september2010

All Ontario Native Fastball

September 1, 2010

Rama, ON


        2010 ALL ONTARIO FASTBALL TOURNAMENT
 
                                                                              FIRST NATION STORM , TEMAGAMI BRAVES AND CURVE LAKE TRAPPERS WIN IN RAMA
 
                                                                                         For the first time in their history the Rama Chipewas First Nation hosted this year's edition of the All Ontario Native Fastball tournament . Mother Nature was just fantastic as the sun was out brightly all weekend with temperatures in the early to mid 30's . There were were three divisions comnpeting .There was the ladies open with eight teams : Six Nations Jrs(near London) , Rama (hosts ) , Bucktown (near London) ,Chipewa Chiefs (Sarnia) ,Six Nation Storm ,Curve Lake (near Peterborough) , Oneida Wild (Londonm) , and Parry Island ; in the masters (40+) there were 5 vcompeting teams : Curve Lake Mighty M ucks ,Sagamok (North Shore) , Rama , Temagami Braves and Sixc Nations ; finally in the menm's open division there 15 competing teams : Oshweken Redmen (Hamiltopn ) , Sagamok Re4z Ryders ,.Oneida River Kings ,Cape Crocker (Btruce Peninsula ) ,Whitefish Lake Steelers , Rama Reds ,Curve Lake Jrs , The Oneida's , Bucktown , Chipewa Chiefs , Parry Island Hawks ,Rama Brasves , Sagamok River Dawgs , Sic Nation Hill United and Curve Lake Trappers .
                                                                                        Over the entire weekend we were witness to some close exciting games decided in the bottom of the seventh inning , some very good pitching clinics by the likes of Darren "Z-man" Zack , (River Dawgs) ,Ian Knott (Curve Lake Trappers) Chris Doxtator and Micheal Joseph of the Six Nations . Over the weekend in the men's open[pen division , no less then two perfect games were accomplished . The infielders and outfielders on several teams were not to be denied coming up with superb defensive gems .There many double plays , a couple of triple plays and one singlehanded triple play . The big sluggers also did their job when counted on coming up with bombs over the fence  and a couple that surpassed the 340 to 360 feet mark .
                                                                                        Some 54 games later come Sunday afternoon  at the main field of Rama (three other fields were used in Orilla) , the champions were declared for this 2010 edition of the All Ontario  Native Fastball Championship . More than 400 players and coaches took pert in the tournament .
 
LADIES CHAMPIONSHIP  FINAL
 
                                                                       ONEIDA WILD  VS SIX NATIONS OSHWEKEN STORM
 
                                         The final score was never in doubt as the Six Nation Storm ladies scored 3 runs in the opening frame and then continued the onslaught adding runs at will as they dumped the defending champs Oneida Wild 15 to 3 . Joan Sounders hit a perfect 5 for 5 for the winners (3 runs scored , double and 5 RBI's) while Becky Brown hit 2 for 4 in a losing cause for the Wild . Other members of the championship Six Nations OshwekenStorm team were : Amy Anderson ,Cherryl Bomberry ,Melanie Bomberry , Michelle Bomberrie , Connie Henry , Brandi Hill , Britt Hill , Sonya Hill , Crystal Jacobs , Dallas Jonathan , Hope Martin , Kate Powless , Rachel Martin , Tiff Skye , June Sowolen , Marcia Van Every and they were coached by Melanie Bomberry and managed by Cheryl Bomberry
 
 
MASTERS CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL
 
                                                                         CURVE LAKE MIGHTY MUCKS VS THE TEMAGAMI BRAVES
 
                                             This being a double knockout tournament , the Mighty Mucks were in tough having to defeat the Braves to force an extra game . As luck would have it , they came up with a very big game , scoring 8 runs in the late innings on their way to a 12-3 thumping of the Braves forcing that extra game withy both teams at this point having lost each a game .
                                             In game two John MacKenzie of the Braves pitched a solid game (going the distance) for the Braves and was helped by his defense on the way to a 8-5 victory and the Master's championship crown .For the first time in the history of this elders men's division a trophy was presented on behalf of the Rama Chippewa's First Nations host team . Defending champions Six Nations were defeated in semi final action . Other members of the winning Braves team were : Arnold  Paul , Alex Paul , Mike Paul , John O'Sulivan ,John Mackenzie , John Charyna , Tom Mathias , Ross McLeod ,Chris Sawyer , Eric Ace , Jim Pawis and Walter Tobobondung .
 
