MANOTICK – After a week or rainouts last week, the Greater Ottawa Fastball League (GOFL) playoffs got under this week starting in Manotick last night (Sept. 29).
The first two games of the double-knockout playoff series went down last night in south Ottawa and the underdog West Carleton Electric battled hard in a 3-2 loss to the home team Manotick Brewers. The Brewers had a regular season record of 5-5, while the Electric finished at the bottom of the standings with a 3-7 record. The ‘Trics did beat the Brewers 8-5 in the final game of the regular season.
Brewer pitcher Luc D’Entremont was credited with the win, striking out 16 and scattering four hits while pitching the complete game.
The Electric’s regular season most valuable player Matt Greer had a huge game for the team’s first playoff game. Despite the loss, Greer struck out 14 batters and also only allowed four hits. He also drove in all of the Electric’s runs, hitting a a two-run home run in the third inning. Greer would finish the game at the plate two for two and a walk.
Manotick opened the scoring in the first when Ty Alexander drew a walk, stole a base and eventually got home on a pass ball and a wild pitch.
The Brewers tied the game in the fifth on an Alexander RBI triple.
In the final inning of the game, Brewer Tyler Beaulieu seeing-eye single. He maneuvered his way over two third on a passed ball and a ground out and got home on a passed ball ending the game.
Earlier in the night, the fifth place Orleans Rebels (3-7) won 12-2 in six innings over the fourth place Ottawa Valley A’s (4-6).
Jeff Barber had the start for the Rebels but had to come out due to injury. Andy Barber earned the win in relief. Adam Rueckwald took the loss with relief from Ryland Hill.
Game three of the GOFL playoffs goes tonight in Manoitck with the Rebels taking on the first place Kars Aces (8-2) at 7 p.m. Game four is also tonight in Micksburg as the Twins (7-3) take host the Brewers.
This Saturday (Oct. 2) there is a full slate of GOFL playoff games in Carp. The Carp Fairgrounds Ball Diamond will host the Electric at 1 p.m. (playing the loser of tonight’s game); the A’s at 3 p.m. and the winners of the two previous games playing each other at 5 p.m. All three games are GOFL playoff elimination games.
The losing teams now move in to must-win territory as the playoffs continue. The double-knockout format means once a team loses two games, it is eliminated from the playoffs.
- With files from the Eastern Ontario Fastball Blog