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Napanee done in by old nemesis; Stratford-New Hamburg claims Canadian title  August 16th, 2015
 By CLAUDE SCILLEY NAPANEE, Aug. 15—One day, you suppose, the members of the Napanee Shoeless Joe’s Express will look at their bronze medal performance at this year’s Softball Canada junior men’s championship in a broader context. You can easily imagine that in... [Read More]
Napanee ousted at Canadian junior fastball, settles for bronze medal  August 16th, 2015
NAPANEE—Four runs in the bottom of the third inning broke a 1-1 tie and propelled the Irma, Alta., Tigers to a 6-1 win over Napanee Shoeless Joe’s Express Sunday afternoon in the penultimate game of the Softball Canada junior men’s championship tournament at the... [Read More]
Assured of the bronze medal, Napanee still in hunt for Canadian junior title  August 16th, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY NAPANEE, Aug. 15—They’ve been playing with fire all tournament, and three times this week at the Softball Canada junior men’s championship, the members of Napanee Shoeless Joe’s Express were badly burned. Tonight they decided not to let the embers... [Read More]
Canadian junior fastball linescores  August 16th, 2015
NAPANEE—Linescores at the Softball Canada junior men’s fastball championship tournament at the Fairgrounds: FRIDAY Tavistock, Ont.         000     000    ... [Read More]
Napanee advances at Canadian junior fastball  August 15th, 2015
NAPANEE—Both of the top-seeded teams got a scare Saturday morning but they both survived and they will meet at 5 o’clock this afternoon in the playoff round of the Softball Canada junior men’s championship tournament at the Fairgrounds. Napanee Shoeless Joe’s Express,... [Read More]
Canadian junior fastball linescores  August 15th, 2015
NAPANEE— Linescores Friday at the Softball Canada junior men’s championship tournament at the Fairgrounds: Tie-Breakers (for sixth place) Newfoundland-Labrador   021     010    ... [Read More]
Express plays poorly; gets mercied in playoff opener  August 15th, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY NAPANEE, Aug. 14—They are, without question, very good. If anyone needed additional proof the Stratford-New Hamburg Cubs are the best team at the Softball Canada junior men’s championship tournament, they provided it in a 12-5 win over the host Napanee Shoeless... [Read More]
Two wins send Napanee into playoff round on a positive note  August 14th, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY NAPANEE, Aug. 13—The members of Napanee Shoeless Joe’s Express believe they’re right where they want to be going into the playoff round Friday at the Softball Canada junior men’s championship. After two victories on the final day of the preliminary... [Read More]
Abundant Insulation gains first win at national junior fastball  August 13th, 2015
NAPANEE—Napanee Abundant Insulation Express won its first game of the Softball Canada junior men’s championship tournament Thursday night, defeating the Saskatoon Bullets 6-0 in its final game of the preliminary round. Already locked into ninth place, Abundant Insulation, which... [Read More]
Shoeless Joe's clinches fourth place at Canadian junior fastball  August 13th, 2015
NAPANEE, Aug. 13—Napanee Shoeless Joe’s Express goes into the final game tonight at the Softball Canada junior men’s championship tournament at the Fairgrounds having already clinched fourth place, and the coveted double playoff life that comes with it. Napanee ended a... [Read More]
Canadian junior fastball linescores  August 13th, 2015
NAPANEE—Linescores on the final day Thursday of the preliminary round of the Softball Canada junior men’s championship tournament at the Fairgrounds: Saskatoon Diamondbacks 401     303    ... [Read More]
Canadian junior fastball linescores  August 13th, 2015
NAPANEE—Linescores from the third day of play Wednesday at the Softball Canada junior men’s championship tournament at the Fairgrounds: Newfoundland-Labrador   100     021    ... [Read More]
Shoeless Joe's on the ropes at national junior fastball tournament  August 13th, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY NAPANEE, Aug. 12—It’s not like the outlook is bleak for Napanee Shoeless Joe’s Express at the Softball Canada junior men’s championship tournament. They’re tied for fourth place in a tournament where the top six teams qualify for the... [Read More]
Three defeats for Napanee teams at Canadian junior fastball championship  August 12th, 2015
NAPANEE, Aug. 12—Overtime does not seem to agree with Napanee Shoeless Joe’s Express. For the second time this week, the Express gave up the game-tying run in the seventh inning, and then lost in extras, this time suffering an 8-2 defeat at the hands of the defending Canadian... [Read More]
