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Baseball: James Lavallee tosses no-hitter as Smith Vocational blanks Mahar 7-0
04-19-2024 7:57 PM

By GARRETT COTE

NORTHAMPTON — Only three batters stood in the way of James Lavallee and a no hitter.But the Smith Vocational junior southpaw still had work to do, and he had to go through the two, three and four hitters of Mahar’s lineup if he wanted to notch the...


2018 World Series trophy to be in town for Sunday’s Northampton Baseball and Softball League opening day
04-19-2024 3:14 PM

By GARRETT COTE

NORTHAMPTON — Youth baseball and softball is just around the corner in Northampton, as the city’s nine youth baseball teams and three youth softball teams will be in action against other local teams next week to kick off their respective seasons.But...


High schools: Hampshire Regional baseball rallies to force extras, falls to powerhouse Pioneer 5-4
04-18-2024 9:03 PM

Trailing 4-2, the Hampshire Regional baseball team tied things up on the road against Pioneer Valley Regional with a clutch two-run double off the bat of Drew Thompson, who went 4-for-5 with the two RBI on the day.But the Panthers responded with a...


Baseball: Chicopee Comp strikes early, takes down Amherst (PHOTOS)
04-17-2024 5:12 PM

By GARRETT COTE

AMHERST — It didn’t take very long for the Chicopee Comp baseball team to assert itself.The visiting Colts hung 10 runs on Amherst in the top of the first inning, and doubled that total over the next four innings as the host Hurricanes dropped their...


Baseball: Smith Academy can't overcome early deficit in 13-6 loss to Mahar
04-15-2024 8:14 PM

By THOMAS JOHNSTON

ORANGE — The Mahar baseball team couldn’t have asked for a better first inning on Monday against Smith Academy. After Sam Connors shut down the Falcons in the top of the frame, it didn’t take the Senator bats long to get going when it was their turn...


Baseball: Beau Elson pitches Hopkins Academy past Greenfield (PHOTOS)
04-09-2024 7:18 PM

By THOMAS JOHNSTON

GREENFIELD — Welcome back to western Mass. baseball, Beau Elson. The Fordham commit who returned to Hopkins Academy from Phillips Exeter this year, made his first start on the mound this season for the Golden Hawks against Greenfield on Tuesday.The...


High schools: Amherst softball starts fast, routs St. Mary’s 14-0 (PHOTOS)
04-05-2024 8:42 PM

Sofia Holden and Mia Shaw did the job in the pitching circle, and the Amherst softball team pounded out 14 hits en route to a dominant 14-0 win over St. Mary’s in a five-inning run-ruled contest on Friday in Amherst.Holden struck out five in two...


Around and About with Richard McCarthy: Living the dream? In less than a minute, a new pitcher loses more than just the game
04-04-2024 3:29 PM

By RICHARD MCCARTHY

Sometimes I turn on the television for what a friend of mine calls “bubble gum for the mind,” just something to chew on a little bit. Once in a while that expected slight entertainment turns into something more than that, something riveting, and not...


2024 high school baseball preview: Loaded Hopkins Academy aiming for third state final berth in four years
04-03-2024 6:17 PM

By GARRETT COTE

Fresh off its second state championship appearance in three seasons, the Hopkins Academy baseball team and head coach Dan Vreeland are hungry for more.The Golden Hawks fell 10-5 to Bourne in the 2023 MIAA Division 5 state final, but they return all...


Larry Lucchino, force behind retro ballpark revolution and drought-busting Red Sox, dies at 78
04-02-2024 12:22 PM

By JIMMY GOLEN

BOSTON (AP) — Larry Lucchino, the force behind baseball’s retro ballpark revolution and the transformation of the Boston Red Sox from cursed losers to World Series champions, has died. He was 78.Lucchino had suffered from cancer. The Triple-A...


