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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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Stittsville and Micksburg both win one on Thursday

A doubleheader in Micksburg on Thursday night saw the visiting Stittsville 56ers lose the first game but rebound for a win in game two.

Micksburg Twins 6 Stittsville 56ers 0
The hometown Twins won the opening game behind the strong pitching of Joran Graham who chucked the shutout. Kyle Olson took the loss for Stittsville.

Stittsville 56ers 2 Micksburg Twins 0
The second game saw the 56ers scratch out two runs and hold on for the win. Kyle Olson threw again for the visitors and came up with the victory while Corey Costello got the loss for the hometown crew. The game was halted due to lightning midway threw the seventh inning and the subsequent downpour ended things.


Championship Saturday for West Carleton House League Softball

West Carleton Softball will have their annual Championship Day for Squirt (U12) and Peewee (U14) Boys, as well as the Fun Day for Atom (U8) and Mite (U10) in Carp on Friday June 23 and Saturday June 24.

The Fun Day activities are two games for each team, while Championship Day will declare A champs, B champs and C champs for older age groups.

Full schedule is posted online here - Caveman's Squirt team is in the A Final at 10:50 am on Saturday morning.

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Quyon beats I4C Victory

The Quyon Flyers won at home on the Quebec side of the river on Thursday night over I4C Victory by a score of 7-0 in five innings. Matt Greer had the win for the Flyers, chucking a one-hitter. Steve "Toad" McCord hit a two run shot for Quyon. Shane McNish was tagged with the loss for I4C.


OASA Junior provincials this weekend

The Ontario Amateur Softball Association Junior Men's (U21) provincials will take place this weekend in New Dundee with eight teams participating.

The Kars Aces Juniors from the Glen Cairn Men's Fastball League (listed in the draw as "Ottawa") will be participating in the event.

See here for the tournament schedule.

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Kars and West Carleton split doubleheader - with details

In Greater Ottawa Fastball League play on Wednesday night in Manotick, the Kars Aces and West Carleton Electric split a doubleheader on a beautiful night for fastpitch softball.

West Carleton Electric 4 Kars Aces 3
In the first game of the night, the Electric won 4-3 with Steve Cavanagh earning the win and Jeff Barber getting the save in two innings of action. Brad Porter threw well in taking the loss. Jeff Barber had a home run for Fitzroy.

Kars scored in the first when Cory Morrison singled, moved to third on Matt Alkerton's two out single and plated on a wild pitch.

There was a rare sighting in the second inning. Brad Porter singled, then stole second base, according to the official scorer, despite allegations from his own team that it was a passed ball. He was stranded at two.

The Aces got another run in the third. Ian King walked, stole second, moved to third on the errant throw on the steal and scored on Chad Milne's sacrifice fly to centre.

West Carleton got all their runs in the fourth. Jeff Barber lead off with a solo home run. Then Chris Costello doubled and subsequently scored on Jeff Cavanagh's single. After a 5-4-3 double play erased both Cavanagh brothers, Steve Edgerton singled, moved to third on Jon Daley's double and both of them scored on Matt McKay's 2 RBI double to left.

Kars got another run in the fifth when Nick Ellis reached on a fielder's choic and scampered home on Matt Alkerton's triple.

After five innings of work, Steve Cavanagh gave way to Jeff Barber who retired six of the next seven batters for the save.

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

Andy Barber 1-4, SB
Jeff Barber 1-3, HR, RBI, R
Chris Costello 2-3, 2B, R
Jeff Cavanagh 1-3, RBI
Steve Edgerton 1-3, R
John Daley 2-3, R
Matt McKay 1-3, 2B, 2RBI

Brad Porter 7IP 4R 4ER 9H 0BB 10K

Cory Morrison 1-2, 2BB, R
Ian King BB, R, SB
Matt Alkerton 2-2, BB, 3B, RBI
Chad Milne BB, sac fly RBI
Brad Porter 1-3, SB

Kars Aces 4 West Carleton Electric 2
The night cap saw the home team hold on for a 4-2 win with Luke Severson spinning a gem to get the win. Jeff Barber took the loss and had relief from brother Andy. Nick Ellis had several spectacular plays at shortstop to preserve the win for the Aces.

Kars got on the board with a pair in the third. After two strike outs, Cory Morrison hit an off hand slicing triple to left field. He scored on Ian King's infield hit. After King stole second, Nick Ellis hit a blooper to score him.

The Aces added another run in the fourth. Chad Milne reached on an error, moved to second on a ground out and scored on Brad Porter's second single of the night.

After Severson kept the Electric off balance for five innings, the visitors finally got a run in the sixth. Jeff Barber singled to start, followed by a Chris Costello single. Jeff Cavanagh's fielder's choice erased Barber at third. Jon Daley then hit a ball hard that looked like a possible double play, but a miscue allowed Costello to score and make it 3-1.

Kars responded with a run in their half of the sixth. Milne made it to second on a misplayed fly ball, got to third on a wild pitch and scored on Severson's squeeze bunt to put the Aces up 4-2.

It looked like the Electric might stage a comeback in the seventh. After the first two batters went down on strikes, the bats started going. Andy Barber tripled, followed by a Kevin Shonfield triple to halve the score. Jeff Barber then got walked putting runners on the corners. Costello then drove a ball hard up the middle, which looked like a sure hit, only to be robbed by shortstop Ellis whose diving stab and subsequent flip to second base ended the game for a 4-2 Kars win.

