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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Saturday, March 06, 2021

Local minor softball associations taking different approaches

With an uncertain 2021 season ahead, minor softball leagues in our area are taking different approaches.

So far, both West Carleton Softball and McNab/Braeside Minor Ball have announced that they are intending to attempt to have some sort of season, but are holding off on registration for the time being.

Stittsville Minor Softball has opened up registration: Stittsville Softball - Powered bySportsSignUp Play


Monday, February 01, 2021

2021 ISC World Tournament moving to Iowa

The International Softball Congress has announced that the 2021 ISC Men's World Tournament originally scheduled to be hosted in Kitchener in August will be moving to the Quad Cities, in Iowa.

More info here: ISC Announces 2021 ISC World Tournament to be held in Eldridge, IA | INTERNATIONAL SOFTBALL CONGRESS (iscfastpitch.com)

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Sunday, January 24, 2021

Ty Stofflet, lefty pitching legend, dead at 79

The International Softball Congress announced that left-handed fastball pitching legend Ty Stofflet has died at the age of 79.

Stofflet, a Pennsylvania native who played in events at Elkland, was renowned by some as the greatest lefty - and perhaps greatest overall pitcher - the game has ever seen.

More info here from the ISC page.

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Tuesday, December 29, 2020

Former elite Indigenous fastball pitcher continues to enjoy the sport (Darren Zack)

 An article about about Darren Zack, Indigenous fastball pitching legend and ambassador of our game. (Hat tip to TC for the article link):

Sports Series: Former elite Indigenous fastball pitcher continues to enjoy the sport (anishinabeknews.ca)

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Friday, November 27, 2020

Leapin' Lou Nistico, dead at 67

 Lou Nistico has died at 67.

"Leapin' Lou" was born in Thunder Bay, but has lived in eastern Ontario for many years, most recently in the Vankleek Hill area. He was a professional hockey player in the World Hockey Association in the 70s and played three games in the NHL. Lou was a mainstay coaching and managing in the local Junior A hockey league for many seasons.

Lou was also a senior men's fastball player, including with Ottawa Turpin Pontiacs back in the hey dey of men's fastball when many pro hockey players also participated in the fastball circuit. 

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Scott Searle wins F.R. Feaver Award

 At the Annual General Meeting of the Ontario Amateur Softball Association, Orleans resident Scott Searle was named the winner of the F.R. Feaver Award.

This prestigious award is presented annually to a player, official or officer of any league or association, who in the opinion of the Feaver awards committee has made an outstanding contribution to the game of softball.

Scott has most certainly made an outstanding contribution through many different ways, but especially through his coaching in both the men's and women's game. He has coached at almost all levels, including at the ISC with Scarborough Force. I have had the pleasure of being on the field with Scott at youth clinics and he does a great job at engaging with kids and helping them learn skills while having fun.

Scott has a passion for the game like few others I have met, and has a great sense of humour, even if he does like occasionally making fun of bloggers.

Congrats to Scott, well earned. 

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Sunday, October 25, 2020

Softball Canada looking at forming U18 Men's National team

Softball Canada is creating a U18 Men's Development Program for male athletes born in 2004-2006 who will be eligible for the 2021 WBSC Americas Qualifier and 2022 WBSC World Cup. Please complete the following information form to express your interest:


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EOUA message re: Ted Metcalfe

A message on Facebook from the Eastern Ontario Umpires Association



Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Long time men's fastball sponsor Jack Fireman dies

The was an announcement that long time men's fastball sponsor Jack Fireman died this weekend. A successful lawyer, he was the money behind the Toronto Gators - the nickname being short for "litigators".

Here is a write up on Twitter that gives an idea of the time, money and energy Mr. Fireman put into fastpitch softball: https://twitter.com/TorontoGators/status/1315336121501519872.



Saturday, October 10, 2020

Team White wins the Orleans Men's Fastball League

The Orleans Men's Fastball League just got their season completed on Thursday night before the Ontario Stage 2 regulations went back into effect in Ottawa (which would have prevented games from being played).

Team White won the A Championship Title with a 9-2 win over Team Orange. Andy Barber earned the win while Jeff Barber took the loss.

The B Championship saw Team Red win 5-3 over Team Blue.

Congratulations to Andy Barber for salvaging a Covid fastball season in the east end, and complying with City of Ottawa and Province of Ontario regulations to make it happen.


