World Fastball Invitational - 2007







Details are at the bottom of the page – below the schedule








Thursday, June 28






7:30 pm


Kitchener, ON  Hallman Twins




Saskatoon, SK  Saskatoon Aspen Interior Black Sox






 9:30 pm


The Farm Tavern




Jarvis Merchants








Friday, June 29






1:00 pm


Orillia, ON  RiverSharks




Jarvis, ON Merchants






 3:00 pm


So Cal Bombers  (5 innings)










5:00 pm


Kitchener Hallman Twins










7:00 pm


Easton Home Run Derby












The Farm Tavern












Saturday, June 30








Field No. 1


8:00 am


So Cal Bombers




Patsy’s                                                 (6 innings)






 10:00 am






Jarvis Merchants








Orillia, ON  RiverSharks










 2:00 pm


Orillia, ON Rieversharks       (five innings)




Madison, WI  The Farm






4:00 pm


Kitchener Hallman Twins             




So Cal Bombers






 6:00 pm


Saskatoon, SK  Saskatoon Aspen Interior Black Sox




Patsy’s         (10 innings)








Playoff No. 1


8:00 pm


Number 3 Pool A  - Kitchener Hallman Twins




Number 2 Pool B -    Orillia River Sharks












Sunday, July 1 – CANADA DAY








Playoff No. 2


8:00 am


Number 2 Pool A –  So Cal Bombers




Number 3 Pool B –  Farm Tavern










 10:00 am


Pool “A” First Place: - Patsy’s




Playoff No. 1 Winner:  Kitchener Hallman Twins












Pool “B” First Place:  - Broken Bow Gremlins




Playoff No. 2 Winner:  - So Cal Bombers






 2:00 pm


Championship Final  (starting about 2:15pm)




W15  - Kitchener Hallman Twins




W16  So Cal Bombers








So Cal Bombers are 2007 Champions








Monkton Main Web Site







Game 1

Saskatoon Aspen at Kitchener Hallman Twins

Kitchner: 1
Saskatoon: 0




WP: Don Scott:            7 IP, 0R, 0ER, 2H, 10K, 1BB
C: Shewfelt

LP: Dean Holoien:       6 IP, 1R, 1ER, 3H, 11K, 3BB
C: Craig Horwell


Tod Budke, double, RBI in first inning

Jody Eidt, 1 for 1, 2 walks


Jody Eidt, lead off walk, scored by Todd Budke, RBI Double.


MVP of Game: Don Scott

Well pitched game by both pitchers in front of a large crowd for opening night (400 my guess)
on a cool evening, roughly 17c, down from 30c earlier.

Game started about 7:40pm after impressive opening ceremonies.

Game ended 9:15pm

Score Keeper: Kevin Quipp

On the dish for this game, Peter Kluszczynski

Game 2

The Farm Tavern at Jarvis Merchants

The Farm:           7
Jarvis:                 0

The Farm: 


Korrey Gareau:           7 IP, 0R, 0ER, 2H, 15K 1BB
C: Scott Lange

Brian Urkuhart:  5.2 IP, 5R, 3ER, 6H, 4K, 1BB
Scott Wagar:               1.1 IP, 2R, 2ER, 4H, 1K, 1HBP
C: Alan Phibbs

Rob Grey had a triple, a home run, and 3 RBI

Paul Rosebush went 2/3, 2 RBI

Jason Hill went 2 for 3, triple


For Jarvis

Ryan Thompson a single

John Brunton a single


Rino Dambrosio made a spectacular diving catch (Play of the Gam) in right field
he also threw a bullet from RF to home for an out that had the fans on their feet again.

And also threw a double play out.


A good pitching duel until the Farm boys found their bats in the 6th and the rest is history.
Many fans commented on the fine pitching of both Gareau and Urkuhart. Until he ran into problems
Late I the game, Urquhart was throwing world class ball. Home plate umpire Bob Henning congratulated
Urquhart on five great innings of pitching.

Score Keeper, Mal Swift

On the dish: Bob Henning




FRIDAY, June 29, 2007


Game 3


Jarvis Merchants at Orillia Riversharks

Orillia:        4

Jarvis:        1


Jarvis Merchants:         5 LOB

Orillia Riversharks:       5 LOB



Rob O’Brien:                7 IP, 1R, 1ER, 6H, 5K
C: Mike Gasaway


Brian Urqhart:             0.1 IP, 3R, 3ER, 2H, 0K, 1BB
Scott wagar:                5.2 IP, 1R, 1ER, 6H, 4K, 2BB
C: Greg Courneyea

Ian Fehrman had a triple, single,
Stephen Mullaly had a triple, single

for Jarvis
Reno Dambrosio drove in lone run 4th inning driving in Pat Graham.


MVP of Game: Ian Fehrman had a one out triple in the 1st inning, driving in two runs and later came home to score as well.


Score Keeper: Joe Todd

On the dish for this game: Brian Sharples

Game started: 12:55pm
Game ended: 2:35pm

Good crowd out early today to see the first of four games

Spectacular weather. Light breeze, about 25c, no humidity, wonderful weather for watching and playing ball.

Game 4

Saskatoon Aspen Black Sox at So Cal Bombers


So Cal:              8

Sask:                 0


Saskatoon:  2 LOB

So Cal:      4 LOB


For So Cal:

Lucas Mata:        5 IP, 0R, oER, 1H, 7K, 1BB
C: Chad Ghostkeeper

For Saskatoon:

Dean Holoien:     2.2 IP, 7R, 7ER, 5H, 6K, 4BB
Andy Jackson:     1.2 IP
C: Craig Horswell

Darren Box drove in Chad Ghostkeeper in the 1st inning. Eeoff Efely had a SAC fly driving in Jason Porto.
Marc Santimano had a two out single in the 3rd driving in two runrs.
Mike Butler had a three run homer in the 3rd inning for a five run inning.

Keith MacKintosh had a single in the 3rd for the only Sask hit of the game.

Joe Todd was the score keeper.

Doug Cundal was the umpire on the dish.

Game started at 3:00pm

Game ended at 4:35pm



Game 5   5:00pm


Patsy’s of New York at Kitchener Hallman Twins

Patsy’s:               1

Twins:                 0




For Patsy’s

Adam Folkard:    7 IP, 0R, 0ER, 3H, 8K, BB
C: Frank deGroat

For Twins:

Todd Martin:                7 IP, 1R, 1ER, 2H, 6K, 5BB
C: Chris Shewfelt


For Patsy’s hitting:

Thomas Makea, a single
Travis Wilson, RBI, single

T3 Makea, lead off single, advances to 2nd on Brad Rona walk, Travis Wilson RBI single which turned out to be the game winner.


For Twins:

Evan Boyd, Blake Miller, Jody Eidt all had singles


Game MVP: Travis Wilson, game inning RBI, single.


Kevin Quipp was score keeper.

Steve Bedard was umpire on the dish, Bob Henning was at 3b.


Good sized crowd for this latest game.

Weather is super. Bright, sunny, slight breeze, no humidity. Will cool off a bit this evening.


A well pitched game by both pitchers, Martin and Folkard. Martin was in control of his game and entertained the partisan crowd.




This was the event hundreds of fans were waiting for. The well planned event got undersay at 7pm, right on time, with tournament director Brian Baillie acting as MC – he is already
“Jack of All Trades” running this big well attended tournament with many added events, including this one.

The Rules were previously published here however if you want to see them, just scroll down this page.

