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Expos Earn Second Place, First-Round Bye | Article Posted July 13th, 2013

Needing a win to secure a bye to the CVBL semifinals, the Expos eked out a 5-4 win over the Fourth Ward Athletics in a rain-shortened game at South Acres Field.  Having dropped game one to the A's, the 'Spos notched a pair of go-ahead runs in the bottom of game two's fourth inning, and then held on in the top of the fifth for the win.

The Expos' semifinal opponent will be determined this Sunday, with the better-seeded of the two winning teams advancing to play a best-of-three series versus Meron's.

 

Make-Up Scheduled for Sunday | Article Posted July 4th, 2013

Please note that the Expos will make up their rained-out doubleheader versus the Fourth Ward Athletics this Sunday.  The games are to be played at South Acres Field, starting at noon.  Have a great Independence Day!

 

2013 Season Brings Success, New Faces to the Expos | Article Posted June 20th, 2013

The Expos have gotten off to another strong start this season, opening up with two wins versus the Timberjaxx and following it up with wins against the A's, Cardinals, and Padres.  Billy Davis has once again provided reliable pitching, and alongside returners Nick Lamica and Glenn Engstrom has sparked the offense as well.  Newcomer AJ Gordon has taken over the team's catching duties, giving the Expos an unexpectedly strong of team defense.  Veterans Mark Passino, Cliff Conners, Mike Bergman, and Paul Bruno have all made contributions toward the team's first half success.  Rookies Jordan Woods, Blake Gautreau, and Todd Ford have found success in their opportunities thus far.  Clinton County Mariner standouts Logan Recor and Chris Roenbeck will look to give the Expos some added power upon their arrival.

Please note that this Sunday's doubleheader versus the Fourth Ward A's has been moved from Saranac Central Field to South Acres Field in Plattsburgh.  Hope to see you there!

 

2012 Season Begins with a Bang | Article Posted May 18th, 2012

Welcome to another season of Expos baseball!  We're four games in, and the team is undefeated so far.  Superlative offensive efforts by Pat Shaughnessy, and excellent pitching performances from Dan Tracy and Tyler Greene have kept the Expos rolling through the first two weekends of the season.  Come on down next Sunday and check out the action!

See You Next Year | Article Posted August 9th, 2011

The Expos season ended in the semifinals with a tough series loss to the Plattsburgh Cardinals.  Thank you very much for your support again this year.  Hope to see you at the ballpark again next spring!

Semifinal Continues Sunday | Article Posted July 27th, 2011

Having taken a 1-0 lead in their best-of-three semifinal series versus the Plattsburgh Cardinals, the Expos can advance to the championship series with a win this Sunday.  Gametime is 12pm at Lefty Wilson Field in Plattsburgh.  Go 'Spos!

Note on This Sunday's Playoff Game | Article Posted July 19th, 2011

Please note that this Sunday's playoff game versus the Plattsburgh Cardinals will be played at Lefty Wilson Field immediately following the American Legion contest.  Gametime is expected to be 3:00-3:30pm.  The Expos will be the home team for the first semifinal game.  Please come out and support your Expos as they continue their quest for another CVBL championship!

2011 Season Opens Sunday | Article Posted April 26, 2011

The 2010 CVBL's Champion Meron's Expos will begin their 2011 campaign this Sunday versus the Fourth Ward Timberjaxx.  Gametime is noon at South Acres Field in Plattsburgh.  Hope to see you there!

 

Championship Sunday Upcoming | Article Posted August 21, 2010

Regardless of outcome, only one weekend of baseball remains for the Meron's Expos.  After dropping Game One of the 2010 CVBL Championship series in Lyon Mountain last Sunday, the 'Spos need a home sweep of the Miners to earn the title.

There are some factors in the Expos' favor: while Meron's will lose Pat Shaughnessy to his soccer obligations at Plattsburgh State, for example, leadoff threat Nick Lamica looks to return to the team from a finger injury.  Additionally, the game will be played at Lefty Wilson Field - not the Expos' usual home park, but one certainly far more similar to South Acres Field than Lyon Mountain's Big Ball Diamond.  Ace Billy Davis should also be more rested, having entered last Sunday's game coming off of 15 innings pitched the weekend before.

