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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Monday, August 21, 2017

West Carleton Junior Electric Mites win Gold at Provincial "B" Tournament

The West Carleton Junior Electric Mites (U10) team won gold at the Ontario Amateur Softball Association Provincial "B" tournament in Ponsonby and Elora on the weekend.

The Junior 'Trics went 4-0 to win the title at the six-team event.

The mites had hosted a qualifier in Fitzroy Harbour in late July at which they went 1-2, getting them placed in the "B" Provincial event.

In the round robin portion of the event, West Carleton won both their games - 19-8 over Wellesley Wildcats and 14-6 over the Curve Lake Trappers.

The semi-final match up against Havelock Express saw WC prevail 20-6, setting up a rematch in the gold medal game against Wellesley, which the Junior Electric won 18-4 to take the title.

At the "A" level provincial tournament at the same location, Napanee won the eight-team event.

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Sunday, August 20, 2017

Bytown Belles finish 4th at the Canadian Nationals Championships

From Erin Durant

The Bytown Belles finished 4th at the Women's Canadian Championships in what was the team's second season and first trip to the Canadians. The Belles also finished 4th in the round robin portion of the tournament.

The Belles only loses came to the three teams that finished above them - the Whitby Eagles, the Calahoo Erins and the Quebec Rebelles.

The Quebec Rebelles knocked the Belles out of the tournament in a 4-2 heartbreaker. The Rebelles scored all 4 runs in the top of the second inning with two out.

The Belles efforts to rally in the 7th fell short thanks to some incredible defence by the Rebelles left fielder.

Two members of the Belles went home with individual honours. Hayley Bennett and Alysse Volpe were named to the All Canadian team as top outfielders. The Belles also had incredible pitching all week from Jean Cardona, Elissa Sivel and Allie Hipgrave. The pitchers combined for a team ERA in the round robin of only 1.50 - giving up only 9 earned runs in 6 games.

The Belles received considerable assistance throughout the tournament from their pick ups - Volpe, Rainey Psenicka and Robyn Draper. The team wishes all three of these talented athletes success next season.

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Saturday, August 19, 2017

West Carleton Squirts win silver at Provincials

A nice article on Caveman's team winning silver at OASA Squirt Provincial "B" tournament last weekend:


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Friday, August 18, 2017

GOFL playoff scenarios - updated

It's time for the annual Greater Ottawa Fastball League playoff scenario possibilities going into the final regular season games.

West Carleton Electric
Current record: 11-5-1
Games remaining: none, except a suspended game vs Kars
Where can they finish? First or second

Quyon Flyers
Current record: 10-6-2
Games remaining: none
Where can they finish? Second or third

Kars Aces
Current record: 9-6
Games remaining: doubleheader vs Micksburg, suspended game vs West Carleton
Where can they finish? First, second, third or fourth

Micksburg Twins
Current record: 8-5-1
Games remaining: two each against I4C and Kars
Where can they finish? First, second, third, fourth

Ottawa Valley As
Current record: 6-11-1
Games remaining: none
Where can they finish? Fifth or Sixth

If I4C win both, or win one tie one in remaining games vs Micksburg --> Sixth
Otherwise --> Fifth

I4C Victory
Current record: 5-10-1
Games remaining: two vs Micksburg
Where can they finish? Fifth or Sixth
If they win both, or win one tie one in remaining games vs Micksburg --> Fifth
Otherwise --> Sixth

Stittsville 56ers
Current record: 4-10-4
Games remaining: none
Where can they finish? Seventh for sure


Micksburg wins at home

The Micksburg Twins won their Greater Ottawa Fastball League game at home on Thursday against the Ottawa Valley As 8-1.

Corey Costello had the win on the slab while Adam Rueckwald took the loss.

Valley joins Quyon, West Carleton and Stittsville as having finished their regular season games.

Micksburg has two games against both I4C Victory and Kars. Playoff match ups will depend on those games.


Thursday, August 17, 2017

I4C edges Stittsville

I4C Victory edged the Stittsville 56ers 4-3 in Greater Ottawa Fastball League play on Wednesday night at the Grove.

Matt McNish had the win for the visitors while Kyle Olson took the loss for the 56ers.

I4C had homers from McNish, Chris MacFarlane and a timely seventh inning solo shot from Ryan Clare.

Stittsville threatened to tie the game in the bottom of the seventh but a close play at the plate ended the game.


Monday, August 14, 2017

West Carleton defeats Quyon 5-3

In a rare Monday night Greater Ottawa Fastball League game in Quyon, West Carleton Electric won 5-3 over the hometown Flyers.

Steve Cavanagh had the win for Fitzroy in relief of Andy Barber. Drew Hathway and Trevor Lahey threw for Quyon.

Alex Boucaud hit two Homers for WC.


Sunday, August 13, 2017

West Carleton Squirts finish second at Provincials

West Carleton Junior Electric Squirts (U12) team finished second at the Ontario Amateur Softball Association Provincial "B" Tournament in Napanee on the weekend.

The mini-'Trics did things the hard way in the eight team double knockout event, losing the first game Saturday morning 7-6 against the Kitchener-Waterloo Hallman Twins.

WC then reeled off four straight wins:
16-0 over Oshawa BBs
7-4 over Westport Storm
12-10 over Kitchener-Waterloo Hallman Twins
6-5 over Baden Pirates

Out of gas in the final, they lost 17-6 to the Tavistock Athletics who went undefeated on the weekend.

Caveman had a 2-0 pitching record and saw relief duty in the two losses as well.

In the Squirt Provincial "A" Tournament held the same weekend, Napanee Express were champs, defeating the Tweed Longhorns in the final.

