 20 at 8 p.m. at the Fitzroy Harbour Community Centre.

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Osgoode wins first game in the Glen final

The Osgoode Chiefs won the first game of the Glen Cairn Men's Fastball League best of three final series with aa 4-1 victory over Vance's Service Centre in eight innings.

Cory Baldwin had the win on the slab while Luc D'Entremont took the loss.

Game 2 of the finals will be played Monday September 20 at 7:30 p.m. at the AY Jackson HS diamond.

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West Carleton beats Manotick 8-5

West Carleton Electric defeated the understaffed Manotick Brewers 8-5 in Manotick on Wednesday night play in the Greater Ottawa Fastball League.

Trevor Lahey had the win for the 'Trics, with relief from 16 year old Gabe Brown in his GOFL pitching debut. Tyler Alexander went the distance for the Brewers.

WC got on the board in the top of the first on a Chris Costello home run. They added to their lead with a five run second frame. Lahey led off with a double. After a strikeout, he scored on Owen Brown's triple. Following a ground out, Costello walked. Neil Murphy then singled to score Brown. Shawn Rebertz singled to score Costello. Both Rebertz and Murphy scored on a misplayed fly ball hit by Hugh Murray, to make it 6-0.

The Electric pushed the lead to eight in the top of the fourth. Adam Brown's fly ball was misplayed, but he was put out on a fielder's choice hit by Costello. A walk to Murphy put two on, and they both scored on Murray's double.

The home team answered with a run in the bottom of four. Riley Dunbar reached second via an error and scored on Ryan Clare's single.

Gabe Brown started pitching in the bottom of five and had trouble finding the plate. Manotick scored four runs on a hit batsmen and five walks. Alexander also had an RBI single in the inning. However Brown settled down in the sixth and seventh, and the Trics prevailed with the 8-5 win.

West Carleton finishes the season at 3-7, and Manotick at 5-5. The two teams will meet in the playoff bracket on Wednesday September 22 at 9 p.m. in Manotick.

WC pitching
Trevor Lahey WIN 4IP 1R 0ER 1H 0BB 5K
Gabe Brown 3IP 4R 4ER 2H 5BB 1K 1HBP

WC hitting
Chris Costello 1-3, BB, HR, 3R, RBI
Neil Murphy 2-3, BB, 2R, RBI
Shawn Rebertz 1-4, RBI, R
Hugh Murray 3-4, 2x2B, 2RBI
Trevor Lahey 1-3, 2B, R
Owen Brown 1-4, 3B, R, RBI

Manotick pitching
Tyler Alexander LOSS 7IP 8R 6ER 9H 3BB 8K

Manotick hitting
Tyler Alexander 1-4, R, RBI
Ryan Clare 2-4, RBI



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Wednesday, September 15, 2021

North Leeds Finals start Thursday

from William Earl

The North Leeds Finals start Thursday with the Lyn Lightning playing the North Augusta Trappers.

Lyn swept Eastons Corners A's in the best of three Putnam Division series to advance to finals.

Lyn jumped to an early 4-0 lead and had a 6-1 lead after two innings. The A’s came back to make it 7-6 in the fifth but sixth inning home runs from Andrew Fortier and Travis Wings put the game out of reach for a 10-6 final. Carley Shane had his 2nd win of the series throwing the complete game and striking out nine. Jeremy Malloy had the loss throwing six innings. Andrew Wiggins had a scoreless inning of relief.

The Dale Kingston Divisional Series of North Augusta and Spencerville wrapped up September 14th with a 9-7 Trappers win. Danny Powers and Cory Alkerton had home runs for North Augusta while Brad Marion swatted two in a losing effort. 

Finals begin 8 p.m. in North Augusta on Thursday September 16th. Game 2 is in Lyn on Tuesday September 21st.

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Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Brewers beat Athletics 1-0 in Shawville league playoffs

The first game of the Shawville Men's Fastpitch League playoffs on Tuesday night was - stop me if you've heard this before - a well played game of fastpitch softball.

The first place Trudeau Collision Brewers squeaked by the fourth place Bristolview Athletics 1-0 on a beautiful night for ball, ending in one hour and 25 minutes, just before the rain started. 

Adam Rueckwald earned the shutout win for the BrewCrew, allowing only two hits. Trevor Lahey threw very well in a losing cause for the Athletics.

Lahey had one of the two hits for the visitors, a double in the fourth inning. The crafty lefty also threw out of several jams throughout the game, featuring liberal use of his dirty change-up.

