WC Electric men battle near Braeside this weekend

The following Fastball Report on the West Carleton Electric and the Stittsville 56ers is courtesy the blog Fitzroy Fastball.

McNAB-BRAESIDE – As summer turns to fall, it’s the West Carleton Electric men’s fastball team’s turn to take their shot at the provincial tournament.

“The Men’s Intermediate B/C East provincials in McNab-Braeside this weekend,” the Fitzroy Fastball blog reports. “The Ontario Amateur Softball Association tournament will take place on Saturday and Sunday at the McNab Centre diamonds on Calabogie Road.

“There are six teams taking part, including three from the Greater Ottawa Fastball League: West Carleton Electric, Micksburg Twins, and Ottawa Valley As,” Fitzroy Fastball writer Adam Brown said.

For the full schedule, check out this link.

In the Greater Ottawa Fastball League (GOFL), the West Carleton Electric have secured their spot in the playoffs. They will finish ninth and play in the one-game regulation round against I4C Victory. The winner of that game is invited in to the best-of-three rounds and will play the first place team in the first round. The GOFL still has a few rain games to make up before the final standings are set. Playoffs are expected to start at the end of August.

56ers earn bronze at provincials

The Stittsville 56ers u16 Tier II team placed third this past weekend at the PWSA “A” Bantam Provincials, earning themselves a place in the Eastern Canadian Championships as Ontario 3. That tournament will take place August 22-25, 2019 in Whitby.

On Thursday night the 56ers started off the round robin tournament with a 10-0 run rule win over the Kawartha Lakers. Sydney Watts pitched a complete game shut out, giving up only one hit and one walk in five innings. The 56ers scattered nine hits in the game, led by Avery Smith (two hits, one walk, two RBIs and two runs scored) and MacKenzie Bresee (three hits, one run and an RBI).

The 56ers next faced the Springfield Brewers, the 2018 PWSA “A” Provincial Champions, on Friday morning. The 56ers needed a win in this game to guarantee themselves a spot in the playoff round. The 56ers gained an early 4-0 lead over the Brewers before allowing 4 runs in the bottom of the fourth inning and 2 runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to fall behind 6-4. The 56ers would come from behind with three runs in the 6th inning and one in the seventh inning to win the game 8-6. Watts started the game fort he 56ers going five strong inning before being relieved by Jordyn LeBoutiliier who closed out the game in the 6th and 7th inning. Smith and Emmy Lecour each had three hits in the game, while Alison Roach and Kate Parks each had two RBIs.

On Saturday morning, the 56ers had their last game of the round robin against Brampton. Brampton scored three runs in the bottom of the first inning, leaving an early mountain for the 56ers to climb back from. The 56ers would score once in the second, once in the sixth and twice in the top of the seventh, coming just shy of the comeback in a 5-4 loss.

After a short break the 56ers had their first playoff game against the Palmerston Marlins. The 56ers needed to win against the Marlins and another team to be determined to earn a medal in the tournament and a potential berth to the Eastern Canadian Championships. In an unbelievable offensive performance, the 56ers scored 14 runs off of 20 hits to defeat the Marlins 14-4 in five innings.

Immediately after the win, the 56ers faced the Oakville Angels. The Angels defeated the 56ers by a score of 12-1 at the Qualifier Tournament to send the team to the bronze medal game instead of a chance at gold. The game started close with a score of only 3-0 for the 56ers after three innings. The bats game alive again in the top of the fourth inning when the 56ers scored five runs. After a quick shut down inning on defence, the 56ers scored another five runs in the top of the fifth inning, ending the game due to the run rule in a 13-0 victory. The 56ers had 13 runs scored off of 13 hits, four walks and two Oakville errors.

The win over Oakville earned the 56ers a spot in the playoff “undefeated” game against the Aurora Diggers on Sunday morning. Unfortunately, the 56ers would lose the game 8-5. The 56ers had another shot to earn their way back into the gold medal game in a rematch against Brampton immediately following their loss to the Diggers. Brampton would score two runs in the first inning and another two in the top of the fourth. The 56ers battled back in the bottom of the fourth with two runs off a home run by Parks (scoring Johnston). Unfortunately, Brampton would add another run in the top of the fifth and the 56ers fell short of the comeback with a final score of 5-2 Brampton. Brampton would go on to defeat Aurora in the finals for the Provincial Championship.

The loss earned the 56ers a bronze in the tournament.  Avery Smith was selected by the Brampton coaching staff as the MVP for the tournament for the 56ers. By winning three games by the “run rule”, the 56ers also earned “triple ice cream” paid for by Coach Erin and Coach Brad. The athletes are very, very excited about the ice cream.

 The third place finish also earned the 56ers a berth to represent Ontario along with Brampton and Aurora (and host team Whitby) at the Eastern Canadian Softball Championships.