Wednesday, October 07, 2020

Brewers win Shawville league playoff title (now with photo)

The Trudeau Collision Brewers defeated the Gannon / Blackburn Electric Bucks in the Shawville Men's Fastpitch League playoff final on Saturday evening by a score of 8-2 to earn the title.

Joran Graham earned the win while Gregg Garrity, in his second game of the day, took the loss.

The Brewers put up eight runs in the first inning, sending 12 men to the plate. Ryan McIntyre had a bases loaded double which cashed two, while Chris Hearty hit a grand slam to help the cause. For the remainder of the game, Garrity shut down the Brewers. However, the Bucks were only able to score two runs in the top of the second, led by hits from Jared Murray and Ron Laronde.

The Bucks advanced to the finals by defeating the Tubman Autobody Twins 6-3 in the semi-final earlier in the day. Garrity earned the win while Adam Rueckwald took the loss.

The Bucks were led by Murray and Chad Costello who both hit solo homers, as well as Laronde who had a sacrifice fly and a double to account for two RBIs.

Congratulations to the Shawville R.A., especially Matt Greer, for putting on successful and enjoyable two month men's fastpitch season despite the pandemic restrictions in west Quebec.


Monday, October 05, 2020

Orleans League regular season wraps up, one night left

The Orleans Men's Fastball League regular season wrapped up on Sunday. The final standings were:

1. Team White 4-1-1
2. Team Orange 3-2-1
3. Team Red 3-3-0
4. Team Blue 0-5-1

Chris MacFarlane and Brad Pender led the league in homers. Jeff Barber was named the season MVP.

The Playoffs will feature an A final and a B final, with Blue playing Red for the consolation at 7 pm and White facing Orange at 9 pm for the first even Orleans Men's Fastball League championship.

Expected starters in the A Final are Andy Barber for Team White and Jeff Barber for Team Orange.

For more on the league, visit their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/297025021632705/


Friday, October 02, 2020

Shawville league Thursday night results, Saturday final day set

The Shawville Men's Fastpitch League playoffs continued on Thursday night with two games at the R.A. Centre.

The first match of the night was the "winner - winner" game of the double elim playoffs, with the Brewers facing the Twins. The Brewers got out to an early 7-0 lead in the first and went on to a 9-0 rur rule shortened victory. Joran Graham earned the win while Adam Rueckwald took the loss. The Brewers advance directly to the League final.

The nightcap saw the "loser - loser" game with the Bucks edging the Athletics 4-2'. The Athletics were eliminated from the playoffs and the Bucks face the Twins at 3 pm on Saturday to see which team moves on the Final at 6 pm that night. Gregg Garrity was the winning pitcher while Matt Greer threw well in a losing effort.

The As got off to a 2-0 lead on a Greer RBI in the first and a later run scored by Greer on an error.

The Bucks halved the lead by captain Jared Murray solo shot to left field in the fifth.

The Bucks then scored three in top of what could be referred to as an event-filled seventh inning. The first run was on a bases loaded sacrifice fly RBI by Kaelan Ireland and a subsequent misplayed fly ball with two out gave them a 4-2 lead, which the Bucks kept despite the Athletics threatening in the bottom of the frame.


Thursday, October 01, 2020

Don Cherry's wins the Glen Cairn Men's Fastball League title

The Glen Cairn Men's Fastball League wrapped up their season with the Final on Tuesday night.

Don Cherry's won the title, defeating Wild Wings 13-2.

The game was closer than it sounds as it was 3-2 at the end of the fifth. Wild Wings had a 2-0 lead early in the game.

Matt McKay earned the win while Kevin Daize took the loss. Jefferson Roman and Wilmer Lovera had home runs for Don Cherry's.

Congratulations to "The Glen" in getting in a season in a challenging year.



Friday, September 25, 2020

Twins beat Athletics in Shawville playoffs (updated)

The late game in the Shawville Men's Fastpitch League on Tuesday night saw the Tubman Autobody Twins beat the Bristolview Ent. Athletics 4-2. Adam Rueckwald (13 Ks) earned the win while Matt Greer (17 Ks) took the loss. Darron Bruce had a homer for the Twins.

Next week's games will feature Twins vs Brewers to see who advances to the final, while Athletics will face Bucks to determine the first team eliminated.