With the game tied 0-0 going into the bottom of the seventh and extra innings looming, Steve McCord reached base with one out on a sharply hit grounder that couldn't be corralled by shortstop Pascal Asselin who made several great defensive plays on the night. When McCord took second on a wild pitch, the As intentionally walked Matt Greer. The following batter was Rueckwald who smashed a ball to the right-centre gap, to walk things off for the Brewers.

Next up in the Shawville league double knockout playoff bracket is the third place Young’s Appliance Royals against the second place Gannon/Blackburn Electric Inc. Bucks on Sunday at 7 p.m.

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First games of the finals in The Glen scheduled for Wednesday

The first game of the Glen Cairn Men's Fastball League best of three finals between Osgoode Chiefs and Vance's Service Centre is scheduled for Wednesday September 15 at 7:30 pm at the AY Jackson HS diamond.

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Monday, September 13, 2021

Vance's Service Centre and Osgoode Chiefs to meet in Glen final

Monday night determined the two teams that will meet in the best-of-three Glen Cairn Men's Fastball League finals as both the Osgoode Chiefs and Vance's Service Centre won their semi-final series two games to none.

Osgoode defeated West End Landscapes 13-3, with Cory Baldwin earning the win and Matt McKay taking the loss.

Vance's got by Wild Wings with Luc D'Entremont getting the victory, with Matt McIntyre on the other side, with relief from Paul Griffith.

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Murphy's Plumbing advances to Harbour Ball finals

Murphy's Plumbing came back to win the third game of their best-of-three semi-final series 10-9 in eight innings against Campbell Fuels in dramatic fashion on Monday night. They now advance to the Fitzroy Harbour Men's Fastball League finals against Bren Electric.

Shawn Ryan started for Murphy's, and 17 year old Ryland Hill picked up the win in relief. Rory "Mayor of Kilmaurs" Burns went the distance for Campbell.

The Fuelers were up 6-1 and 8-2 at points during the game.

The Plumbers scored three in the sixth to make it 8-5, helped by a Richard Wilson home run. Then they scored three more in the bottom of the seventh to tie the game, aided by a two RBI double by Shane Boyd that bounced of the bottom of the grey monster in right field.

The top of the eighth saw Joe Grey drive in a run for Campbell to make it 9-8 setting up an exciting bottom of the extra inning. Murphy's had the bases loaded with one out. Jimmy Hatchell hit a liner to right field, scoring Ryan easily. The third base coach held up Ryland Hill at third, but his dad Denis continued running to third. With both players within three feet of one another, some confusion ensued. Ryland broke towards the plate, it looked the throw might get him out, but it was offline and missed, and he scored to get Murphy's the win.

Next up are the very prestigious Harbour Ball best-of-three finals, starting Wednesday at 7 p.m.


The Mayor of Kilmaurs gets ready to throw


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Orleans playoff results from Sunday

Orleans Fastball League playoff results from the games on Sunday.

Game 1
Bandits 7
Blue Jays 2

WP Tyler Alexander
LP Andy Barber

HR: Zach Landry (Bandits) Jefferson Roman (Blue Jays)

Game 2
Chips n Dip 6
Goodfellows 0

WP Jeff Barber
LP Shannon Borho

HR: Jeff Barber, Paul Toonders (CnD)

Next games are Sunday September 19.

Game 4: 6 p.m. Blue Jays vs Goodfellows
Game 3: 8 p.m. Bandits vs Chips n Dip


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Micksburg wins two on Friday - with details

Micksburg Twins beat West Carleton Electric twice in Greater Ottawa Fastball League action Friday night in front of a good hometown crowd.

First was very well played, final score 1-0. Joran Graham had the win allowing three hits and striking out 12. Matt Greer took the loss, allowing one unearned run, four hits, and striking out seven.

In the second inning, Connor Moss singled, took second on a wild pitch and tried to score on a bobbled grounder but was thrown out at home. 

The Twins got their run in the third. Matt McIntyre walked with two out. Graham then singled. When the ball was misplayed in the outfield, McIntyre was able to score. 

West Carleton had their best chance to score in the seventh. After two strikeouts, Steve Cavanagh singled. He got to third on a dropped fly ball hit by Jeff Campbell. With runners on the corners, Graham got a ground to end the game.

