FITZROY HARBOUR – The West Carleton Electric will look for their first win of the Greater Ottawa Fastball League (GOFL) at the annual Harbour Days Classic kicking off Fitzroy Harbour’s summer festival tomorrow (June 6).
On June 30, the ‘Trics (0-6-0) were this close to beating the undefeated Orleans Rebels (4-0-2), coming up just short 3-2 at the West Carleton team’s back-up home field at the Carp Fairgrounds Friday (June 30).
Former ‘Tric player Andy Barber earned the win for the REbels, allowing only two hits and striking out 14. Electric pitcher Ben Broek was outstanding in the loss, allowing five hits and striking out nine.
Orleans scored in the first. Felipe Morales led off the game with a walk, and advanced to third on a wild pitch and a passed ball. He scored on a Tyler Borris ground out.
The ‘Trics tied things up in the second. Neil Murphy walked but was put out on a fielder’s choice that put Adam Rueckwald on first. A passed ball allowed Rueckwald to take second and he scored on a misplayed ground ball hit by Jeff Cavanagh.
The Rebels scored another run in the third. Kevin Shonfield hit a bunt single, moved to second on a wild pitch and eventually scored on a Jefferson Roman RBI single.
Orleans added another in the fourth. Moises del Corral singled, moved to second when Derek Barber walked, and scored on a misplayed fly ball.
The Electric got a run back in the sixth after Steve Cavanagh led off with a single. He was replaced by Gabe Brown as a pinch runner, who took second on a wild pitch, then third on a overthrow back to the pitcher. Brown scored on a Rueckwald towering pop up in the infield that wasn’t caught.
The Electric have yet to win a GOFL regular season game. But they have competed well against some of the best teams in the league.
The Electric lost 4-3 to the undefeated Micksburg Twins (6-0) on June 1. The Twins are also the defending GOFL champions two years running. On June 15, the ‘Trics lost 2-0 to the other undefeated GOFL team, the Quyon Flyers (6-0).
Offense has been a challenge for the Electric this year managing only seven runs in six games, last in the GOFL. On the other side of the ball, West Carleton has been relatively solid only giving up 29 runs, which is good enough for fifth in the seven-team league. Manotick (2-6-1) has given up 56 runs and the Osgoode Chiefs have given up 77.
The Electric will hit the mound at 8 p.m. at the Fitzroy Harbour ball diamonds (100 Clifford Campbell Dr.) Thursday, July 6 starting at 8 p.m. Get there early and take in some Fitzroy Harbour Ladies Ball before the Electric game on opening night of Harbour Days. The beer tent will be open.
U20 West Carleton Electric
WILMOT – The West Carleton Electric U20 are off to Wilmot, ON, this weekend (July 7-9) to compete in the Ontario Amateur Softball Association (OASA) U20 Elimination Tournament at the New Hamburg Fairgrounds (251 Jacob St.).
There are 15 teams battling for two berths to the Softball Canada national championship in Napanee, ON. The two successful teams will join defending champions Tavistock and the Napanee Express.
- With files from the Eastern Ontario Fastball Blog