Napanee Shoeless Joe's tied for second at Canadian junior fastball  August 12th, 2015
 By CLAUDE SCILLEY NAPANEE, Aug. 11—Napanee Shoeless Joe’s Express moved into a tie for second place at the Softball Canada junior men’s fastball championship Tuesday night with a 9-4 win over the Saskatoon Diamondbacks in the final game of the night at the... [Read More]
Napanee rebounds from devastating defeat to beat cross-town rival  August 11th, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY NAPANEE, Aug. 11—It’s sometimes said that if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em. Napanee Shoeless Joe’s Express turned the old adage on its side for the Softball Canada junior men’s fastball championship: If you let them join you, they... [Read More]
Canadian junior fastball linescores  August 11th, 2015
NAPANEE—Tuesday linescores from the second day of the Softball Canada junior men’s fastball championship tournament at the Fairgrounds complex: Newfoundland-Labrador   001     141    ... [Read More]
Rain sets Napanee teams up for a hectic Day 2 at Canadian junior fastball  August 11th, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY NAPANEE, Aug. 10—Evidently, Mother Nature appreciates a bit of irony as much as the next person. On a day when it was so arid that the Softball Canada junior men’s fastball championship was already about 40 minutes behind schedule—as grounds crew took... [Read More]
Canadian junior fastball linescores  August 11th, 2015
NAPANEE—Linescores from the first day of play Monday at the Softball Canada junior men’s fastball championship at the Fairgrounds complex: Quebec           420     030    ... [Read More]
Napanee teams split before rains come to Canadian junior fastball  August 10th, 2015
NAPANEE—Rain has halted play at the Softball Canada junior men’s fastball championship tournament. The skies opened around 6 p.m. and play was suspended in the two games in progress, with Newfoundland and the Saskatoon Diamondbacks just two outs away from completing their game.... [Read More]
Canadian junior fastball schedule  August 7th, 2015
NAPANEE—Schedule of games at the 2015 Softball Canada junior men’s fastball championship, Aug. 10-16 at the Fairgrounds: Monday Games Quebec vs. Newfoundland-Labrador, 9:30 a.m. Alberta vs. Tavistock, 10:30 a.m. Saskatoon Bullets vs. Napanee Shoeless Joe’s, 11:30... [Read More]
A beginner's guide to the Canadian junior fastball championship  August 7th, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY There are some things in Lennox and Addington County on which you can rely when the calendar turns to August: the tomatoes are starting to ripen; it soon will be time to harvest the grain—and sure as the ’coons are getting fat on corn, the junior fastball team... [Read More]
Exhibitions to launch advent of national junior fastball championship  July 21st, 2015
Championship teams from the past will reunite Thursday to help two teams from the present celebrate the advent of the Canadian junior fastball tournament next month in Napanee. In the first game of an exhibition doubleheader at the Fairgrounds, members of the national midget champion Express... [Read More]
Resilient Express qualifies for Canadian championship  July 7th, 2015
Not even a lopsided loss in its final game could diminish what the Napanee Express accomplished at the Ontario Amateur Softball Association junior elimination tournament in Owen Sound. “Overall, we had a great weekend,” coach Al Fenwick wrote in an email, after his team was... [Read More]
Napanee beaten in final game of junior elimination tournament  July 5th, 2015
It would seem Greg Hammell wasn’t just resting his arm when he was on the bench with the Napanee juniors at the Canadian championship last summer. Evidently he was making some mental notes. He certainly seemed to know where to find the holes in all the Napanee bats Sunday afternoon,... [Read More]
Shoeless Joe's beaten by New Hamburg  July 5th, 2015
A couple of familiar faces weren’t particularly friendly to their former teammates Saturday night at the Ontario Amateur Softball Association junior elimination tournament in Owen Sound. Greg Hammell and Craig Lyons, two players originally from Owen Sound who joined Napanee for its... [Read More]
'Other' Napanee team qualifies for national championship  July 5th, 2015
Visiting teams will be seeing double when they come to Napanee for the Canadian junior fastball championship in August. That’s because there will be two teams representing the host town, thanks to a courageous display Saturday by the Napanee Express at the Ontario Amateur Softball... [Read More]
Shoeless Joe's wins second game at junior elimination tourney  July 4th, 2015
Cole Bolton had as many hits as he gave up Saturday afternoon, as he led Napanee Shoeless Joe’s to a 13-3 win over the Owen Sound Selects at the Ontario Amateur Softball Association junior elimination tournament in Owen Sound. The victory, Napanee’s second of the day, sends... [Read More]
