Marty James

Marty James

Hundreds of Special Olympics athletes from 10 counties, including Napa County, will be in town this weekend for the Napa Regional Softball Competition.

The event, hosted by Special Olympics Northern California, is on Saturday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Napa Junior Girls Softball League complex, 1255 Freeway Dr.

The event will showcase the skills and accomplishments of children and adults with intellectual disabilities competing in softball team competitions and skills activities, a news release said. Athletes of varying ability levels have been training since late June for the event, which serves as the culmination of the softball season.

The event will have athletes and coaches representing Napa, Solano, Sonoma, Lake, Mendocino, Yuba, Sutter, Colusa, El Dorado and Humboldt counties.

Special Olympics Northern California is dedicated to enriching the lives of children and adults with intellectual disabilities through sports, education and athlete health, according to a news release.

The nonprofit organization offers free year-round training and competition programs for 21,250 athletes who compete in a combined 236 competitions in 14 sports.

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The Sonoma Stompers moved back into first place in the Pacific Association of Professional Baseball Clubs with a 4-3 victory over the host Vallejo Admirals on Thursday. The Stompers and Admirals are tied for first place, each team at 16-11, in the second-half standings.

The Napa Silverados will play their inaugural season in the Pacific Association of Professional Baseball Clubs, an independent league based in Northern California, starting in June of 2018.

The Pacific Association of Professional Baseball Clubs, founded in 2013, is a four-team league, consisting of the Sonoma Stompers, Vallejo Admirals, San Rafael Pacifics and Pittsburg Diamonds. Each of the teams plays an 80-game schedule, with the season running from June through August. Forty of those games are home games.

Pacific Association of Professional Baseball Clubs is not affiliated with major league teams.

For more information about the Napa Silverados, go to silveradosbaseball.com.

Email Napa Valley Register Executive Sports Editor Marty James at mjames@napanews.com, follow him on Twitter at @marty_nvr, or call 256-2223.

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Executive Sports Editor Marty James has been with the Napa Valley Register since 1979. He is a member of the Associated Press Sports Editors, California Prep Sportswriters Association, and the California Golf Writers Association. He was inducted into the