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Easthampton's starting pitcher Jamie Ryan (8) delivers a warm-up pitch during the Thursday evening Mickey Mantle playoff baseball action at the Amherst Regional High School in Amherst Thursday, July 24, 2014.  Easthampton defeated Amherst, 3-2.

Ryan, Vishaway lead Easthampton over Amherst in Mickey Mantle playoff

Thursday, July 24, 2014

AMHERST — Jamie Ryan didn’t expect to take the mound for his Easthampton Mickey Mantle baseball team in Thursday evening’s playoff game. But an injury to scheduled starter Brandon Bennett forced Ryan into duty and he responded with a complete-game 2-hitter in a 3-2 victory over Amherst at Ziomek Field. After going through his warmup pitches prior to the bottom of the first, Bennett was unable to continue due to elbow pain in his throwing arm. However, Ryan filled in nicely, striking out five and walking two while allowing two unearned runs. “I wouldn’t say I was successful, but I had eight players behind me … 0

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 … 0

Coming around again; Once considered ‘dead’, vinyl LPs making a comeback

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — If Bill Chamberlain had told you five years ago he was going to open a music store specializing in vinyl LPs, you might have told him he was nuts. Now, you might want to ask him if you can invest. Chamberlain, owner of Wild Mutations in Florence, which opened earlier this … 0

Masonry work to begin this month at Easthampton’s Emily Williston Memorial Library

Thursday, July 10, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — Work to repair the stone veneer exterior of the Emily Williston Memorial Library will take place over the next few weeks, but will not affect library hours or services. Thomas Raffensperger, a spokesman and member of the Public Library Association of Easthampton’s Board of Directors, said … 0

New Emily Williston Memorial Library director already at home in Easthampton

Thursday, July 10, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — After moving over 1,000 miles from a small town in Iowa, the new Emily Williston Memorial Library director said she feels right at home in Easthampton. “I couldn’t be happier here,” said Stephanie Sueppel, 50, who … 0

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

Metro Softball: Savannah Cavanaugh, Easthampton Eliminators no-hit Hamp Rage in rout, 14-0

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — The Easthampton Eliminators, led by a sparkling no-hit pitching performance and a hot bat from Savannah Cavanaugh, won 14-0 in four innings over the Hamp Rage in Metro League softball action at home on Tuesday. Cavanaugh was dominant from the start, using a strong fastball-changeup combination … 0

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

Area police news

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Amherst ∎ An unlocked vehicle parked on South Whitney Street was reported entered Monday at 8:50 a.m. and $1.50 in loose change and three Big Y Supermarket gold coins were stolen, police said. ∎ Tarah Anne Llewellyn, 25, of Hull, was arrested Monday at 1:26 a.m. on Lincoln … 0

Easthampton’s Co.lab will bring creatives out of their silos

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Easthampton’s Co.lab will bring creatives out of their silos A group of 12 men and women gathered at Eastworks last night to talk about starting a cooperative work space in the building. Last night a group of men and women who work at home gathered to hear details … 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