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Friday, August 11, 2017

Micksburg defeats Valley

from Scott Conroy

The Micksburg Twins travelled to Carp on Thursday to face off against the home side Ottawa Valley A’s. Rain came down briefly just after 7 pm but the clouds passed and there would fastball. Joran Graham had the ball for Twins and Ben Broek countered for the A’s.

Micksburg struck early in the top of one. Matt McIntyre walked to start the game and was driven in two batters later with Joran Graham’s RBI single. With Kyle Jackson taking a walk two batters later Scott Conroy was able to cash in Jackson and Graham on a double. A misplayed ball plated the fourth run of the inning on a Connor Moss groundout.

The A’s wouldn’t score in the bottom of one. Mcintyre started another rally for the Micksburg team with a one out double. RBI singles in the inning by Riley Hennessy and Corey Costello would score three runs for the Twins.

That would be all the scoring for the game. Ben Broek settled in and only allowed three hits the rest of the way. Joran Graham went all five innings allowing only two hits. Final score 7-0 Twins.

A rained out game is rescheduled for next Thursday August 17th at 8pm in Micksburg with the Ottawa Valley A’s making the trip west.

Joran Graham heads out to Michigan Saturday for the ISC World Tournament with the Kingston Axemen. Best of Luck Jo!


Thursday, August 10, 2017

Thursday night in the GOFL

There were two games in Greater Ottawa Fastball League play on Thursday night.

In Carp, the Micksburg Twins won 7-0 over the Ottawa Valley As. Joran Graham had the shutout win. Ben Broek took the loss for the As.

Over in Quyon, the hometown Flyers and the Stittsville 56ers battled to a 3-3 tie. Veteran third baseman John Craig of the 56ers had a solo homer.


Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Wednesday night results - I4C and Kars win

In the first of two games in Manotick on Wednesday night in Greater Ottawa Fastball League play, I4C Victory won 7-1 over the Stittsville 56ers. Neil Cooke had the win for I4C while Kyle Olson took the loss for the 56ers. Victory had four homers - solo shots from Matt McNish and Ryan Clare, and two x two run shots from Derek Martin. Luc D'Entremont hit one out for Stittsville.

The nightcap saw the Kars Aces edge the Quyon Flyers 3-1. Luke Severson earned the pitching victory with relief from Brad Porter. Matt Greer took the loss for the visitors.


Bancroft hosting men's fastball tournament

Bancroft has recently started up a new men's fastball league after many years absence. They brought a team to the Fitzroy Harbour tournament back in June.

Bancroft is now looking at hosting a tournament of their own on the weekend of September 30th.

If your team is interested, contact Mike Murphy at 613-332-8405.

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Shawville to host Men's Fastball tournament

Shawville, QC Men's Fastpitch League is planning on hosting a tournament on September 22-24 at the R.A. Centre diamond in Shawville.

They are looking for six teams and the entry fee will be $300. The exact format and prize money will be determined once teams are finalized.

To register your team or for more information, email shawvillefastpitch@gmail.com.


West Carleton holds on for 7-5 win over Ottawa Valley

West Carleton Electric held on for a 7-5 over Ottawa Valley As in Greater Ottawa Fastball League play on Tuesday night in Fitzroy Harbour.

Andy Barber had the win for Fitzroy going four innings, while Steve Cavanagh picked up the save shutting out the As in three innings of work. Adam Rueckwald went the distance for Valley.

Valley had two on in the top of the first. With one out, Ben Wade walked. Clayton Vance then reached on a misplayed ground ball. A hard hit ball by Ryley Burns looked like it was going to drop, but a good catch by WC centrefielder Alex Boucaud and subsequent throw to second got the double play to end the threat.

Fitzroy responded with a five run outburst in the first. Trevor Barton singled, then scored on Barber's double. After a walk to Neil Murphy, there were two men on. Rueckwald got a strikeout and a hard hit ball to second was fielded nicely by Burns for the second out. Steve Cavanagh then singled to score two more runs. SCav was subsequently cashed on a two run homer from Boucaud to give the Electric a 5-0 lead after one.

The As got on the board in the second. Steve Frost reached on an error, was moved to second on a sac bunt by Dave Baird and scored on Gavan Boyd's double.

The visitors pushed another two across in the third. Clayton Vance lead off with a single. A hard hit grounder by Burns was misplayed, scoring Vance who had stolen second. Steve Frost then singled and after a strikeout, Lindsay Medynski reached on a fielder's choice in which no out was made. Boyd's ground out scored another to make it 5-3 Trics.

West Carleton added a run in the bottom of the third. Murphy lead off with a single but was erased at second on a fielder's choice that put Christ Costello on. Costello stole second and scored on Jeff Cavanagh's  single.

Valley put another two across in a bizarre fashion in the top of the fourth. Jackson Vance singled to start things off. A double by Wade scored him. Clayton Vance then hit a ball to the right side of the infield and when the Electric tried to get Wade at third, all were safe. A walk to Burns loaded the bases. Steve Frost hit a flare to shallow left in no man's land. It looked like shortstop Steve Cavanagh may get to the ball but it just fell into play fair. However, the ball bounced directly into Cavanagh's glove and he promptly threw it to third for one out and the third baseman Murphy threw it to second for another out. Wade scored on the play and the next batter struck out making the score 6-5 for the home team.

West Carleton made the pitching change in the top of the fifth, replacing starer Barber with Steve Cavanagh. Cavanagh threw well, allowing only two hits and no runs in three innings of work.

The Electric added an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth. After two fly outs, Barton singled. Andy Barber then singled as well, followed by an infield single by Murphy to load the bases. Costello's hard hit ball scored Barton but a good defensive play by left fielder Dave Baird prevented Barber from scoring.

