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2009 Intermediate A&B Eastern Canadian Fastball Championships

Tuesday, September 8th, 2009

The 2009 Intermediate A&B Eastern Canadian Fastball Championships are being held in Shubenacadie on September 11th – 13th

HOST Bud Light Fastball Club
NS Halifax 67’s
NS Sydney Cardinals
NS Blackburn Transport
ONT Morpeth Magic
NB Fredericton Twins
PEI Arsenault Sawmill Jacks

Both the Bud Lights Fastball Club & Halifax 67’s compete in the Metro Fastpitch League, which has given the HRM a place to play, watch & rebuild the great sport of fastball!

Blackburn Transport recently competed in the International Softball Congress II Tournament of Champions in Illinois.

The Fredericton Twins are a member of the Maritime Fastball League which sent 3 entries to this years Senior National Championships(Brookfield Elks, Glace Bay Mets & PEI Fawcetts) This new circuit has made great strides to re-establish the local fastball scene.

Rounding out the field will be the always tough Sydney Cardinals & a young speedy Arsenault Sawmill Jacks Team from the PEI fastball factory!

Gerry Tully
Sales & Logistics
Canadian Gold Seafood Company
(902)873-3796 or (902)225-5722

ISC II connections lead to ASA championships

Tuesday, September 8th, 2009

Teams with ISC II connections won three ASA championships this past weekend.

In the ASA A division, ISC II alumnus Marshall, MI Rice Creek Lightning took the crown at Rotary Park in Decatur, IL. The hometown Decatur Pride, who finished tied for fifth at the ToC, repeated that finish in ASA A.

Wilkes Barre, PA Keating’s Fitness, won the B title, storming back through the loser’s bracket. Keating’s also recently won the Elkland “B” Tournament. Salt Lake City, UT Innovative Communications finished third. Bakersfield, CA Silver Hawks, with some of the Brideport Braves on the roster, finished tied for fifth while Sun Valley, CA A-1 Rude Pac and St. Paul, MN Angels finished tied for ninth.

Back in Decatur at the ASA C East tournament, Blue Lake Builders from Adamstown, PA romped to victory with several members of Pennsylvania Power on the roster. Teutopolis, IL Wessel’s Coors Light finished tied for 5th, on the heels of a 2-2 performance at the ToC which included an upset of the #1-ranked Waterdown Hammer.

Congratulations to all the winners.

Scores from Goderich Labour Day Tournament

Monday, September 7th, 2009

Courtesy Al’s Fastball

Goderich Labour Day

Friday Night
Shakespeare Falcons 4 Goderich Orioles 2
Orangeville Kings 5 Blyth Barons 2
Shedden Mission 3 Goderich Gators 1
Brussels Tigers 5 Harwood Corners 2
Exeter Braves 7 Norwich Storm 6
Arthur Merchants 7 Woodstock Kelseys 4


Continuation of the 1st round, winners to the A side, losers to the B-side

Keady Hawks 9, Belmore Stingers 4
Hickson Reds 7, Innerkip Juniors 1
Mitchell Mets 5, Windsor Photo 0
Cambridge Reds 7, Mt.Elgin Mets 0
Straffordville Black Sox 5, Morpeth Magic 3
Kitchener Selects 7, Goderich Grizzlies 0
Kitchener Outlaws 6, Windsor Forest Glade 0
Mississauga Ale Stars 9, Zurich Rangers 0

Start of Round 2

B-Division, Winners to the BA, Losers to the BB side

Blyth Barons 5, Goderich Orioles 0
Harwood Corners 3, Goderich Gators 1
Woodstock Kelseys 9, Norwich Storm 6
Innerkip Jr’s 6, Belmore Jr Stingers 0
Zurich Rangers 8, Windsor Forest Glade 1
Goderich Grizzlies 11, Morpeth Magic 5
Windsor Photo and Mt.Elgin finish the 2nd round at 9:30am Sunday

Round 2, A-division

Orangeville Kings 3, Shakespeare Falcons 2
Shedden Mission 4, Brussels Tigers 1
Arthur Merchants 8, Exeter Braves 1
Hickson Reds 11, Keady Hawks 0
Kitchener Outlaws 2, Mississauga Ale Stars 1
Kitchener Selects 4, Straffordville Black Sox 2
Mitchell Mets and the Cambridge Reds finish off rd 2 at 9:30am Sunday, Quarterfinals start at 11am Sunday for all Divisions Sunday at 9:30am.


B-Division, Windsor Photo 14, Mt.Elgin Metss 6

A-Division, Mitchell Mets 4, Cambridge Reds 0

End of Round 2, all losers eliminated from this point on.