Each tame was to name one player to represent them in the home run competition in addition to last year’s champion, Travis Wilson. So nine of the top batters in the world teed off to see who was number one and they did not disappoint.


RUNS         PLAYER                              TEAM

6              Dale Levy                           Kitchener Hallman Twins

2              Louie Joglar                        Patsy’s

2              Pat MacKintosh                   Saskatoon

6              Darren Box                         So Cal Bombers

0              Jeff Goolagong                    Farm

0              Brad Robinson                    Jarvis

3              Steven Mullaley                   Orillia

0              Pat Shannon                       Gremlins

6              Travis Wilson                      2006 batting champion


With three players tied for top spot, they hit again, same rules:



3              Dale Levy                           Kitchener Hallman Twins

7              Darren Box                         So Cal Bombers

8              Travins Wilson                    defending champion


Congratulations to Travis Wilson for his repeat performance as top batter.


Game 6   - 8pm

Gremlins vs The Farm

Broken Bow Gremlins at The Farm Tavern

Broken Box:        3

The Farm:          1


Broken Bow:



Pitching for Broken Bow:

Jeremy Manley:           5.2 IP, 1R, 1ER, 3H, 11K, 1BB
Andrew Kirkpatrick:      1.1. IP, 0R, 0ER, 0H
C: Pat Shannon


Pitching for Farm:

Rob Schhweyer:          7 IP, 3R, 3ER, 4H, 13K
C: Scott Lange


Pat Shannon hit a home run, triple, 2 runs, RBI
Shannon stole home on wild pitch as well after his triple.

MVP of the Game: Pat Shannon

For the Farm:

Donny Hale, a home run, triple and an RBI

Another well played game. The pitching has been outstanding.

500 or more fans out to watch great fastball tonight.

Mal Swift was score keeper.

Jay Hart was blue on the dish with Brian Sharples working 3b and Peter Kluszczynski working first.


SATURDAY, June 30, 2007

8:00AM  So Cal Bombers vs Patsy’s


So Cal Bombers at Patsy’s


Patsy’s:         8

So Cal:          1


So Cal:    



Pitching for Patsy’s:

Gerald Muizelaar:                6 IP, 1R, 1ER, 2H, 6K, 2BB
C: Frank deGroat


Pitching for So Cal:

Sean Whitten:            4 IP, 5R, 4ER, 6H, 7K, 2BB
Tony Peeples:             1 IP, 3R, 2ER, 3H, 0K, 0BB
C: Darren Box


For Patsy’s, hitting:

Thomas Makea went 3-4 with 3 home runs, 6 RBI
Frank DeGroat went 2-3, 1 RBI  bringing in their first run of the game.


For So Cal:

Chad Ghostkeeper, an RBI, double in 3rd inning.


Top of 3rd inning, 2 out, 2 on, Travis Wilson made a very nice defensive play with back hand throw to get 3rd out and save a run. Then on 1st pitch of 3rd inning Wilson hammered a home run to deep left centre field.

MVP of the Game: Thomas Makea


Score Keeper: Kevin Nicholson

On the dish: Paul Baier with Cundall and Henning on the bases.

Another spectacular day in Monkton. The weather is simply outstanding.

Game ended 9:33am


GAME 8  10AM

Broken Bow Gremlins vs Jarvis Merchants


Gremlinns:         5

Jarvis:               1


Broken Bow Gremlins:

Jarvis Merchants:


Pitching for Gremlins:

Jeremy Manley:                   7 IP, 1R, 0ER, 1H, 10K, 2BB
C: Pat Shannon   5 innings
C: Bob Rosthenhusler, 2 innings


Pitching for Jarvis:

Brian Urquhart:                   4.2 IP, 5R, 4ER, 8H, 5K, 2BB
Scott Wager:                      2.1 IP, 0R, 0ER, 2H, 2K, 0BB
C: Allen Phibbs


Hitting for Gremlins:

Frank Barsuto went 2-3, 1 RBI
Jared Martin went 2-3, 1 RBI
Rhys Casley went 2-4
Pat Shannon a 2 run home run



Allen Phibbs went 1-3, single
Reno Dambrosio had an RBI


MVP of Game: Jeremy Manley, threw a one hitter

Scorekeeper: Kevin Nicholson

Peter Kluszczynski was the umpire on the dish with Brian Sharples and Steve Bedard on the corners.

Game ended at 1150AM

Good sized crowd in attendance for this game under bright sunny skys, not too hot and no humidity.


Saturday, June 30, 2007


1200 NOON




Gremlins vs Orillia


Gremlins:             3

Orillia:                 0


Orillia River Sharks:      3 LOB

Broken Bow Gremlins:  6 LOB


Pitching for Gremlins:

Andrew Kirkpatrick:              7 IP, 0R, 0ER, 4H, 8K
C: Pat Shannon


Pitching for Orillia:

Ryan Brand:                       5 IP, 3R, 0ER, 5H, 9K, 2BB
Tim Macumber:                   1 IP, 0R, 0ER, 0H, 1K, 0BB
C: Sean O’Brien


For Gremlins:

Steve Price, the designated player had a single driving in two of the Gremlin runs in the 4th.


For Orillia:

Jeff Ellsworth a double in the 6th.


MVP of the Game: Andrew Kirkpatrick


Score Keeper: Joe Todd of Ingersol

Bob Henning was the blue on the dish for this game. Doug Cundal and Jay Hart on the bases.


Game ended 1:45pm


Saturday, June 30, 2007

2:00 PM


Game 10


Orillia River Sharks vs The Farm Tavern


Orillia:               7

Farm:                0


Orillia Riversharks:       4 LOB

Farm Tavern:                3 LOB


5 inning mercy


Pitching for Orillia:

Frank Cox:                  5 IP, 0R, 0ER, 3H, 4K, 1BB
C: Sean O’Brien


Pitching for Farm:

Korrey Gareau:            1 IP, 2R, 2ER, 2H, 1K, 1BB
Rob Schweyer:            0.1 IP,
Korrey Gareau (again:  3.2 IP, 5R, 5ER, 3H, 5K, 3BB
C: Ryan Kostel and Scott Lange

Rob Schwyer came in for Gareau but turned his ankle in the top of the 2nd inning and had to leave the game. Gareau came back in to pitch for Farm.


Ryan Wolfe had a single driving in a Chris Miljavic in top of the 1st. Ian Fehrman had a sac fly driving in Ryan Wolfe.
Tim Macumber had a two run triple in the top of the 5th.


MVP of the Game: Tim Macumber had a triple and 9 defensive put outs including a double play and line drive catch.


This game was going very slowly due to injury and other delays but when Orillia broke it open in the 5th, they had the required 7 run lead to win by mercy ruling.


Score Keeper: Joe Todd

On the dish was Brian Sharples. Steve Bedard was on 1st base side and Paul Baier worked the 3rd base side for the blue.


Game ended at 3:45


Saturday, June 30, 2007

Game 11



Kitchener Hallman Twins vs So Cal Bombers


Kitchener:           3

So Cal                  7



So Cal:            


Pitching for So Cal:

Tony Peeples:             3 IP, 2R, 1ER, 2H, 1K, 0BB
Sean Whitten:            2 IP, 1R, 1ER, 2H, 3K, 0BB
Lucas Mata:                1 IP, 0R, 0ER
C: Chad Ghostkeeper

Pitching for Kitchener

Paul Koert:                 3 IP, 4R, 4ER, 5H, 2K, 1BB
Don Scott:                  3 IP, 3R, 0ER, 3H, 2K, 1BB
C: Chris Shewfelt

Hitting for So Cal:
Darren Box a single and a double
Adam Lalonde a single with 2 RBI


Hitting for Twins:
Grant Baechler, 2 singles, 2 RBI


MVP of Game: Adam Lalonde, 2 RBI single, bottom of the 4th to make the score 6-3


Game ended 6pm

Score Keeper: Kevin Quipp

On the dish, Doug Cundall with Jay Hart on 1b and Peter Kluszczynski on 3b side.