Thursday, September 24, 2020

Brewer edge Bucks 1-0 in Shawville playoffs

In Shawville Men's Fastpitch League playoffs on Thursday night the first seed Trudeau Collision Brewers got by the fourth seed Gannon / Blackburn Electric Bucks by a score of 1-0.

This was a pitchers duel. Joran Graham of the Brewers earned the win with a no-hitter, 20 strikeouts, and allowing only one walk. Gregg Garrity of the Bucks took the loss, allowing only one hit, striking out 15 and walking three.

The Brewers scored the game's only run in the bottom of the sixth. With one out, lead off hitter Josephy Mick got the only hit of the match, a single up the middle. Then, with two out, Joran Graham walked for the third time in the game to put two on. Jeff Tanguay the runner in for Mick on the two out catcher rule scored on misplayed ball up the first baseline, hit by Ryley Burns.

Next games will see the Brewers play the winner of tonight's Twins vs. Athletics match up, while the Bucks play the loser.


Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Shawville Men's Fastpitch League playoff start Thursday

The Shawville Men's Fastpitch League playoffs start tomorrow (Thursday Sept. 24) at 6 p.m. with #1 Brewers vs #4 Bucks. Probable starters are Joran Graham and Gregg Garrity.

In the other game at 8:30 p.m. #2 Twins vs.  #3 Athletics: likely to see Adam Rueckwald and Matt Greer as starting pitchers in this one.

Due to Quebec / Outaouais COVID-19 regulations, no spectators are permitted, but the Blog will make sure the results are posted; also check Twitter @shawfastpitch.


Glen Cairn Men's Fastball League final game September 29

The Glen Cairn Men's Fastball League Championship Game is next week on September 29 at 7:30 p.m. with Don Cherry's playing Wild Wings.

In the first semi-final game played last night, the #4 seed Don Cherry's upset #1 seed Desjardins by a score of 9-3. Winning pitcher was Matt McKay, losing pitcher was Luc D'Entremont. Wilmer Lovera and Tim Ryan had homers for Don Cherry's.

The second semi-final game also played last night saw #3 seed Wild Wings get by #2 Upper Canada Elevators 8-5. Winning pitcher was Kevin Daize, with relief from Aaron Amo and the losing pitcher Matt Cox.


Wednesday, September 02, 2020

Long-time umpire Ted Metcalfe, dead at 67

Ted Metcalfe, a long-time fixture on local fastball diamonds for over 50 years has died. He was 67.

Teddy, originally from Almonte, officiated at the highest levels of men's fastball, with Softball Canada national assignments including Senior Men's Canadians, and other elite events like the Perth Shootout. If there was a big game in the playoffs or at local tournament, there was a good chance that Ted was umpiring the game.

Ted was also active on the administrative side of things, serving 8 years as the President of the Eastern Ontario Umpires Association and instructing at umpiring clinics throughout the area.

When I heard last night that Ted had died, word spread quickly amongst the local fastball community and many tributes have been posted on social media, or texted to me directly, some of which I have reproduced below.

Ball players and fans across eastern Ontario, west Quebec and up north in Cree territory all knew Teddy. Lots of people knew Teddy and Teddy knew lots of people; and if he didn't know you, he may have acted like he did!

Ted enjoyed the social aspect of the game and wasn't shy to chat with any and all people at the diamond. Ted loved a good story about the game "back in the day" and to recount the glory days of men's fastpitch.

Ted took the time to learn players' names, and learn about them as a person. Many times when I saw Ted, he'd ask me about Fitzroy Junior and the Caveman and how their seasons were going. Ted was an avid reader of this blog and always made sure to tell me his comments on the latest articles.

Teddy had a distinctive way of "running" onto the field and between bases.

Many pitchers and catchers wanted Teddy on the plate for a big game because they knew they'd get consistency when he was on the dish. And, if he was on the bases, whatever team was on the first base side was in for a night of running commentary from Ted!

Ted was a mentor to other officials and highly respected by his peers. I always have a rulebook at home, but whenever I had a rules question, I texted Ted because it was more interesting to hear him explain the rule and how it was applied then to try and figure it out from the book.

Ted was around the game so long, even when he was absent at times over the last few seasons, we always expected to have him resurface at the diamond.

Teddy didn't have a family in the traditional sense - his family was the officiating community, and I know guys like George, Peck, Andrew and Steve will feel his loss immensely.

The fastball community in the area will miss Ted Metcalfe, on and off the field.


