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This site is dedicated to Men's Masters Fastball in Ontario and beyond.
This site was launched Aug. 19 / 2003.
Web Site Administrator - Dave Birnie.
E-mail : ontariomasters(at)hotmail(dot)com

Web Site Updated :  Dec. 20th.  2015


Sunday, December 20
2016 Toronto Gators Legends Roster

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The Toronto Gator Legends are pleased to announce their 2016 roster and
have set their sights on winning an illusive ISC Legends World Championship
in Quad Cities, next August. The Gators have advanced to the finals in each
of the past two seasons but lost a heart breaking extra innings game to
Cobourg Force in 2014 and ran out of gas with injuries in 2015, losing to
rival Durham Bulls. Owner Jack Fireman does not like to lose and after a
number of his veterans decided to retire has revamped a lineup he is
confident can get him back on top.

 

Five members of Fireman's lineup will not be back in 2016 and those losses
go far beyond the playing field. Pitcher Mark Bendahan was an original
Gator back in 1992 with the York Gators and was a member of the two ISC
World Championship Toronto teams in 1993 and 1995. " Mark was one of the
guys who got me into big time fastball, he is one of my closest friends and
has been an inspiration to our program for over 20 years", said Fireman.
Catcher Chuck Hendricks has also decided to hang up his "tools of
ignorance" and will be missed as a player, a coach and the inspirational
heart of the Gators. " Chuck is the essence of what it is to be a Gator,"
said Fireman, " his knowledge of the game is second only to his heart and
the love of wearing the Gator uniform." Carmen Pernarella, has fallen
victim to injuries over the past few seasons and while he did not play as a
Toronto Gator in the 90's he was an original York Gator and was a
tremendous leader in the gold medal run for the Legends at the 2013 World
Masters Games in Torino, Italy. Lorne Swartz joined the Gators in 2015 but
has a long history with Fireman's Maccabian program, winning numerous gold
medals in fastball competition and acting as Canada's 2009 flag bearer in
Israel. Swartz is retiring for business and family reasons. Steve Price has
decided to ply his trade elsewhere next season.

 

Fireman and his management team have been working hard to find the right
pieces to fill holes from 2015 and are pleased to announce the new look
roster. Ray Tilley, a Canadian and ISF Hall of Fame player and former
Canada National Team coach will step into the field manager's role this
year after returning to the Gators as a coach in 2015. He will be assisted
by legendary Gator third base coach Bob Richardson, and Larry Lynch, who
will continue to act as the team's General Manager as well. Dave Birnie has
joined the Gators as a "Special Advisor" and has been invaluable to Fireman
in recruiting players for next season. Drew Groombridge is back as the
team's trainer after a winter behind the bench with the Georgetown Raiders
of the Ontario Junior Hockey League.

 

The newest Gators are pitcher Shawn Sampson, a stalwart hard thrower who
has dominated ISC Legends for many years and will certainly play a
formidable role from the Gators pitching stable. ISC Hall of Fame pitcher
and legendary ace of the Farm Tavern and the New Zealand Black Sox, Paul
Algar will toe the rubber in Quad Cities for the Gators. 'Alfie' has won
every major tournament in the world and can best be described as one of the
true warriors of the game."He has the heart of a lion and a smile as big as
the sky, the word quit does not exist in his vocabulary. " said Fireman.

 

Offensively, the Gators have added a trio of veteran run igniters in pesky
Patty Brennan, power hitting Paul Foucault and the timeless hitting
machine, Kelly Wenstrom. All three of these versatile guys are likely to
find a spot in the Gator infield and are able to play multiple defensive
positions. Frankie Perez, a power hitter for nearly two decades and field
manager of the Dominican National Team will bring that hitting skill to the
DH role in Quad Cities.

 

" We thought it important to add guys who can play multiple roles," said
Fireman, " we want to make it tough for Tills and the coaching staff to
make a lineup.We all know how tough it is to play 6 or 7 games in 3 days at
the World's, we want to have every position covered twice over, versatility
will be the key to the Gators."

 

The Gators have certainly made some adjustments but the heart of these
Legends is in the players who have " brought them to the dance". The
legendary pitcher Darren Zack is still the face of fastball, Brian Paton
still anchors the outfield, Adam Smith the greatest second baseman of his
era still plays with reckless abandoned and Terry Challis is still one of
the great clutch hitters of the game; all are members of the ISC Hall of
Fame along with Fireman and Lynch. Pitcher Mike Crawford and catcher John
Kemp will be honoured this summer with induction into the Ontario Master"s
Fastball Hall of Fame. Original Gators Rob Watson, Roddy Wetherell and
pitching stud Mike Sedore will be counted on to provide both offense and
defense in their starting roles. Power hitting first baseman Dave Hoffman,
DH Alan Taylor, catcher -third baseman Randy Peck and versatile outfielder
Tom Watson will give the Gators strength from the top to the bottom of the
order.

 

The Gators will compete in tournaments in Cobourg, St.Clements OASA
Master's, and the ISC World Legends Tournament in 2016. Watch Al's Fastball
for more news and schedule announcements over the winter months.

 

Larry Lynch

 

2016 Toronto Gators Legends Roster

 

Adam Smith
Darren Zack
Mike Sedore
Mike Crawford
Paul Algar
Shawn Samson
Dave Hoffman
Rob Watson
Tom Watson
Randy Peck
John Kemp
Terry Challis
Brian Paton
Roddy Wetherell
Al Taylor
Paul Foucault Sr.
Kelly Wenstrom
Pat Brennan
Frank Perez

Terry Wiebe 

Larry Lynch - GM
Ray Tilley – Head Coach
Bob Richardson – Coach
Jack Fireman – Sponsor
Drew Groombridge - Trainer
Dave Birnie – Special Advisor

 



Sunday, November 22
2016 Masters Tournaments

If you want your masters tournament added please let me know.

Jan 21-24 AAU 45+ Masters

Orlando, Florida

Debra Horn debra@aausports.org

 

May 27-29 Grimsby Diamond Kings/Dennis Devost Memorial 40+

Jordan, Ontario

Dwayne Curtis 905-563-5221

 

June 10-12 Bradford/Cane Invitational & masters

Cobourg, Ontario

Steve Bedard sjbgolf@hotmail.com

 

July 8-10 OASA 40+ Masters & 50+ Legends

St. Clements, Ontario

www.oasa.ca

 

July 22-24 ASA 50+ National Championship

Prescott, AZ

http://www.teamusa.org/USA-Softball.aspx

 

Aug 18-20 ISC 50+ Legends Tournament

Moline, Illinois

http://iscfastpitch.com/

 

Aug 26-Sep 04 Americas Masters Games

Vancouver, BC

http://www.americasmastersgames2016.com/

 

Sep 2-4 Canadian Masters Championship

St. Johns, NL

https://www.softball.ca/

 

Sep 9-11 NAFA Masters Midwest World Series

Location TBA

 

Sep 16-18 NAFA Masters West World Series

Carson City, Nevada

 

Sep 18-25 Golden Oldies World Softball Festival

Hawaii

http://govsl.com/goldenoldies/softball/softball-entry-form/

 

Sep 25-28 ASA 60+ National Championship

Houston TX

http://www.teamusa.org/USA-Softball.aspx

 

2017 World Masters Games

April 21-30

Auckland New Zealand

http://www.worldmastersgames2017.co.nz/




Sunday, November 15
2016 Bradford/Cane Masters Tournament

Attention Masters Teams !

The Bradford/Cane Invitational ,June 10-12 2016
is looking for some Masters teams
for our 25th year. If we can get enough we will run just a Masters division....
if not they will play with the Intermediate and juniors.
Legion Fields Cobourg Ontario
Entry is $500 by may 1st 2016. 3 Game guarantee.
Make cheques out to (The Jim Bradford Classic)
send to me:
Steve Bedard
411 Sidney st.
Trenton Ont.
K8V6N6

Have a care
Steve Bedard
sjbgolf(at)hotmail(dot)com



Monday, November 2
Friends of Ontario Masters Fastball



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I'm proud to announce Al's Fastball as the first "Friends of Ontario Masters Fastball." Al Doran is world wide leader in promoting men's fastball via his newly designed Al's Fastball website at : www.alsfastball.com or click on the logo for direct link to Al's Fastball.

Friday, July 31
2015 ASA 50+ Tournament - Individual Awards

2015 ASA 50+ National Championship Individual Awards

Batting Champion..: Bill Fairman - Cobourg Force
HR Champion..: Craig Minifie - Cobourg Force

...

First Team
Position Player Team
Pitcher Meinhart, Alan Clarkson Grain
Pitcher Aldridge, Sam Cobourg Force Fastpitch
Pitcher Samson, Shawn Cobourg Force Fastpitch
Catcher Grow, Troy Bay Area Merchants
Outfield Berkenpas, Bill Ohio Battery
Outfield Contreras, Albee Bay Area Merchants
Outfield Fairman, Bill Cobourg Force Fastpitch
Outfield McGillis, Steve Midland Explorers
Utility Martie, Brian Ohio Battery
Utility Rueben, Paul Savala Painters
Utility Kahn, Tony Savala Painters
Infield Melchiori, John Ohio Battery
Infield Brennan, Pat Cobourg Force Fastpitch
Infield Hodge, Todd Savala Painters
Infield Boys, David Clarkson Grain

Second Team
Position Player Team
Pitcher Snow, Russ Savala Painters
Pitcher Jacobs, Tim Clarkson Grain
Pitcher Higgins, Mark Bay Area Merchants
Catcher Melchiori, John Ohio Battery
Outfield Fairman, Bill Cobourg Force Fastpitch
Outfield Haslip, Jim Cobourg Force Fastpitch
Outfield Wenstrom, Kelly Cobourg Force Fastpitch
Outfield Blanchard, Mark Cobourg Force Fastpitch
Utility Moganthaler, Greg Clarkson Grain
Utility Franson, Gary Ohio Battery
Utility Veasey, Richard Bay Area Merchants
Infield Hoon, Mike Midland Explorers
Infield Clarkson, Paul Ohio Battery
Infield Hopper, Steve Clarkson Grain
Infield Minton, Rick Clarkson Grain

It seems Bill Fairman had such a good tournament for the Cobourg Force that he was selected to the 1st and 2nd All American Team on top of being the tournament Batting Champion ! John Melchiori also listed on both teams ?



Sunday, July 26
2015 ASA 50+ complete results July 24-26 Forsyth Illinois



Results from ASA 50+ Nationals July 24-26 Forsyth Illinois.

Gm1
Clarkson Grain Legends - 4
Midland Explorers Legends - 3

Gm2
Cobourg Force - 5
Nohren Farms - 4
WP- Sam Aldridge
LP- Rick Probst
Cobourg- Craig Minifie 1/4 HR, Bill Fairney 3/4, Bill Fairman 2/3, Pat Brennan 2/4

Gm3
Ohio Battery - 12
California Bay Area Merchants - 0
WP- Brent Stevenson
LP- Ed Gaspar

Sat. July 25th

Gm4 winners bracket
Clarkson - 7
Savala Painters - 0

Gm5 - winners bracket
Cobourg - 7 ( 5 innings )
Ohio - 0
WP- Shawn Samson
LP- Ray Camacho, relief by Keith Frey
Cobourg- Craig Minifie 2/2 HR, Kelly Wenstrom 2/3, Pat Brennan 4/4, Bill Fairman 2/3

Gm6 losers bracket
Midland - 5
Nohren - 3
Mike Hoon home run for Midland

Gm7 losers bracket
Bay Area Merchants - 6
Savala - 2

Gm8 losers bracket
Ohio - 7 ( 5 innings )
Nohren - 0 ( Nohren eliminated ) 7th. place, 0-3
WP- Brent Stevenson

Gm9 losers bracket
Bay Area - 5
Ohio - 3 (Ohio eliminated ) tied for 5th. place, 2-2
WP- Mark Higgins
LP- Brent Stevenson

Gm10 losers bracket
Midland - 3 ( Midland eliminated ) tied for 5th. place, 1-2
Savala - 4
WP- Russ Snow

Gm11 winners bracket undefeated game 4:00pm
Clarkson - 0
Cobourg - 6
WP- Chris Bresse, relief be Ken Bergen and Sam Aldridge
Cobourg- Pat Brennan 2/4, Kelly Wenstrom 1/2, 2 runs scored, Bill Fairman 2/4, Jim Haslip 2/2

Gm12 losers bracket
Savala - 1 ( Savala eliminated ) 4th. place 1-3
Bay Area - 8

Sun. July 26th

Gm13 losers bracket 9:00am
Clarkson - 6
Bay Area - 1 ( Bay Area eliminated ) 3rd. place 3-2

Gm14 Championship Game 11:15am

Cobourg Force - 5 ( Champions 4-0 )
Clarkson Grain Legends - 1 ( Runner-up, 3-1 )
WP- Shawn Samson, relief Sam Aldridge
LP- Alan Meinhart



Friday, July 17
2015 OASA Masters Results

Results from the OASA 40+ & 50+ Provincial Fastball Championships

St. Clements, Ontario
 
Fri July 17th.
 
GM#1
 
Cambridge-4
 
Arthur- 0
 
Cambridge- Kent Campbell 2/3, Marty Mauviel 1/2
 
Arthur- Phil Gordon 1/3, Tim Waggler 1/3 
 
WP- Bill Carson
 
LP- Kevin Yantzi
 
GM#2
 
Waterdown- 1
 
Grimsby-2
 
WP- Frank Cox 6k, 5 hits
 
LP- Tim Neill 10k, 5 hits
 
Grimsby- Roger Antonio 2/4, Brian Lamarche 1/3 HR, 2RBI 
 
Waterdown- Dave Brownhill 2/4, Will Lake 2/3 BB 
 
GM#3
 
Ohsweken- 2
 
Waterloo-12
 
WP- Todd Uhrig
 
LP- Matt Tabobondung,relief by Mike Joseph 
 
Waterloo- Chuck Chessel 3/3, HR, Todd Uhrig 3/3
 
Ohsweken- Stu Johnson 1/2, Rob Bomberry 1/1 
 
Legends GM#1
 
Waterloo- 9
Ingersoll- 2
 
WP- Charlie Dunn
LP- Paul Sutton, relief by Larry Lowes
 
Waterloo- Hugh Murray 1/2, Al Staats 2/3
Ingersoll- Luciano Ferris 2/2, Larry Lowes 2BB
 
Legends GM#2
 
Waterdown- 0
Durham- 8
 
WP- Blair McBratney
LP- Rod Fevreau, relief by Jim Hurst
Waterdown- Ken Delottinville 1/1, Rick Hames 1/1
Durham- Dean Begley 2/2, Fred Clyke 1/2 BB
 
Sat. July 18th.
 
Gm4
 
Grimsby- 7
Fenelon Falls- 0
 
WP- Jason Wright, relief Frank Cox
LP- Dave Naines, relief Roger Moore
Grimsby- Dave Cramer 3/4 HR, Roger Antonio 2/4
Fenelon Falls- Sally Davis 2/3, Roger McIntosh 2BB
 
GM5
 
St. Thomas- 9
Arthur- 6
 
WP- Paul Ceppi, relief by Dan Beecroft
LP- Jamie Taylor in relief of Scott Gordon
Arthur- Kevin Yantzi 2/4, Phil Gordon 2/4
 
Gm6
 
Kitchener- 7
Waterloo- 3
 
WP- Mel Ross
LP- Scott Bookshop, relief by Todd Uhrig
Waterloo- Keith Rankin 1/3 HR 3RBI, Chuck Chessel 2/3
Kitchener- Jay Scharf 3/4 HR, Rob Vielet 2/3
 
Legends Gm3
 
Toronto- 11 ( 3 inns )
Waterloo- 0
WP- Darren Zack
LP- Doug Charlton
Waterloo- Al Staats 1/1, Tim Thorne 1/1
Toronto- Adam Smith 2/3 HR, John Kemp 2/2
 
Legends Gm4
 
Ingersoll- 4
Waterdown- 3
 
WP- Dan Anthony
LP- Rick Hames
Ingersoll- Steve Hildetley 2/4, John Reczuch 2/3 BB
Waterdown- Bob Ward 2/3 BB, Brett Dugan 2/3
 
Gm7
St. Thomas- 6
Cambridge- 1
WP- Dan Beecroft
LP- Scott Charlton
St. Thomas - Mark Coleman 3/4
Cambridge- Jeff Detta 1/3 HR
 
Gm8
 
Kitchener- 8
Ohsweken- 4
WP- Jamie Simpson
LP-
Kitchener- Terry Martin 3/4 HR, Tim Barnard 2/3 HR BB
Osweken- Stu Johnson 3/4, Calvin Miller 2/3 HR
 
Gm9
Waterdown- 13
Fenelon Falls- 2
WP- Tim Yantzi
LP- Davis Hane in relief of James Minnie
Waterdown- Will Lake 4/4 3 HR,  Darrin Curtis 2/3
Fenelon Falls- Roger McIntosh 1/2, Davis Hane 1/2
 
1:45 PM Ontario Masters Fastball Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
 
Legends Gm5
Ingersoll-4
Waterloo-12
WP- Sean Geehan
LP-
Waterloo- Barry Hammond 3/4 HR, Bill Eaton 3/3
Ingersoll- Barry Court 2/3, Chuck Davies 1/2 BB
 
Legends Gm6
Toronto- 10
Durham- 3
WP- Mike Sedore
LP- Bill Stevenson
 
Gm10
8seed Ohsweken - 16
9seed Fenelon Falls- 6
Ohsweken- Ryan Davis 3/3 HR, Duane Greenbird2/2 BB
Fenelon Falls- Sally Davis 1/1 BB, Tim Raven 1/2
 
Legends Gm6
Waterdown- 10
Ingersoll- 3
WP- Rod Fevreau
LP- Dan Anthony
 
Quarter finals
St. Thomas- 6
Cambridge- 10
WP- Bill Carson
LP- Dan Beecroft
St Thomas- Rob Kelly 2/3, Mike Unwin 1/4 HR
Cambridge- Kent Campbell 4/4 HR, Jeff Detta 3/4, 2HR
 
Quarter finals
Kitchener- 8
Arthur- 1
WP- Kevin Promfret
LP- Roger Deming
Kitchener- Mel Ross 2/3 HR, Tim Barnard 2/2 HR BB
 
Quarter finals
Waterdown- 1
Waterloo- 2
WP- Todd Uhrig
LP- Tim Yantzi
 
Quarter finals
Grimsby- 8
Ohsweken- 0
WP-Frank Cox, relief by Jason Wright
LP- Robert Bomberry
Ohsweken- Gord Hopkins 1/2
Grimsby- Mario Bustotis 3/4, Justin Tersigni 1/2, BB
 
Sun July 19
 
B semis
St Thomas-11
Arthur-2
WP- Paul Ceppi
LP- Kevin Yantzi
St. Thomas- Jeff Macpherson 2/2, Jason Titchner 1/3 HR
Arthur- Todd Swift 2/2, Phil Gordon 1/2 BB
 
Waterdown- 8
Ohsweken- 1
WP- Tim Yantzi
LP- Wayne Green
Waterdown- Dave Brownhill 2/3 HR, Mark Cameron 1/2 HR, BB
Ohsweken- Gord Hopkins 1/2, Rob Bomberry 1/2
 
Legends Gm8
Waterloo- 6
Waterdown- 4
WP- Sean Geehan
LP- Rick Hames in relief of Jim Hurst.
Waterloo- Al Staats 3/3 HR, Tim Thorne 2/3 HR
Waterdown- Al Campbell 2/4, Paul Hird 1/3
 
A semis
Waterloo- 13
Grimsby- 6
WP- Todd Uhrig, relief Scott Brookshire
LP- Jason Wright
Waterloo- Pat Graham 2/4 HR 3RBI, Keith Rankin 1/2 2BB, 3 runs scored
 
Cambridge- 1
Kitchener- 0
WP- Bill Carson
LP- Jamie Simpson in relief of Mel Ross
Cambridge- Kent Campbell 2/3, GWRBI, Fintan Farrell 1/2
Kitchener- Mike Lorentz 1/3, Jamie Hinckley 1/2
 
Legends Gm9
Durham- 3
Waterloo- 5
WP- Doug Charlton
LP- Rich Provost in relief of Blair McBratney
Durham- Fred Clyke 2/3 HR, Dean Begley 2/3
Waterloo- Carl Boughner 1/2 BB, Barry Hammond 1/3 2RBI
 
1:00 40+ B Final ( 8 inns )
Waterdown- 6 "B"Champions
St Thomas- 5
WP- Tim Yantzi in relief of Tim Neill
LP- Dan Beecroft
St. Thomas- Mike Unwin 2/4 HR, Chris Wismer 1/3
Waterdown- Dave Brownhill 3/4, BB, Joe Triest 2/4, 3 RBI, GWRBI bottom of 8th
 
MV Player- Joe Triest, Waterdown
MV Pitcher- Tim Neill, Waterdown
 
2:00 Legends Gm10 Championship
Toronto- 14
Waterloo- 3
WP- Darren Zack, relief by Mike Sedore
LP- Doug Charlton, relief by Sean Geehan & Charlie Dunn
Toronto- Brian Paton 2/2, 2BB, Roddy Wetherell 4/4, Chuck Hendricks 2/3
Waterloo- Larry Murphy 1/2 HR, Barry Hammond 2/2, Carl Boughner 1/2
MV Pitcher- Mike Sedore, Toronto
MV Player- Al Staats, Watetloo
 
3:00 40+ "A" Championship Game
Waterloo- 9
Cambridge- 4
WP- Todd Uhrig in relief of Scott Brookshaw
LP- Martin Mauviel in relief of Bill Carson
Waterloo- Pat Graham 2/3, Jodie Schnarr 1/3 HR, Todd Uhrig 2/3 BB
Cambridge- Jeff Detta 2/4, Todd Hamblin 1/2, BB, Jeff Donaldson 3/4
MV Player - John Sexton Waterloo
MV Pitcher - Todd Uhrig Waterloo
Jack Cook Award - Frank Farrell Cambridge


Saturday, July 4
Scout Logistics Shootout results & revised schedule for Sat. July 4th games

Scout Logistics Shootout schedule revised !

Last 2 round robin games this morning are cancelled as they have no bearing on the standings.

11:00 am Consolation Championship ...
Toronto Gators vs Durham Bulls

1:00 pm Championship Game
Maccabi Canada vs. Scout Logistics 

Scout Logistics Shootout scores from Fri July 3rd.

Scout Logistics - 7
Toronto Gators - 5

Maccabi Canada - 7 ( mercy )
Durham Bulls - 0
WP - Roddy Fevreau
LP - Rich Provost 

Scout Logistics Shootout scores from Thursday July 2nd.

Scout Logistics - 10 ( 5 innings )
Durham Bulls - 2
WP - Mike Sedore, 5 inns, 6k...
LP - Rick Bowes, 5k
Scout Logistics - 12 hits
Durham - 5 hits
Scout Logistics - Carmen Pernarella - 2 hits, 3rbi
Durham Bulls - ?

Maccabi Canada - 3
Toronto Gators - 0 

If you're not at the ISF World Championships in Saskatoon then you'll want to check out the next best thing by attending a game or two at the Scout Logistics Shootout starting Thursday July 2nd. Free Admission ! Starting Tomorrow... Please visit www.scoutshootout.com for more details and please join in supporting the event by coming out to the ball parks to watch some fantastic fast pitch softball played by some of the finest players in the world over the past 30 years, including players from the ISC World Championships, Pan Am Games, Maccabi Games and Ontario provincial championships. Schedule : http://www.scoutshootout.com/new-page-2/ Teams/Rosters : http://www.scoutshootout.com/teams/ Parks/Locations : http://www.scoutshootout.com/dieppepark/ INTRODUCING THE FIRST ANNUAL "SCOUT SHOOTOUT SHOWDOWN" FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - July 1st, 2015 This week marks the inaugural debut of the Scout Logistics "Shootout Showdown" – the fast pitch event of the summer!! With multiple venues across the GTA, close to 100 participants will bring together the ideals of camaraderie, competition and charity to make this event one to remember! The event, scheduled to take place over a 3-day period (July 2nd through July 4th), will showcase some of the most decorated fastpitch players to have graced the sport in recent years. The lineup of players includes past participants at the highest levels of fastpitch including ISC and ISF World Champions, Maccabian Champions, Pan-Am Champions, MVP's, current and future Hall of Famers. Over the three days, teams will compete in a round-robin style tournament to claim their share of monies raised for their nominated charity: The Durham Bulls will be playing for the ALS Society, the Toronto Gators will be playing for Hockey Helps the Homeless, Scout Logistics will be playing for the Bridle Bash Foundation and Maccabi Canada will play for the Ontario Mental Health Association. The first place champions will receive 40% of the purse, the finalists 30%, consolation winners 20%, and consolation finalists 10% to donate to their chosen charity. When planning for the event began, Scout Logistics pledged a minimum purse of $15,000, now as we head into the final days before the tournament begins the total purse sits at just under $30,000! Thursday’s games will take place at the picturesque Bayview and Yorkmills park, while Friday and Saturdays games will move to historic Hendon Park. The tournament aims to bring together teammates, friends, and families to participate in a fun, competitive tournament to renew old relationships, re-live old memories, make new ones with all proceeds being donated to the four registered Canadian charities selected by the teams. Once the festivities of the tournament have been completed, winners have been announced and monies have been distributed, Scout Logistics will be hosting an after-party for all the players and volunteers who have been involved in the planning of the event. Why not come down and show your support this Canada day weekend!



Thursday, July 2
3rd. Annual Jack Green Memorial Masters Tournament

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Wednesday, June 24
2015 OASA 40+ & 50+ Tournament Draw

 

40+ Teams                                    50+ Legends Division Teams                   

 

              Waterloo Classics                        Waterdown Hammer                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

              Waterdown Hammer                 Waterloo Legends                                            

Ohsweken Senior Braves          Toronto Gators

St. Thomas Storm                       Ingersoll Crush

Kitchener Outlaws                      Durham Bulls

Cambridge Rusty Jiggers

Arthur Merchants

Grimsby Diamond Kings

Fenelon Falls Flyers

 

Fri. July 17th

 

                              Diamond # 1                                                   Diamond #2                                            Diamond #3     

6:30pm                                                                                                                                             GM#1 Cambridge vs Arthur     

7:00pm     GM#2 Waterdown vs Grimsby               GM#3 Ohsweken vs Waterloo                                         

8:45pm     LG#2  Waterdown vs Durham                 LG#1 Waterloo vs Ingersoll 

                                                                                                                  Sat. July 18th

8:30am     GM#4  Grimsby vs Fenelon Falls            GM#5  St. Thomas vs Arthur            GM#6 Kitchener vs Waterloo          

10:15am   LG#4 Loser GM#1 vs Loser GM#2         LG#3 Toronto vs Winner GM#1                                                             

12:00pm   GM#7 St. Thomas vs Cambridge           GM#8 Kitchener vs Ohsweken         GM#9 Waterdown vs Fenelon Falls

1:45pm             Ontario Masters Hall of Fame Ceremony and Gil Read Coaches Award presentation

               2:45pm                                                                            LG#5 Winner#4 vs Loser#3            

               4:30pm     GM#10  8 seed vs 9 seed                         LG #7 Winner#2 vs Winner#3     

               6:15pm      GM#11  A Division Quarters 3 vs 6       LG #6 Loser#4 vs Loser#5              GM#12                     A Division Quarters 2 vs 7         

8:00pm     GM#13  A Division Quarters 4 vs 5        GM#14 A Division Quarters 1 vs Winner GM#10

               Sun July 19th

9:00am  GM#15 “B” Semis Losers GM#11 vs GM#12       LG#8 Winner#5 vs Winner#6   GM#16 Losers GM#13 vs GM#14

11:00am GM#17 “A” Semis Winners GM#13 vs GM#14  LG#9 Winner#8 vs Loser#7     GM#18 Winners GM#11 vs GM#12  

1:00pm GM#19 “B” Final Winners GM#15 vs GM#16

2:00pm GM#10 Legends Final Winner#7 vs Winner#9         

3:00pm  GM#20 “A” Final Winners GM#17 vs GM#18


Wednesday, June 24
2015 Scout Logistics Shootout Showdown

The Ontario Masters Fastball website & Facebook page is pleased to partner/promote the Scout Logistics Shootout Showdown.

Scout Logistics Shootout Showdown website : http://www.scoutshootout.com/home/

2015 marks the inaugural debut of Scout Logistics "$20,000 Shootout Showdown". Bringing together the ideals of camaraderie, competition and charity it promises to be the fast pitch event of the summer.

...

This event, scheduled to take place over a 3 day period starting on Thursday July 2nd and running through to Saturday July 4th will showcase some of the most decorated fastpitch players in the world in a four team round- robin tournament format with all proceeds going to a variety of charitable organizations.

The Shootout Showdown will feature players who have participated in tournaments throughout the world at the highest levels of fastpitch and will include ISC and ISF World Champions, Maccabian Champions, Pan-Am Champions, MVP's, and current and future Hall of Famers.



Wednesday, June 24
Q & A with Rick Daniels

Rick Daniels from Moline Illinois Q & A

1) Family ? Married 3 children 4 grand kids

2) Age ?63

3) Occupation ? tree/ groundsman/retired

4) Education ?2 yrs college

5) What positions have you held in Fastball ? Player / Coach / Executive etc. Outfielder

6) How long have you been involved in Fastball ? Since 1977 38 yrs.

7) Other sports / interests you’ve been involved in and accomplishments ? Basketball,Track and Field

8) What are some of your fastball career highlights & accomplishments ? Played on 3 ASA Masters National Championship Teams 5 NAFA Master Championship teams 10 times ASA Masters All-American . 5 time NAFA All World. In the Major Open division played on 5 Hall of Fame teams. !980 Regional Champs and ASA National runner up !981 Sports Festival bronze. Many more personal highlights and best of all experiences.

9) Who are some of your favourite teammates / associates and opposing players to play with and against over the years ? So many to list in 38 years but remember them all.

10) Favourite tournament ?

11) Plans for 2015 & beyond ? Playing in ASA 60 over and NAFA 60’s ASA 50’S

12) Any additional thoughts ? I was fortunate to play this great game of fastball and would like to see the game continue and grow for others can experience the joy as I have. Photos : 2013 NAFA Masters 60+ East World Series MVP & Champions & 2013 ASA 60+ All American & Runner Up.



Monday, June 22
St. Thomas Storm Masters looking for a pitcher

St. Thomas Storm Masters team is looking for a 40+ pitcher for the OASA Masters Championship tournament in St. Clements on July 17-19.Unfortunately one of our guys is injured and has yet to play this season. Pitchers can be as young as 39 as long as they turn 40 anytime during 2015.

Thanks,Tom Edie

tedie29@hotmail.com



Monday, June 22
Waterloo Legends 50+ first ever tournament

The Waterloo Legends 50+ team competed in their first ever tournament this weekend in Bracebridge Ontario. The Legends went undefeated in the round robin games, 2 wins and a tie before falling 7-3 to the Toanche Bulls in the championship. The Legends were missing several of their regulars but still put in a good showing in this non masters tournament. Mike Crawford hit the only home run for Waterloo during the weekend. The Legends will also be competing in the OASA ( Ontario) Masters 50+ Legends division and the ISC Legends Tournament in South Bend Indiana. Photo left to right, Outfielder Bill Berkenpas from Michigan and Pitcher Doug Charlton from Ontario. The Elmvale Merchants 50+ Legends team also competed in this tournament as a tune-up for South Bend.



Sunday, June 14
Cobourg Force win Jim Bradford/Neil Cane Tourney

Jim Bradford/Neil Cane masters division results from Cobourg ON.

Saturday June 13/15

GM#1...
Cobourg Force - 5
Mississauga Rusty Jiggers - 2

GM#2
Durham Bulls Legends - 10 Knott, Bowes & Provost
Toronto Gators - 9 Sedore, Crawford & Zack

GM#3
Cobourg Force - 6
Durham Bulls Legends -2

GM#4
Toronto Gators - 4 Zack
Mississauga Rusty Jiggers - 1

GM#5
Mississauga Rusty Jiggers -5
Durham Bulls Legends - 0

GM#6
Toronto Gators - 4 (8 inns ) Price & Sedore
Cobourg Force - 3 Jason Smith

Sunday June 14/15

GM#7 10:00am Consolation Championship
Durham Bulls Legends - 6
Mississauga Rusty Jiggers - 5
WP - Ian Knott, save Bill Stephenson. HR Rob Ellis Durham

GM#8 12:00pm Championship Game

Cobourg Force - 8 ( 9 inns )
Toronto Gators - 7

Berube & Smith for Force
Zack & Crawford for Gators
Force - Berube HR, Patty Brennan Game winning hit.



Tuesday, May 19
Q & A with Les Ellchuk from Manitoba

Ontario Masters Q & A with Les Ellchuk from Manitoba

1)                 Family  ?  

Wife, Cheryl, married 22 years in July J

2)         Age ?

55 

3)         Occupation ?

Coordinator of ICT for Mountain View School Division in Dauphin, Manitoba, previously a school administrator for 26 years.

4)         Education :

Elphinstone Collegiate, University of Manitoba, Brandon University 

5)         What positions have you held in Fastball ?   Player / Coach / Executive etc.

Player for the past 40 years, player-coach for various mens’ teams, high school girls fastpitch coach 20 years

Clinician for Manitoba Softball

6)         How long have you been involved in Fastball ?

40 years

7)                 Other sports / interests you’ve been involved in and accomplishments ?

     Minnesota Twins, Toronto Maple Leafs, fishing, movies  

8)         What are some of your fastball career highlights & accomplishments ?

Member of 26 Manitoba Softball Provincial Championship teams at Sr A, B, C, Intermediate A, Masters.

Western Canadian Championships: 

Gladstone Whips Gold 1999, Silver 2001, Bronze 2001

Portage Phillies Masters Silver 2004, Bronze 2007

Portage Phillies Bronze 2008

Cobourg Force ISC Legends Champions 2010, 2012

NAFA West Masters Champions 2009, 2012

Participated in 8 Canadian National Championships and 9 ISC/ISC2/Legends Championships

Member of Manitoba Canada Summer Games team 1981

World Masters Games

Silverline, Bonnyville, Alta: Bronze 2005 @ Edmonton

NE Alberta Selects, Alta:  Bronze 2009 @ Sydney

NE Alberta Selects, Alta: Silver 2013 @ Turin

ISC Legends Champions Cobourg Force 2010, 2012

Manitoba Softball Association Minor Player of the Year 1981

Western Canadian Masters – MVP 2007

Manitoba Softball Association Top Male Player 2007

NAFA West Masters All World Team 2010

Inducted into Manitoba Softball Hall of Fame May 2015

9)     Who are some of your favourite teammates / associates and opposing players to play with and against over the years.

Elphinstone Outlaws, Gladstone Whips, Portage Diamonds/Phillies/Masters, Clanwilliam Greys, Minto Mustangs, Cobourg Force, NE Alberta Selects, Calgary QMax, Yellowknife Merchants

10) Favourite tournament ?

Always look forward to any provincial, Western Canadian, National, ISC, NAFA or WMG Championship.

10) Plans for 2015 & beyond ?

Help out anywhere that I can, continue to coach high school fastball and conduct clinics for Softball Manitoba.  Hope to continue playing into 2017 for one more WMG (New Zealand). 

“Have Glove, Will Travel”

11) Any additional thoughts ?

I have been fortunate to play on a lot of really good teams with great players, travelled across Canada and the US, Australia and Italy, made many new friends and all because I played the game of Fastball.



Saturday, April 18
2015 Ontario Masters Fastball Hall of Fame - Inductees

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Ontario Masters Fastball Hall of Fame – Class of 2015
Stoney Creek, ON
 
The Ontario Masters Fastball Hall of Fame is pleased to announce the inductees for 2015.
 
Mike “Red Dog” O’Hearn, Scarborough, Ontario ( Player )
Mike is enjoying a very lengthy career at the masters level having played in the first ever OASA Masters Championship with the Cold Springs Cats in 1996 winning Gold.
By all accounts Mike is best described as a “Scrappy” player who gives you everything he’s got on the field.
Mike, a 3rd. baseman is currently the player/Manager for the Durham Bulls 50+ Legends team.
Mike’s resume includes stints with Cold Springs Cats, Scarborough Blues, Stoney Creek Scrappers, Oshawa Ravens, Pickering Masters & Durham Bulls.
Mike has competed in 12 OASA Masters Championships, 4 Eastern Canadian Masters Championships, 20 North Bay/Callander Tournaments and 4 ISC Legends Tournaments.
Mike has 8 top 3 finishes in the OASA, 1 Eastern Canadian Masters, 9 North Bay/Callander and 1 ISC Legends.
Mike has picked up 12 masters tournament championships.
Mike proudly wears uniform #4 but he says he wore it long before Bobby Orr ever made it famous.
 
Jim Trimm, Oshawa, Ontario ( Manager )
Jim Trimm AKA “Trimmy” has guided many teams to championships with his exceptional coaching and managerial skills over the years.
Jim has coached/managed the Oshawa Mickey Finns/Oshawa Ravens primarily over the years with a few appearances with the Cobourg Force.
Trimmy has participated in 17 North Bay/ Callander Tournaments, 6 OASA Tournaments AND 4 ISC Legends Tournaments.
Jim has the following top 3 finishes under his belt, 11 times at North Bay/ Callander, 3 OASA and 3 ISC Legends.
Jim has won the OASA Championship once, North Bay 5 times and 1 ISC Legends World Championship as a member of the Cobourg Force coaching staff.
Jim is currently on the coaching staff with the Durham Bulls Legends.
 
Paul Clemens, Cambridge, Ontario ( Player )
“Clem” is a slick fielding shortstop and a quality leadoff batter.
Clem has participated in several OASA Masters Championships and 4 ISC Legends Championships.
Paul has won the OASA Masters Championship with the Waterloo Classics and 2 ISC Legends World Championships with the Cobourg Force.
Paul has also won a World Masters Games Championship playing for the Canada Classics at the the 2013 World Masters Games in Italy.
Last year Paul played for the Durham Bulls and this year he will be playing for the Waterloo Legends.
 
Sylvia “Sparky” Ryan, Lindsay Ontario ( Manager )
Sparky or as I like to call her “The First Lady of Fastball” is well known throughout North America.
You will usually see Sparky at tournaments keeping score but she is definitely much more then just a score keeper.
What you don’t see is the incredible amount of time and work she puts in behind the scenes as Manager for her various teams.
Sparky does it all and teams are very lucky to have her on board.
Sparky has participated in, 1 ASA 50+ National Championship, 2 Canadian Masters Championships, 5 ISC Legends Championships, 5 OASA Masters Championships, 2 North Bay Tournaments and 1 NAFA Masters World Series.
Top 3 finishes include, 5 at the ISC Legends Tournaments, 2 Canadian Masters, 5 OASA Masters, 1 North Bay.
Sparky has won 3 ISC Legends World Championships, 2 Canadian Masters Championships, 2 Ontario Masters Championships.
Sparky is the Manager for the Cobourg Force Legends.
 
Dana Seiling, Paris Ontario ( Manager )
Dana is the only member of the Waterloo Classics to play in ever OASA Masters Championship since 1997 and the Classics are the only team to compete every year since 1997.
In 2008, the OASA Masters Championship was dangerously close to becoming extinct. Due to a small number of teams entered for that year’s tournament in Niagara Falls, the OASA was on the verge of announcing cancellation of the provincial championship. Feeling that cancellation would likely see the permanent demise of the masters championship, Dana led an appeal, along with tournament organizer Rob Greatrix, to seek more entries from masters teams, and to petition OASA to continue the tournament for at least that year. Enough support was rallied to run the tourney and it continues to this day, having grown substantially during the past few years. Dana has participated in 18 OASA Masters Championships, 3 ISC Legends Championships, 5 May Two-Four Blast Masters Tournaments, 1 Eastern Canadian masters, 1 North Bay Tournament and 3 Canadian Masters Championships. Dana has the following top 3 finishes, 7 OASA Masters, 3 ISC Legends, 2 Canadian Masters, 5 May 2-4 Blast Masters.
Dana has won 2 ISC Legends Championships, 1 Ontario Masters Championship and 5 May Two-Four Blast Masters Championships.
Dana will be on the coaching staff for the Waterloo Legends this year.
 
Rod Fevreau, Cambridge Ontario ( Player )
Roddy is a crafty right handed pitcher who keeps hitters off balance with some nasty off speed pitches, many hitters bail/flinch at his pitches and give up on the pitch only to see the pitch drop in for a called strike. 
Roddy has participated in several OASA Masters Championships, 5 ISC Legends Tournaments, 1 North Bay Tournament, 1 ASA 50+ National Championship
Roddy has 9 top 3 finishes in various masters tournaments including OASA, Canadian Masters, ISC Legends and Eastern Canadians.
Roddy has won 3 OASA Masters Championships, 1 Eastern Canadian Masters Championship
Roddy has pitched for the Stoney Creek Scrappers, Cobourg Force, Stoney Creek Gators  and a few US based teams
Roody helped his Waterdown Hammer team win the 2014 OASA Masters Championship and was named MV Player and also won the Jack Cook Award.
Roddy will once again suit up with the Waterdown Hammer. 
 
