Carp I4C finishes 2nd at 1st annual Gil Read tournament

July 10, 2008

Ottawa, ON

Beautiful weather, a greatvenue, and a superbly run tournament were in store for the eight fastball teamsthat attended the 1st annual Gil Read Memorial Fastball Tournament in OttawaOntario on July 4th-6th 2008.
The Carp team, sponsoredby I4C Consulting and normally playing under the name “I4CVictory”, entered the tournament as the “I4C Pirates” andwore yellow and black “PIRATES” jerseys as a tribute to Gil Read.Gil coached several of the Carp players during their younger days with theKanata Pirates minor softball team. Carp was without many of its regularplayers for the weekend, but picked up some local players to fill the holes,including two former Kanata Pirates in Tony MacDonald and Chris Read. The starting infield for Carp’sFriday evening game consisted of five players who grew up playing together andlearning the game from Gil Read.
In the round-robin portionof the tournament, Carp finished 2nd in their pool with wins over the GreelyDNTW Eagles and Ed Taylor’s Team and a loss to a combinedFitzroy/Manotick squad playing as Fitzroy Harbour West Carleton Electric.
In the quarter finals,Carp defeated the Kingston Cobras midget squad and then avenged their loss toFitzroy with a win in the semi-finals. That set up a final against the #6ranked Team Easton Thunder, who added former national team member Jeff Seed andace pitcher Cory Costello to their roster for the weekend. In the end, Eastonprevailed by a score of 4-1, but were it not for some outstanding defensiveplays by Easton’s shortstop Pat O’Connor and outfielders DaveTubman and Cory Morrison to snuffout some Carp rallies, the score could have been much different.
Offensively, Costello andSeed led the way for Easton, with Costellodriving in three of Easton’sfour runs. Costello also pitched and earned the win with relief from DanBradley. Neil Cooke went thedistance in a losing cause for Carp.