  • Teddy was one of my favourite people in the sport and my favourite umpire! He was fair, consistent and would always tap me on the back when he missed a rare call!
  • He made it look so easy back there. Ill miss that strut coming down the hill in Micksburg!
  • He was a good one for sure, always liked seeing Teddy behind the plate.
  • He was a great guy, always fun to talk with and a good umpire.
  • A great umpire and an even better man. Always willing to chat on or off the field. He’d even offer his opinion on what my pitches were doing that game.
  • Always the coolest man in the park, he became well liked for his personality while his ability put him at the top of his field. Because he was a true fan of the sport, he treated players in recreational leagues with the same respect as when he worked his rightfully earned position in world class tournaments.
  • A very sad day for our softball community. A great person, well respected, personable and humble.
  • I will always remember his "YES. YOU. DID!" on a check swing.
  • Teddy was one of the best on and off the field. Having him behind the dish always made the game better.
  • He has been a fixture at local diamonds for as long as I can remember.
  • We will miss that waddle from first to second when he was on the bases!
  • My favourite umpire. Never lost his cool, admitted when he made a mistake but wouldn't do a makeup call.

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Local umpire Wayne Penney dies


Condolences to the family, friends and fellow officials of Wayne Penney who died this past week.

As per the posting on the Eastern Ontario Umpires Association Facebook page:

Wayne Penney was an umpire for over 40 years. He was a very active umpire in the EOUA and also worked numerous tournaments for the James Bay Cree Nation.


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Tuesday, September 01, 2020

Elkland "Durk Sherman Labour Day Classic" tournament field set

The Durk Sherman Labour Day Classic in Elkland PA has 9 teams this year, starting Saturday morning and will wrap up on Sunday night instead of the normal Monday afternoon finish.

I'm not going to lie, I'm a bit depressed that West Carleton Electric isn't part of the event for the first time since 2007 as the US / Canada border is closed.

 Things I am going to miss

- great fastpitch softball
- the fields
- seeing the ESA boys
- the fans
- base camp
- $2 Yuengling Beer
- chicken dinners
- The Moose
- Ugo
- late night breakfast
- Jessie the Bat Boy
- Schultzie the loudmouth
- hell, I'll even miss the drive and the hangover on Monday


Friday, August 21, 2020

Shawville Men's Fastpitch League off to a great start

The Shawville (Quebec) Men's Fastpitch League is off to a great start with three weeks already completed.

There are four teams in the league with support from local sponsors: Gannon/Blackburn Electric Inc. Bucks, Bristolview Enterprises Athletics, Trudeau Collision Brewers, and Tubman Autobody Twins.

Several players from the Greater Ottawa Fastball League are participating in the SMFL this year with representation from the Quyon Flyers, Micksburg Twins, Ottawa Valley As and West Carleton Electric, along with many local ball players.

Pitchers in the league this year include Gregg Garrity and John Enright (Bucks), Matt Greer and Todd Hearty (Athletics), Joran Graham and Jeff Tanguay (Brewers), Adam Rueckwald and Trevor Lahey (Twins).

The league plays on Thursday nights at the Shawville RA, with a weekend event on September 11 and 12 and a final playoff weekend on Saturday September 26.

Learn more on Facebook, including game summaries at https://www.facebook.com/Shawvillefastpitch/.



Softball Canada age brackets staying the same for 2021

Softball Canada made the following announcement today regarding age cohorts for softball.

Link: https://softball.ca/news/special-general-meeting-postponed.htm

Text: Special General Meeting Postponed
In conjunction with its Provincial and Territorial Associations, Softball Canada will be deferring the age category change motions that were to be voted on September 1st to the spring of 2021. Last week, a Special General Meeting was called to consider these motions following a request from Softball Canada’s membership, but after further internal discussions, it was felt more time was needed to properly consider these important changes.

The Special General Meeting and associated workshop were being held to consider age group changes which, if passed, would have subsequently led to adjustments to the ball size and pitching distances for the revised age groups. The postponement of the meeting means that the current age categories, ball sizes and distances will remain in effect for the 2021 season.

Softball Canada and its Provincial and Territorial Associations are fully committed to continuing to work collaboratively to affect a positive long-term solution for our sport. A working group has been put in place to consider all aspects of the potential age category changes and to provide recommendations that will be shared with the Provincial and Territorial Associations for their review and input. Following that process, any proposed changes will be made through motions that would be voted on at the spring 2021 Special General Meeting. If the proposed changes are passed, they would be enacted for the 2022 season.


