We Have a Winner!

Actually, we have 3 divisions now completed for the playoffs and 3 champions to crown!

Rec Division saw the #1 ranked Rangers beat Barzotti to send them to the loser’s side of the bracket, lose in their next meeting after Barzotti made their way back to the championship, and then take the “If” game 16-15 to take the championship.

Division III was a little less dramatic without taking it to the “If” game, but #1 ranked The A Plumber still came up against the #2 Bye Bye Baseball and fought it out to a 10-9 victory and the championship!

Division I lost their #1 seed Rippin’ Dubs to the #5 Each Hit after #2 Friar Tucks sent them down to the bottom of the bracket. Each Hit just didn’t have enough to finish the job when faced with Tucks so Friar Tucks takes the playoff championship for this season!

Division II still has some work to do to conclude their playoffs after Swamp Donkeys (the #6 seed) knocked off the #1 seeded Unleashed to send them down in the bracket. Unleashed came back to win their next meeting and send it to the “If” game. Stay tuned as this one won’t happen until Monday night.

Congratulations to the winners, and thank you everyone for another great year of slopitch.

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Cancelled!!

Tuesday, August 16, 2016 – All sportsfields and diamonds are closed.

Due to poor weather conditions, please refrain from playing on fields.

Sportsfield status will be updated week days at 2 p.m.

All games scheduled for tonight have been pushed to tomorrow night as previously posted.

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Playoff Schedules Posted

The Playoff Schedules have been posted – now it’s just a matter of finishing out the regular season.

UPDATE: All teams scheduled for Tuesday the 16th should expect their game to be played on Wednesday the 17th!

Special Weather Statement
Issued at 05:58 Monday 15 August 2016

A rare weather event expected for Southern Ontario Tuesday: a rainy day.

A significant widespread rainfall event is expected beginning overnight or early Tuesday morning and ending Tuesday evening. Rainfall amounts will range from 25 to 40 mm in most places. There may be appreciably higher amounts exceeding 60 mm in some locales.

The system responsible for this rainfall is a slow-moving low pressure system from Texas. It will bring tropical moisture from the Gulf of Mexico to Southern Ontario.

Rainfall warnings may be issued if a more significant event of widespread 50 mm or more appears more certain.

Playoffs are set to begin on Monday, August 22 (I’ve kept Wednesday the 17th open just in case we get some rain this summer!). The playoffs will be run very much like a tournament and any delays in the playing of these games as set out will affect all future games on the schedule – teams must be prepared to play on the next available date once we begin the schedule.

Where team records and mathematical possibilities have already determined final standings positions, I have added team names into the bracket pages (otherwise it merely shows standings placement).

Congratulations go out to:

Division II Winner
Unleashed – with a 2-0 record over Kittens they have guaranteed that they can’t be caught. They take the Regular Season title and go into the playoffs as the #1 seed.
Rec Division Winner
Rangers – though they aren’t far behind, there’s no possibility of Barzotti matching Rangers record for the regular season (Rangers hold the tie breaker in any case with a 2-1 season series record over Barzotti).

Still to be determined:

The Division I and the Division III titles are each being hotly contested – there are 3 teams in the mix in both divisions! With 2 nights left in the schedule, pretty much anything can happen at the tops of those divisions.

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Opening Tournament – Canceled

I regret to inform you that due to circumstances beyond the leagues control, the opening tournament has been canceled.

We only have 4 umpires for over 50 games this weekend and cannot run the tournament for this reason. The Exec has decided that it is better to save the money on diamond costs, umpires and balls and reinvest it back into the league. The particulars will be available and discussed at the AGM. We feel this is a better option than having 4 umpires or self-umpiring the games.

Please contact me directly if you have any questions or concerns.

Thank you,

Jon
(519) 841-8203

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Welcome to the 2016 Season!

It may be a little wet on the way in as there is/was a blockage of the culvert going under the roadway, but …

Monday, May 2, 2016 – All sportsfields and diamonds are open according to the below schedule:

Please monitor weather conditions and refrain from playing if fields become saturated.

I’d like to highlight a couple of Constitutional Rules you should keep in mind:

Game Times and Facilities

  • All games are scheduled to begin at either 6:30 pm or 8:15 pm with NO GRACE PERIOD. The umpire will determine whether or not a game should be delayed or canceled because of weather or field conditions.
  • Prior to the game the home team will set out bases which are 65 feet apart for all divisions. As well, the home team will draw in base lines, a “safe line” at home plate and a “commitment line” 21 feet from home plate.
  • The home team will supply a new game ball and a good used second ball which must meet the approval of the game umpire.
  • A team failing to field 8 players by 6:30 pm or 8:15 pm respectively shall lose the game by default.
  • It is the responsibility of the winning team to report game scores to the League Statistician.
  • The normal length of a game is 9 innings, however no new inning shall start after 95 minutes.
  • If games are tied at the completion of 9 innings and time permits, the game will continue using the “International Tiebreaker Rule“. Under this rule, each team starts the new inning with one out and the player who completed the last official at bat as a base runner on second base. Each subsequent inning will start the same until a winner has been determined.
  • If weather conditions do not allow a game to continue, the game will be considered completed if 5 or more innings have been completed or if 4 ½ innings have been completed and the Home Team is winning.
  • Mercy Rule – if at the completion of 7 or more innings a team is leading by 15 or more runs the game shall be considered complete.

Good luck to all, and let’s kick off the season right!

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