Luke Severson WIN 7IP 2R 1ER 5H 4BB 8BB

Cory Morrison 2-2, BB, 3B, R
Ian King 1-3, RBI, SB, R
Nick Ellis 1-2, 2B, RBI, sac bunt
Chad Milne 2R
Luke Severson RBI (squeeze bunt)

Jeff Barber LOSS 3IP 2R 2ER 4H 7K 0BB
Andy Barber 3IP 2R 0ER 1H 7K 1BB

Andy Barber 1-4, 3B, R
Kevin Shonfield 1-4, 3B, RBI
Jeff Barber 2-3, 3B, BB
Chris Costello 1-4, R


Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Kingston tournament looking for one more team

Word is that the Kingston Axemen Tournament on July 14-16 has seven teams and they are looking for one more. Info here.


Friday, June 16, 2017

Fitzroy visits Micksburg

from Scott Conroy
West Carleton made the drive up to Micksburg on Thursday night with uncertainty in the forecast as rain was expected throughout the evening. The Bantam Twins faced off against the Fitzroy Bantams before the GOFL game with the Twins prevailing 15-4 (WP John Enright, Joe Mick LP Josh Ottens, Owen Brown).

The balls were constantly being sent to the towels tonight with the constant rain and wet grass. But it turned into a pitching duel with Andy Barber toeing the slab for the 'Trics and the Twins countering with Joran Graham.

Fitzroy threatened in the first with Andy Barber hitting a single, and then Shonfield reaching on an attempted sac bunt. Graham would escape the threat with a ground out and two K’s.

Both pitchers sat in a rhythm from there on. Graham would strike out 8 consecutive batters after the first two hitters of the game reached.

In the fourth the Twins would threaten. Corey Costello led off with a single which was followed by two walks. Bases loaded, nobody out, Barber was able to get a fielder’s choice at the plate and then strike out the next two to keep the game deadlocked at 0’s.

A memorable fastball moment in the top of five as fifteen year old Matt Rorwick got his first GOFL at bat and hit for the 'Trics.

The sixth inning came with some controversy. Scott Conroy hit a fly ball just over the left fielder's head [Editor's note - yeah, that was me that missed it] and was able to reach third. The bases would be loaded again with nobody out for Micksburg. Chad Costello was intentionally put on and Quinton Rook also drew a walk. Jamey Mick chopped a ball up the middle which was played by the shortstop Shonfield which resulted in an attempted tag of the runner going to third, touching second, and a throw to first for the triple play. He was able to get the tag and the throw to first but the umpires left the runner on second after protest and discussion coming from both teams. Since it was ruled only a double play, Conroy scored to break the tie in the midst of all that and give the Twins a 1-0 lead.

Steve Cavanagh would single to lead off the seventh but Graham would shut it down.

Both teams were happy to get out of the rain. That being said, there is never a bad night for fastball.

Andy Barber 6inn 3 hits 7K’s 6BB
Andy Barber 1-3
Steve Cavanagh 2-3
Matt Rorwick 1-1

Graham 7inn 3 hits 13K’s 0BB
Matt Mcintyre 1-3
Joran Graham 0-2 BB
Corey Costello 1-2 2B
Scott Conroy 1-1 3B
Chad Costello 0-0 3BB
Quinton Rook 0-1 2BB


Three games played on rainy Thursday UPDATED

Despite the rainy weather on Thursday night, the Greater Ottawa Fastball League managed to get three games in the books.

Micksburg Twins 1 West Carleton Electric 0

Following a bantam boys game as part of a doubleheader (Micksburg 15 West Carleton 4) the men's teams took to the field with the home team prevailing 1-0. Joran Graham got the shutout win, while Andy Barber took the loss. The game was scoreless through six, when the Twins scored a run on a bases loaded double play with none out. This game featured the debut of 14 year old Fitzroy Junior in his first GOFL game.

Quyon Flyers 6 Kars Aces 4

Tied going into the bottom of the seventh, this game saw Nick Armitage hit a two run walk off homer to lead the hometown Flyers to the victory. Trevor Lahey had the win on the slab while Cory Alkerton took the loss. Ian King had a homer for the Aces.

Ottawa Valley As 3 Stittsville 56ers 3

In Carp, the Ottawa Valley As and Stittsville 56ers battled to a 3-3 tie. Ben Broek chucked for the As while Luc D'Entremont had the ball for the 56ers.


Thursday, June 15, 2017

New League: Men's Rec Fastball making a come back in the Upper Valley

Jamey Mick announced on Twitter today that a new long-rumoured men's recreational fastball league will be coming to Micksburg this year, starting on June 26.

More details will be forthcoming soon.


Wednesday, June 14, 2017

GOFL Wednesday night round up

Wednesday results from the Greater Ottawa Fastball League:

Quyon Flyers 8 Stittsville 56ers 2

The Flyers won 8-2 at the Grove in Stittsville over the 56ers. Matt Greer had a three run homer from Quyon. Greer had the win on the slab while Luc D'Entremont took the loss.

Micksburg Twins 6 I4C Victory 0

The first game of the doubleheader in Manotick saw the Micksburg Twins blank I4C Victory 6-0. Joran Graham had the win. Shane McNish had the loss and saw relief from Neil Cooke.

Kars Aces 9 Micksburg Twins 7

The second half of the double dip saw a high scoring affair with the Kars Aces defeating the Twins 9-7. Cory Alkerton and Brad Porter threw for the home team while Matt McIntrye, Corey Costello and Graham threw for the visitors.


Sunday, June 11, 2017

Minor ball tournament results

There were two minor softball tournaments in eastern Ontario this past Saturday.

Alice & Fraser (near Pembroke) had a Squirt and Peewee event. In the Squirt category which had five teams, Micksburg were the winners, while on the Peewee side which had six teams, Greely came out on top. The Kinburn Peewees from the West Carleton house league participated in the tourney.