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Orleans Men's Fastball League starts this weekend

The Orleans Men's Fastball League starts up this Sunday with a four team "bubble" format. Games will be played on Sundays (and one Wednesday) at Carriere Softball Field located across the street from Garneau High School. The season wraps up with a Final on October 4.

Several GOFL and Blackburn players will be participating in this "COVID" league put together by Andy Barber. More info on their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/297025021632705/.


Tuesday, August 18, 2020

John Atkinson, fastball sponsor, dead at 69

Long time Shawville bar owner and men's fastball coach and sponsor John Atkinson died in June at the age of 69. John also sponsored women's fastball and hockey teams over the years.

This artice in The Equity has a great story on his legacy in the Pontiac area: http://www.theequity.ca/john-atkinson-a-man-of-the-people/?fbclid=IwAR3DPYm4Bj6MVMvqF2gMU6J5e1cI8fCp4-fZo5tNHxEIIOIT_V9GVyvNIkk

Below is a photo of John with the Shawville Snappers junior team from back in 2006, and a link to the story of their championship final game.




Friday, August 14, 2020

Orleans Fastball League looking to start up

A group is attempting to set up a new league to give players a place to play during the Pandemic.

Orleans Fastball League games will be played at 6 and 8 at Pierre Rocque Park every Sunday from August 16 to to September 27.

Labour day weekend games will be played on the Tuesday and Playoffs will be October 4 and 13th.

11 players per team.

Teams will be drafted. If you want to play with a certain group of players accommodations will be made, just send us a message of who you'd like to play with.

Fees will be figured out but will be based on field cost, insurance, and balls, probably around $100 for 7 games plus 2 playoff games.

The first 44 to confirm are in. Contact Andy Barber through direct message on Facebook.


Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Softball Canada to consider age changes for 2021 season (corrected)

Softball Canada will be holding a Special Meeting on September 1st with all provincial and territorial organizations to disuss a possible change to age brackets going forward in 2021. Essentially, all teams formed for 2020 would be able to continue intact, with the exception of last year U23 players who would still "age out".

These changes would align Softball Canada with cohorts for the World Baseball Softball Confederation and age groups used in the USA, which is important in the girls' / women's game. Here is a summary of how the changes would affect male fastpitch.

  • U6 becomes U7
  • U8 becomes U9
  • U10 becomes U11
  • U12 becomes U13
  • U14 becomes U15
  • U16 becomes U17
  • U19 becomes U20
  • U23 stays the same

A previous version of this post noted that pitching distances were subject to possible change - Softball Canada has clarified that the pitching distances would not be on the table for voting at the September 1 meeting.

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Tuesday, August 04, 2020

Shawville league to start Thursday

The Shawville Men's Fastpitch League is planning to restart with four teams. First games of the season are on Thursday, at the Shawville RA.


Friday, July 31, 2020

GOFL 2020 season cancelled

Despite the province moving to Stage 3 of the pandemic, the Greater Ottawa Fastball League will not be operating in 2020.

Team representatives met last week and decided not to proceed with a regular schedule.

Some teams will attempt to play some exhibition games this summer.

We plan to be back for 2021.


Sunday, July 26, 2020

Glen Cairn Men's Fastball League to start up for 2020

from Eric Colvin
On behalf of the 2020 GCMFL Executive

The Glen Cairn Men's Fastball League will be playing ball for the 2020 season the league executive announced last week. With the mandated city and provincial guidelines of a "Bubble" league with a maximum of 50 players, including umpires, the executive needed to get creative to adhere to this criteria. With 5 full team rosters wanting to return, the executive selected a random draw to pull (4) teams of (12) players each to meet the maximum of the 50 person bubble. While it will look a little different on the diamond, the executive is ecstatic to at least have some Fastball played in Glen Cairn in the summer of 2020.

Tom Flood, one of the founders of the GCMFL, informed the executive in March that this would be the 50th year of operations if and when we start the season. The league plans to have Mr. Flood join us on opening night to throw out the ceremonial first pitch on the 50th season of the GCMFL.
The plan is to start the season on Tuesday, August 4th. Games will take place every Tuesday at 6:30pm & 8:30pm and run for a total of 6 regular season games per team ending on September 8th. Following the regular season, the teams will be ranked #1 through #4 and play a best of 1 series in the semi-finals and finals.

