Local fastball is coming to an end for the season....what? Your hometown Elmvale Expos were victorious in their playoff battle with Victoria Harbour in the midget division of the Georgian Bay Minor Softball Association. The team was 9-1 during the regular season and were led by strong pitching performances by Issak McGinnis and were led offensively by Nolan Maw. Both players are contributing players to their respective men’s teams as well.

Elmvale defeated Vasey in two close games in the semi-finals, while Victoria Harbour defeated Minesing in the other semi-final. Congratulations to all players as their seasons come to a close. Please send me pictures or updates on your other local teams for upcoming articles.

The Simcoe Rural Fastball League playoffs are well underway. Minesing and Uhthoff faced off in the first round with Minesing winning the series. Vasey defeated Toanche and Wyevale finished off Waverley. Victoria Harbour was awarded a first-round bye for finishing first during the regular season. The second round is set to start this evening at various locations depending on the results of the first round. Vasey plays Minesing while Victoria Harbour faces off with Wyevale.

Elmvale Legion Spitfires are the Simcoe Ladies Fast Pitch League regular season champs for the fourth straight year.

The ladies won 11 games while losing 4 to clinch first place over the season.

On Saturday at the Playoff Tournament in the A Pool they first met the Minesing Moose Ladies team, a young improved team that gave them everything they could handle. The Spits squeezed out a win in the seventh inning. Next was the Phelpston Cougars -- a long standing league team with a lot of veteran players. The Spits came out on top due to some great pitching from Jess Benny and some key defensive plays.

The final was against the Georgian Bay Bulldogs; last year’s defending Champions and this year’s winners of the B Pool finishing first against the Herbert Boots and Barrie Red Ladies teams. The game was not close even from the onset; the Spitfires took charge right away with great pitching from Shannon Webster and some outstanding defensive catches from Carey Coram, Karla Martin, and Lauren Kleingebbinck. The bats also came alive with contributions from the entire team. The final score was 10 to 0, and the ladies won their third Playoff Championship in the last four years.

The Minesing Moose team was victorious in the Consolation Championship against the Barrie Red team.

The Barrie Baycats finished the regular season tied for first place with the Kitchener Panthers and that forced a one-game playoff for the league pennant.

The two teams met in Barrie and the Baycats won their eighth league pennant with a 4-2 win. Ryan Rijo doubled and drove in two runs while Starlin Rodriquez went 2-4. Kevin Atkinson also had a RBI and Conner Morro had two hits. Adrian Salcedo went seven innings, scattering four hits and striking out four. Santos Arias picked up a save pitching, even though he allowed two runs.

With the win, Barrie started against the last place Brantford Red Sox. The series went as expected as the Baycats swept Brantford 4 games to none. Barrie won 12-2, 10-0, 10-6 and 6-0 to advance to the semi-finals against the Welland Jackfish who beat London Majors 4 games to one.

In game one against Brantford, Conner Morro led the attack with a grand slam and Emilis Guerrero allowed one run over seven innings and struck out four.

In game two, Matthew St. Kitts flirted with a no-hitter but settled for a complete game four-hitter. He was four outs away from the no-hitter but a single by Austin Wilke spoiled his well-pitched game. St. Kitts finished with seven strikeouts. Kevin Atkinson went 3-4 with a homerun and Starlin Rodriguez went 3-for-4.

In game two, Barrie came from behind to win. Barrie scored seven runs in the sixth inning to take a 3-0 game lead against the Red Sox. Kyle DeGrace launched a grand slam in the big inning, Jordan Castaldo added a two-run round tripper and Kevin Atkinson when 3-4. Adrian Salcedo went six innings allowing six runs on nine hits and striking out seven to get the win.

Barrie completed the sweep with a 6-0 win in Brantford. Ryan Rijo went 5-for-5, Kyle DeGrace had three hits, Starlin Rodriguez and Connor Morro had two hits each. Emilis Guerrero tossed six shutout innings for the win while allowing four hits and striking out eight.

Kitchener defeated Toronto and Hamilton took care of Guelph in the first round. Those winners will play each other in round two and Welland will play the Baycats.

Game one against Welland was a nail-biter in Barrie. With the game tied 2-2 in the bottom of the ninth, Starlin Rodriguez singled with the bases loaded to lift the Baycats to a 3-2 win.

Glenn Jackson and Connor Morro had the other two RBI’s while Ryan Rijo had two hits. Barrie was held to only six hits in game.

Santos Arias picked up the win after pitching one scoreless innings in relief of starter Adrian Salcedo who went eight innings allowing two runs on five hits and striking out 10.

Barrie traveled to Welland last Sunday and the home team was easy pickings for the Baycats. Barrie led 9-0 after five innings and finished with a 11-0 win.

Kyle DeGrace had a two-run homer and finished with three RBI. Ryan Spataro and Connor Morro each had three hits; Starlin Rodriguez had two hits as did Jon Waltenbury.

Matthew St. Kitts went six innings allowing only two hits and striking out two to pick up his second playoff win this season.

Barrie played Welland at home last Tuesday night after my deadline and they travel to Welland tonight (Thursday August 22nd) for game four. Game five, if necessary, is back in Barrie on Saturday August 24th @ 7:00 pm, game 6 in Welland Sunday August 25th @ 6:05 pm and game seven back in Barrie Tuesday August 27th @ 7:30 pm if the series goes the distance.


Nine winners take home prizes in the 2019 Drop the Ball Raffle!

On August 4, hundreds of spectators gathered to witness our community’s first ever helicopter golf ball drop raffle at the Midland Golf & Country Club.  More than 6,000 tickets were sold, and the corresponding numbered golf balls were dropped from a helicopter to determine the lucky prize winners.

 “So many people have been involved in making this unique partnership event a success,” says event organizer, Gerard La Chapelle.  “All of our volunteers, the prize partners, the Midland Golf & Country Club and the GBGH Foundation team have all worked together to help support our Georgian Bay General Hospital with proceeds of $55,000.”

 All the funds raised will support critical emerging care needs at Georgian Bay General Hospital, which will help to purchase important patient care equipment such as IV Infusion Pumps, Telemetry Packs for ICU and an ultrasound machine.  

 “It is inspiring to witness our community come together in support of Georgian Bay General Hospital,” says Nicole Kraftscik, executive director, GBGH Foundation.  “We rely on our community to fund all of the equipment and infrastructure upgrades for our hospital, as the government does not fund these critical capital expenditures.  Our sincere thanks to Gerard and his team of volunteers for this incredible donation.”

 The winners in the raffle are:

Dawn Toner – Dewalt 12" Mitre Saw

Jack Blanchette – Weekend for 2 in Niagara on the Lake

Pam Arbour - Molson Canadian Beer Fridge

Mary Hunt – $1,000 Boathouse Eatery Gift Card

Peggy Marchand – 75" Samsung TV

John Marchildon – Weber BBQ 

Kyle O’Donnell – Trip & Airfare

Don Redmond – C02 Inflatable & Yamaha Motor 

Dr. Richard Coutts – 2019 Mustang Convertible