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JERREY ROBERTS
The South Hadley team gathers with their plaque after their win against Deerfield in the Mickey Mantle League championship Thursday at Deerfield Academy.

South Hadley pulls away from Deerfield late, wins Mickey Mantle championship

Thursday, July 31, 2014

DEERFIELD — In what was shaping up to be a pitcher’s duel through six innings, South Hadley’s offense eventually came around and put up five runs in the top of the seventh to seal its Mickey Mantle Pioneer Valley Youth Baseball League championship with a 7-5 win over Deerfield Thursday. At the end of six innings, South Hadley starter Alex … 0

Whately firm faces further review for expansion

Thursday, July 31, 2014

WHATELY — The Planning Board stopped short Tuesday night of approving local thermoplastic company Bayer MaterialScience’s site plan for a proposed expansion of its factory in the town’s industrial park. Instead, the board decided to continue the public hearing on Aug. 19, citing a lack of response to requests for comment from the Board of Health and Police Department. The board also asked … 0

Large-scale solar project debuts at Fairview Farms in Whately

Thursday, July 31, 2014

WHATELY — Whately’s newest solar installation on Long Plain Road went live Thursday with a ceremony at Fairview Farms. The 8,129-panel ground-mounted array was installed by North Andover-based solar developer Nexamp and will produce 2.4 megawatts of electricity annually. According to a payment in lieu of taxes agreement with the town, Nexamp will pay Whately $6,150 per megawatt in the first year. The … 0

Deerfield routs rivals, championship bound

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

DEERFIELD — In a Mickey Mantle semifinal showdown between rivals Deerfield and Frontier, Deerfield emphatically advanced to the championship with a 10-0 mercy-rule victory at Deerfield Academy’s Headmaster Field on Wednesday. Deerfield was led by a strong team … 0

Ruddock, Ames keep Post 81 alive

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

SUDBURY — In a game of missed opportunities to score runs for Greenfield Post 81, Niko Ames came through when it counted. The Post 81 shortstop blasted a two-out, bases-clearing double with the bags full in the top … 0

Weekend round: South Hadley, Frontier Mantle; Easthampton Metro advance in tournies

Monday, July 28, 2014

A wild weekend of Mickey Mantle Tournament action concluded with three teams still in the running for the championship. Along with top seed Deerfield are No. 4 South Hadley (16-8) and darkhorse No. 8 Frontier (8-15). The final game on Sunday was postponed due to the morning rain. … 0

Deerfield Mantle stays alive, knocks out Easthampton

Sunday, July 27, 2014

DEERFIELD — Led by an offensive outbreak in which eight of their nine starters recorded a hit, Deerfield defeated Easthampton 10-2 in a Mickey Mantle Tournament elimination game Sunday afternoon. Seth Gewanter spearheaded the Deerfield offense, going 3 … 0

Chain grocery stores increasingly getting into local produce act; Big Y forms partnership with UMass student farm

Saturday, July 26, 2014

According to the “food odometer” developed by the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture in Iowa, the average fruit or vegetable travels nearly 1,500 miles to get from farm to consumer. And, to keep food from spoiling during these … 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) — … 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 … 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 … 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 … 0

Local baseball: Amherst Legion claims pair of playoff wins

Friday, July 18, 2014

After waiting roughly three days to extend its season, the Amherst Post 148 American Legion team then only needed hours to get off to a strong start in the next round of the Western District playoffs. Amherst defeated … 0