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Thursday, September 29, 2016

Twins defeat Royals to take the Shawville Men's Fastball League title

The Twins defeated the Royals 2-0 in the playoff final game for the Shawville Men's Fastball League championship.

Matt Greer was the winning pitcher while Lenny Burger, the wily veteran lefty, took the loss. Andrew Eades had the two RBIs for the Twins.

The SMFL is a four team league that usually plays on Monday nights throughout the summer.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Article: Micksburg Twins looking for championship Thursday night

Article from the Pembroke Daily Observer.


Monday, September 26, 2016

GOFL Championship Round Update - Final Game(s) set

The schedule for the final game(s) of the Championship Round has now been determined. The Micksburg Twins will host the Kars Aces in a rematch of the 2013 GOFL Final which was won by the Twins. Micksburg only has to win once to be declared champion, while Kars will have to win two games on Thursday night to take their first title since 2012.

Greater Ottawa Fastball League Championship Round Schedule
1. Kars Aces 5 Quyon Flyers 3 (August 30)
2. Micksburg Twins 6 West Carleton Electric 0 (September 7)
3. Micksburg Twins 10 Kars Aces 6 (September 8)
4. Quyon Flyers 9 West Carleton Electric 4 (September 8)
5. Kars Aces 9 Quyon Flyers 4 (September 25)
6. FINAL: Kars Aces at Micksburg Twins (Thursday September 29 at 7 pm)
7. If necessary game to follow immediately afterward, if Micksburg loses Game 6


GOFL history lesson (now with Franchise history)

As per the annual tradition, it is time for blog readers' annual history lesson now that our final teams have been determined.

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.

Past winners / finalists
2000 Dolco defeated Macton (3-0)
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 Electric (3-1)
2005 Team Easton defeated Stittsville (3-1)
2006 Team Easton defeated Stittsville (3-1)
2007 Team Easton defeated West Carleton Electric (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 Twins (FWS tournament format)
2015 I4C Victory defeated Micksburg Twins (2-0, 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 Electric
Carp I4C Victory
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 teams
Kars Aces
Stittsville 56ers
Barrhaven Broadway Blues
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

Franchise History - Current Teams

Kars Aces
Home Diamond: Manotick
Years in League: 17 (2000-16)
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: 3 (2001, 2008, 2013)

Stittsville 56ers
Home Diamond: Stittsville
Years in League: 17 (2000-16)
Championships: 2 (2008, 2009)
Finalists: 2 (2005, 2006)

West Carleton Electric
Home Diamond: Fitzroy Harbour
Years in League: 13 (2004-2016)
Championships: none
Finalists: 2 (2004, 2007)

I4C Victory
Home Diamond: Manotick
Years in League: 11 (2006-2016)
Previous Home Diamonds: Carp
Championships: 2 (2014, 2015)
Finalists: none

Quyon Flyers
Home Diamond: Quyon
Years in League: 10 (2007-2016)
Other Home Diamond Used: Shawville
Previous Names: Quyon Combat Flyers
Championships: none
Finalists: 4 (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012)

Micksburg Twins
Home Diamond: Micksburg
Years in League: 4 (2013-2016)
Championships: 1 (2013)
Finalists: 2 (2014, 2015)

OttawaValley As
Home Diamond: Carp
Years in League: 2 (2015-2016)
Other Home Diamond Used: McNab, Pakenham
Championships: none
Finalists: none

Franchise History - Defunct Teams

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

North Gower Marlboroughs
Home Diamond: North Gower
Years in League: 3 (2008-2010)
Previous Names: Greely DNTW Eagles
Previous Home Diamond: Greely
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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Sunday, September 25, 2016

Kars advances to GOFL Final vs Micksburg

The Kars Aces advanced to the Greater Ottawa Fastball League Championship Final with a 9-4 win over the hometown Quyon Flyers on Sunday afternoon.

Brad Porter had the win on the slab while Trevor Lahey took the loss.

Ian King had two home runs for Kars, as did Nick Armitage for Quyon.

Kars advances to play the Micksburg Twins on a date to be determined (hopefully soon).

more to follow


GOFL playoffs resume Sunday

After a lengthy break, the Greater Ottawa Fastball Leagaue Championship Round resumes today at 2 pm on the Quebec side, as the Quyon Flyers host the Kars Aces.

The winner of the game will face the Micksburg Twins in the Final.


Wednesday, September 21, 2016

All in One Septic & Excavating win FHMFL title (with photos)

All in One Septic and Excavating won 10-7 over regular season title holder Murphy's Plumbing on Monday night to take the championship series of the eight team Fitzroy Harbour Men's Fastball League two games to one.

Murphy's had a 3-2 lead at one point after back-to-back-to-back solo homers, including a bomb from Ryan Conners that landed at third base on the upper diamond.

However All in One battled back and held on for win. Adam Rueckwald and Rory Burns threw for the champs. Jeff Campbell, Chris Campbell and Spencer Campbell threw for Murphy's.

The Champs - All in One Septic and Excavating 

What Harbour Ball is all about - good ball games and post game refreshments with both teams on the deck.


Memories of Elkland - Tenth Anniversary Edition

As per tradition, this is the annual Memories of Elkland post - the tenth one, as I have attended the Labour Day tournament in Pennsylvania every year since 2007.

This year turned out to be the best ever result for West Carleton Electric. We finished with three wins and two losses and played on Monday for the first time ever. This was also a year in which I had 7 confirmed players a week beforehand until I figured things out to finalize the roster.

Our squad this year was composed of six guys from our league team, three others from the GOFL, one Harbour Baller that came along for the ride and our first ever US American local pickup (who played great and fit in well).

There were thirteen teams this year, with the usual mix of ISC teams and pitchers, intermediate level squads and local clubs. The weather was fantastic, with beautiful sunny days and cool nights. 

All the statistics were kept and reported on via Al's Fastball. The stats were great, but I still contend that when I "reached on an error" in our fourth game, it actually was an infield hit.

The "shenanigans factor" was reduced this year for WC due to the absence of a few key individuals. When you don't have the guys that invented beer can midget wrestling, the Terminator eyefirewood shoes and pickup truck extension cord water skiing, it turns out that the craziness at base camp gets toned down a little. It also turns out that on field performance improves - who knew?

We did however enjoy the weekend camping at the park - the only way to go - and the comraderie that comes with spending three days together at the best fastpitch park I've ever been to. Several of us also made it all three nights (Friday, Saturday, Sunday) to experience the night life at The Moose where many ballplayers and locals congregated to chug cheap beer and tell stories.

The chicken was once again top notch, the pints were two US bucks each and the pump cheese hotdogs were tasty. The Elkland Softball Association (ESA) knows how to do concessions right! 

The fields were in great shape, and in the spirit of continuous improvement that we have come to expect in Elkland, they have installed a new scoreboard on Field Two (which used to be Field Three).

It was great to see all the familiar faces back at the event. Ugo never left his perch the whole weekend in the scorer's / announcer's box above the first base dugout on Field One. The Lip was there with his friendly demeanour and do-rag. Jesse the Bat Boy returned again (nine of ten years he has been there and supported West Carleton). The Chicken Lady made sure we were well fed. The "Get Your Pants Dirty" guy was screaming his head off , blathering on with a steady stream of nonsense. The bartending duo at the Moose was the same. 

Now that we have been there for ten years, West Carleton Electric has a bit of following. We aren't quite up to the level that Greenbush Generals are at (the only other Eastern Ontario team this year) who have been going for 30+ years, but there were Elkland locals cheering us on by name at our games, with their favourite appearing to be Mad Dog Murphy.

