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YOSHITAKA HAMADA
Northampton's first-base man John Ferrara (14) is picked off by Amherst's pitcher Johnathan Morrison (14) and tagged out by Amherst's short stop Jake Balderston (6) at the second base during the bottom of fourth inning of the Wednesday evening Mickey Mantle playoff baseball action at the Northampton High School in Northampton Wednesday, July 23, 2014.  Northampton fell to Amherst, 0-1.  The game was called off due to the inclement weather during the top of sixth inning.

Mickey Mantle baseball playoffs begin with 4 shutouts

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Pitching completely dominated the first round of the Mickey Mantle double-elimination tournament on Wednesday evening. The winning team shut out its opponent in all four games, including a pair of 1-0 contests. Amherst 1, Northampton 0 (5) — A pitchers’ duel between Amherst’s Jon Morrison and Hamp’s Hunter Salem was decided on Alex Cantor’s steal of home in the fifth … 0

Former Belechertown schools superintendent Judith Houle reflects on the turmoil, accomplishments that marked her tenure

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

BELCHERTOWN — Though pressured to leave over her handling of a number of student safety and discipline issues, former School Superintendent Judith Houle said she is happy with the role she played in technology and curriculum development during her five years at the helm. “When I was hired, the schools had no articulated … 0

Belchertown tops South Hadley for Koufax B state championship

Monday, July 21, 2014

PALMER — The Belchertown River Rats captured the Sandy Koufax WMABC B Division state championship on Monday night, defeating the South Hadley Tigers in a mercy rule-shortened 11-3 victory at Legion Field. Nolan Vogal spearheaded Belchertown’s offense, going 2 for 3, scoring four runs and stealing four bases. “He’s a nuisance (on the … 0

Local baseball: Hadley 11U Ripken moves into state final

Monday, July 21, 2014

The Hadley Cal Ripken 11-and-under team scored the tying run in the fourth and took the lead with a pair in the fifth to defeat Northbridge 5-3 in the state semifinals Monday evening in Uxbridge. Justin Masteralexis, Noah Scanlon-Dean and Nick Foster hit solo home runs for Hadley … 0

Arrests and crimes reported in Amherst, Belchertown, Hadley, Easthampton and Northampton

Monday, July 21, 2014

Amherst ■ Newman M. Galati, 22, of 26 Queen Circle, South Hadley, was arrested Friday at 10:23 p.m. on West Street on charges of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, second offense, reckless operation of a motor vehicle to endanger, failure to stay within … 0

Local baseball/softball: Hamp Ripken advances to state final

Monday, July 21, 2014

The Northampton Cal Ripken 9-and-under baseball team continued its perfect run into Monday night’s state final with three victories over the weekend. Hamp (4-0) defeated Douglas 8-2 Sunday afternoon in the state semifinal and will face Hudson at 6 p.m. Monday in Westminster. Otis Follet earned the win … 0

When ‘middle man’ is a badge of honor For 40-plus years, Squash Inc. delivers food around the Valley

Sunday, July 20, 2014

BELCHERTOWN — By recognizing Squash Inc., a food distributor in the Pioneer Valley since 1973, as a Local Hero this summer, CISA also recognized the importance of what Squash co-owner Eric Stocker calls “the dreaded middle man” in … 0

Northampton Cal Ripken baseball cruises in opener of state tournament

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Three pitchers combined on a 2-hitter as the Northampton Cal Ripken 9-and-under team began the state tournament with a 10-3 victory over Marlboro Friday afternoon in Westminster. Otis Follet (three innings, five strikeouts), Dominic Badorini (two innings, three … 0

VOLUNTEERS

Friday, July 18, 2014

special olympics — American International College Lions Club seeking volunteers to help with Special Olympics Sat., Aug. 9, 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at the Bocce Court of Nonotuck Park, Easthampton. Follow this link to register: http://soma.vsyshost.com/vsys/app/SXQP6XKN30A8XWX6 hospice volunteer training — Cooley Dickinson VNA & Hospice holds 20-hour training program … 0

Friends & Neighbors

Friday, July 18, 2014

To submit an item to Friends & Neighbors, send an email to newsroom@gazettenet.com or mail your news to the Daily Hampshire Gazette, Box 299, Northampton, Ma. 01061, c/o Friends & Neighbors. Amherst The U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C, has awarded Ella “Kippie” Douglas one of 65 … 0

Local baseball: Amherst Legion claims pair of playoff wins

Friday, July 18, 2014

After waiting roughly three days to extend its season, the Amherst Post 148 American Legion team then only needed hours to get off to a strong start in the next round of the Western District playoffs. Amherst defeated … 0

Local talent finds offseason home on IAS lacrosse team

Thursday, July 17, 2014

NORTHFIELD — The high school lacrosse season grinds along with a shifting focus as the goal changes from making the postseason to winning the championship. But for athletes wanting to play at the next level, a winning season … 0

Gazette Girls Track & Field Player of the Year: Northampton senior Lauren McGrath

Thursday, July 17, 2014

When Lauren McGrath first came out for the Northampton girls track & field team, she had no idea what she was doing. Fast forward a year and a half, and she had no idea just how much she … 0