Kitchener had a great game going, tying it up in T4 but giving up 4 runs in B4th.

Good sized crowd out this afternoon to see the Twins play.


Saturday, June 30, 2007

Game 12


Saskatoon vs Patsy’s


Patsy’s:         3

Saskatoon:   2

In ten innings





Pitching for Patshy’s:

Rob Scheller:              6 IP, 1R, 1ER, 2H, 6K, 2BB
Gerald Muizelaar:                3 IP, 0R, 0ER, 3H, 4K, 0BB
Adam Folkard:            1 IP, 0R, 0ER, 0H, 2K, 0BB
C: Steven Ratu
C: Frank De Groat in 8th


Pitching for Saskatoon Aspen:

Andy Jackson:             9.2 IP, 3R, 3ER, 9H, 9K, 5BB
Dean Holoien:             0.1 IP, 0R, 0ER, 0H, 1K, 0BB
C: Craig Horswell


Hitting for Patsy’s:

Brad Rona, 2 singles, run scored
Omar Morarga, triple with an RBI
Louie Joglar, a triple


Hitting for Saskatoon:

Andy Jackson had a double and an RBI


Patsy’s 2b Chad McConnell diving catch in 6th inning, stabs line drive off bat of Andy Jackson to hold runner at 3b.


MVP of game: Brad Rona, 2 singles, drove in winning RBI


Score Keeper: Steve Sabourin

Steve Bedard on the dish, Bob Henning at 3b and Paul Baier down the right side.


Andy Jackson pitched one heck of a game.

Long game thoroughly enjoyed by the large crowd. Saskatoon has a lot of fans in the area and are glad to see them back while Patsy’s are growing more popular all the time so many split on who to cheer for here. Both teams played well.


Game ended at 9pm


All the results at:





Saturday, June 30, 2007

Game 13


A3 Kitchener Hallman Twins

B2 Orillia River Sharks


Kichener:             3

Orillia:          1


Orillia Riversharks:    

Kitchener Hallman Twins:


Kitchener pitching:

Todd Martin:                       7 IP, 1R, 1ER, 5H, 8K, 2BB
C: Chris Shewfelt


Orillia pitching:

Rob O’Brien:                       5.1 IP, 3R, 3ER, 6H, 3K, 1BB
Ryan Brand:                       0.2 IP, 0R, 0ER
C: Mike Gasaway


Kitchener hitting:

Jody Eidt 2 run home run
Todd Budke solo home run

B5, Shackleton, single; Jody Eidt 2 run home run.


Orillia hitting:

Rob O’Brien went 2-3, 2 doubles, RBI

T2 RBI double, scored


Kevin Quipp scorekeeper

Jay Hart on the dish, Brian Sharples at 3b and Peter on 1st.


Game ended on a dramatic double play by Kitchener. Runner stealing home knocked the catcher hard but
he kept the ball, tagged the runner and gunned the ball to 2nd for the last out.

The game was disrupted earlier by number of disputes with the blue crew.

Game ended at 1105pm


Sunday, July 1, 2007


Game 14 – Playoff Game 2


The Farm Tavern at So Cal Bombers

So Cal Bombers:         2

The Farm Tavern: 1


The Farm:        

So Cal:            


Pitching for So Cal:

Lucas Mata:                7 IP, 1R, 1ER, 3H, 10K, 0BB
C: Chad Ghostkeeper


Pitching for Farm:

Sebastien Gervasutti:  5.1 IP, 2R, 2ER, 5H, 8K, 3BB
Korey Gareau:             0.2 IP, 0R, 0ER, 0H, 2K, 0BB
C: Scott Lange


Hits for So Cal:

Chad Ghostkeeper went 2 for 3, with a single and a triple, with 2 RBI

His triple could have possibly been an in the park HR but for maybe speed on the basepath and
possibly not watching the 3b coach.


Hits for Farm:

Jason Hill hit a nice solo home run.


T3 Farm, Jason Hill, home run.

B3 So Cal Pinochio single, to 2b on steal, 3rd on an error, scored on Ghostkeeper single.

B5 So Cal Butler walk, scored on Ghostkeeper triple.


Two MVP’s of game today:

Chad Ghostkeeper with single, triple and two RBI

Lucas Mata threw a 3 hitter, 10K’s

Game ended at 9:45am


Steve Sabourin was the score keeper.

Paul Baier was on the dish with Bob Henning down the right side and Doug Cundal on 3b side.



Up next Kitchener Hallman Twins vs Patsy’s at 10am

So Cal play Gremlins at noon



Sunday, July 01, 2007

Game 15  - Playoff Game 3



Kitchener Hallman Twins at Patsy’s


Kitchener:           2

Patsy’s:               0





Pitching for Kitchener Hallman Twins:

Don Scott:                  7 IP, 0R, 0ER, 1H, 7K, 0BB
C: Chris Shewfelt

Donnie threw a one hit game.


Pitching for Patsy’s:

Adam Folkard:            7 IP, 2R, 2ER, 5H, 12K, 1BB
C: Frank De Groat


Hits for Twins:

Blake Miller single in the 3rd inning brought home Chris Shewfelt and SAC

Todd Budke RBI single in the 5th, bringing home Evan Boyd.


Hits for Patsy’s:

Stephen Ratu had a double.


MVP of the game: Don Scott – a one hitter – 7 K’s
Scott threw a great game in front of an enthusiastic home town crowd cheering him on.
Many people came out from KW this morning to see the Twins play.

Weather again is spectacular but a bit cooler today, with most wearing a sweater or light jacket.

Score Keeper: Kevin Quipp

Peter Kluszczynski was on the dish, with Brian Sharples and Steve Bedard down the base lines.



Sunday, July 01, 2007

Game 16 – Playoff Game 4


So Cal Bombers vs Broken Bow Gremlins

So Cal:                 3

Gremlins:             0

8 inning game


So Cal Bombers:  5 LOB

Broken Bow Gremlins:   2 LOB


Pitching for So Cal:

Lucas Mata                 7 IP, 0R, 0ER, 2H, 12K, 1BB
Sean Whitten:            1 IP, 0R, 0ER, 3H
C: Chad Ghostkeeper


Pitching for Broken Bow:

Andrew Kirkpatrick:      8 IP, 3R, 3ER, 4H, 15K, 2BB (Int rule)
C: Pat Shannon

Hits for So Cal:

Darren Box had a two out double scoring three runs in top of the 8th to win the game


For Gremlins:

Steve Price had a single in the B5th

Rhys Casley had a triple in the 2nd, got thrown out at the plate trying to stretch it into an in the park home run.

Steve Pinocchio had a bunt single in T5 but was stranded on base.


Mike Butler had a single for So Cal in T6


MVP of the Game: Darren Box, game winning RBI’s


Score Keeper: Joe Todd

On the dish, Jay Hart with Doug Cundall on 1b and Paul Baier on 3b.

