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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

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

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

Northampton girls third at West/Central championship as 4x400 reign continues

Sunday, June 1, 2014

WESTFIELD — The Northampton girls track & field team sure knows how to turn out championship 4x400-meter relay teams. The Blue Devils capped Saturday’s West/Central Division 1 championship with another victory in the 4x400. Their time of 3 … 0

Amherst Regional defends boys track crown as Northampton surprises with second

Saturday, May 31, 2014

WESTFIELD — The Amherst Regional boys track team expected to go out on top and the Hurricanes did. Northampton, meanwhile, was not expecting much, but the Blue Devils surprised the field and themselves. Amherst defended its West/Central Division … 0

Friday’s high schools: Gateway Regional-McCann Tech first-round game suspended by rain

Friday, May 30, 2014

Gateway Regional and McCann Tech will have to wait 24 hours to finish what they started. The second-seeded Gators had a runner on first in the bottom of the third when the Western Massachusetts Division 4 Tournament first-round baseball game was suspended following a downpour. Gateway led 3-0 … 0

High school playoff recaps: Big second inning keeps Hopkins baseball alive

Thursday, May 29, 2014

The third-seeded Hopkins Academy baseball team took command with a seven-run second inning to cruise past the 14th-seeded Sabis, 11-4, in Hadley in the Western Massachusetts Division 4 Tournament. Hopkins (10-9) will host No. 11 Holyoke Catholic (11-10) in the quarterfinal round Monday at a time to be … 0

Thursday’s high school tennis: Undefeated Amherst sweeps Chicopee in tournament opener

Thursday, May 29, 2014

The Amherst Regional girls tennis team didn’t get to celebrate its senior night. The Hurricanes’ regular season finale against St. Mary was cancelled. Instead, Amherst held senior night Thursday, when the top-seeded Hurricanes hosted No. 8 Chicopee in the Western Massachusetts Division 1 Tournament. The ’Canes’ six-member class … 0