Fastball this week...Sept 30th

October 3, 2011

Kitchener, ON


KFL Crowns Classics Champs........ Again

3 of the past 4 years the KFL  Classics have won the Kitchener Fastball League playoffs This summer they won the championship round in 3 straight over the Kitchener Selects. 

The Classics advanced through 3 rounds of KFL playoffs, knocking off the Black Sox 2 games to 1..outscoring them 19 - 4 over 3 games.

Bell  Cartage took the opening game in the 2nd round 7 - 6, the Classics replied with two wins....12 - 5 and 3 - 1...

The Selects won thier opening round in two games. 3 - 1 and 7 - 3 over the Kitchener Smoke,.took another two games to eliminate the Waterloo Cardinal, 1 - 0 and 3 - 2...

The Classics ran the table in the 3 of 5 final round...with scores of 6 - 3, 10 - 0 and 12 - 2..


In the attached photo we have the champs posing with the KFL trophy....they are

Front Row.. Martin Mauviel, Jodie Schnarr, John Sexton, Jason Hoch, Bob Underwood, Jason Staats, Pete Spitzig

Back Row...Jim Schnarr, Larry Murphy, Mel Ross, Matt Gregory, BradMaunder, Sam Forbes, Don Stebbings, Dana Seiling
Dan Ferrede, Jay Schnarr, Devon Abbey

Absent...Seah Geehan, Kojiro Sakuma


Missisauga Arrows knocked off the Niagara Snappers 6 - 1 to win the GHFL championship on Sept 15th...

The Arrows scored 6 runs in the final 3 innings on homers from Joel Langford and Chris McColl and a 2 RBI double  from Jordan Copeland. 

Trevor Falk homered  for  the Snappers run.

Andrew Putnam was the Playoff MVP, with his 4 - 0 playoff record.

Putnam's wins included a 4 - 0 win over Palermo, 5 - 4 win over Etobicoke Royals, a 4 - 0 win over Welland, the 6 - 1 win over the Snappers, and a save in the 5 - 3 win over Niagara Falls Tazco,

Other GHFL Award Winners....MVP regular season...Kevin Newhouse, the Snappers
Top Pitcher,  Scott Wagar, Niagara Falls Fury,
Defensive Player, the Ross Dekker Memorial Award...Dave Brownhill, Waterdown Hammer
theJanet Greatrix Memorial Sportsmanship and Dedication Award....Blair Setford


 J. Brian Raper, my  former high school science lab partner at Walkerton's  Sacred Heart High School,  wrote a great report in the Cargill Area News, the finest newspaper of any kind in Bruce County, or any of the surrounding counties for that matter,  about the successful Blue Water League Championship Tournament held at ball yards in Chepstow Sept 9th - 11th.

The home town Chepstow  Aces went thru the weekend without a loss, opening the weekend with a Friday night win over the Wiarton Nationals,  then a hard fought win over the mighty Mildmay Mets, 3 - 1 on Saturday afternoon.  Next up Port Elgin Blue Devils, out of the loser's bracket,  and needing  two wins to beat the Aces in the double elimination format...Tied at 0 - 0 after 7 regulation, and using the ITB Chepstow scored in the top of the 8th, the Blue Devils replied with a run of thier own.  In the 9th Jared Clancy singled to score Brandon Fraser...Dustin Veenhoff (a fine upstanding Cheptow lad) shut out the Blue Devils in the bottom of the 9th. This was the first Bluewater championship for the Aces since  1999...


Wiarton Nationals and the Welllington Sox slugged it out in the finals  at the ISC Qualifier at Doug Fischer Park

Andy Jackson opened the tournament for Wiarton (Bluewater League)  with a no hitter against the Mississauga Sox (Golden Horsehoe), Jackson rang up 12 Ks, Tracy Woodridge took the loss for Mississauga, allowing 1 run, on 5 hits, got 6 Ks on the Wiarton National squad..

Meanwhile Wellington Sox (South Perth League) picked up a 3 - 2 win over the Fisherville A's (Erie League).  Ryan Shannon was the hero for the Sox, with a triple and game winning RBI, Mel Ross went 6, with Todd Uhrig picking up the win  for the Sox..

Wellington met the Vasey Countrymen (Lake Simcoe) on Saturday morning and topped them 7 - 1  Nick Goetz the winner..a 2 hitter

Wiarton got the Kitchener Selects (Kitchener Fastball League) also on Sat morning and the result was similar to the Sox game.7 - 0 ..but with Dustin Veenhoff picking up a no hitter...Two games...two no hitters for Wiarton...Jackson and Veenhoff..