Micksburg hitting
Andy McIntyre 1-4
Matt McIntyre BB, R
Joran Graham 1-2, BB
Connor Brooks 1-2, HBP
Connor Moss 1-3

WC hitting
Chris Costello 1-2 2B
Matt Greer 1-3 3B
Steve Cavanagh 1-3

The night cap was 11-4 for the Twins. Connor Brooks was the winning pitcher, allowing four hits, walking three and striking out eight over six innings. Cory Baldwin took the loss allowing eight runs. He had relief from Trevor Lahey who allowed three runs and struck out six.

The Electric got on the board in the top of the first. Neil Murphy walked and scored on a Hugh Murray's double.

The Twins had a huge bottom of the first inning, sending 13 men to the plate and scoring eight runs. Connor Brooks had a bases loaded triple during the inning. 

Micksburg added another in the second inning. Brooks doubled and scored on Joe Mick's double. 

WC looked like they might score in the fourth. Murray walked, and Steve Cavanagh doubled to put men on second and third. However Brooks got out of the inning with two strikeouts.

West Carleton got three back in the fifth. Lahey doubled off the fence, and Chris Costello walked. Matt Greer's home run made the score 9-4.

In the bottom of the sixth, Jared Steege walked. A home run to left field by 15 year old Nolan Costello, his first hit in men's ball, walked off the game invoking the 7 run rule, ending it at 11-4.


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Sunday, September 12, 2021

Orleans playoffs start Sunday

Orleans Fastball League playoffs start Sunday September 12 with two games at Pierre Rocque Park.

6:00 p.m. Bandits @ Blue Jays

8:00 p.m. Goodfellows @ Chips n Dip 

More info available at: Orleans Fastball League | Facebook

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Saturday, September 11, 2021

2021 ISC Canada East Ontario Challenge Cup

The 2021 ISC Canada East Ontario Challenge Cup will be played at the Cambridge Sports Park September 17-19 - schedule below.



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Softball Canada announces U23 selection camp attendees

Softball Canada has announced the 24 athletes who will attend the U23 Men’s National Team selection camp from September 30 to October 3 in Saskatoon, Sask.



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GOFL Week #10

The final week #10 of the Greater Ottawa Fastball League season has three games scheduled. 

West Carleton Electric will play the Manotick Brewers down in Manotick at 8 p.m. on Wednesday. 

Thursday sees a doubleheader in Carp, with Ottawa Valley A's vs Kars Aces at 7 pm and Micksburg Twins vs. Orleans Rebels at 9 pm.

Following week #10, the playoffs, a double knockout bracket, will begin likely on Wednesday September 22.

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GOFL standings after nine weeks

The standings for the Greater Ottawa Fastball League after nine weeks, also available on GOFL.ca:

Kars Aces 7-2
Micksburg Twins 6-3
Manotick Brewers 5-4
Ottawa Valley As 4-5
Orleans Rebels 3-6
West Carleton Electric 2-7

Kars will finish first as they hold the tiebreaker against Micksburg (one win each, Kars +2 in run differential).

Micksburg will finish second as they hold the tiebreaker against Manotick (one win each, Micksburg +2 in run differential).

Manotick will finish third as they hold the tiebreaker against Valley (one win each, Manotick +4 in run differential).

Valley will finish fourth as they hold the tiebreaker against Orleans (one win each, Valley +3 in run differential).

Orleans will finish fifth as they hold the tiebreaker against West Carleton (one win each, Orleans +4 in run differential).

West Carleton will finish sixth as per above.

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Thursday, September 09, 2021

Pembroke Observer article on September 3 game

An article in the Pembroke Observer about the September 3 Greater Ottawa Fastball League game (Ottawa Valley As 4-2 win over Micksburg Twins).

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Shawville league playoffs begin September 14

The Shawville Men's Fastpitch League final standings were as follows:

1. Brewers
2. Bucks
3. Royals
4. Athletics

The playoffs are a double elimination bracket. The first games are Tuesday September 14 at the Shawville Recreation Association diamonds. 

7 p.m. Brewers vs Athletics
9 p.m. Bucks vs Royals Update: moved to Sunday September 19 at 7 p.m.

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Harbour Ball playoff update

The Fitzroy Harbour Men's Fastball League has announced the next round of playoff games.

Game 3, the deciding game of the semi-final between Campbell Fuels and Murphy's Plumbing, will be played Monday September 13 at 7 p.m.

The first game of the best-of-three finals with the winner of Game 3 vs. Bren Electric will be Wednesday September 15 at 7 p.m.

