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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 came on in the fourth and allowed … 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

Northampton Cal Ripken baseball cruises in opener of state tournament

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Three pitchers combined on a 2-hitter as the Northampton Cal Ripken 9-and-under team began the state tournament with a 10-3 victory over Marlboro Friday afternoon in Westminster. Otis Follet (three innings, five strikeouts), Dominic Badorini (two innings, three Ks) and Hudson Fulcher-Melendy (inning, two Ks) teamed up for 10 strikeouts. Badorini led Hamp … 0

Local baseball: Belchertown Legion picks up first win

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Jon Mastalerz delivered a walk-off single in the bottom of the eighth Friday evening as the Belchertown Post 239 American Legion baseball team earned its first win, beating Wilbraham 4-3 in extras. Nick Kurty was 3 for 4, including a two-run double for Belchertown (1-5). Tyler Gladu, TJ … 0

Summer baseball: Pettengill Insurance beats Westfield in American Legion

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Pettengill Insurance beat Westfield 9-2 on Thursday to improve to .500 in American Legion. Joe Ciolek went 3 for 4, drove in three runs and scored two others as South Hadley Post 260 (3-3) won at home. Pat Sears singled, doubled and had two RBIs in the win. … 0

Local baseball: Amherst Post 148 sinks Northampton King & Cushman Post 28

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Fresh off helping Hopkins Academy reach the state Division 4 championship game, Zach Kelley helped Amherst Post 148 beat Northampton King & Cushman Post 28. Kelley was 3 for 3 with two runs and one RBI as Amherst cruised to a 9-3 American Legion win at Arcanum Field … 0

Easthampton Eliminators no-hit Hamp Rage in Metro Softball action

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Three pitchers combined on a no-hitter as the Easthampton Eliminators beat the Hamp Rage 15-1 in six innings during Metro League Softball action Tuesday at Sheldon Field in Northampton. Each hurler threw two innings. Caelin Mottor started with … 0

Local baseball: Amherst Post 148 edges South Hadley

Monday, June 16, 2014

Amherst Post 148’s four-run fourth inning helped vault it past Pettengill Insurance, 5-3, Monday at Ziomek Field in Amherst. Daniel Hodgkins had two hits and drove in two runs for Amherst. Jake Balderston added two hits, a run … 0

Local baseball results: Northampton Mickey Mantel beats Greenfield

Sunday, June 15, 2014

The Northampton Mickey Mantle team knocked off Greenfield 5-1 on Sunday. Cody Cleveland went the distance while striking out six and allowing one run on five hits. Hector DeJesus led the Northampton (5-2) offense with two doubles and two RBIs. Kyle Warren and Garret Connly each added a … 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

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