Archive for October, 2005

Costello walk off HR wins Battle of Eastern Ontario

Saturday, October 8th, 2005

Micksburg, ON

Game 2 played Friday night in very cool conditions.

After losing game 1 by a score of 4-0, Kanata Team Easton defeated Micksburg in their own park by the same 4-0 score to tie the series. Dan Konkle pitched the complete game shutout. John Peck had a homer for Team Easton. Corey Costello took the loss.

The teams had agreed previously that in order to save travel and get the series in before the weather got too cool that third and deciding game would be a “mini-game” in which the first team to hold a lead after a complete inning would the winners.

Game 3 “mini-game” turned out to be the longest game of the series, as the teams played seven scoreless innings, before Corey Costello hit a walk-off homer in the bottom of the eighth to win the inaugral Regional Series for the Micksburg Twins. Costello had the pitching victory. Dan Konkle was the loser.

Ottawa Valley, ON Raiders 2005 season wrap-up

Friday, October 7th, 2005

The Ottawa Valley Raiders had another successful season. The Valley Raiders repeated as playoff champions of the Ottawa RA Centre, beating the Atlantic Storm in the finals.

Valley also proudly competed in a number of tournaments in 2005; here are some highlights: (more…)

Cobourg leads Toronto 2-1 in OCDFL final

Friday, October 7th, 2005

Oshawa, ON
Oshawa City And District Fastball League

Final Playoff Series
Game # 3

Cobourg Diamond Kings 6
Toronto Champion Indians 1

WP Wayne Wells 1R 4H 12K’s 6BB
LP Grant Patterson 6R 10H 13K’s 0BB

Derek Coyle 2-3 HR 4RBI’s 1R
Ryan Jaynes 2-3 1RBI
Jason Cane 2-4 2R

Cobourg take a 2 – 1 lead in best of five final.

Game #4 @ Cobourg Tues Oct 11th
Game #5 If necessary Wed Oct 12th @ Toronto

Sylvia Ryan
Secretary/Treasurer Oshawa City & District Fastball League
Manager Claremont Rebels
Manager Bracebridge Dura Pros
Vice President Canadian Masters Fastball Association
Phone: 905-432-3272
FAX: 905-432-3721

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

Season wrap up reports welcome

Thursday, October 6th, 2005

Following up on Al Doran’s suggestion, please take the time and send a “Season Wrap Up” for your team to Al Doran email to and The Deuce

As Al says, there’s not much ball from here on in until spring, except for down under mostly so this kind of report is most welcome for fastball starved fans world wide – especially North American where we will soon be headed into fastball hibernation for a few months.

With almost every serious men’s team with at least one quality writer who takes the time to write up their games and tournaments, how about sending out your year-end wrap up!

So this is an open invitation to every serious men’s fastball team out there to do the same – be it ISC, ISC II, NAFA, OASA, ASA, or whatever, send us your year-end report. Dan Bernard says it only takes 10 minutes to put a report together, so let’s hear from ALL of you!

Next we will be watching for your announcement of who is on your team in 2006 when you are ready for an official press release. Until then, tid bits are welcome.

Niagara, ON Snappers season wrap up

Thursday, October 6th, 2005

Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON

Following in the Union Storm’s footsteps, just wanted to let the fastball world know how the Niagara Snappers made out in the 2005 season. We are already planning for 2006 in the hopes of competing at the ISC II TOC.

More information including bios, stats, and pictures can be found on the Snappers website.

Toronto Indians tie OCDFL series at 1

Wednesday, October 5th, 2005

Last night’s result in Cobourg – Legion Fields

Toronto Indians 9
Cobourg Diamond Kings 0

WP Grant Patterson
LP Wayne Wells

James Murchison (Toronto) 2 HR, 4 RBI

Series is tied at 1 game each.

Game 3 will be Thursday Oct 7 at Dieppe Park at 8 pm. Games 4 and “if necessary” game 5 are yet to be scheduled.