A large crowd out to enjoy this well pitched, great defensive game. Very cold this afternoon but the sun is shining as
it has all weekend.



Sunday, July 01, 2007

Kitchener Hallman Twins at So Cal Bombers




So Cal Bombers:         3

Kitchener Twins:        2


Kitchener Hallman Twins:

So Cal Bombers:       


So Cal pitching:

Sean Whitten:                    7 IP, 2R, 0ER, 4H, 7K, 1BB
C: Darren Box


Kitchener pitching:

Todd Martin:                       6 IP, 3R, 3ER, 5H, 13K, 0BB
C: Chris Shewfelt


So Cal hitting:

Darren Box went 2-3, 2 singles, 2 runs scored

Nate Devine had a 2 run home run.


For Kitchener:

Greg Miller, single

Jody Eidt, a single

Ron White, a triple with RBI

Grant Baechler a single

B1 Box singled for So Cal, Nate Devine 2 run home run.

B3 Box singled again, scores by Mark Santillano RBI single.

T4 Budke reaches on an error; Eidt a single; Ron Whilte RBI triple


MVP of the Game: Nate Devine – 2 run home run

Score Keeper: Kevin Quipp

Umpire on the dish was Bob Henning. Steve Bedard, Brian Sharples and Peter Kluszczynski worked the bases.





Most outstanding Pitcher went to Lucas Mata


Will follow up with the other awards via Brian.




All the results at:


Monkton - tourny wrap-up & final thoughts

Friday, July 6, 2007

Monkton, Ont

Truly, a Dream Come True

Tourny Wrap-up… 2007

(I apologize for the lateness of this letter, as I am currently in the US
and unable to compose and send to Al’s immediately)

It never ceases to amaze me how fast our week-end fly’s by. Mind you, my
body (and mind) tell me I’ve been far too busy and need to slow down, which
I have done the last few days. Yet still, occurrences and memories of this
tourney- and fastball in general continue to monopolize my thoughts.

The ballpark returned to its normal self Monday, unfortunately. I wish it
could look like that all summer. I feel like an artist who is unsatisfied
with his masterpiece – throwing it away and starting from scratch once
again. It’s not a good feeling, but it is reality.

However, I and my Exec. Committee are very happy and proud. Once again we
raised the bar for ourselves and met it with ease, or so it seems, but it
does not happen with a snap of ones fingers nor is it magic. A vision, a
goal, a plan, and a team to execute the plan are absolutely crucial. Doing
the absolute best job possible is our only option. This past week-end is the
fruit of that compulsion.

We were blessed to have glorious sunny days, cool fresh nights, and
spectacular fastball all week-end long. The final result had the So. Cal
Bombers claiming top honours in our tourney, and is a true testament that
any one of the approx. top 10 ranked teams have a legit shot at winning the
World’s in Kitchener. Congrats to Kelly McGiffin, Rob Schick, the Trejo’s –
Ralph Sr. and Jr. and the entire Bombers organization. Equally as impressive
was the Kitchener Hallman Twins, who served notice that they too can and
will contend in every game of every tourney, and relish the opportunity to
walk off with a championship ring on home turf come August.

The week-end was not without disappointment and heartache to a few teams,
yet, as any team in any pro sport can tell you, things don’t and can’t
always go as planned. Hard work, dedication, perseverance, and
professionalism are all traits that every single player and team in Monkton
come with, and the willingness to win fizzes through every fastballers veins
each time they put on the uniform. Why else would our great game retain it’s

Our sport is blessed to have some of the most genuine and caring people in
the world. We read stories about a number of teams and players dedicating
their time and efforts to our youth in hopes of having them carry on the
legacy of our game for generations to come. Part of our intention in
Monkton, is to bring fastball back to it’s glory days. To watch children
play on their lawns, schoolyards, and ball parks – FASTBALL! Some playing
by themselves, mimicking the pitching motion pretending to be a young Darren
Zack or Andrew Kirkpatrick. Or swinging a bat – hitting one “out of the
yard” – as does Travis Wilson, Jody Eidt, and others too numerous to
mention. We need our children to have dreams, and for them to have
“fastball” dreams should make us all feel like a proud “parent of the game”.
Our inaugural “Sun-Life Day Camp for Kids” was in fact just this. Kids
having fun, making crafts, learning more about the game, and simply just
being at the ballpark. Some of them had their dreams come true when the
entire Broken Bow Gremlin team arrived to interact, answer questions, and
partake in an autograph and picture session at the end of the camp. To see
the smiles, looks, and twinkle in the children’s eyes was priceless and
something even I will never forget. Thanks Sun Life and thank you Gremlins
for fulfilling dreams that day!

Big thanks go to Easton, who sponsored our 2nd edition of the Easton Home
Run Challenge. The 9 participants: Brad Robinson – Jarvis, Dale Levy –
Twins, Pat Shannon – Gremlins, Lois Joglar – Patsy’s, Pat McKintosh
Saskatoon, Jeff Goolagong – Farm, Darren Box – So Cal., Steve Mullaley
Orillia, and defending champion Travis Wilson – Patsy’s put on a fantastic
show for a huge crowd! Round 1 had Dale Levy, Darren Box, and Travis Wilson
advance to the second round, where everyone watched as Travis put on a “home
run derby hitting clinic” by smacking balls consecutively over the fence –
and all with only 1 “out”. Incredible job Travis – thanks and well done!

I have so many thank you’s to send, I don’t know where to begin. So here
goes… (I sincerely hope I don’t omit anyone – if so, please accept my
Set-up and tear-down crew – huge thanks! It was hot on Monday and Tuesday!!
Grounds crew – amazing job all week-end!
Umpires – world class once again.
Scoring and announcing crew – excellent!
Broadcasting – well done Steve, George and Al.
Food booth – delicious and with a smile!
Pie & Ice Cream Concessions – scrumptious!
Bar and Beer tent staff – always cold, and with a smile!
Security Staff – must have been good, it’s all still here!
Parking Crew – organized to a ‘T’
Day Camp staff – well done!
Night clean-up crew – immaculate!
Gate staff – welcoming, cheery and friendly…great job!
Arena staff – huge thanks and praise!!

The tourney Executive Committee… words cannot express how I feel, nor will
it do justice to the time and effort you all sacrifice.
It does not happen without you!!!!!

As mentioned earlier, to the teams, players, coaches, managers and
owner/sponsors. It is always a pleasure to not only have you here, but to
work with you all months prior to our event. Classy, friendly, co-operative,
professional, and very friendly are you all. I look forward to seeing you
all soon.

I could write forever, and my time is limited, so I must summarize as such:

To all the fans of this beloved game.
I will speak for not only myself, but for the teams and players too. A
tournament is nothing without fans. The game would not exist without fans.
Your compassion, emotion, and love of the sport is unlike any other. Many
are “regulars” here. Many come from distant places. Many are former players
themselves. But most importantly, each and everyone of you simply love the

Heartfelt thanks, best wishes, and god-speed to all.

Brian Baillie – Chairman
World Fastball Invitational

Al's Blog

Al's Weekly Update / BLOG

Wednesday, July 4, 2007

Well one day late this week but that is due to the July 1st long weekend in Canada.

Results are still trickling in but for the most part we believe that we have received the bulk of the results from those tournaments that were scheduled including at least two that we did not know about.