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Wednesday, September 08, 2021

Aces beat Brewers in tight game

The Kars Aces got by the Manotick Brewers 2-1 in the late game in Manotick on Wednesday night Greater Ottawa Fastball League action.

It was a well played game of fastpitch softball with Brad Porter earning the win and Luc D'Entremont taking the loss.

Jeremy Malloy put the Brewers on the board with a solo shot in the third inning.

Kars responded with a run in the sixth when Cory Morrison's double drove in Cory Alkerton from second who had walked earlier. Dylan Toms tried to score from first on the play but was thrown out at home. 

Matt Alkerton's solo shot in the top of the seventh proved to be the game winner for the Aces.

The Aces lead the league with a 7-2 record and have their final game against the Valley As next Thursday in Carp at 7 p.m.

The Brewers record stands at 5-4. Their last regular season game is against West Carleton Electric on Wednesday in Manotick at 8 p.m.

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Rebels edge As

The Orleans Rebels won 3-1 over the Ottawa Valley As in Greater Ottawa Fastball League action in the early game in Manotick on Wednesday night.

Andy Barber earned the pitching win, striking out 16. Adam Rueckwald took the loss.

Jeff Barber hit a solo homer for Orleans. Manuel Luna and Andre Mainville also had RBIs for the Rebels. Don Barber was pressed into emergency duty for Orleans and had an impressive sacrifice bunt.

Ryley Burns drove in the only run for the As.

The Rebels are now 3-6 on the season with a game remaining against the Micksburg Twins in Carp on Thursday September 16. The Valley As are 4-5 so far, and they play their final regular season game against Kars Aces as part of a doubleheader with the above noted Twins-Rebels game.


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North Leeds league season ends, playoffs begin

from William Earl

North Leeds Men's Fastball League regular season wrapped up last Thursday. 

North Augusta Trappers finished first in the Dale “Kinger” Kingston Division going nearly perfect at 6-0-1. They play Spencerville who finished 3-4-0. Maitland was eliminated finishing 2-5-0.

Lyn Lightning won the Max Putnam Division defeating the Easton Corners Athletics in the last regular season to finish 5-2-0. The A’s finished 4-3-0. The 0-6-1 Eastons Corners Haymakers missed the postseason.

Brad Marion was the Homerun Leader for the regular season with 3 dingers. He will receive his 28 pack trophy this week.

Playoffs began Tuesday Sept. 7. North Augusta and Spencerville were tied at 3 when the Trappers opened things up late for an 11-3 North Augusta win. Ian King, Cory Alkerton and Jordan Shipclark homered for North Augusta. Scott Marion and Shawn Workman had home runs for Spencerville.

Game 1 in Lyn saw Eastons Corners As let a 3-0 lead slip away in the 5th, and Lyn took the first game  6-4. Carley Shane had the win for Lyn.

Game 2 sees Spencerville in North Augusta at 7pm Thursday on Sept 9. Eastons Corners hosts Lyn at Wolford Centennial Park at 8 pm on Thursday 

More info at North Leeds Men's Fastball (northleedsmensfastball.ca).


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VSC, Osgoode take lead in Glen semi-finals

Playoff semi-finals update from the Glen Cairn Men's Fastball League last night.

Osgoode Chiefs defeated West End Landscaping in a tight game, 2-1. Cory Baldwin had the win, Matt McKay threw well taking the loss. Osgoode leads the best of three 1-0.

Vance's Service Centre defeated Wild Wings 9-0 to take a 1-0 series lead. Luc D'Entremont had the win, Matt McIntyre took the loss. VSC is up 1-0 in the series.

Game 2 for each series goes Sept 13. League site: Glen Cairn Men’s Fastball League – Dynes Sports Management

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Pembroke Observer article

A new article in the Pembroke Observer by Jamie Bramburger with coverage of Joran Graham and Joseph Mick recent successes.

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Harbour Ball playoff update

In Fitzroy Harbour Men's Fastball League action last night, Bren Electric defeated Anderson Automotive 12-1 making it two straight games to advance to the best of three final. Todd Wilson and Adam Rueckwald pitched for Bren, while Cole Ross and Dave Bahm threw for Anderson.

Campbell Fuels evened up their series with Murphy's Plumbing last night. Game three to determine who advances to the final is to be scheduled.

