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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

Bird Sightings

Friday, July 11, 2014

The Audubon Society has reported a variety of recent bird sightings in western Massachusetts. A red crossbill was heard calling as it flew over the southern end of the Quabbin Reservoir. A black vulture was seen in Belchertown. … 0

Thursday’s American Legion recaps: Easthampton slips past Northampton Post 28

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Justin Edinger enjoyed a perfect night at the plate and scored a pair of runs to lead the Easthampton American Legion baseball team to a 4-1 home victory over Northampton King & Cushman Post 28 Thursday evening. The catcher went 3 for 3 with two stolen bases. Nick … 0

Gazette Softball Player of the Year: Hampshire Regional’s Savannah Waters

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Savannah Waters and the Hampshire Regional softball team had many goals going into the season, but there was one thing that would help accomplish all of them — getting on base. As the leadoff hitter, that’s all the … 1

Summer baseball: Easthampton holds off Northampton Mickey Mantle

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

The Easthampton Mickey Mantle team scored four runs in each of the first two innings and held on for a 10-8 victory at Northampton Wednesday evening. Jamie Ryan (two hits, four RBIs, run) hit a three-run home run in the first for Easthampton (5-10). Stevie Moussette and Hunter … 0

Gazette Boys Tennis Players of the Year: Northampton’s Ian Fishman and Francois Venne

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Junior Francois Venne chose doubles over singles, but freshman Ian Fishman was just hoping to get into the lineup as a newcomer to the Northampton boys tennis team. In preseason competition, their styles of play meshed and what … 0

Local baseball: Northampton Cal Ripken 10U run ends in state championship

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

The teams combined for 27 runs and 23 hits, but when the dust settled, the run for the Northampton Cal Ripken 10U team ended one win short of the state title as Hamp fell to Groton, 15-12, Tuesday … 0

Jesse Crepeau of Belchertown pleads guilty to raping 12-year-old girl; sentenced to 7 to 9 years in state prison

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A Belchertown man was sentenced to state prison Tuesday after admitting he raped a girl multiple times, beginning when she was 12 years old. Tuesday afternoon, Jesse Crepeau, 38, of 121 North Main St., pleaded guilty … 2

McCann takes 2 postseason titles

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

The Amherst Regional girls tennis team has a legacy of having someone in the driver’s seat. For the last two seasons, it’s been senior Nicole McCann at first singles. This year, she capped her Hurricane career with two … 0

Local baseball: Hamp dismisses Frontier in the Cal Ripken 10U state semifinals

Monday, July 7, 2014

So far it seems like nothing can derail the Northampton in Cal Ripken 10U Tournament play. Hamp dispatched Frontier, 12-1 in a mercy-rule shortened four-inning state semifinal game, Monday in Sutton. Northampton will face Groton in the final, … 0

Gazette Boys Track & Field Player of the Year: Amherst Regional’s Taj-Amir Torres

Monday, July 7, 2014

Taj-Amir Torres wasn’t going to sneak up on anybody this year. The Amherst Regional sprinter finished his sophomore year with 100-meter dash victories at every postseason outdoor track & field championship through New Englands. With a bull’s-eye on … 0