These 6 people will be inducted into the Ontario Masters Fastball Hall of Fame during the OASA Masters Championship July 17-19
in St. Clements Ontario. We will have a short informal ceremony on Saturday July 18th between games, more details will be announced at a later date. All inductees will receive an individually personalized custom made Hall of Fame ring from Baron Championship Rings.

I think this induction ceremony will be different then most Hall of Fame ceremonies. Instead of sitting at a table in a stuffy suit 5 years after you retired why not be recognized while you are still actively playing in front of your teammates, friends, family, umpires and fans right in the middle of a tournament while you are in your uniform. We are going to have a serious professional induction ceremony but I’m sure we will also have a ton of laughs along the way.

The Ontario Masters Fastball Hall of Fame would not exist without the generous financial support from our sponsors, Fred Butt, Sammy Forbes, Pete Chambers and Bill Fairney.
Special thanks to the Ontario Masters Fastball Hall of Fame selection Committee for their professionalism and unbiased voting, each person on the Selection Committee was selected because of their integrity and reputations. I would also like to thank Mike Goodridge and the OASA as well as the Host Committee and specifically Sammy Forbes for allowing us the time and platform to hold our induction ceremony during the OASA Championship. Special thanks to Dennis Dosman for his contribution to the induction ceremony posters.

Regards,

Dave Birnie
Founder
Ontario Masters Fastball Hall of Fame



Monday, April 13
2015 OASA Masters Championship - confirmed teams

The 2015 OASA Masters Championship is shaping up to be the biggest and best tournament ever. The following teams have verbally committed or expressed interest in attending this year's tournament.

50+ Division

Waterloo Legends

Durham Bulls

Waterdown Hammer

Toronto Gators

Ingersoll Crush

Guelph Gryphons Alumni

40+ A & B Division

Waterdown Hammer

St. Thomas

Mississauga

Niagara Falls

Kitchener Outlaws

Arthur

Waterloo Classics

Ohsweken

Grimsby Diamond Kings

Two new awards have been created for the new 50+ division.

The MV Player award will be known as the Len Henderson Award.

The MV Pitcher Award will be known as the Pete Landers Award.

Friday, April 3

2015 OASA Masters Championship Info.

Date : July 17, 18, 19 

Location : St. Clements, Ontario

Divisions : 40+ A & B Divisions, 50+ Division

Affiliation/entry fee deadline : June 10th.

Fee : $ 375

Certification/roster deadline : July 1st.

Tournament Director : Mike Goodridge :



Monday, March 16
Q & A with Mike "Ripper" Racioppo from Ajax, ON

Ontario Masters Q & A

 

1)              Family? I have been married to my wonderful wife, Carol for 26 years I have two great Step-Daughters, Kim and Amy. I also have two wonderful grandsons Lucas and Dylan. 

 

2)       Age? 49 

 

3)       Occupation?  Bus Operator for the TTC. 

 

4)       Education? Graduated from Seneca College with a diploma in Inventory Management. Graduated from Centennial College with a diploma in Recreational Leadership. 

 

5)       What positions have you held in Fastball?   Player / Coach / Executive etc.

 

I have been a player on many different teams over the many years that I have been honored to play this wonderful game. I have coached the Scarborough Wolves and will be coaching the Pickering Sting in 2015. 

 

6)       How long have you been involved in Fastball? 45 years 

 

7)       Other sports / interests you’ve been involved in and accomplishments? I enjoy playing most sports. I won the junior superstars competition for all of Scarborough and York when I was in grade 12. This competition had many different events ( 100 metre dash,1500 metre, Soccer course, sit ups and chin ups, Obstacle course, basketball shooting) 

 

8)       What are some of your fastball career highlights & accomplishments?

The Scarborough Wolves won the Scarborough league and playoffs in 2004 with an undefeated record. 21-0-2.

 

Won the World Masters tournament in North Bay two years in a row (2005 and 2006) with the Cold Springs Cats.

Won several different league and playoff championships over the years in Scarborough and Pickering. Won the “B” Masters Championships in Bracebridge, Ontario with the Stoney Creek Scrappers in 2011. Was a finalist in the Masters division in Cobourg with the Cold Springs Cats in 2003 where I was fortunate enough to win the batting title for the tournament with a .500 Avg.

 

9)       Who are some of your favourite teammates / associates and opposing players to play with and against over the years?

 

           There are so many. I will name some and apologize to anyone that I don’t mention. Favourite teammates, Mike O”hearn. Gary Latchford. Mark Thompson. Mike Hutchinson. Sumit Thakur. Paul “BJ” Foucault. Rob Ellis. Fred Butt. Mike Sedore. Steve Ketchell. Steve Mo. Ewart Timlin.(Gave me an opportunity to play for the Cold Springs Cats) Chris “Pops: Popivich. Rick Bowes. Ted Boggs. Cam Armstrong. Blair McBratney. Chris Jones. Barry Hammond. Mark King. Peter Hazelton. Glen Sellars. Doug Charlton. Ted Conway. Gary Vowles. Sam Forbes. (Dave Birnie, who gave me a chance to play Masters with Stoney Creek Scrappers) I appreciated that a lot.

 

           Favourtie opponents, Darren Zack. Pete Landers, Mike Crawford, John Kemp. All four are true gentlemen. 

 

10)     Favourite tournament?

 

I loved the North Bay tournament. The format, organization and the sportsmanship was great. I always liked going to Owen Sound and St. Clements. Well run and organized and very competitive.

  

11)     Plans for 2015 & beyond?

 

 I will be playing/coaching the Pickering Sting. I will also be playing for the Durham Bulls Masters team in three tournaments. Going to the Callendar Tournament (Formally North Bay) in September too. I hope to continue playing Masters for a while longer and perhaps start to coach a little more.

I am looking forward to 2016 when I turn 50, so I can join the Durham Bulls at the OASA and ISC Masters tournaments.

 

12)     Any additional thoughts?

 

 I love the game of fastball. This great game has allowed me to meet many, many wonderful friends over the years. I can’t imagine my life without fastball. There is nothing better than going to a tournament, playing some competitive ball, and meeting all the great guys for a pint or two in the beer garden afterwards, telling stories and joking around.


Thursday, January 1
2015 Ontario Masters Fastball Hall of Fame Announcement

I'm very pleased to announce the inductees for the 2015 Ontario Masters Fastball Hall of Fame ! In no particular order...

Sylvia "Sparky" Ryan
Roddy Fevreau
Jim Trimm
Mike "Red Dog" O'Hearn
Dana Seiling
Paul Clemens

All six have officially been elected and will receive a custom made individually personalized ring during the Hall of Fame ceremony on July 18th. in St. Clements Ontario during the OASA Masters Championship tournament.



Monday, March 2
Q & A with Eric Isenhart from Dearborn Heights Michigan

Ontario Masters Q & A

 

1)       Family ? 

Married to my wife Kathy for 3 years.  I have 3 kids Chantel, Zane and Danelle. 2 grandkids Nolan and Emma. My son Zane and his wife Laura are expecting their first child in May. 

 

2)       Age ? 

55 in June  

 

3)       Occupation ? 

I work for HP as Computer Engineer, I’ve been with HP since 2001 

 

4)       Education ?

Midland High School 1978, Schoolcraft College and many Microsoft Certs  

 

5)       What positions have you held in Fastball ?   Player / Coach / Executive etc.  

As a player, I played all of the outfield position and some 1B in my later days of playing. Currently I’m the player\manager for the Midland Explorer Legends team going into our 2nd season, I’m still playing some OF and DH.  

 

6)       How long have you been involved in Fastball ? 

Growing up in Midland I was spoiled with

Fastpitch. I was at the ball park at age 5-18 watching my dad play in the Tuesday night league that is still going strong today. Our family never missed a McArdle Men team game in the 70’s.  I stating playing fastpitch in 1981 in Houston, TX for the Houston 45’s after meeting Lionel Flores during our bowling league. After our first game I was hooked and loved this game.

 

7)       Other sports / interests you’ve been involved in and accomplishments ?

I enjoy baseball at all levels, college football, college basketball and travel.  I owned a DJ service for over 12 year.  

 

8)       What are some of your fastball career highlights & accomplishments ? 

I was blessed to be named 1st team All World in 1991 and 2nd team in 1990, I’m still tied with a few for most RBI’s in a game (7) in the ISC 1991 in Sioux City, Iowa.  I was part of the Midland Explorer teams that won Michigan state tournaments in multiple years.  

 

9)       Who are some of your favourite teammates / associates and opposing players to play with and against over the years? 

I’ve played with and against so many great guy’s, that’s why this game is so great. 5 guys that gave me a chance to show my talent. Charlie Westbrook- Houston TX, Ed White- Bakersfield Ca, Joe Baca San Bernardino, Ca. and Lefty Bartos and my dad Lee Isenhart my biggest fan in Midland. Playing on the 1982 Westbrook MFG. team with Steve Schultz in Houston was a great experience and he was a funny and all around great guy RIP Steve. 1981-1998 too many players to list. But few that stand out.  Pete Finn, Darren Zack, Brad Underwood, Pete Meredith Kevin Herlihy, David Scott,  Jim Clark, Bill Boyer Mike White and Gary Franson. I could go on and on with all the great player that I played with and against. Just unbelievable how many talented player that have played this great game. 

 

10)     Favourite tournament ?

ISC has always been my all-time favorite. (Victoria, BC was one of the most beautiful places to play)  Pioneer Days in Salt Lake City, Utah.  

 

11)     Plans for 2015 & beyond ? 

When Midland hosted the ISC in 2010 and 2012, I had a chance to play in the legends division. It brought back some great memories. I had some discussion with Pete Finn while I was in town during my Mom’s funeral and all the brainstorming began. Midland Explorer Legends was created in honor of my Dad and Mom.   I do want to coach and play in the 50+ tourney for as long as I can. I’m making some plans to get a team to the World Master in NZ in 2017.  I’ve always wanted to visit NZ. 

 

12)     Any additional thoughts ? 

Thanks Dave for all your hard work and support for this great game, with this Q&A you have brought back so many great memories of my summers playing fastpitch. I would not have changed a thing, I was able to travel all over the USA and Canada playing against the best.


Sunday, March 8
Q & A with Pat Brennan from Owen Sound

Ontario Masters Q & A

 

1)       Family ?

 

derek 19 erika 18. connor 15. step son deryk 23.and wife elaine

 

2)       Age ?

 

50

 

3)       Occupation ?

 

flanagans food service

 

4)       Education ?

 

west hill high school owen sound ,2 years dana college blair nebraska

 

5)       What positions have you held in Fastball ?   Player / Coach / Executive etc.

 

player/ 2nd base and short stop

 

6)       How long have you been involved in Fastball ?

 

          playing since i was 10

 

7)       Other sports / interests you’ve been involved in and accomplishments ?

 

play pool ,bowl ,football and baseball in college,received tryouts in football with toronto argos and try out with cincinnati reds,also letters from dallas cowboys and chicago bears for invites but never attended.scored perfect game 300 in american bowling congress league play 10 pin, starting kicker and punter college.2013 mvp 22 team pool league owen sound going 14 and 2. love to bow hunt and fish,real big turkey hunter and deer all with bow.

 

8)       What are some of your fastball career highlights & accomplishments ?

 

oasa titles in junior fastball,played in 8 world fastball championships,o.f.l champions,winning first senior national championships 1989 with owen sound being named to national championships all star team at 2nd base,finishing silver following year with new westminister b.c.all star nor west league tournament batting over 400.many tournament wins with owen sound tiremen and owen sound king farms teams.competed in 5 senior national championships.Recently winning masters worlds with cobourg force 2014.

 

9)       Who are some of your favourite teammates / associates and opposing players to play with and against over the years ?

 

          played with so many great players in the years from brad underwood, all staats,david gillies,paul clemens,so many more were brought in to owen sound and out west when i was out there.many hall a famers, and many became close freinds.my favorites to play against all the great pichers i faced from 18 when i first started senior to now too many to name favorite player to play against again so many greats have to say brian patton the best.

 

10)     Favourite tournament ?

 

isc worlds thats what i played for for so many years,thats the big one,national championships were real nice.

 

11)     Plans for 2013 & beyond ?

 

play in the worlds and asa championships in masters in 2015.play in league in owen sound to keep in shape

 

12)     Any additional thoughts ?

 

what can i say about the game of fastball ,but it’s very special to me, all the great people ive met and players,i say people because so many fans and people who dont play but love the game have been a big part of keeping game alive.So many great players i played with and against guess best way to describe the way i played first game senior first pitch i hit a home run off jim cowdrey,4 innings later bench clearing melee lol all in fun.i played the game hard,and aggressive,I wanted to give as much energy i could every time i was between the lines,in one year remember the fun on king farms bus trips.most players and fans know me as herc, guess that best describes how i wanted to play.

 

Editors note : Patty Brennan or "Clutch' as I like to call him is probably one of the funniest people you will ever meet, some of his stories are legendary and a little bit scary too ! lol



Tuesday, December 9
2014 ISC Legends Championship : individual & team stats now posted

2014 ISC Legends player stats and team stats now posted.
Click the following links.

 

Clck here for Player stats

 

Clck here for Team stats 



Monday, December 1
50+ Division added to 2015 OASA Masters Championship ?

Rumours that the Ontario Amateur Softball Association ( OASA) is strongly considering adding a 50+ division to the 2015 Ontario Masters Championship July 17-19 in St. Clements Ontario, stay tuned for future announcements.



Monday, December 1
Cobourg Force - 2014 ISC Legends Championship Rings

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Monday, November 17
2015 ASA 50+ National Fastpitch Championship

The 2015 ASA 50+ National Fastpitch Championship will take place July 23-26 in Forsyth Illinois, USA. Forsyth is about 6 miles form Decatur. This information has been confirmed by Warren Jones of the ASA. This tournament is open to Canadian teams as long as they have at least one American on their roster.
Photo: The 2015 ASA 50+ National Fastpitch Championship will take place July 23-26 in Forsyth Illinois, USA. Forsyth is about 6 miles form Decatur. This information has been confirmed by Warren Jones of the ASA. This tournament is open to Canadian teams as long as they have at least one American on their roster.


Saturday, September 27
2015 OASA Masters Championship - Host Announced

The 2015 OASA Masters Championship will be held July 17-19 in St. Clements Ontario.

Thursday, September 25
Pete Chambers named to the OASA Gil Read Honour Roll

Every Year the Ontario Amateur Softball Association names one coach to the Gil Read Honor Roll. This years winner is Peter Chambers from the Waterdown Hammer. Recently the OASA held their awards banquet and here is part of Peters biography.
Peter has been involved in the game of fastball for over 40 years.Peter grew up in Woodstock and played his minor ball there.He then went to Oxford Centre to... play mens ball in the ORSA> Work took him to Oakville where he continued playing in a men"s league there. In 1998 Pete started coaching the Waterdown Hammer, a Mens team that has competed in the OASA for many years.

The Hammer does not enjoy the high profile reputation that some Ontario senior fastball do, they have constantly fielded a competitive team. The team currently plays in the Golden Horseshoe Fastball League.

Mens teams have folded for various reasons, including a lack of dedicated individuals who are willing to coach, organize, raise money and keep a team to-gether.Pete Chambers is one of those individuals.He has been the glue that has kept this team to-gether for the past 15 yers . One of his philosophies is that he wants players that will compete with intensity and class. the joy he receives from coaching is watching the camadrie and love of the game of his players.

The Waterdown Hammer remember are a team that does not pay any ball players. They play because they have a deep love of fastball and enjoy their teammates. The sucessful teams in Ontario to-day treat the team as a family and Pete Chambers of the Waterdown Hammer is no exception.

This past season The Hammer captures the OASA Masters gold medal and had a extremely sucessful ISC"s

Peter was unable to be present to receive the award in person and it will be presented next spring .

Submitted by Mike Goodridge
OASA Past President and Director OASA Masters


Tuesday, September 2
Pickering wins "A" Championship in Calander

Pickering won the "A" championship at the 15 team Calander Masters Tournament Labour Day weekend.  Oshawa won the "AA" championship. 
 
Pickering team members were left to right front row:  Cam Armstrong, Ted Boggs, Troy Montait, Mike "Red Dog" O'Hearn, Mike Racioppo, Chad Feltham.
 
Back row left to right:  Andy Millman, Butch Provost, Bill Eaton, Richard Provost, Gary Latchford, Glen Sellars, Mark Thompson, Fred Bather.
 
Thanks,
Red Dog


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Sunday, August 24
ISC Legends History

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Wednesday, August 20
2014 ISC Legends Champions - Cobourg Force

The Cobourg Force ( Cobourg Ontario ) are the 2014 ISC Legends Champions.
The Force won the championship with a hard fought 8-7 win in 10 innings over the Toronto Gators.  Two players from the Cobourg Force picked up individual awards, Al Staats was named Most Valuable Player while Sam Aldridge was named Most Valuable Pitcher.

Absent from the team photo is pitcher Shawn Samson who was injured just days prior to the tournament.

The 2014 ISC Legends championship game video can be viewed for free here .....

Click here for Part #1 

Click here for Part #2



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Thursday, August 7
AGI Masters win Western Canadian Masters Championship

The host Saskatoon AGI Masters are the Co-Op Western Canadian Master Men's Fastpitch Champions. After going through the round robin undefeated the AGI Masters defeated CJC Peace Country 10-0 in Saturday's final. The Masters put up 6 runs in the 3rd inning highlighted by a Keith Mackintosh 3-run home run, he says it was special to win with this group of teammates in front of the home fans.

Mackintosh finished with 5 RBIs in the championship game and 14 for the tournament. Masters shortstop Terry Wiebe was named tournament MVP while James Zuk was tabbed as the top pitcher and Jason Hodgson the top hitter. Zuk won both playoff games he pitched. Hodgson batted over .600 for the tournament.

Complete results here :  http://masterwcsc.bbstats.pointstreak.com/scoreboard.html?leagueid=1662&seasonid=28838 Click where it says "Final" to see game summaries for each game.

 

 



Sunday, July 27
OASA Masters Championship - T-shirts

Souvenir T-shirts are still available for anyone who didn't get one at the OASA Masters Championship in Cambridge.

T-shirts are $20 each which includes tax and shipping.

Sizes currently available are XL and XXL.

Contact Paul Hird at Corbett's Source for Sports in Oakville.

Paul Hird paul(at)corbettssports(dot)com or  (905) 337-9381

 



Thursday, July 24
2014 ISC 50+ Legends Schedule

The 2014 ISC 50+ Legends schedule has been released, check out the following link - http://www.iscfastpitch.com/uploads/File/2014%20Legends%20File/2014_LEGENDS_SCHEDULE_07_23_14.pdf



Wednesday, July 23
2014 ASA 50+ National Fastpitch Championship - Results

2014 ASA 50+ National Fastpitch Championship

July 24-27 Ashland Ohio 

Teams

Bay Area Merchants, California, Defending Champions
Ohio Battery, Ohio
Midland Explorer Legends, Michigan
Savala Painting, California
Cobourg Force, Ontario Canada
Buren Insurance Group, Ohio
Tulsa Gray Sox, Oklahoma
Frank Rogers Team, Colorado

Friday July 25th.  2014

Game #1 9:00am winner's bracket game

Buren Insurance Group - 2

Tulsa Gray Sox - 9 (6 innings) 

WP- Rod Fevreau 5hits, 5k

LP- Ken Shoup, 5 1/3 inns, 11 hits, relief by Kevin Repp 2/3 inns

Tulsa Mike Drew 3/3, bb, Russ Paskins 2/3

Buren - Jeff Smith 2/4, Bruce Keener 1/3 

Game #2 10:45am winner's bracket game

Bay Area Merchants - 2

Midland Explorer Legends - 3

WP- Doug Sleep 7inns, 6hits, 5k 

LP- Ed Gaspar 7inns, 7hits, 3k

Game #3 12:30pm winner's bracket game

Savala Painting - 7 (5 innings)

Cobourg Force -  0

WP- Russ Snow 5 inns, 5hits, 5k

LP- Wayne Wells, relief by Mike Crawford

Game #4 2:15pm winner's bracket game

Ohio Battery - 13

Frank Rogers -  5

WP- Ray Camacho

LP- Ed Gable

Ohio Battery - Paul Carlton 3/4, Dennis Brownfield 3/4

Farnk Rogers Masters - Bret McGreer 2/3, Gary Christenson 2/3 

Game #5 4:00pm loser's bracket game

Buren - 5

Bay Area - 12

WP- Mark Higgens relief by Richard Rivera

LP- Kevin Repp

Bay Area Merchants - Fernando Aguilar 3/3,  Tony Acedo 2/3

Game #6 5:45pm loser's bracket game

Cobourg - 11

Frank Rogers Masters - 0 

WP- Sam Aldridge 4inns, 2 hits, relief by Doug Charlton 1 inn, 1 hit

LP- ?

Cobourg - John Kemp 2/3 HR, Carl Boughner 2/2, Al Staats 2/3, Sam Forbes HR, Mark Blanchard HR

Frank Rogers - Dave Saprgo 2/3, Mike Vanderlip 1/2 

Game #7 7:30pm winner's bracket game

Tulsa - 5

Midland - 9

WP- John Sim relief by Doug Sleep

LP - Rod Fevreau in relief of Mike Reis

 Midland - Mitch Bone 3/3, Steve Lashway 2/3

Tulsa - Russ Paskins 3/3, BB, Sean Hogue 2/4, 2 runs scored 

Game #8 9:15pm winner's bracket game

Ohio Battery - 3 

Savala Painters - 2

WP -

LP -

Saturday July 26th. 

Game #9 10:00am loser's bracket game

Bay Area - 6

Frank Rogers Masters - 5 

WP-

LP-

Game # 10 11:45am loser's bracket game

Cobourg - 8 ( 5innings )

Buren Insurance - 1 

WP - Shawn Samson 4inns, relief by Doug Charlton 1inn

LP-

Cobourg - Bill Fairney HR 

Game #11 1:30pm loser's bracket game

Bay Area Merchants - 7

Savala Painters - 4 

WP -

LP - Russ Snow relief by Keith Frey

Game #12 3:15pm loser's bracket game

Cobourg - 8

Tulsa - 0 

WP - Sam Aldridge 5 inns, 2hits

LP - Rod Fevreau

Sunday July 27th.

Game #13 8:00am winner's bracket undefeated game

Ohio - 11

Midland - 1 

WP- Brent Stevenson, 7inns, 3hits

LP- Doug Sleep, 4inns relief by ?

Ohio - Jeff Gaugler 2 HR's 

Game #14 9:45am loser's bracket game

Cobourg - 10

Bay Area Merchants -  11 ( 10 innings)

WP- Mark Higgins in relief of Ed Gaspar

LP- Sam Aldridge in relief of Mike Crawford who relieved Shawn Samson

Cobourg - Craig Minifie HR

Bay Area - JJ Schmidt HR 

Game #15 11:15am loser's bracket game

Midland - 4

Bay Area - 3 

WP- Doug Sleep

LP- Ed Gaspar

Game #16 1:00pm championship game

Ohio - 3 ( 8 innings )

Midland - 1 

WP- Brent Stevenson

LP- Doug Sleep

Individual Awards

MV Pitcher - Brent Stevenson, Ohio Battery 

MV Player -  Jeff Gaugler, Ohio Battery

Home Run Champion - Jeff Gaugler, Ohio Battery

Batting Champion - Jeff Gaugler, Ohio Battery 

ASA All Americans (All Tournament Team)

Pitcher - Brent Stevenson, Ohio Battery

Pitcher - Doug Sleep, Midland Explorers 

Pitcher - Mark Higgins, Bay Area Merchants

IF - Craig Minifie, Cobourg Force

IF - Todd Budke, Bay Area Merchants

IF - Steve Lashuay, Midland Explorers

IF - Gary Franson, Ohio Battery

OF - Dennis Brownfield, Ohio Battery

OF - Silvio Aguilar, Bay Area Merchants

OF - Bill Fairney, Cobourg Force

OF - Tim Kaufman, Midland Explorers

Utility - Hugh Murray, Midland Explorers

Utility - Jeff Johnson, Midland Explorers

C - Steve Glaum, Ohio Battery

AMATUER SOFTBALL ASSOCIATION
OFFICIAL ORDER OF FINISH
(See Article 510, J)
Men's Master 50-Over National

Order Team Association Record City/State

1   Ohio Battery Ohio ASA 4 - 0 Ashland, OH

2   Midland Explorer Legends Michigan ASA 3 - 2 Dearborn Heights, MI

3   Bay Area Merchants Oakland ASA 4 - 2 Hayward, CA

4   Cobourg Force Fastpitch Ohio ASA 3 - 2 N/A, N/A

5   Savala Painting Central California ASA 1 - 2 Visalia, CA
5   Tulsa Gray Sox Oklahoma ASA 1 - 2 Tulsa, OK

7   Buren Insurance Group Ohio ASA 0 - 3 Ashland, OH
7   Frank Rogers Colorado ASA 0 - 3 Colorado Springs, CO


Monday, July 21
Ontario Masters Fastball Hall of Fame Posters

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Official posters for the 2014 Ontario Masters Fastball Hall of Fame.
Special thanks to Dennis Dosman and the ISC Organizing Committee for donating these posters.
Each Inductee received a laminated poster along with their individually personalized custom made Hall of Fame ring. 


Sunday, August 3
2014 OASA Masters anfd Hall of Fame ceremony photos

Photos from the 2014 OASA Masters Championship and the Ontario Masters Fastball Hall of Fame ceremony.

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/5m2wcy7wl30iisy/AACE19QVYRB-79RaM_2_xrj8a



Friday, July 18
2014 OASA Masters Championship - Results

2014 OASA Masters "A" & "B" Provincial Fastball Championships

Results

Friday July 18th. 2014 

Game #1   6:30pm

Waterloo X-Copper Classics - 1

Waterdown Hammer 40+ -  3

WP- Tim Yantzi 7 inns, 4 hits, 6k

LP- Mel Ross 6 inns, 7 hits, 8k

Waterdown Hammer 40+ Shawn Fenton 3/3 GWRBI, Joe Treist 1/3, run scored

Waterloo Classics - Paul Clemens 1/3, run scored Rob Weiler 1/3. 2b

Game #2   7:00pm

Waterdown Hammer Legends - 7

Cambridge Rusty Jiggers -  4

WP- Ted Conway 4 inns, 2 hits, 6k

Relief by Jim Hurst, 3 inns, 1 hit, 3k

LP- Bill Carson, 7 inns, 10 hits, 8k

Waterdown Legends Ted Conway 3/4 Dan Doiron 3 runs scored

Cambridge Ken Hendry Home Run, Jeff Donalson 1/3

Game #3   7:00pm

Toronto Gators - 10 ( 5 inns)

Arthur Merchants -  3

WP-  Mike Crawford 7 inns, 6 hits, 5 k

LP- Roger Deming, 5 inns, relief by Jamie Taylor

Toronto Gators Terry Challis 3/4, Rob Watson 3/3

Arthur - Jamie Watson 2/2, bb, Doug Greenway 1/2 2b

Game #4   9:00pm

Ontario Force - 8

Ohsweken Senior Braves - 1 

WP- Andy Jackson 4 inns, 2 hits 4k,  Doug Charlton 1 inn, 1 hit, 1 k

LP- Mike Joseph 4 inns. 6 hits, 3k, Brian Dorington 1 inn, 3 hits, 1k

Force - Keith Rankin 1/1 2bb, HR, Jodie Schnaar 2/2

Ohsweken - Al Staats  1/2, Al Guennette 1/2 

Game #5   9:00pm

St. Thomas Elgin Fire Storm - 2

Ingersoll Crush Masters -  0

WP- Dan Beecroft 7 inns, 3 hits, 10k

LP- Jim Hart 6 inns, 8 hits, 3k

St Thomas - Brent Crocker 2/3, Dan Beecroft 2/3

Ingersoll - Doug Jackson 1/3, Steve Hiderley 1/3 

Saturday July 19th.

Game #6   9:00am

Arthur - 5

Ohsweken - 13 (6 inns) 

WP- Wayne Green 6 inns, 9 hits, 6k

LP- Jamie Taylor

Ohsweken - Geoff Bomberry 3/4, Kevin Sault 2/4

Arthur - Derrick Nolton 2/2, bb, Todd Swift 2/3

Game #7   9:00am

Gators - 6

Hammer Legends -  1

WP- Mike Sedore 7 inns, 7 hits, 6 k

LP- Rick Hames, relief by Jim Hurst

Game #8   11:00am

Hammer 40+ - 10 ( 5 inns )

St. Thomas -  2

WP- Roddy Fevreau 5 inns, 5 hits

LP- Jason Dawdy 4 inns

Hammer 40+ Fred Killing 1/2 HR, Darrin Curtis 1/1, bb, 2 runs scored

Game #9   11:00am

Force - 3

Cambridge -  5

WP- Glen Dorington 4inns, 4hits 3k, 3 runs in relief of Jason Smith 3inns, 3 hits 0 runs, 1k

LP- Todd Uhrig 7 inns, 8 hits, 4 runs, 3k

Cambridge - Fred Clyke 1/3, 2 rbi, Martin Mauviel 1/2, 2b, rbi

Force - Todd Uhrig 2/3, bb, Barry Hammond 2/3

Game #10   1:00pm

Waterloo - 9

Ingersoll -  7

WP- Bob Underwood, relief by Sean Geehan

LP- Bill Stevenson

Waterloo - Bryan Reeves 2/3, Larry Murphy 2BB's

Ingersoll - Doug Jackson 3/4 HR, Pat Bayless 2/3

Game #11   1:00pm

Hammer Legends - 9 ( 5inns )

Arthur - 2

WP- Jim Hurst

LP- Jamie Taylor

Hammer Legends - Brian Davies 3/4, Rick Hames 2/3

Arthur - Jamie Taylor 2/2, Todd Swift 1/2, 2b

Game #12   4:00pm

Gators - 4

Force - 2

Force leading 2-0 till the 6th inning, Gators score 4 runs in the 6th. 

WP - Darren Zack 7 inns, 4 hits, 6k 

LP- Andy Jackson in relief of Tom Berube

Gators - Mark Bendahan 1/3 rbi, Terry Challis 1/4 rbi

Force - Keith Rankin 1/3 HR, Tim Dubois 1/3 

Game #13   4:00pm

Ohsweken - 0

Cambridge - 6

WP- Martin Mauviel 3 hits 6k

LP- Reg Smith 

Game #14   6:00pm

Hammer 40+ - 15

Ingersoll -  1

WP- Tim Yantzi 3 hits, 6k

LP- ?

Hammer Steve Gillis 3/4, Will Lake 3/4

Ingersoll - Kevin Roulston 2/2, Al Taylor 1/2 

Game #15   6:00pm

Waterloo - 4

St. Thomas -  1

WP- Mel Ross

LP- ?

Waterloo - Mike Kelly 2/3, Warren Williams 1/1, 2b 

St. Thomas - Mark Coleman 1/3, Rob Kelly 1/3

Game #17   8:00pm   "B" Division Quarter Final 

#9 Seed - Ingersoll - 7 ( Forfeit )

#10 Seed - Arthur - 0 

WP-

LP-

Sunday July 20th.

Game #16   10:00am   "A" Division Quarter Final, 5 inning game  

#4 Seed - Waterloo - 5

#5 Seed - Hammer Legends - 2

WP- Mel Ross 5 inns, 4 hits, 6k

LP- Jim Hurst, relief by Ted Conway

Waterloo - John Sexton 2/3, Warren Williams 1/2

Hammer Legends - Larry Withnell 2/2, Rick Hames 2/2

Game #18   9:00am  "B" Division Semi Finals 

#6 Seed - Force - 7 ( Forfeit )

Winner of game # 17 -  Ingersoll - 0

WP-

LP-

Game #19   11:00am  "B" Division Semi Finals

#7 Seed - St. Thomas - 8 ( 3 innings )

#8 Seed - Ohsweken - 0 

WP- Dan Beecroft PERFECT GAME, 5K

LP- Al Guennette

St. Thomas - Paul Velema 2/2, Tex Lessard, 1/2 HR, Rob Burns 1/2, Tom Edie 1/2 

Game #20   12:30pm  "A" Division Semi Finals

#1 Seed - Hammer 40+ -  4

Winner of Game # 16 - Waterloo -  3

WP- Tim Yantzi 7 inns, 7 hits, 5k

LP- Mel Ross 7 inns, 9 hits, 5k

Hammer 40+ - Joe Treist 3/3, Phil John 3/4, walk off HR in bottom of 7th.

Waterloo - Greg Scheel 1/3, Todd Melchin 1/3

Game #21   11:30am  "A" Division Semi Finals

#2 Seed - Gators - 7 

#3 Seed - Cambridge - 2 

WP- Mike Crawford 5 inns, 4 hits 5k

LP- Jason Smith, relieved by Glen Dorington

Gators Roddy Wetherell 1/1, bb, Don Burnett 1/2

Cambridge Kent Campbell 1/2, Frank Farrel 1/2

Game #22   1:00pm  "B" Division Championship

Winner of Game #18 - Force - 6

Winner of Game #19 St. Thomas - 7 

WP- Dan Beecroft

LP- Tom Berube in relief of Doug Charlton

St. Thomas Rob Kelly 3/4, Jeff Macpherson 2/3

Force - Tom Berube 2/3, bb, Sam Forbes 2/3, bb

B Division MVP - Dan Beecroft St. Thomas

Game #23   3:00pm  "A" Division Championship

Winner of Game #20 - Hammer 40+ - 3

Winner of Game #21 -  Gators - 1

WP- Roddy Fevreau

LP- Mike Sedore

Gators - John Kemp 2/3, Dave Hoffman 3/3

Hammer 40+ - Phil John 2/3, 2 runs scored, Joe Treist 2/3

A DivisionTournament Awards 

MV Pitcher - Tim Yantzi - Hammer 40+

MV Player - Roddy Fevreau Hammer 40+

Jack Cook Award - Roddy Fevreau Hammer 40+



Sunday, June 22
2014 Canadian Masters Championship - June Update

Softball Canada Memo

Date:    June 20, 2014                                                                                                              

From:   Mike Branchaud – Manager, National Teams and Canadian Championships

RE:       2014 Master Men’s Canadian Fastpitch Championship

 

Provincial and Territorial Associations,

Softball Canada would like to operate a Master Men’s Canadian Fastpitch Championship in commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of Senior Men’s Fastpitch from August 28th-31st.

After the deadline of June 7th for provinces and territories to confirm their participation, four teams have expressed their interest to play.  These four teams consist of two from Ontario, one from Prince Edward Island, and one from Nova Scotia.  In anticipation of more teams wanting to participate, Softball Canada will extend the deadline to June 30th for teams to register.  Please note that the registration fee for this Championship is $300 per team, and that Western provinces can have players from neighboring Provinces/Territories.

For more information or to register a team, please contact me at the information below. 

 

Sincerely,

 

Mike Branchaud

Manager, National Teams and Canadian Championships

Softball Canada

Ste. 212 – 223 Colonnade Road

Ottawa, ON

K2E 7K3

mbranchaud@softball.ca

(613)-523-3386 ext. 3103



Wednesday, June 18
2014 World Senior Men's Fastball Tournament

For those who are preparing to send their $450.00 entry for the Lions World Senior Mens Fastball Tournament…please make you cheque payable to: 

 

LIONS WORLD SENIOR MENS FASTBALL TOURNAMENT 

 

And send to 

 

Howard MacDonald, 295 Leroux St., Chelmsford, ON P0M1L0

 

                        • tel.: 705-855-1600  • fax: 705-855-1607  •  hdmmine@sympatico.ca

 

AZILDA LIONS

WORLD SENIOR MEN’S

FASTBALL TOURNAMENT

AZILDA, ONTARIO,

AUG. 29 ~31, 2014

OFFICIAL ENTRY FORM

TEAM NAME

CONTACT PERSON

ADDRESS

TELEPHONE

FAX

E-MAIL

SEND TO: Howard MacDonald, 295 Leroux St., Chelmsford, ON P0M1L0

• tel.: 705-855-1600 • fax: 705-855-1607 • hdmmine@sympatico.ca

$450 payable toWorld Senior Fastball - due Aug. 5th, 2014

($500 due after August 5th- entries close Aug. 15th, 2014)

SUBMIT ENTRY:

Some teams have indicated a desire for more competition, therefore they will be

grouped to provide more equitable preliminary games. Please be fair to enable

this format to succeed. If you have a fairly decent pitcher you are likely a AA team.

NOTE:

TEAM RATINGCheck one: A____ AA____

PREFERRED TIMES- ( times are Friday p.m.):

6:00 ____ 7:15 ____

AZILDA ONTARIO

WORLD MEN’S

SENIOR

FASTBALL

TOURNAMENT

1 11

2 12

3 13

4 14

5 15

6 16

7 17

8 18

9 19

10 20

PLAYER ROSTER:

BASIC RULES

NOTE:

• submit shirt sizes for complimentary “T” shirts as follows: __XXXL...__XXL...__XL...__L

• submit as many players as desired. Please note that only 15 prizes per team will be given to winners.

• player list is temporary and needed for souvenir program.

• Final player list must be presented at registration tent upon arrival.

:

• No metal cleats

• Final roster must be handed in at the registration tent prior to playing first game.

• Unlimited defensive re-entry

• Unlimited pinch-runners (check rules in event program - some exceptions may apply)

• Double flap batting helmets must be worn by all batters and base runners.

• Absolutely no jewelry allowed to be worn.

• Time limit for games in preliminary round - 5 innings with time limit & mercy rule

• Time limit for games in remaining rounds - 5 full innings

• No illegal bats will be permitted. OASA rules apply

PLEASE PRINT NAMES

1401 Paris Street

Sudbury. ON P3E 3B6

Lions World Senior Men's Fastball Tournament

Host Hotel

Arrival: August 29, 2014

Departure: August 31, 2014

Call 1.866.525.9155 or 705.522.1100

Quote Block Name: World Senior Men's Fastball

One queen bed or two double beds: $117 plus tax

Other room types available at preferred rates

Rooms must be guaranteed with a credit card

Rates are only available by contacting the hotel directly and not available online, etc.

Check-in is after 3:00 p.m. and check-out is by 11:00 a.m.

Any early departure/cancellation received less than 48 hours will be subject to

full room rate and tax. No external appliances, crock pots, etc. are permitted in

guest rooms.

Travelodge Hotel Sudbury always endeavors to place a group together. This cannot

be guaranteed based on room type and availability.

Travelodge Hotel Sudbury has an indoor heated pool and hot tub

Perkins Restaurant & Bakery is onsite

Complimentary parking, WiFi, daily newspaper, lobby guest computer and local calls


Monday, April 21
Ontario Masters Fastball Hall of Fame - Class of 2014

Ontario Masters Fastball Hall of Fame – Class of 2014

Stoney Creek, ON

 

The Ontario Masters Fastball Hall of Fame is pleased to announce the inductees for 2014.

 

Doug Charlton, Strathroy Ontario ( nominated by Paul “Chico” McCart )

Doug Charlton aka “Diesel” aka “DC” has established himself as one of Ontario’s premier masters pitchers.

Doug and his Alvinston Indians masters team burst on the scene in 2004 and owned the Ontario ( OASA ) Masters

Provincial Championships for 3 straight years. Doug tossed perfect games at the Ontario Masters Championships

in 2004 and again in 2005 and was also awarded the OASA’s Jack Cook Award in 2004 and was Tournament MV Pitcher

in 2005. Doug has 5 Ontario Masters Championships in total, picking up Gold medals with the Stoney Creek Scrappers

and the Toronto Gators. Doug has also competed in 3 ISC Legends tournaments, 1 NAFA Masters East World Series,

1 Canadian Masters Championship and 1 World Masters Games last year in Torino Italy where he helped the Canada Classics

win the gold medal in the 45+ division. Doug has also won numerous Silver and Bronze medals in various masters tournaments.

Doug is also a Master Pitching Instructor for Softball Ontario and mentors regional pitching instructors for Softball Ontario

and Softball Canada. Doug was recently named to Team Ontario’s coaching staff for the Under 21 team that will compete

at the Canada Summer Games in 2017. Doug is is not just a great masters pitcher and hitter, he is also a great person and teammate.

 

Ewart Timlin, Cobourg Ontario ( nominated by Sam Forbes )

Manager, Ewart Timlin, ( ET, The Cat ) boasts a very impressive masters fastball resume, ET has participated in over 20 masters

events in his career.  ET has competed in 9 Ontario Masters Championships, winning 3 Gold, 1 Silver and 3 Bronze.