One definite memory from this year's event comes from our first game. This year's team had two sets of brothers. One set of brothers had a family event on Friday night. They decided they would leave Saturday morning - after an open bar wedding - and drive down to PA for our game at noon. The other set of brothers came down on Friday night and brought along their dad. When the unsurprising call came from the one set of brothers that they were going to be late, I realized I had only eight players for our first game. I did the only reasonable thing I could do - tried to recruit the guys' dad (who we will call Mr B) to play. The conversation went something like this.

Me: "Hey Mr B, we only have eight guys for the first couple of innings."

Mr B: "Uh.....ok. So?"

Me: "So, I need you to play."

Mr B: "Uh...well I only have sandals."

Me: "I have size 9 running shoes - they will fit you right?"

Mr B:"Uh...well I guess. But I don't have ball pants."

Me: "Well first of all we are in Elkland, you can play in your shorts. But I have an extra pair so you can wear those."

Mr B: "Uh...well I don't have a glove."

Me: "Jeez, are you kidding me? We will find you a glove,"

Mr B: "Ok, I guess I am in!"

So, out of excuses, Mr. B got put in the starting line up and played with his two boys. While playing right field, he chased down a double to corner, and had a good hack at the plate (pop out to second) before the reinforcements arrived. Secretly, despite his 'reluctance', I think he was pretty pumped to play. His comment afterwards: "Not bad for going twenty-one years between starts!"

I will summarize as I do every year - Bill Sherman and the ESA guys put on an excellent event, with great fastball at a fantastic venue. If you haven't been and you love fastball, you need to go at least once. And if you need a team to play on, call me because I probably have a roster spot for you!


Monday, September 19, 2016

Laurysen Kitchens goes undefeated for entire GCMFL season

Laurysen Kitchens went 27-0 - undefeated in regular season, tournament and playoff games - to take the title in the nine team Glen Cairn Men's Fastball League with a 19-9 win over Don Cherry's on Monday night.

Tony MacDonald had the pitching win, while Aaron Amo saw 1.1 innings in relief.

Photo from Twitter


Ashton Farmers champions of the AMFL

The Ashton Farmers defeated the Rockets to win the playoff championship in the four-team Ashton Men's Fastball League.


Sunday, September 18, 2016

Harbour Ball final Monday night

The Fitzroy Harbour Men's Fastball League final series has gone to a deciding third game on Monday night at 8 pm. The yellow team (All in One Septic and Excavating) is facing the green team (Murphy's Plumbing).


Guzzlers win the Blackburn Men's Fastball League playoff title

The Guzzlers won the Blackburn Men's Fastball League playoff title in the 'if necessary' game of the double knockout format.

Sunday's result for the Guzzlers was a 4-3 win over Goodfellows, after Goodfellows won the first game of the final 4-2 on Thursday.


Friday, September 16, 2016

Laurysen Kitchens wins game 1 of the finals in the Glen

Laurysen Kitchens won Game 1 of the Glen Cairn Men's Fastball League over Don Cherry's on Monday night by a score of 5-4. Tony "T-Mac" MacDonald had the win on the slab for Laurysen.

Game 2 is scheduled for Monday September 19 at 7 pm, while game 3 if necessary will be Wednesday September 21 at 7 pm. Games are at AY Jackson High School in Kanata.


Thursday, September 15, 2016

GOFL playoff schedule update coming soon

Dates, location, etc. being finalized, announcement coming soon for the Greater Ottawa Fastball League playoffs.


Monday, September 12, 2016

Footage from the 1987 ISC World Tournament

I stumbled across this video on YouTube about the 1987 ISC World Tournament in Saskatoon.

It's an incredible treasure trove of 80s fastball. For those of you that played men's ball in that decade (my first season of Men's ball was in 1990), it gives you an impression of what it was like back then.

Some of the highlights, besides the seriously 80s wardrobes on the presenters, include:

  • Dudes with moustaches facing the top pitchers in the world with no helmets. 
  • Discussion of how players use "aluminum or wood bats, most just over 30 ounces".
  • Hall of Fame pitchers like Brad Underwood, Mike Piechnik, Ty Stofflet and many more.
  • Pitcher domination - there were 55 of 90 games were shutouts at the tournament in 1996. Lots of pitchers with 0.00 ERAs. Discussion of how Jimmy Moore had a streak of 59 2/3 consecutive shutout innings.
  • Lots of guys working on the slap bunt.

Overall a great timewaster of a video if you like fastball history.

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Quyon beats WC to advance (details from Thursday)

The Quyon Flyers eliminated West Carleton Electric in Greater Ottawa Fastball League Championship Round play with a 9-4 win on Thursday night on the Quebec side.

Matt Greer had the complete game win, while Andy Barber took the loss with relief from Jeff Barber.

West Carleton Electric got out to a 3-0 lead in the second. Chris Costello hit a three run homer with Mike Cavanagh (single) and Steve Cavanagh (walk) on base.

The Flyers got two back in the third inning, with Shawn Laframboise and Matt Greer scoring.

The big difference in the game were the six runs put up by the Flyers in the fourth. Dave Hobbs lead off the inning with a solo shot. The Flyers then loaded the bases on three walks prompting a pitching change by Fitzroy, replacing starter Andy Barber with his brother Jeff. The next batter walked, bringing in a run. followed by a Drew Hathway grand slam to make the score 8-3.

Trevor Barton's solo home run in the sixth made it 8-4, but the Flyers responded immediately in the bottom of the inning after Joe McCleary doubled and was brought in by Steve McCord.

Matt Greer WIN 7IP 4R 4ER 6H 5K 2BB

Dave Hobbs 2-4, R, HR, 2B, RBI
Shawn Laframboise 2-3, BB, 2R
Matt Greer 1-4, 2R
Dennis McCleary 1-4
Joe McCleary 2-3, 2R, 2B
Steve McCord, 1-2, 2BB, R, RBI
Drew Hathway, 2-3, HR, 4RBI, R

Andy Barber LOSS 3.1IP 3R 6ER 8H 3K 4BB 1HBP
Jeff Barber 2.2IP 6R 3ER 3H 6K 1BB

Trevor Barton 1-3, HR, RBI, R
Jeff Barber 1-2, BB
Shawn Rebertz 1-3
Michael Cavanagh 1-3
Steve Cavanagh BB, R
Chris Costello 1-3, HR, R, 3RBI
Adam Brown 1-3, 2B


Glen Cairn Men's Fastball League finals start tonight

The Glen Cairn Men's Fastball League final series starts tonight, with Laurysen Kitchens playing Don Cherry's at 6:30 pm in Game 1 of the best of three series.


Friday, September 09, 2016

Pembroke Observer articles on the GOFL

Some coverage in the Pembroke Daily Observer on the Greater Ottawa Fastball League playoffs:




TV highlights of Micksburg vs West Carleton

Highlights of the Cogeco TV broadcast of the West Carleton vs Micksburg playoff game on Wednesday night.


Micksburg 10 Kars 6 - the details

from Scott Conroy

The Twins and Aces met in Micksburg Thursday night in front of another good crowd. The atmosphere for the Greater Ottawa Fastball League Championship Round game was electric at the ball park as two talented teams met in the winners game of the double elimination tournament.

Kars threatened in the top of 1, with two out Nick Ellis singled and moved to third of a pair of passed balls. Joran Graham, the starter for Micksburg, was able to get a strike out to retire the side.

Brad Porter grabbed the ball for the Aces. The top of the lineup for Micksburg was able to get on the board early. Jamey Mick singled with 1 out before scoring on a Joran Graham triple. Graham would score on a fielder’s choice RBI by Corey Costello to make it 2-0 after 1.

The home side would add another run in the bottom of the second inning. Kyle Jackson singled to lead off and was bunted to second by the second basemen Matt McIntyre. Connor Moss was credited the RBI singling in Jackson to make a 3-0 score after 2 complete.