Andy Barber WIN 4IP 5R 3ER 6H 4BB 5K
Steve Cavanagh SAVE 3IP 0R 0ER 2H 0BB 5K

Trevor Barton 2-4, 2R
Andy Barber 2-4, R, RBI, 2B
Neil Murphy 2-3, BB, R
Chris Costello 2-4, R, SB, RBI
Jeff Cavanagh 1-4, RBI
Steve Cavanagh 1-3, 2RBI, R
Alex Boucaud 1-3, HR, R, 2RBI
Steve Edgerton 1-2, 2B

Adam Rueckwald LOSS 6IP 7R 7ER 12H 1BB 5K

Jackson Vance 2-3, BB, R
Ben Wade 1-2, BB, 2B, R, RBI
Clayton Vance 1-4, SB, R
Steve Frost 3-4, RBI, R
Gavan Boyd 1-4, 2B, 2 RBI


Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Harbour Ball Playoffs start Wednesday

The Fitzroy Harbour Men's Fastball League aka "Harbour Ball" playoffs start this Wednesday, with all eight teams in action in the first game of best-of-three series.

Harbour Ball is brought to you by the following sponsors:

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


Friday, August 04, 2017

West Carleton Review article on the Gil Read Memorial Tournament

Jake "Scoop" Davies of the West Carleton Review published an article on the Gil Read Memorial tournament from last weekend. Check it out here.


Eastern Ontario teams at OASA Provincials

Some local teams participated recently at Ontario Amateur Softball Association provincial tournaments.

At the Midget (U18) Provincial B tournament in Jarvis, Osgoode finished with two wins and two losses and finished second in the four team event, losing both times to the champions from Cambridge.

At the Peewee (U14) Provincial A tournament in Stouffville, the Westport Storm finished with one win and two losses in a very tough field of eight teams to finish fifth.  At the Peewee C tournament, also in Stouffville, Ottawa South lost two straight at the six team event.

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Thursday, August 03, 2017

Kars defeats Valley and Stittsville

The Kars Aces came away as big winners in the Greater Ottawa Fastball League doubleheader in Carp on Thursday night.

The Aces opened up things with a 13-0 victory over the Ottawa Valley As. Cory Alkerton had the pitching win while Todd Wilson took the loss with relief from Ben Broek. Cory and Matt Alkerton both had homeruns for the Aces.

Kars continued their heavy hitting ways in the late game, staking out a 9-1 lead in the second inning. They ended up defeating the Stittsville 56ers 10-2. Luke Severson earned the pitching victory and Kyle Olson took the loss with relief from Luc D'Entremont. Matt Alkerton had another two home runs in this match up while brother Cory had two triples.


Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Wednesday night in the GOFL (corrected)

The Quyon Flyers won 8-1 over I4C Victory in Manotick in Greater Ottawa Fastball League play on Wednesday. Matt Greer had the win while Neil Cooke took the loss.

At the Grove, the Stittsville 56ers fell 7-4 to the Ottawa Valley As. Adam Rueckwald had the win and Kyle Olson took the loss. The As put up a big six run inning in the first. Ryley Burns had a homer for Ottawa Valley.


West Carleton wins two over Micksburg

West Carleton Electric won both games in a Greater Ottawa Fastball League doubleheader in Fitzroy Harbour on Tuesday night against the Micksburg Twins.

West Carleton Electric 13 Micksburg 6

The first game of the night saw WC prevail 13-6 over the Twins. Steve Cavanagh had the win for the 'Trics while Matt McIntyre took the loss for the visitors.

The Electric got a run in the first as Kevin Shonfield doubled, stole third and scored on Andy Barber's ground out.

WC scored three in the third on Barber's based loaded double.

Three more runs for the home team made it 7-0 as Steve Cavanagh and Matt McKay both drove in runs.

Micksburg responded with a large fourth inning. Joran Graham hit a two run homer, Riley Hennessy had a 2 RBI single, as did Scott Conroy.

However, WC Electric were able to respond with a six run inning of their own in the bottom of the fourth. Jeff Cavanagh had an RBI single, Shonfield had a two RBI single and Andy Barber hit a three run homer.

With the mercy rule in effect, S Cav shut down the Twins in order in the bottom of the fifth to finalize the win.

West Carleton Electric 5 Micksburg Twins 3

In the night cap, the Electric won another, this time 5-3. Joran Graham had the start for the Twins but was replaced after three by Matt McIntyre who took the loss. Matt McKay went the distance for Fitzroy and earned the win in his first GOFL start.

After two scoreless, the Twins scored first on a solo home run by Andrew McIntyre.

West Carleton took over the lead in the fourth as McKay hit a three run shot.

The fifth inning saw 14 year old Joseph Mick double for the Twins to earn his first career hit in the GOFL.

The home squad added to their lead in the sixth. Derek Barber reached on an error and Jeff Cavanagh singled to put two on. A single by McKay drove in a run and another single by Jeff Barber drove in another to make it 5-1.

The Twins got two more back in the top of the seventh when Andrew McIntyre homered again - a two run shot - to make it 5-3, but McKay go out of the inning and preserved the win.


Tuesday, August 01, 2017

North Leeds playoffs set to begin

Lyn and Seeleys Bay have clinched first round byes for the North Leeds Men's Fastball League playoffs. 

The first round will be:
ECAs vs Athens
Greenbush vs Westport (Game 1 in Greenbush Thur Aug 3rd , Game 2 in Westport Tues Aug 8th)

First round must be completed before Thur Aug 10th , 2nd round starts on Thur Aug 10th
Second round will be a best of 2 of 3 to start on Thur Aug 10th

First round is a 2 game series if tied at one game each there will be a mini game to decide the series, first team ahead after any completed inning wins. 

