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Northampton native and Blair Academy (N.J.) boys basketball coach Joe Mantegna works with players Wednesday during his camp at Smith Vocational.

Like father, like son: Joe Mantegna Jr. keeps coaching in the family

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Joe Mantegna Jr. watched two basketball scrimmages from the second rung of the bleachers inside Smith Vocational’s gym on Wednesday morning. The third day of the Northampton native’s basketball camp needed to wrap up, so Mantegna checked his watch and blew his whistle. The scrimmages paused, the teams rearranged and played a few more minutes. For a coach …

Tuesday’s local softball: Amherst/Deerfield falls to Southwick

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Mikah McNamara (two RBIs) and Amanda Deskavich (run) each had two hits, but the Amherst/Deerfield Metro League softball team fell 12-3 to Southwick, on the road Tuesday. Hanna LeClair (run) doubled in the loss for Amherst/Deerfield (6-11). Softball Southwick 12, Amherst/Deerfield 3 (6) A/D 101 001 —3 7 3 Southwick (10)20 00x —12 6 1 WP - Harley; LP - Cousland Records: A/D (6-11) Southwick (9-6) Baseball Easthampton SB …

Amherst downs Easthampton for Mickey Mantle championship

Monday, July 27, 2015

DEERFIELD — Amherst’s Stephen McCudden had never pitched on back-to-back days until this week. On Monday, the rising junior followed Sunday’s shortened start with a lengthy relief appearance in which he struck out eight to guide Amherst to a 10-5 win over Easthampton in the Pioneer Valley Youth Baseball League Mickey Mantle championship …

Weekend summer baseball: Northampton reaches state final in Cal Ripken 11U Tournament

Sunday, July 19, 2015

The Northampton Cal Ripken baseball team never trailed during its four games this weekend in the state 11-and-under tournament in Northbridge. Hamp went 4-0 and will play for the state championship on Tuesday at 5:45 p.m. in Northbridge. It will face the winner of Monday’s semifinal between Hudson …

Greenfield Post 81 eliminates Northampton Post 28 in District 1/2/3 American Legion Tournament

Friday, July 17, 2015

GREENFIELD — It’s one of the oldest axioms in baseball: bases on balls will almost always come back to haunt a team. Northampton Post 28 pitchers allowed just two hits but walked eight batters, and three came around …

Northampton stops Frontier comeback for 4-3 Mickey Mantle win

Friday, July 17, 2015

WHATELY — Bases loaded. Two outs. Bottom of the seventh. Frontier was at the plate and down by one with a chance to pull off a comeback versus a team on the opposite pole of the standings. All it needed was a hit. On the final play, Kyle …

Thursday’s summer baseball: Amherst holds off Holyoke in Mickey Mantle action

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Dylan Donaghue went 3 for 4 with two runs scored and two RBIs as the Amherst Mickey Mantle baseball team held off Holyoke, 8-6, on the road Thursday. Trevor Fil went 1 for 3 as Amherst improved to 14-4. Nathan Masteralexis tossed the last two innings and struck …

Northampton Post 28 strikes early, eliminates Easthampton Post 224

Thursday, July 16, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The Northampton American Legion Post 28 baseball team wasted little time putting Wednesday’s shutout loss in the rear-view mirror. Post 28 needed only three batters to take the lead and scored five times in the first …

East Springfield Post 420 eliminates South Hadley Post 260 in Legion playoffs

Thursday, July 16, 2015

SPRINGFIELD — One big inning cost South Hadley Post 260 its season, as it couldn’t complete the comeback and fell 14-8 to East Springfield Post 420 in the American Legion District 1/2/3 double elimination tournament at Walker Grandstand in Forest Park on Thursday. “They are not the type …

Aldenville cools down Easthampton Post 224 in American Legion playoffs

Thursday, July 16, 2015

CHICOPEE — After rallying in its last three games, Easthampton Post 224’s bats were silenced in the American Legion District 1/2/3 playoffs. Aldenville Post 337’s DJ Lehouiller threw a three-hitter while striking out 11 to lead his team …

Northampton Post 28 shut out for first time, falls to Ludlow in district tournament

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

LUDLOW — The Northampton American Legion Post 28 baseball team has boasted one of the highest-scoring offenses in western Massachusetts, but it failed to break through in the opening game of the District 1/2/3 double-elimination tournament Tuesday evening. Despite a solid pitching performance by Kevin Banas, Post 28 …

Wednesday’s local results: West wins softball gold at Bay State Games

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Alex Ferris keeps winning softball championships. The Hampshire Regional rising senior pitched West to a gold medal in the Bay State Games Wednesday. Ferris struck out three, walked one and allowed eight hits in an 8-3 victory over Central at Veterans Memorial Athletic Complex in Waltham. “It was …

Northampton wins Sandy Koufax A Division championship

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

WARE — After claiming another NEYSA A Division championship Tuesday night, Northampton Sandy Koufax baseball coach Tim Molaghan lauded his players for finishing off a second straight perfect season. “We’ve now gone 22-0 the past two seasons, which …