Kars was not ready to back down, plating five in the third frame. Kristian Knapp walked to start the inning before Cory Morrison singled. The bats for Kars kept going as they batted around. Nick Ellis, Matt Alkerton, and Chad Milne all had RBI hits in the inning.

The lead was 5-3 for the Aces until the bottom of the fourth where the back and forth would continue. The Twins were able to tie the game up. Matt McIntyre had a good eye at the plate battling out a walk before stealing second base. Quinton Rook kept his hot bat going with an RBI single to score McIntyre. The McIntyres remained dangerous as cousin Andrew was then able to drive a ball to the fence in right to score Rook on an RBI triple.

The scoring was not done. Kars threatened with two outs in the fifth. Matt Alkerton was replaced on third base by Chad Milne due to the two out catching rule. Milne was aggressive taking home as soon as a pitch got past Costello to reclaim the lead for Kars.

The Twins were able to pile on five in the bottom half after going into the inning with a 6-5 score. Graham lead off with a single. Corey Costello drew a walk. A bloop was able to drop in shallow right centre field. However, with the runners holding with none out, Kars was able to get the runner at second base.  Chad Costello took second on a wild pitch to set up Kyle Jackson’s 2 RBI double. Luke Severson would come into the game to face Matt McIntyre. Jackson then took off for third during the next at bat. The throw got past Kars defenders to allow Jackson to score the third run of the inning. McIntyre singled and Quinton Rook walked. Scott Conroy came into the game for a pinch hit and was able to hit a 2 RBI double to extend the lead to a 10-6 score for Micksburg.

Joran Graham was able to shut down Kars in the next two innings to seal the win. Brad Porter was tagged in the loss with Severson in relief in arguably one of the most exciting games this season in the GOFL.

The Twins await the winner of the Quyon Flyers and Kars Aces game for the championship game in Micksburg.


GOFL Playoff round up

Results from the GOFL playoffs on Thursday night.

Micksburg Twins 10 Kars Aces 6
The Twins stayed undefeated with a win at home against the Aces. Joran Graham had the win with Brad Porter taking the loss. The Aces were up 6-5 at one point in this one but lost the lead later in the game.

Quyon Flyers 9 West Carleton Electric 4
The Electric got out to an early 3-0 lead on a three-run shot by Chris Costello, but the Flyers rallied back for the win. Trevor Barton hit a solo homer for Fitzroy. Dave Hobbs had a solo homer for the Flyers and Drew Hathway hit a grand slam. Matt Greer got the pitching win, while Jeff Barber took the loss in relief of Andy Barber.


Thursday, September 08, 2016

Micksburg defeats West Carleton 6-0

The Micksburg Twins beat the West Carleton Electric in Greater Ottawa Fastball League Championship Round play on Wednesday night in Micksburg in front of a good crowd and the Cogeco TV cameras.

Corey Costello started and got the win for the Twins, with Joran Graham pitching three innings in relief. Andy Barber went the distance for WC.

Andrew McIntrye started the game for the home team with a walk, took second and third on wild pitches and scored on Jamey Mick's bloop single.

The Twins got two in the second. Matt McIntyre doubled and scored on Scott Conroy's single. Conroy moved to second on the throw to the plate, moved up 60 feet on a wild pitch and scored on another RBI single by Mick.

Micksburg pushed the lead to 5-0 in the fifth. Mick reached on a misplayed fly ball and scored on a home run from Graham that bounced off the top of the fence in dead centre and went over.

A solo homer by Mick in the sixth capped the scoring at 6-0.

Micksburg will host the Kars Aces at 8 pm on Thursday in next round, while West Carleton will travel to Quyon to play the Flyers on Thursday at 8 pm.

Corey Costello WIN 4IP 0R 3H 8K 0BB
Joran Graham 3IP 0R 0H 9K 0BB

Jamey Mick 3-4, 3RBI, HR, 2R
Joran Graham 1-3, HR, 2RBI, R, BB
Corey Costello 1-2, BB
Kyle Jackson 2-3
Matt McIntyre 2-3, R
Scott Conroy 1-3, R, RBI

Andy Barber LOSS 6IP 6R 5ER 10H 3K 3BB

Jeff Barber 1-3
Michael Cavanagh 1-3
Chris Costello 1-3, 3B


Tuesday, September 06, 2016

West Carleton Electric finishes 3-2 at Elkland Labour Day

West Carleton Electric finished in fifth place at the 13-team Elkland Labour Day "Durk Sherman Classic" men's open fastpitch tournament in Pennsylvania.

The Electric opened with a loss, reeled off three straight wins, then lost on Monday morning to finish 3-2. See below for links to stats for each game.

East Coast Renegades (Long Island, NY) 8 West Carleton Electric 6
West Carleton lost a winable game on Saturday at noon, coming up short as Steve Cavanagh took the loss in relief of Jeff Barber. Andy Barber - who was catching - hit a homer, as did Chad Milne. Nick Ellis went 3 for 4. Evan Lydaker was the winning pitcher.

West Carleton Electric 5 Knoxville, PA Bellys 4
WC squeaked out a close win over a scrappy team of youngsters who had some veteran help at pitcher and catcher. Andy Barber earned the pitching win striking out 15, while Marvelous Marv Flynn and Lucas Hahn threw for the locals. Dean "Guns" Vanzile hit the walk off single in the bottom of the seventh, driving in Matt McIntyre who had doubled. Nick Ellis hit two triples and Jeff Cavanagh was 2 for 3 for the Electric.

West Carleton Electric 6 Greenbush, ON Generals 4
Sunday afternoon saw the two eastern Ontario teams in attendance square off. The Electric got out to a 6-0 lead after three and held on for the win. Andy Barber got the win and Luke Severson took the loss. Jeff Barber - who was catching for Andy - went 2 for 2 with a walk, 3 RBIs and hit a two run homer. Milne and Neil Murphy had RBIs for WC. Todd Brayton went 3 for 3 for Greenbush and his son Jake went 2 for 3.

West Carleton Electric 10 Dick's Deli (Williamsport, PA) 1
Immediately following, the Electric got another win with Jeff Barber throwing a three-hitter over the five inning mercy rule shortened game. JBarb also had a monster game at the plate going 3 for 3 with a homer and 5 RBIs. Nick Ellis went 2 for 3 and a pair of RBIs. Trevor Hall took the loss for the Dick's.

CPI (Oswego, NY) 9 West Carleton Electric 6
The 3-1 record moved the Electric on to Monday to face off against CPI, the champs at the Gil Read and the ISC II event in Illinois. Andy Barber took the loss while Jeff Mayer went the distance for CPI. The Oswego team was up 6-2 at one point, but West Carleton rallied for a run in the sixth and three in the seventh to tie it. In the bottom of the seventh, with the game tied Eduardo Leonardo lead off with a double, prompting WC to intentionally walk Sam Roes. The next batter popped up, but Josh Buckley hit a walk off homer to left field that just stayed fair to win the game. For WC, Jeff Barber had another homer in this game, as did Andy Barber. Neil Murphy had two RBIs.


Farmersville Haymakers win Elkland Labour Day tournament

The Farmersville, PA Haymakers won the 64th Annual Durk Sherman Tournament in Elkland, PA this past weekend.

They defeated the New York Bombers (Cortland, NY) in the final, 7-6 in eight innnings.

Third place were PA Power (Harrisburg, PA) and fourth were CPI Classics (Oswego, NY).

West Carleton Electric tied for 5th place with the host team from Elkland.

Thirteen teams participated in the event, including the Greenbush Generals from the North Leeds league.