Wellington and Wiarton meet, go 7 innings, Andy Jackson allows 3 hits, Todd Uhrig 5 hits, the winner to Sunday afternoon,..No scroring til  the 6th...Todd Uhrig allowed just one hit...to Andy Jackson in the 1st...Andy allows no hits til the 6th.  Top of the 6th for the Nationals....Brent Thompson, Andy Jackson get back to back singles, Joel Twigger singles, two runs score, and Matt Robbins is safe at 1st on an error, and another run, this one unearned...and the Nationals are up 3 - 0. The Wellington Sox.  Jackson walks the 9th hitter, Scott Walls, Jeff Detta moves Walls to second on a ground out to 3rd...and Ryan Fisk score Walls on a single..Score 3  -1, Wiarton moves to the finals, Wellington meets the Mitchelll Mets in the elimination bracket

Mitchell (South Perth) opened with a 7 - 0 loss to the Orangeville Kings (InterCounty League), but got back on track with a 2 - 0 win over Vasey, followed by a 4 - 2 win over Elmira Expos, (South Perth), Fred Follings picked up both wins for Mitchell. 

Mitchell with one loss, had to win...Mel Ross on the rubber for the Sox threw a 3 hitter, allowed 1 run, and picked up the win....4 - 1 and the Mets were out.

Wellington up against the Alvinston Indians(St Thomas and District)...and a tie game after 7....Todd Uhrig allowed 3 runs on 6 hits, ..Kyle  Crawford had started for the Indians..The Sox scored singles in  the 1st, 3rd, and 6th, Brad Young on 2nd for Alvinston (ITB) moved to 3rd by Chris Drew and scored  on third to first put out  to move the inidans into  the lead..Bottom of the 8th..for Wellington  Shannon on 2nd for the ITB, Jeremy Creedon a single, Todd Uhrig score Shannon on a single, followed  by a walk to Detta, Scott  MacDougall on 3rd running for Creeden, and Jim Culling walks to force the run and eliminate Alvinston.

With the win...Wellington went on to meet Harwood Corners (Tri-County) ..a game that went 5 innings...with the Sox picking up the 7 - 0 win...Those short games when you are on the "come-back" side of the bracket are very welcome...Jim Culling went 3 for 3, Jeremy Creedan a 2 RBI double and Ryan Shannon a 2 RBI triple for the Sox..

Harwood had just come off a tough loss to Wiarton to meet Wellington ...Dustin Veenhoff picked up a 3 - 0 win on a 4 hitter, striking out 12 ....Mark VanVliet LP...Wiarton lead off hitter, Adam Struck led off the game with an in-the-park home run.

Some other scores before we get to the finals....

St Thomas (St Thomas and District) opened with a win over the Elmira Expos, then lost to Harwood Corners 6 - 4, a win over Mississauga  6 - 5, but then eliminated by Alvinston Indians, 4 - 3...

Alvinston lost  their opener to Orangeville 3 - 0...then got a 4 - 0 win over Fisherville,  met Orangeville for the 2nd time...and this time came out ahead, 6 - 4  over 9 innings...Doug Charlton went 5 2/3  allowed 2 runs on 5 hits, Brad Young went 3 1/3 allowed 2 runs on 2 hits, 1 K...Joel Pegg started for Orangeville went 7 innings allowed 2 runs on 7 hits...6 Ks..Kyle Anderson took the loss for the Kings...allowing 4 runs in his 2 innings..on 4 hits..

Orangeville lost to Harwood Corners 9 - 0.  Rob Faulhafer picked up 6 RBIs in the game...a 3 run homer in the first..gone gone gone..and  a 3 RBI  triple in  the 4th...He walked and scored in the 3rd...2 At Bats, 6 runs, a walk that scores...nice work..Braden Wylie went 3 for 3.scoring 3.....a double in the first, a 2 run inside-the-park homer in the 2nd, and a single in  the 4th..

Orangeville was eliminated by Alvinston..

Harwood Corners got an opening win over Waterloo Cardinals (KFL) .5 - 4...The Expos eliminated the Cardinals 4 - 3...

Elmira Expos followed that win with a 10 - 0 win over the Kitchener Selects, Dan Martin with a no hittter, and 10 Ks...3 up 3 down...over 5 innings

The Kitchener Selects were the host club for the ISC Ontario Challenge Cup and they met and defeated the Orillia team 6 - 1   Doug Hoffman went 7 innings for the Selects, allowed 3 hits and got 14 Ks.

Orillia then lost  3 - 2 to Mississauga who opened the game with 2 uneaned runs in the first,  scored in the bottom of the 7th Orillia picked up a run in the 6th.

The finals....Wiarton vs Wellington....Wiarton undefeated....Wellington..on the bubble..with one loss.

Scott Walls and Ryan Fisk score for the Sox top  of the 1st..Fisk   an RBI double, and Jeremy Creeden an RBI double.

Mel Ross on the rubber for the Sox, held the Nationals off the score sheet, allowing only 2 hits til the 6th...Wiarton's Todd McCauley singled, Jay Miller walked, Brett Miller entered the game to run for Jay. Adam Struck and Zack Carson both singled to score Miller and McCauley.  Score 2 - 2 In the top of the 7th the Sox score 2 more...Jeff Detta and Matt Stagg, on RBIs from Aaron Small and Scott Walls.  Wiaton 3 up - 3 down..and on to the final game..the "IF" game and an entry to the ISC World's in Midland Michigan next August

Wiarton scores 3 in the 2nd inning, Cole Miller, Todd McCauley, Matt Robbins, back to back to back singles and RBIs for Robbins, Joel Twigger, and Adam Struck...In the 4th...again singles, this time Robbins again, then Jay Miller single and RBI...Score 4 - 0 Nationals...

