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Majeski’s at home after hitting his first homer

Sunday, November 21st, 2010

SHANE HURNDELL | 22nd November 2010

When Canadian Tyrel Majeski arrived in Hawke’s Bay at the start of the premier men’s softball season, he had a simple goal.

“To improve as a ball player,” explained Majeski after his Maraenui Pumas side had beaten Dodgers 5-2 in Saturday’s feature clash at Akina Park, Hastings.

It’s fair to say Majeski has definitely made progress. His in-park error-assisted home run with two runners on base is proof. “That’s my first home run in the Bay … I’m loving it here,” said Majeski.

His homer came in the sixth inning when fellow Canadian and first baseman Bryn Redhead and designated runner Ryan Whitelock were also on base. Pumas were leading 2-1 at that stage and Majeski was fortunate Dodgers outfielder Jude David couldn’t glove his hit and as he went to retrieve the ball he stood on the top of it forcing it to move towards the outfield fence.

Until then Dodgers had defended well and led 1-0 until the fifth inning after first baseman Luke Herrick scored on a pass ball in the fourth. Pumas equalised in the fifth when Junior Black Sox player Horowai Puketapu scored on a pass ball.

Pamas short stop Vinnie Wildermoth gave his side the lead when he scampered home from second base on an error from his Dodgers counterpart Corey Tamati.

Majeski, 19, is eager to face as many top pitchers as possible while in the Bay and he is looking forward to this weekend’s Lion Red North Island Classic in Hastings which has attracted several of the country’s top pitchers.

“I’m looking forward to that experience,” added Majeski who started playing as a 4-year-old in Canada.

Dodgers player-coach Joachim Paul ended the scoring in the seventh inning when he was hit home by pitcher Manaaki Mita.

Dodgers out hit Pumas 4-3. Black Sox extended squad member Josh Gettins hit a three bagger for Dodgers and first baseman Luke Herrick a double. Pumas pitcher Regan Manley took 17 strikeouts – 11 more than Mita.

Dodgers under-18s secured the lead in Hawke’s Bay’s premier women’s competition with a 5-1 win against Taradale at Akina Park, Hastings on Saturday.

Four runs in the second inning were the key to Dodgers win. They scored their other run in the fifth inning while Taradale’s only run came in the third when third base player Whitney Nohokau hit short stop Renee England home.

Outfielders Jaydean Strickland and Jade Hoskin-Hindmarsh both collected two hits for Dodgers while England produced two for Taradale. England impressed, stealing two bases.

Thirteen-year-old Dodgers pitcher Courtney Gettins conceded five hits while her experienced Taradale counterpart Kay Lorimer conceded nine.

Bob Court — 2010 North Cowichan-Duncan Wall of Fame inductee

Monday, November 8th, 2010

Bob Court enjoyed a stellar softball career, which started by honing his craft through his early years in the Duncan Junior Baseball Association before playing men’s fastball at the age of 15.

In 1985 as a member of the Victoria Junior Athletics, the smooth-fielding second baseman helped the club win the Canadian junior national championship.

As a member of the Victoria Payless, Legends and Travellers Inn, Court won 13 provincial and four more Canadian Senior A championships.

A perennial all-star, Court was a mainstay on the Canadian national team from 1991 to 2004.

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Happy Thanksgiving

Monday, October 11th, 2010

To all of our Canadian friends, Happy Thanksgiving!

St. John’s Senior League

Sunday, October 10th, 2010

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Senior League POM (September 2010)

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Molson St. John’s Senior Men’s Fastpitch League

Player of the Month (September 2010)

CF Brad Ezekiel (Kelly’s Pub Junior Canadians & 3Cheers Pub Bud Light)

Brad Ezekiel Kelly’s Pub Junior Canadians and 3Cheers Pub Bud Light Centerfielder Has Been Named The Molson St. John’s Senior Men’s Fastpitch League Player of the Month for September 2010.