Full results posted on Al's Fastball.

more to follow


Thursday, September 01, 2016

GOFL media coverage

Some recent coverage of the Greater Ottawa Fastball League in the local media:




Wednesday, August 31, 2016

GOFL Championship Round (updated)

Here is the schedule so far for the Greater Ottawa Fastball League championship round:

1. Kars Aces at Quyon Flyers, Tuesday August 30 at 8 pm in Quyon (Kars wins 5-3)
2. West Carleton Electric at Micksburg Twins, Wednesday September 7 at 8 pm in Micksburg
3. Kars Aces vs Winner of Game 2, Date  / location to be confirmed
4. Quyon Flyers vs Loser of Game 2, Date / location to be confirmed (loser eliminated)
5. Loser of Game 3 vs Winner of Game 4 (loser eliminated)
6. FINAL: Winner of Game 3 vs Winner of Game 5
7. If necessary game, if first loss by undefeated team in Game 6


Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Kars beats Quyon 5-3 in first game of GOFL Championship Round

The first game of the Greater Ottawa Fastball League Championship Round was played on Tuesday in Quyon with the visiting Kars Aces prevailing 5-3 over the hometown Flyers.

Luke Severson went the distance in getting the win for Kars. Matt Greer took the loss in relief of starter Drew Hathway for Quyon.

The Aces scored their first run in the top of the opening frame. Kristian Knapp walked and came around to score on a misplayed grounder.

The bottom of the first saw Shawn Laframboise single and Greer walk, but they ended up stranded on base.

In the second for Kars, Ian King tripled and scored on a hard hit grounder by Knapp to make it 2-0 for the vistors.

To start the bottom of the third the Flyers, Curtis Daley was hit by a pitch and Dennis McCleary reached on a error on his sac bunt. However, Severson got out of the inning with three straight pop ups.

The Flyers got on the board in the fourth. After Kars turned a double play, Steve McCord doubled and scored on Randy Peck's RBI single.

Knapp started off the fifth with a single. That was the end of Hathway's night on the slab as Greer came in from shortstop to throw. Cory Morrison then walked and Nick Ellis hit an infield single to load the bases with none out. Greer got the next batter out pitcher to catcher, and struck out the next two to keep the game at 2-1 for Kars.

Dennis McCleary singled to start the fifth for Quyon. Laframboise's sac bunt moved him to second and Greer's infield single put runners on the corners. A strike out and a pop up ended the inning with no runs,

Will Dunk hit a solo shot to left field to get Kars a run in the top of the sixth and make it 3-1.

The Aces extended the lead to 5-1 with a pair in the seventh. With one out, Ellis doubled and took third on a wild pitch. A walk to Danny Powers put runners on the corners. Ellis took home on wild pitch, and an RBI single by Milne scored Powers.

The home team made it interesting in the bottom of the seventh. Dennis McCleary walked, and Laframboise reached on an infield single. A ground out advanced the runners 60 feet. Joe McCleary's double scored his brother, but Laframboise was thrown out at the plate for the second out, and Joe advanced to third. With Greer in running for McCleary on the two out catcher rule, he scored when Armitage doubled to make it 5-3. Severson got the next batter to ground out and win the game for the Aces.

Kars advances to play the winner of the West Carleton - Micksburg game next week, while Quyon will play the losing team of that match up.


64th Annual Durk Sherman Classic Bracket now available (Elkland Labour Day)

The bracket is now available for the 64th Annual Durk Sherman Classic tournament to be held over Labour Day weekend in Elkland, PA. There are 13 teams participating in the three-game guarantee event, including West Carleton Electric and the Greenbush Generals from eastern Ontario.


Monday, August 29, 2016

Napanee Bantam Girls win Eastern Canadians

from John Serverson

The Napanee Bantam Girls rep team won the Eastern Canadian Championship this weekend in Moncton, NB. The beat the previously unbeaten Guelph Gators 7-4 in a 13 inning nail biter.

Lauren Daize from Stittsville went the distance. Other local players Kenzie Leonard (Stittsville) and Meg Severson (Domville). Other team members, Jordan Mumby, Maddy Brant, Ally and Jen Kane, Olivia Fenwick, Bri Birt, Maddy Morrow from Kingston, Belleville, and Cobourg area.

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Local teams win medals at Bantam Select Girls Provincials

Congrats to the local teams that won at the House League Select Girls Provincial tournaments this past weekend.

At the U16 Bantam level, the Orleans Rebels won gold and the Stittsville 56ers took bronze.

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Sunday, August 28, 2016

Erin Durant earns All Canadian honours

Local softball player, GOFL fan and avid Tweeter Erin Durant was honoured this weekend at the Women's Canadians in O'Leary, PEI as an "All Canadian" outfielder.

Erin plays for the ByTown Belles but was picked up by the Whitby Eagles Intermediates for the nationals this past weekend.

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Friday, August 26, 2016

North Leeds Men's Fastball League down to the finals

It will be the 5th place Greenbush Generals against the 2nd place Lyn Seniors in the North Leeds Mens Fastball League best of three finals.

Game 1 is Tuesday Aug 30th in Lyn and Game 2 Thursday Sept 1st in Greenbush.

Lyn beat Athens U21 in round 1 and then Lyn U18 in the semis. Greenbush beat Westport in round 1 and then Eastons Corners As in the semis.


BMFL playoffs begin

The Blackburn Men's Fastball League playoffs have begun, with the eight teams playing down in a double knockout tournament stretched over a few weeks. Things started off on Thursday and continue on Sunday. Full bracket posted here.


Four teams remaining in Glen Cairn Men's Fastball League playoffs

There are four teams remaining in the eight team Glen Cairn Men's Fastball League playoffs as they move on to the semi finals.

Don Cherry's will face off with Kanata Sports Club at 6:30 pm on Monday, while Laurysen Kitchens plays East Side Mario's at 8:30 pm. Both games are the first in best-of-three series to see which teams make the finals.


Elkland B weekend

The Elkland B weekend - a warm up for the Durk Sherman Tournament on Labour Day weekend - is being held in Elkland, PA with a great field of 16 teams participating.

Schedule here.


GOFL "Championship Round" teams set

The Greater Ottawa Fastball League "Championship Round" now has the four teams confirmed:

  • Micksburg Twins
  • Quyon Flyers
  • Kars Aces
  • West Carleton Electric

I4C Victory decided to withdraw from their playoff series with the Kars Aces due to player injuries preventing them from fielding a team.

The format for the Championship Round is a double knockout event, stretched out over a couple of weeks. Games will be as follows.

1. Kars Aces at Quyon Flyers, Tuesday August 30 at 8 pm in Quyon
2. West Carleton Electric at Micksburg Twins, date TBD in Micksburg
3. Winner of Game 1 vs Winner of Game 2
4. Loser of Game 1 vs Loser of Game 2 (loser eliminated)
5. Loser of Game 3 vs Winner of Game 4 (loser eliminated)
6. FINAL: Winner of Game 3 vs Winner of Game 5
7. If necessary game, if first loss by undefeated team in Game 6


Toronto Gators folding

The Toronto Gators, who just won the International Softball Congress World Tournament in Moline, IL last week have announced on Twitter that they are folding.