To reiterate, the games will be played at Lefty Wilson Field, rather than South Acres Field.  Food will be available for purchase, and a 50/50 raffle will be conducted to benefit the team.  The CVBL awards ceremony will take place immediately following the conclusion of the series.  Please note that in case of inclement weather, the games will simply be pushed back to the following Sunday; same time, same place.

Regardless, there's plenty of room at Lefty to accommodate fans of the Expos, Miners, and local baseball in general, so we hope you'll come out to enjoy the matchup.

Expos Take Regular-Season Title | Article Posted July 20, 2010

A split with the Plattsburgh Cardinals has earned the Meron's Expos their first-ever CVBL #1 finish in the regular season.  Final statistics are now locked in on the Stats page.

As one of the league's top two playoff seeds, the Expos receive a bye into the semifinal round.  Since their opponent is yet to be determined (they'll face the lowest remaining seed in the semis), stay tuned for game and location information.  Congrats to the Expos on a great regular season, and here's hoping the playoffs prove just as fruitful!

With One Week to Play, Expos Look to Enter Playoffs on a Roll | Article Posted July 15, 2010

The Meron's Expos have won ten straight CVBL contests.  They've taken sole possession of first place in the CVBL, and hold it with two games left to play.  For the Expos, however, it's all about momentum.  A bad showing this Sunday could cost them playoff position and even a bye, but the most pressing goal right now is to end the season on a high note, and carry it into the playoffs full-bore.

From that standpoint, the Plattsburgh Cardinals represent the perfect opportunity to reinforce the confidence the Expos have built over the past few weeks.  The Cards are a great team known for playing their best in big games.  Moreover, they're the only team in the CVBL against whom the Expos have failed to notch a win this season.

Playoff positioning obviously cannot simply be dismissed altogether as a concern.  Ultimately, however, the goal in the postseason is to win your last game.  The Expos can go a long way toward establishing that mindset with a strong performance this weekend.

Meron's Playing Its Best Ball Down Home Stretch | Article Posted June 26, 2010

First off, a quick apology for the hiatus: various off-field business has stemmed the regular stream of articles.  The site should become more reliable as we march toward the playoffs.

Luckily, the website is just about the only thing that hasn't run like clockwork for the Expos over the past month.  Since a Game 2 loss versus Lyon Mountain (in a doubleheader that saw the 'Spos hand the Miners their only CVBL setback so far this season), Meron's has swept a pair of league doubleheaders and performed admirably through their non-league schedule, posting a 10-1 record over the span.

If a single player can be cited for his contributions over the run, it's undoubtedly pitcher Billy Davis.  The Press-Republican's praise of his "rubber-armed" play is too complementary of rubber: Billy has appeared - if not started - in virtually every game of late for a staff plagued by the injury bug, providing sorely needed stability on the mound.

The Expos' bats, meanwhile, have fulfilled every expectation generated by the talented players who swing them.  Nick Lamica and Tory Bouyea vex the league with their abilities to both reach first and steal their way into scoring position.  Sluggers like Davis, Mike Bergman, and Mark Passino provide ample pop: a full half of Bergman's hits, for example, have been homeruns.  Newcomers like Paul Bruno and Ryan Barcomb likewise make their mark through solid defense and excellent speed.

With the team clicking as well as it has in franchise history, a place alone in the two-spot of the CVBL standings, and a showdown in Lyon Mountain looming on July 3rd, the real concern at the moment becomes the battle against complacency, particularly given the dangerous doubleheader upcoming versus the Timberjaxx.  While the Jaxx' season has proven a frustrating affair so far, they still carry both potent bats and a well-documented ability to stay in big games.  Nonetheless, the Expos can take the field Sunday confident that they've performed to their utmost in recent weeks.

Expos Start Strong, Finish Stronger in Second Straight Sweep | Article Posted May 24, 2010

Another solid Sunday in all aspects of the game - catalyzed by Tory Bouyea's hitting, Billy Davis' pitching, and Grace Bergman's cheering - spurred the Expos to their third and fourth consecutive wins as they took both ends of a doubleheader versus the Fourth Ward A's.