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Orleans playoff bracket announced

Orleans Fastball League playoff bracket has been released. The four team league plays at Pierre Rocque Park. For more info on the OFL, visit their Facebook page: Orleans Fastball League | Facebook



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Tuesday, September 07, 2021

GOFL Week 9

There are four games scheduled in week 9 of the Greater Ottawa Fastball League.

The Wednesday night doubleheader in Manotick has the Ottawa Valley As (4-4) vs Orleans Rebels (2-6) at 7 p.m., followed by the Kars Aces (6-2) vs Manotick Brewers (5-3) at 9 p.m.

Friday night will be a doubleheader in Micksburg as West Carleton Electric (2-5) plays Micksburg Twins (4-3) at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. One of the games is a rain out make up from Week 1.

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Monday, September 06, 2021

NY Bombers win Elkland Labour Day

The New York Bombers won the the Durk Sherman Memorial Tournament in Elkland, PA over Labour Day weekend, defeating Bear Bottom Lodge 4-0 in the final.

With the border still closed to vehicular crossings, no Canadian teams attended this year and six teams in total participated.

Sisko Sabate was named top pitcher and Jacob Fenstermacher was the MVP.

NY Bombers - 2021 Elkland Durk Sherman Champs


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Roebuck wins the North Augusta Old Timers Tournament

Roebuck won the A final of the North August eight team old timers tournament on Monday, with a 7-6 victory over Spencerville in eight innings.

Matt McNish, the tournament MVP, had the pitching win, hit two homers, and had the game winning RBI on a bases load walk for Roebuck. Jason Smith, Kurtis Summers and Todd Templeton pitched for Spencerville.

The B final saw Domville defeat Maitland. Other teams participating were Kingston, Maynard, and two teams from North Augusta.



"A" Champions from Roebuck

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Rawlings Grand Slam wraps up in Saskatoon

The Softball Canada Rawlings Grand Slam event wrapped up in Saskatoon on Sunday. 

In the Men's division, the Bear Creek Express, representing Ontario with two GOFL players (Joran Graham and Matt Greer) and a local coach (Scott Searle) finished third of ten teams. On Sunday they won an exciting quarter-final game 8-6 over the Grande Prairie Pirates, featuring a walk off homer by Travis Jones but then fell 12-5 to the Sooke Loggers in the semi-final.  The Saskatoon Angels ended up beating Sooke in the final.

In the U23 Men's division, the Owen Sound Selecta defeated Newfoundland to take the title. James Martell (Manotick Brewers, GOFL), who formerly played for Napanee Express, was on the Selects. Connor Brooks, a pick up from Napanee U19 team was named top hitter and another former Express player Riley Manion was named top pitcher.

Congratulations as well to former GOFLer and current Softball Canada staffer Mike Branchaud on organizing a successful tournament. 

For a full list of results and statistics visit https://softball.ca/grandslam.

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Saturday, September 04, 2021

Bear Creek finishes pool play 3-1, wins first playoff game

The Bear Creek Express finished pool play at the Softball Canada Rawlings Grand Slam event in Saskatoon with record of three wins and one loss, ending with 4-3 win over Irma, AB Tigers in Saturday afternoon.

The Express then won their playoff pool single life game 4-1 against the Nith River Monsters to advance to Sunday at 12 p.m. Eastern vs the Grand Prairie, AB Pirates.

Visit Grand Slam (softball.ca) for info, statistics and links to streaming.

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Friday, September 03, 2021

The Glen announces semi-final schedule

The Glen Cairn Men's Fastball League announced the playoff schedule for their semi-finals, starting after Labour Day.

Tuesday Sept 7th: Game 1
6:30 Vance's Service Centre @ Wild Wing
8:30 Osgoode @ West End Landscapes

Monday Sept 13th: Game 2
6:30 Westend End Landscapes @ Osgoode
8:30 Wild Wing @ Vance's Service Centre

Wednesday Sept 15th: Game 3 if necessary
6:30 Vance's Service Centre @ Wild Wing
8:30 Osgoode @ West End Landscapes

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Valley As win in Micksburg

The Ottawa Valley As beat the hometown Micksburg Twins 4-2 in Greater Ottawa Fastball League play on Thursday night.

Ben Broek was the winning pitcher while Noah Fleurie took the loss in relief of John Enright.

Clayton Vance had two RBIs for the As.

Enright was 3 for 3 at the plate, and Andrew McIntyre had a triple for the home team. Scott Conroy and Jared Steege drove in the runs for Micksburg.


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