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Friday’s summer baseball: Northampton Post 28 shuts out Amherst Post 148

Friday, June 26, 2015

Sam Walker allowed two hits and struck out eight over six shutout innings in earning a 4-0 road win for Northampton Post 28 over Amherst Post 148 Friday night. Ian Ostberg went 3 for 4 and scored a run for Hamp (5-3), while Will O’Connor had two hits and a run. Mikey Thomson (hit) and Joe Afflitto each added a run. Will Budington and Daniel Hodgkins picked up a hit …

Northampton’s Erin Voss relishes first experience competing against Olympian Missy Franklin

Friday, June 26, 2015

The U.S. Olympic Team Trials are a year away, but Erin Voss got a glimpse of what to expect last weekend at USA Swimming’s Arena Pro Swim Series at Santa Clara, California. The Northampton rising senior swam four races against four-time Olympic gold medalist Missy Franklin. Voss and Franklin, who recently turned professional, …

Thursday’s summer baseball/softball: Northampton Mantle pulls away late to beat Amherst

Friday, June 26, 2015

The Northampton Mickey Mantle baseball team exploded late in a 6-2 eight-inning win over host Amherst Thursday. Beau Garbarini (triple) picked up three hits and scored twice for Northampton (8-1), which posted four runs in the top of the eighth. Zac Brittain singled, doubled, drove in two runs and scored two more. He also earned the win on the mound with three innings …

Marissa McCarthy comes through for state champion Hampshire Regional

Saturday, June 20, 2015

AMHERST — Neither team could score a run. That is, until Marissa McCarthy stepped up to the plate in the fifth inning of the state Division 2 softball finals and singled up the middle. Paige Sullivan sacrifice bunted …

Hampshire downs Reading for first state softball championship

Saturday, June 20, 2015

AMHERST ­— With one out and Reading Memorial’s tying run on second base in the bottom of the seventh, the Hampshire Regional softball team had to lock down on defense. Shortstop Savannah Waters cleanly fielded a grounder and …

Amherst’s Allison McCann pushes Cohasset’s Emma Davis but falls in state Division 1 tennis final

Saturday, June 20, 2015

SHREWSBURY — She staved off match point twice, playing the best she could against an opponent who has gone where no Massachusetts high school girl has gone before. Allison McCann ignored the pain that came late in the …

Uncharacteristic errors sink Smith Academy in Division 4 baseball final

Saturday, June 20, 2015

WORCESTER — For the second consecutive game, the Smith Academy baseball team displayed supreme confidence at the plate and the resilience that helped the Falcons reach the state Division 4 final. But Smith couldn’t quite overcome an uncharacteristic …

Smith Academy senior class looks to cap career with state Division 4 baseball title

Friday, June 19, 2015

The six senior starters for the Smith Academy baseball team, including its superstar pitcher, will receive the rare opportunity Saturday to conclude their careers on the biggest stage. After winning the program’s first sectional title last weekend, Smith …

Hampshire Regional at doorstep of first state softball championship

Friday, June 19, 2015

Saturday is the final day of the high school softball season and six teams will play for state championships across three divisions at UMass’ Sortino Field. After three Western Massachusetts championship seasons ended at the state semifinal level, …

Friday’s summer baseball: Easthampton Mantle deals Northampton first loss

Friday, June 19, 2015

The Easthampton Mickey Mantle team handed Northampton its first loss Friday, thanks to a big fifth inning in an 8-4 win at home. Matt Hewes’ two-run single highlighted a five-run fifth as Easthampton (2-3) took a 5-1 lead. Hewes, Tim Fay (RBI) and Garrett Kowal (two doubles) each …

South Hadley’s Tara Bainbridge places 13th in javelin at national championships

Friday, June 19, 2015

Tara Bainbridge had a solid finish to her high school throwing career. The South Hadley senior placed 13th in the emerging elite field with a throw of 108 feet, 5 inches in the javelin at New Balance Nationals, Friday in Greensboro, North Carolina. Ludlow’s Alyssa Guyon was fourth …

Thursday’s American Legion baseball: Easthampton Post 224 pulls away from Agawam for first win

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Easthampton Post 224 scored four runs on four in the fifth inning en route to a 7-1 victory over Agawam Post 185, Thursday at Daley Field in Easthampton. Easthampton (1-1) added two runs in the sixth as it won its first game of the season. Max Weir (two …

John Ferrara delivers for Smith Academy in state Division 4 semifinal victory

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

WORCESTER — John Ferrara wasn’t aware of the rule that allowed him to pitch again during Wednesday’s state Division 4 baseball semifinal. But after being taken out in the seventh at the 70-pitch mark and seeing his one-run …