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YOSHITAKA HAMADA
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 force 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 warm-up 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

The Guns of August, revisited: Leverett couple’s latest foray into World War I looks at Americans in occupied Belgium

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Just over 100 years ago, German troops invaded Belgium — the opening salvo on the Western Front in World War I, an orgy of violence and destruction that would kill and wound perhaps 30 million people and dramatically alter Europe’s map and social order. Though the United States would not enter the conflict … 0

Amherst School Superintendent Maria Geryk gets passing grades in annual evaluation, though two dissent

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

AMHERST — Amherst School Superintendent Maria Geryk received good marks overall in her annual performance review by the three school committees she serves, with the highest grades in the area of promoting academic growth for all students and … 0

Watershed council helps keep Connecticut River healthy

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Once one of the more polluted waterways in the nation, the Connecticut River has come a long way from its tainted past when few people were on it to boat, much less swim or fish. “Just 40 or … 0

Monday’s local baseball: Easthampton Post 225 rallies past Agawam

Monday, June 30, 2014

Nick Grise’s RBI single capped a three-run rally for the Easthampton Post 224 American Legion baseball team in the seventh inning of a 3-2 win at Agawam Monday evening. Erik Fickett (run) hit a two-run triple to tie the game, scoring Justin Edinger and Noah Batchelder, who each … 0

Weekend baseball/softball: Scott Jablon’s walk-off grand slam gives Northampton Post 28 win over Agawam

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Pinch hitter Scott Jablon kept King & Cushman Northampton Post 28’s winning streak going in grand fashion Saturday. Jablon smacked a walk-off grand slam on a 3-2 pitch as Post 28 beat Agawam 8-7 at Arcanum Field. It was the third straight win for Northampton. Ben O’Connor drew … 0

Local baseball: Southampton Little League Juniors open with no hitter

Thursday, June 26, 2014

The Southampton Little League Junior team opened district play with three pitchers combining to no-hit and run-rule Westfield, 18-3, at home on Thursday night. Matt York opened the effort, allowing one unearned run on no hits and striking … 0

Michael Morris named assistant superintendent of Amherst schools

Thursday, June 26, 2014

AMHERST — Michael Morris, director of evaluation and assessment for the Amherst public schools, has been named assistant superintendent of schools. The Amherst-Pelham Regional School Committee and the Amherst School Committee voted Tuesday to accept Superintendent Maria Geryk’s recommendation to promote Morris, who joined the central administration in … 0

A call to make next year different at ARHS

Thursday, June 26, 2014

AMHERST — Special education teacher Momodou Sarr, who has run what he calls crosscultural conversations at the Bangs Community Center and at Amherst Regional High School, said he believes administrators, staff and faculty tried hard to support each … 0

Local baseball: King & Cushman hammers Longmeadow, 16-2

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

The Northampton King & Cushman American Legion baseball team broke through in a big way Wednesday evening. Post 28 pounded out 16 hits while batting around in both the second and sixth innings to pick up its second … 0

Anger, embarrassment and sorrow: Amherst Regional teachers speak out about the school’s year of racial strife

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

AMHERST — The year started full of promise at Amherst Regional High School for advancing its reputation as a place that takes racial concerns to heart. But the year ended Thursday with anger, embarrassment and sorrow over a … 0

Amherst school board members send state a message by staying with MCAS tests next year

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

AMHERST — Students in the Amherst schools will continue to take MCAS standardized tests next year rather than participate in tryouts of the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Career (PARCC) tests. Both the Amherst School Committee and the Amherst Regional School Committee have voted to … 0