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2023 Gazette Baseball Player of the Year: Patrick Fitzgibbons, Hopkins Academy
07-19-2023 5:58 PM

By KYLE GRABOWSKI

Greg Vreeland called his older brother, Hopkins Academy baseball coach Dan Vreeland, over to the hitting tunnel set up near the field. The mesh cage allowed the Golden Hawks’ junior varsity call ups and bench players to take batting practice swings...


NECBL: Valley Blue Sox hovering near first place at season’s midpoint
07-07-2023 7:17 PM

By HANNAH BEVIS 

HOLYOKE — The summer season is short but moves at a breakneck pace, and the Valley Blue Sox are suddenly midway through their regular season after a fairly impressive first half. The Blue Sox were a half game back of the Bristol Blues in the NECBL’s...


NECBL: Valley Blue Sox star AJ Guerrero enjoying a second straight summer with the club
07-03-2023 7:14 PM

By HANNAH BEVIS 

HOLYOKE – When it comes to summer ball, high school and college players have a lot of options to choose from – there are four dozen different summer ball leagues listed on the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper website.As a result, it’s not often that...


Legion baseball: Dom Badorini’s home run powers Northampton Post 28 past Belchertown, 5-3 (PHOTOS)
06-30-2023 9:22 PM

By KYLE GRABOWSKI

BELCHERTOWN — Dom Badorini stayed within himself and put the baseball out of the park.Northampton Post 28’s No. 3 hitter entered the batter’s box with one out and a runner on first base after a Jamie Fowler leadoff walk and a fielder’s choice in the...


Northampton Koufax baseball downs South Hadley for Suburban championship
06-30-2023 5:16 PM

Staff reports

Corey Kirkendall reached base three times with one hit and pitched four innings, as Northampton defeated South Hadley 7-2 in the  Western Mass. Suburban Baseball League Koufax Division spring championship Thursday night.Calvin Sanborn threw three...


Local baseball players compete in MBCA all-star games
06-23-2023 8:51 PM

Staff reports

A host of Hampshire County athletes represented western Massachusetts in Massachusetts Baseball Coaches Association All-Star games last week.In the West Central Senior All-Star Game, Hampshire Regional’s Edward Przybyla had a hit, stole two bases and...


Koufax baseball: Northampton holds off Amherst rally for 8-7 win
06-22-2023 6:37 PM

Staff reports

Northampton held off a furious Amherst rally Wednesday in Florence to reach the Western Mass. Suburban Koufax Division championship.After falling behind 8-0, Amherst scored seven unanswered runs to give itself a shot at the end before ultimately...


NECBL: Valley Blue Sox take down North Adams for 8th win in last 10 games
06-21-2023 11:12 PM

By HANNAH BEVIS 

HOLYOKE – The Valley Blue Sox kept their hot streak alive on Wednesday night, winning for the eighth time in their last 10 games with a 7-2 victory against the North Adams SteepleCats at MacKenzie Stadium.The win moved the club’s record to 8-4 on the...


Legion baseball: Northampton Post 28 players happy to be back after one-year hiatus
06-21-2023 10:09 PM

By KYLE GRABOWSKI

NORTHAMPTON – After every game, Northampton Post 28 coach Adam Krol makes sure his team goes into the crowd and thanks one person that they know who came to watch them.“A lot of my best memories growing up with my parents and my grandparents were...


MIAA Div. 5 baseball final: Bourne rallies from early deficit to take down Hopkins Academy, 10-5
06-18-2023 6:40 PM

By KYLE GRABOWSKI

WORCESTER — Bourne’s bats built a bridge too far for Hopkins Academy.The No. 9 seed Golden Hawks rallied in nearly every game of the state tournament but couldn’t make it all the way back against the No. 2 Canalmen in the MIAA Division 5 championship...