ET has also won 2 Canadian Masters Championships and and an Eastern Canadian Championship. His Cold Springs Cats team

have owned the 32 team World Senior Men’s Fastball Tournament held annually in North Bay Ontario winning 7 Gold and 2 Silver in 10 tries. Ewart was also the recipient of the North Bay Coaches Award. ET Has also given back to the game by volunteering as tournament convenor at OASA Tournaments. He was also named Citizen of the Year in Hamilton Township for his softball accomplishments in 1981. He has coached school

teams, hosted tournaments and won the “Giving Back” trophy as recognized by the Cobourg Legion in 2012. As special recognition the Ontario Masters Fastball Hall of Fame Selection Committee decided to APPOINT Ewart directly to the Hall of Fame due to his long and illustrious career.

 

Sam Forbes, Waterloo Ontario ( nominated by Gerry and Betty Moncrief )

Slammin’ Sammy Forbes is a Legend in the fastball world, Sammy has been hitting bombs for many years all over the World.

Sam has participated in 17 Ontario Masters Championships winning 1 Gold, 5 Silver and 1 Bronze.

Big #44 has also won 3 Gold and 1 Bronze at the 32 team World Senior Men’s Fastball Tournament in North Bay.

Sammy has participated in 1 NAFA Masters World Series, 2 Canadian Masters Championships where he won Bronze and was selected to the

All Canadian Team in 2005. Sammy has won Gold at the Australian Masters Games and Silver at the World Masters Games in Sidney Australia.

In 2013 Sammy and his Canada Classics crew went over to Torino Italy for the World Masters Games and came back as World Masters Champions.

Sammy has also competed in 4 ISC Legends world Tournaments winning Gold in 2010 and 2012, and adding Silver in 2013 and Bronze in 2011.

Sammy is loved the world over, he is a great ambassador of the game. He still plays the game with heart and soul and is always so humble and boy does he know how to have fun on and off the diamond.

 

Wayne Wells, Peterborough Ontario (nominated by Kelly Howell )

Wayne Wells is a right handed fireballer known for his fierce competitive nature. Wellsy has turned in some dominating pitching performances over the years. At the 2012 ISC Legends Tournament he turned in a 19 strikeout 1 hit performance.

Wellsy has pitched in 3 ISC Legends World Tournaments winning Gold twice and bronze once. He has also won 2 Canadian Masters Championships in 2004 and 2005. Wellsy has won 2 Gold, 2 Silver and 1 Bronze in 5 Ontario Masters Championships and was named to the 2004 All Star Team. He has also competed at 1 NAFA Masters World Series and 2 World Senior Men’s Fastball Tournaments. Wayne was also the President of the Canadian Masters Fastball Association in 2004 & 2005. People describe Wellsy as Tough, Fierce, Competitive, Durable and Winner. Last week Wayne was selected to the Peterborough & District Hall of Fame, he enters their Hall with former NHLer and 2 time Stanley Cup Champion Cory Stillman among others. Quite an impressive feat to be elected to 2 Hall of Fames in less then one week.

 

Darren Zack, Garden River Ontario (nominated by Chuck Hendricks )

The Z-Man needs no introduction, he has won just about everything there is to win in our sport.

Darren continues to dominate at the masters level but has still been seen in recent years holding his own at the open level.

Darren has won 2 Ontario Masters Championships with the Toronto Gators and was named Top Pitcher in 2013.

He has won the ISC Legends World Championship twice with the Cobourg Force and was named MV Pitcher in 2010 and 2012.

Darren won the Gold medal at the 2013 World Masters Games in Italy. The Z-Man has picked up a Championship at the 32 team World

Senior Men’s Fastball Tournament in 2002 and also added a 3rd place finish in 2006. Darren has competed in 2 NAFA Masters World Series, picking up one championship and 2 MV Pitcher awards. He has also competed at 3 ASA Masters Championships and was named to the ASA First Team All American list on 2 occasions. Darren is a true legend in this sport and is admired around the world. Darren has given back to the game by teaching at clinics to help the kids. Darren has already been inducted into the ISC and Softball Canada Hall of Fames.

 

These 5 men will be inducted into the Ontario Masters Fastball Hall of Fame during the OASA Masters Championship July 18-20

in Cambridge Ontario. We will have a short informal ceremony on Saturday July 19th between games, more details will be announced at a later date. All inductees will receive a personalized custom made Hall of Fame ring from Baron Championship Rings.

 

I think this induction ceremony will be different then most Hall of Fame ceremonies. Instead of sitting at a table in a stuffy suit 5 years after you retired why not be recognized while you are still actively playing in front of your teammates, friends, family, umpires and fans right in the middle of a tournament while you are in your uniform. We are going to have a serious professional induction ceremony but I’m sure we will also have a ton of laughs along the way.

 

The Ontario Masters Fastball Hall of Fame would not exist without the generous financial support from Jack Fireman.

Special thanks to the Ontario Masters Fastball Hall of Fame Selection Committee for their professionalism and unbiased voting, each person on the Selection Committee was selected because of their integrity and reputations. I would also like to thank Mike Goodridge and the OASA as well as the Host Committee and specifically Rod Fevreau and Brian Hood for allowing us the time and platform to hold our induction ceremony during the OASA Championship. Special thanks to Dennis Dosman for his contribution to the induction ceremony.

 

Regards,

 

Dave Birnie

Founder

Ontario Masters Fastball Hall of Fame


Thursday, April 10
Wayne Wells selected to the Peterborough Hall of Fame

Wayne Wells selected to the Peterborough Hall of Fame. Wells enters the Hall of Fame with former NHLer and Stanley Cup winner Cory Stillman among others.

Click here to read the story in the Peterborough Examiner. 



Monday, March 31
Charlton & Crawford to Team Ontario

Courtesy of Al's Fastball

 

OASA Team Ontario

Monday, March 31, 2014

                                     Ontario Amateur Softball Association

                                                        Team Ontario

 

The OASA has appointed the coaching staff for Team Ontario which will compete in the 2017 U21 Male Softball competition at the Canada Games in Winnipeg. Player evaluations will begin this summer. The coaching staff is comprised of:

George Ryder Head Coach

George is currently an assistant coach for the Softball Canada Junior Men’s Team competing in Whitehorse this summer. As head coach of the Jarvis Junior Men’s Fastball Team his team won the Softball Canada Junior Men’s Championship in 2002 and 2003. In 2009 and 2013 George served as an assistant coach with the OASA Team Ontario and captured the gold medal each year.

 Doug Charlton Assistant Coach

Doug is the current Master Pitching Instructor for CanPitch with Softball Ontario He was an assistant coach with the OASA Team Ontario that won the gold medal in 2013 at the North American Championship. Doug was a senior men’s pitcher successfully pitching throughout North America in major tournaments

Scott Searle Assistant Coach

Scott is currently the chairman of the Softball Ontario Coaching Committee. He is an assistant coach with the Scarborough Force Senior Men’s Fastball Team, the 2013 OASA Senior Men’s Champions and the Softball Canada Senior Men’s Silver Medalist. Scott is currently in the final phase of achieving his NCCP Level 4 certification

Mike Crawford Assistant Coach

In 2013 Mike was a pitcher with the Toronto Gators when they won the gold medal at the World Masters’ Championships. Mike has been a tremendous international senior men’s pitcher throughout his career, starting in 1990 when his team won Softball Canada Senior Men’s Championships with the Owen Sound Tiremen and later with the Toronto Gators. Mike represented Canada at the 1993 and 2003 Pan American Championships. 

 

 

Submitted by:

Gary Wren

OASA Team Ontario Chair



Saturday, February 22
2014 ISC Legends 50+ World Tournament

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2014 ISC Legends Division Tournament

2014 ISC "LEGENDS" DIVISION TOURNAMENT

WHERE:                            KITCHENER, ONTARIO. CANADA

WHEN:                              AUG 14 - 15 - 16

ENTRY FEE:                     $450.00(USD)

FORMAT:                          4 GAME GUARANTEE

AGE CLASSIFICATION:   50+ (Player must reach age 50 during 2014 calendar year)

ELIGIBILITY:                         If a player on a ISC "LEGENDS" team is also on a ISC World Tournament team roster, that player cannot play on a ISC "LEGENDS" team until his ISC World Tournament team is eliminated. OOR rules do not apply to the Legends Tournament.                                                                                          

 This tournament will be held on the last three days of the ISC World Tournament, with the ISC "LEGENDS" championship game scheduled between the ISC World Tournament Loser Bracket Finals and the ISC World Tournament Championship Game.  The ISC LEGENDS Championship game is scheduled to be video streamed.

We are looking for ten (10) teams for this event.  This is an invitational tournament with the first ten (10) teams confirming entry being accepted.

 Interested teams should respond to:

            Craig Donaldson

        cdonalds5@shaw.ca



Saturday, February 15
My Site News page

Lots of "older" interesting articles, tournament results, photos etc over on the My Site News   page. Check it out.

 



Saturday, February 8
2014 OASA Masters "A" & "B" Championship - Feb. update

Cambridge, Ontario
 
The 2014 OASA Masters “A” & “B” Provincial Championship will be held July 18-20 at Cambridge Sports Park in Cambridge Ontario.
This tournament has a rich history and will once again be known as the “Jack Cook Classic.”
This tournament will crown Ontario Champions in the 2 divisions, Gold and Silver medals will be awarded in both “A” & “B” divisions.
 
New Rules for 2014
 
All players must be a minimum of 40 years old, they can be 39 as long as they turn 40 anytime during the calendar year.
All teams will be allowed to use 3 underage players, the underage players must be 36-39 years old, a player can be 35 as long as they are turning 36 during this calendar year. Underage players can not pitch. All players must be residents of Ontario, no players from outside Ontario will be allowed. All teams will be allowed to use a Designated Runner ( DR )
The “DR” will be identified on the line-up card and may enter the game to bat or play defense thus eliminating the ”DR” for the remainder of the game. The “DR” may run for anyone but may only be used for one (1) player each inning.
 
Mike Goodridge of Hamilton will once again be the Tournament Director, Last year was Mike’s first year as Tournament Director and he did
an outstanding job along with Host Committee members, Rod Fevreau and Brian Hood. Mike was very pleased to see last years tournament grow to 8 teams and is expecting even more at this summer’s tournament. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact Mike.
 
Mike Goodridge
Tournament Director
2014 OASA Masters “A” & “B” Provincial Championship
Phone : 289-389-9158
 
Teams that participated at last year’s OASA Masters Championship......
Toronto Gators, Waterdown Hammer, Mississauga Rusty Jiggers, Stoney Creek Scrappers,
Ohsweken Senior Braves, Waterloo Classics, Cobourg Force & St. Thomas.
 
Of special note........
 
Two berths to the newly created Canadian Masters Championship will be up for grabs at this year’s OASA Masters Championship.
Softball Canada has added a special Masters Division to help celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Sr. Men’s Canadian Fast Pitch Championship. The dates for the Canadian Masters Championship are Aug. 28-31 in Charlottetown, PEI.
 
Stay tuned for future announcements including information on, hotels, rules, as well as info on berths for the Canadian Masters Championship.
 
Regards,
 
Dave Birnie
Tournament Organizing Committee
2014 OASA Masters “A” & “B” Provincial Championship
 
 


Thursday, February 6
2014 North American Masters Fastball Tournaments

June 6-8, Cobourg, Ontario - Jim Bradford/Neil Cane Invitational

June  27-29, Jarvis Ontario, North American Challenge

July 18-20, Cambridge, Ontario - OASA Masters A & B Provincial Championship

July 25-27, Ashland, Ohio - ASA 50+ National Championship 

Aug 14-16, Kitchener Ontario - ISC 50+ Legends Tournament

Aug. 28-31, Charlottetown, PEI - Canadian Masters Fastpitch Championship

Sep. 5-7, Quad Cities (Moline, Illinois ) NAFA Masters East World Series

Sep. 12-14, Carson City Nevada, NAFA Masters West World Series  

Sep. 25-28, Lodi, California - ASA 40+ & 60+ National Championship

 



Wednesday, January 22
2013 ISC Legends Championship Game : Free on-line video

Click the following link to watch the championship game from the 2013 ISC 50+ Legends Championship.

 http://www.meridix.com/mbp/softball/index.php?liveid=iscfastpitch&recordid=42493&event_position=&event_type=softball

Ohio Battery from Ashland Ohio defeated the Cobourg Force from Cobourg Ontario 5-2 in the final.

Winning pitcher Brent Stevenson in relief of Peter Meredith, losing pitcher, Darren Zack.

 

Boxscore :  http://www.iscfastpitch.com/uploads/File/2013%20ISC%20Files/2013%20Legends/lg-14.htm



Sunday, December 1
OASA Masters Championship : 2014 rule changes

Two amendments were approved recently at the OASA AGM in the masters category.

These amendments will take place starting in 2014 at the OASA Masters Provincial Championship in Cambridge Ontario. 

# 1

Men’s OR 4 – Player Eligibility 4.1 b) Page 63

The following rule deals with the ages of the 3 underage players allowed per team. 

Committee Revision 

In 2014 teams are allowed 3 players 36 – 39

In 2015 teams are allowed 3 players 37 – 39

In 2016 teams are allowed 3 players 38 – 39

In 2017 teams are allowed 3 players 39

In 2018 all players must be 40

 

# 2

 

Bylaw 4-7 Page 85

 

In Masters classification, the team may have a Designated Runner (DR).  The Designated Runner will be identified on the line up card and (may enter the game to bat or play defense, thus eliminating the Designated Runner from the game.)  The runner may run for anyone but may only be used for one (1) player in each inning. 


Tuesday, November 12
2014 Canadian Masters Fast Pitch Championship

2014 Masters Canadian Fast Pitch Championship
Charlottetown, PEI
Aug 28-31, 2014

Softball Canada is planning on adding a special Masters Division to help celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Sr. Men’s Canadian Fast Pitch Championship.
Teams
• 2 Ontario
• Eastern ON / QC
• BC / AB / YT
• SK / MB / NWT
• Maritimes
• Could expand to 8 teams
Age
• 40 plus or turning 40 in 2014 – 1974 or earlier birth date
• No exceptions
Eligibility
• Players have to be registered with their home province
• Provincial/Territorial Associations to sign off on roster
• No imports
Format
• Teams will play a minimum of 4 round robin games plus playoffs
• Championship game to be played Sunday prior to Sr Men’s Gold Medal game
• Softball Canada special operating rules will govern play
• Games will commence Thursday
Prizes
• Gold, silver and bronze medals
• Championship plaque / trophy

For more information contact Mike Branchaud at mbranchaud@softball.ca or 613-523-3386 x3103

Editor's note : Mike Branchaud's position at Softball Canada is Manager for National Teams and Canadian Championships.



Tuesday, September 24
Ontario Masters Fastball now on Facebook

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Masters Fastball news from Ontario & Beyond now on Facebook.

Please "Like" and "Share" our Facebook page.

https://www.facebook.com/ontariomastersfastball

I will be updating the cover photo on the Facebook page on a somewhat regular basis, if you are a masters player or manager please send me an individual or team photo to be posted on the Ontario Masters Fastball Facebook page.

Photos will swapped out every couple of weeks, the current photo features Dave Blackburn.



Wednesday, September 4
2013 Callander Masters Labour Day Tournament - Results

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Winners from the 2013 Callander Masters Tournament.

AA" Division Champions - Sudbury Relics

championship game..tied it at 1 with a solo shot from Chad St-Cyr in the bottom of fourth then game winning rbi single by Pitou Paquette in the fourth also. Winning pitcher was Cory Stolar

 

"A" Division Champions - Pickering

Come from behind extra innings wins in both Semis and Finals to win 2013 Callander "A" Championship.



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Saturday, August 31
Bay Area Merchants win ASA 50+ Nationals

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California Bay Area Merchants are the 2013 ASA National Champions.

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1st BAY AREA MERCHANTS Hayward, CA 4-1 2nd HERZOG St. Joseph, MO 3-2 3rd OHIO BATTERY Ashland, OH 4-2 ( Pete Meredith & Brent Stevenson ) 4th PRESCOTT PATRIOTS Scottsdale, AZ 2-2 ( Darren Zack ) 5th BROWN BEAR St. Joseph, MO 0-3 5th DIXON ZTR Omaha, NE 0-3

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It wasn't easy, losing Sunday morning @9am had to play 4 games back to back in 90 degree 80% humidity & finished at 6pm with trophy in hand...GREAT JOB MERCHANTS!!!!



Tuesday, August 27
Debby Day named Co-MV Pitcher in NAFA Men's Tourney

The following courtesy of Tracy Maple and the California Lutheran University website.

Day Named Co-Most Valuable Pitcher of NAFA World Series

CLU softball coach named MVP

Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013 3:00 pm 

 
                                    

CLU head softball coach, Debby Day (32), back row second from rigth, poses with her team at the NAFA A World Series following an awards ceremony.


Credit: Photo Courtesy Debby Day Hi-res image

URBANDALE, Ia. – Debby Day is no stranger to the softball diamond in the NCAA. For the last two summers she has made her mark by trading her coaching shoes for playing cleats, taking her talents to the North American Fastpitch Association (NAFA), an organization that hosts the largest men’s fastpitch softball tournament in the world. Not only has she defied the gender barrier, but in 2013 she was named the NAFA A World Series co-Most Valuable Pitcher for her performance in the circle for the World Series Champion Long Beach Wolfpack.

Undeterred from the fact that it is a men’s league, Day has proven her ability to not only play with and against the competition of her male opponents, but to succeed. During the week, Day produced an overall record of 4-1 with a 2.56 ERA in 30 innings with 14 strike outs.

Though the environment was hostile last year, it was a completely different atmosphere this time around.

“Honestly, it was one of the coolest playing experiences I have had in a while,” she shared. “Not only were the opposing teams and fans accepting, but having the other Southern California teams out there watching us on Sunday was really incredible and we were very appreciative of that support.”

At the Walker-Johnson Softball Complex from August 15-18, Day and the Wolfpack went a combined 6-1 at the four-day double elimination tournament. Her team won the championship game by a 7-3 margin over the Kansas City Outlaws on Sunday, Aug. 18 after a disappointing loss in the morning, making the final a must-win. The championship game also marked the third consecutive meeting between the two teams.  

Unlike in the early meeting of the day when the Wolfpack collected just three hits against KC in a 6-0 shutout, the squad regrouped and came back with hot bats to pound out 12 hits in the final game. They also used rallies in back-to-back games to even be in the hunt for the title.

“This is an amazing group of guys and the camaraderie of this team is great,” Day shared. “We really came together to earn this title and they made it easy to pitch when I had run support.”

Day, one of two female pitchers in the 40-team field, hurled an opening day complete game as the Wolfpack earned an 8-5 victory over the Kansas City Angels.

On Friday morning Day threw another complete game as Long Beach downed the Iowa-Fenders Cycle 8-1. The afternoon contest saw two California teams pitted against one another. The Wolfpack was victorious, taking down the Black Sox 12-9, as the CLU head softball coach tossed three innings, to remain undefeated.

Saturday, Day pitched her pack to a 4-0 record with a 10-9 extra innings victory over Northern Michigan. The Wolfpack and Outlaws met for the first time on Saturday evening with Long Beach stealing a 5-4 walk-off win.

Almost a year ago to the day, Day became the first female pitcher to earn a victory at the NAFA World Series when the Balboa Fastpitch team secured an 8-2 win on August 19, 2012.

Day had a stellar collegiate career, playing two seasons at the University of Texas Arlington where she led the nation in strike outs in 1988, broke seven school records including innings pitched, strikeouts and ERA and was named to the All-Conference team twice and in 1989 led her team to a conference title.

From there she played a pair of seasons at the University of Arizona where she led the Wildcats to the1991 NCAA Division I National title. The 1992 team won the Pac-10 and was the National runner-up. Day was named an All-American, All-World Series and All-Pac-10 both years.

At Cal Lutheran, she has been at the helm of the Regals for a decade and holds 205 career wins, the most in school history.

- See more at: http://www.clusports.com/news/9817/#sthash.LIgIkKwQ.dpuf



Monday, August 26
Ottawa 13s strike gold in Torino Italy - Tourney Recap

Great tournament recap courtesy of Eric Rosenquist .............

 

The Ottawa 13s recently returned from the World Masters Games in Torino Italy, compiling a 5-1-1 round-robin record against teams from around the world, and then winning the gold medal game against the previously undefeated Krushers team from New Zealand.

 

Despite the team name, players on the Ottawa 13s came from all over. Neil Cooke, Bobby Jack Hart, Kevin McGuire, Mike Money, Cory Morrison, and Eric Rosenquist all live in the Ottawa region and play in the Greater Ottawa Fastball League. Darryl Beck, Dan Loney, and Jason Woodside call Cornwall, Ontario home. Patrice Leclerc and Luc Thibault hail from Quebec and play for the Donnacona Blue Sox. PEI's Curtis Reilly and the lone American - Florida's Jeff Lane rounded out the roster.

 

 

Back row: Jeff Lane, Kevin McGuire, Darryl Beck, Patrice Leclerc, Neil Cooke, Jason Woodside, Mike Money, Luc Thibault

Front row: Eric Rosenquist, Cory Morrison, Dan Loney, Jeff Lane, Bobby Jack Hart

 

The 13s were entered in the Men's 35 and older competitive division.

 

Other teams in the division included the Western Ferrals from Australia, the Krushers from New Zealand, the Die Hards from the European Union, and the Toronto Gators. The Gators entered in the higher calibre "premier" division since they did not meet the requirements for the competitive division, but were bumped down to the competitive division since there were no other teams in their bracket. At the beginning of the competition however it was ruled that the Gators would automatically get the gold medal for the premier division and would not play against competitive teams in the medal round.

 

To add a few more games to the round-robin, each team in the competitive division played three crossover games against teams in the Men's 35+ recreational division. All games counted in the round-robin standings, with the top two teams advancing to the gold/silver medal game and the 3rd & 4th place teams playing for bronze.

 

 

Aug 2nd: Game 1

 

The 13s first game was against the Western Ferrals from Australia on the main diamond. The primary softball facility in Torino is a complex housing a baseball diamond and two softball diamonds, one of which had a very small outfield and only saw use for women's games in the higher age brackets due to the short fences. The baseball diamond was converted to softball by way of a temporary outfield fence, 60' bases, and a pitching rubber that had to get moved from 43' to 46' depending on if women or men were playing.

 

Neil Cooke took to the pitcher's circle for game #1 and did his best to "toe up" according to ISF pitching rules, taking a couple of batters to get accustomed to pitching without stepping back off the rubber. The defence helped him out however, erasing a leadoff walk courtesy of a slick double-play by Kevin McGuire at shortstop and Jeff Lane at second base. Another runner was stranded when Cooke struck out the #4 hitter to end the inning.

 

Dan Loney started things off quickly for the 13s in their half of the first inning when he was hit by the first pitch he faced. Loney then took second on a wild pitch and came home on Jason Woodside's single. After a pair of fly ball outs, Cory Morrison singled to bring home Woodside, Jeff Lane was hit by a pitch, and Mike Money legged out an infield single to load the bases. The shaky start for the Ferrals pitcher continued as he threw a couple more wild pitches that allowed Morrison and Lane to score before he got catcher Bobby Jack Hart to fly out to end the inning with the 13s ahead 4-0.

 

Cooke retired the Ferrals side in order in the 2nd despite giving up a hit. A leadoff strikeout was followed by a single, but the runner was erased when the next batter struck out and the baserunner got picked off. Ottawa added to their lead when Loney hit a one-out single, advanced on a ground-out by Woodside, and eventually scored on a wild pitch.

 

Ottawa would add another run in the 3rd courtesy of four straight two-out singles by Lane, right fielder Mike Money, Hart, and designated player Luc Thibault.

 

The lead was increased to 8-0 after 4 innings when Woodside and first baseman Patrice Leclerc scored after hitting singles. Curtis Reilly (subbed in for Cory Morrison in the 4th) then hit a sac fly to bring home Woodside, and Lane's single brought home Leclerc.

 

The Ferrals broke the shutout in the top of the 5th, getting a run courtesy of a pair of singles and a bad outfield bounce that allowed the runner to score. It was too little, too late however, as the 7 run mercy rule applied and the 13s came away with a 8-1 victory.

 

Neil Cooke: W 5IP 1R 0ER 8K 4H 3BB

Dan Loney: 2R 1-2 HBP

Jason Woodside: 2R 2-3 RBI

Cory Morrison: 1R 1-2 RBI

Jeff Lane: 2R 2-2 RBI

Mike Money: 1-1 2ROE

 

 

Aug 3rd: Opening Ceremonies

 

Saturday August 3rd was an off day for the 13s, but the event of the day was the opening ceremonies of the games. All of the competitors were asked to meet in the large Piazza Vittorio Veneto around 4PM, with a parade beginning around 6PM and making its way down Via Po for approximately 1km to Piazza Castello. The café's and pubs along Piazza Vittorio Veneto were the big winners on the day, serving up cold beverages and food to the estimated 20,000 competitors who showed up to participate. The organizers had expected as many as 40,000 competitors to attend the games; rumours during the week were that the actual number of registrants was a bit over 30,000. Nonetheless, that's a lot of people when you consider that many of the competitors travelled with friends or family members.

 

Members of the 13s who had not previously attended the World Masters Games were surprised by the number of participants as well as the number of supporters (local Italians plus friends & family) that lined Via Po to watch the parade and cheer on the athletes. It was a very festive atmosphere with a strong Canadian and Australian contingent.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aug 4th: Game 2

 

The 13s second round-robin game was against the Die Hards team from the European Union. Once again, the bats were hot and the 13s put up two runs in the top of the first inning to set the tone.

 

Shortstop Kevin McGuire hit a two-out single and came home on first baseman Patrice Leclerc's triple. Leclerc scored on left fielder Cory Morrison's double to round out the scoring for the 13s in the first. Staked to a 2-0 lead, Neil Cooke gave up a lead off walk, but then retired the next three batters to strand the runner.

 

The 13s added three more in the third with third baseman Jason Woodside, McGuire, and Leclerc all scoring in an inning that saw the 13s send nine batters to the plate.

 

Up 5-0, Ottawa added another two in the fourth with Woodside and McGuire scoring again - the second for Woodside and the third run of the game for McGuire.

 

With the time limit and a 7-0 mercy working against them, the Die Hards lived up to their name by scoring a pair of runs in the bottom of the 5th off pitcher Luc Thibault who started the inning in relief of Neil Cooke. A one-out double and a two-out fielders choice followed by an infield error allowed the Die Hards to make it 7-2, but despite avoiding the mercy rule, the time limit had expired and the game was called after five complete innings with the final score 7-2 Ottawa.

 

Of note in this game was catcher Bobby Jack Hart's at bat in the top of the second inning, when he swung at a 3-0 pitch and grounded into a double play. That move earned him the first ever "Emma" award - a dubious honour named after a young, um... "self employed"... lady who worked near the team's hotel during evening hours. The team decided that a player who received the Emma award would decide its recipient for the next game, and would ideally acquire something for the player to wear after the game.

 

Neil Cooke: W 4IP 0R 2H 3K 2BB

Luc Thibault: 1IP 2R 0ER 1H 2K

Jason Woodside: 2R 1-2 3B

Kevin McGuire: 3R 1-1 BB HBP

Patrice Leclerc: 2R 2-3 3B 2B 3RBI

Cory Morrison: 2-2 2B RBI

Emma award: Bobby Jack Hart for swinging at a 3-0 pitch and hitting into a double play

 

 

Aug 5th: Game 3

 

Monday saw the 13s go up against the premier division Toronto Gators. Fastball legend Darren Zack got the ball for the Gators while the 13s countered with Patrice Leclerc.

 

After a scoreless first inning, the 13s scored a pair of runs in the top of the second. These would turn out to be the only runs the Gators would allow in the round robin. Patrice Leclerc led off the inning with an infield single. Darryl Beck (the designated runner for the game) came in to run for Leclerc, and moved up to second on Cory Morrison's single. With two on and nobody out, the Gators wasted no time in going to their ace, replacing Darren Zack with Todd Martin. Ottawa's next batter was first baseman Luc Thibault. Thibault squared to bunt on the first pitch, but the pitch was high and away as part of a pick-off move to second base. Everyone at the park except the person whose opinion mattered the most thought Beck's foot was easily back at the bag before the tag, but Beck was called out. With one out, Thibault was no longer bunting, and ended up smacking a double into left field. Playing at the second diamond with a short fence (61 meters in the corners and 69 meters in center), Morrison was held at third. After a strikeout, Martin threw a wild pitch with right fielder Curtis Reilly at bat that scored Morrison from third, and when the throw attempting to get Morrison at home sailed into the outfield, Thibault also scored.

 

The 2-0 lead was short lived however as the Gators scored two of their own in the bottom of the second. Catcher John Kemp hit a one-out single and came home on designated player Rob Gray's home run.

 

The score remained 2-2 until the bottom of the 5th when the Gators scored three unearned runs on two hits, an error, and a hit batsman to go ahead 5-2.

 

With a large crowd chanting "let them play", the officials called the game after 6 complete innings due to the time limit.

 

Patrice Leclerc: L 6IP 5R 2ER 7H 5K 1BB

Cory Morrison: 1-2 R

Luc Thibault: 1-2 R 2B

Emma award: Kevin McGuire for making the only error of the game for the 13s

 

Darren Zack: 1IP 2K 2H 1R 0ER

Todd Martin: 5IP 1R 0ER 3H 7K

 

 

Aug 6th: Game 4

 

The Tuesday game against the Krushers from New Zealand turned out to be one of the best games of the week. The Krushers won the 35+ competitive division gold medal at the Sydney World Masters Games in 2009, and had a few former NZ national team players on their roster. The game turned out to be a pitcher's duel between the Krushers' Terence Hibbert and the 13s' Patrice Leclerc.

 

The Krushers opened the scoring in the top of the 4th, cashing in a lead off single with a two-out flare to right field. The 13s answered quickly when Leclerc led off the bottom of the 4th with a towering home run to left field.

 

Ottawa threatened to take control of the game in the 5th while the NZ squad seemed content to play for the tie and tried to slow things down, calling time frequently to tie shoes or stepping out of the batters box in an attempt to run out the clock. With one out, 13s right fielder Mike Money hit a single, then was joined on the base path when second baseman Jeff Lane hit a two out single and shortstop Kevin McGuire drew a walk. Hibbert however managed to cool off the hot bat of Leclerc and strike him out with the bases loaded to keep the score 1-1.

 

As feared, the scorekeeper called the game after five complete innings due to the time limit, resulting in a 1-1 draw.

 

Patrice Leclerc: 5IP 1R 1ER 3H 4K; HR RBI

Dan Loney: 1-2 1B BB

Jeff Lane: 1-2 1B SAC

Luc Thibault: 1-2

Mike Money: 1-2

Emma award: Kevin McGuire for making the only error of the game

 

Terence Hibbert: 5IP 1R 1ER 5H 9K 2BB

 

 

Aug 7th: Game 5

 

Having finished playing the teams from the competitive and premier divisions, the 13s had three remaining round-robin games against teams from the 35+ recreational division. First up was the Vikings from Australia, and the 13s took advantage of the smaller park and rec-level pitching to put up a lot of runs.

 

With catcher Bobby Jack Hart taking the day off, Jeff Lane donned the gear and caught for Patrice Leclerc.

 

Ottawa put up 5 runs in the bottom of the first inning, sending 8 batters to the plate. Lane, second baseman Cory Morrison, and Leclerc all hit singles, while right fielder Curtis Reilly hit a three run home run. Leclerc faced the minimum six batters in two innings before turning the ball over the Luc Thibault.

 

The 13s added 4 more runs in the second inning. Third baseman Darryl Beck drew a leadoff walk, center fielder Dan Loney hit a double, and both came home on Jeff Lane's 3-run home run. Patrice Leclerc hit a double of his own and scored on Reilly's single up the middle.

 

The Vikings got on the scoresheet in the top of the 3rd courtesy of a lead off single that got past a diving second baseman (Eric Rosenquist, who subbed in for Morrison to start the inning). That was followed by a misplayed bunt that left both runners safe. The next Vikings batter bunted the runners to 2nd and 3rd. With Luc Thibault having already pitched to three batters using the same style of delivery, the base umpire called him for an illegal pitch, advancing both Viking runners by a base and making the score 9-1. Thibault struck out the next batter, but the following Vikings’ hitter belted a home run to right field to score two runs and make it 9-3. Thibault gave up another single but stranded the runner with a pop fly out to end the inning.

 

The 13s replied with a pair of runs in the bottom of the 3rd. Darryl Beck hit a one-out single that was followed by a Dan Loney home run. Jeff Lane and Eric Rosenquist then both lined out to end the inning with the score 11-3 Ottawa.

 

After Thibault retired the Vikings in order, the 13s ended the game on the mercy rule (10 runs after 4 innings) when Patrice Leclerc and Curtis Reilly each hit solo home runs, making the final 13-3 Ottawa.

 

 

Patrice Leclerc: 2IP 0R 4K; 3-3 HR 2B

Luc Thibault: 2IP 3R 2ER 2K

Dan Loney: 3R 2-3 HR 2B ROE

Jeff Lane: 2R 2-3 HR

Curtis Reilly: 2R 3-3 2HR

Darryl Beck: 1-1 2R

Emma award: Luc Thibault for getting called for throwing an illegal pitch.

 

 

Aug 9th: Game 6 & 7

 

Game 6 was originally scheduled for August 8th, but heavy rains caused it to be rescheduled. The 13s were slated to face the Venezuela Caricuao squad on the 9th, but the Venezuelans were dual sport athletes, competing in both softball and basketball, and apparently doing much better in the latter. As a result, they had chosen to forfeit softball games that conflicted with their basketball schedule. Finding this out ahead of time, the organizers scheduled the rained-out game on the 9th and awarded the 13s a 7-0 forfeit win over Venezuela Caricuao. The Breakaway Masters from Australia were the opposition for the 13s, and the game turned out to be very close for the first 4 innings thanks to a decision by the Breakaway squad to throw their ace rather than save him for a recreational division match the next morning.

 

Neil Cooke got the ball for the 13s, and after the Ottawa batters went 1-2-3 in the top of the first, Cooke's first pitch to Breakaway second baseman Scotty Parker went over the left field fence for a solo home run. Ottawa answered with a pair of runs in the top of the second as Curtis Reilly led off with a single and was bunted to second by Cooke. After a strikeout, shortstop Kevin McGuire belted a home run to put the 13s up 2-1. That score held until the bottom of the third, when Parker stepped into the batters box with two out and once again hit the first pitch he saw over the fence to tie the game.

 

Both pitchers retired the side in order in the 4th inning, but the 13s took control of the game in the top of the 5th, sending 8 batters to the plate and putting up 5 runs. McGuire hit his second home run of the game to get things started with one out, and was followed by singles from first baseman Thibault, catcher Hart, and center fielder Money who surprised the Breakaways with a bunt and got all the way to third base when the throw was late and off the mark. Lane knocked Money home on a groundout to short and Cory Morrison capped the scoring with a solo home run. Cooke struck out the side in the bottom of the inning to make the score 7-2 after five complete.

 

The 13s added a pair of runs in the top of the 6th when Loney hit a one-out single and McGuire just missed his third home run of the game on what was supposed to be an intentional walk. The catcher didn't stand up with his glove to the side calling for the pitch, staying in his crouch behind the plate instead. The third pitch of the attempted intentional walk got a little too much of the plate for McGuire to let go and he swung away. Many thought the high fly ball hit the right field fence above the orange strip that marked the home run line, but the base umpire said it hit the orange and McGuire ended up with a double. Thibault then hit a double that brought both Loney and McGuire home and restored the 7 run lead for the 13s.

 

The only question remaining was whether or not Parker would hit his third home run of the game for the Breakaways. With one out in the 6th, he stepped up to the plate and once again swung at the first pitch, but this time Cooke's change-up got him to pop up to second. A fly ball out to right field ended the game with a final score of 9-2 Ottawa. Cooke was two pitches away from a perfect 6 inning game; unfortunately those two pitches were hit over the outfield fence.

 

Neil Cooke: W 6IP 2R 2ER 2H 8K

Kevin McGuire: 3R 3-3 2HR 2B

Luc Thibault: R 2-3 2B

Bobby Jack Hart: R 2-3

Emma award: Neil Cooke for giving up just 2 hits, but both hits were solo home runs to the same player on 2 pitches

 

The Ottawa 13s ended the round robin with a 5-1-1 record, just behind the Krushers who finished 5-0-2, the difference being the Krusher's 0-0 tie against the Toronto Gators.

 

 

Aug 11th: Gold Medal Game

 

The weather was perfect for the 4:30PM gold medal game between the 13s and the Krushers; a bit cooler than the mid-30s temperatures the team had played in all week, and with a few scattered clouds. The home team for all medal games was decided by a coin toss, and the 13s won the toss and took to the field first. Patrice Leclerc toed the rubber for Ottawa while Krushers ace Terence Hibbert once again got the ball for the New Zealand squad. There was no time limit on medal games, so both teams expected a close game going the full 7 innings, maybe more.

 

Leclerc retired the Krushers in the top of the first, yielding a two-out walk but then striking out the clean-up hitter to get out of the inning. In the bottom of the first, center fielder Dan Loney led off with a fly ball out, but that was followed by a 5 pitch walk to second baseman Jeff Lane. Left fielder Cory Morrison hit a 1-1 pitch to right field to move Lane to third and give Ottawa runners on the corners with just one out. The Krushers kept their infield back in hopes of getting a double play, and it almost worked when the next batter, Leclerc, grounded to second. The Krushers attempted the 4-6-3 double-play, but Leclerc was fast enough to beat out the throw to first, allowing Lane to come home safely on the play and put Ottawa up 1-0.

 

Leclerc retired the side on a pair of strikeouts and a groundout in the second, and Hibbert countered with a fast inning of his own, stranding Kevin McGuire who had led off the inning as a hit batsman.

 

The top of the third saw Leclerc continue to stymie the Krusher hitters, getting a pop up, strikeout, and ground out to once again retire the side in order. The 13s added to their lead when Loney led off the inning getting hit by a pitch. Lane attempted to bunt Loney to second but Hibbert managed to get him to strike out. Cory Morrison then came through with another single, this time to center field, and when the outfielder bobbled the ball, the speedy Loney came home and Morrison was on third. Patrice Leclerc then sent the second pitch he saw into left field to score Morrison and put the 13s up 3-0. With designated runner Mike Money in to run for Leclerc, the 13s had a chance to extend the lead as Money stole second to move into scoring position, but Hibbert got a fly out and a strikeout to end the threat.

 

The rest of the game was a pitcher's duel, with the turning point of the game coming in the top of the 5th.

 

The Krushers #6 hitter led off the inning with an infield hit that was misplayed, but the 13s prevented the Krushers from rallying by turning a textbook 6-4-3 double-play on the next batter, negating the error. The double-play turned out to be key as the following batter hit a single to center field. With a pinch hitter in for the Krusher's #9 hitter, the baserunner stole second but was stranded there when Leclerc K'd the pinch hitter on three pitches.

 

In the sixth, both teams went four-up, three-down to leave Ottawa ahead 3-0 with 3 outs remaining to claim gold.


 

The tandem of pitcher Leclerc and catcher Hart worked quickly in the top of the seventh, getting the first Krushers batter to ground out on four pitches and the second batter to fly out to right field on two pitches. With the gold medal just one out away, Leclerc turned it up a notch, throwing harder than ever and getting ahead 0-2 on the batter. With the team on the field and bench shouting their encouragement and the crowd cheering loudly, Leclerc threw what Hart said was his hardest pitch of the day to get the strikeout and secure the gold medal. Hart later said "Patrice was on a mission; he said 'you call it, I'll throw it.' It was one of the best games I've ever caught."

 

Patrice Leclerc: W 7IP 0R 2H 10K 2BB; 1-3 2RBI

Cory Morrison: 2-3 R RBI

Jeff Lane: R BB

Dan Loney: R HBP

Kevin McGuire: BB HBP

Emma award: Patrice Leclerc, this time for good deeds, getting game MVP for his pitching performance and 2 RBIs.

 

 



Sunday, August 25
Masters of the Game : Dave Blackburn

Ontario Masters Q & A 

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1)       Family ? 4 brothers

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2)       Age ? 53 

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3)       Occupation ? Virtual technologist

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4)              Education ? BS in Industrial Engineering, University of Illinois

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5)       What positions have you held in Fastball ?   Player / Coach / Executive etc. All

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6)       How long have you been involved in Fastball ? 

Entire life

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 7)       Other sports / interests you’ve been involved in and accomplishments ? High school basketball and track

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8)       What are some of your fastball career highlights & accomplishments ? ISC Hall of Fame, Israel Softball Hall of Fame, Southern California Jewish Sports Hall of Fame, My Jersey number 7 was permanently retired from use by any player from any country in future World Maccabiah Games Softball Tournaments, in both Masters and Open levels.