Game 1 is played at lower placed team game 2 at higher seed team.

No extra innings played in game 1 or 2 a tie stays a tie  (a win and a tie wins the series).

No time limit in the playoffs.  

Seeleys Bay
ECAS (Easton Corners As)
Easton Corners Haymakers)


Sunday, July 30, 2017

Elkland Moose Lodge wins the 10th Annual Gil Read

Elkland won the 10th Annual Gil Read Memorial Tournament with a 9-1 final win over Micksburg Twins. Great weather, good crowds and excellent softball made for a fantastic weekend.

Sunday pool play results:

9 am
West Carleton Electric 8 Ottawa Valley As 4
WP Matt McKay
LP Trevor Lahey relief by Ben Broek, Todd Wilson

9 am
Kanata Pirates 7 Elkland Moose Lodge 5
WP Kyle Olson in relief of Adam Smith
LP Dan Cevette

11 am
Broker4Tickets 7 Napanee Express 4
WP Cory Alkerton
LP Ian Wallwork

11 am
Goodfellow Fastpitch 7 Party Lake 5
WP Will Lowe
LP Jordan Macdonald in relief of Kyle Ainsley, Ryan Sharpe

Pool standings after round robin play
1. Elkland Moose Lodge 3-1
2. Broker4Tickets 3-1 (head to head)
3. Kanata Pirates 2-1-1
4. Pickering Panthers 1-2-1
5. Napanee Express 0-4

1. Micksburg Twins 3-0-1
2. West Carleton Electric 3-0-1 (run differential)
T3. Party Lake 1-3
T3. Ottawa Valley As 1-3
T3. Goodfellow Fastpitch 1-3

Semi Final Games

Micksburg Twins 3
Broker4Tickets 2
WP Joran Graham
LP Patrice Leclerc

Elkland Moose Lodge 7
West Carleton Electric 0
WP Bryan Newton
LP Andy Barber


Elkland Moose Lodge 9
Micksburg Twins 1
WP Bryan Newton
LP Joran Graham wih relief from Matt Greer
MVPs of final game - Brad Pender (Micks), Tyler Dudley (Elk)

Tournament MVP and winner of the Joel Langford Memorial Trophy
Justin Cevette, Elkland


Saturday at the 10th Annual Gil Read

Results from the Saturday games at the 10th Annual Gil Read Memorial Men's Fastpitch tournament in Carp. Another beautiful day at the Carp Fairgrounds with great support from local fans.

Elkland Moose Lodge 8 Napanee Express 4
WP Bryan Newton in relief of Dan Cevette
LP Ian Wallwork relief Brendan Sands

Broker4Tickets 10 Pickering Panthers 0
WP Neil Cooke
LP Bobby Lewis relief Kevin Ford

Party Lake 9 Ottawa Valley As 5
WP Ryan Sharpe relief Jordan Macdonald
LP Trevor Lahey relief Ben Broek

Micksburg Twins 7 Goodfellow Fastpitch 1
WP Matt Greer
LP Will Lowe relief Will Earle

Kanata Pirates 9 Napanee Express 2
WP Adam Smith
LP Cole Bolton

Elkland Moose Lodge 6 Broker4Tickets 1
WP Bryan Newton
LP Brad Porter relief by Cory Alkerton

West Carleton Electric 9 Party Lake 8
WP Andy Barber
LP Jordan Macdonald in relief of Kyle Ainsley

Micksburg Twins 8 Ottawa Valley As 3
WP Corey Costello
LP Todd Wilson relief by Ben Broek, Trevor Lahey

Elkland Moose Lodge 8 Pickering Panthers 1
WP Bryan Newton relief Dan Cevette
LP Bill Stevenson relief Kevin Ford

West Carleton Electric 11 Goodfellow Fastpitch 8
WP Jeff Barber relief of Steve Cavanagh
LP Will Lowe relief of Shannon Borho

Micksburg Twins 2 Party Lake 0
WP Joran Graham
LP Jordan Macdonald

Pickering Panthers 6 Napanee Express 5
WP Bobby Lewis
LP Brendan Sands

Broker4Tickets 9 Kanata Pirates 1
WP Patrice Leclerc
LP Kyle Olson

Pool Standings as of Saturday night

Elkland Moose Lodge 3-0
Broker4Tickets 2-1
Kanata Pirates 1-1-1
Pickering Panthers 1-2-1
Napanee Express 0-3

Micksburg Twins 3-0-1
West Carleton Electric 2-0-1
Party Lake 1-2
Ottawa Valley As 1-2
Goodfellow Fastpitch 0-3

Sunday Round Robin Games

9 am D1 - West Carleton Electric vs Ottawa Valley As
9 am D2 - Elkland Moose Lodge vs Kanata Pirates
11 am D1 - Party Lake vs Goodfellow Fastpitch
11 am D2 - Broker4Tickets vs Napanee Express

Sunday Playoff Round

1 pm D1 - Micksburg Twins vs 2nd Place B pool
1 pm D2 - 1st Place B pool vs West Carleton Electric
3:30 pm D1 - FINALS


Saturday, July 29, 2017

Friday night at the 10th Annual Gil Read

A beautiful night with good crowds on hand at the 10th Annual Gil Read Memorial Tournament in Carp on Friday night.