As is becoming my habit, on those weekends where there is a lot of activity I have not been sending out updates to my List as its just too much information to send to over a 1,000 subscribers at a time. Thus, I am sending this weekly "blog" to summarize what happened (that we know of) over the weekend. By the way,  I do not use e-mail to send out this newsletter, it’s web-based and takes about 30 minutes for each issue to go to the subscribers.

As usual, all the results received have been posted to our main site, NEWS-1 at  and many items have been posted at NEWS-2 at including many inning by inning updates via my blackberry from the park in beautiful downtown Monkton where the 4th annual Monkton World Fastball Invitational was just held, June 28 to July 1.

Those individual inning reports on NEWS-2 are very short and sometimes contain more than a few spelling errors as I am typing blind (sun) onto a QWERTY keyboard. My apologies for the spelling errors and shortage of info, but it was one way to give updates from the park while the game is still on. The erors stay as we cannot remove postings from NEWS-2, they are there for good.

Luckily in Monkton I have super facilities to work with after each game as I have access to the Monkton Arena office complete with a high speed connection. Normally I have updated my main site with a complete game summary within 20 minutes of the end ofeach game. Thanks there to the professional score keepers in Monkton for handing me a Game Summary Sheet right after each game. Each game went into the News section of our main site and was added to the running report from Monkton at
That link is from the Monkton logo on our front page.

Individual reports may be found on the NEWS section of
or you can look at all the July postings at
and since the weekend covered June and July, you can see the June postings at

Now back to the Monkton tournament. This was the 4th Monkton World Fastball Invitational tournament and the 3rd for me.
First off, it is an honour and a privilege to be invited back to the Monkton tournament. It is so easy to see why this annual event is now regarded by many fans and players as the best or one of the best tournaments of its kind. A lot of credit goes to Brian Baillie for his hard work and creativity for planning and delivering this super tournament each year. Brian would be the first to tell you he is not alone.... he has a lot of help. Virtually everyone in the village of Monkton gets involved. He has a hard working executive committee and a large list of volunteers that give freely of their time to prepare for and deliver the tournament. I get to meet many of these volunteers each year and this year was no exception. From the gate controllers to the score keepers / announcers, from the food concession workers to the accounting staff, one and all are open and friendly and there to make sure all the guests to this special village are having a great time and look forward to coming back again the next year. They also listen to their guests, players and fans alike, and that is why this great tournament keeps getting even better.

Some personal comments on this year's Monkton tournament:

The ball: Simply outstanding! Each day dozens of people would say to me "the ball today was great", "what a fantastic game", "the ball this weekend was the best ever", "so many great games on one weekend", and so on. This was because they had some of the best teams in the world there and they were evenly matched. There were a lot of very close games, some so-called upsets, and not a lot of blow outs.
They few games with lopsided scores were not as bad sometimes as the score might indicate. Example: local teamJarvis Merchants vs The Farm Tavern. This was a close game most of the way and we saw Brian Urquhart throw five innings of world class fastball (just ask home plate umpire Bob Henning). And who can forget two of the best defense plays of the weekend, both from Rino Dambrosio... first he made a spectacular sliding catch and then later he had fans on their feet with a cannon shot from RF to home plate to nail a runner. Great entertainment all the way around. Jarvis gave the famous Farm Boys a run for their money and the fans some great ball to watch.

Going into the weekend, everyone had their own predictions on who would play in the championship on Sunday, for some it was going to be Broken Bow Gremlins vs Patsy's. For others it may have been local favorites Kitchener Hallman Twins vs that other Ontario team, the Orillia River Sharks, a team loaded with talent. No one ever counts out the Farm Tavern of Madison Wisconsin and the boys from Saskatoon have long been a favorite of the Monkton fans. The So Cal Bombers are not as well known but came to town with a mission and were off to a good star with their 8-0 win over Jarvis. They were set back more than a bit by their 8-1 loss to Patsy's but roared back in a 7 - 3 win over Kitchener. That put them up The Farm early Sunday morning in the playoff round and led to them going up against the formidable Gremlins at high noon. Their victory over Doc's team from New York set the path for them to play against Kitchener in the championship game.

Kitchener had an interesting weekend, starting off with a close one against the Saskatoon Aspen Interior Black Sox, a team that current Twins coach Larry Lynch used to coach. This was the first game of the weekend and it set the tone, close game with great pitching. Local favorite Donnie Scott threw a great game against well known pitcher Dean Holoien, coming out with a 1 - 0 victory over the prairieboys. The Twins next played on Friday evening again with a large local crowd to support them when they went up against Patsy's. Another great pitching contest between Twins Todd Martin and Patsy's Adam Folkard, the highly regarded young pitcher from Australia. Martin threw a two hitter and Patsy's got the only run of the game off of an RBI by Travis Wilson who brought in Thomas Makea in the T3. Brad Rona had walked after Makea's hit. All of these players, Wilson, Makea and Rona are long time members of the New Zealand National Team, the Black Sox that had toured the area just a few weeks ago. On Saturday afternoon the Twins went up against the So Cal Bombers and took a 7 - 3 loss. In their playoff match up on Saturday night, the Twins drew the talented Orillia River Sharks. Todd Martin went up against Rob O'Brien and it was a very close game with River Sharks drawing first blood with a run in the 2nd inning. Todd Budke tied it up in the 4th forKitchener with a solo home run. In the 5th, local favorite Jody Eidt hit a two run home run that would eventually give the Twins the win. One of the highlights of that game was catcher Chris Shewfelt getting rammed hard at the plate but having the presence of mind to recover quickly and nail the runner at second. This showed a level of maturity that will be admired by his club team as well as the national team. On Saturday morning the Twins drew the formidable Patsy's in their playoff game. Once again we saw Donnie Scott get the ball and once again, we saw him bear down and give it his best. A great pitching duel against Adam Folkard and Scott came out on top with the help Blake Miller bringing home Shewfelt n the 3rd inning. In the 5th they got the insurance run with Budke bringing home Evan Boyd.

The win over Patsy's set the Twins to face the So Cal Bombers in the Championship Final. Todd Martin got the ball this time for the Twins and SeanWhitten got the call from So Cal. Whitten is Larry Lynch's old pitcher from Saskatoon but it gave the Twins no advantage, the Newfoundland native was on his game and held the Twins to 2 runs. Meanwhile the Twins were down 2 - 0 after the first inning thanks to Nate Devine's home run. Box drove in the 3rd, and winning run in the 3rd.  The Twins countered with 2 in the 4th but they could not find that elusive 3rd run to tie it up. They lost 3 - 2 to So Cal but played well, as they had all weekend.  Congratulations to the So Cal Bombers on their championship win in Monkton.

Congratulations to all the teams that played this weekend in Monkton, you provided a lot of fans with a great weekend of ball.

Thanks to the people of Monkton for hosting this terrific tournament. Your hospitality was outstanding and will not be forgotten by the many fans that came out to enjoy fantastic ball in a great setting.

Thanks to allthe players who traveled no matter how far this weekend to Monkton to play your best and provide great entertainment to a large group of your best fans. Some of you came a long way while others just came down the road a bit, but no matter what the distance, your dedication to your game is very much appreciated by those people who sit in the stands each week and cheer you on. Thanks to So Cal for going to bed early so I could get a few hours of sleep. You did not know I was next door did you? Once again I enjoyed the hospitality of the Listowel Hilton, aka the Country Inn

A special thanks to all the team sponsors who make it possible for their even to be teams to play in a great tournament like Monkton. It’s fully appreciated that without you, we would not have this level of ball to watch. Not only do you give a lot of time and money to build and field your greatteams, but you come out and cheer them on, as well as becoming part of the experience. I had the pleasure to talk to a number of sponsors over the weekend, sometimes before and even after they had completed their games, and what struck me most was the sportsmanship manner you all left the park with. No matter if you went home early or got to play in the final game, your professional manner will leave a lasting impression with us all.