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9)       Who are some of your favourite teammates / associates and opposing players to play with and against over the years ? Larry Nolan, Chad Corcoran, Floyd LaVergne, Mark Smith, Joe Vigil, Mark Bennett, Phil Hiromerides

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10)     Favourite tournament ?  ISC World, World Maccabiah Games, Best of The West

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  11)     Plans for 2013 & beyond ? Hope to maintain my health and not lose my left leg to amputation

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12) Any additional thoughts ? 

I feel most proud about designing, and conceiving and providing the streaming video production system used by the ISC at the annual World Tournament.



Monday, August 12
2013 ISC 50+ Legends Tournament - Results

Complete results with game summaries can be found at the following link, just click on the winning team for the game summary.

http://www.iscfastpitch.com/uploads/File/2013%20ISC%20Files/2013%20Legends/2013%20ISC%20Legends%20Tournament%20Schedule%20and%20Results%20.htm

 



Monday, August 12
Toronto Gators win Gold @ World Masters Games in Italy

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Game # 1

Toronto Gators 0 - Krushers, Australia 0 

The Gators ended up tying their first game 0-0 after the game was called due to time limit. No new inning after an hour and 15 minutes. Darren Zack threw 3 innings and Todd Martin 2 innings. The team was called the Krushers. The team was from New Zealand and Australia.

Game # 2

Toronto Gators 5 - Ottawa 13's 2

Rob Gray hit a two run shot in the bottom of the second to tie the game. Rino Dambrosio scored the go ahead run in the 5th on Jody Eidt's fielders choice and Dave Hoffman drove in two runs to make the final 5-2. The game was called after 6 innings due to curfew. Darren Zack threw 1 inning and Todd Martin threw 5 for the win.

Game # 3 Toronto 10 - Redbacks, Australia 0
Winning Pitcher - Mike Sedore
4 innings (mercy). Lots of singles and a few doubles. Unfortunately the Australian pitcher couldn't find the strike zone in the early going, which led to some walks and passed balls to stake the Gators to an early 4-0 lead.

Game # 4 Toronto 7 - Western Ferrals Australia 0

Gators win 7-0 against Western Australia in 6 innings due to curfew today. Mark Bendahan hit a solo shot to deep center. Mike Crawford picked up the win going 4 innings and Darren Zack threw the last two. 

Game # 5

Gators 10 - Perth, Australia 0 
Mercy after 4 innings. Rino Dambrosio led off with a home run and the Gators put another on the board to go up 2-0 in the first. After a scoreless 2nd inning, the Gators broke the game open with 8 in the third, highlighted by Rob Watson's inside the park homer and a Terry Challis triple. Todd Martin was perfect on the mound facing the minimum 12 batters and striking out 11.
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Game # 6 Gators 5 - Australia 0 
We played today against another team from Australia, won 5-0 in 4 innings. This team had no pitchers so Mike Crawford started for them Mike Sedore for us(win), then your Mike took over for Crawford and Zack finished for Gators.
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Game # 7 Gators 6 - Torino Slammers 0 
Gators 6-0 over the Torino Slammers in 4 innings. Their pitcher was hurt in their earlier game this morning so we lent them Crawford while Sedore started for us. Fourth inning Sedore relieves Crawford for Slammers and Zack finished for us. Tomorrow we play a team called Die Hards, not sure where they are from. We now have a record of 5 wins 0 losses and 1 tieToronto Gators Roster

Brian Paton, Craig Crawford, Terry Challis, Jody Eidt, Dave Hoffman, Ted Kosciesza, John Kemp, Adam Smith, Chris Jones, Darren Zack, Todd Martin, Mike Sedore, Mark Bendahan, Rino Dambrosio, Rob Watson, Chuck Hendricks, Carmen Pernarella, Don Burnett, Bob Green, Mike Crawford and Rob Gray



Sunday, August 11
Ottawa 13's win Gold @ World Masters Games in Italy

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Game # 1 Ottawa 8 - Western Ferrals, Australia 1

WP - Neil Cooke

Game #2 Ottawa 7 - Die Hards (EU) 2
Winning Pitcher Neil Cooke with 1 inning relief by Luc Thibault.
Patrice Leclerc 2 for 3 with 3 rbi's.

Game # 3 Toronto Gators 5 - Ottawa 13's 2

The Ottawa 13s lost a good game 5-2 to the Premier level Toronto Gators. Todd Martin with the win in relief of Darren Zack, Patrice Leclerc with the loss.

The game was 2-2 until the 5th when Toronto scored 3 unearned runs to jump ahead.

The game was called after 6 innings due to exceeding the time limit by maybe 30 seconds with the fans in the stands all chanting "let them play".
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All in all a great showing by the boys against a top tier team.

Next up is a match against the Krushers from NZ in what is shaping up to be a showdown for home team in the 35+ Competitive bracket.

Game # 4

Ottawa 1 - Krushers, NZ 1

The game was called after 5 innings due to time constraints with the score tied 1-1.

The Krushers went up 1-0 when they scored on a single up the middle. What appeared to be a strike out by Neil Cooke on the previous pitch Cooke delivered on the 3-2 and the NZ batter drove it into right field.

In the bottom of the 4th Patrice Leclerc hit a solo shot over the left field wall tying the game. The Canadians scattered a couple of hits but no runs could be cashed in.

In the bottom of the 5th Curtis Reilly was called into the game with 1 out. Reilly drove a 2-0 pitch up the middle going 1-1. Jeff Lane hit Reilly to 2nd and the New Zealand pitcher walked Kevin McGuire to load the bases. Patrice Leclerc struck out with the bases loaded leaving the bases loaded. Game officials called the game according to tournament regulations.

Canada sits a 2-1-1 at the World Masters in Torino Italy. Next game is Wednesday at 1pm.

Game # 5 Ottawa 13 - Vikings, Australia 3

Patrice Leclerc had the win with relief from Luc Thibault.

Curtis Reilly had 2 home runs, Jeff Lane, Dan Loney, and Patrice Leclerc also had home runs.

Game # 6 Gold Medal Game

Ottawa 3 - New Zealand Krushers 0 

Courtesy of Eric Rosenquist

What do you call a team of 14 guys from Ontario, Quebec, PEI, and Florida?

The Ottawa 13s are at the World Masters Games in Torino Italy for the next 12 days, hoping to have a good showing in the 35+ competitive division.

Fastball fans from Eastern Ontario will recognise most of the team members from GOFL and tournament play in the region.

Ottawa-area players include Neil Cooke, Kevin McGuire, Mike Money, Cory Morrison, and Eric Rosenquist.

Bobby Jack Hart hails from nearby South Mountain; Cornwall Ontario is represented by Darryl Beck, Dan Loney, and Jason Woodside; and Terry Redden from Kingston round out the Ontario contingent.

Quebec has two representatives, both mainstays of the Donnacona Blue Sox team. Patrice Leclerc and Luc Thibault will share the pitching duties with Neil Cooke as well as play other defensive positions and contribute their coaching skills.

Curtis Reilly is the lone PEI representative, playing his intermediate ball in the maritime leagues and joining fellow Islander Cory "Spud" Morrison in tournaments from time to time.

Jeff Lane lives in Florida, but plays several  tournaments a year with the Knoxville/Ontario squad that plays in the Elkland PA and Au Sable NY annually.

Competition for the 13s in the 35+ competitive division consists of one team from each of Australia, the European Union, and New Zealand, plus the Toronto Gators. The Gators entered in the 35+ premier division due to having several former national team members, but got bumped down a level when there were no other premier level teams in the 35+ age bracket. Each team in the division also has three crossover games against teams in the 35+ recreational division, making for 7 preliminary round games in 8 days. After the preliminary round, the top 2 seeds play for gold/silver while seeds 3 & 4 play for bronze.

Stay tuned for updates during the tourney, or follow @rosenqui on Twitter.



Saturday, August 10
Canada Classics win Gold @ World Masters Games in Italy

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Game # 1

Canada Classics 5 - Alberta 0

Winning Pitcher -Tim Neill, 6 inns, 13k, 3 hits

Sam Forbes 2 for 3, Randy Wicke 1-2, Paul Clemens 1-3, Bill Berkenpas 2-4.

Game # 2 

Canada Classics 4 - Rossini's Vancouver 3

Winning Pitcher - Tim Neill in relief of Pete Spitzig

Paul Clemens 2-3 with game winning RBi, Brian O'Neil 1-2 2run Home run. Bryan Lamarche 2-2, Sammy Forbes 1-3 RBI double.

Game # 3

Canada Classics 11 - Western Warriors, Australia 0

Sammy Forbes 3 for 3 4rbi's, Paul Clemens 3 for 4 3rbi's, Bill Berkenpas 3 for 4, Steve McGillis 2 for 3, Winning Pitcher - Scott Charlton 2 innings. Chris Nicol 2 innings. Play the Czech's tomorrow @ 1.

Game # 4

Canada Classics 15 - Czech Evergreens 0

Doug Charlton & Randy Wicke 2 hrs. each, Single Hrs Sammy Forbes, Brian Lamarche, Brian O'Neil, Peter Spitzig picks up the Win. Relief Chris Nichol &. Steve McGillis.

Game # 5

Canadian Classics 5 - Rossini Masters 4

Paul Clemens 4-4 2rbi's, Doug Charlton 2- 3 with a 3 run homer, Sammy Forbes 2-3

Winning Pitcher - Doug Charlton

Gold Medal Game @ 5pm Saturday !

 

Game # 6 Gold Medal Game

 

Canada Classics 6 - Alberta 0

Winning Pitcher - Tim Neill 

Canada Classics Roster 

Sam Forbes, Tim Neill, Carl Boughner, Paul Clemens, Randy Wicke, Doug Charlton, Jim Martell, Pete Spitzig, Bill Berkenpas, Brian O’Neil, Bryan Lamarche, Frank Marceau, Scott Charlton,

Chris Nichol, Steve McGillis                                                                                                                                                             



Monday, July 29
Masters player inducted into 2013 Softball Canada Hall of Fame

The following courtesy of Softball Canada website.

Adam Smith will be inducted into the Softball Canada Hall of Fame on November 16, 2013 in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories.

Adam Smith (Hagersville, ON) played on Canada’s Senior Men’s National Team from 1989 to 2000, where he represented our country at two ISF Men’s World Championships – winning Gold in 1992 and a fourth-place finish in 2000 – and two Pan American Games, where he won Gold in 1995 and 1999. In addition to his tremendous international career, Adam is also a four-time Canadian Championship Gold medalist and a five-time Silver medalist, earning All-Star and Top Batter awards in 1993 and was the Top Player of the Championship Round in 1996. Smith is known for his fantastic two-way play as a very dangerous hitter and a remarkable defensive second baseman, capable of making highlight reel plays at any time. Over his career, he played for several teams in Ontario, including Burlington, Owen Sound, Toronto, Oshawa and Kitchener-Waterloo.

Editor's note : Adam recently helped the Toronto Gators win the 2013 Ontario Masters Championship and is off to Italy to try and help the Gators win the World Masters Games title.



Monday, July 29
Canada Masters defeat USA

Canada Maccabi Men's Masters team goes into the 7th inning of the championship against the U.S. leading 3-2 only to give up 4 runs - but then win on a walk-off grand slam.

2013 Toronto Gators
Sunday, July 28
2013 OASA Masters Championship - Photos

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2013 OASA Masters Top Pitcher - Zack
Sunday, July 28
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Sunday, July 28

Monday, July 8
2013 OASA Masters Championship - Results

 

2013 OASA Masters A & B Championship

 

July 19-21, Cambridge, Ontario

 

 

 

Red Pool                                              Blue Pool

 

Waterloo Classics                                Cobourg Force

 

Stoney Creek Scrappers                       Ohsweken Senior Braves

 

Toronto Gators                                     Mississauga Rusty Jiggers

 

St. Thomas Evergreen Masters             Waterdown Hammer 

 

All games rained out on Friday night ! Friday July 19th.

 

Saturday July 20th. 

 

 

 

Game #1 9:00am 

Stoney Creek 3 vs. Waterloo 4

WP Sean Geehan in relief of Martin Mauviel

LP Ted Conway

Waterloo - Bryan Reeve 4/4

Stoney Creek - Scott Hammond 2/3

 

Game #2 9:00am

Ohsweken 3 vs. Waterdown 13 5inns

WP Jim Hurst

LP Reg Smith, relief by Bob Underwood

Waterdown - Kyle Davis 3/3 

 

Game #3 11:00am

Toronto 10 vs. St. Thomas 1   

WP Darren Zack

LP Ian Nott               

Game #4 11:00am

Cobourg 8 vs. Mississauga 0

WP Jeff Murphy 2 hitter

LP Bill Carson with relief by Al Guenette

 

Game #5 10:00am

Waterloo 4 vs. St. Thomas 10

WP Dan Beecroft

LP Don Stebbings            

Game #6 10:00am

Toronto 11 vs. Stoney Creek 0  5inns

WP Todd Martin

LP Pat Graham

 

Game #7 12:00pm

Cobourg 10 vs. Ohsweken 1  5 inns

WP Mel Ross 2 hitter 9ks

LP Pete Spitzig

Waterloo - Sam Forbes 3/3

Ohsweken - Al Staats 1/2                 

 

Game #8 2:00pm

Mississauga 7 vs Waterdown 5

WP Bill Carson

LP Jim Hurst           

 

Game #9 4:00pm

St. Thomas 7 vs. Stoney Creek 11

WP Rick Hames

LP Ian Nott in relief of Paul Sutton

Stoney Creek - Jeff Pauli HR

St. Thomas - Tom Edie 2/4       

Game #10 4:00pm

Toronto 9 vs. Waterloo 8

Toronto - Ted Kosciesza walk off 3 run home run

 

Game #11 6:00pm

Waterdown 6 vs. Cobourg 8

WP Todd Uhrig

LP Tim Neill     

        

Game #12 6:00pm

Mississauga 9 vs. Ohsweken 13

 

Sun July 21st.

 

Diamond 1                                  Diamond 2

 

Game #13 B semis

St Thomas 8

Ohsweken 7

WP Dan Beecroft

LP George Bomberry

 

Game #14 B semis

Mississauga 6

Waterloo 2

WP Bill Carson

LP Martin Mauviel

 

Game #15 11:00am 

A semis

Stoney Creek 10

Cobourg 7

WP Ted  Conway

LP Jeff Murphy 

Game #16 11:00am 

A semis

Toronto Gators 3

Waterdown Hammer o

WP Darren Zack

LP Tim Neill 

 

Game #17 1:00pm B Division Final

St. Thomas 5

Mississauga 3

WP Ian Nott

LP Bill Carson

Top Pitcher Award - Bill Carson, Mississauga

 

Game #18

A Division Championship

Toronto Gators 10

Stoney Creek 0

WP Darren Zack

LP Jeff Pauli 

Top Pitcher Award - Darren Zack, Toronto

Jack Cook Award - Dave Birnie, Stoney Creek

 



Friday, June 14
Barry Hammond inducted into Bracebridge Wall of Fame

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Congratulations to Barry Hammond, Barry is the shortstop and Team Captain on the Stoney Creek Scrappers Masters Fastpitch Team. Here's a photo of Barry accepting his award and being inducted into the Baseball Wall of Fame in Bracebridge Ontario. Barry was inducted for his fastball career. That's Barry in the middle.

Friday, June 14
Paul Clemens to be honoured at Legends of Fastball Classic

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The 2013 Legends of Fastball Classic will turn back the pages one more time as it honours 5 more players who have distinguished themselves through a lifetime of fastball excellence. This year’s class of inductees includes two pitchers, 2 power hitting outfielders and one of the slickest shortstops of his era. The tradition of honouring yesterday’s heroes started with the very first Legends tournament held in Woodstock in 2004. Since then some of the greatest players, coaches, executives and characters of the game have been recognized. The 5 being remembered this year will bring the 10 year total to 37 who have had their names engraved on the Legends plaque.

The Class of 2013 includes : Marty Myska, Mike Pedersen, Paul Clemens, Bill Simpson and perhaps the best all-around player to ever come out of Ontario, Brad Underwood.

 

All of the players being honoured this year will be highlighted in John Thompson’s Diamond Dirt program available at the park, and later on Al’s Fastball News.

 

The always emotional and classy Legends ceremony will be held Saturday June 22,  1:00 p.m. at Peter Hallman Ball Yard, Hansen Avenue and Lennox Lewis Way, in Kitchener.

 

The Legends of Fastball Classic runs Friday June 21 – Sunday June 23  and features 8 men’s teams in two divisions; 8 U21 teams competing in the ISC U21 Eastern Canadian Qualifier; a South Perth Midget League All-Star game and the best home cooked ball park food in the game. 41 games in all, great venue and yesterday’s heroes alongside tomorrows legends. You can’t get a better weekend in the ball yard.

Editors note : A great player and a classy guy on and off the field.



Friday, March 29
Team Canada Masters in Aruba summary

The following article is courtesy of the Hamilton Community News.

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Ancaster Vet Slo-Pitch League members had a blast touring Aruba and playing games in small towns like San Nicolas and Santa Cruz and the larger city of Oranjestad.

From Ancaster to Aruba with love

After two weeks in sunny — and windy — Aruba, players from the Ancaster Vet Slo-Pitch League and their wives have returned to Ancaster.

Earl Sutherland’s vision of taking an Ancaster recreational slo-pitch team to Aruba to play against their highly talented fastball players was achieved. Although the Canadians played above their level, they did manage to win a game.

To help make it competitive, the Canadian slo-pitch team borrowed a catcher from Calgary, who was already vacationing in Aruba, and an Ottawa fastball “windmill” pitcher. Unfortunately, once the Aruba team saw his pitches whistle past, they protested and wouldn’t allow his pitch style in the tournament.

Backup pitcher Darryl Ferguson was called to the mound and did an admirable job, considering he hasn’t pitched in 15 years.

The outfielders were kept busy trying to get used to the lack of grass and the constant swirling wind that moved the ball in many directions.

The end result was Team Ancaster played seven games in three cities and villages.

The hospitality was incredible, with bands playing and people dancing and cheering.
Team Ancaster also managed to field the only woman in the tournament, Cathy Dufresne, which surprised and impressed the competition.

Many of the players brought extra Ancaster and Canadian jerseys to give to the Aruba players and fans during a true international experience that everyone will remember.



Friday, March 29
Ontario Masters Q & A with Jack Fireman

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Ontario Masters Q & A

Jack Fireman

 

1)       Family ?

2 children and 4 grandchildren

 

2)       Age ?

74

 

3)       Occupation ?

Trial Lawyer

 

4)       Education ?

QC, BA, LLB, LLM, CS

 

5)       What positions have you held in Fastball ?   Player / Coach / Executive etc.

Founded the Toronto Gators and was their COO. Recruited all players and coaches.

 

6)       How long have you been involved in Fastball ?

Since 1985 at a very low level- ISC beginner, 1992-1996, 1999-2003 plus Maccabian Games.

 

7)       Other sports / interests you’ve been involved in and accomplishments ?

I think I’m a successful father and grandfather. Played fastball, basketball and hardball through University.

 

8)       What are some of your fastball career highlights & accomplishments ?

2 World Championships, 1 Pan Am, 2 Challenge Cups, 3 National Championships, 6 Gold Medals at Maccabian Games.

 

9)       Who are some of your favourite teammates / associates and opposing players to play with and against over the years ?

I can’t really pick anyone over another on the Gators. As opponents I loved beating Larry Lynch and always admired Mark Sorenson.

 

10)     Favourite tournament ?

ISC Worlds, Perth Shootout, Challenge Cup

 

11)     Plans for 2013 & beyond ?

I am re-assembling the Gators to compete in some local tournaments as well as the World Masters Games in Torino Italy in August.

 

12)     Any additional thoughts ?

Would love to win one more World championship to make up for the one that

got away in 1994 in PEI.

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Administrator’s note : Back in 1994 I contacted Jack to ask him for a favour, we had never met and he had no idea who I was. I am indebted to him for his kindness and generosity that he showed me back in 1994.



Wednesday, January 30
2012 North American Masters Year in Review

2012 North American Masters Fastball Year in Review
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June 22-24 2012
Legends of Fastball Classic, Kitchener Ontario, 40+ masters division
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The Toronto Gators re-united for the first time as a masters
team and went 4-0 in pool play, they defeated the Waterloo Classics
by scores of 6-3 & 9-2. They also won 2 games against the Stoney Creek Scrappers
by scores of 2-1 and 5-4. The Stoney Creek Scrappers and the Waterloo Classics
split their 2 round robin games with Waterloo winning the first game 4-2 and Stoney Creek
winning the 2nd game 5-0. After pool play the Toronto Gators were to meet the Stoney Creek
Scrappers in the Championship, Stoney Creek was awarded the championship by default
as the Toronto Gators did not field a team for the championship.
scroll down near the bottom of the page for game results from the masters division
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July 13-15 2012
Ontario ( OASA ) 40+ Masters Championship, Bracebridge Ontario ( 6 teams )
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The Toronto Gators win Ontario Masters Championship without Darren Zack.
Strong pitching with the likes of Mike Crawford, Jason Smith, Todd Uhrig, Tim Neill
Frank Cox, Todd Martin, Mike Sedore and Tom Berube
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Aug. 16-18 2012
ISC 50+ Legends Tournament, Midland Michigan
10 teams
Ohio Battery, Ashland, Ohio
Cobourg Force, Cobourg Ontario
Stoney Creek Scrappers, Stoney Creek, Ontario
Elmvale Merchants, Elmvale, Ontario
Gushow Excavating, Auburn Michigan
Berkenpas Development, Byron Center, Michigan
Flint Snitkos, Flint Michigan
Carey Allstate Agency, Midland, Michigan
Bay Area Merchants, Haywood, California
Tulsa Grey Sox, Tulsa Oklahoma
The Cobourg Force from Ontario won the championship with a 2-1 victory
over California’s Bay Area Merchants. The Force picked up their 2nd Legends Championship in 3 years.
The video of the championship game is available for free at the following link.....
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28th Annual World Senior Men’s Fastball Tournament, North Bay Ontario Aug. 31st – Sep. 2nd 2012 26 teams
Toronto Champion Indians take title.
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ASA 50+ National Championship, Hayward, California
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NAFA Masters East World Series, Rockford Illinois Sep 7-9 2012
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NAFA Masters West World Series, Carson City Nevada Sep 14-16 2012


Saturday, February 9
Masters "Free Agents"

If you have a masters team looking for players or you are a player looking to join a masters team, please send me your information and it will be added to this "Free Agents" page. Send me an e-mail with your information.  Dave Birnie ontariomasters(at)hotmail(dot)com

Just moved to Sarnia from Victoria and am looking for a masters (40+) team or just a straight up club that's looking for an extra outfielder. Played Sr.B the last few years and can still (somehow) run and throw despite my decrepitude (please tell me the hitting never goes away...). Anyhow, can't find a contact # to save my life for teams around here so any advice or pointers would be appreciated. Thanks.
Darren
519 333 7808
dmanns2003@yahoo.ca

Waterloo Wizards masters “B” team looking for a few position players and a pitcher for the 2013 OASA Masters "B" Championship Tournament. The tournament is in Cambridge Ontario July 12-14.  For more info please contact Sean Tracy - wizards_fastball_club(at)rogers(dot)com  519-954-0171 http://www.leaguelineup.com/wizards_fastball_club

 



Wednesday, January 30
2013 North American Masters Tournaments

2013 Masters Fastball Tournaments

 

June 7-9    2013

Jim Bradford / Neil Cane Invitational

Cobourg Ontario Canada

A combined Masters, Intermediate B/C and Junior division.

Steve Bedard

sjbgolf(at)hotmail(dot)com

 

July 12-14   2013

OASA Masters “A” & “B” Championship

Cambridge Ontario Canada

Tournament Director

Mike Goodridge

goodridgesoftball(at)gmail(dot)com

289-389-9158

 

Aug. 02-11  2013

World Masters Games

Torino Italy

35+. 45+, 55+ divisions

Website - http://www.torino2013wmg.org/

 

Aug 15-17   2013 ( tentative dates )

ISC 50+ Legends Tournament

Moline Illinois, USA

ISC website - http://www.iscfastpitch.com/

 

Aug 30-Sep 01   2013

29th Annual World Senior Men’s Fastball Tournament

North Bay, Ontario Canada

32 masters teams

Dave Cerisano

dave.cerisano(at)sympatico(dot)ca

 

Sep 6-8   2013

NAFA Masters East World Series

Madison, Wisconsin USA

Benjie Hedgecock

Nafafastpitch(at)gmail(dot)com

 

Sep 13-15   2013

NAFA Masters West World Series

Carson City, Nevada USA

Benjie Hedgecock

Nafafastpitch(at)gmail(dot)com



Thursday, January 24
2013 Team CANADA Masters Jan 24th. update



 The following courtesy of : Mike Pearson, Hamilton Community News

 Team name, Canada


1) Andy Price, LF
2) Rick McKenzie, CF
3) Gord Kudlowich, RF
4) Grant Hill, RO
5) Earl Sutherland 3B (organizer)
6) Des Dufresne, SS
7) Brian Carey, 2B
8) Darryl Ferguson, 1B / pitcher
9) Duane Bromley, Pitcher
10) Hugh Murray, catcher
11)Kelly Wenstrom, Catcher
12) Tim Richardson, Coach
13) Barry Goldman, OF
14) Glenn Freeman, OF
Photo by Mike Pearson

Photo by Mike Pearson

Some of the players and spouses making the trip to Aruba are, (front row from left), Rick McKenzie, Earl Sutherland, Des Dufresne, Darryl Ferguson, (back row) Gord Kudlowich, Dee McKenzie, Linda Ferguson, Pat Price, Andy Price, Grant Hill, Hugh Murray and Duane Bromley.

Local ball players representing Canada in Aruba

By Mike Pearson, News staff

Playing March baseball is pretty special. But a chance to play March baseball in Aruba was an opportunity too good to pass up for 11 players from the Ancaster Vets Slo Pitch League.

In March, a team composed of local ball players will leave the snow to represent Canada against teams from the Caribbean islands of Curacao, Bonaire, St. Maarten and Aruba.

The international over 50 tournament is the brainchild of Ancaster resident Earl Sutherland, who called Aruba home for the first 15 years of his life. Members of his family still reside there, and Sutherland visits the island every year to catch up with family and friends and play some ball.

For years, his island friends have encouraged him to bring a team for a friendly tournament of fast pitch. This year, Sutherland is making it happen.

On Saturday, members of the 14-member team and their spouses gathered to try on their uniforms and familiarize themselves with teammates.

Sutherland knows the opposition will have an advantage. Unlike the slo pitch game his players are accustomed to, the upcoming tournament will use the rules of fast pitch. Along with the change of pitching style, base stealing and bunting is permitted in the fast pitch game.

Despite the odds, Sutherland thinks his players will surprise a few people in Aruba.

“When you’re a ball player, these guys know what they’re playing for,” he said, holding the maple leaf logo on his jersey.

Along with players from the Ancaster league, new recruits from Calgary, Brockville and Stittsville will round out the roster.

Duane Bromley travelled more than four hours from Stittsville on Saturday to pick up his jersey and meet his new teammates. He will be called upon as the team’s ace pitcher in Aruba.

“When I found out it was a 13-day trip to Aruba to play fast ball, I said ‘I’m in,’” Bromley said.

Bromley heard about the opportunity from teammate Hugh Murray, who responded to Sutherland’s online request for players. Murray and Bromley both compete in an Ottawa-area fast pitch league.

Along with the tournament location, Bromley is looking forward to seeing how he stacks up against international opponents. While he hasn’t clocked his pitching recently, he estimates his velocity at somewhere between 50 and 60 miles-per-hour.

When Bromley needs a breather on the mound, Ancaster resident Darryl Ferguson will appear as a relief pitcher. Ferguson, who hasn’t thrown in a competitive fast pitch game in about 15 years, is nevertheless up for the challenge.

“It’ll be the experience and the camaraderie that will be an experience we’ll never forget,” said Ferguson.

Team Canada will begin their competition by playing a mini tournament against teams from Aruba on March 9 and 10. The five team tournament will be staged in the capital of Oranjestad during Aruba’s National Anthem and Flag Day weekend from March 16-18. Uniform sponsors the Brassie Pub and Gagemount Animal Hospital each chipped in $500 to help defray costs. Other sponsors are Jim Gaudry of Profit Warriors and Char’s Chair.

Sutherland will depart on Feb. 3 and visit friends and family in Aruba before the tournament begins. He’s negotiated special rates for airfare and accommodation to minimize the costs for his teammates. Several players are also bringing their spouses.

While the tournament will be a once-in-lifetime experience for most of the team, Sutherland knows that personal bragging rights are also on the line.

“If we lose, that’s fine. But I’ve got to hear about it for the rest of my life,” Sutherland said with a laugh.



Thursday, September 6
Story about the 2012 ISC Legends Tournament in Cornwall paper



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The following courtesy of the Eastern Ontario Fastball Blog and Tony Muma of the Cornwall Standard Freeholder.

Story about the ISC Legends in Cornwall paper                                               

Legends of the game By Tony Muma, Cornwall Standard Freeholder

Brian O’Neill and Jim Martell, both from Cornwall, are savouring their most recent fastball conquest but have their aspirations set even bigger and better next season.

Both O’Neill and Martell —who play in the Cornwall District Men’s Fastball League — helped the Cobourg Force Legends win it all at the 2012 International Softball Congress Legends (ISC) Men’s 50-plus fastpitch tournament in Midland, Michigan.

The ISC’s featured teams competing in under-21, over 21 and 50-plus age categories from Argentina, The Czech Republic, Colombia, Venezuela and all over the US.

“It was very high-level baseball,” said O’Neill.

“It was a world-class tournament, it was amazing,” added Martell.

Martell was a utility player on first base while O’Neill played centrefield.

Martell was even fortunate enough to score the game-winning run in the semifinals.

Both O’Neill and Martell fondly recalled details from the semifinal game against the Ohio Battery.

The game went a full nine innings and there was redemption involved.

“Ohio had beaten us last year in the worlds, they had two of the best pitchers in the world,” O’Neill said.

“It was a great game. Those guys went head to head with our pitcher, Darren Zack. It was just great baseball.”

Martell scored what would eventually become the winning run when all was said and done, as the Force Legends walked away with a 2-0 win and moved on to the final. Martell even cracked his expensive new aluminum bat at the handle in the process. [Note: I am thinking if it is aluminum it probably isn't that new!]

The championship game pitted the Force Legends against a California-based team and was a back and forth affair, according to both men.

”The championship game went seven innings,” O’Neill said.

”We eventually won 3-2 but we didn’t come back in that game until the seventh inning. It was just real good ball,” Martell added.

While winning was sweet, the men have their sights set on participating in the World Masters Games — an international multi-sport event not unlike the Olympics but for athletes that are age 35 and over.

Since the Masters Games and ISC will be held at the same time, the men said their choice is tough but obvious.

”There’s all sports represented there, from 35-year-old baseball players to 80-year-old javelin throwers,” O’Neill said.

”It’s advertised as the largest sporting event in the world, bar none,” Martell added.

O’Neill and Martell hope to field a squad for the Masters Games that includes six players from Cornwall and six from Toronto, including standout players Darren Zack and Wayne Wells.



Tuesday, September 4
Female pitcher earns first ever win at NAFA World Series



Pitcher Debby Day becomes the first female pitcher to win a game at the NAFA Masters World Series.

Debby's Balboa Fastpitch team from Southern California finished 7th. in Topeka Kansas at the 32 team NAFA "A" World Series with a record of 3-2. Debby's indvidual pitching performance was an impressive 3-1. In one of her wins she gave up just 2 singles. Debby finished 2nd. in ERA and 5th. in strikeouts. Debby's performance earned her a NAFA All World Award, she was quick to praise her teammates for playing so well in front of her and said her individaul award was a reflection on the entire team's performance.

Debby also competed at the 2011 NAFA Masters 40+ West World Series in Carson City Nevada.

Debby's So Cal Quakes team finished 2nd in the "Silver" bracket with a record of 3-2. Debby contributed with 2 wins, 1 loss and 1 save and once again was named to the NAFA All World Team.

 Debby states her age as " a very proud 43 " 

Debby Day, first female pitcher to notch a win at the NAFA World Series.

Former University of Arizona standout pitcher Debby Day became the first female pitcher to notch a win at the NAFA World Series, with an 8-2 victory Thursday afternoon over Smalltown, Michigan. After the win, Day said: “I’m really honored to have earned that first win, and grateful to my teammates for playing so well! In the big picture though, all that mattered was the team winning and making a run at the championship!”

Day pitched her Arizona Wildcats to the 1991 NCAA title, continuing her pitcher career in men’s leagues in Southern California. Day pitched for Maccabi USA last year, joining Balboa Fastpitch this season in SCIFL play. Day also pitches in Native American events, sometimes several games in day.

Day has been Balboa’s most effective pitcher down the stretch and got the honors Thursday to start their opener at the NAFA World Series. Day surrendered a game-tying two run homer in the third inning, but shut down the Michigan offense the rest of the way, picking up a complete game victory, 8-2, and with it, earning a spot in the NAFA record book.

Just for good measure, Day followed her first NAFA win with another in Balboa’s second game, entering the game in relief in the third inning, and getting key outs in the exciting, extra inning win, helping herself out with a couple of key defensive plays. Day also pitched in relief in Balboa’s third game, and expected to start when they take the field tonight in their fourth game.

Day’s participation in men’s leagues and tournaments is sometimes met with opposition and some chipping from opposing dugouts, but it usually doesn’t last long when she proves her mettle and starts tallying strikeouts. Day is highly regarded by her teammates, who appreciate her competitive fire.

Update Saturday, August 18, 2012

In her fourth appearance in the tournament, Debby Day tossed a two-hit shutout against San Diego, picking up her third win in as many decisions. Day also relieved in Balboa’s nightcap loss, meaning that she appeared in all five games for the So Cal squad. As of Saturday night, Day had posted the second lowest ERA in the NAFA “A” tournament.

Editor’s note:Can she compete?” some ask? I’d say she excelled. To those who argued that she should not be allowed to play in the tournament, pray tell why not?

A bit more about Debby:

At the University of Texas Arlington:
In 1988, she led the nation in strikeouts, was selected to the all conference team, and broke seven school records, including innings pitched, ERA and strikeouts.
In 1989, she was again selected to the all conference team, pitching her school to the conference title.

At the University of Arizona:
In 1991, she made All-American, all PAC-10, and all region, pitching the U of A to the National Championship.
In 1992, she again earned All American, All PAC-10 and all region honors.

In 1993, Day played in the Japanese league for the Daitoku Dressers.

As for being a female competing in an all male sport, Debby said “I enjoy it, because I love the competitive spirit they have. Games are usually pretty intense but mixed with some lightness. I’m probably one of the more intense players and I think I actually fit in better with the men. I’ve really mostly only played men’s ball for the last fifteen years, so at this point it’s really natural for me.”

When asked if she received any negative feedback about being a female pitching at the NAFA World Series, Debby said

“I did not directly hear anything negative, but I was told that there were some unhappy people. I hope that those men who initially did not want me out there now realize that I’m just a ball player trying to compete at the highest level possible, just like them. I really just want to be one of the boys on the field and in the dugout. I played women’s ball about five years ago and my biggest issue was that there just weren’t any others my age. Men’s ball allows me to not be the oldest on the field!”

“I did not directly hear anything negative, but I was told that there were some unhappy people. I hope that those men who initially did not want me out there now realize that I’m just a ball player trying to compete at the highest level possible, just like them. I really just want to be one of the boys on the field and in the dugout. I played women’s ball about five years ago and my biggest issue was that there just weren’t any others my age. Men’s ball allows me to not be the oldest on the field!”

As for any chippy comments coming from opposing dugouts, they apparently don’t bother Day. “I actually enjoy hearing the other teams comments, especially when it’s about striking out off a girl…..because then I now they are more focused on not striking out than hitting and it gives me the upper hand. I’ve played men’s for so long here in So Cal that everyone knows me and it’s very comfortable…..it’s always fun to get out there against new competitors.”

Day received plenty of support and praise for her outstanding performance at the 2012 NAFA World Series, from many, including a number who competed against her during the regular season. Day expressed her appreciation for it, adding, “I would love to give a huge thank you to my fellow SCIFL competitors from Colton, Primetime and Black Curtain, as well as to (SCIFL commissioner) Robert Hernandez who all went out of their way to show me support over the last weekend. It was nerve wracking to be received so coldly by other teams, but all those guys (and of course my fantastic Balboa teammates) really supported me and made me feel like I belonged there.”



Tuesday, September 4
Toronto Champion Indians win North Bay Tourney



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The Toronto Champion Indians led by pitchers Tom Breube and Tracy Woolridge win the 28th. Annual World Senior Men's Fastball Tournament held Labour Day weekend in North Bay Ontario. Click here to see some photos and a brief summary.

More info from North bay .....................

A final

Shakespeare Isotopes 1 run - 3 hits – 0 errors

over the Bracebridge Farm 0-2-0

MVP Bill Davidson - ?

MVP P Kevin Yantzi - Shakespeare

AA final

Toronto Champion Indians 4-11-1

over Pickering 1-1-2

MVP Mike Wesson SS - Indians

MVP P Tom Berube - Indians

Some side notes;

While we had 26 teams in 2012..and 28 in 2011…the local league went from 9 to 6 teams so we actually had an increase of 1 team.

The 26 team, 4 preliminary games, with 1-12 to AA and 13 to 20 to A, with 21 to 26 eliminated was well received, we will probably stay with 26 teams in 2013. Games were extended from 65 minutes to 75 minutes which meant most games went full 5 innings in the preliminaries (games have always been 5 full innings in playoffs, a point some umpires forgot!!).

We were blessed with perfect weather.

Many thanks to the umpires from the south who continue to support the Worlds Senior Men’s Fastball Tournament.

 



Tuesday, September 4
ASA 50+ National Championship

2012 ASA 50+ National Championship, Sep 7-9 Hayward, California 

7 teams entered as of Aug 30th, bracket to follow when announced

Prescott Patriots (TN)
The OG's (CA)
Instant Replay (CA)
Bay Area Merchants (CA)
Seattle Fastpitch (WA)
Savala Painters (CA)
Airtronics (CA)



Sunday, August 26
2012 ISC Legends Championship Game - free online video

Click here to see the championship game from the 2012 ISC Legends Tournament.

Cobourg Force ( Ontario ) vs Bay Area Merchants ( California )



Tuesday, August 14
2012 ISC 50+ Legends - schedule and results



Click the following link to check out results from the 2012 ISC 50+ Legends Tournament

http://www.iscfastpitch.com/uploads/File/2012%20Legends%20Files/LegendsMasterScheduleResults2012.htm



Thursday, August 2
Adam Smith : ISC Hall of Fame Class of 2012 Inductee



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ADAM SMITH, Ontario – 2nd Baseman
Starting in 1987, Adam Smith, a native of Hagersville ON provided solid defensive skills while waggling a lethal bat that resulted in his playing 109 ISC games and being recognized as an ISC All-World player on five occasions between 1994 and 2003. In 1995, he was the ISC World tourney rbi leader (11), and was the tournament’s leading hitter in 2001 (.583).
During his career, teams that benefitted from his two-way prowess finished in the top three positions eight times, including World Championships in 1993 and 1995 with the renowned Toronto Gators.
Two other inductees have significantly contributed to the on-going success of the ISC in administrative and/or sponsorship roles.


Wednesday, August 1
Rosters for the 2012 ISC 50+ Legends Tournament



Click the following link to see the rosters for the 2012 ISC 50+ Legends Tournament.

http://www.iscfastpitch.com/uploads/File/2012%20ISC%20Files/2012LegendsRostersJuly.htm



Wednesday, August 1
2012 ISC 50+ Legends Tournament Schedule



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10 teams confirmed for the 2012 ISC 50+ Legends Tournament,

Aug. 16-18, Midland Michigan 

Confirmed Teams ................