 
MEN'S OPEN DIVISION CHAMPIONSHIP
 
          
                                                                              CURVE LAKE TRAPPERS  VS  ONEIDA RIVER KINGS
 
                                                  As expected and anticipated by the large crowd in attendance (the crowds were just as large for the other championship games) this game was going to be a good one but not the only one as the same scenario as in the master's came up . Earlier in the tournament , the Trappers has suffered their only defeat to these same River Kings to the tune of 4-1 when then they started their young rookie protégé Ryley Capalbo who gave up all four runs in that loss before Ian Knott had come in to shut down the Onieda offense .Chris Doxtator the veteran was the winner in that one .In this the first of two final games , the Trappers started veteran Ian Knott . He did not fail as he completely shut down the offensive bats of the River Kings in giving up but 2 hits  , not permitting a single run and fanning 11 batters on his way to a 4-0 shut out .
                                                  In game two it was a completely different story where the strong bats of both teams were the story of the game . Veteran Knott seemed to be pitching strongly to open the game , this being his 7th outing of the tournament and sixth as a starter .  The Curve Lake boys were up 5-0 going to the bottom of the second frame when the roof fell in as to say . Probably because of fatigue , this being his third game of the day on the mound , the River Kings came to the forefront as they slammed 4 runs on 3 doubles and all of a sudden we had a one run ball game . Chris Doxtator had not started for the River Kings in this instance , it was Justin Doxtator .In this third inning , Chris took over as his teammates scored three more runs and now were on the lead 7-5 after four complete innings . Now in the fifth frame , it was the veteran Chris Doxtator who had taken over in the previous frame against the rookie/protégé Capalbo who also had come in in the fourth inning . The youngster completely took over improving on his first outing against the River Kings as he faced 14 batters not giving up a single run the rest of the way on three base hits while fanning six batters . Meanwhile his teammates gave him the run support he needed scoring three  in the 6th on two doubles and another 3 in the 7th on a solo shot to right field and a deep two run shot to centre . Curve Lake Trappers win going away 11-7 , their third strait title going back to 2008 in Whitefish Lake . Other members of the winning squad were : Brendon Jascobs ,Jeff Jascobs , Kevin Jascobs ,Thomas Jascobs ,Matt Johnson , Jordan McCue , Ryan McCue , Corey Taylor , Justin Taylor , Richard Taylor and Shane Taylor . They were managed by Shane Taylor .
 
The location of the 2011 tournament has not been determined as of yet .Tina Shilling and her excellent committee say  "Gchi Miigwech "  (Thank You)
 
Attached are the photos of the winners and runners up in each division as well as two caption photos I've selected from the many I took at the tournament . Missing is a photo from the Men's Open Division which I may receive later today hopefully . Photo 1 Ladies champions Six Nations Storm; photo 2 ladies runners uip Oneida Wild ;photo 3 Masters champions Temagami Braves ;photo 4 Masters runers up  Mighty Mucks of Curve Lake ;photo 5 Men's open runners up Oneida River Kings ;photo 6 caption from a ladies game ;photo 7 caption from men's game-missing for the moment men's open champions Curve Lake Trappers
 
3RD ANNUAL PARRY ISLAND FASTBALL TOURNAMENT
 
                                          There third annual Parry Island Fastball Tournament which I'm convening and also chairperson is fast approaching .The tournament goes September 10th , 11th and 12th . I've now delayed the deadline which was previously on September the 3rd and now will go on September the 7th . Also now we've added a ladies and a masters division because of the interest that has been shown over the last several days . If your team is really committee please email me as soon as possible at er_legendre@#sympatico.cs so that I may include your team and have spot saved for you .There are "no limits" to the number of teams I' looking for at this time .I would like to see at least 12 men's open , 6 to 8 ladies and 4 to 6 masters (40+) .The entry fee is still $400-  .  If you're interested please email me a soon as possible .
 
RICK McDONALD MEMORIAL FASTBALL LEAGUE
 
                                            After a short delay because of tournaments and other reasons , the third an d deciding game in the Semi Final series "D" goes Wednesday night September the 1st in Whitefish between the Whitefish Lake Steelers and the  Parry Island Hawks . It should be a very good game where Matt Tobobondubng is expected to face veteran  Chris Doxtator . The winner will take on the Sudbury North Stars (defending league champions) starting Thursday night September the 2nd in game 1 of the best of 5 league championships .
 
5TH ALL-STAR CLASSIC EXTRAVAGANZA
 
                                            The all-star classic goes Saturday September the 18th in Massey as the North Shore hosts this year . It all starts at 1 PM with skills competition
 
24th Annual Senior Men's World Fastball Tournament
 
                                            This tournament goes this weekend and I'll be there to report on it with stories and photos .Legend Darren Zack as he was in Rama will also be there .
 
Keep fit ! See you on the fastball diamonds!
 
Roger Legendre
 
              Public Relations Liaison/Advisor for the Rick McDonald Memorial Fastball League
                                                     
                                           
 
 
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