Napanee held their annual tournament on Saturday as well. There were four mites teams, six squirt teams and six peewee teams. In the mites side it was a round robin, with Springbrook Royals finishing 3-0. The squirt event saw Napanee Express going undefeated and winning in the A Final over Bridgenorth Bulldogs. For Peewees, the Westport Storm won all their games, including beating Napanee in the A Final. West Carleton had teams entered in both mites and squirts at this tourney.

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Glen Cairn Men's Fastball tournament

The Glen Cairn Men's Fastball League tournament was held this past weekend in Carp with 12 teams participating.

Results reported were:

A final - Laurysen Kitchens defeates Don Cherry's
B final - Ashton deteats Broker 4 Tickets


Anderson Automotive are Harbour Ball Tournament champs

The Fitzroy Harbour Men's Fastball tournament wrapped up on Sunday, with Anderson Automotive from the FHMFL winning the A championship with a 1-0 win over the Shawville league representatives in a very well played game of men's recreational fastpitch softball. Adam Rueckwald and Shawn Ryan threw for Anderson's while veteran chucker Earl Kearns threw for Shawville with relief from James O'Brien.

In the B championship, Al's Corner Store won 8-7 in eight innings over Murphy's Plumbing in what some are calling a controversial game. Danny Armstrong and Freddy Ross threw for Al's while Mitch Taylor was on the slab for Murphy's.

Twelve teams participated during a beautiful weekend, which saw the eight Fitzroy league teams welcome four teams from other leagues from Carp (2), Shawville, and Bancroft. In other news, the bar at the Fitzroy Harbour Community Centre sold out of Bud Light during the weekend and thanks the teams for their support of the Community Association.


Sunday at the Harbour Ball Tournament

There are eight teams still playing in the 12-team Fitzroy Harbour Men's Fastball Tournament on Sunday:

B side:
9 am D1: Cheshire Cat Pub (B1) vs Al's Corner Store (B4)
9 am D2: Murphy's Plumbing (B2) vs Campbell Fuels (B3)

A side:
11 am D1: All-in-One Septic & Excavating (A1) vs Anderson Automotive (A4)
11 am D2: Bancroft (A2) vs Shawville (A3)


Sunday in the Glen Tournament

There are eight teams remaining on Sunday in the 12-team Glen Cairn Men's Fastball Tournament this weekend in Carp.

B side:
10 am D1: Upper Canada Elevators (B2) vs Ashton (B3)
10 am D2: Broker4Tickers (B1) vs Kanata Sports Club (B4)

A side:
Noon D1: East Side Mario's (A2) vs Laurysen Kitchens (A3)
Noon D2: Don Cherry's (A1) vs Kars Juniors (A4)


Thursday, June 08, 2017

Micksburg and Quyon tie at two

The Quyon Flyers came back from a two-run deficit to tie the Micksburg Twins at 2-2 up in the 'Burg in Greater Ottawa Fastball League play on Thursday.

Joran Graham threw for Micksburg while Drew Hathway and Trevor Lahey split pitching duties for Quyon.


GOFL Wednesday night round up

At the Grove on Wednesday night, the Ottawa Valley As defeated the Stittsville 56ers 5-4. Adam Rueckwald got the win while Luc D'Entremont took the loss. Clayton Vance had a homer for the As.

In Manotick, the Kars Aces and I4C Victory got into a slugfest, with the Aces prevailing 15-11. Cory Alkerton had the win with relief from Luke Severson. Shane McNish took the loss and Neil Cooke saw action in relief.


Wednesday, June 07, 2017

The Glen tournament this weekend to feature 12 teams

The Glen Cairn Men's Fastball League tournament will have 12 teams this year, playing June 9 to 11 at the Carp Fairgrounds diamonds.

The nine league teams will participate, with three extra teams including the Osgoode Midgets, The Rogues from the eight-team Blackburn Men's Fastball League and a team from the four-team Ashton League.


6:00 PM D1 Ken Leslie Statefarm vs East Side Mario’s
6:00 PM D2 Kanata Sports Club vs Broker 4 Tickets
7:45 PM D1 Laurysen Kitchens vs Ashton 
7:45 PM D2 The Rogues vs Upper Canada Elevators
9:30 PM D1 Kars vs Osgoode 
9:30 PM D2 Don Cherry’s vs Ottawa Home Services 

9:30 AM D1 Upper Canada Elevators vs Laurysen
9:30 AM D2 Ashton vs The Rogues
11:15 AM D1 East Side Mario’s vs Kanata Sports Club 
11:15 AM D2 Broker 4 Tickets vs Ken Leslie Statefarm
1:00 PM D1 Ottawa Home Services vs Osgoode
1:00 PM D2 Don Cherry’s vs Kars
2:45 PM D1 Upper Canada Elevators vs Ashton 
2:45 PM D2 Laurysen vs The Rogues
4:30 PM D1 Ken Leslie Statefarm vs Kanata Sports Club
4:30 PM D2 East Side Mario’s vs Broker 4 Tickets
6:15 PM D1 Kars vs Ottawa Home Services
6:15 PM D2 Osgoode vs Don Cherry’s

10:00 AM D1 (B1) vs (B4) 
10:00 AM D2 (B2) vs (B3)
12:00 PM D1 (A1) vs (A4) 
12:00 PM D2 (A2) vs (A3)
2:00 PM B Final
4:00 PM A Final


Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Harbour Ball Men's Tournament

The Fitzroy Harbour Men's Fastball League (affectionately known as "Harbour Ball") will be hosting their annual mid-season tournament this weekend, June 9-11. For the first time in a long time (maybe ever) the tournament will feature teams from outside competing with the eight FHFML teams, representing the Carp league (two teams), the Shawville league (one team) and the Bancroft league (one team).