-Member of the Bronze Medal Winning 3Cheers Pub Bud Light At The 2010 Senior Nationals
-Named To The All-Star Team At The 2010 Senior Nationals (Outfield)
-Senior Provincial: Won Batting Title With A .545 Average (6-for-11)

Brad Ezekiel’s Batting Stats:

Senior League: 1-3 .333BA, R, HR, RBI
Senior Playoffs: 2-9 .222BA, R, SB, BB
Senior Provincial: 6-11 .545BA, 5R, D, 3HR, SAC, BB, 7RBI
Senior Nationals-Round Robin: 13-29 .448BA, 10R, 4RBI
Senior Nationals-Playoffs: 6-14 .429BA, 3R, 5RBI
Totals: 28-66 .424BA, 20R, 17RBI

Grafton Jays crush Foodland’s dream of fourth title

Saturday, October 9th, 2010

Editor’s note: The money quote:

“Nobody remembers who finishes first in the regular season.”


The Grafton Jays have ended the three-year reign of Foodland Crush.

Grafton completed the sweep of Foodland on Wednesday night at Legion Fields with a 8-5 victory to clinch the 2010 Cobourg Men’s Fastball League championship. The Jays won the best-of-five series 3-0.

Grafton last won the Town League title in 2006, when they defeated the Crush. which went on to beat the Jays in the final the past three years.

After a long summer, leading into fall, winning the championship is the ultimate goal.
“It’s always great to win, regardless of who you play,” said Derek Wright, who shared playoff Most Valuable Player honours with teammate Scott Leblanc. They both batted .500 (14-for-28) in the playoffs while also playing superb defence.

“It’s a tough match (against Foodland). We’re an older team now and they’re what we used to be, but all our guys have won before and know what it takes to win.”

Grafton has become accustomed to being one of the top two teams in the league, but this year it was Foodland and eagle.cathat battled for first place during the season. The Jays finished in third after the 20-game schedule.

“A veteran team goes on cruise control a lot of the time and we knew we’d play well enough and get enough at-bats in to be there at the end,” Wright said. “Nobody remembers who finishes first in the regular season.”

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Kelly’s Pub Molson Bulldogs Capture St. John’s League Title

Friday, October 8th, 2010

Senior League Final (Result: Game #5)

Molson St. John’s Senior Men’s Fastpitch League (Playoffs)

League Final (Best-of-7)

Result: Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

Game #5: Kelly’s Pub Molson Bulldogs 2 vs. West Side Charlies Bud Light 0

The Kelly’s Pub Molson Bulldogs blanked West Side Charlies Bud Light 2-0 Wednesday night at Lions Park to capture the 2010 Molson St. John’s Senior Men’s Fastpitch League Championship.

The Kelly’s Pub Molson Bulldogs took the title in five games, their third straight Molson St. John’s Senior Men’s Fastpitch League Championship and fourth in the last five years. The Kelly’s Pub Junior Canadians won the Senior League Championship in 2007.

2010-Kelly’s Pub Molson Bulldogs
2009-Kelly’s Pub Molson Bulldogs
2008-CBC Senior Canadians
2006-North Atlantic Marine

Kelly’s Pub Molson Bulldogs Pitching Stats:
WP: Blair Ezekiel 7IP, 0R, 1H, 2BB, 10K

Kelly’s Pub Molson Bulldogs Top Batters:
Doug Marshall 2-3, 2R, SB, BB
Jon Kelly 2-4, 2RBI
Gary Bruce 1-2, Double, BB
Blair Ezekiel 1-2, HBP, BB
John Farrell 1-3, BB

Kelly’s Pub Molson Bulldogs (RUNS)
1R T1ST: Doug Marshall singled to left-field, advanced to second on a pass ball and scored on Jon Kelly’s RBI single to centerfield.

1R T5TH: Doug Marshall singled to centerfield, advanced to second on a SAC Bunt 3-4 by Stephen Strapp and scored on Jon Kelly’s RBI single to centerfield.