The safety of our members is the GCMFL's top priority. With consultation from the umpire in chief, league members and, City of Ottawa officials, the Executive has plans in place to adhere to the social distancing requirements set out by the City of Ottawa and the Provincial Government.


Monday, July 13, 2020

Gil Read Memorial tournament cancelled for 2020

While the provincial announcement today opens things up somewhat, unfortunately the 13th Annual Gil Read Memorial Men's Fastball Tournament will be cancelled for 2020.

The event was scheduled for the July 24-26 in Fitzroy Harbour and there was a great list of committed teams back in February. However, it's not feasible or safe to host an event the size of The Gil given provincial restrictions on game play and gathering limits.

The organizers look forward to continuing the Gil Read tourney tradition in 2021.


Eastern Ontario enters Stage 3

The provincial government has announced that eastern Ontario has moved into "Stage 3" of  COVID recovery, starting Friday July 17.

Quoting GOFL legal counsel Erin Durant's LinkedIn page:

Amateur and recreational sports leagues may resume so long as they do not allow for prolonged and deliberate physical contact between players or if they have established modifications. However, significantly, leagues must contain no more than 50 participants in total. If participants in a league exceed 50, the league may divide into small groups of no more than 50 people. Players are not yet permitted to play against players outside of their league or group. This regime is essentially establishing mini-sports circles in which games can be played. These rules will prevent large cross-province competitions among large numbers of competing teams and will limit competition for team sports to small group league play only.

Overall outdoor gathering limits - which include players, officials, coaches, spectators at any one venue - are now 100 people.

How local men's leagues, as well as minor leagues, will move forward with these new regulation is yet to be determined.

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Monday, June 29, 2020

St. John's league cleared to resume

Some good news from Newfoundland - the St. John's men's fastball leagues (intermediate and senior) have cleared to return to play. Information here.


Sandlot wins the Molly in Elkland

The Molly Sherman Memorial men's fastpitch tournament was won by a new team from downstate Pennsylvania - "Sandlot", which defeated the USA White team in the final. The host Elkland team finished third.

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Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Molly Sherman Memorial schedule for June 27-28

The schedule for the Molly Sherman Memorial in Elkland, PA this upcoming weekend.


Blackburn Men's Fastball League to take 2020 off

Word has come out that the Blackburn Men's Fastball League has decided to cancel the 2020 season due to the ongoing uncertainty related to the pandemic.


Friday, June 19, 2020

Elkland Molly Sherman Memorial tournament

The Elkland Softball Association's Molly Sherman Memorial tournament is scheduled for June 27-28 in Elkland, PA.

With the border still closed due to the pandemic, no Canadian teams are participating this year, but there are 10 9 teams from Pennsylvania and New York scheduled to attend.

Teams committed are: Elkland, NY Bombers, Eline's, Sandlot, RM Kurtz, Sea Dogs, Au Sable, Team USA White, Team 518, and Elanco.

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Monday, June 15, 2020

ISC World Tournament cancelled

The International Softball Congress has announced that the World Tournament is cancelled today - posting here.

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Tuesday, June 09, 2020

ISC Canada East Qualifier cancelled

from Blair Setford

The provincial situation stemming from the coronavirus pandemic is slowly improving, but given the current pace of normalization, regrettably we are cancelling the 2020 ISC Canada East Qualifier, which had already been rescheduled for July 17-19 in Mitchell.

Health and wellbeing for our players, officials and fans was always the first priority and given the pace of re-opening across the province, we don't see how we could be in a position where we could safely hold our tournament in mid-July based on the way events are unfolding.

Any Canada East teams that are interested in playing in the 2020 ISC World Tournament - which is still being planned contingent on local and state conditions - should contact the ISC prior to July 1 directly through Executive Director Larry Fisher at

We want to thank AJ Moses, in Mitchell, as well as Trevor Topping, our UiC, for the work that they had done in helping us plan for the qualifier. If circumstances permit, we will still look to run the Ontario Challenge Cup - and potentially look at affiliation with one or two other events - in late summer/early fall. More information will become available as things develop.

As always, we thank all of our teams and officials for their continued loyalty with the ISC and we look forward to safely returning to ball diamonds hopefully in the not too distant future.

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