A Diamond (lower)
7:00 All in One Septic and Excavating vs Clean Cut Construction
8:45 Clouthier Carpentry vs Campell Fuels

B Diamond (upper)
7:00 Als Corner Store vs CARP Red
8:45 Anderson Automotive vs Cheshire Cat Pub

A Diamond  
8:00 Cheshire Cat Pub vs CARP Black
9:45 SHAWVILLE VS Anderson Automotive
11:30 Clean Cut Construction vs Als Corner Store
1:15 Murphys Plumbing vs BANCROFT
3::00 ALS Corner Store vs All in One Septic
4:45 SHAWVILLE vs Cheshire Cat Pub
6:30 Campbell Fuels vs BANCROFT

 B Diamond
8:00 Murphys Plumbing vs Campbell Fuels
9:45 BANCROFT vs Clouthier Carpentry
11:30 All in One Septic vs CARP Red
1:15 SHAWVILLE vs CARP Black
3:00 Clean Cut Construction vs CARP Red
4:45 Anderson Automotive vs CARP Black
6:30 Murphys Plumbing vs Clouthier Carpentry

A Diamond                                                        B Diamond
9:00 B Semi-Final                                            9:00 B Semi-Final
11:00 A Semi-Final                                            11:00 A Semi-Final
1:00  B Final

3:00 A Final

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Kars at West Carleton postponed

The Kars Aces at West Carleton Electric game scheduled for tonight in Fitzroy had to be postponed due to wet field conditions.


Monday, June 05, 2017

GOFL Week #5

Week 5 of the Greater Ottawa Fastball League has three games on tap.

Tuesday in Fitzroy Harbour sees the Kars Aces (0-1) in to play West Carleton Electric (2-1).

The Wednesday nighter at the Grove has the Stittsville 56ers (1-0-1) hosting the Ottawa Valley As (0-2).

Thursday night the Quyon Flyers (1-1) are in to play the Micksburg Twins (1-0).

All games this week start at 8:30 pm.


Friday, June 02, 2017

Micksburg defeats Quyon 8-0

from Scott Conroy

Micksburg Twins headed over to Quyon to kick off their season on Thursday while Quyon had started their season the night before.

Joran Graham had the ball for the Twins and Matt Greer countered for the home team. First pitch was at 9 pm as part of a doubleheader with the local women's team. The Quyon women drew to a 4-4 tie with the Carp Cubs which started at 7 pm.

The Twins struck first with two out, Joran Graham hit his first homerun of the season over the left field fence.

Matt Greer walked with two out in the first inning and would advance on a passed ball. Graham was able to escape the threat.

Micksburg continued in the second inning with Scott Conroy clearing the fence following Quinton Rook’s single. That was followed up with a walk for Paul Griffith and a single for Matt Mcintyre. Graham helped his cause with a 2RBI single to bring home Griffith and McIntyre.

The Twins thrower found a groove and continue to shut down the Flyers. Micksburg added 3 runs in the top of the fifth and that would be all to make the final 8-0 Twins.

Micksburg hitting
Matt Mcintyre 1-3
Joran Graham 2-2 HR, BB, 3 RBI
Quinton Rook 2-3
Scott Conroy 2-3 HR, 3 RBI
Riley Hennessy 2-3 2 RBI
Paul Griffith 1-2 BB


West Carleton wins 6-0 over Valley As

West Carleton Electric won 6-0 over the Ottawa Valley As in Greater Ottawa Fastball League play on Thursday night in Carp.

Andy Barber had the win allowing only one walk and two hits. Ben Broek took the loss and had relief from Adam Rueckwald.

Fitzroy scored a run in the first when Kevin Shonfield singled and was brought home on a Chris Costello single.

WC put up four runs in the second frame. Steve Cavanagh singled, Jon Daley walked and Andy Barber walked to load the bases with one out. After a strikeout, Jeff Barber's double drove in two. Then, Costello drove in another two runs with a single to make it 5-0 for West Carleton.

The 'Trics added a run in the fourth when Jeff Barber, who had walked, scored all the way from first on a throwing error when Costello put the ball in play in the infield.

Andy Barber WIN 7IP 0R 2H 1BB 10K

Andy Barber 1-4, BB, R
Kevin Shonfield 1-4, R
Jeff Barber 1-3, BB, 2R, 2RBI
Chris Costello 2-4, 3RBI
Steve Cavanagh 1-2, R, BB
Jon Daley 1-3, BB, R, SB

Ben Broek LOSS 3.2IP 6R 5ER 5H 7BB 5K
Adam Rueckwald 3.1IP 0R 2H 0BB 3K

Steve Frost 1-3
Ryley Burns 1-3, 2B


Thursday night in the GOFL

Micksburg Twins 8 Quyon Flyers 0

The Micksburg Twins won their first game of the Greater Ottawa Fastball League season on the road in convincing fashion with a 8-0 victory over the Quyon Flyers. Joran Graham had the win for the Twins and hit a home run. Scott Conroy also put one out for Micksburg. Matt Greer took the loss for Quyon.

West Carleton Electric 6 Ottawa Valley As 0

The West Carleton Electric defeated the Valley As 6-0 in Carp, with Andy Barber throwing a very efficient game, allowing only two hits and one walk over seven innings. Chris Costello had three RBIs, while Jeff Barber drove in two. Ben Broek took the loss with relief from Adam Rueckwald.


Thursday, June 01, 2017

10th Annual Gil Read Memorial Tournament

Spaces still available.....

The 10th Annual Gil Read Memorial Men’s Fastpitch tournament will be held once again at the Carp Fairgrounds in Carp, Ontario the weekend of July 28th, 29th and 30th, 2017.

This is an Open class tournament without restriction. Entry fee and prize money to be confirmed soon.

