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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

Southampton teen Anthony Lucchesi accepted to elite BMX program at Olympic Training Center

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

SOUTHAMPTON — Anthony Lucchesi, 15, has been winning state and regional BMX racing titles since he started speeding around dirt tracks on his BMX bicycle at age 12. But on Friday, Lucchesi learned that he won the thing that had been eluding him — a chance to train with other elite racers at … 0

Southampton voters handily defeat $1 million override; layoffs, furloughs anticipated

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

SOUTHAMPTON — Teacher layoffs, employee furloughs and the end of some town-funded programs are in the cards after voters here rejected a proposed $1 million override in a special election Tuesday that drew 1,871 voters to the polls. … 2

Ethics probe: Ex-Southampton fire chief Hyde says he forged time cards, but only to pay son for other work done

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

SOUTHAMPTON — When the State Ethics Commission meets July 16, it is expected to begin deliberations on a long-simmering conflict-of-interest case involving former Southampton fire chief Stephen J. Hyde Sr. The commission held a hearing on the issue … 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

Ronald Wilkinson applies his artistic talent in his engraving shop, Award 1 Canal Achievements

Saturday, June 28, 2014

SOUTHAMPTON — Ronald “Rusty” Wilkinson has finally found a way to put his artistic talent to use at age 62 as he pursues at least his fifth career. When he graduated from Northampton High School in 1970, Wilkinson … 0

Valley Views Local photographers aim their cameras outdoors

Friday, June 27, 2014

PHOEBE Route 9, Belchertown Photograph and text by Anne E. Ely of South Hadley I was visiting a friend one day and noticed that the phoebes were flying back and forth to a nest. Not wanting to intrude … 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

Potential tax impact of $1 million override in Southampton

Thursday, June 26, 2014

OVERRIDE’S IMPACT SOUTHAMPTON — The proposed $1 million override would raise the town’s property tax rate from $15.20 per thousand dollars of value to $16.76, an increase of $1.56 per thousand. Below are the estimated annual increases depending on the current value of the property. value increase $150,000 $234 $180,000 $280.80 … 0

The million dollar question: Southampton voters to decide override Tuesday

Thursday, June 26, 2014

SOUTHAMPTON — Voters will decide a proposed $1 million override at a special election Tuesday amid strong feelings on each side in a town that has not passed an override in 22 years. Jobs are at stake and … 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