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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

Katie O’Connor’s 10th-inning walk-off delivers Division 2 title to Hampshire

Sunday, June 8, 2014

AMHERST — All season, if the Hampshire Regional softball team needed a key hit with Katie O’Connor at the plate, coach Brian McGan would call timeout, settle her down and she would deliver. On Saturday, she walked up … 0

Mickey Mantle: Frontier slugs past Northampton

Friday, June 6, 2014

Behind a pair of home runs, Frontier defeated Northampton, 9-6, in Mickey Mantle action in South Deerfield Friday. Riley Baker went 2-for-2 with a home run and three RBIs for Frontier, while John Jacques had the other home run and drove in two runs. Hector DeJesus had two … 0

Hampshire-Frontier meet in Division 2 softball final; Amherst sprinter goes for double at All-States

Friday, June 6, 2014

The Hampshire Regional and Frontier Regional softball teams were going to enjoy Friday night. On Saturday, though, the focus will be on winning a Western Massachusetts Division 2 Tournament championship. Both senior classes graduated Friday night and activities … 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

Frontier Regional holds off Palmer to reach Division 2 championship

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

AMHERST — The Frontier Regional softball team has spent the season looking at a cup of dirt, scooped off UMass’ Sortino Field after losing in the 2013 Western Massachusetts Division 2 Tournament semifinal. It was coach Carrie Fydenkevez’s … 0

Leadership drives Frontier Regional to Division 2 softball final

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

AMHERST — With its 6-5 win over seventh-seeded Palmer in the Western Massachusetts Division 2 Softball Tournament on Tuesday, No. 3 Frontier Regional advanced to the final for the first time in seven years. The win also marked … 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

Hope Werenski of South Hadley wins two events in Central/West Division 2 track championship

Sunday, June 1, 2014

FITCHBURG — Hope Werenski of South Hadley wasn’t quite herself at last week’s Western Massachusetts Division 2 Championship meet. She finally shook a bout with strep throat on Monday and began training hard for her next track meet. Werenski, a senior, went out and had herself quite a … 0