Ryan Fisk put the Sox on the board in the 5th, scoring from 1st on a Jeremy Creeden single.  The Sox were able to pick up another run in the 6th, Scott Walls hit a triple to score Jeff Detta..

Todd Uhrig started for the Sox, went 3 2/3 took the loss. Ryan Shannon  completed the game for Uhrig..Dustin Veenhoff picked up the win allowing  2 runs on 7 hits, struck out 4....

Two weekends in  the circle  for Dustin and two wins..the ISC Ontario Challenge Cup and the Bluewater League Championships..


Gary Waugh (OASA) put together a great dinner to acknowledge the minor division OASA Champs for 2011...

Winners of the various OASA Catagories included

Jr Mite...Belleville  Bandits
Mite A...Belmore Sting....like the Chepstow Aces, another Bruce County team...
Mite B...Napanee Express

Squirt A..Kitchener Waterloo Twins
Squirt B..Stouffville Storm

PeeWee A...New Hamburg Heat
PeeWee B..Wellesly Wildcats    (that old Wilmot/Wellesley rivalry)

Bantam A..Cobourg Clippers
Bantam B..Highgate Rock
(Hello Jeff Geddes)...Get in touch with Jeff....and subscribe to the e-newsletter..."High and Inside" on the OASA Website

Midget A...Napanee Express
Midget B...New Hamburg Heat

Junior A...Owen Sound Selects
Junior B...Walkerton Jays..did I mention Bruce County ....

And in men's fastball

KW Cubs...... Intermediate A,
Wiarton Nationals ....Intermediate B....B..as in Bruce County...
Pickering Panters..... Intermediate C
Owen Sound Selects.... Senior A
Bracebridge Blackdog Farm...Masters

Larry Lynch, former  player, active coach, ISC Hall of Fame member,  was the key note speaker at the dinner.

 Larry's address focussed on "Love the game like a little boy, play it like a man"

Larry recalled some of the teams he played for, and coached, some of the tournaments these teams won and lost and what knowledge was learned during tough games and difficult tournament draws.

Larrry spoke of Respect, Committment, Discipline and what a person can do to improve fastpitch softball..

For more on Larry's remarks and other interesting items on fastpitch,  Google "OASA" go to the home page, find "News" then "Newsletters" and click on "High and Inside" for September


Matt Allen reports that the Golden Hawks are playing their home games this weekend in Princeton (hwy 2 between Paris  and Woodstock; must be a new WLU Campus)  but will be back at Hillside next weekend Oct 15th 16th.. for two doubleheaders ...Saturday versus University of  Windsor and Sunday versus  University of Western Ontario.....Go Hawks...

See Wilfrid Laurier University/Athletics


The Legends of Fastball Classic, held each year the last weekend of June is a fundraiser for the Children's Wish Foundation..

Here is a message from Anne Boehm...in support of this great charity...

Anne writes to remind all of us in fastpitch that the Children's Wish Foundation annual Wishmaker Walk is set for next Saturday at the Kiwanis Twin Pad Complex at the Kitchener Auditorium....This is the 6th year, with Registration at 10 am...the walk around the Auditorium neighbourhood begins at 11am....This is my old neighbourhood , I lived on Simeon Street in my late teens......Lunch and Celebration at 12 noon...

Anne can be reached at 519 742 0637...website is www.childrenswish.ca

and a shout out to Lucille Alviano ..Golden Anniversary this weekend...married   to some guy named Ray...


Don't put away the ball  glove yet....

Looking for  a pitcher's clinic this fall....get in  touch with Mal Swift.  The 9th annual Spinmasters Pitcher's School will  begin on Monday Nov 14th.  SpinMasters is open to all make and female  pitchers who "have a burning desire to learn and further refine themselves"

Mal is the head instructor, and his sons Jason, Matthew, Ryan and Brian Mather  and others offer instruction on proper mechanics, legal pitching, grips, and defensive positioning, along with accuracy and speed...

This clinic is Monday nights...6 - 7 pm and 7 - 8 pm...cost is $300, includes insurance, first come first served...18 classes.......

Call Mal for more  information....905 668 1156 (H) or 905 442 0935




There will be some interesting bullitans and updates over the next weeks and months...however,

This will be it for the summer of 2011....and if that is the case...thanks to all of those who sent me reports on ball  games, thanks to the fans at the park for making the games a lot of fun to attend, the players and coaches for the great sportsmanship and competitive ball games, the sponsors who help put the teams on the field, the umpires in our zone, the best Blue Crew anywhere,  who show us every game that they are well trained, good communicators, and have earned the respect of the fastball community,  thanks to the  tournament and league organizers who make it happen, thanks to the scorekeepers and announcers in our group who help to keep the fans up to date on fastpitch softball in our area...

See you at the ball yard...


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