The tournament committee plans on making the 10th edition of the event the best ever. Fantastic beer garden with the best burgers around, and good crowds on hand, all in support of the Gil Read Memorial Foundation.

Last year's 9th annual event was won by the CPI Classics of Oswego, NY - story here.

To reserve a spot for your team please contact:
Adam Brown
613-623-8867 (home)
613-720-3575 (cell: text or call)


Cory Morrison
613-614-7349 (cell: text or call)

Past champions of the Gil Read Memorial:
2016 Oswego CPI Classics
2015 Kanata Storm
2014 Micksburg Twins
2013 Lake Simcoe Lightning
2012 Toronto Gators
2011 Quebec Seniors
2010 Quyon Flyers
2009 Ottawa Team Easton
2008 Ottawa Easton Thunder


GOFL Wednesday night round up

There were two games that were played in the Greater Ottawa Fastball League on Wednesday night.

Stittsville 56ers 5 I4C Victory 5
In Stittsville, the 56ers and I4C Victory played to a 5-5 draw. Stittsville was down 4-1, clawed back to take a 5-4 lead going into the seventh, but gave up a tying run in the final frame. Kyle Olson threw for Stittsville while Neil Cooke had the ball for I4C.

Quyon Flyers 2 Kars Aces 0
In Manotick it was an old fashioned pitchers' duel as the Kars Aces and Quyon Flyers were scoreless through six innings. The Flyers scored two unearned in the top of the seventh and prevailed 2-0. Trevor Lahey had the win while Luke Severson was tagged with the loss.


Tuesday, May 30, 2017

The unluckiest team in softball

Teams have been hit hard in eastern Ontario with poor weather and field conditions for the month of May, with lots of games postponed.

With Fitzroy's diamond draining well, Caveman's squirt team has played seven out of eight scheduled games. Fitzroy Junior's Bantam team has got in eight out of ten. So not too bad.

Other teams have had more cancelled, but the worst luck of all has to go to the Stittsville #1 Peewee Boys team. They are part of the West Carleton - Stittsville Peewee Boys League which has five teams. By now, the should have nine games in......but they have played one! Between rainy weather, mushy fields, giant puddles on the diamond, they have had eight cancellations in the last month. Ouch! Let's hope they have better luck the rest of the season.

May 2 - Stittsville #1 at Kinburn PPD
May 3 - Fitzroy at Stittsville #1 PPD
May 8 - Stittsville #1 at Carp PPD
May 12 - Stittsville #2 at Stittsville #1 PPD
May 17 - Carp at Stittsville #1 PPD
May 19 - Stittsville #2 defeats Stittsville #1: 13-11
May 25 - Stittsville #1 at Fitzroy PPD
May 26 - Kinburn at Stittsville #1 PPD
May 30 - Stittsville #1 at Kinburn PPD


Monday, May 29, 2017

GOFL Week #4

We are in the fourth week of the Greater Ottawa Fastball League season and we have two - count 'em two - games in the books, due to weather and field conditions.

There are two games on Wednesday, with I4C Victory playing their first game of the season in Stittsville (1-0) against the 56ers at 8:30 pm. Also that night, the Quyon Flyers and Kars Aces will play in Manotick at 8 pm.

Thursday sees West Carleton Electric (1-1) play the Ottawa Valley As in Carp at 8:30 pm. The Quyon Flyers will host Micksburg Twins that night at 9 pm as part of women's / men's doubleheader.


Bytown Belles Finish Second at St. Catharines Open Tournament

from Erin Durant

The Bytown Belles finished in second place at the St.Catharines open tournament this past weekend. The Belles feature several local Ottawa players, coaches, and alumni of the University of Ottawa and other Ontario Intercollegiate Women's Fastpitch Association ("OIWFA") teams.

The Belles opened the tournament with a 6-0 win over Port Perry. Ottawa native Hayley Bennett scored the Belles' first run of the year and also drove in a run. This was Hayley's first competitive tournament since the birth of her three young children. Allison Hipgrave pitched the complete game shut out.

In the second game of the day Elissa Sivel, originally from Pembroke, pitched a complete game 1 hitter in the Belles 7-0 win over Brampton.

Jean Cardona, also from Pembroke, pitched the third game of the day against the Brantford Juniors. The Brantford Bobcats Juniors are an elite squad with a history of success. The Belles came out strong with an early 2-0 lead before Brantford broke the game open scoring 11 unanswered runs off of Cardona, Hipgrave and Sivel. The final score was 11-2 for the Bobcats.

In the fourth game of the day the Belles faced Owen Sound. Cardona pitched six shutout innings and Hipgrave finished the game off in the seventh. The Belles scored four runs. As a result of this win, the Belles finished second in their pool and advanced to the semi-finals.

In the semis the Belles faced a Midget Tier 1 team - also from Brantford.  The team featured athletes born in 1999 and 2000. Their youth could not help them as the crafty veterans scored 5 runs. Erin Durant of Ottawa (born in 1986) was 2 for 3 with an RBI and a run scored.  Cardona started the game and Hipgrave pitched in relief giving up only one run between them.

The Belles had their rematch against the Bobcats in the finals. Cardona started the game with Hipgrave coming in as relief. The Belles had several hard hit balls but little luck. The Bobcats could only score 3 runs as the Belles played stellar defence led by former University of Ottawa shortstop Brye Corkum who made a tremendous diving catch followed by a laser throw to take away a sure hit up the middle. The game ended 3-0 in favour of the Bobcats.

The Belles had excellent pitching all weekend which was made possible thanks to reliable catching from Ottawa teacher and Gee Gee softball assistant coach Stephanie Bouchey and Laurier graduate, and Laurier softball assistant coach, Amy Oliver.