7 pm: West Carleton Electric 2 Micksburg Twins 2
P: Andy Barber (WC) P: Joran Graham (Micks)
Andy Barber had a HR for WC

8 pm: Pickering Panthers 8 Kanata Pirates 8
P: Bobby Lewis (PP) P: Kyle Olson, Adam Smith (Kan)
Luc D'Entremont had 2 x HR for Kanata

9 pm: Ottawa Valley As 8 Goodfellow Fastpitch 6
WP: Adam Rueckwald, relief Todd Wilson LP: Shannon Borho, relief Will Lowe
Jason Naylor had 2 x HR for Goodfellow


Thursday, July 27, 2017

Quyon edges Micksburg 8-7

The softballs were flying out of the park on Thursday in Quyon as the Flyers edged the Micksburg Twins 8-7 in Greater Ottawa Fastball League play.

Matt Greer hit two homers and Shawn Laframboise hit one for Quyon. Joran Graham and Quinton Rook hit homers for Micksburg.

Trevor Lahey had the win on the slab for Quyon in relief of Greer. Matt McIntyre took the loss for the Twins.


Thursday in the GOFL

Tonight in Quyon, there will be a single game with the Flyers hosting Micksburg at 8 pm. There originally was a doubleheader scheduled but the second game (Flyers vs WC Electric) has been postponed.


GOFL Wednesday night wrap up

Greater Ottawa Fastball League Wednesday night wrap up:

Kars Aces 7 Stittsville 56ers 3
Kars defeated Stittsville 7-3 in a game at the Grove on Wednesday night. Cory Alkerton had the win with relief from Brad Porter. Adam Smith took the loss and Kyle Olson threw shut out ball in relief. Matt Alkerton had two large home runs for the Aces while Aaron Amo had a homer for Stittsville.

Quyon Flyers 4 I4C Victory 2
In the first game of the Manotick doubleheader, the Quyon Flyers prevailed 4-2 over I4C Victory. Chris MacFarlane and Matt McNish both had solo homers for Victory while Nick Armitage had a two RBI single and Shawn Laframboise had a sole shot for Quyon. Trevor Lahey had the pitching win for Quyon an Neil Cooke took the loss.

I4C Victory 6 Ottawa Valley As 5
In the nightcap, I4C Victory got some revenge on the Ottawa Valley As after losing both games in a doubleheader this past weekend by squeaking out a 6-5 with a walk off in the bottom of the seventh. Matt McNish had the pitching win while Ben Broek took the loss.


Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Fitzroy Harbour hosts Mite Qualifier this weekend

The Gil Read Memorial isn't the only tournament in the area this weekend - there will also be an Ontario Amateur Softball Association mites U10 qualifier in Fitzroy Harbour with four teams participating. 

The West Carleton Review ran a nice story on the event.

The full schedule for the day is here.

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UPDATE: 10th Annual Gil Read Memorial tournament to feature 10 teams

There have been some changes to the Gil Read Memorial Tournament. See below.

The 10th Annual Gil Read Memorial Men's Fastpitch Tournament will feature 10 teams at the Carp Fairgrounds from July 28-30. Each team will play four games in the round robin, with the top four teams advancing to single elimination play.

As always, the tournament will feature a beer garden and bbq and admission is only $5 / day or $10 / weekend for spectators. Kids 12 and under are free.

All fund raised from the event go to the Gil Read Memorial Foundation to help disadvantaged kids play sports.

Group A

Micksburg, ON Twins
West Carleton Electric - Fitzroy Harbour, ON
Party Lake - Sydenham, ON
Goodfellow's Fastpitch - Eastons Corners, ON
Ottawa Valley A's - Carp, ON

Group B

Kanata, ON Pirates
Pickering, ON Panthers
Elkland, PA - Moose Lodge #746
Broker4Tickets - Ottawa, ON
Napanee, ON Intermediate Express
Revised schedule is available online here.


Monday, July 24, 2017

Bytown Belles Finish Second at PWSA Open Provincials

from Erin Durant

The Bytown Belles had a remarkable tournament at the Provincial Women's Softball Association Open provincials, bringing home the silver medal and qualifying for the Women's National Championships in Brampton August 16-20.

The Belles faces a tough draw in pool play which included two very strong, young teams in the Brantford Bobcats and the Brampton Blazers. Going into the tournament, the Belles had not defeated either of these teams.

The Belles started the tournament strong stunning the Bobcats with a 7-3 win. All three Belles pitchers - Jean Cardona, Elissa Sivel and Allie Hipgrave - were used to control the powerful Bobcats lineup.

In the second game of the tournament, the Belles faced the Blazers and pulled out a 2-1 win, again thanks to great pitching from the pitching staff and timely hitting. The winning run was scored following an Alika Kingsbury triple followed by a suicide squeeze by Erin Durant.

With a 2-0 record the Belles faced the Kars Aces on Saturday night. Veteran pitcher Marsha Townsend pitched a great game for Kars and held the score to 2-2 going bottom of the seventh inning. Alika Kingsbury would then hit a long triple and be scored by Amy Oliver to win the game 3-2.

The Belles then played their last round robin game Sunday morning against Milverton, which they would win 9-3 to finish the round robin undefeated to earn the top seed in their pool.

Shortly after the end of pool play, the Belles played their quarter final game against the Milton Bats. A loss in this game would have eliminated the Belles from the tournament despite their being undefeated in the round robin. Elissa Sivel started the game and Jean Cardona came in for the third inning. Sivel and Cardona both pitched a fantastic game, with Cardona recording many strikeouts, to lead the Belles to a 9-3 win.

The Belles then faced the Toronto Fastpitch Club in the semi-finals. Allie Hipgrave pitched a dominating performance to lead the Belles to a 6-2 victory. Elderly outfielder Erin Durant was forced to make two diving catches in right field despite her better judgment and to the disappointment of the Toronto club.