Thursday, August 25, 2016

Stittsville 56ers Novice Girls win provincial championship

from Matt Wheatley

The Stittsville 56ers Girls (ages 13-14) won the 2016 Ontario Selects Novice Softball Championship in Unionville this past weekend, knocking off the team from Forest Glade 11-8 in the final. The girls went undefeated throughout the tournament led by solid pitching from Jordyn Leboutillier, Alyssa Rollin and Avery Smith.
Head Coach Dan Rollin was thrilled with the win. “The girls played as a team, we were solid top to bottom, everyone got key hits, everyone contributed. Our defense was solid and our pitching was great. Our team motto this year was “together”, we certainly played like it this weekend.”
The 56ers ended round robin play with wins over Oakville (8-0), Brampton (7-3) and Richmond Hill (10-0). Clutch hitting was key for the wins. Jordyn Lindsay led the offense with consistent hitting including a grand slam, while 1st year novice players Sarah Di Crese and Jayde Shouldice had timely hits to propel the team to victory in several  games.
Veteran player Fiona Wheatley noted the maturity of her teammates. “We didn’t panic, we didn’t give up, we just played the game the way we were coached and now we are Ontario Champs.”
Reagan Lonbary’s speed on the bases caused havoc for the opposition while the defense had many noteworthy plays, including several from standout shortstop MacKenzie Bresee.
The Sunday games brought wins vs. Erindale (15-2) and Mallorytown (10-4) setting up the final vs. Forest Glade, a suburb of Windsor. Both games featured strong hitting from the 56ers including multiple hit games by center fielder Brianne Flowers.
The final was a nail bitter for Stittsville, trailing the entire game until the bottom on the sixth inning finally exploding for 5 runs. The offense was led by catcher Violet MacEven who went 4 for 4 including a clutch single in the 6th to propel the team to victory. When asked before the game how many hits she’d get in the final said “Every time I’m up.” Starting pitcher Leboutillier went the distance for the 56ers racking up 10 strikeouts in the win.
The future looks bright for the 56ers as all but four players are returning to the novice division including the entire pitching staff.

Bottom Row Left to right: Avery Smith, Violet MacEwen, Jayde Shouldice
Middle Row Left to right: Sarah Di Crese, Brianna Flowers, MacKenzie Bresee
Back Row Left to right: Matt Wheatley (coach), Jordyn LeBoutillier, Reagan Lonsbary, Dan Rollin (Head Coach) Jordyn Lindsay, Fiona Wheatley, Alyssa Rollin, Jon LeBoutillier (coach), Missing Danika Gareau

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West Carleton wins game 5 over Stittsville

West Carleton Electric won Game 5 of the Greater Ottawa Fastball League playoff series over Stittsville 56ers at the Grove on Wednesday night by a score of 8-1 to advance to the championship round.

Andy Barber had the win with a three-hitter, while Kyle Olson took the loss.

The first runs of the game were scored in the top of the third. With one out, Trevor Barton singled for West Carleton. Jeff Barber then singled as well. Shawn Rebertz hit a sharp liner to centre that just evaded the glove of the fielder, scoring Barton. Barber later scored on a misplayed ground ball hit by Neil Murphy to make it 2-0.

The Electric added to the lead in the fourth. With two out, Andy Barber walked. Barton then reached on an infield single. Jeff Barber then drove a ball, scoring his brother Andy. Barton subsequently scored when the throw to the plate was misplayed, giving the Electric a 4-0 lead.

West Carleton manufactured another run in the fifth. Mike Cavanagh singled, moved to second on a ground out, and took third on a wild pitch. Jeff Cavanagh walked to put runners on the corners. Steve Cavanagh drove in Mike on a fielder's choice.

Fitzroy plated another two in the sixth. Andy Barber lead off with a single. Barton then walked. Jeff Barber hit into a fielder's choice erasing Barton but putting men on the corners. Rebertz singled to score Andy and Mike Cavanagh singled to score Jeff, putting the Electric up 7-0.

A solo home run by Scott Jessiman put Stittsville on the board in the bottom of the sixth, but a blast by Jeff Cavanagh in the top of the seventh restored the seven run lead for WC. The 56ers were retired in order in the bottom of the seventh to give the Electric an 8-1 win.


Andy Barber WIN 7IP 1R 1ER 3H 3BB 7K 2HBP

Andy Barber 2-4, BB, 2R
Trevor Barton 2-4, BB, 2R
Jeff Barber 2-4, 2B, RBI, 2R
Shawn Rebertz 1-4, RBI
Mike Cavanagh 2-4, R, RBI
Jeff Cavanagh 2-3, HR, 2B, RBI, BB
Steve Cavanagh 2-4, 2B, RBI

Kyle Olson LOSS 7IP 8R 5ER 13H 2BB 4K

Dan Jessiman 2BB
Scott Jessiman 1-3, HR, RBI, R
Ryan Bond 2-3


Wednesday, August 24, 2016

I4C Victory forfeits games tonight

Unfortunately due to multiple player injuries, I4C Victory had to forfeit both of their playoff games tonight in Manotick, so Kars Aces will be awarded the wins.

Kars now has a two games to one series lead, with Game 4 tentatively scheduled for Wednesday August 31.


Quyon wins 9-2 over Valley to take series

The Quyon Flyers won 9-2 in Greater Ottawa Fastball League playoff action in Quyon on Tuesday night, winning their series over the Ottawa Valley As three games straight.

Matt Greer had the win and also hit a home run to help his cause. Curtis Daley had a two run shot and an RBI double for the Flyers.

Todd Wilson took the loss with Adam Reuckwald seeing action in relief.

The Flyers will advance to the GOFL Championship round along with the Micksburg Twins, with the other two teams to be determined.


GOFL playoffs on Wednesday

Tonight in the Greater Ottawa Fastball League playoffs, Stittsville 56ers will host West Carleton Electric at the Grove for the fifth and deciding game of their series, starting at 8:30 pm.

In Manotick, I4C Victory and the Kars Aces will play a doubleheader starting at 7 pm, games two and three of their series. I4C leads one game to none.


Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Cogeco TV coverage of the GOFL

Cogeco TV has been on site this year for Greater Ottawa Fastball League games in Micksburg, taping them for later broadcast on the local cable station in Pembroke. 

Thanks to Jamie Bramburger and his crew for this coverage and promotion of our league.

If you haven't seen any of the video, check out these links on YouTube - the quality is impressive.

Micksburg vs Stittsville - June 23: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tYESCZOM-DU

Micksburg vs Kars - July 7 (#1): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UuDyrUfnCT8

Micksburg vs Kars - July 7 (#2): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7OhNdc6vS80

Micksburg vs Kars - July 7 (#3): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MITVehntBz8

Bonus - Jamey Mick hitting a home run last year: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3jB9JJpmDyE


Valley Heritage Radio supports GOFL

Many times this season I have run into fastball fans in the area and been told "I was listening to Valley Heritage radio and heard that West Carleton Electric won (or lost) last night."

It's excellent for the Greater Ottawa Fastball League to have support from our local Ottawa Valley radio station who have been great at not just providing scores but also game details on their daily sports update.

If you are in their listening area, you can tune in at 98.7. If not, you can give them a listen online at http://valleyheritageradio.ca/. Support your local station!


Newspaper coverage of the GOFL playoffs

From the West Carleton Review a couple of articles about the Greater Ottawa Fastball League playoffs:




West Carleton Electric evens series with Stittsville in extra innings

West Carleton Electric forced a deciding game five in their Greater Ottawa Fastball League series with a 3-2 win over the Stittsville 56ers in Fitzroy Harbour on Tuesday night. The exciting game was well played in front of a decent crowd and took eight innings to finish.

Andy Barber (WC) and Kyle Olson (56ers) were the pitchers of record, going the distance for their respective teams.

The Electric plated the first run of the game on a Trevor Barton solo homer in the bottom of the first.

Stittsville responded in the top of the second. John Craig singled with one out and took second on a walk to Jamie O'Hare with two out. An infield single to Aaron Amo loaded the bases. Tyler Nystedt's grounder was bobbled and the throw to third to try for the force was late, tying things at 1-1.

Both pitchers continued to throw well and the game ended after seven tied at one, despite both squads having good chances in the seventh.

In the top of the final regulation inning, the 56ers loaded the bases with two out without getting the ball through the infield. Nystedt's swinging bunt got him on base, followed by a walk to Dan Jessiman. Scott Jessiman then drilled one up the middle and it was knocked down by Barton the second baseman to save a run, but he was unable to get an out. Barber induced a strike out to end the threat.