I would like to give a special mention to one group that seldom gets the courtesy of a Thank You and that is the Blue Crew. The Monkton tournament gets almost as many requests for umpires to work as does the ISC World Tournament each August. Umpires take their craft seriously and once they have reached a certain level they all want to work the best tournaments like Monkton and The Big Show. Umpires apply for and lobby hard to get on the crew for the Monkton tournament and only the best are selected. Thisyear saw a rather small contingent of umpires working the games but we saw some of the best in the business. I was very happy to see Bob Henning from Surrey, BC on the crew this year. Bob is regarded as one of the best working umpires in the world and on top of that, one of the best teaching umpires. Even long in the tooth Level V umpires like working with Bob and seek his counsel on how they are doing at their own craft. Peter Kluszczynski is one of the top umpires in the ISC circuit and was the UIC for this tournament and chose his umpires carefully.

A mix of long in experience blue like Doug Cundall, Brian Sharples and Steve Bedard who have worked many major senior level tournaments over the years to some newer guys who have proven their ability at ISC II Tournament of Champions and ISC World Tournaments. The Blue Crew sometimes does not have an easy job or an enviable job but they do it the best they can and the group in Monkton excelled at it.There will always be some level of controversy in the game; it’s a fast paced game with the ball, and people moving very fast. When a call is close there will always be one side pretty happy with the call while the other side may not be exactly pleased about it. Either way there has to be a well trained and competent umpire making the call and one way or the other everyone has to work within the rules of the game. Thank You to the Monkton Blue Crew of 2007.

I should also thank the fans, however this year; I think their greatest thanks came in the way of great ball for four days in the lovely setting of Monkton. I will not even attempt to thank anyone individually as I would be sure to miss a few. We all know who you are, many of you come out to every tournament while others can only get to a few but make Monkton a regular stop and we all know why.  We had large crowds each evening in Monkton, my guess from 400 on Thursdayevening, to over a thousand on Sunday and lots in between. Thanks to the many old friends who stopped by to chat while I watched from the same perch all weekend behind home plate, it was great seeing you again. And thanks to the many new friends who stopped by to comment on the reports we turn out. I hope you realize that the major part of what gets posted on Al's Fastball is written by people like yourselves, fans and players who care about the game. And a special thanks to the guardian angels of Monkton who make my job easier and more enjoyable each year.

I had mentioned to my good friend Jim Flanagan that Monkton is a very special place to visit. I am sure my blood pressure level dropped a dozen points after I made the turn from Kitchener and headed the Buick towards Monkton last Thursday. Jim and Maddy are big fans of the area, having taken many pictures in the Mennonite areas while visiting Kitchener for the ISC II ToCIlook forward to going back next year when the tournament will be held July 3-6, 2008.

Coming up next for us is Orillia, another great tournament, July 13 -15.  See the Orillia logo at

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opening night in Monkton...

Friday, June 29, 2007

Monkton, Ont.

Although the temps were much cooler than they've been of late, it certainly
didn't dampen the enthusiasm and spirit of fastball fans and players as we
officially kicked off the 2007 edition of the World Fastball Invitational
last night in Monkton.
Some extremely hot, and humid weather made way for some much needed cooler,
fresher air through the night on Wed. and as a result has made the temps
feel that much cooler, although as the players all said - "it's great for
playin ball though!"

Approx 400 fans were on hand for the opening ceremonies and the first two
games of the tourny.

Game #1 saw a great pitching duel between the Twins Don Scott, and
Saskatoon's Dean Holoein. Both were throwing in the high 80's and hitting
their spots extremely well. If not for a first inning double by Todd Budke
(the only real blemish on Holoeins stats) that scored Jody Eidt (leadoff
walk), the game would have certainly went into extra innings. GREAT GAME!!

Game #2 was another pitchers game. Korrey Gareau battled with Brian
Urquhart and the game was very tight up until the 6th inning, when the bats
came alive for the Farm. The final score is not a true indication of just
how tight this game was. Play of the game (possibly the tourny!!) was made
by Rino Dambrosio - RF for Jarvis, as he made an incredible flat-out
horizontal diving catch on a ball that was lined hard to right-centre by
Colin Abbot that had double (or triple) written all over it.
An inning or two later he gunned down a Farm runner at the plate, who
attempted to tag from third after a pop out to right.

I must apologize to everyone who attempted to catch the live broadcast via
the internet. CKNX had technical difficulties for the first 5 innings I'm
told - and thus the streaming was not available. They would like to
apologize sincerely as well, and welcome everyone to catch the final game on
Sunday at 2:00pm.

The night had great atmospere, (- as is always the case in Monkton) , great
games on the field, and great crowds!

Bring your sunscreen - during the day the sun will be out!!! , and a light
sweater or jacket when the sun goes down tonight.
Forecast for the rest of the week-end is nothing but sunny skies, warm temps
during the day - cool at night, and nealry a 0% percent chance of rain the
entire week-end!!!

Gotta run....

Brian Baillie - Chairman
World Fastball Invitational



MONKTON 2007 - The big day is HERE!!!!!

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Monkton, Ont

After another night of very little sleep, I awake this morning to an
absolutely gorgeous sunrise, complete with fresher cooler air and glorious
blue skies - what a great way to start a fastball tourny!

Good morning all!

I began to compose this posting at approx 5:30am, and have somehow managed
to burn an hour and a half of time doing all of my last minute "computer,
web, email, and press" related business. How time fly's by when you need it
the most.

Late yesterday, and into the night, Southwestern Ontario had a few
thunderstorms roll through and we antipated getting some much needed help
from Mother Nature in having some rain fall on our very dry, hard lawns and
fields. In various areas nearby, they got the rain they needed - for now.
But in Monkton, we were (unfortunately) spared the rains and our lawns may
turn a little more "sun dried yellow". BUT - the outfield grass at the
ballpark looks fantastic - as does the entire park, as it has been abuzz
with an army of people preparing it for the thousands of fans who will
decend upon our little village for the greatest week-end in fastball!

The weather forecast for Monkton:
Thurs night - partly cloudy, 20% chance of rain, 21 degrees
Friday - sunny, 0% chance of rain, 23 degrees
Saturday - sunny, 10% chance of rain, 22 degrees
Sunday - sunny, 0% chance of rain, 22 degrees.

The weather system that rolled through last night has definitely cooled
things off, as we were stuck in some awfully hot, humid, sticky days here.

I must get going, but I once again want to re-iterate a few words of thanks:

-to Labatt's, Sun Life, Coke, Easton, CKNX and a list of hundreds more
business who support and assist with our tourny.
-to the approx 200 volunteers who make our event happen
-Al Doran for his on site reporting
-the press and media for their promotion and coverage leading up to the
- all the teams - players, coaches, managers, owners.
- the umpiring crew
- our scoring and announcing crews
- the set-up and tear-down crews
- the kitchen and bar crews
- our parking and gate attendants

And of course - our Executive!!! Please thank any or all of these people
you see this week-end. As I said in an earlier post, good things don't
happen without good people, and in Monkton, we have the best!!

See you all at the park!!!

