Archive for October, 2005

2006 Snapper Shootout firming up – updated

Monday, October 31st, 2005

A very early look at who is, so far, apparently coming to the 2006 Snapper Shootout:

Niagara, ON Snappers – defending champions finished 5th at the 2005 ISC II ToC.

South Lebanon, PA TNT – 2nd at the Elkland Labour Day tourney, featuring pitcher Jeremy Tracy.

Mississauga, ON Arrows- 3rd in the GHFL in 2005, 2-2 at last year’s Shootout.

Alvinston, ON Indians – tied for 3rd at the ToC – 3-2 at last year’s Shootout.

Orrville, OH Orr Park Knights – merged with the NY Bombers, adding pitchers Chuck Smith and Justin Heyman.

Waterdown, ON Hammer – 2nd at the Elkland First Tournament, won the Waterdown league.

Niagara, ON Selects – 1-2 last year, but upset Tavistock, the Selects are looking to playing the ISC II qualifier, too.

Elmira, ON Cubs – 2005 ISC II Champions with ToC Top Pitcher and MVP Casey Halstead.

Perkasie, PA KMV Rise – disappointing ToC, but rebounded to win Elkland Labour Day tourney – were 2-2 last year.

Jarvis, ON Rock – perennial power in the Erie league with ace Dave “Farmer” Martin.

Harrisburg, PA PA Power – ASA “C” Champions.

Toronto, ON Champion Indians – 2005 Ontario Challenge Cup champions

Oswego, NY CPI (formerly McKie Sports) – 12th at ISC II ToC

Happy Halloween

Monday, October 31st, 2005

Happy Halloween from Fastpitchwest & Ballparkradio. Keep an eye out for those little folks tonight.

Photo: Maddy’s award winning pumpkin carving. Any resemblance to the editor purely coincidental. (click to enlarge)

New at

Saturday, October 29th, 2005

New at

2006 ISC II Preview Page

Plant your Flag on

Game 57 Photo Sequence



Stake Your Flag at Fastpitchwest’s Readers Map

Wednesday, October 26th, 2005

Frappr is a new online mapping service which allows readers of to post a flag showing where they are, add a note (and photo if they wish). Just enter your name and zip and Google Maps does the rest !

Take a look, or better still, add yourself to our map.

Check out our Frappr!
Click here to view and/or add yourself to our map !

We strongly encourage you to post a photo; as you will see, it’s more fun to peruse the flags when photos are attached ! Feel free to use a photo of yourself posted at Fastpitchwest. The Frappr system will automatically resize the photo for you. Note that you can “zoom in” on any flag by using the grid on the left hand side of the page. (Zooming in will show you the city and surrounding area for the zip code entered)

: Thanks to those of you who have take the time to “plant your flag” on the map, and especially those posting photos (most have). If you decide you’d like to change your photo, or run into any problems, please email me (jim (at) and I’ll delete you and you can do it again.

Union, ON Storm looking for pitching help for AAU

Friday, October 21st, 2005

The Union, ON Storm is looking for a pitcher for the AAU tournament in Orlando, FL in January 2006. Click here for contact information. The tournament is played at Disney’s Wide World of Sports complex, one of the finest fastball facilities in the country. The fastball diamonds are adjacent to the Atlanta Braves spring training facility at the complex.

Last year’s tournament hosted a number of international teams, hailing from the Caribbean, Venezuela, Mexico, Canada and the U.S., 28 teams in all. For a complete recap of last year’s tournament, click here.

For a look at the five galleries of photos from last year’s tournament, click here. Forum is back

Wednesday, October 19th, 2005

The popular Forum is back online after an “interesting” diversion and a lesson in internet security, if nothing else.

In the next day or two, we will be upgrading the forum software to a more secure version provided by phpbb. This will NOT affect your registration, screen name(s) or password. Please note that at no time was your personal computer security at risk to a virus or spyware if you logged into the Forum during the past few days.

With the help of Jim Flanagan and phpbb, we have been able to recover all the posts up to October 8, so if you had something to say after that, please re-post it.

Thanks for your patience and welcome back!