The bottom of the seventh saw Jeff Cavanagh reach on an infield single. He was erased on a fielder's choice to his brother Steve Cavanagh. The Trics elected to put Chris Costello in to run for the SCav and he moved to second on Spencer Rodd's walk. Both runners moved up 60 feet on a wild pitch. Andy Barber then hit a hard grounder but O'Hare made a good play at second base to end the inning.

The eighth inning brought on the international tie breaker, and Ryan Bond went to second for Stittsville. He moved to third on a very well-placed bunt single by Luc D'Entremont. Craig then singled, scoring Bond to get the 56ers the lead. Barber got out of the inning with two strikeouts and a ground out.

The Electric put Andy Barber on second for their half of the eighth. After a strikeout, Barber advanced to third on a wild pitch. Brother Jeff Barber's single to right tied the game. Shawn Rebertz then singled sending Mike Cavanagh to the plate. Cavanagh hit a walk off single to score the game winning run, tying the series at two games apiece.

The series deciding game will be played Wednesday August 24 at 8:30 pm at the Grove in Stittsville.

Andy Barber WIN 8IP 2R 1ER 7H 5BB 10K

Trevor Barton 1-4, HR, RBI, R
Jeff Barber 2-4, RBI, R
Shawn Rebertz 1-4
Mike Cavanagh 1-4, RBI
Neil Murphy 1-3, 2B
Jeff Cavanagh 2-3

Kyle Olson 8IP 3R 3ER 8H 1BB 5K

Aaron Amo 1-5
Tyler Nystedt 1-4
Dan Jessiman 3BB
Scott Jessiman 2-4
Luc D'Entremont 1-4
John Craig 2-4, R, RBI


Monday, August 22, 2016

GOFL playoff games

Greater Ottawa Fastball League games this week:

Stittsville 56ers at West Carleton Electric in Fitzroy Harbour on Monday August 22 at 8:30 pm. 56ers lead series 2-1. Game 5 if necessary on Wednesday August 24 at 8:30 pm in Stittsville.

Ottawa Valley As at Quyon Flyers in Quyon on Tuesday August 23 at 8 pm. Quyon leads series 2-0.

I4C Victory and Kars Aces in Manotick on Wednesday August 24, a doubleheader at 7 pm and 9 pm. I4C leads the series 1-0.


Sunday, August 21, 2016

Quyon beats Valley 4-2 - the details

from Shawn Laframboise

Quyon took a 2-0 series lead with a 4-2 win over the Valley As Thursday night in Carp. Trevor "Jim" Lahey earned the win while Adam Rueckwald took the loss with both pitchers going the distance for their respective clubs. The game saw lots of base runners but there was only scoring in two innings.

With one out in the top of the first, Dennis McCleary singled, stole second, and took 3rd on a passed ball. Rueckwald escaped the inning with a strike out and a long fly out to the warning track in left field. In the bottom half of the inning the As threatened. With one out, Steve Frost executed a perfect bunt single and moved up to second on Kyle Couvieau's single to right field. Lahey got out of the inning with 2 strike outs. The game remained scoreless after one inning of play. 

The Flyers did all their scoring in the top of the second. After a pop up to the pitcher for the first out, Shawn Laframboise singled up the middle. Chris Hobbs grounded to the pitcher who looked to second to get the lead runner. The ball popped out of the second baseman's glove, leaving both runners safe. Lahey then hit a fly ball to left field for the second out, and both runners advanced 60 feet on the tag up. Jordan Kearns then hit a 2-out flare over short stop, which should have scored 2 easily, but some poor base running led to the runner on second only advancing to third. Dave Hobbs followed that up with a 3-run shot to right field to make it 4-0 for the visitors. 

Both pitchers settled in and the score remained the same until the bottom of the fifth. With one out, Ben Wade singled and advanced to third on consecutive passed balls. He came in to score on Frost's 3rd single of the game. He would also advance to 3rd on consecutive passed balls and score on Ryley Burns soft grounder that eluded Lahey. Lahey was able to get out of the inning with another strike out. 

Quyon threatened again in the sixth and seventh but wasn't able to push anything across. The As went down in order in the last two innings to make the final score 4-2 for Quyon. 

Trevor Lahey (win) 7IP, 2R, 1ER, 6H, 1BB, 12Ks
Adam Rueckwald (loss) 7IP, 4R, 0ER, 8H, 2BB, 7K

Quyon Hitting
S. Laframboise 2/3 R
D. Hobbs 1/4 HR, 3RBI
D. McCleary 1/3 BB
J. Kearns 1/3 RBI, R
T. Lahey 1/3
J. McCleary 1/4
N. Armitage 1/4

Valley Hitting
S. Frost 3/4 RBI 
K. Couvieau 1/3
D. Baird 1/3
B. Wade 1/4


Friday, August 19, 2016

Thursday playoff results

Thursday night playoff results in the Greater Ottawa Fastball League:

The Quyon Flyers beat the Ottawa Valley As 4-2 in Carp to take a 2-0 lead in their best of five series. Trevor Lahey had the win while Adam Rueckwald took the loss.

In Fitzroy, the Stittsville 56ers beat West Carleton Electric 8-4 to go up 2-1 in their series. Kyle Olson got the win, Andy Barber the loss with Steve Cavanagh working relief.


Thursday, August 18, 2016

Kingston Axemen in top 12 at ISC World Tournament

After losing their first game 4-2 to the Kegel Black Knights of North Dakota, the Kingston Axemen have reeled of three straight wins at the International Softball Congress World Tournament in Moline, Illinois.

All of the Axemen wins have been by a single run: 3-2 over the Todd's Mudjacking of Illinois, 7-6 over Topeka Toros from Kansas, and 8-7 yesterday over the #10 ranked Bloomington, IL Stix.

Next up is a game at 3 pm Eastern Time against the A1 Bombers, based out of Saskatchewan. Kingston is currently one of only twelve teams remaining in the World Tournament.

GOFL players Matt Greer (Quyon), Joran Graham (Micksburg), Brad Pender and Nick Ellis (both with Kars) are on the Kingston roster.

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Stittsville evens series with 10-8 win over West Carleton

The Stittsville 56ers evened their best-of-five Greater Ottawa Fastball League series at 1-1 with a 10-8 win over West Carleton Electric on Wednesday night at the Grove.

Kyle Olson got the win going the distance for the home team while Cole Bolton took the loss in relief of Andy Barber. Steve Cavanagh threw to one batter in relief.

West Carleton got out to an early 7-0 lead. Derek Barber, Jeff Barber and Bolton all had home runs for the Electric.

A three run shot by Dan Jessiman in the fourth narrowed the score to 7-3. After another Stittsville run, the Electric pushed the lead to 8-4 on an RBI single by Neil Murphy in the fifth.

However, a four run inning for the 56ers, including two more RBIs by Jessiman, tied things at 8.

In the bottom of the sixth Luc D'Entremont, with the bases loaded and two out, drove a ball up the middle that hit the pitcher's glove and blooped out into right field, scoring two to get the 56ers ahead.

When the Electric couldn't respond in the top of the seventh, the 56ers tied the series at 1-1.

Game three will be Thursday night at 8:30pm in Fitzroy Harbour.


Kars - I4C Victory game postponed

Game 2 of the Kars Aces - I4C Victory game had to be postponed tonight. They will play a double header for games two and three on Wednesday August 24 in Manotick.


Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Tuesday games rained out

Both Greater Ottawa Fastball League playoff games scheduled for tonight have been rained out.

Game 2 of WC Electric vs Stittsville will be played at the Grove on Wednesday August 17 at 8:30 pm.

Game 2 of Quyon vs Ottawa Valley As will be rescheduled, date to be posted when confirmed.

Game 2 of Kars vs I4C Victory was already scheduled for Wednesday August 17 at 8 pm in Manotick.


Thursday, August 11, 2016

Eastern Ontario teams to compete at the Squirt Provincials (UPDATED)

There are 23 teams competing in Ontario Amateur Softball Association provincial tournaments for Squirt boys (U12) softball this weekend.

