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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

Amherst Legion falls to Greenfield, sets up must-win game Saturday

Saturday, July 19, 2014

GREENFIELD — An eight-run second inning did in Amherst Post 148 early and they were unable to recover as Greenfield advanced to the bracket championship of the third-round, double-elimination in the American Legion Baseball tournament with a 14-3 victory Friday night at Veterans Field. Amherst is still alive in the tournament and will travel to Ludlow Saturday for an elimination game. Ludlow knocked … 1

Local talent finds offseason home on IAS lacrosse team

Thursday, July 17, 2014

NORTHFIELD — The high school lacrosse season grinds along with a shifting focus as the goal changes from making the postseason to winning the championship. But for athletes wanting to play at the next level, a winning season — one game over .500 or going undefeated, state title included — no longer guarantees … 0

Amherst’s Finn Garner to play for title at USTA sectional tournament

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Only one local youth tennis player remained in the fight for a title at the USTA New England Summer Sectional Super Championship after Tuesday’s Day 4 action at UMass. Finn Garner, of Amherst, advanced to the Boys 14 final with a 6-0, 6-4 win over second-seeded Kevin Chao. … 0

Belchertown’s Caitlin Bernard swings big on the tennis court

Monday, June 23, 2014

AMHERST — Caitlin Bernard figured out early that she didn’t want to be a traditional teenage athlete who competed on the high school circuit to earn a scholarship to college. Instead, after seventh grade, she switched to home … 0

Easthampton Post 224 offense explodes in win over King & Cushman

Monday, June 23, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Easthampton Post 224 launched a 15-hit attack on Northampton King & Cushman Post 28 on its way to a 13-5 win in American Legion action on Monday at Arcanum Field. All nine starters for Post 224 … 0

Local baseball: Liam Medina keys Pettengill Insurance comeback

Monday, June 23, 2014

Liam Medina’s three-run double in the sixth gave South Hadley Pettengill Insurance Post 260 a come-from-behind 3-1 American Legion win over East Springfield in South Hadley Monday. Ryan Kleszczynski had two hits, while Joe Ciolek struck out nine and walked two in the complete-game 3-hitter for South Hadley … 0

Local weekend round: Mastalerz wins another for Belchertown Legion

Sunday, June 22, 2014

For the second time in as many days, Jon Mastalerz played the role of extra-inning hero in leading the Belchertown Post 239 American Legion baseball team to victory. On Saturday afternoon, Mastalerz singled in the winning run in the top of the 10th as Belchertown defeated South Hadley … 0

Local baseball: Belchertown Legion picks up first win

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Jon Mastalerz delivered a walk-off single in the bottom of the eighth Friday evening as the Belchertown Post 239 American Legion baseball team earned its first win, beating Wilbraham 4-3 in extras. Nick Kurty was 3 for 4, including a two-run double for Belchertown (1-5). Tyler Gladu, TJ … 0

Summer baseball: Pettengill Insurance beats Westfield in American Legion

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Pettengill Insurance beat Westfield 9-2 on Thursday to improve to .500 in American Legion. Joe Ciolek went 3 for 4, drove in three runs and scored two others as South Hadley Post 260 (3-3) won at home. Pat Sears singled, doubled and had two RBIs in the win. … 0

Northampton’s Will O’Connor no-hits Easthampton in Mickey Mantle

Thursday, June 19, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — Shouts of “I know you’re thinking about it, Will!” could be heard from the Easthampton bench late in Thursday’s Mickey Mantle game against Northampton. As Easthampton looked to break up Will O’Connor’s no-hitter, Northampton’s right-handed pitcher smiled and looked toward the Easthampton bench, unfazed. O’Connor went … 0

Local baseball: Amherst Post 148 sinks Northampton King & Cushman Post 28

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Fresh off helping Hopkins Academy reach the state Division 4 championship game, Zach Kelley helped Amherst Post 148 beat Northampton King & Cushman Post 28. Kelley was 3 for 3 with two runs and one RBI as Amherst cruised to a 9-3 American Legion win at Arcanum Field … 0

Easthampton Eliminators no-hit Hamp Rage in Metro Softball action

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Three pitchers combined on a no-hitter as the Easthampton Eliminators beat the Hamp Rage 15-1 in six innings during Metro League Softball action Tuesday at Sheldon Field in Northampton. Each hurler threw two innings. Caelin Mottor started with … 0