Archive for October, 2009

House looking to revive Erie tourney

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

Editor’s Note: Our good friend and Ballpark Radio broadcast partner Bill Hillhouse is looking to revive the Erie tournament on the American Memorial Day weekend. Let Billy know if you’re interested. At one time, this was one of the premier early season events and could be again.

To the softball community. I am trying to revive the Erie PA Memorial Day tournament. I know there is a lot going on right now in the softball world and teams are a ways from committing to a schedule at this point but, if there is enough interest.. I will make this go. I’m considering all options in terms of format, # of teams, etc. But with so few places to play these days and our options dwindiling. I will see if I can make this happen.

The knock on the Erie tournament has always been weather (for the most part). While nothing can be done about that anywhere, the last few Memorial Days without the tournament have been beautiful so why not try again.

It’s my hope to recruit the best teams possible, best umpires possible and hopefully get BallParkRadio here for the games too. Please contact me if your team has interest in coming so I can keep an email list.

Bill Hillhouse

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Possible ISC Changes For 2010 Season

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

With the recent influx of notices of teams ceasing operations for 2010, the ISC is taking steps to ensure that the ISC World Tournament remains a healthy and viable event that has appeal for teams, fans, host cities and the ISC.

Any proposed changes will require approval by both the ISC Executive Committee and then the full ISC Board of Directors. Our goal is to have this process completed and announced in the next five weeks.

Without going into specifics, some or all of the following may be impacted:
* PRAWN rules for 2010
* Out of Region fees
* Berth allocations to our five regions for Qualifying tournaments
* Team rankings
* Structure of both the ISC World Tournament and the ISC II Tournament of Champions

Because of the above, we suggest that teams take the above into consideration in discussions with prospective players until everyone knows exactly what changes will be implemented.

We are committed to making an announcement as quickly as possible.

Ken Hackmeister
Executive Director

Zack headed to ISF Hall of Fame

Monday, October 26th, 2009

Congratulations to Darren Zack on his nomination to the International Softball Federation Hall of Fame announced this weekend at the ISF Congress on Margarita Island in Venezuela.

Darren, who will be inducted into Softball Canada’s Hall of Fame in November and will become a member of the ISC Hall of Fame next August, won ISF gold in 1992 and two silver medals in 1996 and 2004. Darren also won Pan Am gold in 1991, 1995 and 1999.

Congratulations Darren!

Silver for Sammy and Gord in Sydney

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009


Thanks to our friend Dave Birnie for noting that ISC II players Jason Smith, CPI, and Mike Crawford, Minesing, were members of the Cornwall Team Canada squad along with Sam Forbes. Click here for a great photo. And we should note that Nick McCurry, Ashland, was running the Ohio Battery team.

Congratulations to the ISC II’s Sam Forbes, of the Bridgeport Braves, and Gord Scott, of Palermo Athletics, who each won silver medals at the 2009 World Masters Games in Sydney, Australia. Sammy was with Cornwall Team Canada in the 35+ B Division, while Gord was in the 45+ B Division with Ohio Battery.

Click here for the final results.

St Thomas League 2009 season Awards

Monday, October 19th, 2009

Team MVP’s
Alvinston – Joe Triest
Glanworth – Jake McKillop
Glencoe – Shaun Winship
Morpeth – Mike Speed
Shedden – Jason Dawdy
St. Thomas – Dan Beecroft

Batting Champion – Brent MacPherson (.390)
Home Run Champ – Rowan Lam and Jason Dawdy (5)
RBI Champ – Jeff MacPherson (17)

Rookie of the Year – Brent MacPherson (Glanworth)

Best ERA “Jack McAlpine Memorial Award” – Dan Beecroft (1.42)

MVPitcher – Dan Beecroft (St. Thomas)

MVPlayer of League “Don Squeak Hanley Memorial Award” – Shaun Winship (Glencoe)

Playoff MVP – John Ferguson (Alvinston)

Elmer Dude Lach Memorial Award – Tim Wilkins

Jeff Carder Memorial Award – John Ferguson (Alvinston)