The "A" tournament will be held in Springbrook, with the Westport Storm competing. (Westport went 1-2)

The "B" tournament is in Cobourg, and will feature teams from Greely, Micksburg and the Caveman's West Carleton squad. (Greely and Micksburg went 0-2. West Carleton went 1-2, including a heart-breaker 3-2 loss to Owen Sound where it was the Caveman vs Frank Cox's son in a pitching duel.)

The "C" tournament is also in Cobourg and has Laurentian Valley (near Pembroke) participating. (LV went 2-2.)

Full links to the tournament draws and results, visit the OASA website.


I4C Victory takes game one over Kars - WITH DETAILS

I4C Victory won the first game of their Greater Ottawa Fastball League playoff best-of-five series over the Kars Aces with a 3-0 win on Wednesday night in Manotick.

Andrew Putnam got the win, throwing a one hitter. Brad Porter took the loss.

details from Adam Fleming

Kars Aces and I4C started their best of 5 playoff series last night in Manotick. Brad Porter had the ball for Kars and Andrew Putnam for I4C.

After a scoreless first, I4C got on the board in the second. Andrew Putnam lead off the inning with a home run to centerfield. Chris MacFarlane then tripled to left field and was scored on a single by Adam Fleming. 

Kars threatened in the 4th with two outs. Cory Morrison singled and Nick Ellis walked. Putnam got the next batters to pop up and strikeout to end the inning. 

I4C added a run in the 6th. Putnam started it with a single that was misplayed in the outfield allowing him to hustle around to third base. Trevor Watts scored him with a line drive to right that just got under the fielder's glove allowing Putnam to score and Watts to end up on third. Porter got out of the inning with a strikeout. 

Kars rallied in the 6th. Morrison lead off with a sharply hit grounder to shortstop that got past the I4C defense. Ellis then reached on an error and the runners moved up on a passed ball. Kyle Gourgon walked to load the bases with none out. Putnam was able to strikeout the next 3 batters to end the inning. 

No runs were scored in the 7th and I4C was able to start the series with a 3-0 win. Andrew Putnam had the win with 16 Ks and Brad Porter took the loss striking out 8. 

Game 2 will be next Wednesday in Manotick at 830.


Andrew Putnam     2-3, HR, 2R
Chris MacFarlane  2-3, 3B, R
Trevor Watts           1-3, RBI
Adam Fleming        2-3, RBI, 2B
Hunter Macdonald 1-3


Corey Morrison 1-3
Luke Serverson BB
Kyle Gourgon    BB


Five Local Softball Players win Silver at Provincial Women's Championships

from Stephanie Manson

In their inaugural season, the Bytown Belles brought home the silver medal at the Intermediate I Provincials (Provincial Women's Softball Association) in Chepstow, Ontario. The team features five players with connections to the Ottawa Valley: Amber O’Connor, Elissa Sivel and Jean Cardona from Pembroke, Erin Durant (originally from Prescott), who is married to Cobden baseball and softball player Brad Pender, and Stephanie Manson, whose family is originally from Killaloe.

The Bytown Belles started the tournament with a disappointing 1-3 record in the round robin, despite strong offensive performances by O’Connor and Durant and gutsy pitching performances by Cardona and Sivel.
Due to their slow start, the Belles found themselves in a sudden death tie-break game against the Whitby Eagles to advance to the playoff round early Sunday morning. Despite a 9-1 loss to the Eagles earlier in the tournament, the Belles mercied the Eagles 8-1 in only five innings. Durant was 3-4 on the game with a run scored, four RBIs and two triples.

In the semi-finals, the Belles faced the undefeated Windsor Wild. The Wild had beaten the Belles by a significant margin in round robin play. Jean Cardona came up big for the Belles in the semi-finals, pitching a complete game and holding the power-hitting Wild to only one run scored through seven innings. In the bottom of the seventh inning, O’Connor was the hero, hitting a double to the fence to score a runner from first base with one out. The Wild then loaded the bases on walks before Brye Corkum hit a hard groundball at the pitcher, resulting in an error and the Belles’ beating the Wild in walk-off fashion.

The Belles then faced the hometown Chepstow Diamonds in the gold medal game. Cardona pitched in her second game of the day and delivered another excellent complete-game performance against a great hitting team. Unfortunately, the Belles bats went cold and lost 4-1 and settled for the silver medal.

In addition to finishing with the silver medal, Belles pitcher Allie Hipgrave was named top pitcher of the tournament. The Belles opted out of attending the Canadian National Championships in O’Leary, Prince Edward Island from August 24-28. However, Durant and Sivel will be attending the tournament as pickups with the Whitby Eagles.

 (left to right): Amber O'Connor, Erin Durant, Jean Cardona, Elissa Sivel

Back row (left to right): Erin Durant, Elissa Sivel, Stacey Austick, Stephanie Manson, Lisa Ryerson, Shelby Robblee, Leah Mark, Allie Hipgrave

Front row (left to right): Hal Whitcomb (head coach), Shawna Niskanen, Brye Corkum, Jean Cardona, Stephanie Bouchey, Amber O'Connor

Not pictured: Dustin Whitcomb (coach) and Tasha Doucette


WC Electric win first game over Stittsville

West Carleton Electric took the first game 8-3 in the best-of-five playoff series at the Grove over the Stittsville 56ers on Wednesday night in Greater Ottawa Fastball League play.

Cole Bolton had the win, with Andy Barber picking up the save. Kyle Olson went the distance for the home team.

The Electric got a run in the first. Andy Barber singled with one out and moved to second on Derek Barber's single. Jeff Barber's grounder erased Andy at third, but he reached safely. Jeff Cavanagh's RBI single cashed Derek.

The 56ers answered back with two in the bottom of the opening inning. Aaron Amo singled, stole second and scored on Dan Jessiman's double. Jessiman scored on Luc D'Entremont's off hand double down the line to left.

West Carleton retook the lead in the second. Neil Murphy reached on an error, moved to second on a ground out and scored on Mike Cavanagh's single. Andy Barber's triple scored Cavanagh to make it 3-2.

The Electric pushed the lead to 4-2 in the top of the third when Jeff Barber doubled, took third on a wild pitch and scored on Trevor Barton's ground out.

Stittsville answered with one in the bottom of the third. Dan Jessiman was hit by a pitch with two out and scored on brother Scott's triple deep to right-centre.

The 56ers threatened in the fourth. John Craig singled to lead things off, and Olson reached on an error. After two strike outs, Amo walked to load the bases. However Bolton induced a ground ball to get out of the inning.

Andy Barber came in to pitch for WC in the bottom of the fifth and put the 56ers down in order.

West Carleton plated some insurance runs in the top of the seventh. Andy Barber singled to start, and made it to third on Derek Barber's single. A walk to Jeff Barber loaded the bases. Steve Cavanagh then hit a ground and the 56ers went for the out at home but were unable to make the play, scoring Andy. After a fielder's choice by Barton that saw Derek thrown out at home, a ground out by Murphy scored Jeff Barber. Shawn Rebertz then drove in Cavanagh and Barton to make it 8-3.

Stittsville got two runners on in the seventh with a walk to Ryan Bond and a single by Dan Jessiman, but Barber struck out the final two batters to end the game.