Hadley community supporting Hopkins Academy’s deep postseason runs
06-16-2023 6:40 PM

By KYLE GRABOWSKI

Patrick Fitzgibbons winced in the MacKenzie Stadium dugout.The Hopkins Academy senior catcher wasn’t hurt. His No. 9 Golden Hawks baseball team had just taken a 5-0 lead over No. 5 Pioneer in the MIAA Division 5 state semifinals, everything was good...


It’s all coming together for Hopkins Academy as MIAA Div. 5 baseball final with Bourne awaits
06-15-2023 6:18 PM

By KYLE GRABOWSKI

Hopkins Academy smashed its way to the MIAA Division 5 baseball state championship game.The No. 9 seed Golden Hawks scored at least six runs in all four games to reach the final against No. 2 Bourne at Polar Park in Worcester (noon, Saturday). Hopkins...


MIAA tourneys: 3 local teams eye title-game appearances as state semifinals approach
06-12-2023 6:36 PM

By KYLE GRABOWSKI

Saddle up.After coach Brian McGan’s “yeehaw” punctuated the last out of the Hampshire Regional softball team’s MIAA Division 4 quarterfinal win over defending champion Amesbury, the No. 2 Raiders will hit the road for the first time all tournament...


UMass athletics announces four-member hall of fame Class of 2023
06-12-2023 3:51 PM

By KYLE GRABOWSKI

The Hixon household better have room for two hall of famers.Longtime UMass diving coach Mandy Hixon will be a part of the UMass Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2023, the school announced Monday. Her husband Dave Hixon, the Amherst College men’s...


Hopkins Academy baseball takes down top-seeded Georgetown to advance to Div. 5 Final Four (PHOTOS)
06-11-2023 7:58 PM

By KYLE GRABOWSKI

GEORGETOWN — Every Hopkins Academy runner that crossed the plate popped up flexing, roaring and pointing. The Golden Hawks put two fingers in the air, and the dugout responded in kind.Once the No. 9 seed from Hadley started rolling, it flattened No. 1...


Frontier baseball falls to Ayer-Shirley in MIAA Div. 5 quarterfinals
06-11-2023 7:50 PM

By HANNAH BEVIS

AYER — Going into the season, the Frontier baseball team set three goals for its squad – win the league, win a Western Mass. title and win at least a couple of games in the state tournament.The Redhawks were able to check all of those goals off over...


NECBL: Unlucky 7s sink Valley Blue Sox in home opener loss vs. Bristol Blues
06-08-2023 11:04 PM

By KYLE GRABOWSKI

 HOLYOKE – The seventh inning turned Thursday’s Valley Blue Sox home opener against the Bristol Blues at MacKenzie Stadium from a pitcher’s duel to a blowout.The Blue Sox only trailed by one run after six innings, but the visitors stacked seven runs...


Brady Poreda smacks game-winning hit as No. 14 Frontier takes down No. 3 Oxford in extra innings to advance to Div. 5 quarterfinals (PHOTOS)
06-08-2023 9:09 AM

By KYLE GRABOWSKI

OXFORD – The Frontier baseball team won’t pinch hit for Brady Poreda again.The freshman No. 9 hole hitter plunged the dagger into No. 3 Oxford to send the No. 14 Redhawks to the MIAA Division 5 quarterfinals on the road Wednesday.After Frontier coach...


Valley Blue Sox boast mix of new, familiar faces as 2023 NECBL season set to begin
06-06-2023 8:29 PM

By HANNAH BEVIS 

As they prepare for the 2023 New England College Baseball League season, the Valley Blue Sox are relying on a mix of new and familiar faces to get through the summer grind.The NECBL is a league that often features different players on the roster over...


Wyatt Edes’ RBI single caps Frontier rally in 3-2 Class C championship-game win over Smith Voc (PHOTOS)
05-30-2023 7:49 PM

By KYLE GRABOWSKI

GREENFIELD - The Rooster hummed a song of victory in his head staring defeat in the eyes.Frontier Regional junior Wyatt Edes, nicknamed after the barnyard crower for his flowing red locks and crimson goatee, stood in the Veterans Field batter’s box...

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