Napanee teams win, lose at junior elimination tournament  July 4th, 2015
Eric Morgan struck out 12 and allowed just two singles Saturday morning as Napanee Shoeless Joe’s defeated Chatsworth 4-0 at the Ontario Amateur Softball Association junior elimination tournament in Owen Sound. It was the first game of the tournament for Napanee, which will now play... [Read More]
Napanee opens tournament with easy win  July 4th, 2015
Napanee Express opened the Ontario Amateur Softball Association junior elimination tournament in Owen Sound Friday night with a 10-0 victory over the Saugeen A’s. The Express—Napanee 2 on the tournament schedule—scored five times in the third inning to take command of the... [Read More]
Two Napanee teams bound for junior elimination tournament  July 3rd, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY NAPANEE, July 2—As you approach the ball field at North Fredericksburgh, you see a group of players taking batting practice. To the side, pitchers are getting their work in. Coach Brent Mills is nowhere to be seen. He’s on the infield of an adjacent diamond,... [Read More]
Express ousted from midget elimination tournament  June 28th, 2015
Napanee Express bowed meekly Sunday morning from the Softball Ontario midget boys elimination tournament in Tavistock. The Express, 1-1 and facing elimination, were thumped 13-0 by Port Perry. “We just didn’t have a good weekend,” coach Scott Mills said.... [Read More]
Final day of peewee tournament rained out  June 28th, 2015
A cranky weatherman was the only winner Sunday, as the final day of the Softball Ontario peewee elimination tournament was rained out at the Napanee Fairgrounds. The remaining games of the 12-team tournament, to determine which team will represent the province at the eastern Canada... [Read More]
Napanee wins two at peewee elimination tournnament; midget Express splits  June 28th, 2015
The host Napanee Express was undefeated when the rain came early Saturday night at the Softball Ontario peewee elimination tournament in Napanee. The Express opened with a 6-0 win over Shallow Lake and followed that with an 8-3 victory over Cobourg. Twelve teams began play in the event,... [Read More]
Late-game rally gives Alberta team Canadian junior fastball title  August 18th, 2014
By CLAUDE SCILLEY In the blink of an eye the game turned on the Napanee Express. Nursing a one-run lead in the bottom of the sixth inning Sunday afternoon, it appeared the threat being mounted by the Irma, Alta., Tigers might be stymied when Ty Sebastian got Ambrose Firkus to hit a ground ball up... [Read More]
Ty Sebastian pitches Express into gold-medal game at Canadian junior fastball  August 17th, 2014
By CLAUDE SCILLEY There was never much doubt whether the members of the Napanee Express could let bygones be bygones, when it came to Ty Sebastian. "He fits in great," Express coach Brent Mills said, prior to his team's departure for the Canadian junior fastball championship in Alberta. "He's... [Read More]
Jarrett Williams' three home runs power Napanee to medal  August 17th, 2014
Jarrett Williams hit three home runs - all of them leading off an inning - to propel the Napanee Express to a 9-3 win over the Saskatoon Diamondbacks in a third-round playoff game at the Canadian junior fastball championship in Irma, Alta.Williams was the first man to bat for the Express in the... [Read More]
Napanee still alive at Canadian junior fastball tournament  August 16th, 2014
Napanee remains alive at the Canadian junior fastball championship in Irma, Alta. - barely. The Express defeated the Stratford Cubs 12-11 Saturday afternoon in what was an elimination game for both teams on the penultimate day of the national tournament. It did so despite giving up two runs in the... [Read More]
Napanee on verge of elimination at Canadian junior fastball  August 16th, 2014
Napanee Express is one game away from elimination at the Canadian junior fastball championship, after it was whipped 16-7 Friday night by the Irma, Alta., Tigers in the first game of the playoff round at the tournament in Irma.Napanee must now win three straight games to get back to the final on... [Read More]
Napanee ends preliminary round at Canadian junior fastball with 6-2 defeat  August 15th, 2014
Napanee Express ended the preliminary round of the Canadian junior fastball championship Thursday night with a 6-2 loss to the Alberta entry, the host team from Irma.The defeat left Napanee with a 5-3 record, good for fourth place in the final standings. The Express lost to all three teams that... [Read More]
Napanee whips Saskatchewan team at Canadian junior fastball  August 14th, 2014
