NCBL Week 1 Results 


NCBL [National Capital Baseball League]The 2017 NCBL season finally started on May 16th after the Ottawa area experienced flooding, effectively cancelling all pre-season games and most practices. Even after the city opened the fields, we had a couple cancelations due to malfunctioning lights on Opening Day. Throw in some more rain late in the week and the long weekend and we are left with 11/37 teams still yet to start their season. 26 teams were able to shake off the rust and get some action in.

Tier 1

SAMBAT Performance of the Week

Jeff Skelhorne-Gross (Kingston Ponies) > On May 17th, Jeff led the Ponies to an opening day 7-7 tie by going 3 for 4, with 3 runs, an RBI, a double, triple and 2 stolen bases.  

Only 3 games were played in week 1, with the premier mathchup being the Kingston Ponies (4 straight pennants) locking up in a back and forth game with the Nepean Brewers (2 straight playoff championships) Neither team really deserved to win, and a 7-7 tie was most appropriate on this night.

Meanwhile, the Metcalfe Mudd made their return to Tier 1 losing a close one to the Kanata Athletics, and then the Brewers beat the A’s later in the week to round out the action.

Player of the Week Honourable Mentions

➢ Ross Graham (Ponies) – 2/3, double, 3 RBI

➢ Jamie Fitzgerald (Brewers) – 3/3, double, 3 RBI, 2 runs, walk

➢ Jamie Fitzgerald (Brewers) – 3/5, 2 doubles, 3 runs, RBI

➢ Greg Elliott (Mudd) – 2/3, double, RBI plus 3 IP, 1 hit,1 K,

 

Tier 2

MAXBAT Performance of the Week

Hugues Petrin (Cardinals) > On May 18th, Hugues went 2 for 4, with 2 RBI, a triple and a run scored.

Only 1 game was played in week 1 with the Cardinals beating the Outlaws 7-2.

Tier 3

RONA Performance of the Week

Frank Sabourin (Red Sox) > On May 17th, Frank went 2 for 4, with 3 RBI, a home run, and 2 runs.

There were 5 games played, with 10/11 teams each playing once, with the defending pennant winners the only team not to play yet. Defending playoff champs, the Sharks, walked off the Lumberjacks, The Rockets barely squeezed by the Orioles (returning after a year hiatus), the Black Sox and Dukes each winning close ones and the Red Sox with the only blow out.

Player of the Week Honourable Mentions

➢ Jon Bowes (Red Sox) – 4.66 IP, 4 hits, 1 ER and 11 K’s, win.

➢ Dave Rivers (Dukes) – 1 for 2, run, RBI, walk plus 3.66IP, 3 hits, 5 K’s, save.

Tier 4

ZERO K BATS Performance of the Week

Chris Embury (Heat) > On May 19th, in the franchises first ever game, Chris went 3 for 5 with 4 RBI, a double, a triple, and SB along with a run scored.

In the 6 games that got played, 5 were blowouts! The only close one being Team Cuba opening their season with a 4-2 win over the Braumeisters. The Vampiros, Lynx, Bandits, Cuba and the new Winchester Heat all found themselves on the right end of blowouts. While the Heat enjoyed success in their first ever game, the other expansion team, The Naturals, fell 12-2 and 15-5 in their first 2 games.

Player of the Week Honourable Mentions

➢ Alex Diaz (Cuba) – 3 for 4, RBI, triple, SB

➢ Alex Diaz (Cuba) – 2 for 2, 2 walks, 2 runs, double, 2 SB

➢ Enriquez Yuraldis (Cuba) – 3 for 4, 2 RBI, 2 runs

➢ Matt Hagen (Vampiros) – 3 for 4, 3 RBI, run, double

➢ Ron Hall (Vampiros) – 2 for 3, RBI, walk, 3 runs, double, SB

➢ Augustine Kwok (Lynx) – 2 for 4, RBI, 2 runs, 3 SB

➢ Travis Rath (Bandits) – 1 for 2, 2 RBI, 2 runs, 3 BB, 2 SB

 

 

 

 

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NCBL Tier 1 Finals: Brewers Snag Game 2

NCBL 2016 Tier 1 Finals – Game 2 RECAP

Game 2 of this best of five series was slated to go on Thursday, September 8th, but mother nature had different ideas and the game was washed out early in the day. Therefore, Friday, September 9th was the date of game 2!