Bouyea was a standout in his first appearance as an Expo, going 5 for 6 and hitting the weekend's lone homerun at a windswept South Acres Field.  Davis, meanwhile, pitched a rare complete doubleheader, going strong for 12 straight innings to earn both of his team's wins.

Next weekend's series promises to be a barnburner: the Lyon Mountain Miners, sole claimants to an unbeaten CVBL record by virtue of their drubbing of the Plattsburgh Cardinals yesterday, will travel to Plattsburgh looking to keep their winning streak intact.  The Expos have turned red-hot as their roster has filled out, however, and they have plenty of incentive given their sweep at the hands of the Miners in last year's championship season.  If both teams play to their potential, it could be one of the most exciting CVBL doubleheaders of 2010.

Expos At .500 through Two Series | Article Posted May 18, 2010

The Meron's Expos have experienced both frustration and elation at the outset of their 2010 campaign.  Week One saw the 'Spos drop a pair of tough two-run games to the Plattsburgh Cardinals; both teams came out swinging, and Meron's Nick Lamica made a spectacular play on a would-be homerun to center field, but the Cardinals held off a shorthanded squad to sweep the doubleheader.

After snow cancelled Week Two league-wide, the Expos came out swinging versus the Fourth Ward A's.  Both games ended after five innings via the 10-run rule.  The Expos knocked no less then eight balls out of the park, including a pair apiece by Mark Passino and Ben Clark (in his CVBL debut) and a walk-off grand slam by Will Flynn.  The 'Spos cruised on the mound, as Mike Bergman and Clark combined to hold the A's to a single run in the first game, while Nick Lamica achieved the same result by himself in the second.

While the Expos' record places them in the top half of the CVBL standings, the team aspires to more, and will try to continue their winning ways this coming weekend at the Timberjaxx.  With a number of additional personnel arriving to fill out the roster, the Expos should be near peak form on Sunday.

North Country Baseball Camp | Article Posted April 28, 2010

A baseball camp featuring Expos player and Plattsburgh State Associate Head Coach Mike Bergman will be held for kids of all ages from July 12th-16th at Lapham Mills Park in Peru.  Mike will serve as Assistant Director, while Plattsburgh State Head Coach Kris Doorey will run the camp.  A printable PDF brochure including details and a camp application are available here.  Kris and Mike hope you'll consider this opportunity for exercise, knowledge, and fun for you or a student you know.

Non-League Schedule Now Available | Article Posted April 21, 2010

The Schedule and Results page now includes 7 non-league matchups the 'Spos will play in 2010.  With opponents including downstate squads and the always-tough Legion team, Meron's forays outside the CVBL will once again provide an entertaining complement to their Sunday tilts.  Only a week and a half until the first pitch...

2010 CVBL Schedule Now Available | Article Posted April 21, 2010

The Meron's Expos 2010 CVBL schedule is now available via the Schedule and Results page.  The Expos will play a 20-game slate, with two doubleheaders apiece versus the Miners, Cardinals, Padres, A's, and Timberjaxx.  Non-league games will be added to the schedule page as they are confirmed.

Team Meeting Scheduled | Article Posted February 3, 2010

The Meron's Expos will hold their first team meeting of the year Sunday, February 21st at Meron's in Plattsburgh.  All players and coaches are highly encouraged to attend.

Criss, Bordeau Retire from CVBL Play | Article Posted October 13, 2009

Two of the Meron's Expos' leaders both on the field and in the dugout have called it a CVBL career following the 2009 season.  Both Steve Criss and Mike Bordeau part with the team on a high note, having posted the same phenomenal numbers in '09 that made them formidable from the plate throughout their CVBL tenures.

Just as Criss catalyzed the team with his play in the latter half of '08, Bordeau anchored an imposing heart of the order in '09, posting an average better than .450.  Criss was likewise an over-.400 batter, and joined Bordeau and Nick Lamica as the only Expos to top the 1.000 OPS plateau.  The accolades were nothing new to a pair who can boast numerous league-wide honors from their days with the Cardinals, Hornets, and Mudhens.