BAY AREA MERCHANTS - California

BERKENPAS DEVELOPMENT - Michigan

MIDLAND CAREY ALL STATE AGENCY - Michigan

GUSHOW EXCAVATING - Michigan

COBOURG FORCE - Ontario

ELMVALE LEGENDS -   Ontario

STONEY CREEK SCRAPPERS - Ontario

OHIO BATTERY - Ohio 

TULSA GRAY SOX - Oklahoma

FLINT SNITKOS - Michigan

Click the following link to see the updated schedule, the only changes are the addition of diamond assignments.

http://www.iscfastpitch.com/uploads/File/2012%20ISC%20Files/Final_Legends_Schedule_2012.pdf



Tuesday, July 17
2012 Ontario Masters Results

Click the following links to see results from the recent OASA Masters Championships.

 http://www.oasa.ca/Elims_2012p/Provincials_Masters_list.php

http://www.alsfastball.com/index.php?mact=News,cntnt01,detail,0&cntnt01articleid=6841&cntnt01dateformat=%25A%2C%20%25B%20%25e%2C%20%25G&cntnt01returnid=25



Monday, June 25
Kitchener Legends of Fastball Classic Masters results



http://www.alsfastball.com/uploads/File/2012%20Files/2012_Legends_Schedules_-_AD.htm

scroll down the page for masters results



Friday, March 23
2012 ISC 50+ Legends Tournament



ISC Legends (50+) Tournament

Friday, March 23, 2012
Time for all men's fastpitch players 50 and over to go down to the basement and find the old ball glove and spikes  and call your son, grandson or buddies for a game of catch.  That’s all it will take to re-kindle the passion and the love  for the game that you played back then. Now, call your former teammates and say: Let's get the team together and travel to Midland, Michigan to play in the 2012 ISC Legends World Tournament from August 16-18.
Back in 2010, the last time the ISC was in Midland, the Texas Stars, Cobourg Force and Ohio Battery were all a part of the inaugural Legends event. Now in our third year, we hope to see these teams all back plus a lot more new teams like Stoney Creek Scrappers. In fact, wouldn't it be great to see a reunion of some of the great teams from the 1980s such as Camarillo Kings, or St. Louis Budweiser Kings, Decatur ADM, Seattle Pay N Pak and who can forget Sioux City Penn Corp.
Plant the seed today and watch it come to fruition on August 16.
Tom Stasik, ISC Developmental Vice President, wants to have 16 teams involved this August at Emerson Park in Midland and is looking for people to step
forward and say we are bringing a team. What Tom needs from Legends teams right now is your contact information and he will get back to you with details and logistics of the three days of great fastpitch and fantastic friends and fellowship.
Contact Tom Stasik
989-798-6471
 
2012 ISC LEGENDS (50+)TOURNAMENT August 16 - 17 - 18, 2012

Friday, March 2, 2012
The ISC will be hosting the third ISC LEGENDS (50+)TOURNAMENT August 16 - 17 - 18, 2012. This tournament will be held at the site (Emerson Park- Midland, MI.) of the ISC World Tournament on the last three (3) days of that tournament. We are looking for a maximum of sixteen (16) teams for this event.
PERTINENT INFORMATION:
$400.00 (USD) ENTRY FEE - FOUR GAME GUARANTEE - OFFICIAL STAT'S - TEAM & INDIVIDUAL AWARDS - ISC "O-O-R" RULES & FEE'S WILL NOT BE USED OR ENFORCED.
ELIGIBILITY - If a player on a ISC "Legends" team is also on a ISC World Tournament team roster, that player cannot play in the ISC "Legends" Tournament until his ISC World Tournament team is eliminated from the ISC World Tournament.
Your prompt reply to this message would be greatly appreciated.
Contact Tom Stasik
989-798-6471


Sunday, February 19
Brian Martie - To be inducted in the ASA Hall of Fame



The following courtesy of the Pantagraph.com and Fastpitchwest.

BLOOMINGTON — In the late 1980s and early 1990s, when men’s major fastpitch softball had a presence on the Bloomington-Normal sports scene, Brian Martie was at the core of its success.

His nearly 20 years as a standout infielder included two stints with the Bloomington Hearts. Martie’s potent bat headed some impressive lineups, and tonight, he will be in good company again.

The Bloomington resident is among 10 people to be inducted into the Amateur Softball Association National Hall of Fame at Myrtle Beach, S.C.

“It’s overwhelming,” Martie said Tuesday while waiting to catch a connecting flight. “There are so many awesome people I got a chance to meet and get to know (through softball).

“There were a lot of fun experiences as far as travel and places I never would have gone if it hadn’t been for softball … South Africa, Cuba, Venezuela and different places in Canada. It was a blast.”

Martie is believed to be the 14th inductee (out of 373) who either played in or was born in Illinois. He grew up in Ramsey, south of Decatur, and graduated from Vandalia High School.

Martie has lived in Bloomington nearly 20 years and works as a project planner at State Farm Insurance Cos.

He played for the Hearts, the Decatur Pride and The Farm Tavern of Madison, Wis., among others.

Martie was a six-time All-American, five-time MVP of the Illinois ASA Major State Tournament and played on United States teams in two Pan American Games and the 1996 International Softball Federation World Championships.

Among the other inductees are former Farm Tavern manager Rob Peterson and ex-Pride and Farm Tavern standout Tim Wahl.

“It’s awesome to be going in with a guy I played for and admired so much (Peterson) and a guy I played with (Wahl) who was fantastic,” Martie said.

Martie has not played competitive major fastpitch since 2000, but his love for the game remains strong. This fall, he organized a men’s fastpitch league at Eastview Christian Church in Normal.

“We had four teams and everyone had a fantastic time,” Martie said. “We’re hoping to expand it. A lot of guys don’t realize the sport is even available because it died down in Bloomington.”

Martie played in the league and also in Master’s tournaments this summer in Moline and Rockford.

Normal gets 2013 national tourney: The 2013 USA/ASA Girls 14-Under Class A National Fast Pitch Championship will be played at Champion Fields in Normal in the summer of 2013.

Representatives from the Town of Normal and Bloomington-Normal Convention and Visitors Bureau made a bid for the event last week in Myrtle Beach, S.C., and received notification of being awarded the tournament this week.

The 18-under national tournament was staged at Champion Fields this past summer, drawing 103 teams from across the country.

Officials are anticipating 140 teams for the 2013 event and an estimated economic impact of $2.8 million.

Editors note : Brian was the top hitter at the 2011 ISC Legends Tournament based on a minimum of 10 at bats, Brian hit .684 playing for the Texas Stars.



Sunday, February 19
Mike Smith enters NAFA Hall of Fame



The following courtesy of Bob Otto's Otto in Focus.

Hardnosed Mike Smith enters the NAFA Hall of Fame

Written by Bob on September 26th, 2011

“…He’s an absolute fighter.” – Matt Dailey

ALLENTOWN, PA – He’s been called tough and hardnosed. The kind of guy every ball club needs: determined, driven. A winner.

That sums up Mike Smith.

“He’s a grinder,” says Mike “Kusy” Kusmuk, who teamed with Smith for several years on D.C. Tire and the Reading (PA) Sunners.

“He’s a tremendous competitor who plays to win, and he’s hardnosed.”

Kusy remembers just how tough Smith can be. It was in an Allentown tournament when they first met over 25 years a go. Kusy’s team against Smith’s team. Kusy’s swinging a hot bat and goes 2 for 3 off Smith.

And Smith didn’t much like it.

“I had a good game against him and afterwards at a bar he walks up to where I’m sitting and says, ‘whose this Kusy!’” Kusy said. “I said, ‘I’m right here pal.’ We had to be separated but we laugh about it now.” Both have long since become best friends on and off the ball field.

BASEBALL’S LOSS, FASTBALL’S GAIN
That toughness, that hardnosed attitude has carried Smith far in fastpitch. But as a youngster, he chose baseball. But his high school coach didn’t choose him, instead cutting him during tryouts, citing his size. But instead of giving up his bat, ball and glove, Smith turned to fastpitch.

“That was the best thing that ever happened to me, getting cut because the coach said I was too small for catcher,” Smith said.

Just 16 at the time, Smith played church league fastpitch, then in an Allentown league. And before long, a legendary manager came calling: Rocco Santilli of the Reading Sunners.

Not because Smith possessed Mickey Mantle-like talent. But because he could do the one thing many fastball players can’t: Play every position.

“Mike played whatever position you needed,” said Santilli, an ASA Hall of Fame manager. “He played third base, catcher, second base, pitcher… You could put him at any position and he could do the job.”

HONORED TO BE IN NAFA HALL OF FAME
That willingness to play wherever the manager points has taken Smith far – so far in fact, that in 2011 the North American Fastpitch Association inducted him into the NAFA Hall of Fame.

“I was blown away when I found out,” said the 47-year-old Smith. “This is a great honor to be in the Hall of Fame with some great people.”

Smith has competed in 14 NAFA World Series. His accomplishments are many: He’s been an All-World and Most Valuable Player and Most Valuable Pitcher selection several times over. The teams he has pitched and played for have won NAFA World Series championships in the AAA, AA, and age 40-older divisions.

Mike Dailey has been a Smith teammate for 25 years on teams such as D.C. Tire, the Boston Matarazzo Seadogs, CanAm Windmillers and Quaker (PA) Riversharks.

“I’ve seen Mike strike out and then hit a home run to win a national championship,” said Dailey, a shortstop. “I’ve seen him pitch and give up a go-ahead run and then strike out the next three batters. I’ve seen him lose games and win big games.

“But the one thing I never saw him do was quit. He’s an absolute fighter.”

WONDERFUL FASTPITCH MEMORIES
Smith says his career is winding down. But the memories live on. And there’s been a few delectable plums.

Like the 2003 NAFA AA World Series in which he pitched the Quaker Riversharks to second place. Abruptly, one of the Riversharks’ pitchers left the tournament. Smith was handed the ball. Asked to carry the load. And he did, hurling 56 innings in four days; tallying 28 consecutive innings on the final day. He was selected Most Valuable Pitcher AND Most Valuable Player of the tournament.

But winning an ASA national championship 13 years earlier is also special. Playing for D.C. Tire in the 1992 Class A National Tournament, he was selected a first-team All American pitcher and the Most Valuable Player of the tournament for his 3-0 record on the rubber, and a hit he’s always remembered.

“One of the biggest highlights in my career was hitting a walk-off, solo home run in the bottom of the eighth inning to beat Lodi (Calif.) 4-3 in the championship,” Smith said.

TEAM USA AND STOFFLET’S HELP
Perhaps though, his biggest thrill comes from wearing a uniform embroidered with three big, bold letters. In 1989, Smith played for Team USA in the World Cup in Saskatoon, Canada, he said.

“It was a big honor wearing USA across my chest,” he said. “We finished third and beat New Zealand and Chub Tangaroa 1-0. I didn’t do anything special. New Zealand had their guns loaded. It was a major upset.”

As a pitcher, Smith considers himself a student of the game. And it didn’t hurt to learn from the legendary Ty Stofflet (ISC and ASA Hall of Fame pitcher) when Smith played for the Sunners.

“Ty showed me the grips and how to throw this pitch and that pitch,” Smith said, adding that he played with the Sunners from 1986 to 1990. “Watching him throw (while playing) third base and catching him a few times helped me learn how to set up hitters.

“Ty kept it simple. He told me that you can’t step on the rubber and expect to be good. You’ve got to work at it.”

Smith – a right-hander – worked hard. He threw pitch after pitch against a brick wall. He learned all the pitches with his drop ball emerging as his best. And he threw hours of batting practice to his teammates.

“Throwing batting practice before games really helped,” he said. “It was batting practice for the hitters and pitching practice for me.”

FIVE ALL-TIME GREATS
Smith has both teamed up with and played against some pitchers whose ability is humbling. He says that Stofflet, Darren Zack and Paul Algar are three of fastballs’ all-time great pitchers.

“These guys are competitors who have that fire,” Smith said. “It would take a tow truck to get them off the mound.”

As for hitters, he goes back a few decades to the likes of Jeff Seip and Jay Herr. Both, he says, were tough outs and exceptional clutch hitters.

“Early in my career, Jeff Seip (2009 ASA Hall of Fame) was one of the most feared hitters on the Sunners,” Smith said. “There was this game in the local (Allentown) league and I thought I had him struck out on a called third strike, but the umpire called it a ball. Then he hits a 350-foot home run that is still going.”

Smith may have given up a few home runs in his time. But he’s more than evened the score by hitting 265 homers. Along with winning 425 games in the circle, including 31 no-hitters and eight perfect games, while notching 4,300 strikeouts.

Along with his 14 NAFA World Series tournaments, he’s played in 20 ISC World Tournaments, five ASA Class A, and 13 ASA Major national tournaments.

What does it all mean to this hardnosed ball player taking his leave from the sport he’s loved and played for over 30 years?

“Fastpitch has taken me places all across the U.S. and Canada,” Smith said. “I will miss my fraternity of brothers and I will always miss the camaraderie.”

And the game shall miss Mike Smith.



Sunday, February 19
Bielema - 1 guy not to mess with



The following courtesy of the NAFA website.

Bielema….one guy not to mess with…

We were watching Barry Dalmasso, pitching for the Nohren Stars in the 50(oh yes he just won the 60 title), and hes the guy that upset ohio in the isc 50.

Back to Bruce Bielema…hes playing for sand prairie in the 55(who dalmasso was playing for at the isc as teammated).

Great battle at the plate, Bielema now facing Mike Reis on the mound, but Reis threw a hard dropball that hit the bat then the plate then back up at Bruce and it cut a gash in his chin that took 3 stitches to close…its bleeding and coach steve Kaiser hollared to Bruce, ” hey do u need a sub?”, Bielema responded, “nah just get me a bandaid and I’ll be fine.”

He got a bandaid, stepped back in the batters box and launched a Reis riseball over the fence for a homerun…moral of the story..one tough hombre…don’t hurt him or it may just cost you…
It was rumored around the ballpark that Bruce’s teammates kept hitting him over the head or punching him in the nose before every at bat to get him annoyed to perform better…but the only effect it looks like it had was that he looks even…….meaner (i wouldn’t want to say uglier cuz he may get mad at me)…

Editors note : Bruce was on the championship team and was named tournament MVP batting .550 at the 2011 ISC 50+ Legends Tournament in Moline Illinois.



Sunday, February 19
Despite amputation, Ashley can still bring the heat



The following courtesy of Al's Fastball and TJ Colello of the Cape Breton Post

T.J. Colello - Cape Breton Post
Perry Ashley of the New Waterford Hawks prepares to deliver a pitch during the Carl Powell Memorial Fastball Tournament at St. Anthony Daniel Ball Field, June 10. The 53-year-old from Sydney has been effective on the mound despite only have one arm.


SYDNEY — For Perry Ashley, it would have been easy to quit playing the sport he loved after an unfortunate accident left him with a partially amputated left arm.

“It’s too easy to say ‘no’,” said the 53-year-old fastball pitcher. “If you decide that you can’t do it, you never will do it.”

Ashley lost his hand and half of his forearm as the result of a hunting accident in November of 1993 just outside of Mooseland, N.S., located northwest of Sheet Harbour. He was about four kilometres into the woods when his firearm discharged when he jumped over a ditch in pursuit of a pheasant. He was shot through the wrist and had to trek back to his car by himself and drive to the nearest village for help.

Six months later, his left hand just wouldn’t heal properly and the decision was made to amputate halfway up his forearm. But Ashley was determined to live life no different than before and, two weeks later, he returned to the mound with his stitches still fresh from surgery.
He said the hardest adjustment was using his catching glove with his prosthesis, mainly to knock down hit balls to make a play. It also means a lot of bare-handed plays to throw out runners.

“I never thought I couldn’t do it,” said Ashley, who works as an assistant manager at Home Depot. “There’s not too much I don’t do. I play hockey, I golf, I fish. I lost my hand in a hunting accident and I still hunt. As a matter of fact, I just got picked for the moose draw.”

Ashley moved to Sydney in 2000 for work and actually quit playing fastball in 2002. But the New Waterford Hawks came calling last year and he joined the team to play in the intermediate ‘D’ provincials held in Antigonish, where the squad finished third.

The main reason Ashley came out of retirement was his wife, Wanda. They’ve only been together three years and were married in May 2010, so she never saw him play.

“She heard all kinds of stories, especially from my mom. And she went out to bought me all new ball equipment, so I had no choice,” he joked.
Hawks head coach Buddy Penney said Ashley is a quiet leader on his team who gives it his all each time he takes the field. The bench boss noted Ashley’s opening game at provincials with the Hawks last year, where he tossed a two-hit shutout for the win.

“When Perry says something, the guys will listen and that’s strange on softball teams these days,” he said. “The guys love him. He’s a great guy all around. Quiet, but vocal at times when he wants to be.

“He’s very hard on himself. If he’s not doing well, I find he takes it on himself and nobody else.”
Ashley and the Hawks compete in the New Waterford and District Bud Light Fastball League that plays against teams from Sydney, Scotchtown, Glace Bay and Membertou.

“Everybody, even the guys you play against, they all seem to respect you,” he said. “It’s really good.”


Monday, September 5
25th Annual World Senior Men's Fastball Tournament Results



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25th Annual World Senior Men's Fastball Tournament
Sep. 1-4   2011
North Bay, Ontario
The following is courtesy of Ken Pagan from the North Bay Nugget
Click the underlined heading to see more photos from the tourney. 

Mississauga Sox top Relics for world tournament title 

By KEN PAGAN, THE NUGGET

Posted 7 hours ago

Ken Pagan

The Nugget

They came, they shared a few laughs, they played some fastball . . . and the Mississauga Sox left town with the championship trophy.

After falling in the 'AA' championship game a year ago to the three-time defending champion Cold Spring Cats, the Sox knocked Cold Spring out in Sunday morning's quarter-final before edging the Sudbury Relics 4-1 in the championship at the 25th annual World Senior Men's Fastball Tournament at Troy Field, Sunday.

The win wasn't easy and the Relics certainly didn't have fortune on their side — Mississauga scored the game's first run on an illegal pitch call against pitcher Tom Berube and in attempting to get back in the game, a Relics rally was snuffed out in the fourth inning when a base-stealer was called out for taking an early jump off first base.

Sox catcher Frank Farrell, named the team's most valuable player after a 2-for-2 performance, drove in the fourth run on the very next pitch after Berube and the entire Sudbury bench thought strike three should have been called on the previous pitch.

Junior Ilnitski was named Sudbury's player of the game after launching a double and scoring the team's only run.

Tracy Woolridge earned the win on the mound for Mississauga, striking out six batters and surrendering four hits in the five-inning game.

"It's bittersweet, because all my friends here wanted so bad to win it and the opposing pitcher, Tom Berube, and I have been friends for a long time," Woolridge said. "But it's nice to wrap it up and win it."

It was the first 'AA' championship in three attempts for the Mississauga Sox, whose manager, Kenny Hendry, first took the team up to North Bay in 2009 after playing in the tournament previously as a member of the Toronto Bingos.

"We'll return. We love it up here, it's a great time," Hendry said after being presented the championship trophy after the game played in front of about 400 spectators. "Everyone's great and it's good ball. We'll keep coming back."

 

Following the three-game round robin, the Sox had to win four playoff games to claim the title.

"It was basically about sticking together," Hendry said. "Everybody was just making sure we played good ball and we just kept it simple."

In knocking off the Cold Spring Cats in Sunday morning's quarter-final, a wet affair on a soggy field, the Sox eliminated the Cobourg team that had won the 'AA' championship five of the past six years.

Cold Spring didn't go home without any hardware, however, as longtime coach Ewart Timlin was presented the Len Hewitt Memorial Trophy for his dedication to the sport.

In the 'A' final of the 30-team tournament, the Hamilton Stingers repeated as champions, edging the Val Gagne Hawks 2-1 in extra innings.

Wayne Doxtater drove in the walkoff run on an infield groundout in the bottom of the sixth inning, with the winning run sliding in just under the tag. Rob Straetmans went the distance on the mound for Hamilton.

Three North Bay players — Terry Vendetti, Jim Lisk and Kaz Lutecki — were suited up for the Val Gagne club, which held a 1-0 lead after four shutout innings from pitcher Frank Kujawinski.

Around the diamond

• Sunday's games were delayed two hours by rain.

• Pete Landers, a member of the Softball Canada Hall of Fame, took the mound for the Toronto Bingos on the weekend. Landers, 64, was one of the dominant pitchers in the sport in the 1970s, having been credited with more than 75 no-hitters, including one at the 1975 world championship.

• Peter McKenzie of Hopper's, the North Bay senior league champions, threw a no-hitter in the opening playoff game Saturday evening.



Wednesday, July 20
2011 ISC 50+ Legends Results



Click the following link to check out complete game scores, click on the winning team's name for game summaries.

http://www.iscfastpitch.com/uploads/File/2011%20ISC%20Files/2011_ISC_LEGENDS_Master.htm

 The following was sent to me by a fan who witnessed the championship game !

I watched the final game of the “Legends “ Ohio vs Wisconsin and I have NEVER  seen a game end like that in my life . Picture this Ohio had the lead but Wisconsin tied it up in the bottom of the 6 inning by executing a perfect safety squeeze .Ohio changes pitchers in bottom of 7 from Pete Meredith to Stevenson who had pitched them to  2-0 win over Cobourg and Zack .Lead-off man gets a single and of course everyone knows the bunt is on .The player puts down a pretty good bunt towards first base as catcher, pitcher ,third baseman and first baseman are all trying to get it –the pitcher flips it to the second baseman covering first but he juggles the ball momentarily and the runner is called safe .The original runner sees that everyone is near the pitcher’s circle and with the shortstop running beside him goes to third with no throw and after stopping there realizes that there is NO ONE at home plate and runs home with the championship winning run as the bewildered Ohio players looked on wondering who was supposed to be covering home plate .There you have it - the runner scored from first on a play that the ball never left the infield and was never really out of the defense”s possession except for the 8 foot flip to first .Just when you think you have seen everything happen in ball—this !!


Tuesday, July 19
2011 OASA Masters Championship - Results

“A” Division Teams         “B” Division Teams
Waterdown                        Bracebridge Bills Pizza
Wateloo                             North Bay
Aurora                                Stoney Creek Scrappers
Bracebridge
Oshawa

Friday July 15th.

Waterdown – 9 ( 11 inns )
Aurora – 8
WP – Tim Neill
LP – George Karkinbasis

Waterloo – 4
Bracebridge – 0
WP – Jason Smith
LP – Frank Cox

Saturday July 16th.

Bracebridge Bills Pizza – 5
North Bay – 1
WP – Tony Peacock
LP - ?

Waterdown – 13
Bracebridge – 1
WP – Rod Fevreau
LP – Cory Stollar

Aurora – 7
Oshawa – 2
WP -  George Karkinbasis
LP – Phil Yahn

Stoney Creek – 16
North Bay – 8
WP – Rick Hames, relief by Harold Passmore
LP - ?

Waterloo – 8
Aurora – 4

Waterdown – 12
Oshawa – 9

Bracebridge – 5
Oshawa – 1

Waterloo – 4
Waterdown – 3

Stoney Creek – 7   ( 5 inns )
Bracebridge Bills Pizza – 0
WP – Doug Charlton, relief by Will Tangaroa
LP – Joe Patkowski

Bracebridge – 8
Aurora – 4

Ohsawa – 9
Waterloo – 4

Playoffs

Bracebridge Bills Pizza – 7
North Bay – 5
WP - Joe Patkowski

Aurora - 14
Waterloo – 11
WP – Ken O’Sullivan
LP – Todd Uhrig in relief of Jason Smith

Bracebridge – 9
Waterdown – 5
WP – Frank Cox
LP – Tim Neill

“B” Division Championship

Stoney Creek – 6
Bracebridge – 3
WP – Doug Charlton
LP – Tony Peacock

“A” Division Championship

Bracebridge – 5
Aurora -3
WP Frank Cox
LP – Ken O’Sullivan

“A” Division Awards
Most Valuable Pitcher – Ken O’Sullivan, Aurora
Most Sportsmanlike – Ted Conway, Bracebridge



Wednesday, September 22
NAFA Masters West World Series Wrap Up

NAFA Masters West World Series Wrap Up

September 17-19 Carson City, Nevada

Darren Zack, Peter Merideth, Paul Algar, Mike Pietnik, Mike Trotter, Dan Kolda, Gord Scott, Kevin Kammueller, Mike

Crawford, Mark Bennett, Wayne Gaura, Ray Camacho, Lanky Johnson, Jim Ullock, Greg Alder, Matt Smith, Steve Morgan,

Steve Black, Matt Barnes, Ed Gasper, Mitch Mendenhall, Reno Lato, Sam Aldridge, Cleon Tungsvik, Kelly Richardson were

a few of the pitchers who attended and the batters were just as impressive on this fine weekend in Nevada. Mike

Crawford from Ontario Canada won $12,000 and kept our annual big winner streak alive.

The weather and fields at Centennial Park in Carson City were beautiful aside from some wind late Sunday afternoon. 3

divisions (50,45,40) were held and 3 new Champions were crowned-Ohio Battery in the 50, Tulsa Gray Sox in the 45 and

Massachusetts Seadogs in the 40. The field prep crew did a great job and the concessions stand was incredible.

Complex Manager, Jeremiah Teeter and his staff were great to work with again. As usual the event ran a little long each

day and that pushed some to ask for time limits on the round robin games and a tiebreaker plan(which is optional as

long as both coaches agree in masters play). There were also a lot of requests to change to the yellow ball. We also had

a bit of drama in the 40+ division as a couple people weren’t quite ready to make the jump from 35 to 40 but came

anyway. For next year each roster will now have to be submitted by email with birthdays prior to the event and each

team and player will be run through a wristband machine to be approved to play in any division prior to playing on

Friday night. Color coded for each incremental age you are over. The new roster will have the birthday on it and there

will be a special section for the legal underage players color coded on the roster.

4 great surprises in the event were the Fat City team playing superbly and making it into the 40 Gold Division, Santa Rosa

Fastpitch going undefeated in pool play in the 45-over, NW Old Growth from Portland going undefeated in Pool play in

the 50-Over and first time attendee Budweiser from Orland, California playing very well in the 40-Over Division.

Special thanks to tournament directors Bob Chapel and Robert Hernandez and UIC Pete Davis and Kris Russom on

souvenirs and Debbie Ivie, Amy Hardesty and Dewey Yoke on the gates. The umpires had a few complaints but many

also commented that there were more top umpires there than ever before. Umpires were from Oregon, So Cal, Nevada,

and NorCal. People were excited to hear that we are adding Niagra Falls July 1-3 next year. The weather was low 80’s

and perfect for playing in. The Stevie Ray Vaughn cover band concert Saturday night put on by the Gold Dust Motel was

appreciated. We had some issues with the mounds softening up and pitchers areas and they did their best to address it

and will be adding more clay next year. The dust that came with the wind late Sunday afternoon was a first but we

played through it and it didn’t take away from the perfect weather we had for all but about 4 hours of the event. Besides

pulled muscles there were very few injuries. We were successful playing two 4:45 championship games and that helped

keep all but two games at the main park on Sunday and we will continue to do that in the future. Of course there is no

curfew there and the lights were used all three nights although we were done on Saturday at 8:30pm.

The surveys will be posted on the website Thursday. A breakdown by class is provided below and this information is also

on the website at www.Nafafastpitch.com

2011 Sites and Dates

The Rockford event will be more appropriately renamed the Midwest Masters World Series(Sept. 9-11) and may come

back to Rockford although there were requests to check into new locations including Mankato and Madison. The Carson

City event will remain the West Masters(Sept. 16-18) and the new Niagra Falls Canada event( July 1-3) will be titled the

East Masters(U.S. East/Canada East). The Las Vegas (October 24-25) event will give Masters teams 4 quality events they

can attend annually in each part of the United States.

50-Over(Complete Bracket is on www.Nafafastpitch.com)

The two undefeated pool winners were NW Old Growth and Ohio Battery. The big surprise was that Texas Stars went 0-

3 in pool play but as everyone knows Sunday everyone gets to start over and Texas Stars did it in a big way first beating

Nevada Power (who was one pitch away from winning) and then taking out Undefeated NW Old Growth. Ohio Battery

cruised through and won the final 7-0 over always strong Seattle FP. So Cal Relics started off the weekend of upsets with

a big win 13-5 over Seattle FP. Defending Champion Bay Area Merchants(playing under Savala Painters) was knocked

out in the second round on Sunday. Peter Merideth was the MVPitcher and Dennis Brownsfield was the MVP in a star

studded cast put together by Ohio Battery coach and sponsor Nick McCurry.

50-Over Finals Standings

Ohio Battery, Ohio, 6-0

Seattle FP, Washington, 4-2

3- Ladner Masters, B.C., Canada, 3-2

3- Texas Stars/Si Senor, Texas, 2-4

5-NW Old Growth, Oregon, 3-1

5- Savala Painters, 2-2

5- Pantera’s, So California, 2-3

5- Boise Fog, Idaho, 1-3

9- So Cal Relics, So California, 1-3

9- Nevada Power, Nevada, 0-4

50-Over All World Team

MVP Dennis Brownsfield, Ohio Battery

MVPitcher Peter Meredith, Ohio Battery

Wayne Gaura, Ohio Battery

Ray Camacho, Ohio Battery

Randy Brown, Ohio Battery

Jim Huerta, Ohio Battery

Jim Decatur, Seattle FP

Andy Watson, Seattle FP

Jim Bulman, Seattle FP

Cam Ackley, Seattle FP

Peter Allen, Ladner

Ken Hall, Ladner

Phil Cain, Texas

Dan Reynolds, Texas

Mike Trotter, NW Old Growth

Sean O’Neil, Boise Fog

Doug Shaw, Pantera’s

Tony Vierra, So Cal Relics

45-Over(Complete Bracket is on www.Nafafastpitch.com)

Parity was evident in this division in Carson City like it was in Rockford as the last seed pushed the 3rd seed to extra

innings Sunday morning and the #4 seed upset the #1 seed on Sunday morning as well. The #4 seed Ladner went on to

take a lead deep into the championship game but a late rally by the Gray Sox gave them the close victory and the title.

NAFA Hall of Famer Gord Scott was the Most Valuable Pitcher and Richie Hunt was the MVP of the 45 Division although

an incredible day was had by Ladner pitcher Sammy Aldridge who gave Tulsa all they could handle. Kevin Kammueller,

was all world selection and was enjoyed by all but the opposing batters. Kevin was the MVPitcher in the East 45-Over for

his regular team Jordan Realty but bought his own ticket out to Carson City because he just wanted to see what it was

like. In the longest game of the tournament(of course at 8 am on Sunday backing things up), Kelly Richardson of the Blue

Hares battled Kevin Kammueller of Oregon Masters in an extra inning game won by Oregon Masters on a game winning

base hit by Executive Director, Benjie Hedgecock. Kelly Richardson noted, “He was just lucky bases were loaded so that I

couldn’t bean him like I normally do…” and then he laughed. Longtime Tulsa sponsor and coach Hill was rewarded for his

preserverence in the sport and many people in attendance were rooting for him. NAFA Hall of Famer and co-founder Jim

Williamson coach the Ladner team to the championship game and was an umpire favorite as well.

45-Over Final Standings

Champions Tulsa Gray Sox, Oklahoma, 5-0

2
nd Ladner Masters 45’s, B.C., Canada, 3-3

3rd Santa Rosa FP, Nor California, 3-1

3rd Oregon Masters, Oregon, 3-2

5th Strathmore Bulls, Winnipeg 0-4

5th Grants Pass Blue Hares, Oregon, 0-4

45-Over All World

MVP Richie Hunt, Tulsa

MVPitcher, Gord Scott, Tulsa

Wade Max, Tulsa

Lance Day, Tulsa

Herman Augerhole, Tulsa

Mike Mussina, Tulsa

Sam Aldridge, Ladner

Jack Andreas, Ladner

Brian Manderville, Ladner

Troy Grow, Ladner

Steve Pidwerberski, ladner

Kevin Kammueller, Oregon Masters

Chris Newbold, Oregon Masters

Dana Faccini , Santa Rosa

Rick Kain , Santa Rosa

Tim Grund, Santa Rosa

Les Elchuck, Bulls

Craig Vohland, Blue Hares

40-Over(Complete Bracket is on www.Nafafastpitch.com)

For the first time in the 40 Division we went to an upper and lower bracket on Sunday which was very well received by

the lower bracket teams and understood by the upper teams even though they would have preferred to face someone

Sunday prior to the #1 seeds having to face each other. We had a great final in the Gold Division with a one run game

won by Seadogs over Portland as Paul Algar got some great relief from legend Darren Zack as the Seadogs outlasted

Portland 7-6. Mike Pietnik and Mark Bennett threw for Portland in the final. In an incredible weekend for MVP Jeff Hook

he hit 4 homeruns, .545, had 13 rbi’s, scored 9 times himself. Paul Algar nipped teammate Darren Zack for the

MVPitcher honors. In the Silver Division, So Cal Rounders beat the San Antonio Classics in the final behind the great

hitting of MVP Fred Hanker and great pitching of Mitch Mendenhall who was the MVPitcher. The Classics from Texas

had a great first NAFA Masters and will be back with their pitcher Mike Crawford who won $12,000 at the Casino.

40-Over Final Standings

Gold Division

1st-Seadogs, Massachusetts, 5-0

2nd, C R Rockers, Oregon, 4-13

rd, Cal State Builders, Nor California, 3-1

3rd, Utah FP, Utah, 3-2

5th Fat City, Nevada, 2-2

40-Over All World Gold Division

MVP Jeff Hook

MVPitcher Paul Algar

All World

Darren Zack, Seadogs

Mark Wofford, Seadogs

John Kosinski, Seadogs

Dennis Hajjar, Seadogs

Rob Gehrke, Portland

Todd Budke, Portland

Mike Pietnik, Portland

Russ Newton, Portland

Jim McDonald, Fat City

Larry Villafuerde, Fat City

Duey Christianson, Cal State

Chad Budrick, Cal State

Dean Waltiers, Cal State

Tommy Gray, Utah

Shad Alvey, Utah

Silver Division

1st- Rounders, So California, 4-2

2
nd, San Antonio Classics, Texas, 2-4

3rd, Bandits, So California, 1-43

rd, Budweiser, Orland, California, 3-2

5th, Yard Dogs, So California, 2-25

th, Lawdogs, Nor California, 1-3

5th, N8V Cal NEVA, Nevada, 1-3

8th, RMC Builders,Nor California, 0-4, NO SHOW

40-Over All World Silver Division

MVP Fred Hanker, Rounders

MVPitcher Mitch Mendenhall, Rounders

All World

Tom Morton, Rounders

Mike Thomas, Rounders

Eric Guyerman, Rounders

Gilbert Garza, Classics

Albert Estrada, Classics

Michael Garza, Classics

Bobby Alonzo, Classics

Mike Crawford, Classics

Randall Baley, Lawdogs

Dave Waco, Yarddogs

Carty Sawtelle, Budweiser

Mike Elby, Budweiser

Steve Castro, Jr, Bandits

Andy De Corte, Bandits

NEXT UP….Las Vegas Nevada October 23-24….as the East meets the West.



Wednesday, September 15
NAFA Masters East World Series Wrap Up

Editor's Note : The following is courtesy of Al's Fastball, it appears that NAFA is coming to CANADA for the first time ever in 2011 ? Niagara Falls, Ontario to host the 2011 NAFA Masters East World Series.

Tournament dates : Friday July 1st to Sunday July 3rd. These dates should be very appealing to both Canadian and American teams with Canada's holiday on Friday July 1st and the American holiday on Monday July 4th.

NAFA Masters East World Series Wrap Up

Tuesday, September 14, 2010
NAFA Masters East World Series Wrap Up
September 10-12 Rockford, Illinois

The 8 field Sportscore Park was beautiful and the recent flood that closed the park was barely noticeable. 5 divisions (55,50,45,40,35) were held and 3 new Champions were crowned. One guy Mike White from Madison Wisconsin played in all 5 divisions. The field prep crew was awesome.  Sportscore Manager, Marianne Larson and her staff were great to work with again providing gate keepers, scorekeepers, , hosting the umpires and staff and especially her hospitality ambassadors. The event went smoothly for the most part with cool playing weather.
Special thanks to tournament directors Loren Lathrop and Mike Watson and UIC Carley Parish and Kris Russom on souvenirs. The umpires also did a fine job with only a few complaints. Umpires were from Oregon, Canada, Kansas, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Illinois. Player ages ranged from 32 to 71. Players asked if we could add a 60+ Division next year and that may very well happen.  People were excited to hear that we are adding Niagra Falls July 1-3 next year and we had 11 teams verbally commit to attend(ok their wives committed for them). The fields really took a rain blast very well Saturday morning and all games still started on time at 8 am and the rain really helped to make it a pleasant day as there was no dust and injuries were low as the cool temperature aided players, many who were playing in multiple divisions. As usual players had many suggestions through the weekend to help make the event better each year such as using a yellow ball, getting the curfew waived, using wood bats, adding a 60+ Division, staggering the championship game times and having teams play their way into upper and lower divisions on Sunday. Any and all suggestions are appreciated by the NAFA Directors. Without the curfew being waived we can't really stagger the championship games but that would be nice except for teams with long drives or plane flights. We may add the 60 as we had 4 teams commit to bring 60's next year. As far as the yellow ball and wood bats go those are reasonable suggestions but would have to be asked for by a super majority of the teams on the survey forms before those changes could be made as the players drive our changes not the Directors. The surveys will be posted on the website Thursday. A breakdown by class is provided below and this information is also on the website at www.Nafafastpitch.com
2011 Sites and Dates
The Rockford event will be more appropriately renamed the Midwest Masters World Series(Sept. 9-11)  and may come back to Rockford although there were requests to check into new locations. The Carson City event will remain the West Masters(Sept. 16-18) and the new Niagra Falls Canada event( July 1-3) will be titled the East Masters(U.S. East/Canada East). The Las Vegas (October 22-23) event will give Masters  teams  4 quality events they can attend annually in each part of the United States.

55-Over Division(Complete Bracket with scores are on www.Nafafastpitch.com)
A new champion was crowned with Nohren Farms from Illinois taking a well fought championship game 6-4 over the 2008 Champion Cardinal Home Improvement from Minnesota.  61 year old Pitcher Barry  Dalmasso earned the Most Valuable Pitcher Award and won the championship game over Lou Heller of Cardinal Home.

55 Final Standings
Nohren Farms, Illinois, 5-0
Cardinal Home Improvement, Minn, 3-2
3rd Bowar Electric, Wi, 3-2
3rd Insurance Center, Wi, 2-3
5th News & Lou's Thunder, Mich, 0-4
5th Gushow Excavating, Mich, 0-4
55-Over All World Team
MVP, Mike Drew, Nohren
MVPitcher, Barry Dalmasso, Nohren
Steve Hall, Nohren
Ron Windsor, Nohren
Jim Bone, Nohren
Lee Patton, Cardinal
Al Killian, Cardinal
Lou Heller, Cardinal
Steve Fedie, Cardinal
Chris Gentilly, Bowar
Al Wong, Bowar
Joe Wrresdorf, Bowar
Chris Tanner, Thunder

50-Over(Complete Bracket with scores are on www.Nafafastpitch.com)
The big upset of the tournament was the gutsy gutsy performance by insurance Center who knocked off the favorite Ohio Battery in 11 innings 6-5 and then almost did the same thing to Harold's in the final losing 5-4 in a late rally. Defending Champion Berkanpas Development was knocked out it a great battle against Harold’s 4-1. Harold’s Supermarket went 6-0 to take the championship. Clayton Fleeman, Ray Foster and Allan Speckels were a great pitching combination for Harold’s.

50-Over Finals Standings
Harold's Supermarket, Missouri, 6-0
Insurance Center, Wi, 4-2
3-Ohio Battery, Ohio, 3-2
3-Nohren Farms, IL, 3-2
5-Berkenpas Development, Mi, 2-2
5-Des Moines Metros, IA, 2-2
5-Bowar Electric, Wi, 1-4
5-Gushow Excavating, Mi, 0-4
9-Sand Prairie Const., Wi, 0-3(could not play fri night)
50-Over All World Team
MVP
MVPitcher Ray Foster, Harold's
Larry Cushman, IC
Jeff Zeller, IC
Kent Stelter, IC
Mark Palsrud, IC
Rich Roy, Nohren
Brian Marty, Nohren
Bruce Pirkel, Ohio
Jim Huerta, Ohio
Jeff Bohne, Ohio
Butch Smoot, DesM
Gary Franzen, Berkenpas
Jim Keller, Gushow

45-Over(Complete Bracket with scores are on www.Nafafastpitch.com)
Top to bottom the toughest division as only 2 runs separated the top team and the bottom team. Great Parity and tough pitching, fielding and hitting by all teams. The parity was displayed in the final as It was a 0-0 draw as darkness fell in Rockford and as lightning and rain approached the game was called in the top of the 9th as the lights curfew took effect at the park and the only choice was to move to another park and hope to beat the lightning and rain but the coaches opted to hit the road and both went home winners. Brent Stevenson and Kevin Kammueller put on beautiful pitching performances in the final and had the other teams batters in check in a game that may have gone on forever.   Was the MVP and Kevin Kammueller was the Most Valuable Pitcher although he thought Stevenson, Bobby Ginger, Shawn Sampson, Greg Wright were all deserving of the award. Every Game on Sunday in elimination play was very competitive with 8-6, 5-4,4-1,7-6 and 0-0 scores. The two semifinal battles between Eagle Pack who fought back a late comeback from CPI Classics and held on to win 7-6 and the 4-1 Jordan Realty win over first time attendee Fox Negaunee were great spectator games.

