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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

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 (4-1). Thea Hanscom, Quentin Moliterno and Kouji Ishida had hits in the fifth-inning rally. Scanlon-Dean … 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 on the mound in all three contests, with help from reliever Dominic Badorini. Northampton 8, … 0

Adam Krol tosses no-hitter for Easthampton Post 224

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Adam Krol threw a no-hitter to lead Easthampton Post 224 to a 1-0 victory over Belchertown Post 239 in American Legion baseball action Tuesday night at Daly Field in Easthampton. Krol walked a batter in the fifth inning to lose the perfect game, but his team rallied in … 0

Amherst’s Taj-Amir Torres wins 100 dash at All-State Track championships

Sunday, June 8, 2014

The boys 100-meter dash at the All-State Track & Field Championship Saturday was the most competitive of the season for Amherst Regional junior Taj-Amir Torres. Six of the eight sprinters ran sub-11 seconds, but Torres stayed in front … 0

Gateway Regional graduates 71 as superintendent challenges them to prepare for ‘seismic change’

Friday, June 6, 2014

HUNTINGTON — As 71 seniors filed two-by-two onto Booster Field for Gateway Regional High School’s 51st graduation Friday night, spirits were high among viewers and graduates alike. Friends and family waved, snapped photographs and videotaped the procession as graduates waved back, threw beach balls, and some fought back … 0

Matt Vautour: MIAA wrong to force students to decide between SAT and baseball championship

Friday, June 6, 2014

The Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association makes an awfully big deal about what a valuable part it plays in enhancing student-athletes’ academic experience. All over the MIAA website, there are a lot of self-congratulatory platitudes beginning with the slogan “Building the future, one student at a time,” which greets … 0

Hopkins Academy comes through with 6-5 semifinal win over Gateway Regional

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

AMHERST — Hopkins Academy baseball coach Jordan Branson admitted it would have been devastating to end the season in a game in which the Golden Hawks outhit their opponent 10-1. Hopkins faced that very possibility before relief pitcher … 0

Eighth-grader Jonathan Morrison shines for Hopkins Academy

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

AMHERST — In his first career varsity start Wednesday, Hopkins Academy eighth-grader Jonathan Morrison put forth an impressive pitching performance in the third-seeded Golden Hawks’ 6-5 win over No. 2 Gateway Regional in the Western Massachusetts Division 4 … 0

Monday high schools: Gateway advances to Division 4 baseball semifinals

Monday, June 2, 2014

After dropping their last three regular season games, Gateway Regional didn’t look like a team destined for a deep run despite its No. 2 seed in the Western Massachusetts Division 4 Baseball Tournament. But the Gators have rediscovered their winning ways in the postseason. Monday’s 6-2 win over … 0

LifeFlight called for Huntington man hurt in Chesterfield all-terrain vehicle accident

Monday, June 2, 2014

CHESTERFIELD — Police and firefighters from Chesterfield were called to Smith Road behind the New Hingham Elementary School on Sunday after a 30-year-old man from Huntington was thrown from an all-terrain vehicle and suffered what authorities described as serious injuries. “He sustained what appeared to be serious injuries … 0

Weekend high school playoff recaps: Gateway baseball picks up suspended game, holds on to win

Monday, June 2, 2014

The Gateway baseball finished its suspended playoff game with a high note, adding a run for a 4-2 win over McCann Tech on Saturday to advance in to the Western Massachusetts Division 4 tournament. The No. 2 Gators (13-8) will play No. 10 Lee (9-12) at home in … 1

Weekend Mickey Mantle recaps: Pat Grygorcewicz fuels Northampton’s win

Monday, June 2, 2014

The Northampton Mickey Mantle team earned a 5-4 win over South Hadley on Sunday thanks to Pat Grygorcewicz’s big day. Grygorcewicz finished 2 for 3 with three RBIs in the win. Will O’Connor had a hit and two runs scored to back up Kyle Warren’s complete-game effort. He … 0