The Oshawa Ravens relied on another pitching performance from Paul Koert to capture the Oshawa City and District Fastball League (OCDFL)Championship for the second year in a row. Oshawa wins the best of 5 final series 3 games to 1 against the Lake Simcoe Lightning. Oshawa won the opening game in the series by a 1-0 score with the winning run coming in the bottom of the 8th inning. Koert and Garrity were outstanding as each pitcher only gave up 2 hits while striking out 12 and 14 batters respectively. The second game saw up and coming pitchers Andy Skelton and Marty Humphries face-off with Oshawa winning by a 4-3 score in regulation time. After giving up 4 runs in the first inning, Skelton settled down and kept the Ravens off the score sheet the rest of the way.
Lake Simcoe battled back against Humphries who eventually yielded to Koert who was credited with the save. Game 3 back in Oshawa was dominated by the hitting of the Lake Simcoe Lightning as they chased Koert from the game after giving up an uncharacteristic 5 runs in 3 innings. Garrity was outstanding again surrendering only 4 hits and striking out 11. Lake Simcoe eventually won the game 10-0 after the 5 inning mercy rule was applied. In the 4th game, errors and miscues proved costly as the Lightning gave up 3 unearned runs behind another stellar performance by Greg Garrity. In the top of the 4th inning, Marty Humphries walked, stole second base and advanced to third on an infield out. Humphries scored what proved to be the winning run on a passed ball. Oshawa scored two more runs in the 6th inning after Jamie Baker walked and advanced on a single by Marty Humphries. Both Baker and Humphries eventually scored following a failed pick off attempt at second base and an infield error. The final score was 3-0. Koert was outstanding in pitching the win recording 13 strikeouts and allowing only 2 hits. Garrity allowed 3 hits and 4 walks while also striking out 13.
Both teams are to be congratulated for surviving the highly competitive preliminary playoff rounds and making it to the championship series.
The OCDFL Executive congratulates the Oshawa Ravens for their repeat win and wishes to thank all of the teams for their participation this year and for providing some the great fastball action that we have come to expect and enjoy.
President OC&DFL Phone: 905-432-1999 FAX:905-432-3327