West Side Charlies Bud Light Pitching Stats:
LP: Stephen Mullaley (Starter) 4.1IP, 2R, 5H, 2BB, 2K
Lee Cose (In Relief) 2.2IP, 0R, 2H, 2BB, 2K

West Side Charlies Bud Light Top Batters:
Mark Lewis 1-3 (Only Hit Off Blair Ezekiel; single to left-field to lead off the Bottom of the 7th Inning)

West Side Charlies Bud Light (RUNS)

Note: Blair Ezekiel (KPMB) took a No-Hitter into the Bottom of the 7th Inning, but WSCBL 3B Mark Lewis led off the Bottom of the 7th Inning with a single to left-field.

2010 Molson St. John’s Senior Men’s Fastpitch League

Playoff Awards

MVP: John Farrell (Kelly’s Pub Molson Bulldogs) 12-28 .429BA, 6R, D, HR, 6RBI
Top Batter: Blair Ezekiel (Kelly’s Pub Molson Bulldogs) 11-23 .478BA

Members of the Championship Team:

Doug Marshall, Stephen Strapp, Blair Ezekiel, Jon Kelly, John Farrell, Donny Cleary, Gary Bruce, Sean Cleary, Tyrone Fewer, Wayne Bruce, Rylee Costello, Jerry McCarthy, Scott Myers, Al Hurlburt and Mike Gregory. Coach Ron Ezekiel.

Molson St. John’s Senior Men’s Fastpitch League

Sunday, October 3rd, 2010

From the Molson St. John’s Senior Men’s Fastpitch League website:

2010 Awards Presentation

The Molson St. John’s Senior Men’s Fastpitch League Awards Presentation Will Be Held On The Field (Lions Park) At The Conclusion Of The Championship Game Of The League Final Between West Side Charlies Bud Light And Kelly’s Pub Molson Bulldogs.

All Players (Not Participating In The League Final) That Have Been Selected To Receive Awards For Their Performance During The 2010 Season Will Be Contacted Directly By Email or Indirectly Through A Coach Or Team Representative.


Ipswich Under-19s runners-up at titles

Sunday, October 3rd, 2010

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By Jay Buchan

Ipswich players watch a team-mate bat against Toowoomba on Saturday on their way to a runners-up finish at the Queenslandunder-19 men’s softball titles at Leichhardt.

Rob Williams
IPSWICH men’s softball appears to be in safe hands.

The home team finished runners-up at the under-19 men’s state titles, which began on Friday and finished yesterday at Leichhardt.

Ipswich went confidently into yesterday afternoon’s final but couldn’t match tournament favourites and defending champions Redlands, losing a one-sided contest 9-1.

“It’s disappointing but I’m still happy making the final,” Ipswich coach Steve Muller said of his team’s successful campaign.

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Mitchell ON Mets cap successful season with ISC Challenge Cup

Sunday, September 26th, 2010

Veteran squad earns berth in 2011 ISC world tournament

By Andy Bader

For the first time ever, the Mitchell Mets – the longest-serving intermediate men’s fastball team in the South Perth Men’s Fastball League – have qualified for a berth in the International Softball Congress (ISC) world championships.

The squad, which has participated and won various provincial, Eastern Canadian, North American Fastpitch Association (NAFA) and ISC II tournaments, earned the right to participate in the elite world championships in Quad Cities, Iowa next August 12-20 thanks to their perfect 5-0 mark in the 12-team ISC Challenge Cup this past weekend on their home field.

The Mets were never really threatened in the process, using a powerful offensive display, fine pitching and airtight defence to win two games Sunday via the mercy rule after a 3-0 start Saturday, including the final, a 9-2 thrashing of the Ingersoll Crush in five-innings. Earlier, in the semi-final, the Mets exploded for six runs in the sixth to rip Ingersoll 12-4 and earn a berth in the final of the double-knockout tournament.
A five-run first inning in the final, keyed by a two-run home run by pickup Dale Levy of the Sebringville Sting and a two-run triple by Kevin Gettler, set the tone as the Mets crushed the Crush. Fred Follings, a pickup from Shakespeare Falcons, did the rest, earning his third win of the tournament.