Cole Bolton threw a five-hitter and struck out eight in just five innings Thursday morning as the Napanee Express defeated the Saskatoon Bullets 12-2 at the Canadian junior fastball championship in Irma, Alta. Bolton didn't walk a batter in winning his second game of the week-long... [Read More]
Napanee 4-2 going into final day of preliminary play at Canadian junior fastball  August 14th, 2014
By CLAUDE SCILLEY Napanee Express is awake at the Canadian junior fastball championship, and to the other teams there it surely seems like the Ontario champions got up on the wrong side of the bed. Ever since losing its third game of the tournament Tuesday morning, falling to 1-2, the Express has... [Read More]
Napanee wins second straight at Canadian junior fastball championship  August 14th, 2014
Napanee Express will be seeking its third-straight win tonight when it plays Quebec at the Canadian junior fastball championship tournament in Irma, Alta.The Ontario-champion Express got itself back in the hunt for a double life in the playoff round at the nine-team tournament with a 12-3 win... [Read More]
Napanee back in win column at national junior fastball  August 13th, 2014
It didn't take long for the Napanee Express to overcome its offensive woes at the Canadian midget fastball championship Tuesday afternoon.Held to just five hits in an 11-3 loss to the Saskatoon Diamondbacks Tuesday morning, the Express rebounded with six runs in the first inning on its way to a... [Read More]
Express succumbs to 15-hit Saskatoon attack  August 13th, 2014
Saskatoon Diamondbacks collected 15 hits off three Napanee pitchers Tuesday as they defeated the Express 11-3 at the Canadian junior fastball championship tournament in Irma, Alta. The defeat left Napanee with a 1-2 record going into their afternoon game with the Yorkton, Sask., Blue Jays.... [Read More]
Napanee beaten in high-scoring affair at Canadian junior fastball  August 12th, 2014
By CLAUDE SCILLEY Napanee Express became re-acquainted with a couple of familiar faces Monday night. It didn't go well. Greg Hammell had three hits and Michael Legace-Root retired the last seven men in a row to clinch a 10-9 victory for the Owen Sound Selects at the Canadian junior fastball... [Read More]
Napanee wins tournament opener decisively  August 11th, 2014
Napanee Express began the quest for the Canadian junior fastball championship in impressive fashion Monday, with a 13-0 victory over Newfoundland on the first day of the nine-team national tournament in Irma, Alta. The Express exploded for seven runs in the second inning and invoked the mercy rule... [Read More]
Remarkable civic support vital to success of Napanee ball teams  August 11th, 2014
By CLAUDE SCILLEY NAPANEE - As he stood between the ball diamonds at the Fairgrounds complex one night not long ago, Roger Mills graciously smiled to a woman who handed him an envelope. He thanked her; she nodded quietly and walked away. Neither of them made a fuss. Mills didn't look at what was... [Read More]
Napanee Express bound for Canadian junior softball championship  August 9th, 2014
By CLAUDE SCILLEY Comfort in one's surroundings is typically a good precursor of success. A chef who's in command of his kitchen is apt to create a darn good meal every time. Success in any realm, however, breeds the expectation of more of the same. Nobody expects the master chef's souffle to... [Read More]
Napanee wins gold medal at Western Canada midget fastball  August 4th, 2014
Runs came thick and fast in the championship game of the Western Canada Midget Fastball Championship Monday afternoon, but in a shootout no one at this tournament was going to out-gun the Napanee Express. Sure enough, the Express spotted the Irma, Alta., Tigers a five-run first-inning lead but... [Read More]
Napanee advances to final at Western Canada midget tournament  August 4th, 2014
Napanee Express will play for the gold medal Monday at the Western Canada Midget Fastball Championship tournament in the Battlefords, Sask. The Express gained that opportunity when they defeated the British Columbia champion, the Fraser Valley Vipers, 11-2 in the opening game of the playoff round... [Read More]
Napanee midgets undefeated going into playoff round at Western Canada tournament  August 4th, 2014
Napanee Express emerged Sunday afternoon from the preliminary round as the only undefeated team at the Western Canada Midget Fastball Tournament in the Battlefords, Sask. The Express won its sixth straight game, 5-4 over the Tigers of Irma, Alta., to earn a berth in Sunday night's playoff opener... [Read More]
Napanee wins both games on first day of Western Canada midget fastball tournament  August 2nd, 2014
Napanee Express won both of its games handily Friday at the Western Canada under-18 Fastball Championship in the the Battlefords, Sask. Napanee, the lone team east of Manitoba in the seven-team tournament, defeated the No. 1 British Columbia team, the Fraser Valley Vipers, 16-0 in a game that... [Read More]