The Belles will be coached throughout 2017 by Hal Whitcomb, Scott Searle and Matt Allen. The complete Belles roster includes:

Stephanie Manson
Stephanie Bouchey
Brye Corkum
Erin Durant
Jean Cardona
Alika Kingsbury
Stacey Austick
Leah Mark
Allison Hipgrave
Hayley Bennett
Elissa Sivel
Amy Oliver
Alicia Helmond

Amber O'Connor of Pembroke who caught for the Belles last year gave birth to her first son Mannix in April. The Belles hope to see them both as spectators this year.

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Sunday, May 28, 2017

Westport Storm finish second at Stouffville peewee tournament

The Westport Storm peewee boys team went 3-1 and lost in the finals of the nine-team Stouffville tournament this past weekend, losing 9-8 to the Napanee Express.

Both teams are included in the 21 teams that have registered for the Ontario Amateur Softball Association playdowns at the Peewee (U14) level.

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Molly Sherman memorial won by NE Naturals

The Northeast Naturals won the Molly Sherman Memorial tournament in Elkland this past weekend. They defeated the PA Power 9-2 in the final. Tyler Randerson was named Most Valuable Pitcher and Jeff Nowaczyk was the Most Valuable Player.

Elkland ESA and Oswego CPI finished tied for third. The Kingston Axemen finished 2-2 in pool play and did not advance to the playoff round on Sunday.

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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Richmond Hill Intermediate Men's Tournament July 7 - 9

The Richmond Hill Intermediate Men's Tournament is looking for more teams to continue the long standing tradition of this tournament on July 7 - 9.

Currently there are 4 teams committed but the organizers are looking for up to 4 more teams to get to 8 ideally.

Teams are guaranteed three games between Friday and Saturday with 6 teams making it to the Sunday playoff rounds. Entry fee is $400 ($375 if paid via email by June 7).

If you are looking for some good ball, a couple of cold pops in the beer garden, sweet prizes and the best pulled pork around please contact Joe Van Der Valk at joevv1[at]gmail.com or 647-281-6108.


Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Fitzroy Junior hits a bomb

Tonight at his bantam game, Fitzroy Junior hit a home run, legit bomb, straight away centre at the Carp diamond. Note, he is 14 years old and weighs 125 pounds.

He was some excited rounding the bases.

The opposing pitcher was no ace, but still......I was shocked. As it was rising out towards the fence, I was briefly speechless, then screamed "GET OUT", and there it was over the fence. I am not sure I have ever seen Fitzroy Junior that happy on a ball diamond.

Memories made tonight in Carp!


Stittsville wins 8-6 over West Carleton

The Stittsville 56ers defeated West Carleton Electric 8-6 in Greater Ottawa Fastball League play on Tuesday in Fitzroy Harbour.

Kyle Olson when the distance for the win, while Andy Barber took the loss with relief from Steve Cavanagh.

Barber, Trevor Barton and Chris Costello all had solo home runs for Fitzroy. Scott Parsons had four runs batted in for Stittsville and Dan Jessiman drove in three.

more to follow


Sunday, May 21, 2017

Schedule for the 2017 Molly

The Molly Sherman Memorial Tournament in Elkland, PA has ten teams this year for the US Memorial Day long weekend, starting May 27. The Kingston Axemen will be in attendance.

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Greg Workman obituary

Greg "Peck" Workman died this week at 56.

Greg played in the early years of the GOFL in the predecessor Kemptville Men's Fastball League for the Macton Muckdogs. He was currently still playing in an over 35 league for Spencerville and was planning on playing again this year. Information on his service in Cardinal (Tuesday) and celebration of his life in South Mountain (Wednesday) is available here.


Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Doubleheader in Manotick on Wednesday postponed

Unfortunately the GOFL doubleheader scheduled for Wednesday May 17 in Manotick had to be postponed until later in the season.


West Carleton wins 10-6 over Ottawa Valley As

West Carleton Electric prevailed 10-6 over the Ottawa Valley As in Greater Ottawa Fastball League play on Tuesday night in Fitzroy Harbour.

Andy Barber had the win, giving up four runs in four innings of work, while Steve Cavanagh allowed two runs in throwing the final three innings.

Ben Broek had the start for Valley allowing six runs over three innings, while Adam Rueckwald took the loss giving up four runs over two innings of work. Todd Wilson threw a scoreless inning in the sixth in relief.

Chris Costello was three for four for West Carleton, with a grand slam and a total of five RBIs.


Monday, May 15, 2017

GOFL Week 2 (but really the first week)

The Greater Ottawa Fastball League Week 2 (which is actually the first week of play, since Week 1 was washed out) will start on Tuesday. West Carleton Electric will host the Ottawa Valley A's in Fitzroy Harbour at 8:30 pm.

Then there will be a doubleheader in Manotick, with the Stittsville 56ers facing the Kars Aces at 7 pm and I4C Victory at 9 pm.

Quyon Flyers and Micksburg Twins have the week off and will finally get at it next week.


Thursday, May 11, 2017

Ottawa Valley Strong win bronze - full report

from Scott Searle

The Ottawa Valley Strong defeated the Breakaway 45's from Australia 8-7 in the bottom of the 9th inning to seize the Bronze medal at the World Masters Games.

The Games are the world’s largest multi-sport event. Held every four years, it is the pinnacle sporting event for masters competitors worldwide. In supporting the Olympic Games ethos of ‘sport for all’,  the goal of the World Masters Games is to encourage participation in sport throughout life. Competition and camaraderie are equally celebrated. There were 26,000 participants from over 100 countries. World Masters Games 2017

To win the medal, the Ottawa Valley Team defeated 30 other teams from around the world.  Yvonne Carleton picked up the win, going the full 9 innings.