45-Over Final Standings
Co Champs- Jordan Realty, Minnesota, 4-0-1 and Eagle Pack, Indiana, 4-0-1
3rd CPI Classics, New York, 3-2
3rd Fox Negaunee, Michigan, 2-3
5th Insurance Center, Wi, 0-4
5th The Stock, Wi, 0-4
MVP Kurt Decker, Eagle
MVPitcher Kevin Kammueller, Jordan
45-Over All World
Scott Nielson, Jordan
Gerry Gubash, Jordan
Bill Hafner, Jordan
Chris Hammock, Eagle
John Sudges, Eagle
Bob Ginger, Eagle
Shawn Sampson, CPI
Kevin Anderson, Stock
Davy Tomlinson, Insur
Gary Karpe, Fox
Greg Wright, Fox
Bob Rabitalle, fox
Mike Vanderlip, CPI
Mark Lazarro, CPI

45-OVER was "Kurt Decker of Eagle Pack was MVP

40-Over(Complete Bracket with scores are on www.Nafafastpitch.com)
Cary Trucking and Jordan Realty have a great friendly rivalry from when they battled in the final in 2008 so it was no surprise when the Cary players waited patiently for an hour for Jordan's players to get through most of their 45-over semifinal game as the Jordan team had to split into two to play in the 40 and 45 final game being held at the same time. In a well fought game Cary's came out on top behind tourney most valuable pitcher Jeff Graf who outlasted Jordan's Kent Casperson who threw a gem himself in the final losing 6-4 after Jordan led 2-1 early. First year attendee KC Indios did well taking third along with Point Blank Tattoo/Gardner Company.
40-Over Final Standings
Cary's Trucking, Michigan, 6-0
Jordan Realty, Minnesota, 5-1
3rd KC Indios, Kansas, 3-2
3rd Point Bl Tattoo/Gardner Co, Il, 3-2
5th Marion Bombers, Indiana, 1-3
5th Montana Iron Works, Wi, 1-3
5th Central Illinois Bud, IL, 0-4
5th-Midwest Free Agents, 0-4
40-Over All World
MVP Chris Rivard
MVPitcher Jeff Graf
All World
Mike Koenig, Cary
Shannon Damron, Cary
Steve Meyers, Cary
Jeff Kochanczyk, Cary
Kent Casperson, Jordan
Bill Lesher, Jordan
Paul Arntsen, Jordan
Shawn McCarthy, Jordan
Dave Meyer, Gardner,PB
Mike Davenport, Gardner, PB
Jerry Showers, Gardner, PB
Kevin Shaw, Indios
Lou Ramirez, Indios
Louis Orpeza, Indios
Jan Caban, Cent Ill
Gill Rowley, Montana

35-Over(Complete Bracket with scores are on www.Nafafastpitch.com)
In what was a replay of the Saturday night all important final seeding game which went 15 innings and 3.5 hours (where the Bar's Bryan Lathrop had New Image batters befuddled, New Image won 3-2), New Image and MVPitcher  Jeremy Holman beat the Bar Of Appleton 5-4 in the final in just 7 innings. New Image knocked a tiring Lathrop out of the game early but Dave Meyers came in and held his own against the tough New Image hitting lineup. An interesting thing happened in the final though as Jeremy Holman kept batters off balance with three different pitching styles which included his normal 7 foot leap, then he went to a modified Fp slingshot style and the finished with what surprised spectators , directors and even his own players, which was a push and drag traditional style(which of course no one knew he was even capable of). He mixed in his world renowned changeup and sent batter after batter to the chiropractor. Using a bowlers finish bracket, the semifinal game was one of the most exciting of the tournament as the Bar of Appleton came from behind in the late innings to best the host team BAC Pride 3-2 and a great pitching performance by Ray Reynolds for BAC.

35-Over Final Standings
New Image, Wisconsin, 4-0
Bar of Appleton, Wisconsin, 3-2
Blackhawks Athletic Pride, Il, 2-3
Central Illinois Budweiser, IL, 0-4
35-Over All World Team
MVP Tom Crouch, New Image
MVPitcher, Jeremy Holman ,NI
Jeff Jahn, NI
Les Wood, NI
Harvey Knutson , NI
Tim Ganzer, Bar
Bryan Lathrop, Bar
Matt Horton, Bar
Rob Miscovich, Bar
Kent Evans, Cent Ill
Matt Smith, BAC
Ray Reynolds, BAC
Chad Cruscher, BAC
NEXT UP….Carson City and the West Masters….Brackets are on www.Nafafastpitch.com


Sunday, September 5
Cold Springs win North Bay Tourney - What else is new ?

Cats continue worldly winning streak — PHOTO GALLERY

Local Sports

Posted By JORDAN ERCIT, THE NUGGET

Posted 57 seconds ago
Jordan Ercit The NuggetTom McInnes, of the Lindsay Oldtimers, makes an unorthodox catch Sunday during the World Senior Men's Fastball Tournament 'A' championship at Troy Field.

 

 

With his hand taped and bruised collarbone a ripe red and blue, catcher Jason Hoch was ready for a cold sip of a victory beverage.

With the punishment he takes behind the plate, here's hoping his teammates won't make him pay.

Hoch, 38, made it three-for-three Sunday afternoon at the World Senior Men's Fastball Tournament as his Cobourg-based Cold Spring Cats approached dynasty territory with a third straight 'AA' championship victory at Troy Field. It's their sixth title in the tournament's 24-year history.

Since 2008, Hoch, a former hardball catcher, has been there to call the games and have his left palm tenderized by the likes of Todd Uhrig and Don Stebbing, who have both earned a 'AA' most-valuable-pitcher award at the World Senior Men's event.

 

Sunday, Uhrig dominated the Mississauga Sox during a 1-0 complete-game shutout, allowing one hit and striking out nine with his mix of drop ball, curves, changeups and risers.

"It's a tough assignment," said Hock, of Kitchener, who has been catching Uhrig, an Elora product, for seven years. "He's not a traditional riseball pitcher. He throws down all the time.

"But it's fun to catch a guy like Todd. He throws hard and he's consistent, and the only thing I expect at the end of the day is a bruised hand."

Shortstop Terry Ehton hit a bases-loaded single in the bottom of the sixth inning to spoil a similar pitching gem by Mississauga southpaw Billy Carson, who allowed two hits while striking out five.

Hits were hard to come by Sunday as both championship games saw a combined four runs scored in chilly conditions compared to 2009. Rain also cancelled a round of games Saturday night.

"It's funny because we were (complaining) about how hot it was last year," Hoch said.

In the 'A' final, Jim Kartsomanis launched a walk-off home run in the bottom of the fifth inning as the Hamilton Stingers edged the Lindsay Oldtimers 2-1 for their first-ever World Senior Men's title.

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Stingers pitcher Randy Dalgleish struck out eight during five innings of three-hit ball, the only blemish being a Bob Lamb run-scoring single.

"We had a hero every game and today it was mine and Randy's turn," said Kartsomanis, a Stoney Creek native who hit his first-ever walkoff that included his time in minor league baseball.

jercit@nugget.ca



Thursday, September 2
Darren Zack @ 2010 North Bay Tourney

Hall of Famer Zack in town for world fastball tournament

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Posted By KEN PAGAN, THE NUGGET

Posted 8 hours ago
International Softball Congress Hall of Famer Darren Zack, who has pitched teams to four world championships, will be in North Bay this weekend for the 24th annual World Senior Men's Fastball Tournament.

Zack, from Garden River First Nation near Sault Ste. Marie, is on the roster for the Sudbury Relics squad in this weekend's event, which features 28 teams from across the province playing on four local diamonds through Sunday.

Zack was inducted into the ISC Hall of Fame this year, after entering the Canadian Softball Hall of Fame in 2009.

His fastball resume is unmatched, the only player to win the outstanding pitcher award at the world championships four times (from 1992 to 2000), while being named an all-world pitcher nine times at the tournament.

In 1995, he struck out a tournament-record 150 batters in 72 2/3 innings in leading the Toronto Gators to the world championship.

He also led Canada to three consecutive Pan American Games gold medals (1991, 1995 and 1999).

This weekend, Zack's Sudbury Relics open their schedule Friday at 9:45 p.m. against North Bay Don Cherry's at CFB Field. Saturday, the Relics meet North Bay Boston Pizza at 9:15 a,m, at CFB Field, before meeting the tournament's two-time defending champions, Cobourg's Cold Spring Cats, at 1 p.m. at Johnson Field.

The Cold Spring Cats have won the tournament's 'AA' championship four of the past five years, with North Bay Casey's claiming the title in 2007.

All eight teams from the North Bay Senior Men's Fastball League are taking part, while a few other North Bay notables — Jim Lisk, Terry Vendetti and Bill Reid — joining the Val Gagne Hawks, who have advanced to the tournament championship game in recent years.

The tournament also features teams from South River, Mattawa, Temagami, Sudbury, Hamilton, Lindsay, Oshawa, Moosonee, Stratford, Ingersoll, Mississauga, Peterborough and Toronto.

The round robin wraps up Saturday afternoon, with Sunday's playoffs culminating with 'A' and 'AA' championship games at 2:30 and 4 p.m. at Troy Field.



Force Legends
Saturday, August 28
Cobourg Force win ISC Legends Championship

The following is posted on Al's Fastball .......

Cobourg FORCE Legends Fastball Club Crowned ISC World - Legends Champion

Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Cobourg FORCE Legends Fastball Club Crowned ISC World - Legends Champion

The Cobourg FORCE Legends fastball club captured the inaugural International Softball Congress (ISC) World - Legends tournament this past week in Midland, Michigan. On their way to the championship title the Cobourg FORCE went 6-0, an undefeated record against formable teams from the United States. The Cobourg FORCE were the only team from Canada who participated in the ISC event and are founded from Cobourg, Ontario - Canada.

The final game was a pitching duel between Darren Zack of the FORCE and Lee Noel of the Berkenpass Development team from Byron Center, Michigan. The key blow of the game with the FORCE down 1-0 in the bottom of the 6th inning was the RBI single by Sammy Forbes to tie the game. In the bottom of the 7th with the scored notched at 1-1 the FORCE's leadoff hitter Peter McCormack hit a triple over the left fielders head as the fielder was playing slightly in for the slap hitter McCormack. Now with McCormack on third with none out, Doug Willoughby hit a sharp single up the middle for the championship win and the celebration began.

The pitching records for the FORCE;
Darren Zack 3-0 record (Darren Zack selected as the Most Valuable Pitcher)
Wayne Wells 2-0 record
Don Stebbings 1-0 record

All of the players and management staff played a vital role for this past weekend's title and played as a team throughout the week. They are as follows;

Paul Clemons - Cambridge, Ontario
Peter McCormack - Pickering, Ontario (selected as the Most Valuable Player of the tournament)
Les Ellchuk - Erickson, Manitoba
Bill Fairney - Toronto, Ontario
Sammy Forbes - Waterloo, Ontario
Steve Mitts - Oshawa, Ontario
Dana Seiling - Waterloo, Ontario
Don Stebbings - Waterloo, Ontario
Al Taylor - Waterloo, Ontario
Tim Thorne - Brampton, Ontario
Wayne Wells - Peterborough, Ontario
Randy Wicke - Rostock, Ontario
Doug Willoughby - Cavan, Ontario
Darren Zack - Garden River, Ontario
Sylvia 'Sparky' Ryan - Little Britain, Ontario
The FORCE family and friends who travelled to this tournament to cheer on the team to victory.


The Cobourg FORCE Masters team previously captured 2 OASA Masters Championship titles in 2009 and 2007 for the only 2 years they participated.

On behalf of Cobourg FORCE Legends fastball team I would like to thank the ISC - Larry Fisher, the departing Executive Director Ken Hackmiester, all of the teams that participated in the tournament and the organizers along with the grounds crew who did a fabulous job on the diamonds - a job well done.

Wayne Wells

Game Summaries :

Game # 1 :  http://www.iscfastpitch.com/uploads/File/2010%20LEGENDS%20FILES/lg-1.htm

Game # 2 : http://www.iscfastpitch.com/uploads/File/2010%20LEGENDS%20FILES/lg-4.htm

Game # 3 : http://www.iscfastpitch.com/uploads/File/2010%20LEGENDS%20FILES/lg-10.htm

Game # 4 : http://www.iscfastpitch.com/uploads/File/2010%20LEGENDS%20FILES/lg-13.htm

Game # 5 : http://www.iscfastpitch.com/uploads/File/2010%20LEGENDS%20FILES/lg-17.htm

Game # 6 : http://www.iscfastpitch.com/uploads/File/2010%20LEGENDS%20FILES/lg-19.htm



Sunday, August 29
2010 ISC Legends Tourney - Game Summaries

Click the following link for complete game summaries, just click on the winning teams name for the box score.

http://www.iscfastpitch.com/uploads/File/2010%20LEGENDS%20FILES/Legends_2010ScheduleResults.htm



Sunday, August 29
Rob Greatrix wins OASA's Jack Cook Award

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Rob Greatrix of Niagara Falls is the winner of the 2010 OASA Jack Cook Award. Rob was the tournament organizer for the OASA Master's Provincial Championship for the last 3 years. Rob also helped his Niagara Falls Fury Masters Team win the Silver medal at this year's tourney.

The Jack Cook Award is presented annually to a player, coach or manager who displays skill, leadership and sportsmanship on and off the field.   

Previous winners .......

Doug Charlton, Sammy Forbes, John Kemp, Jodie Schnarr, Dana Seiling & Todd Uhrig.



Monday, August 2
Hammer Win Ontario Masters Championship

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A Final
Waterdown Hammer 3
Niagara Fury 2
Final in 10 innings
wp - Jim Hurst
lp - Tom Berube
As reported in my earlier post both Berube and Hurst were on their game. A large crowd took this one in and they were not disappointed. International rule applies in the 10th inning. Pete Kucharek and Mark Korten each had clutch two out hits for the Fury in the top of ten to stake the Fury to a 2-0 lead. The Hammer respond with Dave Brownhill single (Brownhill was all over the basepaths the whole game), Brian Prowse reached on an infield hit loading the bases for Steve Gillis. This is not a good spot for any team to have to try and get by Gillis, the guy in my opinion is one the best hitters around and he makes the Fury pay with a triple to score all three runners. Great game and the Fury congratulate the always classy Hammers boys on their victory.
Gold - Waterdown Hammer
Silver - Niagara Fury
Jim Hurst the well deserved recipient of the Most Valuable Pitcher award.
It was a weekend of great fastball with tons of camaraderie. They teams spent the majority of the weekend renewing old friendships, great to see. 
The tournament after a three year run in Niagara Falls moves to Bracebridge next year. Ted Conway along with the OASA will be sending out information. I, on behalf of the Niagara Fury players and coaches would like to extend our thanks to all the teams that participated the past three years and to the OASA for extending the invitation for us to host. The Fury players should also be recognized for donating to the OASA scholarship fund the past three years with proceeds from the beer tent.
Good luck all with the remainder of your seasons.
Robert R. Greatrix, CGA
Chief Financial Officer
Integrity Health Group
12-111 Fourth Avenue, Suite 365
St Catharine's, Ontario
L2S-3P5
905-324-6341 (cell)
905-641-9111 X 224 (office)
905-641-9144 (fax)
800-360-4179 (toll free)
rob@integrityhealth.tv
Robert R. Greatrix, CGA


Saturday, February 13
Gord Scott @ World Masters Games

Photo from the 2009 World Masters Games in Sydney Australia.

Canadian pitcher Gord Scott ( on the left ) and New Zealand pitcher Ross Mackie.

Both played for USA based Ohio Battery who won the Silver Medal in the 45+ division.



Forbes and Crawf @ Aussie
Wednesday, February 3
Photos of Crawford and Forbes from Australia

Ontario's own, Lefty Mike Crawford and Slammin' Sammy Forbes with a little hardware from their recent trip down under. The other photo sees Sammy standing on first posing for the camera. Both recently returned from the AAU tourney in Florida where they suited up for the Cobourg Force. Back to the daily "Grind" now Sammy !

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Friday, January 29
2010 ISC "Legends" Division Tournament

January 29th, 2010

2010 ISC “LEGENDS” DIVISION TOURNAMENT
WHERE: MIDLAND, MI
WHEN: AUG 19 - 20 - 21
ENTRY FEE: $350.00(USD)
FORMAT: 4 GAME GUARANTEE
AGE CLASSIFICATION: 50+ (Player must reach age 50 during 2010 calendar year)
ELIGIBILITY: If a player on a ISC “LEGENDS” team is also on a ISC World Tournament team roster, that player cannot play on a ISC “LEGENDS”
team until his ISC World Tournament team is eliminated from the ISC World Tournament.

This tournament will be held on the last three days of the ISC World Tournament, with the ISC “LEGENDS” championship game scheduled between the ISC World Tournament Loser Bracket Finals and the ISC World Tournament Championship Game. The ISC LEGENDS Championship game is scheduled to be video streamed.
We are looking for sixteen (16) teams for this inaugural event. This is an invitational tournament with the first sixteen (16) teams confirming entry being accepted.

Interested teams should respond to:
Larry Fisher
lfisher838 (at) ameritech.net



Zack Taem Canada
Tuesday, January 26
Z-Man inducted into Canada's Softball Hall of Fame

Editor's note : The following courtesy Eastern Ontario Fastball Blog. 

By Joseph Corbiere
SooToday.com
Thursday, November 19, 2009

Magic happens!

Darren was last on the program, but number one in our hearts. His mom, Edith and father, John, sister Leslie and brother Mack were there. Of course his wife, Charlotte and son Darren Jr. Were in attendance. One of Darren’s catchers, Randy Peck and his wife, were there too.

Amidst the 300 people in attendance, 30 family and friends travelled to Ottawa to see and be with the Big Guy. Other inductees spoke highly of the Z-Man. There was a good number of umpires in attendance. It was truly entertaining to listen to the men in blue debate, when they first had the opportunity to ump one of Darren’s games. Stories were going back and forth on which of the big games did the ump with him. And here I thought Umpires didn’t have a heart.

In addition to Darren, the female player inductee was Phyllis Bomberry, a Six Nations woman from Oshweken. Phyllis was born in 1943. Her 25 year career began in 1951 and went till 1976. Phyllis collected her fair share of batting titles and MVP accolades. She was the first female to win the Tom Longboat award in 1969.

Later after the ceremony was over it was great to listen to her and Darren swap stories. Phyllis subtle humour was soon apparent. Upon hearing the Z-Man describe his arsenal of pitches including the riser, the curve and drop ball along with a multitude of off speed pitches, Phyllis did not seem impressed. She explained that a woman from Connecticut used only 3 pitches . Fast, medium and slow. The Connecticut pitcher struck out 21 batters in a row from Phyllis’s team. A perfect game!

“So why do you, Big Guy, need so many?”...You simply had to love her.

The Big Guy was so nervous, yet his speech was fantastic. A great example of heart speaking! No notes, no carefully memorised speech, yet he accepted the moment and seemed to speak to us individually. Each person who touched his life was mentioned, thought of..... it was great . The simple eloquence, honesty, respect and sincerity in Darren’s words, touched all the listeners.

Darren’s story of how it began was intriguing, yet so simple. He described how he had went away to play hardball in southern Ontario. After realizing that his life was meant to go in another direction, he returned home.

His dad, John, told him “Hey Boy we need a pitcher”. So John would come home, with his work boots on put his work glove on his catching hand and slap on his ball glove. Hours were spent throwing that ball. Gloves were worn out ...balls were worn out...and many trips to what ever was being used as a back stop were made. Of course Darren was not an overnight success. Hard work and innumerable hours of practice created him.

Darren has the unique ability to be able to learn from anyone, at any time. Stan Solomon, who was the GR pitcher, when Z first tried his hand at pitching was one of the early influences. I remember Darren trading secrets with Duke Madahbee on Duke’s mesmerising change-up. Darren also learned from local pitchers such as the late Donnie Newman, Ray Lato Jr., Jake Derosario, Shoeless Jimmy Coulis, Tony Bergman, Harold Barton, George Crack and others too numerous to mention.

Even after winning the World Championships in 1992 he was still willing to discuss pitching styles and techniques with every pitcher who would talk to him. It didn’t matter who they were a discussion on pitching was an ongoing topic that he could not pass up. It has been a pure pleasure to watch this humble but proud man.

His passion for learning is equalled by his ability to focus. After conferring with him on giving away his pitches by a particular motion. He changed his pitching style that very inning. Darren repeatedly dreamt about games he had pitched and was going to pitch. His mind and body were so in sync that during his dreams he would sweat as if he a had pitched a full game. Many a time he woke up in a soaked bed.

The Z-Man is a fastpitch softball pitcher extraordinaire. His amazing speed, dazzling control and outstanding heart make him an batter’s nightmare. The big righthander can make his ball rise, drop, curve, screw and literally dance across the plate. The icing is that he can throw bullets and then come back at you with a deceptive change up.

Darren has dazzled batters and fastpitch fans around the world. He as traveled to New Zealand, Manilla, Cuba, Argentina, Mexico and all over Turtle Island. His imposing presence and gentlemanly demeanor have made him a fan favorite where ever he goes.

Can you imagine facing a 6'3", 275 pounder with a 32 oz piece of aluminum in your hand? Now, in the 1995 International Softball Congress’s World Tournament Darren was simply miraculous.

He pitched seven straight days and on the seventh day, Darren did not rest. He hurled three consecutive games on that Sunday, in Sioux City Iowa. He won ten consecutive games to lead the Toronto Gators to the world championships. Total domination would be the classic understatement. Not only did he pitch 69 and 2/3 inning without giving up a run, he also struck out 150 opposition batters in 73 2/3 innings. Yes folks, that’s right no opposing batter crossed the plate in 10 games. He struck out an average of 2.1 batters per inning. That, readers is simply amazing.

Darren truly deserves the Hall of Fame recognition. His career began in the late 70's and has spanned some 30 years. Leading the Garden River Braves to places we never dreamed about. Pitching 6 or 7 games a weekend. Keeping the opposition from scoring, then hitting the winning home run to win the game.

Truly a magical career!!!

PS- for an added bonus...wait till you hear Darren’s magical harmonica play the Free Willy theme.!!

DARREN ZACK
CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

AWARDS
SOFTBALL CANADA HALL OF FAME - 2009

WALK OF FAME - Sault Ste Marie 2007

SAULT STE MARIE SPORTS HALL OF FAME - Inaugural Inductee 2002

27th annual Canadian Sport Awards 2000
TOM LONGBOAT AWARD - outstanding male aboriginal athlete of the year

H.P. BROUGHTON AWARD - sponsored by Sault Ste. Marie - Rotary Club
Symbolic of Sault Ste. Marie Sports Person of the Year 1995

NATIONAL ABORIGINAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD Sports Category 1997

CANADIAN NATIONAL TEAM 1991 - 2004

WORLD SOFTBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS (10 wins - 2 losses)
Gold medal 1992 ( 4 -0)
Silver Medal 1996, 2004

PAN- AMERICAN GAMES Gold Medal 1991 1995 1999


INTERNATIONAL SOFTBALL CONGRESS

CHAMPIONSHIPS
Toronto Gators
1993 first Canadian team to win this event
1995

1998 Tampa Bay Smokers

2000 Decatur Pride.

INDIVIDUAL RECORDS

MOST CONSECUTIVE INNINGS WITHOUT ALLOWING A RUN
69 2/3 Toronto Gators 1995 (10 straight games)

MOST WINS, TOURNAMENT - (holds 1st and 2nd exclusively and is tied for 3rd)
Toronto Gators 1995
Toronto Gators 1993
Vancouver Magicians 1992

MOST STRIKEOUTS, TOURNAMENT - (Holds 1st, 2nd, 5th, on strikeout list)

150 73 2/3 Toronto Gators 1995
136 76 Vancouver Magicians 1992
108 63 Toronto Gators 1993

OUTSTANDING PITCHER
1992 Vancouver Magicians
1993 Toronto Gators
1995 Toronto Gators
2000 Decatur Pride

ALL-WORLD PLAYER (As a pitcher)
1992 Vancouver Magicians
1993 Toronto Gators
1994 Toronto Gators
1995 Toronto Gators
1996 Toronto Gators
1998 Tampa Bay Smokers
2000 Decatour Pride
2003 County Materials
2004 County Materials

CS GOLD MEDALS 91,93, 95, and 97



Wednesday, January 6
2010 OASA Masters Championship - Niagara Falls

2010 OASA Masters Championship - Niagara Falls

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The 2010 OASA Masters Championships are returning to Niagara Falls for the third consecutive year.
July 16-18, 2010 Ker Park
Any teams interested in the OASA Masters championships to be held July 16-18 2010 here is the contact information fro your team.
Tournament contacts are : Host - Rob Greatrix rob@integrityhealth.tv 905-324-6341
OASA - Bob Abbott - rda44@sympatico.ca 905-373-0337
The tournament will most likely be a three game guarantee and will provide a beer gardens, great food , on site sporting goods for sale and souvenir t shirts for sale.
We are hoping to attract all Master aged teams and players, we will try to ensure all that want to participate will have the opportunity to do so.
Please email or call me to reserve your team a spot. Cobourg Force are the defending Champs.
More info to follow
thanks and please email or call me with any concerns or information needed

 

Robert R. Greatrix, CGA
Chief Financial Officer
rob@integrityhealth.tv
Integrity Health Group
Mailing address only:
12-111 Fourth Ave, Suite 365
St Catharines, ON
L2S-3P5
905-324-6341 (cell)
905-641-9111 X 224 (office)
800-360-4179 (toll free)
905-641-9144 (fax)


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Tuesday, January 5
2013 World Masters Games - Torino, Italy

50,000 athletes expected for the 2013 World Masters Games in Torino, Italy.

The World Masters Games, like the Olympics are held every 4 years, the World Masters Games are goverened by the ( IMGA ) International Masters Games Association. The IMGA is officially recognized by the International Olympic Committee.

Softball/Fastball/Fastpitch is one of the 15 core sporting events.



Tuesday, November 17
Fastball player wins silver at World Masters - Mike Crawford

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Team Canada's Mike Crawford
The following with thanks to Adam Brown & the Eastern Ontario Fastball Blog
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Fastball player wins silver at World Masters
Bracebridge fastball pitcher Mike Crawford, 45, helped bring home silver for Canada at the World Masters Games last month.

Crawford was invited to play on Team Canada, from Cornwall, for the World Masters Games in Sydney, Australia from Oct. 10 to 18.

Crawford describes the games as the old-timers Olympics. The games are for people over 35 years old and are scheduled every four years.

The events in Sydney were held in the same venues as the 2000 Olympics.

“We had the opening ceremonies at Olympic stadium and it was incredible. It was a great show they had there and it was packed,” said Crawford.

Approximately 28,000 athletes gathered for events such as track and field, soccer, basketball and all types of Olympic sports, he said. There were approximately 2,700 people playing on women’s and men’s fastball teams.

“There were people there from all over the world,” said Crawford.

The competition was excellent and Team Canada lost the first two games, he said.

“That put us in the hole … and then we won a bunch in a row to put us back in the playoff spot.”

Teams must finish in the top four to make the playoffs. Canada did so with a winning streak of six games, he said.

In the playoffs, Team Canada lost to New Zealand and Australia took third place.

The trip was busy with the team playing about two games each day.

Overall, Crawford enjoyed the experience and the chance to visit Sydney.

“It was well organized and there were great facilities,” said Crawford.

This isn’t Crawford’s first experience with the World Masters Games; he played in Edmonton in 2005 where his team won a bronze medal.

Crawford has travelled all over the world playing fastball. He started playing when he was eight years old in Bracebridge. He started, he said, because there was a good minor ball system in town.

As a player on Canadian teams and teams in the United States, Crawford has travelled to Europe, Dominican Republic, United States, Mexico and across Canada.

After a break from fastball, Crawford got back into the game last year after former teammates asked him to join a team in Pennsylvania.

“They have just encouraged me to keep playing down there,” said Crawford.

He plans to continue playing in Pennsylvania, which involves flying down on the weekends. He also hopes to play with Team Canada again.

The next World Masters is in Turin, Italy. Crawford has been invited to play with the Cornwall team for a tournament in South Africa in two years.



Tuesday, November 17
1970 London Cable national champions - YouTube video

The following with thanks to Adam Brown & the Eastern Ontario Fastball Blog 

Click the following link to see the video.

1970 London Cable national champions



Tuesday, November 17
More Cornwall Masters News

 Fastball Down Under 

An article in the Cornwall Standard-Freeholder about the Aussie trip for the Cornwall Masters team.

The following with thanks to Adam Brown & the Eastern Ontario Fastball Blog  
Posted By TODD HAMBLETON

He spearheaded a Cornwall club's participation -- as Team Canada -- at the 2009 World Masters Games in Australia.

And, at age 58, local softball legend Jim Martell played in the competition, too.

And he may not be done yet. Martell, of Glen Walter, suggested that his next international project could have Cornwall players representing their country in two years at a fastball competition in South Africa. Beyond that, there's the World Masters Games again, in four years in Italy.

"It took a lot of money, a lot of sponsorship from businesses in Cornwall and (support from) family and friends to put this all together,' Martell said of what was a silver-medal-winning adventure Down Under.

"Now that everyone was there, now that they've experienced it, they have the bug (to go again).'

The Cornwall-based squad may still be catching its breath after a whirlwind visit to Sydney that had the club play 15 times in eight days, advancing to the gold medal game and taking the silver after a 7-0 setback against the Krushers from New Zealand.

Cornwall mixed in some culture, too -- Martell, no stranger to the Aussie lifestyle, cooked up a kangaroo meat backyard barbecue at a friend's place in Sydney.

It was all part of an unforgettable visit to the Games that have become the world's largest multi-sport competition in terms of participation numbers, with thousands of athletes representing over 100 countries in 28 different sports.

And it all got started four years ago, involved detailed planning, the obtaining of personal and financial commitments and an ambitious fundraising drive that included a Murder Mystery Night dinner theatre performance.

It was all worth it for Martell, a former tour player with the California Cuties novelty squad in the late Seventies who went on to front his "Prince and his Knights' team.

"I tried to get a (Cornwall) team to go to Edmonton (for the World Masters) four years ago,' Martell said the other day during a construction break at his new home in Glen Walter.

"I didn't give myself enough preparation time back then . . . it's a lot of work, getting the commitment from people.'

So Martell, now a veteran of seven international masters tournaments, immediately got to work on Sydney, 2009, and his efforts were concurrent with the growth of the then fledgling Cornwall Men's Fastball League. (Indeed, all four league founders, Martell, Brian O'Neill, Steve McGillis and Frank Marceau, made the trip to Australia.)

"You know, I was going to all of these world championships,

but we didn't have a league in Cornwall,' Martell said. "We got the league going, and this (Masters Games) was an opportunity to play (internationally) with friends from home . . . it really was a dream I had, to put together a league in Cornwall, which would (eventually) allow us to put together a team to play at the World Masters Games.'

The league, by the way, is, according to

Martell, "looking very solid. Now

that we've accomplished

this, I think we'll have other fastball players from other areas who'll want to

be a part of our league.

"And the fans who come out to our

games (at King George Park), game after game, they deserve a lot of credit -- they help us to play at a higher level.'

Martell made a more personal committment to be ready for Sydney, dropping 40 pounds before the event.

"I wanted to make sure I was in shape to play with these guys,' said Martell, who's on track to reach another of his fastball goals -- playing internationally at the age of 60.

On Cornwall's overall performance in Sydney -- the team was 7-5 in round-robin play before going 2-1 in the playoff round--Martell noted the hardship of competing with a 15-hour time difference.

"We were playing when we should have been sleeping,' he said. "But overall, everybody just contributed so much. I'm proud of our guys. The umpires would come over and say it was a privilege to (work) our games. I was taken by that, to hear that game after game from umpires. I think they appreciated our sportsmanship and our approach to playing the game.'

Martell also noted the contribution made by Cornwall umpire Herman Rogalsky who made the trip, and he had special thanks for the support from the City of Cornwall, Team Cornwall, and the players in the fastball league.

"They push us, they're the ones who make us better, especially the younger ones we have coming into the league,' Martell said. "Hopefully, the younger ones will stay with us, and (eventually) take over all of the (international event organizing).'

* Playing in the 35+ B division, Cornwall dropped its opening-day doubleheader to the Krushers (6-1) and the Tweed Phantoms from Australia (5-1).

But Cornwall had a bounceback day two, posting wins over Australian teams the Animals (8-3) and Midwest Masters (7-0).

Cornwall would go on to win six straight round-robin games, before dropping three of its last four, including a 1-0 setback against Rollyview from Alberta.

But at crunch time, third-place Cornwall thrashed the fourth-place Animals 8-1 in a playoff opening-round showdown.

And, in the bronze medal/semifinal contest, Jason Smith tossed a one-hitter and Cornwall advanced to the gold/silver game with a 7-0 decision over Rollyview.



Cornwall Team Canada 2009
Cornwall Silver Medalists
Monday, October 12
Cornwall Masters Win Silver @ World Masters Games - Sydney Australia

Cornwall wins Silver in Australia ! 

Team Canada from Cornwall Ontario are competing at the 2009 World Masters Games in Sydney Australia. There are 13 teams in the 35 and over Competitive " B" division. Pitchers include Mike Crawford and Jason Smith, Slammin' Sammy Forbes is also with the team.

The team roster:
Mike Crawford
Sam Forbes
Thorin Gault
Tom Hutchingame
Bryan Lamarche
Dan Loney
Frank Marceau
Jim Martell
Steve McGillis
Brian O'Neill
Pat Quinn
Graeme Simpson
Jason Smith
Jason Woodside

Sun. Oct. 11th.

Game # 1 - Krushers 6, Cornwall 1

Game # 2 - Tweed Phantoms 5, Cornwall 1

Mon. Oct. 12th.

Game # 3 - Cornwall 8, Animals 3

Game # 4 - Cornwall 7, Midwest Masters 0

Tues. Oct. 13th.  ( playoff results )

Game # 5 - Cornwall 7, Melbourne Warriors 35's 0

Game # 6 - Cornwall 16, NAMSA Nites 1 

Wed. Oct. 14th.

Game # 7 - Cornwall win, opponent & score ?

Game # 8 - Cornwall win, opponent & score ?

Team Record 6 wins, 2 losses

Thurs. Oct 15th.

Game # 9  Rollyview Fastball Club 1, Cornwall 0

Game # 10 - Cornwall 12, Vikings SC 1

Team Record 7 wins 3 losses, currently in a 3 way tie for 2nd.

Fri. Oct. 16th.

Game # 11 - PK Pride 6, Cornwall 3

Game # 12 - Bruins 9, Cornwall 0

Team Record 7 wins 5 losses

Cornwall finished in 3rd position after the round robin. The playoff format was #1 (Krushers - New Zealand) vs #2 (Rollyview - Alberta) and #3 (Team Canada - Cornwall) vs #4 (Animals - Australia).

Krushers beat Rollyview to go straight to gold medal game scheduled for 9AM Sunday. Cornwall beat Animals 8-1.

Cornwall then played Rollyview with the loser taking the bronze and the winner moving on to the gold medal game. Cornwall beat Rollyview 7-0, with Jason Smith throwing a 1-hitter.

35+ "B" Gold medal final.

New Zealand 7, Cornwall 0

Other teams competing from North America are ..............

45 A - Qmax, Calgary Alberta

45 A - Rossini’s, Vancouver B.C.

45 A - Northeast Selects, Alberta

45 B - Ohio Battery, Ohio

45 B - Saskatchewan Flatlanders

45 B - Centennials, Kelowna B.C.

35 B - Rollyview, Alberta

35 B - TC Cornwall Ontario



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Brad Rienguette
Monday, September 21
Passing of Brad Rienguette

Sad news, I received the following note from Roger Legendre.
Long time pitcher and battling a courageous battle with pancreatic/liver cancer , Brad Rienguette , passed away Saturday night at home , at the age of 50 surrounded by his loving family .The funeral will be held Thursday morning at 11 AM at the Notre Dame de la Merci Church in Whanapetti .
          


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Saturday, September 19
Calgary Q-Max Solutions @ 2009 NAFA Masters World Series - Results

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Carson City, Nevada
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Game # 5 championship
Q-Max - 6
The Fog, (Santa Barbara, CA) - 1
 Pitching
L. Johnson
R. Scheller
Randy Bell HR.
Tony Phillips 2 Hits
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Awards
Top Pitcher
Rob Scheller
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Batting
Tony Phillips
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All World
Glenn Bush
Trevor Hall
Lanky Johnson
Randy Bell
Game # 4 semi final 
Sun. Sep. 20th. 1:15 P.M.
Q-Max - 13
Santa Rosa - 0
WP - Jamie Thoms
T. Davis HR
L. Johnson 3 Hits
R. Bell 3 hits
T. Hall 2 hits
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Calgary Q-Max Solutions 3-0 after preliminary round
25 runs for, 1 run allowed 
Game # 3
Sat. Sep. 19th. 12:30 P.M.
Q-Max - 8
The Fog, (Santa Barbara CA.) - 0
WP - Jamie Thoms, relieved by Rob Scheller
Randy Bell 3 hits
Lanky Johnson 2 hits
Jamie Thoms 2 hits
Trevor Hall 2 hits
Game # 2
Sat. Sep. 19th. 9:00 A.M.
Q-Max - 9
Santa Rosa - 0
1-0 until the 4th inning, ended via mercy after 5 inns. 
WP - Lanky Johnson
Glen Bush 2 hits 
Equipment finally arrived late last night !
Game # 1 Fri. Sep.18th. 6:00 P.M.   
Q-Max - 8
Ladner Masters (Delta, British Columbia) - 1
WP - Rob Scheller 
Randy Bell Grand slam
Trevor Hall 2 run Hr
Lanky Johnson triple
All in 6th inning
Side note: our equipment bags never arrived. Had to beg, borrow and steal. 1 team there did lend us their equip as well as some cleats, gloves.
For the 3rd year in a row Calgary Q-Max Solutions, formerly as C.V.T. Oilfield Services, will have a team attend the NAFA Masters World Series in Carson City 2009. In 2007 they placed 2nd, in 2008 won their NAFA - 45 division and look this year to repeat the same. With the World Masters in Aussie, some decisions had to be made by players as to which one or the other to do or do both.
Players are mainly from Calgary area from 2 teams. Strathmore GCO Masters which has won Alberta Masters in 2008 and 2009 as well finished 2nd in Western Canadians in 2008. Q-Max from Calgary who also play in master provincials and were 2008 Alberta Int. B provincial champs.
Pitching this year will be in the hands of Johnson, Thoms and Scheller.
Calgary Q-Max Solutions
Glenn Bush
Brian Meier
Trevor Hall           2008 NAFA All World
Tony Phillips
Tony Davis
Randy Bell
Rick Ramchuck    2007/08 NAFA All World
Herb Thacker
Bob McQuitty
Jamie Thoms       2007 NAFA All World/2008 MVP
Lanky Johnson    2007 NAFA MVP
Rob Scheller  


Saturday, September 19
NAFA Masters World Series

Info courtesy FastpitchWest web site.

NAFA Masters’ World Series

September 15th, 2009

NAFA MASTER’S EAST WORLD SERIES

(Rockford, IL) September 14, 2009 - It was an awesome event with perfect weather and great fields, great umpiring and the new four-game guarantee was well received by all, except for a few players with really sore muscles today.

Congratulations to the Champions of this year’s event:

35 & over – New Image, WI
40 & over – Seadogs, MA
45 & over – Eagle Pack, IN
50 & over - Nietzer’s/Kelly, MI
55 & over – Co-Champs Texas Stars, TX & Bower Electric, WI

For the complete brackets and All-World Teams, please see the results on our web site at www.nafafastpitch.com .

Thanks to Marianne Larson of Rockford Parks District for having an awesome friendly staff and taking care of all the players and staff like they were her own. Field Prep Supervisors Dave and Gene and the entire field prep staff were awesome. Concession Manager Gene and his staff were great. Hospitality Ambassadors Cindy and Mary took care of everyone working the whole weekend and it was much appreciated by all. The gate staff and scorekeepers were friendly and accurate. Thanks to tournament directors Loren Lathrop from Wisconsin, Mike Watson from Kansas, UIC Carley Parish from Canada, Business Manager Kris Russom from Oregon and Masters Committee member Mike Clark from Iowa.

Every team that played in this event and the West Masters are invited to the “East vs West Battle” in Vegas in late October where we will play a regular four-game guarantee tournament for all who attend. In addition to the regular event, the West Masters Champ will play the East Masters Champ in each age division in a one game winner takes all World Championship game Saturday night. There will be no Friday games.

The teams voted overwhelmingly to return to Rockford for the East Masters next year on the same weekend September 10-12 in 2010, the weekend after Labor Day. They also voted to keep the same four-game guarantee format with one round robin Friday night game at 5PM or later, two more round robin games on Saturday that seed all teams into a single elimination on Sunday. The championship games will be scheduled at 4:45PM or earlier and preferably at 3PM.

The teams wished to continue using the NAFA ball but nearly 50% want to change to a yellow ball for visibility, especially for night games, so we will look into that some more. Almost half the people wanted to allow the courtesy runner be the last out like the present. They would also like a player not in the game to be able to be a designated runner once per inning. I will give other players and coaches the chance to fill out the survey for another week and post the rest of the survey results as soon as possible.