BB Division

Norwich Storm 7, Goderich Gators 0
Belmore Jr. Stingers 3, Windsor Forest Glade 1
Morpeth Magic 8, Mt.Elgin Mets 1

Semi Final, Norwich Storm 3, Goderich Orioles 0
Semi Final 2, Belmore Stingers vs Morpeth Magic, 9am Monday, BB- Final at 12pm.

BA Division

Woodstock Kelseys 5, Harwood Corners 2
Innerkip Jr’s 4, Zurich Rangers 0
Windsor Photo 6, Goderich Grizzlies 1
Semi Final, Blyth Barons 6, Woodstock Kelseys 2
Semi Final 2, Innerkip Jr’s vs Windsor Photo, 9am Monday, Final at 12pm

AB Division

Brussels Tigers 7, Exeter Braves 4
Mississauga Ale Stars 6, keady hawks 2
Cambridge Reds 3, Straffordville Sox 0
Semi final, Shakespeare Falcons 8, Brussels Tigers 1
Semi Final #2, Mississauga Ale Stars vs Cambridge Reds at 10:30am, Final goes at 1:30pm

AA Division

Shedden Mission 4, Arthur Merchants 1
Hickson Reds 2, Kitchener Outlaws 0
Mitchell Mets 1, Kitchener Selects 0, 9 innings
Semi Final, Shedden Mission 7, Orangeville Kings 2
Semi Final #2, Hickson Reds vs Mitchell Mets at 10:30am Sunday, Final goes at 1:30pm


BB Division
Semi Final, Morpeth 4, Belmore 1
Final, Morpeth 2, Norwich 0

BA Division
Semi Final, Windsor Photo 4, Innerkip Jr’s 1
Final, Blyth Barons 7, Windsor Photo 0

AB Division
Semi Final, Cambridge reds 3, Mississauga Ale Stars 2
Final, Shakespeare Falcons 6, Cambridge Reds 1

AA Division
Semi Final, Hickson Reds 2, Mitchell Mets 1
Final, Hickson Reds 3, Shedden Mission 0

Final batch of Maddy’s Photos

Saturday, September 5th, 2009

Click here for Maddy’s Photos Gallery, “Opening Ceremonies”

Click here for Maddy’s Photos Gallery, “Around the Ballpark”.

From Maddy’s Photos Blog:

“It is in a bittersweet mood that I finished the task of reviewing and uploading all the photos for the 2009 ISC II – Tournament of Champions. Bittwersweet because it signifies the end of the fastpitch season for me. No more standing in the field and sharing it with the very talented athletes who play this great game called fastpitch. No more smelling the sweet smell of grass as I stand too close to the foul line to get just the right shot. No more chattering with the managers and players as they return to their positions on the field. But all is not lost, as this will all repeat itself next year. Until then I hope you join me in re-visiting, through my photos, the wonderful tournament called the ISC II.

I have uploaded two more galleries: the first gallery is of the photos taken during the Opening Ceremonies (2009 ISC II – Opening Ceremonies) and the second gallery has photos taken around the ballpark of the fans, players and staff (2009 ISC II – Around the Ballpark). My thanks to everyone who each year make this tournament an unforgettable experience for me. From Blair Setford who each year gives me access so I can photograph this great tournament. To the game controllers who always happily accept the task of babysitting my equipment and keep me in stitches with their stories and jokes. To the players whose athletic prowess challenge me each and every game as I try to capture with photographs what they do so easily and with such talent. And last but not least, the umpires, for who I feel a close kinship; sort of brothers in arms you might say, sharing the field game after game but never playing in it. ”


(Photo of Maddy, not by Maddy)

Preliminary stats now available

Saturday, September 5th, 2009

Preliminary statistics are now available from the 2009 ISC II Tournament of Champions.

Click here for player stats and click here for team stats.

More to come in the future.

Differences between ISC and ISC II

Friday, September 4th, 2009 producer Lance Winn, who does play by play for Ballpark Radio, tackles the thorny question of the differences between ISC and ISC II. Click this link to watch this thought-provoking piece.

Easton evens the series with Quyon

Thursday, September 3rd, 2009

Courtesy of Ivan Taylor’s Facebook:

Today at 7:10pm
txt msg update from Spud Morrison & Moe Laframboise

Team Easton evened their GOFL semi-final series with Quyon Flyers on Thursday night with 2-1 win on the road.

Cory Costello had the win on the slab for Easton with a 17k performance. Drew Hathway had the loss for Quyon, allowing only one hit. Unfortunately for Quyon, that one hit was a Jamey Mick two run shot in the seventh.