As expected, Josh Soffer (Battalion) vs. Adam Oattes (Brewers) was the pitching matchup, and a tight pitching duel was anticipated as both pitchers have had success against the other before.

For the first 5 innings, it went as expected, not many hits, no extra base hits, tight game, low scoring. Then both teams exploded for a combined 6 runs in the 6th despite both teams missing a few key pieces to their lineups. After 6 extra base hits combined in game 1, 0 were hit in game 2.

The Battalion, riding the momentum from their game 1 win jumped out in front early again, when Kyle Craig singled to lead off the bottom of the 1st, stole second, and scored on Steve Renaud’s bloop single to center. Continue reading

NCBL Tier 1 – Game 1 Recap

NCBL 2016 Tier 1 Finals – Game 1 RECAP

Game 1 figured to be a good one, with both teams fully rested and able to field fully healthy lineups, and it didn’t dissapoint.  The Brewers sent ace Geoff Magnus to the mound with the Battalion going with Charlie Crabb, fresh from driving back from Ryerson.  The Battalion were hoping for better fortunes against Magnus after he shut them out in game 5 in 2015.

They didn’t waste any time, after a 2 out walk to Alex Baldock, Musashi Takara belted a home run to right centre to give the Battalion a quick 2-0 lead.  They added another run in the 3rd after a Kyle Craig double and Steve Renaud single.

Meanwhile, Crabb was cruising through the first 3 innings, allowing just 1 hit, a 3rd inning double by Scott Tunis, but allowing 0 runs.

The Brewers finally got a rally going in the 4th. Magnus led off with a single, then Keith Blouin reached on a mis-played ball in the gap, to set the table for Jamie Fitzgerald to hit an RBI double over the right fielders head.  Jason Krottner followed with a SAC Fly and then Tim Feren with an RBI ground out to tie the game.

After the long 4th inning, the Battalion looked to answer back in the 5th and again they didn’t waste any time, as Sam McIntosh became the Battalion hero of game 1 hitting a home run to left to lead off the 5th and giving the Battalion a 4-3 lead!  They didn’t stop there as Craig hit a single, stole second and then scored on a Baldock single.  Continue reading

NCBL 2016 Tier 1 Finals Preview

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NCBL 2016 Tier 1 Finals Preview

Tonight the Bytown Battalion and Nepean Brewers play game 1 of the 2016 Tier 1 Championship Final.  The same 2 teams met in 2015 and know each other well.  Below are some facts and figures about this very evenly matched series!

 

Bytown Battalion   Nepean Brewers
2014 Established 1990 (1975 in SIBL)
0 NCBL T1 Championships 7
13-10-1 (5th) 2016 Record 16-7-1 (2nd)
143 Runs For 156
89 Runs Against 99
4-0 2016 Playoff Record 4-0
AlexBaldock(1.203) 2016 Top Regular Season OPS Geoff Magnus (1.274)
Steve Renaud (9) 2016 Top Regular Season SB MattBeelen(6)
Matt McIntyre (22) 2016 Top Regular Season RBI Geoff Magnus (26)
JoshSoffer(60.0) 2016 Top Regular Season IP AdamOattes(37.66)
JoshSoffer(8-0) 2016 Best Regular Season W-L Geoff Magnus (4-0)
2W – 1L 2016 Head-to-Head 1W – 2L
17 RF, 6 RA 2016 Head-to-Head Runs For/Against 6 RF, 17 RA
8W – 8L All Time Head-to-Head (including tournaments/regular season/playoffs) 8W – 8L

 

Offense

Battalion

Although still young, the Battalion feature numerous experienced bats in their lineup that features a good mix of speed and power.  Speed comes from Steve Renaud (2015 All Star), Kyle Craig (2015 All Star), and Evan Hammond.  The RBI’s and power are supplied mainly by Alex Baldock, Ryan Dillon (2011 T1 Best Batter ) and Matt MacIntyre.  The key to the Battalion offense comes from the speedsters who also chip in some power making their lineup threatening from top to bottom.

