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High school softball preview 2024: Can Hampshire Regional keep it rolling?
04-09-2024 5:19 PM

By CONNOR PIGNATELLO

The Hampshire Regional softball team lost just two seniors from last year’s squad that won the program’s fourth consecutive Western Mass. title, but the Raiders have quite a bit of production to make up.Jocelyn Mettey, the 2023 Daily Hampshire Gazette...

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Softball: Northampton blanked by defending state champion Greenfield
04-08-2024 8:46 PM

By GARRETT COTE

NORTHAMPTON — Not a bad way to start a bid for a three-peat.Behind a 13 strikeouts from MacKenzie Paulin and a whopping 23 runs from the Greenfield offense, the Green Wave – winners of the last two MIAA Division 5 state championships – picked up right...


Softball: Hopkins Academy falls to Turners Falls in state semifinal rematch (PHOTOS)
04-08-2024 8:05 PM

By THOMAS JOHNSTON

TURNERS FALLS — The Turners Falls softball team’s bats were on fire to open the season on Monday against Hopkins Academy. In a rematch of last year’s MIAA Division 5 semifinal, the Thunder cracked six hits in the opening two innings to race out to a...


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...


Softball: Ella Schaeffer tosses gem, South Hadley blanks Easthampton 1-0 in season opener (PHOTOS)
04-01-2024 7:48 PM

By CONNOR PIGNATELLO

EASTHAMPTON – After an offseason spent playing travel ball, Ella Schaeffer was counting down the days until South Hadley’s first game of the season at Easthampton.After a playoff loss two years ago on the same field, Schaeffer said she started out...


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...


Local briefs: Belchertown Twirlers star at nationals & JamrogHVAC keeps the crown
07-31-2023 7:34 PM

Belchertown’s Emelia Maldanis, Evelyn Maldanis and Delaney Ochs represented the Belchertown Twirlers at the National Baton Twirling Championships in South Bend, Indiana.Emelia Maldanis, 11, and Ochs, 10, placed fourth in the Advanced Duet Competition....


2023 Gazette Softball Player of the Year: Jocelyn Mettey, Hampshire Regional
07-21-2023 8:11 PM

By KYLE GRABOWSKI

Jocelyn Mettey handed Hampshire Regional softball coach Brian McGan the game ball back. She’d just thrown a no-hitter, usually a career achievement.“That was kind of unique. It didn’t really strike her as a big performance,” McGan said. “She knew the...


Bay State Games: Southeast nabs softball gold medal with win over West (PHOTOS)
07-13-2023 5:59 PM

By KYLE GRABOWSKI

DEVENS — Sequels rarely measure up.The West softball team faced Southeast twice on the final day of Bay State Games competition Thursday. Their first matchup concluded pool play, and both teams had already secured a rematch in the afternoon gold medal...


Bay State Games: West softball team posts perfect day, secures spot in gold medal game (PHOTOS)
07-12-2023 6:12 PM

By KYLE GRABOWSKI

DEVENS – The West needed to sweat out its perfect Bay State Games softball record in more ways than one.Temperatures hovered in the mid to high 80s and low 90s at Willard Field all day Wednesday, and Central pitcher Hannah Reardon turned up the heat...


Dubay twins helped key Hampshire Regional softball team’s success
06-23-2023 6:13 PM

By HANNAH BEVIS 

When it came down to the final inning of their final game of the season, the Hampshire Regional softball team turned to some of its most unexpected and talented players on the roster – the eighth-grader contingent.Ryanne Dubay, Raegan Dubay and...


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...


Seeking 1st state title since 2016, Hampshire Regional preps for top-seeded Joseph Case in Div. 4 championship game
06-15-2023 8:28 PM

By HANNAH BEVIS

It’s hard to call the Hampshire Regional softball team underdogs against any opponent – every year, the Raiders have shown that they’re among the teams to beat in Western Mass., and consistently have proven themselves to be among the best of the best...


CC Thayer’s three-run double powers Hampshire Regional past Clinton, into Div. 4 state final (PHOTOS)
06-13-2023 8:07 PM

By KYLE GRABOWSKI

WORCESTER – CC Thayer never saw the ball drop. With how Clinton’s Ella Repole pitched against Hampshire Regional, it wouldn’t have surprised if it found a glove instead of grass. But the neon yellow ball fell just beyond the center fielder’s...


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 softball weathers Maynard in Div. 5 Round of 16
06-08-2023 9:16 PM

By KYLE GRABOWSKI

HADLEY – Let it pour.The Hopkins Academy softball team weathered a rainstorm and a pesky Maynard offense to reach the Division 5 state quarterfinal with a 10-6 victory Thursday at home.“We had the challenge of rain, and it’s gonna happen no matter...


All-around effort powers No. 2 Hampshire Regional past Bay Path, into Div. 4 quarterfinals
06-07-2023 9:16 PM

By HANNAH BEVIS 

WESTHAMPTON – Around this time of year, the motto for the Hampshire Regional softball team is the same every game – survive and advance. The Raiders did just that on Wednesday afternoon in the MIAA Division 4 Round of 16, knocking off No. 18 Bay Path...


High schools: Northampton’s Camilla Brewer, Amherst’s Logan Alfandari win track state titles; Hopkins softball advances to Class D final
05-26-2023 9:32 PM

By HANNAH BEVIS

HADLEY — The Hopkins Academy softball team punched a ticket to its first-ever Western Mass. final in style on Friday afternoon, run-ruling No. 6 Lenox in the Class D semifinals. The Golden Hawks cruised to a 14-2 win in five innings backed by strong...


Bats get to work as Hampshire Regional softball pulls away past Wahconah, into Class B final (PHOTOS)
05-25-2023 8:55 PM

By KYLE GRABOWSKI

WESTHAMPTON – Jocelyn Mettey gathered her Hampshire Regional teammates after a muted celebration.The top-seeded Raiders had just defeated No. 4 Wahconah 9-2 in Thursday’s Western Massachusetts Class B semifinal to reach their fourth straight sectional...


High schools: Isabella Schaeffer strikes out 20 as South Hadley blanks Northampton, 2-0 (PHOTOS)
05-18-2023 9:36 PM

Staff Reports

South Hadley pitcher Isabella Schaeffer struck out 20 batters and threw a one-hit shutout against Northampton on Thursday, as the Tigers prevailed 2-0.She walked just one and added a single.South Hadley’s Jae Velazquez drove in both runs and hit three...

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