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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 forced 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 warmup 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

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

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

Easthampton Post 224 comes back, beats Amherst Post 148

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Easthampton Post 224 overcame a two-run deficit in the seventh to walk off with a 10-9 American Legion victory over Amherst Post 148, Tuesday in Easthampton. Adam Krol hit a grounder to shortstop and an overthrow at first plated the tying and winning runs. Brandon Weyant had two … 0

Little League District 2 Tournaments get underway

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

SOUTHAMPTON — With an enthusiastic bench and consistent hitting, Easthampton took down Southampton 13-3 in four innings on Tuesday in a Little League District 2 Tournament matchup at Conant Park. Nick Lloyd and Nick Jolicoeur led the Easthampton … 0

Local baseball: Liam Medina keys Pettengill Insurance comeback

Monday, June 23, 2014

Liam Medina’s three-run double in the sixth gave South Hadley Pettengill Insurance Post 260 a come-from-behind 3-1 American Legion win over East Springfield in South Hadley Monday. Ryan Kleszczynski had two hits, while Joe Ciolek struck out nine and walked two in the complete-game 3-hitter for South Hadley … 0