Both Criss and Bordeau, however, are far more than the sum of their statistical exploits.  They brought a winning attitude along with their winning talent, an attitude that helped the Expos realize their full potential as a team.

The Expos offer their sincere thanks to Steve and Mike, and wish them all the best in the future.

A Belated Thank-You | Article Posted October 6, 2009

It would be somewhat trite to recap the Expos' playoff fortunes at this point, so instead, a quick comment on the season, and some thanks to those who help keep this team running.

While M/R fell short of its championship aspirations for '09, they nonetheless saw marked improvement in all facets of the game.  A championship appearance in a franchise's second season is nothing to sniff at, and hopefully a portent of still greater success in the future.  A special congratulations is due Mike Bergman, the Expos' first CVBL award-winner in recognition of his pitching prowess.

Running a CVBL franchise is a far more exhaustive proposition than one might imagine, and so the help of the following is enthusiastically acknowledged: Mike Bergman - founder and ambassador for both the team and the CVBL as a whole; Bill Perras - assistant coach and a tremendous help to the team in too many capacities to enumerate; Steve Criss - captain and personification of the team's winning attitude; Jim Calnon and Dave Davis - whose work in the press box ensures that the benefits of Chip Cummings Field are fully realized; All of our player friends and family - lending their support, both as fans and by various other means, week-in and week-out; The Friends of the Expos - helping to sustain the unmatched quality of the franchise's commitment to its players; Our generous sponsors - keeping the Expos in business at a time when such an act is a mark of particular generosity; and of course, The Expos themselves - as amiable, professional, and passionate a group of players and coaches as any in the CVBL.

Thank you all very, very much, and see you next season.

Strong Showing Versus 'Jaxx Earns Bye for Expos; Will Face Padres in Semis | Article Posted July 27, 2009

In need of a sweep and help to pick up the CVBL's #2 seed and accompanying first-round bye, M/R held up their end of the bargain and benefitted from a Miners/Padres split to earn the slot.  Hockey Plus/Loreman's subsequent perilous win versus the Athletics in Round One allowed them to advance to face the Expos in the semis, the two squads opening up a best-of-three series next weekend in Saranac.

Chief among those responsible for getting M/R a semifinal berth and homefield advantage was Mike Bergman, who pitched all 12 innings versus the Timberjaxx to earn both Expos wins.  His second game was particularly impressive, as unfazed by the wear on his arm, he held the Fourth Ward to just a single hit in their final inning at the plate.

From the plate, the day belonged to Justin Mahan.  The Southside native did not disappoint within the familiar confines of South Acres Field, notching a five-for-six day with two homeruns.

Next Sunday sees the outset of a series between two remarkably well-matched teams.  Both the Expos and Padres finished 13-7 on the season.  The teams split both of their regular season doubleheaders, and are 4-4 over the history of the Expos.  An aggregate-run tiebreaker was needed to separate the squads for playoff seeding purposes.  As far as entertainment value goes, it doesn't get much better than this.

'Spos Falter in Game Two, Settle for Split Versus A's | Article Posted July 17, 2009

The Meron's Expos came out firing on all cylinders in game one of their doubleheader versus the Fourth Ward Athletics, dominating from both the plate and the mound to secure a 9-1 victory.  However, the promise of game one was not realized in the tail end of the twinbill, as costly defensive miscues and an inability to shut the door on the A's resulted in M/R's first-ever loss to the Fourth Ward squad.

Nick Lamica led the offensive barrage for the Expos in game one, peppering the A's pitching to the tune of 4-4 with a double and setting the tone for a 6-7, two-double performance on the day.  Mike Bergman was predictably strong on the mound, allowing only a single run while going the distance to pick up his sixth complete game.

Game two found the Expos falling into a sloppy style of play in stark contrast to the crisp execution of the first contest.  The Spos' bats continued to hum - Lamica, Justin Mahan, and Casey Brighton each turned in a multi-hit performance as M/R posted 7 runs - but timely hitting by the Fourth Ward and uncharacteristic blunders by the Expo D conspired to neutralize their offensive output.