Kevin Pomfret pitched a two-hit shutout to lead a 3-0 win over the Kitchener Selects Saturday morning, while A.J. Moses singled twice, walked and scored two runs. Matt McGill had a pair of RBI. Follings threw a no-hitter in the Mets’ 6-1 win over Mississauga immediately thereafter, allowing only an unearned run in the fourth while striking out 10. McGill’s two-run home run keyed a four-run top of the inning. Gettler singled, walked and scored twice while Darryl Eidt had a pair of RBI’s.

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Members of the Mitchell ON Mets Championship team were:

A.J. Moses, Dennis Pauli, Steve Cook, Kevin Pomfret, Dale Levy, Kevin Quipp, Dave Falhaufer, Kevin Gettler, Bob Ward (manager). Front row (left): Kory Dietz, Jeff Pauli, Darryl Eidt, Joe Harris, Scott Lealess, Jamie Everett, Fred Follings, Bill Davidson. Absent was Matt McGill.

2010 Ontario Challenge Cup – Wrap Up

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

From our good friend Joe Todd:

On behalf of ISC Canada East- Vice President , Blair Setford and myself, I would like to congratulate the Mitchell Mets on winning the 2010 Ontario Challenge Cup held this past weekend in Mitchell. The Mets went 5-0 and with the perfect record came away with the Laverne Reichert Memorial Trophy and will receive a berth in the 2011 ISC World Tournament to be held in the Moline, Illinois next August. The finalist for the weekend were the Ingersoll Crush Who posted a 4 win – 2 loss record with both losses notched on the backs of the eventual champions , the Mitchell Mets

I would like to Thank our hosts for the weekend, Chairman Kory Dietz and the OHA Jr. C Hockey Team – the Mitchell Hawks who are also celebrating 45 years
of history for this storied franchise.

Some of the Movers and the Shakers with Kory were Jason Murray and Becky Eidt, who both did a marvelous job behind the scenes in keeping
Everything working like clock work. Also a big Hurrah to Arena Manager and Diamond Grooms person Rick Vivian. The players on the Hockey team
Were very visible on Saturday and assisted in the raking and keeping the Diamonds in tip/top Shape.

Also a big part of the tournament were the (4) scorekeepers, MaryBeth Gilbert, Kerrie Vosper, Marianne Stroh and Don Barr, who took care of all 23 games, With an experienced crew of Scorekeepers we were able To send in timely reports to Al Doran and Jim Flanagan to keep the people that were not able
To attend make them feel like they were just around the corner.

The Blue Crew lead by Umpire in Chief Paul Baier from Stratford, again did a marvelous job The Crew consisted of Chris Lamer, Jay Hart, Ed Otterman, Tim Whitelaw, Trevor Topping, Steve Kuhl, Moe Carde, Mike Clark and Dave Selden p.s. also a Thank you to Maryanne Baier who took some pictures That I am sure she will share later on in the week and also cooks a mean bowl of homemade Chicken Noodle Soup that I can vouch for .

And last by certainly not least, our experienced crew of Game Controllers , Sr. Game Controller Doug Bach stepped in for me on Saturday afternoon and Saturday night to allow me to attend a 35 year reunion of our Jr B team that won the OASA Crowns in both 1974 and 1975. The weather did not co-operate. On Saturday night while I was away but at the end of the day only one game was moved from late Saturday night had to be shuffled to a Sunday morning start time . The Game Controllers assisting Doug were Chris Bach, Jim Marr, and Jeff Whetstone.

Thank you to all the teams and leagues that participated in the 2010 OCC and to all the Fans that made the trip to Mitchell for our last fastball fix for 2010

Good Health in the off season and See you all in the Spring of 2011

Joe Todd
ISC Canada East Commissioner