To the Teams that have made NAFA the first choice in Masters play, we thank you for your support. 60 masters teams from the U.S. and Canada are participating this year in the East and West and the growth is surely due to your participation and your willingness to give input to our NAFA Directors who guide your program and it is truly the “Players Program”.

The awards, fields, field preps, ball, format, , supervision, the friendliness, openness & willingness to make things right, along with the camaraderie between the teams in the Masters program is unmatched anywhere. Overall the umpiring was very good and consistent.

From the 31 year old who is turning 32 this calendar year to the 71 year olds(there are 7 of them), the NAFA Masters program is supremely successful because of you the players. We wrote down pitching velocities for most pitchers and the new player photo ID check went well and was well received and appreciated by all coaches.

Every event is not without hiccups and we had a couple, but we made every attempt to make them right when they were brought to our attention.

Thanks to each and every player, coach and spectator for making this an event to remember.

Yours in better Men’s Fastpitch,

Benjie Hedgecock
NAFA Executive Director
Nafafastptich ( a t ) gmail.com
www.nafafastpitch.com



Cold Springs Cats 2009 North Bay
Photo courtesy: Jordan Ercit ( North Bay Nugget )
Monday, September 7
23rd. Annual World Senior Men's Fastball Tournament Results

Cold Springs Cats win North Bay "AA" Title with a 3-1 win over Ingersoll Centennials.

Sudbury Athletics defeated the North Bay Boston Pizza 7-3 to claim the "A" Championship.

 2009 World Senior Men’s Fastball Tournament MVP's

“A” Finals

Division Champions: Sudbury Athletics

Runner Up: Boston Pizza

Rob Gilmore MVP Awards

MVP Pitcher: Pat Brennan (Sudbury Athletics)

MVP Player: Alex Ashawasagei (HR, T, SCZ, RBI, SS)

MVP Runnerup: Rick Gribbon (S, T, 2 RBIs)

“AA” Finals

Division Champions: Cold Springs Cats

Runner Up: Ingersoll

Rob Gilmore MVP Awards

MVP Pitcher: Don Stebbings (3 hitter)

MVP Player: Kevin Brown (HR to win game)

MVP Player: Paul Sutton (LP Ingersoll)

Story and photos are posted at the following link .......... 

http://www.nugget.ca/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=1732204

Results are posted at the following link .................................. 

 http://www.eteamz.com/omf/files/2009results_1.pdf

 


Handout: 2009 North Bay Tourney Results

Friday, August 14
Brad Rienguette named Honourary Chair @ 23rd Annual Senior Men's Fastball Tourney

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Friday, August 14
Haldane leads Blazers to Masters fastball title

 Courtesy : The Kamloops Daily News

Kamloops – Rich Haldane was named MVP for leading the Kamloops Sandman Inn Blazers to the Western Canadian Masters Men’s Fastball Championship title at Charles Anderson Stadium on Sunday, and you’d be hard-pressed to find a more deserving MVP anywhere.

Haldane, a 40-year-old Vernon resident, did pretty much everything for the Blazers as they won a pair of Sunday games to win the title on their home field.

The tournament featured eight 40-plus men’s teams and six 35-plus women’s teams from the western provinces and territories. It started Thursday.

In the men’s final, a 5-3 victory over Kelowna Andre’s, Haldane was the winning pitcher — his seventh victory of the weekend — and he also went 3-for-5 and belted a two-run home run.

That came only an hour or so after he finished pitching nine innings in a 6-5 extra-inning victory over Ladner in a semifinal.

For the weekend, Haldane was 7-1 in 53 innings of work, his ERA was around two and he batted around .400.

He also was named the top pitcher for the round-robin, in which he went 5-0 with a 1.13 ERA, striking out 45 batters in 31 innings.

Haldane lives in Vernon but travelled here throughout the summer to play in the Kamloops Major Men’s Fastball League during the week. He helped Great Britian to a seventh-place finish at the ISF World Softball Championship in Saskatoon in late July.

Kevin Derdall of the Moose Jaw Masters was named top batter for the round-robin, going 11-for-15 (.733) with a home run, six runs and four RBI.

The Moose Jaw Chillers Relics won the women’s title at Charles Anderson on Sunday, hammering Edmonton Silverline, 8-2 in the championship final.

The Relics went through to the final after winning a playoff game on Saturday afternoon. Edmonton had to beat the Saskatchewan Connextion, 7-2, in a Sunday morning semifinal.

Kim Neithercut of the Relics was named MVP for the women’s division.

All she did was bat .423 with eight runs and eight RBI, including a three-run home run in a Saturday game. She also pitched a victory in the round-robin and closed out the final by throwing four solid innings to end the game.

Her teammate, Yvonne Carlton, was named top pitcher in the round-robin. Carlton was 2-0 with a 2.50 ERA in 14 innings of work.

The top batter in the round-robin went to Edmonton Silverline’s Tammy Davies, who was 11-for-15 (.733) with nine runs and nine RBI.

The lone local women’s team, the Kamloops Dearborn Ford Classics, went 0-5 in the round-robin and did not qualify for the playoff round.



Tuesday, August 11
More Brad Rienguette

Fastball a respite from cancer fight

Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Fastball a respite from cancer fight
Rienguette's mere presence in Callander earns him MVP award
Posted By KEN PAGAN, THE NUGGET
Brad Rienguette didn't throw a pitch or swing a bat during the weekend's Turk Turgeon Memorial fastball tournament in Callander, but he was still named the tournament's most valuable player.
It was Rienguette's presence which had the most impact on teammates on Stewie's Orphans, a collection of friends from throughout the North who captured the championship in the 10-team tournament.
But as former teammate, fellow fastball hurler and friend Ken Besner of North Bay said Sunday morning, I don't think I've ever seen so many grown men cry as I did this weekend."
Rienguette, 50, a world-class fastball pitcher in his day who was the MVP at the 1979 Canadian championships and remained an elite pitcher for two decades, is battling pancreatic and liver cancer.
Known throughout the province's fastball community as a burly, fun-loving figure, the Sudbury native has lost considerable weight and is in constant pain, although he's fighting as hard as I can."
He struggled to watch a couple games from the dugout Saturday, often keeled over in visible pain. He came out for post-game handshakes, which turned into hugs and tears as Rienguette caught up with former teammates such as Besner, Jim Lisk and Terry Vendetti -- Rienguette pitched for North Bay's 1991 Northern Honda provincial championship team.
He had everything as a pitcher, but more than that, he's just a great guy and we
became great friends," Besner said. We've had some good chuckles this weekend, remembering some good times. There are lots of good stories."
When word spread Sunday morning that Rienguette had to leave, there were more guys in the parking lot lined up to say goodbye than on the ball field or inside the Legion hall.
It means a lot," Rienguette said of spending the weekend with fastball friends. Over the last few years, this has been one of my favourite tournaments to just get together with the guys and have a good time.
We go back a long ways, so it's always good to see these guys. It's good to just come back to the ballpark and meet a lot of faces you've seen. Ballplayers are the best."
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Rienguette's brothers, Gord and Ted, and father, Ralph, were on hand for the weekend, with Ted taking the field and playing for the first time since 1996. But the weekend was more than fastball.
Friday night there were five of us in the hotel room--in the last five weeks, I've never seen Brad smile so much as he was smiling Friday night," Ted said.
Rienguette first made his mark in the late 1970s, winning provincial titles for the Garson juniors.
While still junior-aged, he joined a St. Catharines team and pitched them to the 1979 senior national championship. At the nationals in St. John's, N. L., that year, Rienguette's fastball was clocked at 102 miles per hour.
I didn't believe it, but that's what they said," Rienguette said.
He's bruised a lot of catchers' hands over the years and batters often had to see two straight heaters whiz by and then wave at a 30-mile-an-hour changeup that seemed to stop in mid-air.
Rienguette estimates he's thrown a dozen no-hitters in competitive fastball, although others say the no-hitter count is more than 20.
What helped earn Rienguette such high regard among fellow players was the respect he's always shown for opponents and for the game.
Some say he probably could have thrown more no-hitters if he desired, but when his team had a comfortable lead, he would often choose to throw the ball in there to give opponents a chance to put the ball in play, rather than embarrass or overwhelm batters.
The whole idea about ball is to have respect for everyone," Rienguette said. If you don't have respect for your fellow ballplayer, you probably don't have much respect for yourself.
So I always tried to treat every ballplayer who came up to play against me like they were the No. 4 hitter on the ball club. That way, I'd show them respect, but I'd never try to embarrass anybody. I don't believe in that stuff."
Rienguette said going right from junior to winning a national championship in 1979 was among his favourite memories, but his experience in the sport is more about friends he's made and people he's met.
It's been a lot of fun over the years," Rienguette said. I've had a pretty amazing career when it comes to travelling places, playing a high level of ball, playing against the world's best and just meeting people from one end of North America to another and having a great time doing it."
North Bay's Bob Desgrosseilliers, who was part of the weekend reunion, came up playing junior ball with Rienguette in Garson.
As good a pitcher as Rienguette was, Desgrosseilliers also compares him to Babe Ruth, in that Rienguette is a character everyone loves and is always having a good time.
The good times were rolling on the weekend, but it was also emotional -- the odds in a battle against pancreatic cancer are not good and many old-time fastball die-hards made the most of an opportunity to share some memories.
At a team gathering Saturday night, teammate Doug Foley said, there was not a dry eye" in the room.
It was beautiful," Foley said. To have the chance for everyone to be together, share a few laughs and have a few beers, it was really special for everyone."

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Brad Rienguette
In 1999, Rienguette's Sudbury Relics won North Bay's World Senior Men's Fastball tournament, playing the weekend with patches on their sleeves to honour slain Sudbury police officer Rick Mac- Donald.
Next weekend's Rick MacDonald Northern Ontario championships have now been renamed in Rienguette's honour.
Organizers of next month's world senior tournament in North Bay will make Rienguette an honorary chairman, after being flooded with requests from throughout the province to do so.


Monday, August 3
Brad Rienguette

To the fastball community :

Our friend Brad Rienguette is currently battling pancreatic cancer.

If any former teammates, friends or opposing players want to give him a shout to offer their support and well wishes you can contact Brad at 705-694-4456

Many know Brad as the big burly larger then life right hander pitching for various Sudbury and area teams.



Todd Uhrig
Todd Uhrig receives Jack Cook Award from Paddy Fitzgerald-Nolan
Saturday, August 1
2009 OASA Masters Champions and Runner up photos

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Monday, July 20
2009 OASA Masters Championship - Cobourg Force are Champions

Results from the OASA Masters Championships in Niagara
First the thank you's
To Dana (Waterloo), Sylvia, Wayne and Rookie (Cobourg), Paul (Aurora), Pete and Moe (Waterdown), Herb (Fury), Bob (Mitchell) and Smitty (Chili Pepper) thanks for organizing your teams and managing them to play a competitive tournament in a very sportsmanlike manner . Managers do not get enough accolades in this sport.
To the volunteers, the Niagara Storm's Fury boys for all their work over the weekend as well as our regular beer tent volunteers including Herb Beckman, Al Greatrix, Butch Provost and Phil John who live at the park for the weekend and all the scorekeepers and announcers, especially Tommy Watkinson and Ray Carr who called most the games.
To the OASA especially Bob Abbot and Paddy Fitzgerald-Nolan who spent the entire weekend administering the tournament. As well to Mary Myers for her assistance.
To Mark Korten for field maintenance and Shawn Whitely for marketing help
And of course to Al Doran for keeping the info flowing while a couple provinces over
It was a weekend of great fastball with tons of camaraderie. They teams spent the majority of the weekend renewing old friendships, great to see. 
Sunday morning
Quarterfinals
Aurora 7
Waterdown 5
wp - Ken O'Sullivan
lp - Rod Fevreau
Aurora builds a large lead and scrappy Waterdown makes a late charge but falls a bit short. Workhorse Fevreau I believe pitches all but one game for the Hammer.
QF #2
Waterloo 8
Storms Fury 0
wp - Don Stebbings
lp - Rick Provost
Fury hung in there and stranded runners throughout the game but Waterloo was too much to handle.
Semi finals   
Waterloo 7
Mitchell 1
wp - Todd Uhrig
SF #2
Cobourg 4
Aurora 3
wp - Wayne Wells
lp - George Karkambasis
Cobourg - HR Scott Wasson
Cobourg scores 4 early including an inside the park homer from Cobourg leadoff stick Scott Wasson. Aurora nips away at the lead while Karkambasis holds the fort. 4-3 lead heading into the 7th when the number 9 hitter for Aurora leads off with a triple to the gap. Wells gets an out and the next Aurora hitter sends one to medium CF where Dave Brownhill camps underneath it. Aurora sends the runner and only a perfect throw gets him. Brownhill unleashes a cannon and Cobourg catcher Brian McGuire applies the tag on a very close play the runner is called out. Wells finishes things off and throws a gem.
Final
Cobourg 7
Waterloo 0
wp - Tim Neill
lp - Todd Uhrig
Rematch of Saturday nights game and the defending champs Waterloo Classics up against undefeated Cobourg Force. The combination of a fresh Tim Neiil throwing darts, any team would have trouble scoring against Neill the way he was tossing along with it being the third game in a row for Waterloo makes this one a bit anti climatic. Cobourg scores early and often and Neill really doesn't get into any trouble. Congratulations to Cobourg Force for winning the Jack Cook OASA Provincial Masters championship. Cobourg was managed by Sylvia Ryan, Bill Fairney and Wayne Wells.
Each year, OASA presents the Jack Cook award to the Masters player, manager or coach who best exemplifies the sportsmanship, leadership and competitive spirit of Masters fastball in Ontario. Bob Abbott, OASA Executive Vice President, presented the award to Todd Uhrig of the Waterloo Classics. It was the fourth time in five years that a member of the Classics received the award. Sam Forbes (2005), Jodie Schnarr (2007) and Dana Seiling (2008) were the previous recipients.
Special recognition to the Red Hot Chili Pepper and coach Craig Smith. The Pepper were outfitted in new uni's for the weekend, rusty orange. They also changed the team name to Rusty's for the weekend. This was to honour former Pepper catcher Rusty Dekker.

Rusty was the consummate team player. Hard nosed yet the ultimate sportsman and gentleman both off and on the field. Whether he was hustling down the first base line to cover the infield throws, running out fly balls or taking foul balls off the body Rusty was a throw back old fashioned baseball player, but most of all he was he was a friend to all in the league. Rusty left us much too young. Very appropriate given that many of Rusty's former teammates returned to play in the tournament for the Pepper. Some of those same players played ball with Rusty for over 25 years and they are all the best of buddies. Great touch Smitty.

To everyone best of luck with the remainder of your seasons
Robert R. Greatrix, CGA
Chief Financial Officer
rob@integrityhealth.tv
Integrity Health Group
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OASA masters Fri-Sat-Sun

Niagara Falls Canada

Hi Al barnburner to start things off in niagara falls

Storms fury 5
Chili pepper 4

Wp-butch provost relief of rick provost

Fury hr - joe mcmaster, ray carr 2 RBI
Pepper hr- jarrod burtt

Mcmaster hits a 2 run hr in the b6 to put fury up 4-2 only to have
burtt answer with a 2 run blast in T7. Fury ray carr scores in b7 for
the win

Great game to get things going
Start tomorrow morning 9 am and run all day


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update from Niagara Falls, beautiful day and some good games to report
Waterdown Hammer 6
Chili Pepper 2
wp - Brian Lisk
lp - R V
Hammer - Steve Gillis HR
Pepper - Gary Parker HR
player of the game - Brian Lisk
Mitchell Mets 6
Storms Fury 1
wp - Jeff Pauli
lp - Joe Parker
Mets - HR Doug Eidt
MVP - Jeff Pauli
Cobourg Force 5
Aurora Shoeless Joes 1
wp - Tim Neil
lp -Ken O'Sullivan
MVP - Tim Neil
Mitchell Mets 4
Waterdown Hammer 3
wp - Kevin Gettler
lp - Rod Fevreau
Mets - Darryl Eidt 3-3
mvp -Darryl Eidt
3 pm game Waterloo and Todd Uhrig leading Aurora 2-0 in the 2nd
 
 
Niagara Falls Canada
Hi Al
A more complete update to follow, Saturday afternoon unfolded as follows
3 pm
Waterloo 7
Aurora 1
5 pm
Mitchell 8
Chili Pepper 1
7 pm
Cobourg 9
Waterloo 3
9 pm
Waterdown 6
Fury 0
Sunday Quarterfinal matchups
10 am
2 Blue - Waterdown vs 3 Red - Aurora
winner advances to play 1 Red - Cobourg at noon
10 am
2 Red - Waterloo vs 3 Blue- Fury
winner advances to play 1 Blue - Mitchell at noon
Finals at 2 pm
 
Niagara Falls Canada
Cobourg Force wins Championship 6-0 over Waterloo, Tim Niell wins and Todd Uhrig loses. Coboug defeats Aurora 4-3 in one semi, Brownhill guns the tying run in T7 at the plate with absolute laser beam after a lead off triple. Waterloo defeats Mitchell 6-2 in the other semi, Uhrig was the WP.
Robert R. Greatrix, CGA
Great weekend for all, great ball. Wells and Neill both unhitable all weekend.
More info to follow 

 

NIAGARA FALLS CANADA

 

2009 OASA Masters Championship

July 17,18,19  Niagara Falls, Ontario

All Games @ Ker Park 

Red Division                      Blue Division

Cobourg                            Niagara Chili Pepper

Waterloo                          Niagara Fury

Aurora                              Waterdown                                           

                                          Mitchell

Ker Park 1    Fri. 17th

7.30pm Chili Pepper vs Fury

Sat. 18th

9:00am Waterdown vs Chili Pepper             

10:00 am Mitchell vs Fury KER Park 2             

11.00am Cobourg vs Aurora               

1.00pm Waterdown vs Mitchell               

3.00pm Waterloo vs Aurora                

5.00 pm Mitchell vs Chili Pepper               

7.00pm Waterloo vs Cobourg               

9.00 pm Waterdown vs Fury                                    

Sun. 19th          Ker Park 1                            Ker Park 2

10.00am    3 RED vs 2 Blue  (A)            3 Blue vs 2 RED  (B)

12.00 pm    1 RED vs Winner (A)            1 Blue vs Winner (B)

Championship 

2.00 pm      Winner  12.00pm  vs  Winner 12.00pm

2009  OASA Masters Tournament Rules 

1 Softball Canada Rules Apply
2 Mercy rule is 7 runs after 5 or 6 innings
3 Tie breaker begins in the 8th inning except for the final game it will begin in the 10th inning
4 Each team guaranteed 3 games
5 Two out catcher rule in effect
6 Gold and silver medals to be awarded
7 Alcohol in the parking lot will not be permitted and will be strictly enforced
8 Final standing tie breaker  
1 Head to Head  
2 Best run differential (Max plus 7 per game)  
3 Least runs  
4 As determined by Tournament Convenors
The OASA wishes to thank all Teams for their participation in the Tournament as it is our Scholarship Fundraiser 

Paddy Fitzgerald-Nolan and Bob Abbot, Tournament Convenor

 Directions to Ker Park in Niagara Falls :
Take QEW Niagara to Thoroldstone Road exit in Niagara Falls. Turn left at the ramp and go back over the highway. Turn left on Sinnicks Rd. at the McDonald's. The park is down Sinnicks on the right.



Wednesday, June 10
2009 World Senior Men's Fastball Tournament

Handout: 2009 North Bay Tourney Results

Friday, April 24
NAFA Masters World Series

NAFA Masters East World Series  55-Over, 50-Over, 45-Over, 40-over, 35-Over, Womens 35-Over

Rockford, Illinois(near Chicago)

September 11-13, 2009, Friday evening to Sunday afternoon

Format - 4 game guarantee, 3 round robin games that seed all teams into a single elimination (If the number of teams is significant in any age class, teams will break into the single elimination portion in Upper and Lower Brackets on Sunday)

First game Friday evening 5 PM or later or Saturday Morning at 8 am with the championship at 3 PM on Sunday

Entry Fee - $410

Ball - the new NAFA 120 stitch white cover, white stitch, cork center 47 core, .375 compression

Host Motels   Motel 6    815-397-8000     Location I-90 at US 20

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NAFA Masters West World Series  50-Over, 45-Over, 40-over, 35-Over, Women's 35-Over

Carson City, Nevada(fly to Reno)

September 18-20, 2009, Friday evening or Saturday morning to Sunday afternoon

Format - 4 game guarantee, 3 round robin games that seed all teams into a single elimination (If the number of teams is significant in any age class, teams will break into the single elimination portion in Upper and Lower Brackets on Sunday)

First Game Friday evening at 5pm or later or Saturday Morning at 8 AM with the championship game at 3 PM on Sunday

Entry Fee - $405

Ball - the new NAFA 120 stitch white cover, white stitch, cork center 47 core, .375 compression

Host Motels Gold Dust West Casino 775-885-9000    Close to park on Hwy 50 East

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NAFA Masters East vs West Masters Champions World Championships

Las Vegas, Nevada

October 17-18, 2009,  Saturday to Sunday afternoon

Format - 4 game guarantee, East Champions vs West Champions battle for supremacy in the Masters Program

Entry Fee - $400

Ball - the new NAFA 120 stitch white cover, white stitch, cork center 47 core, .375 compression

Host Motels



Wednesday, December 17
CVT Oilfield Services are 2008 NAFA Masters 45+ World Series Champs

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CVT Oilfield Services are the 2008 NAFA Masters 45+ World Series Champions
Game # 1
CVT Oilfield Services - 8
Savala Painting, Claifornia - 2
Game # 2
CVT Oilfield Services - 6
Tulsa Gray Sox, Tulsa Oklahoma - 2
CVT Oilfield Services win their pool with a 2-0 record after the round robin.
Game # 3 semi-final ( single elimination )
CVT Oilfield Services - 16
Savala Painting, California - 0
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Game # 4 Championship
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CVT Oilfield Services - 3 
The Fog, Santa Barbara, California - 0
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4-0 record ( 2 shutouts )
33 runs scored
4 runs allowed
Individual Awards
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Don Kirkham - Top Pitcher
Jamie Thoms - MVP
Chris Higgins - All World
Rick Ramchuck - All World
Trevor Hall - All World
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Strathmore Alberta roster 45 & over Carson City Sep 20 -21
23

Dale Wagner                   

25

Jamie Thoms                  

7

CW(Lanky) Johnson        

16

Glenn Bush                      

13

P.(Guy) Lund                   

10

Tony Davis                      

14

Herb Thacker                  

27

Don Kirkham                   

9

Trevor Hall                       

29

Les Ellchuk                     

12

Rick Ramchuck                

22

Chris Higgins                   

21

Ron Head                       

3

H. (Chubb) Hogarth        



Monday, September 15
Q & A with Kevin Kammueller

1)         Family ? I have been married for 13 years to my wife Astrid. We have 2 daughters, Inga 12 and Greta 2. Plus the extended family of birds, dogs, cats, fish and geckos. 

 2)         Age ? I will be 43 in September.  

3)         Occupation ? I work as an Actuarial Analyst for United Health Care.

4)         Education ? I have B.S. in Mathematics from the University of Minnesota. I have also passed several Actuarial exams, but never finished the exam process.

   

5)         What positions have you held in Fastball ?   Have always been just a player. Although I guess I could be thought of as a sponsor as well.

6)         How long have you been involved in Fastball ? I didn't start playing Fastpitch until I was in my mid twenties. A friend of mine's dad had throw when he was younger and rounded up the neighborhood kids to make a team. I generally played catcher or outfield. After a couple years I tried my hand at pitching and have pretty much pitched exclusively ever since. Although it took a couple years before anyone got up the courage to get in the batters box and actually let me pitch to them. 

 7)         Other sports / interests you’ve been involved in and accomplishments ? In high school I ran track and cross country. We were the 1983 Minnesota state cross country champions, although I got hurt just before the meet and couldn't compete. Did not compete in sports at all at the collegiate level. Never played organized hockey, but skated all the time as a kid. Tried playing bandy for a couple years but the team folded. Now I just play pick up basketball to stay "in shape" in the off season.

   8)         What are some of your fastball career highlights & accomplishments ? 2003 NAFA Class "A" Champions (Jeraldine's), I was selected to the First Team All World. 2007 NAFA Masters 40+ East Champions(Jordan Realty) I was selected the MV Pitcher. My team, Jordan Realty, is also the 3 time defending Minnesota State Masters champions and after more than 15 years of trying we finally won the Minnesota State ASA Class "B" championship in 2007. There is no Class "A" or Major ball left in Minnesota, so I guess that makes us the best team in the state for the year. I would have to say that playing with Team Minnesota for 2 years in the AAU tournament in Orlando was another career highlight. Sharing the field with high level ISC players and a few US and Canadian National teams members was an absolute treat for me. 

9)         Who are some of your favourite teammates / associates and opposing players to play with and against over the years ? Mike Jordan has been a friend, teammate and co-sponsor of the Jordan Realty team since it started back in the late 80's. He and I are the last of the original team members and I can't imagine playing a game without him. Unfortunately I did not start playing fastpitch in Minnesota until the high level leagues, teams and players were all but gone. I have heard many stories about teams like Whitaker Buick, Happy Chef, St Paul Merchants and the like, but never had the pleasure of playing against them or even watching them play for the most part. That said, I have had the privilege of playing with and against some great athletes. I will list a just few.  Bobby Heimerl - I hope I came close to spelling that right. One of the best local hitters I ever saw or faced. Aaron Martin -  Played with Jordan Realty for a year, but faced him for years in the St. Paul leagues. A true competitor, a real character and a great left-handed hitter. Lucas Goring - I think he got his first hit off me when he was about 14 and is only getting better.Jim Dardine - A Jordan Realty team mate. Our lead off hitter for the past several years and certainly our best big tournament hitter.Dave Marchio - I had to include a right hander in the list. Another one of those hitters you didn't want to face.

Dave Meyers - Still throws the greatest change ups I have ever seen.

Lou Heller - The ageless wonder. Even in his mid 50's he can still strike you out and hit the ball out of the yard.

Team Minnesota - A collection of top rate players and absolute first class guys from top to bottom. By far the best team I will ever have the privilege of playing with. 

10)      Favourite tournament ? Besides the National tournaments, I would have to say that my favorite tournament to participate in was the Eau Claire tournament. It was an invitational tournament, so I have only played on a few occasions, generally on teams that were called at the last minute to fill out the draw. To be able to watch teams like The Farm, County Concrete, Decatur Pride, Circle Tap, Townline play each other was amazing. To actually play against them was even more fun. We never did very well, in fact we have only won a couple games that I can remember, but it is was always a great time.

In the 1990's the Minnesota State ASA tournament used to be 60+ teams strong. It would start on Friday night and end on Sunday night. Quite a grind.

 

11)      Plans for 2008 & beyond ? I am hoping to make a return to the ISC2 tournament this year. We will definitely be defending out State titles as well as the NAFA Masters title. We made a pathetic showing at the NAFA Worlds last year, but it is being held right in our backyard so we may give it another go. Definitely depends on the dates and at what level we will have to play. Beyond 2008 is hard to say. Our team has become mainly a Masters team and I was the youngest of the bunch. We definitely have a couple more good years under our belts but a lot of the guys have kids that play sports now, wife's reminding us that we aren't getting any younger and other commitments that make staying a competitive team difficult. Hopefully we can ride this wave a little longer. 

 
12)      Any additional thoughts ? I feel honored just to be asked to fill out this questionnaire. I have seen links to a couple of these posted on Al Doran's sight and on your website and feel like this might have to be included on the "B" squad. Especially since I am just a lowly Minnesotan! It has been an incredible journey from the early days of just trying to make contact with the ball and the frustrations of trying to learn how to throw a ball underhand, to now competing against some of the best Masters players in the game. I have certainly accomplished far more than I ever thought possible. I have met some wonderful people in my days playing fastpitch and treasure every opportunity I have to put on the cleats and go play the game I love.
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Editor's Note : Kevin had an outstanding 2008 summer, his team, Jordan Realty won the Minnesota State Masters tournament for the fourth year in a row,  his team also won the Minnesota State ASA Class "B" tournament for the second straight year. Kevin was selected to the All World Team at the NAFA Open tournament. Kevin was also selected to the NAFA Masters East Region World Series All World Team. Kevin was also one of the top pitchers at the ISC II Tournament of Champions.


Sunday, September 14
Q & A with Sylvia "Sparky" Ryan

  1)                 Family  ?  

one son Robert ,granddaughter Samantha(17) grandson Tyler (16) 

2)         Age ?

65 

3)         Occupation ?

Home daycare provider for 20 years fostered for 12 years before that 

4)         Education :

W.A.Porter Collegiate Institute 

5)         What positions have you held in Fastball ?   Player / Coach / Executive etc.

President Oshawa City and District Fastball League  (present)

Manager Claremont Rebels 32 years

Manager Durham Heat 2004-05-06

Canadian Masters Executive

Manager Peterboro Pros

Manager Cobourg Force  (present)

Manager Peterborough Murphy Windmillers

Asst Manager Oshawa Double “B” Juniors  (present)

Asst Manager Oshawa Double “B” Int.  (present)

Secretary/Treasurer Oshawa City and District Fastball League

Treasurer Oshawa Double “B” Sports Club  (present)

OASA Executive  (present)

OASA Expo Committee (present)

Editor OASA High & Inside newsletter (present)  

6)         How long have you been involved in Fastball ?

35 years 

7)                 Other sports / interests you’ve been involved in and accomplishments ?

     Love Motorhoming!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  

8)         What are some of your fastball career highlights & accomplishments ?

1979 Pee-Wee OASA Champions,

1981 Bantam OASA Champions,

1984 Midget OASA Champions,

1999-2000-2001-2003 OCDFL Champions,

2001 World Tournament,

2004-05-06 Canadian Masters Executive,

2004 Canadian Senior Men 5th place finish Peterborough Ricart Pros,

2004 World Tournament,

2006 Feaver Award winner  OASA (first woman to win award,)

2006 Iris Yahn award winner OCDFL,

2007 Ontario Masters Champions with the Cobourg Force,

2007 OASA Intermediate B Champions with Cobourg Force, 

2007 World Tournament Peterborough Murphy Windmillers 20th place finish, 

2007 NAFA Masters World Series Cobourg Force 5th place, 

2008  OASA Mens Champions (Cobourg Force,) 

2008  ISC II second place finish  Appleton Wisconsin with Waterdown Hammer            

9)     Who are some of your favourite teammates / associates and opposing players to play with and against over the years.

Bob Ryan, Frank Hendy ,Ken Leonard, John Mather, Jim Spiers,Wayne Wells, Troy Gilmour, Craig Minifie, Dave Waldie, Mike Crawford, Bll Fairney, Dave Birnie, Sam Forbes, Jodie Schnarr, Mike Kelly,  Kyle Davis, Todd Martin , Paul Koert Rino Dambrosio, Jamie Baker, Brad Bricknell, Ted Conway, Chris McColl, Swift boys,(Ryan,Matt,Jason,) Mike Samways, Pat Humphries Scott Evans,Rob & Tom Watson,  John Kemp, Steve Ketchell, Brian McGuire, Jim Flanagan, Dave Reynolds, Bob Abbott, Alex Rutherford 

10)      Favourite tournament ?

1984 Midget OASA Stittsville Ontario,

2001 World Tournament,

2005 AAU Tournament Orlando Florida,

2007 Ontario Masters Championship, 

2006 North Bay Masters Tournament,

2007 NAFA Masters World Series Rockford Illinois,

2008 OASA Mens Cobourg On, 2008 ISC II Appleton Wisconsin 

10) Plans for 2008 & beyond ?

Looking forward to the 2009 AAU Tournament  in Florida with the Cobourg Force            

11) Any additional thoughts ?

I have met so many great people through fastball, Fastball is my life , I hope to continue to be involved for many more years.



Saturday, September 13
Q & A with Peter McCormack

1)         Family ? Widowed- Daughter Heather (29) Son Connor (15) Grandson Marty (4) 

2)         Age ? 51 

3)         Occupation ? Business Development Manager ( Palmac Truck Bodies) 

4)         Education ? Birchmount Park C.I. (Scarborough) Durham College (Oshawa) 

5)         What positions have you held in Fastball ?   Player / Coach / Executive etc.           Player/Coach & "Food & Beverage Manager" 

6)         How long have you been involved in Fastball ?             40 yrs (give or take an innning) 

7)         Other sports / interests you’ve been involved in and accomplishments ?             Golf/Squash, Ball Hockey/Floor Hockey City & Provincial Champs 

8)         What are some of your fastball career highlights & accomplishments ?             Beaches Fastball (Toronto) through the 80's/90's-Batting title-1992            Dieppe Park (Toronto) 80's/90's League Champs ( Hollingers 1988)            Scarborough Mens Fastpitch/ I.S.C. (Scarborough Royals 1995-1998)            League Champs/World Champs NAFA-Kansas (1996)            Represented Canada ( Bill Jefferies Tournament 1998)                       Oshawa City & District League/I.S.C/Masters. ( Oshawa Fastpitch 1999-2005)            League Champs/NorthBay Champs            World Masters Games ( Edmonton 2005) Bronze Medal (Australia Redbacks)           

9)         Who are some of your favourite teammates / associates and opposing players to play with and against over the years ?                        All the Scarborough/Oshawa Boy's & met some great people associated with this great game. 

10)      Favourite tournament ?                     Holland/Minden/NorthBay 

11)      Plans for 2008 & beyond ?             Stepped away from Fastpitch 2005.Working out hard to come back to Masters for             summer 08.Looking to hook up with Ontario team for Sydney 2009. 

12)      Any additional thoughts ?                   Special thanks goes out to Dave Birnie for all he does for the game.Have a great

            2008 boy's and I look forward to seeing you's between the lines.



Wednesday, September 3
Eddie Feigner video from 1958

You tube video of Eddie Feigner and the King & His Court.

Eddie is 32 years old in the video which would make the video from 1958.

 Click here to watch the video.



Tuesday, September 2
World Senior Men's Fastball Tournament Award Winners

A FINAL:
MOST VALUABLE PITCHER - SHAKESPEARE - ROLLY WILLIAMSON - 4 HITTER - 6 K's - DOUBLE - 1 RBI
MVP - SHAKESPEARE - DAVE GRAFF - SS - DOUBLE, SINGLE - FC - RBI
MVP - HAMILTON STINGERS - RANDY DALGLIESH - PITCHER - SINGLE - DOUBLE
AA FINAL:
MOST VALUABLE PITCHER - COLD SPRINGS - TODD UHRIG - 12 K's - 1 HITTER
MVP - COLD SPRINGS - ROB ELLIS - 2 RUN HOMER IN 3RD
MVP - TORONTO BINGOS - STEVE LOVE - SECOND BASE - TRIPLE


Tuesday, September 2
World Senior Men's Fastball Tournament : Complete Results

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Monday, September 1
Fastball Was His Life

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Article courtesy of Jordan Ercit, North Bay Nugget  

Fastball 'was his life'

Fastball tourney honours fallen comrade with award

Posted By JORDAN ERCIT, THE NUGGET

Posted 17 mins ago

Roland Williamson never got to shake hands or compare pitching strategies with Rob Gilmore, but he was nonetheless quite honoured" Sunday to be holding a most valuable pitcher award handed out in Gilmore's name.

It's special for sure," said Williamson, the 45-year-old hurler for the Stratford-based Shakespeare Isotopes, winners of the 'A' Division championship Sunday at the World Senior Men's Fastball Tournament at Troy Field -- a 5-1 four-hit victory over the Hamilton Stingers.

Especially when you get to shake the hand of someone in his family, it's

certainly quite the honour."

For the first time in the 22-year history of North Bay's Labour Day fastball tradition, the 'A' and 'AA' c h amp i o n s h i p MVP and most valuable pitcher awards were doled out in the honour of one man --

Gilmore, a former competitor at the tournament in 2000 and 2001 with the Stoney Creek Gators masters' team.

The idea, said tournament volunteer Dave Cerisano, arose when the Gators' Dave Birnie contacted the North Bay Senior Men's Fastball League, the organizers of the tournament. Birnie wondered if the awards could be named in honour of their former teammate, who passed away two years ago at the age of 48 following a battle with cancer.

The league gladly obliged, Cerisano said.

We couldn't have been more honoured," he said.

Friendships formed

Gilmore, who helped steer the Gators to the 2002 Ontario and Eastern Canadian masters' championships, also had more of a connection to North Bay than just a love for wind-milling bullets across the plate during the final long weekend of the summer. He also spent most of his summers at the family cottage in Callander.

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Gilmore's widow, Cathy, said her husband would have been honoured to know his love for the game of fastball would be remembered.

It was his life," Cathy Gilmore said of her husband who grew up in the town of Wainfleet, on Ontario's Niagara peninsula.

I think he was still in diapers when he began playing.

But what he enjoyed most about playing masters was the friendships he formed after the games and the guys he met across the province from the various tournaments."

Gilmore may have had one final bit of business to take care of this weekend, though. Compared to the rest of the summer, the weekend weather was perfect for the tournament, making it seem like there may have been some help from above.

We might have had an extra contact up there (in heaven)," she said.



Monday, September 1
Southern squads sizzle on Sunday in North Bay

Article courtesy of the North Bay Nugget

Southern squads sizzle on Sunday

Posted By JORDAN ERCIT, THE NUGGET

Posted 8 hours ago
Pitching certainly won the day Sunday at the 22-annual World Senior Men's Fastball Tournament.

That and teams from southern Ontario.

Led by the masterful pitching of 41- year-old drop-baller Todd Uhrig, the Cobourg-based Cold Spring Cats won their third World Senior Men's Fastball Tournament in four years, shutting down the Toronto Bingos 3-0 in Sunday's 'AA' Division championship. It was the Cats fourth title overall.

Uhrig, from Elora, Ont., pitched a pair of one-hitters when it counted the most -- the semifinals and final -- Sunday afternoon, mixing in his patented drop ball with some well-placed heat, finishing with 12 strikeouts in the championship game as the tournament's most valuable pitcher in the 'AA' Division.

For Uhrig, it all came down to a breakfast of champions.

A couple of Tim Hortons breakfast sandwiches," he said with a laugh, choosing to forgo the more-conventional bowl of Wheaties.

About all the offence Uhrig needed all came in the top of the third inning, when the Cats capped a three-hit, three-run inning with a line-drive dinger to left field off the bat of tournament MVP Rob Ellis. Uhrig shut down the Bingos the rest of the way after allowing his only hit against in the first two innings.

And despite a couple of complete-game no-hitters, Uhrig's arm was feeling just fine.

My shoulder gets sore, but it's nice weather," he said. So once it gets some use, then it's not too bad."

In the 'A' final, Stratford's Shakespeare Isotopes , who eliminated the Bear Island Braves in the semifinals, scored two runs in both the third and fourth innings as they downed the Hamilton Stingers 5-1. Starting pitcher Roland Williamson pitched a four-hitter and struck out six.

For Williamson, it was his first time competing in North Bay's Labour Day classic. He hopes it won't be the last.

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The Mississauga resident, who is originally from Cape Breton, on the northern tip of Nova Scotia, said it is tournaments like this that keep fastball alive in Canada.

It's (fastball) dying in Cape Breton, but they're trying to keep it going," he said while enjoying a post-game beverage while his teammates laughed and traded jokes in the background, some at Williamson's expense.

It's tournament's like this that keep the game going."

Locally, the top finisher in the 'AA' Division was Howard's Plumbing, eliminated in the quarter-finals by the Oshawa Ravens. The Bear Island Braves were the top finishers in the 'A' Division, falling to the Isotopes.

Last year, two local teams swept the championships -- Casey's and Sundridge's Kent Trusses.

In all, 28 teams took part in the four-day tournament.



Sunday, August 31
Cold Springs Cats Claim Title in North Bay

The Cold Springs Cats won the "AA" Championship at the 22nd Annual World Senior Men's Fastball Tournament.

 "AA" Championship

Cold Springs - 4 vs. Toronto Bingos - 0

Winning Pitcher Todd Uhrig 1 hitter

Championship Game Awards

Most Valuable Pitcher - Todd Uhrig ( Cold Springs)

Most Valuable Player - Rob Ellis ( Cold Springs )



Monday, September 1
Pitcher Ken Besner Receives Al Knapp Memorial Award

North Bay Sports Hall of Fame web site : http://www.northbaysportshalloffame.ca/
Besner takes Al Knapp Memorial Trophy
By Chris Dawson
BayToday.ca
Wednesday, February 20, 2008

One of the North Bay area's top softball pitchers has been named the 2007 winner of the Al Knapp Memorial Trophy for contribution to the sports of softball and baseball.

Ken Besner, who began playing softball as a 13-year-old 32 years ago with the Bonfield 7 Ups of the East Nipissing Fastball League, before continuing up the ladder through the intermediate and oldtimer levels, was recently named winner of the annual award, which honours the memory of longtime softball/fastball great Al Knapp.

