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


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...

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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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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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


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


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,...

American Legion: Belchertown Post 239 eliminated from state tourney by Beverly (PHOTOS)
07-24-2023 8:22 PM


NATICK – Western Massachusetts baseball showed it can hang with anyone in the state.Though Belchertown Post 239 dropped out of the double-elimination American Legion Senior Division state tournament after an 8-3 loss against Beverly Post 331 on...

American Legion: Belchertown Post 239 quickly turns focus to state tournament beginning Saturday
07-21-2023 6:57 PM


After falling in the American Legion district tournament final last year to Greenfield Post 81, Belchertown Post 239 got some redemption on Thursday night, taking down Westfield Post 124, 9-3, to advance to the next stage of the legion playoffs — the...

American Legion: Ryan Schneider powers Belchertown Post 239 past Westfield for District 1 title (PHOTOS)
07-20-2023 11:48 PM


WESTFIELD – Thursday night’s American Legion District 1 championship game between Belchertown Post 239 and Westfield Post 124 had more drama in it than a daytime soap opera. Multiple innings with bases loaded, heroic diving saves, blasts to the...

Belchertown Post 239 holds off Wilbraham in extras, punches American Legion title-game ticket (PHOTOS)
07-19-2023 10:15 PM


WILBRAHAM – Post 286 walked the wrong guy.Wilbraham intentionally gave Belchertown’s Jake Smith a free pass to first with two outs in the eighth inning of Wednesday’s American Legion Senior Division District 1 baseball semifinal. Smith had already...

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


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


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...

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