Brian Baillie - Chairman
World Fastball Invitational


Monkton 2007 - listen live!!!

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Monkton, Ont

Once again we are very pleased to have CKNX on hand at the 2007 edition of
the World Fastball Invitational, as they will not only broadcast the final
game, but will also the opening night game between the Kitchener Hallman
Twins and the Saskatoon Aspen Interior Black Sox.
The opening ceremonies get under way at 7:15 , and the first pitch of game
#1 slated for 7:35pm

You can catch all the action at and click on the "listen
live" box near the upper right of your screen.
CKNX sports broadcaster Steve Sabourin will once again be doing the
play-by-play, and George Nahrgang doing the colour.

Many thanks to am920, FM101.7, and 94.5 The Bull for their promotion and
marketing of our event!!

Brian Baillie - Chairman
World Fastball Invitational



Monkton - Easton Home Run Challenge 2007

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Monkton, Ont

Following on the heels of an extremely successful inaugural competition, we
are very anxious to once again host the Easton Home Run Challenge in
Monkton, as part of the World Fastball Invitational.

On Friday June 29, the games premier long-ball hitters will no doubt wow the
crowd - as they did last year! , and give their best in hopes of capturing
the crown and win an Easton bat of their choice for their efforts.
But not only do the participants get a chance to win, but kids 12 and under
have a chance to win $500.00 of Easton products for their team!!! Kids need
to fill out a ballot (at the Easton tent) before 6:45pm Friday. We will
draw 9 ballots prior to the competition, and those names drawn will be
paired up with one the sluggers. (and will wear that players jersey AND sit
on the bench with the other players watching the event!!) The player
hitting the most home-runs wins - and so does their "junior slugger" to whom
they were paired with!!

- each team will nominate a player to compete in the competition
- each participant MUST use an Easton bat (either their own, or one of the
many demo's provided by Easton)
- there will be 2 rounds of competition, with each hitter being allowed 10
"outs" (an "out" being: any ball hit in fair territory that does not go
over the outfield home-run fence)
- the top 3 hitters from round 1 will advance to a second round, and will be
given another 10 "outs" for round 2. ( in the event of a tie, we will
proceed to a third round of 5 "outs")
- hitters must provide their own pitcher for the competition

Last years event drew a HUGE crowd, and we expect the same this year!
Arrive to the park early to get a good seat!!

Many thanks to our Easton rep. Jason Phelan, and Easton Sports for their
sponsorship, promotion, and generosity for this great event!!

Brian Baillie - Chairman
World Fastball Invitational


Monkton 2007 - NEWS!!!!

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Monkton, Ont.

After a long, HOT, gruelling day setting up the park to host the 2007
edition of the World Fastball Invitational, I am simply overjoyed to
announce that we have another "large corporation" who has jumped on-board
and is eager to be a part of our prestigious tournament.

Sun Life Financial ( ) , one of the leading investment and
insurance company's in the country, have announced their intentions to
become a major player in the World Fastball Invitational, and we - the
Executive Committee of the tourny are absolutely delighted!

Being an "eleventh hour" addition, I would thus like to announce that we
have the "Sun Life Kids Day Camp" for kids on Saturday for kids aged 3 - 11
as well as the "Sun Life History of Local Fastball" display
all week-end long in the arena lobby adjacent to the ballpark.

Having such great sponsors in Labatt's , Easton , Coca Cola , and many others, this comes
as great news for the tourny and for major mens fastball in general. The
game needs companies such as these to gain the spotlight and attention it
deserves, and we are doing everything we can to raise the awareness of our
great game.

More tourny info to follow....

Brian Baillie - Chairman
World Fastball Invitational

Monkton 2007... weather forecast

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Monkton, Ont.

The forecast for Monkton looks fantastic! Having just checked on various
weather reports, I am delighted to pass this along:

Wed evening - thunderstorms (we need the rain!!!)
Thurs - sunny, 10% chance of precip. 26 degrees
Friday - sunny, 0% of precip.
, 25 degrees
Sat. - sunny, 10% chance of precip., 25 degrees
Sunday - sunny, 0% of precip. , 25 degrees


More posts to follow, including the rules and format of the Easton Home Run


Brian Baillie – Chairman
World Fastball Invitational


Countdown to Monkton 2007!!!

Monday, June 25, 2007

Monkton, Ont.

The official countdown has begun!!

At this very moment, the HUGE Bud-Light beer tent is being erected, and
thus, signaling the official countdown to the opening pitch of the World
Fastball Invitational 2007!

The weather has been extremely hot and dry in the area for the past few
weeks, and if this pattern holds true I strongly urge all who read this to
bring your sunscreen! (the new sprinkler system may be a godsend!!, and NO,
fans are not allowed on the diamond to run through it!! )

I must also mention that our little village looks fantastic, once again!
Hanging flowers, flags, bows and bunting – our way of “welcoming the world”,
which has become tradition for our townsfolk.

To all the players, coaches, team managers, owners, and of course FANS, I
personally want to welcome you once again to the greatest week-end in
fastball! I would like to thank the teams and their management in advance
for their professionalism and dedication not only to this tourney, but to
the game itself. You are great people.

Something that I have yet to mention in detail, is our “History of Local
Fastball”, which will be on display in the lobby of the arena all week-end
for your perusal and enjoyment. A team of “fastball veterans” from the area
have collaborated and collected memorabilia, newspaper clippings and
stories, jersey’s and uniforms, as well as trophy’s and plaques from the
by-gone era. Take a few minutes to enjoy and reminisce – I’m sure some great
stories will echo afterwards.

I will send further updates each day as we approach the opening pitch, and
provide further information on the schedule of events for the entire


Brian Baillie – Chairman
World Fastball Invitational


Monkton 2007... Update

Friday, June 22, 2007


Monkton Ont
June 21, 2007

We are now down to less than a week away from the 4th edition of the World
Fastball Invitational in Monkton, and final preparations have begun to
ensure the 2007 version lives up to it's billing as "the finest week-end in

With the recent "test series" between Canada and New Zealand being played in
the area, I had the opportunity to hear from fans and players, just how
excited they are in anticipation of our event. Many asked what is new? What
are you doing this year? How can it possibly be any better?...
Well, first - we've added an in-ground sprinkler/irrigation system to the
infield to keep the dust down during those hot, dry summer days, and to also
solidify the reputation we boast of having one of the premier infields in
the game.

Second, we are hosting a FOOD-DRIVE promotion in conjunction with the Easton
Home Run Challenge
on Friday evening to benefit our
local food banks. Anyone 18 and under that brings a non-perishable food
item can fill out a ballot for a chance to win Leafs/Raptors, London Knights
tickets. We will also once again give youngsters who arrive at the park in
their team uniform a chance to win the opportunity to be paired up with one
of the 9 Home Run Challenge particpants in hopes of that player winning the
competition AND $500.00 in Easton gear for their team!! Kids - visit the
Easton tent to fill out a ballot BEFORE 6:45 Friday night!!

Third, we are doing something new this year - by having a "Day Camp" for
kids aged 3-11. Parents can bring their children to the park on Saturday and
our certified and trained Child Care team will show them a day to remember!
- complete with games, crafts, amusement gym, and an autograph session with
the players!!!! Parents interested in having their children enrolled can
pre-register by visiting our website

We will once again have the Softball Ontario tent on-site, promoting and
educating parents and younsters about our wonderful game, as well as the ISC
World Tournament Host Committee from the Kitchener on site to promote the
World Championships in Aug.