Steve Palmer Memorial Award – Rowan Lam (Glencoe)

Lorne Thomson Memorial Award – Gary Wren/Paul McCart (Alvinston)

League Champs Plaques for St. Thomas
League Playoff Champs Plaques for Alvinston
Playoff Finalist Plaque for Shedden

GOFL All-Stars

Wednesday, October 14th, 2009

Editor’s Note: Courtesy of our good friend Adam Brown in Fitzroy Harbour, is the list of players voted to the All-Star teams by the Greater Ottawa Fastball League. Read Adam’s Eastern Ontario Fastball Blog here.

Congratulations to the players voted to the 2009 All-Star teams for the Greater Ottawa Fastball League, as elected by the team representatives.

View stats at the website.

First Team:
Pitcher: Dan Bradley, Stittsville 56ers
Catcher: Joe McCleary, Quyon COMBAT Flyers
1st Base: Anil Hayne, Greely DNTW Eagles
2nd Base: Joel Langford, Orleans Gators (unanimous)
3rd Base: Nick Armitage, Quyon COMBAT Flyers
Shortstop: Scott Herriot, Stittsville 56ers
Designated Player: Will Mood, Ottawa Blitz
Outfielders: Dan Jessiman, Stittsville 56ers (unanimous); Don Cox, Manotick Lomor Printers; Darren Featherstone, Stittsville 56ers

Second Team:
Pitcher: Drew Hathway, Quyon COMBAT Flyers
Catcher: Dave Tubman, Ottawa Team Easton
1st Base: Derick Bulley, Ottawa Blitz; Scott Jessiman, Stittsville 56ers (tie)
2nd Base: Andrew Bruce, Ottawa Blitz
3rd Base: Kyle Gourgon, Ottawa Team Easton; John Craig, Stittsville 56ers (tie)
Shortstop: Kevin McGuire, Carp I4C Victory
Designated Player: Kyle Jamieson, Stittsville 56ers
Outfielders: Calvin Medynski, Manotick Lomor Printers; Cory Morrison, Ottawa Team Easton; Ryan Bond, Stittsville 56ers

Softball at the World Masters Games

Tuesday, October 13th, 2009

A couple of ISC II players are in Sydney, Australia for the 2009 World Masters Games. Ageless wonder Sammy Forbes, of the Bridgeport Braves, is with Cornwall Team Canada in the 35+ B Division, while Gord Scott, of Palermo Athletics, is in the 45+ B Division with Ohio Battery.

Click here for daily results and other information.

Stittsville wins GOFL title

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009

Stittsville 56ers make it two years in a row, winning the I4C Consulting trophy and the Greater Ottawa Fastball League playoff championship with a 3 games to 2 series win over the Quyon COMBAT Flyers.

The 56ers won Game 4 by a score of 6-0. This game was started on Monday and completed on Tuesday. Game 5 immediately followed with Stittsville taking the deciding game 3-2 to win the Finals.

For more details, see the Eastern Ontario Fastball Blog written by our good friend Adam Brown:

Greater Ottawa Fastball League results

Tuesday, October 6th, 2009



The Greater Ottawa Fastball League ( best-of-five finals are knotted at one game apiece as both Stittsville 56ers and Quyon COMBAT Flyers won at home last week.

Game 1, Tuesday September 22
Stittsville 7 Quyon 1

Game 2, Thursday September 24
Quyon 4 Stittsville 3

Game 3 will be played at the Grove in Stittsville on Thursday October 1 at 8:30pm.
Quyon wins 2-1 in 8 innings

Game 4 rained out – to be resumed Tue October 6
Tied 0-0 in third inning

Alvinston wins St. Thomas league title

Monday, October 5th, 2009

Courtesy Andy Triest

The Alvinston Indians completed a task that they had not completed since the 2003 season. They won their first St. Thomas & District Major Fastball League Playoff Championship in 6 seasons, their 5th playoff championship in their 14 years in the league.