With only a single week of games separating the Expos from the playoffs, the unanticipated loss throws what appeared to be an excellent shot at the #2 seed and accompanying first-round bye into chaos.  While possibilities abound based on the outcome of next week's doubleheader at the Timberjaxx, the setback means that the Expos do not fully control their destiny even in the case of an M/R sweep.  Be that as it may, winning both ends versus the Jaxx is still of paramount importance: another loss would eliminate nearly every scenario that could give the Expos the bye.  And so the task at hand is the one that Meron's has struggled with all season long: play consistently strong baseball over both ends of a doubleheader, and nail down the sweep.  This time around, the Expos' playoff fortunes could be at stake.

Delay in Updates | Article Posted July 11, 2009

CVBLExpos.com would like to apologize for the delay in site updates over the past few weeks.  As enjoyable as both the team and maintenance of the website are, the hustle and bustle of life outside of the CVBL can sometimes make it difficult to lend them as much time and effort as they would normally deserve.  Please know that we'll try diligently to update the site in as timely a manner as possible down the road.  Thank you very much for your patience, and your continued support -

CVBLExpos.com

'Spos Split Again, Hand Cardinals Second Loss | Article Posted June 20, 2009

While last Sunday's result was tedious for its familiarity - the Expos' 4th split in five weekends of play - it nonetheless provided a promising win and a 2-2 season record versus the  league-leading and otherwise undefeated Plattsburgh Cardinals.

Game one followed a familiar storyline: the M/R starter, in this case Mike Bergman, turned in a rock-solid effort, only to be upstaged by an equally impressive opponent.  In this case, it was Cardinal Craig Bujold, who made the Cardinals' three runs stand up in allowing only two by the Expos.

Of the four matchups this season between Plattsburgh and the 'Spos, game two of this week's twinbill probably featured the clearest single-game disparity in play between the teams.  Steve Burris, previously dominant for the Cards, fell victim to Expos salvoes in the first and third that provided all of the offense the Expos needed for their 6-2 win.  Mark Passino broke out for a pair of hits, while Nick Lamica drew three walks and moved at will along the basepaths.  Meanwhile, Billy Davis avenged his previous hard-luck 2-hit loss to Plattsburgh with another superb performance.

The Fourth Ward Timberjaxx visit this Sunday, reeling from consecutive sweeps by the Cardinals and Padres.  This misfortune, however, is likely to simply render the 'Jaxx all the more dangerous: their personnel stacks up against any roster in the league, and they'll come in sick and tired of losing games.  The twinbill promises to test the Expos' resolve as they enter the latter half of the season.

Hard-Fought Split Leaves Expos in Second | Article Posted June 4, 2009

M/R rebounded from a tough game one loss and a late game two deficit to salvage a split versus the Hockey Plus/Loreman's Padres.  Wind proved to be a major factor throughout the day, as well-hit balls were turned into easy outs by the constant gale.

The first game nonetheless saw plenty of offense by both teams: a decisive two-run 7th provided the margin of victory for the Padres.  Billy Davis took the loss in relief of Mike Bergman, as neither was able to successfully combat the Padres bats and windy conditions.  Steve Criss and Pat Shaughnessy provided bright spots for the Spos', as the former smashed an opposite-field double off of the wall in right, and the latter legged out a triple.

It was Shaughnessy's triple in game two, however, that proved the most important by an Expo on the day.  His blast gave the Expos a lead in the sixth that they would not surrender, as Nick Lamica came on in support of Davis and shut down the Padres in the seventh.  Meanwhile, Justin Mahan racked up a double to complete another strong day at the plate, collecting three hits over the twinbill.

Next weekend sees the Expos playing a Lyon Mountain Miners team looking to bounce back from a one-sided loss to the Plattsburgh Cardinals.  With the Expos having lost handily to the Miners in their only previous meeting, both teams will come to the park with something to prove.

