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Monday’s summer baseball: Hamp Post 28 Legion beats South Hadley Pettengill

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Trailing by a pair after the first three innings, Northampton Post 28 scored five times in the fourth and four more runs in the fifth to roll 9-3 over host South Hadley Pettengill Insurance Monday in American Legion action. Ben O’Connor had two hits, scored twice and drove in three runs and Derek Zewinski had three hits and three RBIs to lead Hamp (9-4). Will O’Connor (two runs), Mikey Thomson …

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

Monday, July 6, 2015

Boys Track & Field Taj-Amir Torres, senior, Amherst Regional Season highlights: Torres finished his stellar career with victories in the 100-meter dash (10.69 seconds) and 200 (21.40) at the All-State meet. He also anchored the first-place 4x400 relay at All-States. Torres pulled the same trifecta at the WMass/CMass Division 1 meet. He won …

Weekend summer baseball: Northampton Cal Ripken teams earn district titles

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Alex Houck and Nate Kelleher-Mochak combined on a complete-game two-hit shutout as the Northampton Cal Ripken 11-and-under baseball team beat Frontier 4-0 Saturday to win the District 2 championship. Houck started and gave up one hit while striking out three. He escaped a bases-loaded jam in the third. Kelleher-Mochak allowed one hit with four Ks over the final three innings and picked up …

Division 3 Baseball: Hampshire knocks off Wahconah to reach first finals since 1986

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

WESTFIELD — The Hampshire Regional baseball team continued its tear through the Western Massachusetts Division 3 Tournament on Wednesday. A play at home, a pickoff and a three-pitch called strikeout to close the fifth, sixth and seventh innings …

Solar advocates seek to end caps on sales of sun-generated electricity to Massachusetts utilities

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Solar advocates want the Legislature to preserve the right of larger solar electricity producers to get paid by electric companies for excess power the solar arrays produce through a process called “net metering.” Tired of the “solar-coaster” of up-and-down incentives and disincentives for the renewable solar energy, solar …

Frontier junior Kat Miner takes lead at WMass Heptathlon Championships

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Frontier Regional junior Kat Miner will take her high jump skills to the New England championship meet this weekend. In the meantime, Miner is in the lead at the Western Massachusetts Heptathlon Championships, held at Northampton High School. Miner had 2,400 points after four events Tuesday. The remaining …

Monday’s WMass baseball: Hopkins Academy shuts down Lenox in quarterfinals

Monday, June 8, 2015

Jon Morrison held Lenox in check and John Jacques closed the door on the Millionaires as the Hopkins Academy baseball team advanced to the Western Massachusetts Division 4 Tournament semifinal round following a 2-1 win in Hadley Monday. …

Division 2 Baseball: Hampshire Regional knocks off No. 2 Southwick in quarterfinals

Monday, June 8, 2015

SOUTHWICK — When the final out settled into second baseman Noah Batchelder’s glove in short-right field, Daniel Baldwin held his arms in the air like a victorious boxer. The Hampshire Regional pitcher’s reaction was appropriate. He and Southwick southpaw Bob Hamel traded scoreless frames for six innings, before …

Monday’s WMass Tennis: Undefeated Belchertown rolls past Lee and into girls Division 3 semifinal round

Monday, June 8, 2015

The undefeated and top-seeded Belchertown girls tennis team advanced to the Western Massachusetts Division 3 Tournament semifinal round with a 4-1 win over No. 6 Lee, Monday in Belchertown. Belchertown (20-0) will host No. 5 Monument (14-2) at 4 p.m. Wednesday. The Wildcats finished 11-6. The Orioles advanced …

Local briefs: South Hadley football coach Scott Taylor to run player safety clinic for local coaches

Monday, June 8, 2015

Player safety clinic for local football coaches Scott Taylor, the defensive coordinator for the South Hadley High School football team and a USA Football Master Trainer, will hold a clinic for youth and high school football coaches that will focus on player safety. The clinic is a part …

Division 2 Girls Lacrosse: Belchertown, Granby fall in quarterfinals

Sunday, June 7, 2015

The Belchertown girls lacrosse team nearly pulled off another upset in the Western Massachusetts Division 2 Tournament. The 11th-seeded Orioles put a scare into No. 3 Littleton Saturday, but the Tigers held on for an 11-8 win at home in the quarterfinal round. Belchertown (9-9) trailed 5-3 at …

Division 2 Softball: Hampshire slugs Easthampton, advances to semifinal round

Sunday, June 7, 2015

WESTHAMPTON — All it took was a picnic to help the Hampshire Regional High School softball team focus during its quest for a second consecutive Western Massachusetts Division 2 title. The Raiders beat Easthampton, 17-1 in five innings, in the quarterfinal round on Sunday. After a couple bad …

Amherst’s Taj-Amir Torres burns up All-State meet for two sprint titles; Frontier’s Kat Miner wins high jump

Sunday, June 7, 2015

FITCHBURG — Knowing Saturday’s All-State championships would be his last high school track & field meet, Amherst Regional senior Taj-Amir Torres made sure to put on one more electrifying show. But even with all he’s accomplished in his …