Alvinston was quick to get the offence going in Game 4 in Fingal versus Shedden on Sunday evening, when with two out and Steve Donald on first base, Theo Metron crushed a two-run home run to put Alvinston in front early.

John Ferguson started on the mound for Alvinston, and surrendered a run to Shedden in the opening inning, when Jeff MacPherson doubled to score Jason Dawdy. With the score now 2-1, Alvinston went away quietly in the second inning, but in the third, they got back to business in a big way. Andy Triest led off the inning for Alvinston with a walk, Joe Triest advanced him to second on a bunt, and then with 2 out, Chris Drew and Theo Metron both earned their way on base via walks, to load the bases. That set the stage for Alvinston’s big first baseman Jeff Ingram who hit a monster grand slam for Alvinston, to extend the lead to 6-1, and give Shedden the crushing blow that would ultimately seal their fate in the series.

Shedden did chip back in the bottom of the third when they counted a run, when Gary Cooke singled home Rob Burns for their second run, and a 6-2 deficit. Ferguson would then shut the door in the fourth for Alvinston, but in the fifth, allowed a couple base runners, and turned things over to Brad Young, who shut the door recording the final 2 outs of the inning, as Shedden had runners on second and third and were threatening to make the game closer, but failed to capitalize.

In the top of the seventh, Alvinston put the final nail in the coffin, when with two out, Scott Smith hit a 2 rbi single that scored both Jamie Shields (who led off with a pinch-hit double) and Theo Metron (who walked), to make the score 8-2. Brad Young would retire Shedden in order in the seventh inning, to make the Alvinston Indians the league’s well deserved playoff champions for 2009.

John Ferguson was the pitcher of record for Alvinston, as he earned the win, with Brad Young pitching effectively in relief to close the game and series out. The series finished with Alvinston defeating Shedden 3 games to 1.

All-in-all, Alvinston posted a record of 8 wins, and 3 losses in the playoffs. They defeated Glanworth 2-0 in the opening round best of three series, dethroned Glencoe, last year’s playoff champions, in a superb best 3 out of 5 semi-final series that went the distance, and then cruised to the playoff title in the finals, posting wins of 8-3, 9-4, and 8-2 in games 2, 3, and 4 versus Shedden to end the series, after an opening game loss of 2-1. Alvinston was a perfect 6-0 on the road in the playoffs, and were 2-3 on home soil.

Alvinston finished their successful 2009 season, with a record of 43 wins and 24 losses on the season, as they completed a 67 game schedule in 2009. They won two tournaments, as they were Champions of the Port Huron Invitational ISC II Qualifier, and the Pete Schwab Memorial Tournament in Frankenmuth, posting 6-0 records in each tournament. They finished in a tie for 9th at the ISC II Tournament of Champions in Rock Island, Illinois, and then capped off their season, by earning the St. Thomas & District Major Fastball League Playoff title. Congratulations are in order to Alvinston on a fantastic season, and a big thanks goes out to all of our loyal supporters and fans in the playoffs, who cheered us on to the Playoff Championship!

The Indians will be back in 2010, for their team’s 15th season!

Individual team stats now available

Sunday, October 4th, 2009

Individual team stats now available from the 2009 ToC.

Click here.

Alvinston advances to play Shedden in St. Thomas league final

Friday, October 2nd, 2009


Game 1 Shedden @ Alvinston Thursday Sept 24 7:30 pm – Shedden wins

Game 2 Alvinston @ Shedden Sunday Sept 27 2:00 or 7:00 – Alvinston wins

Game 3 Tuesday Sept 29 Cancelled due to Rain.

Revised Schedule

Game 3 Thursday Oct 1 Shedden VS Alvinston 8:00 Alvinston wins 9-4

Game 4 Sunday Oct 4 Alvinston VS Shedden 7:00 In Fingal

Game 5 Wednesday Oct 7 Shedden VS Alvinston 8:00 In Alvinston If Necessary

***Note All of Sheddens Home Games are Played in Fingal