Napanee girls bound for national fastball tournament  August 1st, 2014
The first girls team ever to represent Napanee at a Canadian fastball championship will depart Sunday for White Rock, B.C., and the Softball Canada under-14 Tier II tournament, a week-long event that starts Tuesday. Other Napanee teams have competed at eastern Canada events but the novice Express... [Read More]
Napanee midgets eager for challenge of western Canadian fastball championship  July 31st, 2014
By CLAUDE SCILLEY A unique opportunity presented itself last month at the provincial midget elimination tournament, the annual competition to determine which teams would represent the province at the national midget fastball championship. It's not necessarily one you'd think a softball team from... [Read More]
Teeswater captures provincial midget softball crown; Napanee ousted early  July 27th, 2014
It was a painfully short tournament for the home team this weekend at the Softball Ontario midget A championship in Napanee. With a berth already assured in the Canadian championship, the Napanee Express was finished after just three games of the three-day provincial event, eliminated after losing... [Read More]
Napanee loses final, brings home silver from Canadian junior fastball championship  August 11th, 2013
By CLAUDE SCILLEY The disappointment was palpable over the telephone from Owen Sound. "It's not the outcome we were hoping for," Napanee Express coach Ryan Sharpe said Sunday afternoon, after his team was thumped 10-2 by the Wiarton Red Devils in the final game of the Softball Canada junior men's... [Read More]
Seventh-inning HR by Cody Brooks propels Napanee into Canadian junior final  August 11th, 2013
By CLAUDE SCILLEY A two-run home run by Cody Brooks with two out in the bottom of the seventh inning lifted the Napanee Express to a 6-5 win over defending champion Newfoundland at the Softball Canada junior men's championship tournament Saturday night in Owen Sound. "He crushed it," Express... [Read More]
Napanee wins playoff opener at national junior fastball  August 10th, 2013
By CLAUDE SCILLEY A diving catch in left field by Curtis Leonard snuffed a seventh-inning Saskatchewan rally and preserved a 4-2 victory for the Napanee Express Friday night in a playoff game at the Softball Canada junior men's champioship tournament in Owen Sound. Napanee led 4-0 going into the... [Read More]
Napanee hosting provincial squirt championship this weekend  August 9th, 2013
Play begins Saturday morning in Napanee at the Ontario Amateur Softball Association squirt A and B championships. The host Napanee Express will play Springbrook in one of four opening games at 9 a.m. at the Napanee Fairgrounds. Games will also take place at the North Fredericksburgh diamonds. The... [Read More]
Napanee enters playoffs at Canadian junior fastball as top seed  August 9th, 2013
By CLAUDE SCILLEY Napanee Express has the top seed going into the playoff round at the Softball Canada junior men's championship in Owen Sound, after winning both of its games on the final day of preliminary play Thursday. The Express finished the round-robin portion of the nine-team tournament... [Read More]
Napanee wins again; owns share of first place at Canadian junior fastball  August 8th, 2013
By CLAUDE SCILLEY Napanee Express finds itself with a share of first place as the Softball Canada junior men's championship in Owen Sound heads into the final day of preliminary play Thursday. Napanee won both of its games Wednesday, 12-3 over the Stratford Cubs and 2-1 over the host Keady Jets,... [Read More]
Napanee suffers first defeat at Canadian junior fastball  August 7th, 2013
By CLAUDE SCILLEY Two of the three pillars on which the Napanee Express built a perfect record through the first day and a half of the Softball Canada junior men's championship betrayed them Tuesday night. Napanee batters, responsible for 33 hits in the first three games of the nine-team... [Read More]
Napanee undefeated after first day of Canadian junior fastball  August 6th, 2013
By CLAUDE SCILLEY A big play afield in the first inning last night sparked the Napanee Express to a win over an old nemesis from Alberta on the first day of the Softball Canada junior men's championship tournament in Owen Sound. With the lead-off man on base and one out, Alberta's Brett Larson... [Read More]
Napanee seeks national junior fastball title  August 2nd, 2013
By CLAUDE SCILLEY It happens so often, it long ago stopped being a big deal when a softball team from Napanee plays in a national championship tournament. At least, so you'd think. It just isn't so, insists the man who will be taking the latest version of the junior Express to the national... [Read More]


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