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OASA game updates, Niagara Falls

July 19, 2010

Niagara Falls, ON

Update from a blistering hot Niagara Falls for the OASA Masters championships.
Friday night
Niagara Fury 11
Hooligan's      2
wp - Rich Vassos, relief Danny Duemo
lp - Butch Provost
Fury - Tom Watkinson 3 hits, Rob Greatrix, Ray Turner, Marcel Bilodeau, Ray Carr two hits each
Hooligan's - Rick Robertson walk and hit
Saturday morning
Waterloo Classics 7
Aurora Shoeless Joes 3
wp - Jason Smith, relief Todd Uhrig
lp - Jamie Baker
Waterloo - Brian O'Neil 2 HR's, Todd Uhrig 2 hits
Aurora - Jamie Baker 2 hits
Niagara Fury 6
Waterdown Hammer 2
wp  - Tom Berube
lp - Tim Neil
Fury - Marcel Bilodeau 2 run double, Tom Berube 2 run double, Pete Kucharek 2 hits
Hammer - Steve Gillis HR
Aurora 8
Bracebridge 1
wp - Ken O'Sullivan
lp - Dan Bleadry 
Aurora - Jamie Baker HR and single
Bracebridge - Brian Hamblin single
As always thanks for supporting Fastpitch in Niagara Al
Waterdown 6
Hooligan's 4
wp - Jim Hurst
lp - Ron Winger
Waterdown - Dave Brownhill 3 hits, Brian Prowse HR and single, Kyle Davis HR
Hooligans - Jeff Bolten and Brian Riley 2 hits each
Waterloo 5
Bracebridge 3
wp - Don Stebbing, relief Todd Uhrig
lp - Ted Conway
Waterloo - Todd Uhrig HR
Bracebridge - Trevor Murphy  and Barry Hammond HR
QF #1 Aurora vs Hooligans
QF #2 Bracebridge vs Waterdown
scores and info to come
thanks Al
Waterdown Hammer 3
Niagara Fury 2
Final in 10 innings
wp  - Jim Hurst
lp - Tom Berube
Full report to come but congrats to Waterdown Hammer for winning the 2010 OASA Masters championships in Niagara Falls. The Fury defeated a tough Aurora squad 3-2 in one semi and Waterdown had a late comeback to defeat the always dangerous Waterloo Classics in th other A semi.
This game was a classic with a 0-0 score through nine, both the Hammer's Hurst and the Fury's Berube were both throwing gems.The Fury came through with two runs in the top of ten only to see the Hammer counter with three in the bottom of the tenth. Steve Gillis who pounded the ball all weekend had the walkoff triple.
Great game in front of a large crowd, will be back with more details but thanks to OASA and the teams and their coaches for making it a memorable weekend of ball in Niagara Falls


Results from the 2010 OASA Masters Championships in Niagara
First the thank you's
To Dana (Waterloo), Ted (Bracebridge), Paul (Aurora), Pete (Waterdown), Herb (Hooligan's) and Mark (Fury) thanks for organizing your teams and managing them to play a competitive tournament in a very sportsmanlike manner . Managers can never get enough thank you's in this game.
To the volunteers, the Niagara Fury boys for all their work over the weekend as well as our regular beer tent volunteers including Al Greatrix, Butch Provost, Dave Jackson, Mark Korten and Joe McMaster who live at the park for the weekend and all the scorekeepers and announcers, especially Dave Rotella, Rich Vassos, Tommy Watkinson and Ray Carr who called most the games, also Marcel Bilodeau for the sound equipment.
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.
And of course to Al Doran for keeping the info flowing.
QF 1
Aurora 11
Hooligans 3
Wp - George Karkambass
Lp - Ron Winger, relief Butch Provost
Aurora - John Zeiger HR and 2 singles, Jamie Baker, Marty Greenhaulgh, Ken O'Sullivan, Mike Hadden 2 hits each
Hooligans - Pay McLoy, Dave Beckman and Larry Dalcin 2 hits each
QF 2
Waterdown 4
Bracebridge 0
wp - Rod Favreau
lp - Dan Beaudry
Waterdown - Kyle Davis 2 doubles, Colin Fraser HR and single
Bracebridge - Brian Hamblin 2 singles
Sunday morning
A Semi
Niagara Fury 3
Aurora 2
wp - Danny Duemo, save Tom Berube
lp - Jamie Baker
Rob Greatrix and Tom Berube score in the first inning only to see Aurora tie it up with single runs in the third and fourth. Joe McMaster leads off the fifth with a double off the fence and scores on Ray Turner's single. Duemo and Berube combine to hold the relentless Aurora team off the board the final two innings. Baker had a couple hits for Aurora.
A semi
Waterdown Hammer 3
Waterloo Classics 2
wp - Tim Neil
lp- Jason Smith
Crazy play changes the game. Classics up 2-1 (all runs via solo homeruns- Rick Ash and Brian O'Neil for Classics and Brian Prowse for the Hammer ) in the sixth. Waterdown gets the lead runner on when Tom Hogg singles and the Hammer attempt to sacrifice him to second. The Classics go for the force at second and the ball goes over the head of the guy covering the bag and rolls to the fence in centrefield. The Waterdown bunter, Dave Brownhill catches up to the Hogg at home plate and the throw arrives a bit late, but at one point there were at least two or three Classics and the two Waterdown runners who both slid home all at the plate. Crazy, but it gives Waterdown the 3-2 lead and Neil holds in the seventh.
B Semi
Bracebridge 9
Hooligans 3
wp - Ted Conway
lp - Dave Beckman
Over on diamond 2 the score was 3-3 in the sixth when Bracebridge explodes for six in the sixth.
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
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