Mal Swift

Mal Swift malswift at
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

Union Storm win St. Thomas league title in dramatic style

Wednesday, October 5th, 2005

Union wins title in dramatic style

Wednesday October 05, 2005
Rob Ross
By Rob Ross
FINGAL — Don’t invite the Union Storm to the Valentine’s Day party. They’re heartbreakers.
For the second time in three games, the Storm won in the bottom of the seventh inning for a sweep of the Glencoe Astros in the St. Thomas and District Fastball League championship Tuesday.
Kevin Lynch scored the winning run on a bases loaded, two out walk to Mark Coleman for a 6-5 comeback win during a foggy night Tuesday.
Union trailed 5-2 before tying the game in the bottom of the sixth inning on a RBI single by Troy Rick and Chris Wismer’s two-out, two-run single.
After two outs, the Storm loaded the bases for Coleman in the seventh against Astros pitcher Shaun Winship.
“I like to be patient in that situation,” Coleman said. “Coming down to one pitch you want it to be one you can put a good swing on. Really the pressure wasn’t on me. The pressure is on him.”
Coleman had three balls go by him before he took two strikes. The sixth pitch was high and outside.
“That wasn’t close. I had to let it go,” Coleman said. “Maybe a little anticlimactic. You really want to come up and knock one out of the ball park or hit a line drive to score that winning run but a walk is just as good as a base hit.”
Pitcher Dan Beecroft took the win. He allowed five runs, eight hits and two walks while striking out 11 batters.
“I appreciate any night the offence can bail me out,” Beecroft said. “Three pitches didn’t hit the spot where I wanted to and (Glencoe) made me pay every time.”
Glencoe led 4-0 after two innings on a pair of two-run home runs from Brett Neal and Bill Pisorowski.
Lynch cut the lead in half with his two-run liner over the fence in the fourth inning.
Rick Galbraith appeared to have given the Astros a little more insurance with a solo home run in the top of the sixth.
“We had them on the ropes and let it slip away,“ player-manager Tim Stover said. “(Union) is too good a team and they don’t give up. “
The Astros had the bases loaded in their half of the seventh when Ryan Wolfe was given an intentional walk but Beecroft ended the threat, striking out Neal.
Winship was handed the loss. He gave up six runs, seven hits and four walks. He struck out three.
Rick finished two for three and Lynch scored two runs.
Ron Pazitka and Pisorowski each had two hits for the Astros.
This is the Storm’s first league championship since 2001 after losing in the final in 2002 and 2003.

Micksburg Twins strike first in Eastern Ontario showdown

Wednesday, October 5th, 2005

Micksburg 4 Team Easton 0

WP: Corey Costello – 7IP – 0R – 0H – 14K – 0BB – faced 22 batters. No hitter – one baserunner reached on an error.
LP: Dan Konkle – 7IP – 4R – 5H – 14K – 1BB – 1HBP

On a night that seemed more like August than October, the Micksburg Twins defeated Team Easton by a score of 4-0 in Stittsville.

The Twins got on the scoreboard in the top of the first. Lead off hitter Barry McIntyre was hit by a pitch. Jerry McIntyre sacrificed his brother to third and Corey Costello hit an RBI single to get the Twins up 1-0.

In the bottom of the first, with two out, Easton catcher Todd Fraser hit a long off hand fly ball that looked like it had potential for a home run. However, it only reached the warning track, and the Twins still led 1-0.

In the fourth, Corey Costello led off the inning by hitting a large solo homerun. Jamey Mick then got on base with a walk, but was stranded there. Micksburg led 2-0 after three and a half innings.

In the bottom of the fourth, Team Easton got their first (and it would turn out to be only) base runner of the game. Kevin Chevrier reached on an error when first base was left uncovered in a comeback dribbler to the pitcher. Chevrier got to second on a ground out, then stole third, but was stranded there as Randy Peck grounded to first to end the inning.

In the top of the seventh, Micksburg scored two insurance runs. Brad Steege led off with a single, was sacrificed to second by Kerr Childerhose, and was brought in on a Joran Graham single. With two out, Wayne Ready hit another single to score Graham to push the Twins lead to 4-0.

Corey Costello threw a no-hitter, facing only 22 batters and struck out 14. Dan Konkle only gave up five hits, and also struck out 14, including striking out the side in the second and sixth innings.

The next game will be up in Micksburg on Friday October 7, at 8PM, and if the weather cooperates, a large crowd is expected.