During his early years, Besner played several seasons with the 7 Ups, winning a pair of championships, while handling pitching duties and also doing some catching.

After graduating from the ENFL, Besner played for 13 seasons in the Gateway Major Fastball Association with Father's, Kent Trusses, North Bay Merchants and Northern Honda, winning 10 league championships, as well as 10 top pitcher awards.

He was also honoured as the loop's most valuable player on two occasions.

During his time with the Northern Honda, Besner and his teammates also won five Northern Softball Association championships and an Ontario Amateur Softball Association title in 1991, when Besner pitched the North Bay squad to a 2-0 win over Owen Sound in the championship game.

During the 1991 season Northern Honda boasted an impressive 44-4 record, including a perfect 4-0 in the provincial championship.

A year earlier (1990) in Sheddon, Ont., Northern Honda, also in an OASA final reached the championship game before bowing out despite a two-hitter by Besner.

Besner pitched five games during the final day of that tournament and was presented with a "Merit of Achievement Award" by the OASA to honour a player's outstanding performance.

In the 1998 GMFA final, Besner suffered a serious (torn ligaments) bicep injury that prevented him from playing the following season. He was forced to take the next year off, before returning to complete his career.

After concluding his GMFA career, Besner played seven seasons with Overtime Lounge and Casey's of the North Bay Senior's Fastball League (oldtimers), four of which he was eligible to pitch. During that time he compiled a 36-1-1 record while winning four league titles.

During his tenure with Casey's and Overtime, Besner hurled his team to a pair of World Senior's Fastball tournament titles (2003, 2007), compiling a 7-0 record.

Besner will receive the Knapp award at the North Bay Sports Hall of Fame Induction and Awards Dinner at Best Western North Bay, April 26th.

AL KNAPP MEMORIAL TROPHY

Past winners

Contribution to softball/baseball (Sponsored by Northland Softball Assoc.)

1984 AL KNAPP

1985 RON (IKE) BEAN

1986 DAVE SAAD

1987 RON DUFFY

1988 DON GRIERSON

1989 BONNIE ZUFELT

1990 KAREN FAUBERT

1991 JIM LISK

1992 DENYSE VENDETTI

& TERRY VENDETTI

1993 RANDY SANDVIK

1994 HECTOR VALADE

1995 BILL JACKO &

KRIS WOODS

1996 PETER HANDLEY

1997 PHIL (BUTCH) FORBES

1998 TIM SCOTT

1999 lUI RICCI

2000CHRIS MCLEOD

2001 NORTH BAY MINOR

GIRLS SOFTBALL ASSOC.

2002 DAMON TOPOLIE

2003 LIZ & DAVE CROSS

2004 LINDA TOPOLIE

2005 JACK GREEN

2006 TAMMYWALTERS



Friday, August 29
World Senior Men's Fastball Tournament

World fastball tourney hits 22 seasons

Posted By NUGGET STAFF

Posted 2 days ago
   

North Bay's growing Labour Day weekend tradition continues this week with 28 teams from across Ontario gathering for the 22nd annual World Senior Men's Fastball Tournament.

The tournament, staged at four fields in the city (Troy, Johnson, CFB and Centennial) opens Thursday with action between eight teams from the North Bay Senior Fastball League and continues through Sunday.

The senior fastball tournament, for players aged 35 and over, started in 1987 and has grown to become the largest in the province, with teams coming from places such as Toronto, Oshawa, Hamilton, Peterborough, Sudbury, Scarborough, Lindsay, Stratford, Porquis Junction and Moosonee.

Last year's 'AA' championship was won by North Bay's Casey's, the first local team to win the tournament since 1997.However, several players from the team hung up the cleats after the tournament and Casey's is no longer together.

The Cold Spring Cats, from Cobourg, Ont., the tournament's 'AA' champions in 2005 and 2006,will return seeking another championship.

The Toronto Bingos, who have been travelling north for the over-35 tournament for several years, will feature a big name on the roster for the weekend.

Peter Landers, a legendary left-handed pitcher and member of Softball Canada's Hall of Fame, is joining the Bingos for the weekend.

Locally, Boston Pizza won the regular- season championship in North Bay's nine-team senior league this summer, led by big hitters such as Richard and Ron Gribbons. Other area teams include The Fraser, North Bay Legion, Hopper's, Callander Legion, Howard's Plumbing, Powassan Legion, CFB Silver Foxes, Mattawa Legion, Bear Island Braves and last year's 'A' division champions, Kent Trusses of Sundridge.

The 28 teams will mix together in round robin play, with the Top 14 after the round robin moving on to the 'AA' playoffs and the next 14 playing for the 'A' title.

Playoffs begin Saturday evening, with quarter-finals, semifinals and finals to be played Sunday.

The 'A' championship game goes Sunday at 2:30 p. m. and the 'AA' championship at 4 p. m., both at Troy Field.



Sunday, August 17
22nd Annual World Senior Men's Fastball Tournament

22nd. Annual World Senior Men's Fastball Tournament

Aug. 29-31  / 2008   North Bay, Ont.



Saturday, July 26
Waterloo Classics are Golden

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Waterloo Classics Win OASA Masters Provincial Championship

 

 

Waterloo, Ontario – The Waterloo Classics won the Ontario Amateur Softball Association (OASA) Masters Provincial Fastball Championship with a 6-0 victory over two-time provincial champion Alvinston Indians Sunday (July 20) in Niagara Falls. 

The Waterloo team, managed by local fastball enthusiast Sam Forbes, got off to a slow start Friday night, losing 2-1 to the host Niagara Storm’s Fury, but bounced back with a convincing 9-2 victory Saturday afternoon over Aurora Shoeless Joes. With three teams ties at a win and a loss apiece, the tiebreaker rule awarded the Classics first place in their division and a bye into Sunday morning’s semi-final game. 

After defeating Waterdown Hammer in their quarterfinal game Saturday night, the Niagara team earned the chance to qualify for the final by meeting the Classics again. This time the Waterloo bats came alive as the 2007 provincial runner-up team won the game handily by a 14-2 score Sunday morning. 

The championship game Sunday afternoon was a classic matchup between the two long-time, friendly rivals, Waterloo Classics and Alvinston Indians. Alvinston made it to the championship by defeating Aurora in the other semi-final on Sunday. The Classics prevailed 6-0 behind strong pitching from Todd Uhrig, timely hitting and errorless defense. After playing in the annual tournament for 11 years, it was the Classics first OASA provincial championship. 

Each year, OASA presents the Jack Cook award to the Masters player, manager or coach who best exemplifies the sportsmanship, leadership and competitive spirit of Masters fastball in Ontario. Bob Abbott, OASA Executive Vice President, presented the award to Dana Seiling of the Waterloo Classics. It was the third time in four years that a member of the Classics received the award. Sam Forbes (2005) and Jodie Schnarr (2007) were the previous recipients.



Saturday, July 26
2008 OASA Masters Championship : Results

 2008 OASA Masters Provincial Championship

Niagara Falls, Ontario

Fri. July 18 - Sun July 20th  /  2008

 

July 18th – Fri. 1) 8:00 pm DIA. I - NiagaraWaterloo

Niagara 2
Waterloo 1

WP - Rich Vassos in relief of Rick Provost
LP - Sean Geehan in relief of Don Steebing

Niagara - Mark Hall 1/3 RBI, Joe McMaster 1/3 Rbi, Jeff Kranyk 2-3, Rob Greatrix 1/3 run scored, Ron Winger 2/3

Waterloo - Jodie Shnarr 2/3, Greg Scheel 1/3, Todd Uhrig 1/3, Paul Clemons 1/3

July 19th - Sat. 2) 9:00am DIA. I -
Kanata – Waterdown

Kanata 4
Waterdown 0

WP - Billy Gerber
LP - Brian Lisk
Kanta - Paul Priest and Tommy Watkinson 2 hits each. great D from 3rd base Hugh Murray
Waterdown - Kres Andersdon, Kyle Davis, Paul Hird and Brett Duggan singles

3) 11:00am DIA. I -
NiagaraAurora

Aurora 13
Niagara 6

WP - Norm Estabrooks
LP - Ron Winger

Aurora - Marty Greenhop 2/4 Norm Estabrooks 2/4 4rbi, Peter Seto 3/4
4)
1:00pm DIA. I - Alvinston – Kanata

Alvinston 9
Kanata 1

WP - Dave Martin
LP - Trevor Wood

Alvinston - Brian Prowse 2 hits, Jason Hope 2 run HR
Kanata - Mike Money triple and single

5) 3:00pm DIA. I -
WaterlooAurora

Waterloo 9
Aurora 2

WP - Todd Uhrig
LP - Norm Estabrooks

Waterloo - Jodie Schnarr, Greg Scheel, Dan Ferrede and Paul Clemons 2 hits each
Aurora - Norm Estabrooks 2/3 2 runs

6) 5:00pm DIA. I - Alvinston – Waterdown
 

Waterdown 3
Alvinston 1

WP - Rick Hames
LP - Doug Charlton

Waterdown - Marcel Bilodeau 2/3, Lance Winn 2/4
Alvinston - Chris Drew 2/3 Murray McLean 2/3

End of preliminary play, Alvinston and Waterloo receive byes to tomorrows semi's

7) 7:00pm DIA. I - 2nd Red - 3rd Blue

Quarter final 1
Aurora 2
Kanata 1

WP - George Karkumbasis, save Steve Ketchell
LP - Bill Gerber

Aurora - Peter Seto 2/3 2 runs scored
Kanata - Duane Bromley, double

8) 9:00pm DIA. I - 2nd Blue - 3rd Red

Quarter final 2
Niagara 4
Waterdown 2

WP- Butch Provost, relief Rick Provost, save Rich Vassos
LP - Jim Hurst

Niagara - Jeff Kranyk 4/4 run scored, Rob Greatrix triple 2 runs scored, Dave Taylor single 2 rbi's
Waterdown - Rick Hames 1/3 run scored

July 20th Sun. 9) 10:00am DIA. I - 1st Red - Winner gm 8

Semi final 1
Waterloo 12
Niagara 2

WP - Todd Uhrig
LP - Rich Vassos

Niagara - Todd Uhrig 3/4 HR, Mike Kelly 2/4 HR, Jodie Schnarr HR, Ross Herold 3/4
Niagara - Dave Taylor and Mark Hall each with a HR

This one was over early, Uhrig was throwing darts, the only bright spots for Niagara were the two solo shots.

10) 10:00am DIA. II - 1st Blue - Winner gm 7

Semi final 2
Alvinston 10
Aurora 1

WP - Dave Martin
LP - Steve Ketchell

11)
1:00pm DIA. I - Winner game 9 - Winner game 10

Championship Game
Waterloo - 6
Alvinston - 0

WP - Todd Uhrig, two hit shutout
LP - Doug Charlton

Waterloo - Mike Kelly 2/3, Todd Uhrig 1/3 and Greg Scheel 2/3
Alvinston - Joe Triest and Brian Prowse one hit each

Uhrig again was virtually unhittable, congratulations to your 2008 Provincial Masters Champs Waterloo Classics for an impressive weekend and to Alvinston for their runner up finish. Gold and Silver medals were presented to each team.



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Dave Birnie pole vaulting 30 years ago !
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Sunday, May 4
Q & A with Dave Birnie

1)         Family ?  Wife Kathy, married for 22 years, Daughter Alexandra, Son Scott, Was too busy thinking and making plans for the 2007 NAFA Masters East World Series that I completely forgot our 22nd wedding anniversary, yikes ! 

2)         Age ?  48 

3)         Occupation ?  Industrial Contractor working at Stelco, Dofasco, Ontario Hydro,Petro Canada, Ford etc.Vice President USWA Local 3692 Hamilton 

4)         Education : Westdale High School Hamilton  Famous Westdale Alumni : Comedian Martin Short, CFL Quarterback & Coach Ron Lancaster, Comedian Eugene Levy, The Honourable Lincoln Alexander, CFL Legend Russ Jackson, Steve Staios Edmonton Oilers, Gord Lewis Teenage Head Band, David Braley owner of the BC Lions, NHL Legend Harry Howell, Brian Williams CBC & TSN Sports Broadcaster 

5)         What positions have you held in Fastball ?   Player / Coach / Executive etc.  Didn’t get involved in fastball until I was 32 years old, played a little but always enjoyed being involved with the administrative part of a team, recruiting, uniforms, waterboy, etc.  2006 ISC II Game Controller, Vice President and founding member Canadian Masters Fastball Association, 2008 OASA Men’s Committee, 2008 Co Chair & Eastern Canadian Rep. NAFA Masters World Series Committee, Web Site Administrator - Ontario Masters Fastball web site.  

6)         How long have you been involved in Fastball ? 16 years, primarily masters teams 

7)         Other sports / interests you’ve been involved in and accomplishments ?  Hockey, boating, coaching my Son’s Special Olympics basketball team, amateur wrestling, track & field, baseball, MMA : City of Hamilton wrestling Champion. Track & field athlete of the year at Westdale High School Hamilton.  Joined the Niagara Falls Optimists Track Club after high school. When not at a fastball tournament I like to be at the cottage cruising around on my boat. Enjoy running my annual hockey pool which I have been doing for 23 years, 171 entries in the pool this year.  

8)         What are some of your fastball career highlights & accomplishments ? Hamilton Men’s League Champions 1996, 1997, 1998, 2001 NAFA “ A “ Ontario Qualifier Champions with Hamilton Gators ( Innerkip, Ont. )   2001 Played against Eddie Feigner’s The King & His Court ( Beamsville, Ont. )    2002 Ontario Masters Champions Stoney Creek Gators. ( Ingersoll, Ont. )  2002 Eastern Canadian Masters Champions Stoney Creek Gators ( Fredericton, NB )2004 Canadian Masters Silver Medalists Stoney Creek Gators ( Cobourg, Ont. )  2005 OASA Bronze Medals with Waterdown Hammer Masters ( Port Perry, Ont. )  2007 Ontario Masters Champions with the Cobourg Force ( Cobourg, Ont. )  2007 OASA Intermediate B Champions with Cobourg Force ( Newmarket, Ont. )   20th place @ 2007 ISC World Tournament Peterborough Windmillers ( Kitchener, Ont. )   5th Place @ 2007 NAFA Masters World Series Cobourg Force ( Rockford, Illinois ) 

9)         Who are some of your favourite teammates / associates and opposing players to play with and against over the years ?  Fred Clyke, Mike Crawford, Sam Forbes, Jodie Schnarr, Mike Kelly, Dave Kingdon, Rory Hustler, Brian Prowse, Dan Duemo, Cam Emerson, Henry Donders, Kyle Davis, Joe Reeve, Dave Benallick, Ron Chambers, Harold Passmore, Rod Fevreau, Carl Boomhouwer, Lance Winn, Rob Gilmour, Pete Kucharuck, Brain French, Dean Carr, Pete Spitzig, Sally and Fossil, Sylvia Ryan, Craig Minifie, Al Ball, Troy Gilmour, Wayne Wells, Doug Charlton, Dave Reynolds, Blair Setford, Glenn Inglehart, Doug Levy, Benjie Hedgecock, Alex Rutherford, Gary Wren, George Ryder, Bernie Pollock, Blair McBratney, Rob & Tom Watson, Dana Seiling, Chris McSorley, Greg Bacher, Mark McEachern, Shawn Steinhoff, Mark Young, Brad Reinguette, John Kemp, Oliver brothers, Rick Hames, Brad Meldrum, Dave Martin, Steve Ketchell, Brian McGuire, Jim Flanagan & Al Doran. 

10)      Favourite tournament ? 2002 OASA Masters Championship, 2004 Canadian Masters Championship, North Bay Masters Tournament, NAFA Masters World Series 

11)      Plans for 2008 & beyond ?   Retired from fastball

12)      Any additional thoughts ?  Thanks to some very generous sponsors over the years, Bob Litzen, Litzen’s Source for Sports, Jeff “Newf” Murphy, Bill ‘Rookie” Fairney. Probably the greatest fastball person I’ve EVER met is Sylvia “Sparky” Ryan.



Tuesday, July 8
22nd Annual World Senior Men's Fastball Tournament

22nd Annual World
SENIOR MEN'S FASTBALL TOURNAMENT
AUG. 29th, 30th, 31st, 2008
OFFICIAL ENTRY FORM
TEAM NAME                                                                                                                                                                                           
CONTACT PERSON                                                                                                                                                                                        
ADDRESS                                                                                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                                                                                     
TELEPHONE                                                      FAX                                                  EMAIL                                                                         
TEAM RATING (see note 1.) check one:                                                                                                                   
                                                                   A          AA
* PREFERRED TIMES (indicate 2 choices):                                                                             
(see note below..times may vary if 5 full innings adapted)    6:00         7:15       8:30       9:45
A vs AA Double A teams have indicated a desire for more competition. They will be grouped to provide more equitable preliminary games. Please be fair to enable this format to succeed. If you have a fairly decent pitcher you are likely a AA team.
ROOMS:   PLEASE ALLOW US TO BOOK FOR YOU. THE BEST RATES HAVE BEEN ARRANGED AT LOCAL HOTELS THAT SUPPORT OUR TOURNAMENT. GIVE DAVE A CALL AND HE WILL ARRANGE ROOMS FOR YOU.


TEAM MEMBERS
(    This is the list for the Official Program only. The Offical team list is to be provided at the Registration Tent when you arive)
PLEASE PRINT NAMES CLEARLY
1.                                                                                                      9.                                                                                 
2.                                                                                                    10.                                                                                 
3.                                                                                                    11.                                                                                 
4.                                                                                                    12.                                                                                 
5.                                                                                                    13.                                                                                 
6.                                                                                                    14.                                                                                 
7.                                                                                                    15.                                                                                 
8.                                                                                   
Player Age Restrictions
MUST BE 35 TO PLAY AND 40 TO PITCH
(the committee reserves the right to request proof of age if necessary)
REGISTRATION
1. Enclose cheque for $400 payable to WORLD SENIOR FASTBALL ($450 after July 1st, no exceptions)
                        - entry includes free "T" shirt and 15 free draw tickets for $500
2.  Fill in team roster (no players under 35 and no pitchers under 40)
3.  Once your team is registered you will be contacted and supplied with a list of rooms that have been blocked for this event.
                        - We recommend that you allow us to book for you. We have the best rates available and also get a rebate for all rooms used.
4.  Read basic rules below
5.  Submit information to:
                        DAVE CERISANO
                        552 GREENWOOD AVE.,
                        NORTH BAY ON P1B 5G4
                        tel. 705-474-4878         fax 705-474-6819       dave.cerisano@sympatico.ca
BASIC RULES
1. NO METAL CLEATS - NO EXCEPTIONS - INCLUDING PITCHERS
2.  Final team roster must be handed in at the Registration Tent prior to first game. (maximum 15 prizes per team to winners)
3.  Unlimited defensive re-entry.
4.  Unlimited pinch runners...some exceptions do apply....check final rules in event program.
5.  Double flap helmets must be worn by all batters and base runners
6.  Absolutely no jewelrey allowed to be worn.
7.  Time limits for games:       * Preliminary Round      - 5 innings with time limit and mercy rule
                                                     All games after Preliminary Round to be 5 full innings
* NOTE:  THE COMMITTEE IS REVIEWING THE FEASIBILITY OF PLAYING 5 FULL INNINGS
                  FOR ALL GAMES.  FIELD AVAILABLILITY WILL BE THE DETERMINING FACTOR.




Monday, January 21
2008 OASA Masters Host : Niagara Falls

The OASA has confirmed Niagara Falls as the official host for the 2008 OASA Masters "A" & "B" Championship.  Stay tuned for further information including accomodations etc.

Location : Ker Park, Niagara Falls

Date : Fri. July 18, Sat. July 19th & Sun. July 20th

One new team so far : Niagara Falls
2 teams returning after a 1 year absence : Waterdown and Alvinston.

http://www.infoniagara.com/

http://www.niagarafallstourism.com/ 



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Kevin Kammueller - Most Outstanding Pitcher 07' NAFA Masters East World Series
Wednesday, February 20
Jordan Realty @ 07' NAFA Masters World Series

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Back Row(left to right): Gerry Gubash, Mike Applegate, Pat Rieger, Kevin Kammueller, Dick Klitzke, Paul Arntzen
Front Row(left to right): Bill Hafner, Jim Dardine, Sean Dunford, Dave Wolf, Mike Jordan, Rick Lathrop
Jordan Realty results from the 2007 NAFA Masters East Region World Series
40 & Over Division
Rockford, Illinois USA
  
Game 1
Jordan Realty     12(We only have 10 runs marked in the book, but I know we scored 12. I am assuming we were the away team and scored 2 runs in the top of the 5th that did not get marked down)
Bud Illinois         0
WP: Kevin Kammueller
LP: ?????
Doubles: Paul Arntzen, Mike Applegate, Pat Rieger
Triples: Mike Applegate, Jerry Gubash
HR's: Mike Applegate
Mike Applegate 3-3  4RBI's  3 Runs. He also had the game winning RBI in the first inning.
Pat Rieger  1-1,  2BB,  2B,  RBI,  2 Runs
Rick Lathrop 1-2,  SAC,  2RBI's
Game 2
Jordan Realty        1
Planggers             0
WP: Kevin Kammueller
LP: Bobby Ginger
Doubles: Jimmy Dardine
We had 3 hits, 3 walks, 2 sacrifices and one hit batter.
Paul Arntzen led off the 4th inning with a walk. Mike Applegate reached on an error with Arntzen going to second. Dick Klitzky then reached on a fielders choice, with Mike Applegate out at second base and Paul Arntzen moving to third. Planggers walked Jerry Gubash to load the bases, then Pat Rieger singled in the only run of the game.
Game 3
Jordan Realty        6
Weiners                2
WP: Kevin Kammueller
LP: ??
Doubles: Paul Arntzen
Triples: Mike Applegate
HR's: Mike Applegate
Jimmy Dardine 2-4,  3 SB,  Run
Paul Arntzen  2-2,  BB,  2B,  RBI,  2 Runs
Mike Applegate  2-3,  3B,  HR,  4 RBI's,  2 Runs. Had the game winning 3 run HR in the third.
Pat Rieger 2-3,  SB
Weiners got both runs in the top of the first and then we took over. 2 runs in the first, 3 in the third and 1 in the fourth.
Game 4
Jordan Realty        6(The Nafa site says 5, but our book has 6)
Goshen                 1
WP: Kevin Kammueller
LP: ??
Doubles: Paul Arntzen(2), Mike Applegate
Jimmy Dardine  3-4,  Run
Paul Arntzen  2-3,  BB,  (2)2B, RBI
Pat Rieger  1-1,  2BB,   SB,  Run
Mike Applegate had already had an MVP performance for us, but was absolutely snake bit in this game. He crushed line drives to left in the first and right in the second. His double in the sixth inning was another rocket at the right fielder that happened to knuckle as it got to him.
Goshen got their run in the top of the first. We came back with five runs in the bottom of the second inning, all with 2 outs. I can not tell from the book who got the game winning hit, but Pat Rieger walked with 2 outs and was followed by singles from Billy Hafner, Rick Lathrop, Sean Dunford and Jim Dardine. Paul Arntzen then capped off the scoring off with a double. Mike Applegate ended the second inning with a screaming line drive to the right fielder.
Game 5
Jordan Realty        1
Planggers             0
WP: Kevin Kammueller
LP: ???
We had 9 hits in the game, all singles. I only remember Planggers having 2 hits, including a lead off single in the seventh. We did make a couple of nice defensive plays as well. 
Pat Rieger 1-3, Game winning RBI single in the first inning.
Rick Lathrop 3-3,  SB
We scored our run in the first inning again with 2 outs. The first two guys struck out. Mike Applegate singled, Jerry Gubash singled and Pat Rieger singled to drive in Mike Applegate with the winning run. We had a couple of other good scoring chances as well. In the third we had runners on second and third with two out and Pat Rieger grounded out to first base. In the bottom of the sixth with had runners on first and third with two outs and Sean Dunford hit a line drive right to the first baseman. 
Planggers got a lead off single in the seventh, sacrificed the runner to second and then had a ground out that advanced the runner to third. Planggers then sent up a pinch hitter who struck out to end the game.
We played really well as a team, only giving up 3 runs in 5 games on the weekend. We had some spectacular individual stats as well.
Jim Dardine  7-16,  Double,  4 SB,  4 Runs
Paul Arntzen  6-12,  4 BB,  4 Doubles,  3 RBI's,  5 Runs
Mike Applegate  7-15,  BB,  2 Doubles,  2 Triples,  2 HR's,  9 RBI's,  SB,  6 Runs
Pat Rieger  6-11,  4 BB,  Double,  3 RBI's,  2 SB,  3 Runs
Rick Lathrop  6-10,  SAC,  2 RBI's,  SB,  Run
It probably helped that Jim Dardine, Paul Arntzen and Mike Applegate hit 1-2-3 for us in all 5 games. We beat Planggers 1-0 twice and Pat Rieger drove in the winning run both times. 
This team has no corporate sponsor. All league fees, uniforms, pick up player costs and tournament entry fees are paid by Mike Jordan and Kevin Kammueller. Hence the name of the team.  All team players pay for their own rooms, food and transportation costs to and from the tournaments. Because of this and the fact that this team has no "ringers" I couldn't have been more proud of the fact that we won this tournament. We like competing against "better" teams and seeing what we can do. We competed out in Portland in the ASA Masters last year for the first time in a National tournament. We faced Planggers in the first round and lost a heart breaker 5-4 and a couple games later lost to Terry Luster and the DeMarini crew 3-0. We played as well as we could both games, but ultimately couldn't pull it out. I guess we just stepped it up a notch this year.


Wednesday, February 13
2008 NAFA Masters World Series - Dates/Locations Confirmed


Sunday, February 10
Men's 50 & over Fastpitch

Sunday, February 10
East Enders returning to Glory Days - Beaches Major Fastball League

Tuesday, October 16
Q & A Survey

See the attached Q & A survey form.

Please consider filling out the following questionnaire, I'm looking for ANYONE associated with Masters fastball in Ontario & beyond, players, coaches, executives, umpires, sponsors etc.     Got an interesting story to tell ?  If you would like to be featured please answer the 12 questions on the Q & A survey and forward your answers to ontariomasters(at)hotmail(dot)com You don't need to answer any of the questions you don't want to. Please remember this is to promote you and masters fastball in a positive way. Try to put the emphasis on masters fastball as much as possible. Returned questionnaires will be featured on the Ontario Masters Fastball web site.


Handout: Q & A Survey

Saturday, April 12
Q & A with Bob Tomlinson

Tuesday, March 4
Q & A with Wayne Wells

Sunday, February 10
Q & A with Umpire Steve Bedard

Monday, January 21
Q & A with John Kemp

Thursday, December 27
Q & A with Ted Conway

Monday, November 26
Q & A with Slammin' Sammy Forbes

Saturday, November 17
Q & A with Paddy Fitzgerald Nolan

Thursday, November 8
Q & A with Paul "Chico" McCart

Friday, October 26
Q & A With Rick Hames

Monday, October 15
Q & A with Rick Boyd

Sunday, October 28
2009 World Masters Games - Sydney Australia

Thursday, September 13
Western Canadian Teams @ NAFA Masters

Sunday, September 9
Cobourg Force @ 2007 NAFA Masters World Series

Tuesday, September 4
2007 NAFA Masters World Series Web Site

2007 NAFA Masters World Series web site : www.masters.nafafastpitch.com

First round game times for the Eastern Zone Championship now posted.



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Monday, September 3
Cobourg Force win OASA Men's "B" Provincial Title

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 Cobourg Force are Ontario Champions !

The Cobourg Force Men's Fastball Team won the Ontario (OASA) Intermediate Men's "B" Provincial Championship over the Labour Day long weekend. The 8 team tournament was held in Sharon/ Queensville ( Newmarket area. )

The Force, primarily a master's team went throught the tournament with a 4-0 record.

Game # 1
Cobourg Force - 7 ( 6 innings )
Wellington - 0
WP - Wayne Wells
LP - ?
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Game # 2
Cobourg Force - 5
Sharon / Lake Simcoe Lightning - 1
WP - Scott Evans
LP - Rick May
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Game # 3
Cobourg Force - 1
Colborne Rutherflo - 0
WP - Wayne Wells
LP - Brad Meldrum 15 k's, 3 hits
Cobourg - Scott Evans HR
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Game # 4
Cobourg Force - 2
Colborne Rutherflo - 1
WP - Scott Evans
LP - Brad Meldrum
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Complete tournament results found here :  http://www.oasa.ca/Eliminations/Mens_B_C_Query_list.asp


Monday, September 3
21st ANNUAL WORLD SENIOR MEN'S FASTBALL TOURNAMENT

21st ANNUAL WORLD SENIOR MEN’S FASTBALL TOURNAMENT
AUG. 31st, SEPT. 1st, 2nd, 2007  North Bay, Ontario

Casey's comes back for title; Championship win follows dramatic rally in semifinal.

Ken Pagan  /  The Nugget
Sports - Monday, September 03, 2007 

As Hall of Famer Yogi Berra once said, "It ain't over 'til it's over."

With Casey's trailing by six runs and down to their final three outs in the semifinal, many of the 200 fans at Johnson Field left to see the other game at Troy Field - and they missed one of the most exciting comebacks in local fastball annals.

Casey's scored six runs to force extra innings before pulling out a dramatic 12-11 semifinal win over the Oshawa Ravens, leaving enough left in the tank for a 3-1 win over the Porquis Junction KC Trappers to become the first local team in 10 years to win the World Senior Men's Fastball Tournament 'AA' championship.

A few members of Casey's - including pitchers Ken Besner and Mark Schledewitz, catcher Jim Lisk and third baseman Terry Vendetti - also played for the last local team to win, the TCR Bullets, in 1997.

But the odds of Casey's even getting to the final weren't good after they committed five errors and allowed six runs in the top of the fifth inning in the semifinal, handing Oshawa a 10-4 lead.

'Play right to the end'

But Casey's still had three outs to go and there were a lot of guys eager to make up for a bad inning.

"You never give up, not with this batting lineup," Besner said. "We had really good sticks all weekend and the guys were hitting well, so you've got to play right to the end."

Lisk smashed a two-run homer with none out.

Three batters later, left-fielder Luc 'Red' Gagnon made amends for a couple of earlier mistakes with another monster shot over the centre-field fence.

Second baseman Reg Reichstein, who was drilled on the hand by a pitch, later came around to score and send the game to extra innings.

 


After the Ravens went up 11-10 in the top of the sixth, speedy centre-fielder Bill Reid of Casey's drove home Vendetti for the tying run and Reid came around to score the winning run on Lisk's lined shot into the gap to cap the dramatic comeback.
"We were down six runs (in the fifth), but we had the top of the order coming up and all you have to do is get a couple runners on - we had a couple of home runs and we were right back in it," Lisk said. "That was probably one of the best games I've ever played in." The Porquis Junction KC Trappers, led by hard-throwing pitcher Frank Kujawinski, knocked off the two-time defending champion Cold Spring Cats in the other semifinal.

But Casey's, the North Bay Senior Men's Fastball League champions, carried their semifinal momentum into the championship game.

In the second inning, seeing his first pitch of the game, Gagnon crushed another long home run to centre-field to give Casey's a 1-0 lead.

Leading off the third inning, Casey's shortstop Ed Roy uncoiled like Reggie Jackson and crushed the first pitch over the right-centre field fence for a 2-0 lead. The next batter, Reid, followed with a triple and came around to score on Lisk's single.

The Trappers answered in the top of the fourth when Pete Barber had his second hit to drive in Mike Bourgeois, but Besner dug deep to grind out the final five outs - he surrendered a couple lined rockets in the fifth, but one was snared by Vendetti at third base and the other by Gagnon in left field.

Besner, named most valuable player of the championship game, pitched six of the seven games on the weekend - including all four in the playoffs after Schledewitz, who was picked up to provide some weekend relief, injured a hamstring Friday.

"If Sledge would have been able to keep pitching, we would have been in really good shape, but after you get going, you don't feel it too much," Besner said of the weekend workload.

Both Besner and Lisk, who have played together for more than 20 years, credited some weekend additions to the lineup for helping put Casey's over the top.

"This year, we picked up a couple of guys - Serge Violette at first base and Eddie Roy (who usually plays with a Garson team in tournaments) at shortstop - so that really helped us defensively and offensively," Besner said. "And our team was already close, so I think it just all came together."

"We brought Schledewitz out of retirement to throw a few innings to help Kenny stay fresh and it was appreciated," Lisk said. "Kenny was (fading) at the end, but those extra innings helped us a lot."

Kent Trusses 8, Peterborough 4

In the 32-team tournament's 'A' division final, Kent Trusses from South River made it a regional sweep with an 8-4 win over the defending 'A' division champions from Peterborough.

Don Folliott, named most valuable player in the championship game, had a two-run triple that broke the game open, while Darryl Percival also had two hits and two RBIs. Pitcher Steve Attwell, who combined on the mound with Folliot during the weekend's seven games, earned the win in the final game.

"I think it was a real team effort," said team captain Eldy MacIntosh, one of five members of the South River team who have played together since 1979. "Don (Folliot) logged a lot of innings, he's our horse. But he knows when he runs out of gas and we were able to save Steve (Attwell) for when it counted in this game."

The South River team no longer plays regularly in a league, instead getting together for weekly practices and playing three tournaments each summer.

But they play hard, evidenced by a takeout slide at second base which knocked down the Farquhar Chrysler shortstop and broke up a double play in the quarter-final, Sunday morning.

"For us, playing seven games is pretty tough, so it was huge - the guys gave a great effort," MacIntosh said. "I really have to commend the guys, because when you only practise, it's tough. It's not the same as playing games."

Smith named honorary chairman

Longtime local fastball supporter Karl Smith served as honorary chairman for the 2007 tournament.

Smith, who plays with Farquhar Chrysler, was a founding member of the North Bay Senior Fastball league and has been in all 21 world tournaments as well as 27 CFB Silver Fox tournaments.

Earlier this season, Smith took a line drive on the shin that later became infected and left him on crutches for much of the summer. But he made a return to the plate in Friday's feature game, helping Farquhar Chrysler to a 7-0 win over the Hamilton Pirates.



Tuesday, July 10
2007 OASA Masters Provincial Championship : Results

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Back row ( left to right )
Wayne Wells, Troy Gilmour, Craig Minifie, Joe Reeve, Kyle Davis, Dave Birnie, Bill Fairney, Fred Clyke, Mike Harnish, Rob Doncaster, John Garland, Dave Hedger
Front row ( left to right )
Rory Hustler, Al Ball, Scott Wasson, Steve Connelly, Dave Waldie, Brian McGuire, Mike Crawford, Ted Conway

Absent from photo - Sylvia Ryan, Manager

2007 OASA Masters Provincial Championship
Cobourg, Ontario
Legion Fields
Sat. July 21st. & Sunday July 22nd.

Red Division
Cobourg                                       
Ingersoll
Oshawa

Blue Division
Cold Springs
Waterloo
Minesing

Sat. 10:00 am

Cobourg - 11 ( 6 inns )
Oshawa - 4

WP - Wayne Wells
LP - Rick May

Game MVP'S

Cobourg - Scott Wasson
Oshawa - Bill Brady
               
Waterloo - 2
Minesing - 0

WP - Pete Spitzig relief by Doug Charlton
LP - Paul Priest

Game MVP'S
Minesing - Gord Zeggil
Waterloo - Jodie Schnarr ( HR )

1:00 pm

Oshawa - 9
Ingersoll - 2

WP - Mark Coutu
LP - Doug Jackson

Game MVP'S
Ingersoll - Chuck Davies
Oshawa - Mike Haddon               

Cold Springs - 0
Waterloo - 9

WP - Don Stebbings
LP - Steve Ketchell relief by Gary Vowles

Game MVP'S

Cold Springs - Darren Crouter
Waterloo - Sam Forbes ( HR )

Andy Dalgarno also had a home run for Waterloo

4:00 pm   

Cobourg - 8
Ingersoll - 5

WP - Mike Crawford relief by Wayne Wells
LP - Larry Cox

Game MVP'S
Ingersoll - Kevin Roulston
Cobourg - Ted Conway ( Grand Slam )
               
Minesing - 3
Cold Springs - 2

WP - Eric Rosenquist
LP - Gary Vowles

Game MVP'S
Cold Springs - Steve Parker
Minesing - Richard Thompson

7:00 pm   

#2 Red Cold Springs - 8 ( 8 inns )
#3 Blue Oshawa - 7

WP - Gary Vowles in relief of Steve Ketchell
LP - Mark Coutu in relief of Blair McBratney

Game MVP'S
Oshawa - Paul Papulkas
Cold Springs - Steve Mitts

#2 Blue Minesing - 3
#3 Red Ingersoll - 1

WP - Paul Priest with relief by Eric Rosenquist
LP - Doug Jackson

Game MVP'S
Ingersoll - Larry Lowes
Minesing - Paul Priest ( HR )

Sun. 10:00 am
   
Cobourg - 6
Minesing - 1

WP - Wayne Wells
LP - Kurt Glover

Game MVP'S
Minesing - Greg McLean
Cobourg - Kyle Davis 3 x 3, HR, 3 runs scored   

Waterloo - 12
Cold Springs - 4

WP - Doug Charlton
LP - Roger Cole with relief by Gary Vowles

Game MVP'S
Cold Springs - Paul Foucault
Waterloo - Andy Dalgarno


12:00 pm BRONZE

Minesing - 9 ( 6 inns )
Cold Springs - 2

WP - Paul Priest relief by Eric Rosenquist
LP - Steve Ketchell relief by Gary Vowles

2:00 pm GOLD MEDAL GAME

Waterloo Classics Starting Lineup

1. Paul Clemons
2. Jodie Schnarr
3. Jason Hope
4. Sam Forbes
5. Mike Kelly
6. Andy Dalgarno
7. Ron McWhirter
8. Don Stebbings
9. Todd Hay
10.Pete Spitzig

Substitutes

Lloyd Evans
Paul McCart
Doug Charlton
Dan Ferrede

Coaches

Paul McCart - 1b
Dana Seiling - 3b & Mgr.

Cobourg Force Starting Lineup

1. Scott Wasson 8
2. Steve Connelly 4
3. Kyle Davis 9
4. Craig Minifie 3
5. Troy Gilmour 2
6. Fred Clyke DP
7. Rob Doncaster 5
8. Ted Conway 7
9. Joe Reeve 6
10. Wayne Wells 1
11. Mike Harnish DR

Substitutes

Mike Crawford
Dave Hedger
John Garland
Al Ball
Bill Fairney
Dave Waldie
Brian McGuire
Rory Hustler

Coaching Staff

Sylvia Ryan - Manager
Dave Birnie - Coach
Brian McGuire - 3b coach
Dave Hedger - 1b coach

Umpires

Plate - Doug Cundall
1b - Gary Kipfer
3b - Brian Sharples
UIC - Steve Bedard

OASA Tournament Organizers / Convenors

Bob Abbot
George Ryder
Paddy Fitzgerald Nolan   


Cobourg Force - 17 ( 5 inns )
Waterloo Classics - 2

WP - Wayne Wells 5inns, 3hits, 11k, 1bb, 1hbp,
LP - Don Stebbings with relief by Doug Charlton & Pete Spitzig

Waterloo - Andy Dalgarno 1x1
Cobourg - Kyle Davis 4x5, HR,
Troy Gilmour 2x3, 1bb, HR

Cobourg Force are the 2007 Ontario Masters Champions

Gold - Cobourg Force
Silver - Waterloo Classics
Bronze - Minesing

Jack Cook Award - Jodie Schnarr, Waterloo



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Friday, August 3
Waterloo Classics grab Silver

Waterloo Classics, 2007 OASA Silver Medalists



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Sunday, March 18
2007 Western Canadian Masters Championships

Masters Men & Women Fastpitch
July 26 - 29 / 2007
Portage la Prairie, Man
Dale Deschouwer (204) 875-9122


Tuesday, February 27
Stoney Creek Gator's player loses battle with Cancer

Pitcher Rob Gilmore passed away back in September. Gilley battled cancer and fought long and hard and passed away at his home with his wife by his side.
Gilley pitched for the Stoney Creek Gators masters in 2002 where he
helped them win both the Ontario and Eastern Canadian Masters Championships.
Gilley also pitched for the Dunnville Rolling Thunder Arrows in the Erie League.
Gilley was voted top pitcher in the Erie League in 2000.
Gilley was a crafty pitcher who possessed a nasty pitch that was a combination change-up / drop ball.
Most important, Gilley was a great man !

Dave Birnie
Stoney Creek Gators


" Masters of the Game " - nominations

Please send me your nominations for " Masters of the Game "
Someone who has contributed to Masters Fastball in Ontario or someone with personal achievments / milestones whether fastball related or not.


Saturday, November 25
Ryan receives OASA Feaver Award

Sylvia Ryan wins OASA Feaver Award, click here to read.

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