Blair Setford

Additional Photos at FastpitchWest

Monday, October 17th, 2005

More of Maddy Flanagan’s pictures from the 2005 ISC II Tournament of Champions can be found at at by clicking here. Click menu buttons for galleries 7 & 8.

Ontario ISC II fans in particular will want to click here to see this one. forum hacked

Monday, October 17th, 2005

Unfortunately, some loser who clearly has far too much time on his hands due to an inability to get a real job has hacked the forum. I am working with Jim Flanagan to get the forum back online and, hopefully to recover all of the posts. We will keep you advised via Al’s Fastball List, The Deuce and other fastball boards when the forum is back up and operating.
Blair Setford

Get “The Deuce” Via Email

Saturday, October 15th, 2005

For those of you who like knowing when new posts go up at “The Deuce” blog, but don’t like to bother with checking back all the time, we have an easy, automated solution — Feed Blitz. In short, you just sign up to receive “The Deuce” via email.

For more info, click the “Feed Blitz” logo above, or the link over there at the upper right that says “Get “The Deuce” via Email”

p.s. if you do sign up, come back and post a comment here and let us know how it’s working and if you like the new feature.

Toronto Champion Indians win OCDFL title

Thursday, October 13th, 2005

Oshawa On

Wednesday October 12th 2005

Under very wet and cool conditions these two teams battled it out in this final deciding game to determine the Oshawa City And District Fasball League 2005 playoff champions.

Very fine misty rain prevailed for the whole game, pitchers had trouble hanging onto the ball having to constantly ask for a towel to dry of the ball. Kudos to the catchers.

Toronto Champion Indians 2005 playoff Champions

Game # 5
Cobourg Diamond Kings @ Toronto Champion Indians

Toronto 9
Cobourg 5

WP Tom Berube
LP Wayne Wells

Tom Berube 4Inn 3R 6H 2BB 5K’s
Grant Patterson 3Inn 2R 3H 4BB 2K’s
Wayne Wells 6Inn 9R 6H 6BB 7K’s

Jamie Murchison 2-3 2R 2RBI
Pete Mintsopoulos 1-3 HR 1R
John Batten 2R 1RBI
Ken Innes 1-2 1R

Derek Coyle 3-4HR 2RBIs
Troy Gilmour 2-4 RBI

Toronto Indians force game 5 in OCDFL championship

Wednesday, October 12th, 2005

Oshawa, ON

There will be a final and deciding game for the Oshawa City and District Fastball League Playoff Championship as the Toronto Champion Indians beat the Cobourg Diamond Kings Tuesday in game # 4 by a score of 4 – 3 in 8 innings.

Toronto pushed the go ahead run across in the top of the 8th inning and Grant Patterson retired the side in the bottom of the 8th to force the ” if ” game.

WP Grant Patterson
LP Wayne Wells

Toronto – Peter Mintsopoulos – 2R HR

Game # 5 Wednesday October 12 at Dieppe Park in East York, Toronto at 8 pm.

Championship awards will be presented after the game.

Mal Swift
Oshawa City and District Fastball League – Vice President – Media and Promotion
Durham Region Umpire Membership – Vice President
SpinMaster Pitching/Catching School – Head Instructor
Coach – Durham Jack’s Fillin Station Eagles – OCDFL
Assistant Coach – Durham College Women’s Varsity Fastball Team – OCAA
International Softball Congress II (Intermediate Men) – Game Controller/Awards Committee

Google’s New RSS Blog Reader

Sunday, October 9th, 2005

Well, it’s the off-season, and it’s a slow news cycle, so a good time to drop in a tech tip. To many, RSS (Real Simple Syndication) blog feeds are still Greek.

Leave it to the geniuses at Google to simplify RSS for you. They just rolled out their RSS “Reader” today. Click here for details and a tour.

We’ll leave the explanations to Google, but the short version is that Google Reader gives you a way to see what updates have been posted to your favorite blogs — like The Deuce or Morning Brief for example. Toss in your favorite baseball site and keep up with the playoffs while you’re at it. Instead of clicking around to see which of your favorite blogs or websites have been updated, just visit your Google Reader, and it will display the excerpts to show you.

p.s. When you get to the blank line to “Add a Feed”, copy and paste these (one at a time):

Be sure to click “Subscribe” button.