In the final, the Belles would face the powerhouse Whitby Eagles, the defending champions and the 2016 Canadian Championship silver medalists. The Eagles had won all of their prior games in dominating fashion and had team Canada program pitcher Jenna Caira on the mound.

The Belles countered with Elissa Sivel, who held her own against the Eagles. The Eagles would eventually score three runs in one inning. Jean Cardona came in to finish the game for the Belles, holding the Eagles scoreless.

The Belles had several hits and base runners but were unable to score. Hayley Bennett had two hits, including a double, to finish off a great tournament. The Belles would lose 3-0 after seven innings.

The Belles will be competing in the Canadian Women's national championships as Ontario 2, along with the Eagles as Ontario 1 and Port Perry as Ontario 3. The Brampton Blazers will be competing in the tournament as the host team.

Jean Cardona earned individual success at the provincials and was named the top pitcher of the tournament.

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Sunday, July 23, 2017

Valley As pick up two wins over I4C

The Ottawa Valley As won both games in a make up doubleheader in Carp over I4C Victory in rare Sunday action in the Greater Ottawa Fastball League.

The first game ended 10-6 with Ben Broek earning the win and Matt McNish taking the loss. The second game finished 6-5 with the Valley As walking it off in the bottom of the seventh. Todd Wilson had the win in relief of Adam Rueckwald. Jason Woodside had the loss in relief of Neil Cooke.

more to follow


Caveman gets confortable

This weekend, Caveman's Squirt U12 team played at the Ontario Amateur Softball Association East qualfier in Grafton. After a first game win against Oshawa, Caveman got the start versus a strong team from Tweed.

Caveman was on his game for this match, shutting out is opponents over the first two innings - however, he was complaining about some 'discomfort' with his new ball pants that Mrs Fastball acquired for the event. He felt the pants were too tight and cramping his style.

So, after the third inning in the field, the Caveman had had enough. He ran off as quickly as he could to a near-by Go Hut - and removed his underpants.

He pitched the remainder of the game, which went into 8 innings, "commando" style with no underwear on under his ball pants. While he ended up losing the game due to a couple of untimely errors, he did throw a game, striking out 16 kids over 8 innings. There may be chance he never pitches another game with underpants on!


Thursday, July 20, 2017

Quyon wins both in doubleheader vs Valley As

The Quyon Flyers won both games of a Greater Ottawa Fastball League doubleheader in Carp on Thursday night over the Ottawa Valley As.

In the first game, Quyon won 7-2. Drew Hathway had the win for the Flyers while Ben Broek took the loss. Matt Greer had a home run for Quyon.

The second match saw Quyon win 6-4. Greer had the win on the slab and hit another home run. Adam Rueckwald had the pitching loss. Ryley Burns hit a home run for the Valley As.


Sunday GOFL make up games added

The Ottawa Valley As and I4C Victory will make up their rained out doubleheader from June on this Sunday, July 23 at 1 pm and 3 pm in Carp.


Kars Aces and I4C Victory split doubleheader

In Greater Ottawa Fastball League play on Wednesday night in Manotick the Kars Aces and I4C Victory split a doubleheader.

The first game of the night saw Kars win 10-3 with Luke Severson earning the win with relief from Brad Porter. Matt McNish took the loss. Kurtis Summer was 4 for 4 at the plate for Kars.

The nightcap had I4C Victory taking the game 8-2, with Neil Cooke getting the "W" and Porter taking the loss.


Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Elkland Open this weekend

The Ekland Open tournament this weekend will feature 12 top teams in a round robin event, including the Kingston Axemen.

Schedule posted here on Al's Fastball.

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Squirt East Qualifier this weekend

The Squirt Boys (U12) Ontario Amateur Softball Tournament for the east will be held this weekend in Grafton with eight teams participating.

West Carleton Junior Electric will be among the teams, with Caveman toeing the rubber.

The schedule bracket is posted online here.

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Kars - WC game halted mid-game

The second game of the Greater Ottawa Fastball League doubleheader in Fitzroy Harbour on Tuesday featured West Carleton Electric vs the Kars Aces. Unfortunately, with the score 7-3 in the top of the seventh for the Aces, the lights went out. The game is suspended and if necessary for placements will be completed later in the year.

Andy Barber threw for West Carleton while Luke Severson had the ball for Kars.

Kars got on the board in the first with Nick Ellis hitting a home run to score Ian King who had singled.

After several scoreless innings, West Carleton responded with three in the sixth. Jeff Cavanagh doubled to bring in Jon Daley who had singled and Jeff Barber who had walked. Cavanagh advanced to third on a throw to the plate. JCav the scored on Trevor Barton's sac fly to right.

The Aces responded in the top of the seventh. Kurtis "Gary" Summers solo shot to lead off the inning tied things at three. Three consecutive walks loaded the bases. After a grounder erased a man at the plate, two subsequent bases loaded walks scored two for Kars. Chad Milne's double to left scored another two runs to make it 7-3 when the lights went out.


Stittsville and West Carleton tie at 9

The first game of the Greater Ottawa Fastball League doubleheader in Fitzroy Harbour on Tuesday between West Carleton Electric and the Stittsville 56ers was a high scoring affair with the teams ending squared at 9 runs each.

Steve Cavanagh started for WC and had relief from Jeff Barber. Kyle Olson did most of the pitching for Stittsville with Adam Smith relieving for one batter.

The 56ers got on the board in the first with a two run homer by Dan Jessiman which brought in Aaron Amo who had singled.

West Carleton immediately responded with three runs in the bottom of the first frame. Andy Barber walked to start things off, moved to second on Jon Daley's single and they both scored on Jeff Barber's three run homer.

The 3-2 Fitzroy lead lasted until the fifth. Stittsville scored five runs on a variety of defensive miscues.