Cole Bolton WIN 4IP 3R 3ER 6H 3K 1BB 1HBP
Andy Barber SAVE 3IP 0R 2H 8K 1BB

Andy Barber 3-4, 3B, RBI, R
Derek Barber 2-4, R
Jeff Barber 1-2, 2BB, 2R, 2B
Jeff Cavanagh 1-3, RBI
Trevor Barton RBI, R
Neil Murphy RBI, R
Shawn Rebertz 1-4, 2B, 2RBI
Michael Cavanagh 1-4, RBI, R

Kyle Olson LOSS 7IP 8R 2ER 9H 4K 3BB

Aaron Amo 1-3, BB, R, SB
Dan Jessiman 2-3, 2R, RBI, HBP
Scott Jessiman 1-4, 3B, RBI
Luc D'Entremont 1-4, 2B, RBI
John Craig 2-3
Kyle Olson 1-3, SB


Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Quyon comes back to win 12-5 over the Valley As - WITH DETAILS

The Quyon Flyers came back using the long ball to propel to a 12-5 win over the Ottawa Valley As in the first game of their best-of-five Greater Ottawa Fastball League playoff series on Tuesday night.

Drew Hathway had the win, with Trevor Lahey working an inning of relief. Todd Wilson took the loss and Adam Rueckwald saw action in relief.

Valley jumped out to 5-3 lead going into the fourth until the Flyers' come back started.

The Flyers hit six home runs. Dennis McCleary hit two out and drove in five runs. Nick Armitage and Chris Hobbs both had two run bombs, while Joe McCleary and Matt Greer hit solo shots.

Next up in the series is Game 2 on Tuesday August 16 at 8:30 pm in Carp.

Details from Shawn Laframboise

Quyon opened up its first round playoff series with a 12-5 victory at home on Tuesday night. Drew Hathway earned the win, pitching 4 innings and giving up 5 runs, and Trevor Lahey saw an inning of relief action before the game ended by way of the run rule. Todd Wilson took the loss pitching 3+ innings with Adam Rueckwald pitching 1.2 innings in relief for the visitors.

Valley took the lead in the first inning. Steve Frost singled with one out and advanced to second on a fielder's choice. After swiping 3rd on a fake bunt Frost came in to score on a wild pitch. 

The Flyers answered back with 3 in the bottom half of the first. Dave Hobbs led off with a walk and scored on a Dennis McCleary homerun. After retiring the next two batters, Wilson gave up back-to-back base hits to Hathway and Nick Armitage. Hathway then scored on a Shawn Laframboise grounder to short that was misplayed.

Both teams operated a clean second inning and the visitors retook the lead in the third. Clayton Vance and Frost each singled to start the inning. Vance stole third and scored on a Kyle Couvieau ground out to second base. Ryley Burns walked for the second time to put runners on the corners. A Lindsay Medynski base hit scored Frost and Burns came all the way around to score when the ball was misplayed in the outfield. 

The home side threatened in the bottom half but Wilson was able to pitch out of the jam. 

The A's added 1 more in the top of the fourth. Jackson Vance drew a lead off walk and stole second before advancing to third on a wild pitch. Vance then scored on a Shane Boyd sac fly.

Down 5-3, the Flyers bats erupted for 7 runs in the bottom of the fourth, all scoring by way of the long ball. Curtis Daley and Hobbs led off with singles and scored on Dennis McCleary's second homer of the night. The A's made a pitching change and brought in Rueckwald to replace Wilson. After a couple of groundouts, Hathway singled and scored on an Armitage homerun. Laframboise followed that up with a single and he scored on Chris Hobbs' pinch hit two run homer.

Lahey came on to pitch the fifth for Quyon. Frost reached on an error to the second baseman but Lahey was able to retire the next three batters. The run rule was invoked in the bottom of the fifth when Joe McCleary and Matt Greer but back-to-back solo homeruns to make it a 12-5 final.

Quyon Pitching
Drew Hathway (W) 4IP, 5R, 5ER, 4H, 4BB, 2K
Trevor Lahey 1IP, 0R, 1K

Valley Pitching
Todd Wilson (L) 3+IP, 6R, 5ER, 8H, 1BB, 2K
Adam Rueckwald 1.2IP, 6R, 6ER, 6H, 1K

Quyon Hitting
Nick Armitage 3/3 HR, 2 RBI
Chris Hobbs 1/1 HR, 2 RBI
Dennis McCleary 2/4 2 HR, 5 RBI
Matt Greer 2/4 HR
Joe McCleary 1/4 HR
Drew Hathway 2/2 SAC, 2R
Curtis Daley 1/2 BB, R
Shawn Laframboise 1/3 R, ROE

Valley Hitting
Steve Frost 2/3 2R, ROE
Lindsay Medynski 1/3 2 RBI
Clayton Vance 1/3 R
Shane Boyd 0/1, SAC, RBI
Riley Burns 0/1 2 BB, R
Kyle Couvieau 0/2, SAC, RBI
Jackson Vance 0/1 BB


Monday, August 08, 2016

GOFL 2016 playoffs

Greater Ottawa Fastball League best of five playoff series are as follows:

1st Micksburg Twins (13-5) have the bye to the next round

2nd Quyon Flyers (12-5-1) vs 7th Ottawa Valley As (3-14-1)

The Flyers won the season series with two wins and a tie. First game of the series will be on Tuesday August 9 at 8:30 pm in Quyon, with the next games to be determined.

3rd Kars Aces (12-5-1) vs 6th I4C Victory (6-11)

The Aces won the season series with two wins and a loss. First game of the series will be on Wednesday August 10 at 8:30 pm in Manotick, with the next game to be determined.

4th Stittsville 56ers (7-9-2) vs 5th West Carleton Electric (7-10-1)

The 56ers and Electric were evenly matched this year with the teams each winning a game, losing a game and tying one for the regular season series. The first three games of the series will be as follows:
Wednesday August 10 in Stittsville at 8:30 pm
Tuesday August 16 in Fitzroy Harbour at 8:30 pm
Wednesday August 17 in Stittsville at 8:30 pm


Quyon defeats I4C Victory 8-1

The Quyon Flyers defeated I4C Victory 8-1 in the Greater Ottawa Fastball League final regular season game on Monday in Quebec.

Trevor Lahey earned the win while Matt Mackay took the loss for I4C.

The win sealed second place for Quyon while Victory finished in sixth.


GOFL playoff picture - with an UPDATE

The Greater Ottawa Fastball League playoff picture, explained.

1st: Micksburg Twins have clinched first with 26 points. They will take the bye into the final playoff round.

2nd / 3rd: Kars Aces (25 points) and Quyon Flyers (23 points) await the results of the final regular season GOFL game on Monday (tonight) with the Flyers hosting I4C at 8 pm. A win by Quyon sees them earn second, based on head to head results with Kars. A loss or tie for the Flyers sees the Aces take second place.

If Quyon wins, they will host Valley As in the 2 vs 7 series first game on Tuesday August 9 at 8 pm. The Aces would then play I4C in first of the 3 vs 6 series on Wednesday August 10 in Manotick, time TBD.

If Quyon loses or ties, they will host I4C Victory in the 3 vs 6 series opener on Tuesday August 9. Kars would play Valley and they would likely get started on Wednesday August 10 in Manotick.

4th / 5th: Stittsville 56ers (16 points) and West Carleton Electric (15 points) finish 4th and 5th respectively and will play each other in the best of five first round.
Game 1: Wednesday August 10 at 8:30 pm in Stittsville
Game 2: Tuesday August 16 at 8:30 pm in Fitzroy Harbour
Game 3: Wednesday August 17 at 8:30 pm in Stittsville

6th: I4C Victory (12 points) has their final game on Monday. As described above, if they win or tie, they will face Quyon in the playoffs. If they lose, the play Kars.

7th: Ottawa Valley As (7 points) await the game result on Monday to see if their opponent is Quyon or Kars.


Quebec Juniors wins U21 National title in Tavistock

The Quebec Juniors, fresh off a semi-final appearance at the Gil Read Memorial Tournament, won the Softball Canada U21 Men's Nationals in Tavistock this past weekend in dramatic fashion with a 11-10 walk off win in the final over Oshawa. Team QC went undefeated in the event at 8-0.

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