Twins repeat as champions
Micksburg Twins win second straight Greater Ottawa Men’s Fastball League title at home
MICKSBURG – Corey Costello was perfect and Kyle Jackson provided the big bat that the Micksburg Twins needed to win their third Greater Ottawa Men’s Fastball League title in five years. Costello pitched a perfect game and Jackson drilled a three-run home run as the Twins blasted West Carleton Electric 7-0 Friday night in the championship game at the Micksburg ball park.
The game was called after five innings, the league mercy rule applied, as the Twins completed an undefeated post-season by beating the team it had tied for first place in the regular season, both clubs finishing with 11-6-1 records and fittingly meeting in the championship. Unfortunately, the game didn’t produce what had been billed as a pitching duel between Costello and Andy Barber, the ace of the Fitzroy Harbour-based squad.
While Costello breezed through the West Carleton Electric lineup with 11 strikeouts, Barber struggled from the onset. The Twins got to him in the first inning for a run when Jamey Mick who had reached on a fielder’s choice and advanced to third base on consecutive wild pitches, was plated by Kyle Jackson’s RBI single.
In the second inning, Micksburg made it 2-0 when Matt McIntyre singled and stole second before being driven home by Andrew McIntyre’s single. But it was in the third inning that the Twins did most of the damage, scoring five runs to blow the game open.
After Joran Graham walked and Costello was hit by a pitch, Jackson hit a bomb to right-centre field. His three-run homer gave Micksburg a 5-0 lead and they added two more runs when Matt McIntyre scored from third on a wild pitch and Quinton Rook came home on a stand-up triple by Andrew McIntyre, giving the Twins a 7-0 lead after three innings.
Following the game, Mick, Twins’s captain Jamey, accepted the championship trophy, commenting on the dominant pitching performance by his long-time teammate.
“Corey has been shutting teams down for a long time and at 39 years of age he showed again tonight why he is the best pitcher in the league,” Mick said.
The Greater Ottawa Men’s Fastball League is made up of seven teams. All clubs make the playoffs with the first place team in the regular season receiving a bye in the preliminary playoff round. Micksburg finished second because of a tie-breaker scenario. They defeated I4C Victory of Manotick in two straight games in a best-of-three semifinal series and then went 3-and-0 in a double-knockout round robin tournament with the four remaining teams.
That set up a one game championship against West Carleton Electric which had a bye in the first round of the playoffs and suffered its only playoff loss to Micksburg, a 3-0 setback in the round robin. By going undefeated in the round robin, Micksburg was awarded home field advantage in the championship game.
Corey has been shutting teams down for a long time ... he showed again tonight why he is the best pitcher in the league.”
The Micksburg Twins have completed the repeat as winner of the Greater Ottawa Fastball League with a win on home field recently. Team members (back from left) are Chad Costello, Joran Graham, Corey Costello, Paul Griffiths, Quinton Rook, Riley Hennessey and Kyle Jackson. In the front (from left) are Brandon Jackson, Jamey Mick, Andrew McIntyre, Matt McIntyre, Scott Conroy and Connor Moss.