The 56ers added another pair of runs in the sixth. Dan Jessiman's double brought in both Jamie O'Hare and Luc D'Entremont who had each singled.

The home team responded in the bottom sixth. With two out, Andy Barber singled and scored on Daley's double. A two run shot by Jeff Barber made it 9-6.

Down three in the last inning, West Carleton plated three to get the game tied. Neil Murphy reached on a misplayed ball. After a fly out and a strike out, Adam Brown singled and the ball subsequently got thrown away to allow Murphy to score. Then Andy Barber's two run homer tied the game.

Steve Cavanagh 5IP 7R 4ER 7H 0BB 4K
Jeff Barber 2IP 2R 2ER 4H 1BB 3K

Andy Barber 2-4, HR, 2RBI, 3R, BB
Jon Daley 4-5, 2B, RBI
Jeff Barber 2-4, 2xHR, 5RBI
Chris Costello 2-4
Neil Murphy 1-4, R
Adam Brown 3-4

Kyle Olson 6.2IP 9R 6ER 14H 1BB 6K
Adam Smith 0.1IP 1K

Luc D'Entremont 2-4, 2R
Aaron Amo 2-4, 2R
Dan Jessiman 2-4, HR, 2B, 4RBI, 2R
Scott Jessiman sac fly, RBI
John Craig 1-4
Kyle Olson 1-4
Corey Colpitts 1-4
Jamie O'Hare 2-4, 2R


Monday, July 17, 2017

Quyon over the Valley As 10-4 on Monday

The Quyon Flyers defeated the Ottawa Valley As 10-4 in Greater Ottawa Fastball League action in a rare Monday nighter in Quebec.

Matt Greer had the pitching win while Adam Rueckwald took the loss from Todd Wilson (aka Willy White Shoes).

Greer, David Hobbs and Steve McCord all had homeruns for the Flyers while Kyle Couvieau answered for the As with a homer.


Micksburg defeats Valley As (from Thursday)

from Matt McIntyre

Micksburg edged the Ottawa Valley As Thursday night in Greater Ottawa Fastball League action. Defence and pitching were on display as both teams pressed with base runners in multiple innings with Micksburg prevailing with a 6-2 win. Joran Graham had the pitching win while Ben Broek took the loss with relief from Adam Rueckwald.

Micksburg jumped out to an early lead in the top of the first when Matt McIntyre reached base via a walk and then scored on a bloop single by Graham.

The Twins got back on the board in the second with Connor Moss reaching on a fielders' choice and later scoring on a hit by Andrew McIntyre that just squeaked through the infield.

In the third inning the Twins finally broke through. The inning lead off with  Joran Graham getting a walk and soon thereafter scoring on a deep shot over the centre field fence by Jamey Mick. Kyle Jackson followed with a walk and was replaced with Quinton Rook as a result of a fielder's choice. Rook scored on a double by Riley Hennessey.

The A's answered with a run of their own. Clayton Vance reached on a single and would later steal his way to home plate. The A's scored again in the fifth as a result of a series of base hits.

Rueckwald entered the game for the A's shutting down the Twins bats until the seventh when Jackson lead off the inning with a shot to right field.


Rain puts an early end to OASA Masters Provincials

The 2017 Ontario Amateur Softball Association Masters Provincial championship in St. Clements ended up with co-winners in each division.

A torrential downpour Sunday afternoon rendered the fields unplayable late into the tournament.
In the 50+ Legends Division, Waterloo Legends and Waterdown Hammer Legends were declared co-winners.

In the Masters 40+ A division, Kitchener Bell Cartage and Wellington Sox were co-winners. In the Masters 40+ B Division, Whitby Spinmasters and St Thomas were declared co-winners. (Note: local entry West Carleton Electric finished the event at 0-4.)

Carl Boughner was the recipient of the Jack Cook sportsmanship award.

To all teams, volunteers and fans a heartfelt thank you.

Mike Goodridge
Bob Abbot
Tournament Directors

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Sunday, July 16, 2017

Toronto Batmen win Kingston tournament

The Toronto Batmen won the six team men's fastpitch tournament in Inverary this weekend, north of Kingston, defeating the host Kingston Axemen 6-4 in the final.

Semi-finalists were the Quebec Juniors and the Rockland, NY Mallards. Reports were that the crowds were decent and the weather was good for this tournament which hopefully becomes an annual event.


Thursday, July 13, 2017

GOFL standings update

Here are the current records for the Greater Ottawa Fastball League teams.

West Carleton 7-5 = 14 pts
Micksburg 5-2-1= 11 pts
Stittsville 4-5-2 = 10 pts
Quyon 4-4-1 = 9 pts
Kars 4-5 = 8 pts
Ottawa Valley 3-3-1 =  7 pts
I4C 1-5-1 = 3 pts


Thursday night in the GOFL

Thursday night scores from the Greater Ottawa Fastball League, with both matches ending 6-2:

Stittsville 56ers 6 Quyon Flyers 2
Stittsville won on the road on the Quebec side, defeating the Flyers 6-2. Adam Smith had the win for the 56ers while Matt Greer took the loss. John Craig hit a three run shot to seal the game in the top of the seventh for the vistors.

Micksburg Twins 6 Ottawa Valley As 2
Micksburg got a 6-2 road win in Carp over the Valley As. Joran Graham had the win. Ben Broek took the loss and Adam Rueckwald saw action in relief.


GOFL Wednesday night round up

Kars Aces 7 Stittsville 56ers 6
The Kars Aces won in a back and forth game at the Grove in Greater Ottawa Fastball League play on Wednesday by a score of 7-6. Brad Porter had the win on the slab for the Aces in relief of Cory Alkerton while Kyle Olson took the loss.