The series is now tied 1-1 with game 3 set for Stittsville on Tuesday at 8:30.

more to follow

Quyon wins game 1 semi-finals over Easton

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009

Courtesy of Ivan Taylor’s Facebook:

Quyon wins game 1 semi-finals over Easton – UPDATED

from Moe Laframboise

The Quyon COMBAT Flyers finally ended their lengthy slump at Alexander Grove Park with a 4-1 win over Ottawa Team Easton Tuesday night.

Drew Hathway took the win for Quyon while Brad Porter took the loss, both going the distance for their respective clubs.

The pitchers duel saw neither team reach third base until the sixth inning where Quyon opened the scoring. Nick Armitage got things going for the Flyers with a 1-out walk. Matt ‘Cooney’ Greer then came to the plate and continued his torrid hot-streak vs. Porter, stroking a moon shot over the left field fence to give Quyon a 2-0 lead.

Easton answered back in the bottom half of the inning. Dave Tubman came to the plate with 1-out. After working the count like he always does so well, Tubby won the battle by knocking a solo-bomb off the scoreboard in right field.

In the seventh inning, Luke ‘Hammer’ Young hit a 1-out triple to the gap in left-centre. After battling for a walk, Easton conceded second base to Dennis McCleary, putting two in scoring position. Shawn Laframboise then hit a two RBI single up the middle to put the game at 4-1.

Hathway struck out the first two batters in the bottom half before surrendering a walk to Lukas Kamps. He was then able to induce a pop-up to second base from Porter to end the game.

Game two goes Thursday night in Quyon at 7:30.

Drew Hathway (W) – 7IP R ER 3H 2BB 13K
Brad Porter (L) – 7IP 4R 4ER 7H 3BB 11K

Shawn Laframboise 2/4 2RBI, 2B
Matt Greer 1/4 2RBI, HR
Joe McCleary 1/2 BB
Nick Armitage 1/3 R, BB
Steve McCord 1/3
Luke Young 1/3 R, 3B

Dave Tubman 1/3 HR
Cory Morrison 1/3 2B
Kevin Chevrier 1/3

Wyevale Tribe win first Northern Ontario ISC II Qualifier

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009

August 29-30, 2009
Sudbury, Ontario


Mother Nature did not co-operate this past weekend as the first ever Northern Ontario ISC II Qualifier was reduced to a one day affair. Originally the four teams were to play a single round robin on Saturday followed by a single elimination round on Sunday for a 9-game tournament but as the weather has been all summer long, this could not be accomplished. Saturday was a complete wash-out and therefore, the tournament chairperson decided to make it a one-day double knockout. After 15 hours and six games, Wyevale Tribe were the first-ever winners.

Adco falls short of goals

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009

From the Staten Island Advance

Staten Island softball notebook: Adco falls short of goals
by Bob Nestel
Tuesday September 01, 2009, 1:09 PM

Adco Electric finished up their fastpitch season with what manager Peter Quaranta calls “disappointing” — at least by their lofty standards.

“We didn’t have a great tournament,” said Quaranta, whose club went 1-3 at the ISC II Fastpitch Championship in Rock Island, Ill. “It was a tough season for us overall. We never seemed to be at full strength until last weekend.”

“This was the toughest schedule we’ve ever played,” he added. “We played in the Mid Atlantic Premier Fastpitch Travel League, we played a couple of ISC qualifiers and we played in the Summit Fastpitch League (second place).”

“Fastpitch is just a different game than modified,” he continued. “The pitching dominates. You fall behind just one or two runs and it’s tough to catch up.”

Quaranta’s club opened the ISC II leading CPI (Dundas, Canada) 4-1 early, before dropping a 10-5 decision.

They followed with a heartbreaking 2-1 loss to the Lamp Liter Inn (Iowa) and a 2-0 loss to the top ranked Bridgeport Braves (Ontario, Canada).

Not even a 5-2 tourney win over the Donnacona Blue Sox (Quebec, Canada) could get the Island entry into the elimination round.

“We got some good pitching from John Jones, Jeff Pleszewicz and Ryan Nichols,” said Quaranta. “And Dave Lohman and Jerry DeMatteo hit the ball well.”

“Overall it was a good learning experience for us, playing this type of competition almost every game,” he added.

ToC coverage on

Tuesday, September 1st, 2009

Ballpark Radio’s Lance Winn, producer at, files this report on the 2009 ISC II Tournament of Champions. Click the image below to play the video.

Sharkey D’s Photos

Tuesday, September 1st, 2009

Stolen from Sharkey D’s Facebook Photos – Chicago – ISC II:

Another from Sharkey D’s Facebook collection:

“Big Sky Day in Rock Island”.

Ball Park radio…covering games and doing play by play.

Blackburn Transport:

Tim Norris, Randy Frame, Richie Connors and more of the guys.