 

Expos Win Big, then Fall Hard Versus Miners | Article Posted June 13, 2009

Solid hitting and a fine start by Mike Bergman ensured at least some measure for the Expos for last season's drubbing at the hands of the Lyon Mountain Miners.  The Miners came out swinging for game two, however, and reasserted their place as defending champs with a dominant 15-5 showing.

Bergman's 3-hit gem found support from his battery-mate Casey Brighton, who notched a double in his Expos debut.  Cliff Conners turned a masterful double play, once again underscoring the vastly improved defense displayed by the Expos this season.

Game two found the Expos unable to stem the late-inning tide of the Miners' bats, as both starter Billy Davis and Bergman, this time in relief, were hard-pressed to put an end to the barrage of hits.  Brighton continued to impress with his second double in two games, but the Expos couldn't match Lyon Mountain's potent attack.

With three straight splits and a 5-3 overall record, the Expos stand alone in second on the CVBL leaderboard.  With the 6-1 Cardinals coming in for an away-at-home doubleheader Sunday, a sweep would send M/R to the top of the standings, while two losses would drop them to .500.  It's a pivotal twinbill, and given the teams' clash earlier this season, it stands to be an entertaining one as well.

Hard-Fought Split Leaves Expos in Second | Article Posted June 4, 2009

M/R rebounded from a tough game one loss and a late game two deficit to salvage a split versus the Hockey Plus/Loreman's Padres.  Wind proved to be a major factor throughout the day, as well-hit balls were turned into easy outs by the constant gale.

The first game nonetheless saw plenty of offense by both teams: a decisive two-run 7th provided the margin of victory for the Padres.  Billy Davis took the loss in relief of Mike Bergman, as neither was able to successfully combat the Padres bats and windy conditions.  Steve Criss and Pat Shaughnessy provided bright spots for the Spos', as the former smashed an opposite-field double off of the wall in right, and the latter legged out a triple.

It was Shaughnessy's triple in game two, however, that proved the most important by an Expo on the day.  His blast gave the Expos a lead in the sixth that they would not surrender, as Nick Lamica came on in support of Davis and shut down the Padres in the seventh.  Meanwhile, Justin Mahan racked up a double to complete another strong day at the plate, collecting three hits over the twinbill.

Next weekend sees the Expos playing a Lyon Mountain Miners team looking to bounce back from a one-sided loss to the Plattsburgh Cardinals.  With the Expos having lost handily to the Miners in their only previous meeting, both teams will come to the park with something to prove.

Late Scoring Seals Expo Sweep | Article Posted May 25, 2009

The Expos used strong pitching to ride out some early offensive miscues, and found their bats in the late innings of each game versus the Fourth Ward Athletics to cement a doubleheader sweep and a 3-1 CVBL record.  A 5-run 6th provided the cushion in an 11-2 game one win, while 7 runs in the final frame cemented an 11-2 victory in the afternoon tilt.

The 'Spos remained rock-solid from the mound: Billy Davis struck out 9 and allowed four hits over a complete first game, and Nick Lamica equalled his K count over 5 innings in game two.  Particularly encouraging was the return of Mike Bergman  in relief of Lamica: unable to pitch last week due to a nerve injury, he fanned four over the final two innings of the day to earn the save.

Pat Shaughnessy led the charge offensively, peppering the A's pitching to the tune of 4-6 with a double and a homerun over the course of the doubleheader.  Lamica and Justin Mahan also had solid days at the plate, each picking up three hits, including a double by Mahan.

While the Expos didn't fire on all cylinders from a batting standpoint, they confirmed the potency of their pitching and came through with their bats when they needed them.  Next weekend brings a Padres team to Chip Cummings Field that matched evenly with M/R for most of the '08 season, and improved their roster in the offseason through the addition of several former CR Tunes Mudhens.  If their previous meetings are any indication, it should be a stiff test of the Expos' mettle.

Expos Earn Tough Win, Take Tough Loss in Split Versus Cardinals | Article Posted May 22, 2009

An unsatisfying end to the day capped an otherwise excellent performance by the Expos in their CVBL opener against the Plattsburgh Cardinals.  The Expos fought back to finally take Game One 8-7 after two extra frames, then failed to make good on a 2-hit pitching performance by Billy Davis and dropped the second game 2-1.