West Carleton Electric 22 I4C Victory 13
In what could perhaps be best described as a highly anomalous display of fastpitch softball, the first game of the GOFL doubleheader in Manotick on Wednesday ended with West Carleton Electric winning 22-13 over I4C Victory.

Fitzroy scored 10 runs in the top of the first, sending fifteen batters to the plate. By the bottom of the third, WC was losing 12-11. The subsequent comeback saw them end the game after six innings, up by 9. It was two hours and nineteen minutes of madness.

Matt McKay had the win for West Carleton, his first in the GOFL, in relief of Steve Cavanagh. Shane McNish took the loss for I4C.

Andy Barber had a two run homer for West Carleton while Alex Boucaud had a grand slam for the 'Trics. Matt McNish and Chris MacFarlane both had two run homers for the home team.

I4C Victory 4 West Carleton Electric 0
The night cap was a far more conventional game of fastball, with Neil Cooke throwing a four-hit shutout to lead I4C to a 4-0 win. Andy Barber took the loss for West Carleton. Shane McNish scored three times for I4C and was 2 for 2 with a walk and RBI.


Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Provincial Masters / Legends tournament this weekend

The Ontario Amateur Softball Association will be hosting the Masters (40+) and Legends (50+) provincial championship in St Clements (north of Waterloo) on July 14 -16. There are 8 masters teams and 3 legends teams participating in the event.

A local team sponsored by West Carleton Electric will be at the event for the second consecutive year. Schedule info is available at oasa.ca.

Masters 40+
St. Thomas
West Carleton

Legends 50+

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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Kingston Axemen tournament this weekend

The Kingston Axemen will host a six-team men's open fastball tournament on Saturday and Sunday in Inverary, just north of Kingston. See the poster below for the schedule.


Monday, July 10, 2017

Hayley Bennett and Team Canada off to a hot start at the Maccabiah Games

Hayley Bennett of Kanata is representing Canada in softball at the Maccabiah Games in the Women’s Open division. Hayley is also a member of the Bytown Belles travel team and the local Ottawa ExPros OVFL league team.

Canada was off to a hot start having won their first three games – including the first ever win over the United States by a women’s Maccabiah Games team. The Americans came back to defeat Canada in the second game played between the two teams.  The men’s team has started the Open division tournament with a 4-0 record.

You can follow the men’s and women’s teams online here: https://maccabigames2017.wixsite.com/canadasoftball/latest-news-stories.

Info about the Maccabiah Games here.


Men's World Softball championships from Whitehorse - livestream

If you haven't already, check out the livestream from Ballpark Broadcasting / SportsCanada TV from the Men's World Softball Championship in Whitehorse, Yukon.

It's of great quality and an excellent chance to watch men's softball live and well worth the 30 bucks. More info available here: http://sportscanada.tv/worldsoftball/. Remember that Yukon is Pacific time, same as Vancouver, three hours difference.

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Bytown Belles go 4-1 at 14th Annual Gord Marshall Memorial Tournament

This past weekend the Bytown Belles from the Ottawa area competed in the 14th Annual Gord Marshall Memorial Tournament in Innerkip, Ontario. The Belles competed in the Tier 1 division and went undefeated in the round robin portion of the tournament.

The Belles won their Friday night game 4-0 over the Midget Brantford Bobcats. Pembroke native Jean Cardona pitched the complete game and earned MVP honours.

The Belles also won their first game Saturday morning with a gutsy 5-1 win over the University of Western Ontario. Allie Hipgrave got the win with Jean Cardona earning a save. 

In their second game on Saturday, another Pembroke native, Elissa Sivel, had the ball for the Belles against Byron. Sivel led the team to a 7-2 victory over Byron. Former University of Ottawa Shortstop Brye Corkum earned MVP honours in this game for her stellar defense. 

The Belles’ most impressive win of the day came against the Milton Bats. The Belles were down 4-0 until the bottom of the fifth inning before scoring 5 unanswered runs, including Corkum’s game winning hit. Jean Cardona started the game for the Belles and Allie Hipgrave came in to close off any hope of a comeback for the Bats. Sivel earned MVP honours for her defense in the outfield. Allegations that Erin Durant tried to steal Sivel’s award are unfounded.

The Belles finished first in the round robin and played Byron in the semi-finals. Despite several hard-hit balls, luck was not on their side and they lost a tough game 4-0. Cardona pitched the complete game for the Belles.

Milton ended up defeating Byron in the Tier 1 finals 6-3. Milverton took home the Tier Two championships with a 8-5 win over Bramalea. Cardona also won the tournament Most Valuable Pitcher Award with a 3-1 record and 34 strikeouts.

The Gord Marshall Tournament featured a total of five Tier 1 and sixteen Tier 2 teams. The Gord Marshall Memorial Tournament is a “Best in Class” tournament for women’s fastpitch. Year after year the event is well-organized, well-attended and well-umpired. The tournament has all of the luxury items, including announcing, a beer tent, silent auction and tournament-branded beer glasses for the MVP winners. If you play women’s fastpitch, or if you coach women’s fastpitch, you should really consider registering your team for the 2018 tournament. It would be great to see more Eastern Ontario teams represented at this top-notch event.

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Sunday, July 09, 2017

CPI wins the 55th Annual Au Sable Forks tournament

CPI from Oswego, NY won the 55th Annual Au Sable Forks Men's Fastpitch Tournament this past weekend defeating the Quebec Juniors in the final.

CPI beat Broker4Tickets in the semi-final, while Quebec defeated the Durham Diamondbacks.

The final game was livestreamed on Facebook and can be watched here.