Kars Aces Take Two From Manotick Brewers

The Micksburg Twins and Orleans Rebels remain undefeated atop the Greater Ottawa Fastball League standings, while the Manotick Brewers and Osgoode Chiefs are looking to get things going after slow starts.

On Wed., June 21, the Kars Aces took a pair of games from the Manotick Brewers.

Kars won the first game 8-5 behind the pitching of Dom Mott and a grand slam by Kristian Knapp. Cory Baldwin and Carley Shane shared pitching duties for Manotick. Zach Branchaud homered for the Brewers.

Brad Porter pitched a three-hit shutout for Kars in the nightcap in a 6-0 win over Manotick. Knapp cracked a two-run triple. Kody Blois took the loss for the Brewers.

On Thurs., June 22 in Micksburg, the undefeated Twins faced the still winless Osgoode Chiefs and needed a six-run rally in the sixth inning to break a tie and win 9-3.

Joran Graham got the win in relief of starter Noah Fleurie, while Matt McKay took the loss. Jared Steege homered for the Twins.

On June 28, the Manotick Brewers and Kars Aces both picked up wins over the Osgoode Chiefs in the Manotick Wednesday doubleheader.

The Brewers beat the Chiefs 8-5 in the opener. Carley Shane earned the win on the mound with help from dingers by Chris MacFarlane and Curt Scurr. Austin Kimble homered for the Chiefs.

In the second game, the Kars Aces’ bats came alive in a 15-6 win over Osgoode.

Kristian Knapp hit a grand slam and Dylan Toms parked one for the Aces. Nick Ellis got the win while Matt McKay took the loss.

The July 5 Manotick doubleheader saw the unbeaten Twins and Rebels roll into the village and win over two local teams.

The opener saw the Rebels beat the Kars Aces 10-2 as Andy Barber took the decision over Brad Porter.

The Twins followed suit with a 12-5 win over the Osgoode Chiefs with pitcher Jordan Macdonald picking up his first GOFL win. Jack Dewan was the losing pitcher and was relieved by Bobby Holmes.

On Thursday, the Manotick Brewers went to Fitzroy Harbour to face West Carleton Electric in their annual Harbour Days Classic.

West Carleton won the game 3-1 in front of a big crowd, as Adam Rueckwald pitched a four-hitter to out-dual Cory Baldwin. Jack Becker scored the Brewers’ lone run as he singled, scored second and was driven in by Ryan Clare.

Before the game, there was a moment of silence for West Carleton player Hugh Murray, who was well known in local fastball circles. An eastern Ontario fastball legend over the past four decades, the 60-year-old Murray passed away in January after a very quick onset of cancer.

Murray was well known in the Manotick area in both the fastball and senior hockey communities. He passed away shortly after taking part in a senior hockey tournament in Boston. Murray was an outstanding athlete while at South Grenville High School. In addition to being an outstanding fastball player in the Algonquin and Row’s Corners youth programs, he also played high school basketball and football.

The Manotick Brewers lost a pair of games to the Kars Aces in GOFL action.