As always, we will feature all the great food and drink that has made us
famous - avail. all week-end long outside in the huge Bud-Light beer tent
as well as the Sat night Beef B-B-Q, and the traditional
Sunday morning Firemens Brunch. - oh, and of course those delicious Anna
Mae's pies and ice cream!

And what WFI would be complete without some great live entertainment!!!
Need An Elevator will perform in the arena Sat. night. Tickets are going
fast, so get them soon!!!

As mentioned in previous postings here on Al's , we will not only be
broadcasting our final game this year, but our opening night game as well!
will be your link to click to catch all the action
live!! You can also catch all the pre-tourny interviews with team owners,
managers and coaches and ads. by listening to the 7:00am and 8:00am

Stay tuned here for more info in the coming days!

Brian Baillie - Chairman
World Fastball Invitational

Monkton - Tourney Rules

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Monkton, ON - June 28 - July 1, 2007

World Fastball Invitational – 2007


Official Tournament Rules & Prize Money Breakdown:


1 – ISC Rules of play are used

2 – 2 out – runner for catcher rule.

3 – home team to be decided by coin toss by umpires or “chairman” at home plate           prior to start of each game.

4 – International tie-breaker in effect to start 8th inning (and each thereafter) of play.

5 – Mercy Rule – 10 runs after 3 innings

                            - 7 runs after 5 innings

                            -  ** final game will be 10 runs after 5innings**

6 – 3-man umpiring crew for each game, 4 man crew for finals.

7 – The following rules will apply in the event of ties after round-robin portion to determine seedings:

a) if two teams are tied, the winner of the head-to-head matchup between tied teams will be seeded higher.

b) if three (or more) teams are tied:

                        - team with LEAST runs AGAINST in head-to-head will be seeded higher.

                        If still tied:

-         team with MOST runs FOR in head-to-head will be seeded higher.


**Once three or 4 way tie winner is determined, remaining teams revert back to rule 7 a to break remaining tie.


**ALL GAMES including FINALS must be played to completion!! (or as determined by tourney chairman.) Failure to do so will result in forfeiture of ALL prize monies won, or (possibly) won.


NOTE : Prior to start of opening & final game, chairman will meet with both participating teams to set guidelines for “time allotted” between innings (for pitcher warm-up) due to broadcasting requirements.


Any further questions, feel free to email, ask me PRIOR to start of tourney!




Prize Money Breakdown





- each round-robin win $250.00    (0 for loss)

- 1st round of play-offs; winner gets $1000.00   (0 for loss)

-  2nd round of play-offs/semi-finals: winner gets $1500.00 (0 for loss)

-  final game: $2000.00 winner take all!  (FINAL GAME MUST BE PLAYED!!)


Thanks fellaslookin forward to it all!

Monkton - Letter from the Chairman – 2007

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Monkton, June 28 - July 1, 2007

Letter from the Chairman – 2007



Welcome, to the fourth edition of the World Mens Fastball Invitational here in our wonderful little village. Fastball season is back, and what a great start we’ve had to the Major/Senior Men’s season in various locales across North America thus far. The sun has shone (for the most part), the fans came, the players played. Though here in Monkton, we do things a little different!

Thousands of you already know what I mean. For those of you who don’t, I encourage you to join us for great food, drink, entertainment, and the very best fastball on the planet.


We take great pride in knowing that we are considered by many to be the best tourney in the world, and strive towards excellence by continuing to raise the bar for ourselves each and every year. This year, we not only feature perhaps the finest roster of participating teams in a tournament- anywhere on the continent, but have added such amenities as an in-ground water/sprinkler system to the field, a Day Camp for youngsters, a history of “local” fastball display, and karaoke on Friday night in the beer-tent.


As a result of our success, to date we have raised “tens of thousands” of dollars that stay right here in our community to assist various charities, service clubs, minor sports programs, churches, and volunteer groups. Each and every year-all year round, our tournament executive committee dedicates countless hours of their valuable time to ensure this event goes off without a hitch. But one man in particular deserves much more credit than anyone could imagine. He is the true “backbone” of our committee. Tim DeBlock is a leader, a visionary, a pillar in the community, a businessman, a loving father and husband, and a friend to us all. His contributions to this event are immeasurable, and for that we are very grateful. I must also mention the other members of our committee – for they too are to be thanked for their dedication, professionalism, and extreme hard work.  Sandra Machan, Tammy Machan, Kevin Quipp, Barb Smith, Al Stewart, Doug McEwen, Bill Young, Walter Nicholson, Ruby Smith, “Tiny” Bowman, Doug Scholl, and Steve Wolfe.


When you see any of these people during the event,(which you will recognize by their ID tags), please take a moment to stop and thank them. Good things don’t happen without good people, and here in Monkton, we have the best!


See you at the park!


Brian Baillie - Chairman


Monkton - World Fastball Invitational 2007 schedule

Thursday, June 7, 2007

Monkton, Ont.

I am pleased to announce the official tournament schedule for the 2007
edition of the World Fastball Invitational in the wonderful village of
Monkton Ont
, being held June 28 - July 1.

As many of you already know - or have read on earlier postings here on Al's,
our field of teams is once again one of the finest you will see all summer,
and is truly represents the "who's-who" of the senior mens circuit. With
such parity among the top 8 to 10 teams, it can be "anyone's game" on any
given week-end.

Without further adue, here are the pools and schedule:

Patsy's - New York
Kitchener Hallman Twins
Saskatoon Aspen Black Sox
Southern California Bombers

Orillia Riversharks
Gremlins/Broken Bow
Farm Tavern
Jarvis Merchants

Thurs 7:15pm - Opening Ceremonies
7:30 Twins vs. Saskatoon
9:30 Farm vs. Jarvis

Fri 1:00pm Orillia vs. Jarvis
3:00 So. Cal vs Saskatoon
5:00 Twins vs. Patsy's
8:00 Gremlins vs Farm

Sat 8:00am So. Cal vs Patsy's
10:00 Gremlins vs. Jarvis

NOON Gremlins vs Orillia

2:00 Farm vs Orillia

4:00 Twins vs. So.
6:00 Sask. vs. Patsy's
8:00 (Playoff #1) A3 vs B2

Sun. 8:00am (Playoff #2) A2 vs B3
10:00 (Semi #1) A1 vs Playoff #1 winner
NOON (Semi #2) B1 vs Playoff #2 winner

More details will follow regarding the complete schedule of events off the
field, as well as the format for the EASTON HOME RUN CHALLENGE, the "kids
camp" on Saturday, and much more.

Brian Baillie - Chairman
World Fastball Inv.






You and Your Team or Association

Are invited to attend the


2nd Annual EASTON Homerun Challenge

For your chance to WIN



of EASTON product for your team or Association.


Date:           Friday June 29th


Time:           7:00PM


Where:        Monkton, ON (ball diamond is behind arena)


How:            Come to the ball park in your team’s jersey or uniform and bring a food donation for the Perth County and area food banks and receive FREE admission to the ball park and a ballot for your chance to be paired up with one of 9 batters which include Defending Champion Travis Wilson


BONUS: Bring your Brothers, Sisters and friends and as long as they are 12 and under and bring a food donation they are FREE as well.  Parents and anyone over 12 are admitted at HALF PRICE.


For More Information contact:

Tim DeBlock 519-347-2526

Kevin Quipp 519-347-4114

Jason Phelan 519-527-1758