The first game was a roller-coaster, with ace Mike Bergman forced to move from the mound to first base following a freak nerve injury, and newcomer Nick Lamica finding his control and pitching brilliantly down the stretch to nail down the win.  Lamica also joined teammate Pat Shaughnessy in tripling for M/R, while Cliff Conners notched three hits against the formidable Cardinal tandem of Tom Neale and Craig Bujold.  Steve Criss ended the game in walk-off fashion, his line shot single to right serving as payback for two intentional walks issued in front of him to load the bases in the ninth.

Davis gave all the Expos could ask for in Game Two, but the Cardinals' Steve Burris proved equal to the task, and a two-run inning by the Cardinals held up as the difference.

All-in-all, the Expos looked very good in their victory, and remained formidable even in defeat.  Frustrating though a split might be, it served as a promising start to their 2009 campaign.

Opening Weekend Washed Out, Friends Page Now Available | Article Posted May 10, 2009

The Expos fell victim to mother nature on the CVBL's opening weekend, as rain postponed both their home opener against the Burlington Brewers and their CVBL-opening doubleheader at the Timberjaxx.  Make-up information will be posted as it becomes available.

On a lighter note the Friends of Meron's Expos page is now available to credit those who gave generously toward the Expos' 2009 campaign.

Schedule Addition | Article Posted April 30, 2009 | UPDATED May 6, 2009

UPDATE: Please note that the dates for the additional games have changed.

The Expos have scheduled an additional non-league game to their already robust 2009 slate.  Meron's will square off against the Adirondack Wild in a pair of 9-inning wooden-bat contests at the Chip.  Gametimes are 6pm on Friday, July 10th and 1pm on Saturday, July 11th.  Hope to see you there!

Team Schedule Released | Article Posted April 11, 2009

The CVBL released its master schedule this evening; the Expos' 20-game regular-season schedule is now available via the Schedule and Results page.  The Expos will also participate in a substantial number of non-league contests throughout the 2009 season.  These games are also listed on the Schedule and Results page.

Additionally, all players in personnel are asked to take note of the change to the team practice schedule listed below.

We hope you'll join us for our Chip Cummings opener versus the Burlington Brewers on Saturday, May 9th.  See you at the ballpark!

Practice Schedule/Preseason Exhibition | Article Posted March 30, 2009 | UPDATED April 11, 2009

The Expos have released their preseason practice schedule for 2009.  The practice dates are as follows:

April 19, 12:00 PM, Lefty Wilson Field
April 26, 12:00 PM, Beekmantown High School
May 6, 5:30 PM, Chip Cummings Field

Any players who can make it are highly encouraged to attend.

Additionally, an exhibition 9-inning home game has been scheduled for the afternoon prior to the CVBL's May 10th Opening Day.  The game will start at 1pm, and features the Burlington Brewers of the Green Mountain League.  Please continue to check the site, as the Expos' full slate of games for '09 should be available soon.

UPDATE: The Expos' third practice has been rescheduled from May 3rd to May 6th, and relocated to Chip Cummings Field.  Please note the change in schedule.

Meron's Pleased to Announce "Friends of Meron's Expos" | Article Posted February 16, 2009

The Expos are pleased to announce a new way for fans to help out their favorite CVBL squad.  M/R has launched "Friends of Meron's Expos," a donation system designed to allow the Expos faithful to show their appreciation for the team without breaking the bank.  For a simple one-time, $10 donation, individuals, families, or groups will appear in a special "Friends of Meron's Expos" section of each game program throughout the 2009 season.  Additionally, donors will be listed in a special section of this website, to be posted near Opening Day.

If a donor wishes to appear solely on either the program or the website, he or she can simply request this at the time of donation.  While all Expos player personnel will be distributed some donation forms, for now it is easiest to donate via either cash or check (made payable to Meron's) to either Mike Bergman (#14) or Aaron Bennett (#15).  Online donations are not possible at the moment, but could be made available if demand is sufficient; please let us know if this would be the best option for you.