Baseball: Josh Misiaszek, Belchertown open with 12-1 win over Northampton
04-01-2024 8:17 PM

By GARRETT COTE

BELCHERTOWN — After trading a run with Northampton in the first inning, Belchertown pitcher Josh Misiaszek got out of a small jam in the top of the second with back-to-back strikeouts and gave his team some juice headed into the dugout.The Orioles...


Baseball: Big first inning powers Granby past Smith Academy in season opener (PHOTOS)
03-29-2024 8:14 PM

By CONNOR PIGNATELLO

GRANBY — After inclement weather caused every outdoor game on Thursday’s opening day of the spring season to be postponed, Hampshire County teams finally started spring regular season play Friday on a sunny, 50-degree afternoon.And the Granby baseball...


Northampton’s Mark Simeone among newest inductee class in Western Massachusetts Baseball Hall of Fame
03-11-2024 4:04 PM

By JEFF LAJOIE

It’s been an eventful couple of weeks for Mark Simeone.The Northampton native has been racking up the honors and accolades, highlighted by last week’s induction into the Western Massachusetts Baseball Hall of Fame.Simeone, who grew up in Northampton...


Granby’s Mike Toth leads UMass baseball to first win over ranked opponent in over 20 years
03-07-2024 11:28 AM

CONNOR PIGNATELLO

Over the weekend, the UMass baseball team recorded its first win over a ranked opponent in over 20 years, handing No. 13 Virginia its first loss of the season with a 10-5 road win on Saturday afternoon.Granby High School graduate Mike Toth was at the...


Colleges notebook: UMass spring season kicks off this weekend for lacrosse, softball programs
02-08-2024 5:16 PM

By GARRETT COTE

Believe it or not, the spring season begins this weekend for the UMass athletic department, and it’s a busy time of year with the overlap of the winter and spring sport teams all in action. Even with weather warming up this weekend, the temperatures...


Tennessee Smokies manager Kevin Graber’s baseball journey wouldn’t be complete without a three-year stint coaching the Amherst Mickey Mantle program
08-23-2023 12:03 AM

By HANNAH BEVIS

Though Kevin Graber didn’t know it, his decision to get popcorn at the Amherst Fair one fateful day in the mid-2000s was one that would alter the course of his life.Some more seasoned baseball fans may remember Graber, who came to Amherst more than...


NECBL Quarterfinals: Valley Blue Sox season ends after Game 3 loss to Bristol Blues
08-03-2023 11:47 AM

By HANNAH BEVIS 

HOLYOKE – The Valley Blue Sox’s season ended not with a bang, but a whimper. In a summer season where teams play a lot of baseball in a short amount of time, the Blue Sox ran out of gas against the Bristol Blues on Wednesday night. In the deciding...


NECBL quarterfinals: Bristol Blues force Game 3 after Jagger Duquette shuts out Blue Sox
08-01-2023 10:01 PM

Staff reports

Game 3 will decide the NECBL quarterfinal series between the Valley Blue Sox and Bristol Blues after Bristol starter Jagger Duquette threw a two-hit shutout in a 5-0 win Tuesday in Connecticut.The No. 3 Blue Sox took the opening game Monday but...


NECBL Quarterfinals: Valley Blue Sox win 13-inning marathon over Bristol Blues with walk off bunt
08-01-2023 2:38 AM

By HANNAH BEVIS 

HOLYOKE – The last two regular season games between the Bristol Blues and the Valley Blue Sox both ended in ties. It would have been folly to believe their first postseason matchup could have been anything different. The No. 3 Blue Sox and No. 6...


Valley Blue Sox clinch playoff berth with win over Danbury Westerners
07-28-2023 11:20 AM

By KYLE GRABOWSKI

The Valley Blue Sox clinched a playoff berth with a 12-6 road win over the Danbury Westerners on Thursday in Connecticut.Christopher Willis drove in three runs on two hits for the Blue Sox. Matthew Bergevin homered among his two hits and had two RBIs,...

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