The team showed a great deal of resiliency after giving up 5 runs in the top of the 1st inning.  The team settled down and scored 4 of their own in the 2nd.  Offensive leaders were Brenda Brown and Shyanne Stockie who both went 3-4.  Pam Behnke-vanhoof drove in 3 runs with a pair of triples, and Chrissy LaForce continued her strong hitting with a 3-4 performance with a pair of singles and a double.

The Strong played sharp defense and Donna Price turned a double play, which was her 4th of the week.  Brenda Brown caught every game for the team and helped steady a very strong pitching staff.  The game was a total team victory as 14 athletes made contributions on the field. The winning run was scored when Heather Kirk, who was the team's designated runner scampered home after a stolen base.

The team had trained for 4 years and participated in 79 practices in West Carleton, competed in the CCFL for 3 years and hosted several fundraisers.

All of the athletes and coaches would like to thank the teams in the CCFL for inviting us to participate in their league, as well the umpires for their help, patience and financial contributions.

The process and medal was the culmination of a 4 year effort and all of the ladies are extremely proud of their accomplishment.

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Bruce Casselman to lead Softball Ontario webinar on May 15

from Scott Searle

Softball Ontario is hosting a webinar series and coaches can earn 1 PD point and learn about pitch sequences next Monday.

Bruce Casselman has the legacy of being one of the top players to play Men’s fastpitch in Canada. In the 1990’s he led the Toronto Gators to two ISC World Championships and two Canadian Championships. He was a member of the Senior Men’s National Team that won Gold at the 1999 Pan-American Games champion in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He also represented Team Canada at the ISF World Championships in South Africa. A very humble person, Bruce is most proud to have caught some of the best pitchers from around the world including; Darren Zack, Brad Underwood, Micheal Piechnick, Dean Holein, Chubb Tangerora, Doug Middleton and Steve Price. Bruce moved away from softball to coach hockey in the Ottawa area but had his passion for the game rekindled by coaching his daughter's U14 team. Bruce is a Softball Ontario Learning Facilitator and provides support on technical skills. More recently he was a Guest Coach with the u21 Men’s Canada Games Program in Ontario where he consulted with the catchers on setting up batters with proper sequences.

Bruce will be leading the next Softball Ontario Webinar on be Monday, May 15th at 8:00.

Watch Bruce Casselman explain how he used pitch sequences, changed speeds, to set up batters.

Coaches will earn 1 PD Point towards maintaining their NCCP Certification.

The National Coaching Certification Program is now asking coaches to participate in activities that enhance their coaching to reinforce “values of lifelong learning and sharing amongst the coaching community.” All coaches in all sports will be” required to obtain Professional Development (PD) points. PD points can be earned through a multitude of activities that coaches already participate in, including: national and provincial sport organization conferences and workshops, eLearning modules, NCCP workshops, coach mentorship programs, and active coaching. In most cases, coaches are already earning their required PD points.

For more information, you can check http://coach.ca/maintenance-of-certification-s16745. Softball coaches will need to obtain 20 points in a 5 year period.

Sign up for the webinar here: https://www.softballontario.ca/english/our-programs/coach/softball-nccp/professional-development-points-webinar-series.html 

If you have any questions, contact Scottsearle@rogers.com.


Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Beautiful May weather

The weather in eastern Ontario and western Quebec has been somewhat whacky this spring. As per an earlier post, there has been some extreme flooding. There has also been some cold weather.

On Monday night, Fitzroy Junior's bantam team played their season opener against McNab. During the third inning, the game featured a snow squall! Nice weather for May 8.

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Kyle Jamieson wins Coach of the Year honours

Kyle Jamieson, former Stittsville 56er, and current head coach of the NCAA women's softball team at Furman University in South Carolina was named "SoCon" conference coach of the year after leading his team to the regular season title. Congrats to KJ!


Monday, May 08, 2017

Flooding in Quyon

Just to give folks an idea about how bad the flooding is in Quyon.

Google Satellite Photo from Quyon in "normal" circumstances.

Drone aerial view of Quyon with the current flooding. The red circle is where the ball diamond is under water.


GOFL Week 1 games postponed

All the games in Week 1 of the Greater Ottawa Fastball League season have been postponed.

Stittsville was supposed to host I4C on Wednesday May 10. The City of Ottawa has banned use of the Grove at this time.

Quyon was supposed to host Kars on Thursday May 11. Half of the village of Quyon is pretty much under water due to the flooding, including the ball diamond.

Also on Thursday, Mickburg was suppposed to host the Valley As. The Micksburg field is too wet to play on this week.


Saturday, May 06, 2017

Squirt & Peewee Tournament in Alice

Alice Minor Fastball Tournament
June 10th, 2017 (rain date June 11th)
Come join us for a great day of ball!!!  
Cost: $100 per team, (cheques made payable to Alice Minor Fastball)
Divisions:  Squirt (11/12) and Peewee (13/14)
2 game minimum (4 max)
BBQ, drinks available, 50/50
All games to be played at Alice and Fraser Recreation Centre – 1 Henan Rd, Pembroke
Please contact Mark/Megan Robillard to register - mrobillard13@sympatico.ca
Proceeds help support Alice Minor Fastball.

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Men's tournaments this season

While the weather today is cold, raining and causing floods, there will be fastball in the future - hopefully. Al's Fastball has a list of men's fastball tournaments here, which includes a few somewhat close to eastern Ontario in June and July.

June 9-11 - Bradford-Cane Memorial, Cobourg, ON
June 30-July 2 - Croghan, NY
July 7-9 - AuSable Forks, NY
July 14-16 - Axemen Tournament, Kingston, ON
July 28-30 - Gil Read Memorial, Carp, ON

The Glen Cairn Men's Fastball League is also hosting their annual tournament in Carp on June 9-11.