We hope that you will consider this meaningful and cost-effective way to help the Expos in '09.

Major Site Update | Article Posted February 9, 2009

Pursuant to yesterday's Team Meeting, CVBLExpos.com has been updated extensively to reflect changes and additions for the 2009 season.  The Expos' 2009 Prospectus is now available via the top link bar.  The Roster page is up-to-date, and contains pictures and information for several new players.  Please check out the new content, and feel free to let us know if anything needs fixing!

Team Meeting Scheduled | Article Posted January 26, 2009

The Expos have scheduled a team meeting for 1:00 PM on Sunday, February 8th at Meron's Restaurant, corner Bailey at Beekman in Plattsburgh.  All new and returning Expos personnel are strongly encouraged to attend, as a number of important offseason matters will be discussed.  Matters at hand include, but are not necessarily limited to:

- Jersey allocation for players
- Cap allocation for newcomers
- Headshot photography for the M/R website (for both newcomers and returning players who'd like a new picture for '09)
- Discussion of the Expos' upcoming season, and the outlook for the CVBL as a whole in 2009

Additionally, the meeting will provide an opportunity for players who haven't been in touch since last summer to reconnect with teammates and meet some of the team's personnel additions for the coming season.  Anyone unable to make the meeting should contact manager let us know via the contact address for this site.

Hope to see you soon!

Conners, Lamica among Five Expos Additions | Article Posted January 7, 2009

The Meron's Expos are pleased to announce the addition of five players - Cliff Conners, Nick Lamica, Josh Powers, Ryan Barcomb, and Casey Brighton.

Conners, formerly of the Loreman's Royals, is a standout second-baseman expected to contribute to the Expos in a number of ways, from his defensive prowess to his winning attitude on the field and in the dugout.  In addition to his time with Loreman's, his résumé includes solid performances as a starter at the high school, Senior Babe Ruth, and college levels.  There will also be no lack of dugout familiarity for Cliff: he was a teammate of Expo Mike Bergman in each of the aforementioned leagues.

Nick Lamica joins the Expos after a banner American Legion season.  A team leader from both the plate and the mound, he should prove a fixture in the M/R outfield.  Lamica will also bring his pitching prowess to the CVBL, providing the staff a southpaw look.

Powers and Barcomb, both excellent on their Babe Ruth squads last summer, will split time between Senior Babe Ruth and the Expos in 2009.  While relatively young, their time with the Expos should provide important CVBL experience as their talents develop.

Brighton comes to the Expos from Vermont, where he will play his final high school season this summer before joining the Plattsburgh State squad in the fall.  Casey's talents as a catcher will certainly be appreciated, as the physical demands of the position make it a valuable commodity in the CVBL.

The new year has seen the Expos' 2009 roster make great strides toward coalescence into its final form.  The team is still working to get better, however; check back here for further updates as they develop.

Added Search Capabilities | Article Posted January 4, 2009

CVBLExpos.com has extended the capabilities of the CVBL Search box found on the left side of the page to include individual articles from the Expos News Archive.  Rather than simply directing users to the large home and archive pages, searching for a player or other information will find and return individual stories.  This makes the search function much more useful; we encourage you to try out its expanded utility.

Offseason News: Welch Signs Pro Contract, Expos Gain Coach | Article Posted January 4, 2009

The Meron's Expos extend their best wishes to teammate Zack Welch, who recently signed a professional baseball contract with the Texarkana Gunslingers of the independent Continental Baseball League.  A standout for both the Expos and Plattsburgh State, Zack's new team is scheduled for a 72-game slate beginning in May of this year.

The Expos would also like to welcome Billy Perras to the team in a coaching capacity.  Billy is a great addition to the Expos' staff, and promises to prove valuable in a number of capacities during the coming season.

Happy New Year! | Article Posted January 4, 2009

As the Expos move closer to their second CVBL campaign, we've decided to archive the site's 2008 news items to reduce clutter in preparation for the 2009 season.  Depending on turnaround time, we may start to archive all but the most recent five or ten stories on the homepage.  In any case, all archived news is still fully accessible via the link at the top of the homepage.  All the best in 2009 -

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