Adam Brown

Bridgeport Braves named 2006 ISC II Host Team

Tuesday, October 4th, 2005

Kitchener, On

The selection committee that was assembled to choose a host team for the ISC II T of C next year in Kitchener, has made their recommendation to the Host Committee, which last night was approved unanimously.

I am pleased to announce and congratulate the Bridgeport Proforma Braves for their selection.

Bridgeport is a veteran Club, that plays in the South Perth Men’s Fastball League and were crowned Champions of the league a few weeks back in Mitchell On.

Some of their most recent accomplishments have been placing 11th in the 2005 T of C in Chippewa Falls Wisconsin, 2nd in the Innerkip Tournament, 3rd in the Innerkip ISC II qualifier tournament and 2nd in the K-W Pride Tournament in St. Clements On. They have also finished 2nd or 3rd the last two years in the South Perth Playoff Tournament.

The Braves history goes back to the early 1940’s when they were originally known as the Bridgeport Vets, of which the grandfather of the current Schnarr Brothers was the original Coach. Bridgeport has continued on with the family atmosphere on the team, lead by the 3 Schnarr Brothers, (Jim, Jodie and Jay) and 2 Dickson Brothers, (Andy and Jodie) all hailing from the Bridgeport area of Kitchener.

The current team boasts 11 players from the City of Kitchener, 1 from Woodstock and 2 from Guelph, which makes them a very local Host Team for next years T of C.

Along with the Braves as the host team, we also have the Elmira Cubs who play right outside the city limits of Kitchener-Waterloo as the Defending Champions of the ISC II 2005 T of C. So this should boad well, for the local community fan and supporter base.

The Host Committee is already working hard in getting things organized for 2006, and we look forward to being your host next August.

Check our our website by going to and clicking on the link to ISC 2006 World Championship

Rick Boyd
Tournament Director of the T of C

From: “Rick Boyd”

Union Storm up 2-0 in St. Thomas final

Monday, October 3rd, 2005

Union Storm took control of the St. Thomas league final Sunday night with a 5-1 victory over Glencoe Astors. Ryan Cummings threw a 2 hitter, striking out 11 in his 1st playoff start of 2005. The offense exploded for 4 runs in the top of the 3rd on a bases loaded triple from Chris Wismer and a RBI single from Mark Coleman. Kevin Lynch added a RBI single in the 4th to round out the scoring.

Game three is Tuesday Oct 4th at 8:00pm in Fingal.

Niagara Snappers win Millgrove Tournament

Monday, October 3rd, 2005

Millgrove, ON

The Niagara Snappers captured their 6th tournament title of the year by beating the Toronto Celtics in the finals at the Inaugural 20 team Millgrove Oktoberfest Klassic tournament. The Snappers went 5-0 at the tournament to finish off their 2005 season with a 66-18 record and 9 consecutive victories.

GHFL Teams take 3 of 4 divisions at Millgrove tourney

Monday, October 3rd, 2005

Millgrove, ON
Oktoberfest Klassic

Niagara Snappers beat Toronto Celtix 5-3 to win the Oktoberfest “A” division. The Snappers beat Mike Joseph and the Ohsweken Redman 4-1 in the Semis and the Celtix took out the GHFL’s Hamilton Hawks in the other A semi. Scott Young of the Snappers was named MVP for his 1 home run 4 RBI effort and Rob Fawcett picked up his 3rd win of the tourney, Steve Ketchel took the loss for the Celtix.

Killer Bunnies won the B division 12-3 over Harwood Corners. Harwood eliminated GHFL’s Mississauga Arrows in one semi, while the Bunnies knocked out Kitchener Phoenix Outlaws in the other.

GHFL’s Waterdown Keiths won the C division over the Simcoe Moose and the GHFL’s Waterdown Hammer won the D division.

Weather was amazing all weekend, tournament was very well run with 19 teams on hand. Thank you to Jeremy and all the Millgrove Smoke players who hustled all weekend getting the fields ready, keeping the booze tent running and serving the BBQ. Nice tournament to end the season with. Good job guys.

Thanks to Dan Bernard for reporting the scores.

Blair Setford
Golden Horseshoe Fastball League