The Fitzroy Harbour Men's Fastball League will be, for the first time, inviting outside teams into their annual house league tournament. It's in Fitzroy Harbour on the June 9-11 weekend as well.

If anyone knows of any other tournaments that should be added to the list, add a comment.


Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Throwback photo from 2006

A photo from 2006, when the Shawville Snappers took the McNab/Braeside Junior Men's Fastball League title.

From the Shawville Equity


Sunday, April 30, 2017

Caveman spelling bee

I was helping Caveman tonight with his French homework.

He says "Dad, is this how you spell 'possibilities' in French?" : posibilités

I tell him, "You're close, Caveman, but it has two 's'es."

"OK, but that looks weird."

"No, it definitely has two 's'es,  very similar to how it's spelled in English."

"Alright, if you're sure Daddy."

On his paper he writes: posibilitéss


GOFL 2017 schedule now available

The Greater Ottawa Fastball League schedule for 2017 is now available online on the league's website at http://gofl.ca/index.php/schedule/regular-season.

Seven teams return to the premier men's fastpitch softball league in eastern Ontario and western Quebec:

  • Micksburg, ON Twins, defending champions
  • Kars Aces, playoff runners-up, playing out of Manotick, ON
  • I4C Victory, playing out of Manotick, ON
  • Ottawa Valley As, playing out of Carp, ON
  • Quyon, QC Flyers
  • West Carleton Electric, playing out of Fitzroy Harbour, ON
  • Stittsville, ON 56ers
Games start on May 10.

Ottawa Valley Strong wins bronze at World Masters Games

According to Twitter, Ottawa Valley Strong defeated the Breakaway 45s in 8-7 in extra innings to win bronze at the World Masters Games 45+ women's recreational division in Auckland, New Zealand.

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Saturday, April 29, 2017

Ottawa Valley Strong to play for bronze

The Ottawa Valley Strong masters women's team will be playing for a bronze medal at the World Masters Games in New Zealand.

OV Strong went undefeated in round robin play before losing a semi-final game to end up in the bronze medal match.

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Ottawa Valley Strong win again

from Scott Searle

The Ottawa Valley Strong won 8-1 at the World Masters Games against the Western Spirits from Australia.Yvonne Carleton thew 4 innings of a one hitter before giving way to Chrissy LaForce who finished the game.

Pam-Behnke Van Hoof was 3-3 with a triple and 4 RBI's.  The team is back in action tomorrow at 2:40 against Casey 2 Cans.

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Valley Strong wins big over Brisbane

from Scott Searle

The Ottawa Valley Strong kept up their winning ways at the World Masters Games 45+ women's softball tournament with a 15-0 win over the Tuff 'Ol Chicks from Brisbane, Australia.

Chrissy LaForce threw 4 shutout innings allowing only 1 hit before giving way to Jo-Lynn Ayotte who closed the game out for the Strong. Liz Warren was 3-3 with 3 runs scored as the team once again got off to a strong start as they  pushed across 8 runs in the first inning.

They are back in action tomorrow morning as they try to clinch 1st place in their pool.

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Sunday, April 23, 2017

OV Strong improve to 2-0 at World Masters Games

Scott Searle reporting from New Zealand

The Ottawa Valley Strong won their second game at the World Masters Games 12-6 against a team from Australia.  They jumped to a 7-0 lead in the first inning behing a strong pitching performance from Shyanne Stockie. Stockie picked up 5 strikeouts in 5 innings of work.  (Editor's note: see here for an article on Shyanne.)

Kinburn's Jayne Coady threw 2 innings in relief before giving way to Chrissy LaForce who pitched the last inning.

It was a full team offensive effort as the team exploded for 13 hits including massive back-to-back triples from Pam Behn-Van-Hoof and Cheryl Staats for the biggest hits of the day, Chrissy LaForce nearly missed an automatic homerun that nearly rolled down the side of Rangitoto Volcano.

The team will look to improve to 3-0 at 1:00 tomorrow.

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Saturday, April 22, 2017

Ottawa Valley Strong win their first game

The Ottawa Valley Strong started their campaign at the World Masters Games with a 6-5 victory over the Runnermakers from Australia.

Yvonne Carleton from Saskatchewan picked up the win, with relief from Jayne Coady of Kinburn.  Cathy Kelly was 2-2 and scored 2 runs and Chrissy LaForce from Braeside was 2-3 with 2 RBI's.

The team is back in action today at 1:00 PM.

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10th Annual Gil Read Memorial Tournament

The 10th Annual Gil Read Memorial Men’s Fastpitch tournament will be held once again at the Carp Fairgrounds in Carp, Ontario the weekend of July 28th, 29th and 30th, 2017.

This is an Open class tournament without restriction. Entry fee and prize money to be confirmed soon.

The tournament committee plans on making the 10th edition of the event the best ever. Fantastic beer garden with the best burgers around, and good crowds on hand, all in support of the Gil Read Memorial Foundation.

Last year's 9th annual event was won by the CPI Classics of Oswego, NY - story here.

To reserve a spot for your team please contact:
Adam Brown
613-623-8867 (home)
613-720-3575 (cell: text or call)


Cory Morrison
613-614-7349 (cell: text or call)

Past champions of the Gil Read Memorial:
2016 Oswego CPI Classics
2015 Kanata Storm
2014 Micksburg Twins
2013 Lake Simcoe Lightning
2012 Toronto Gators
2011 Quebec Seniors
2010 Quyon Flyers
2009 Ottawa Team Easton
2008 Ottawa Easton Thunder