Brewers

The veteran Brewers depend on the same lineup they have for what seems like 10 years now.   They rely mostly on getting on base, small ball, and timely hits throughout the lineup.  Speed left the Brewers years ago.   The table setters are Scott Tunis and Matt Beelen at the top of the order, while the key cog in the wheel is Geoff Magnus (4 time T1 MVP) hitting in the clean up spot and providing the main power threat.  Adam Oattes (3 time T1 MVP) hits in front of Magnus and has been  his usual hit machine self in the 2nd half of 2016.  Keith Blouin, Jamie Fitzgerald, and Tim Feren help pick up the scraps after the meat of the order is through.  Having 2003 T1 MVP – Jason Krottner – at the bottom of the order ensures quick strike threats from top to bottom.  Continue reading

NCBL 2016 Playoff Update

 

Tier 1

Tier 1 featured the same final 4 as 2015, with the same 2 teams advancing!!

The Kingston Ponies, coming off their 4th straight pennant, just couldn’t solve the Bytown Battalion.  In game 1, Charlie Crabb out-dueled Ponies ace John Ivimey, while the Battalion bats came on strong at the end for a 5-1 win.  In game 2, the Ponies couldn’t hold a lead vs the Battalion ace, Josh Soffer, and lost 6-3 despite a 4 for 4 effort from 2015 Tier 1 MVP Jeff Skelhorne-Gross.

In the other series, the Nepean Brewers swept the Panthers in 2 very close games to advance to the finals for the 6th time in 7 years!  The Brewers were led by Geoff Magnus in game 1, who pitched a complete game and hit a solo home run to lead the way to a 5-3 win.  In game 2, the Brewers  Adam Oattes and the Panthers Mike Hluschuk hooked up in a pitching duel.  The only runs for the Brewers came from a 2 run homer from Jamie Fitzgerald.  Oattes took a 1 hitter into the 7th, and promptly gave up 3 hits in the 7th, but was able to hold on for the complete game 2-1 win.

The finals series starts next week after the long weekend.

Tier 2

Winchester Sox had a bye in the first round, thanks to dominating the regular season.  In the semi’s, they faced the hungry Cornwall River Rats, who were looking for the big upset.  Winchester won game 1, 2-1 on a home run by Cam Shaw, a walk off hit by Andre Robidoux and a complete game from Tyler Bray.  Game 2 in Cornwall was another barn burner as the River Rats scored a 1-0 win.  Game 3, with a ticket to the finals on the line, Winchester prevailed with a 6-4 win, behind a Nik Paas 3 run HR, a Ryun Clarke win, and Matt Harbers save.  Continue reading

NCBL Mourns the Loss of Casey Wood

NCBL [National Capital Baseball League]

This week was a tough one for the NCBL family as we lost Casey Wood to cancer at 35 years old.  Casey was a star player for the Kanata Selects in the 2000’s.  He was their starting catcher and middle of the order bat for the powerhouse Selects as they won 4 Tier 1 Playoff Titles in the decade.  Casey is also the most recent player to win back-to-back Tier 1 Best Batter Awards, in 2006 and 2007!!

His career stats show how great a batter he was: (missing pre-2004 years)

GP PA AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB SO SB SAC AVG SLUG ONB TB OPS
136
484
411
109
165
112
28
1
0
89
35
1
10
0.401
0.474
0.531
195
1.006

 

Casey also pitched over 100 innings!!

IP H R ER BB SO W L S ERA WHIP
103.99 105 70 55 61 86 9 5 0 3.70 1.60

 

He will be missed and is in everyone’s thoughts.

 

NCBL Playoff Update

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NCBL [National Capital Baseball League]

Round 1 is done in all tiers, and we’r e now down to the final four in each. The 2015 Champs are still alive in Tier 1 (Brewers) and Tier 4 (Knights), and there will be new champions in Tier’s 2 and 3. Interestingly, all 4 2016 Regular Season Pennant winners are still alive.

Tier 1

In round 1, 3 of the 4 series were sweeps with the lone series to go the distance being the A’s/Panthers series which saw the Panthers erase an early 3-0 deficit to win game 3, 6-3.

The Semi-Final round features the same match-ups as in 2015, with the Ponies looking to avenge getting swept in 2015 by the young Bytown Battalion.

In the other match-up, veteran teams, the Nepean Brewers and NitaBeer Panthers meet for their 10th playoff series, with the Panthers holding a 5-4 lead!

Both series start Sunday!

Tier 2

With the 1st place Winchester Sox enjoying their bye, all 3 round one series went 3 games. Marc Sports eliminated 2015 Champs Expos, with a big 19-6 win after losing the 1st game. The Mudd beat the Braves by winning game 3, 10-0 after tying game 2. The Cornwall River Rats, after losing game 1 at home in extra innings to the Cardinals, came back to win 2 road games and take the series. Continue reading