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Greenfield Post 81 players swarm the mound following an exciting final out administered by center fielder Mark Buck, who dove in the lef-center-field power alley to rob Westfield's Rob Sullivan of extra bases.
Special to The Recorder/Jane K. Ames

Post 81 marches to states, 5-4

Thursday, July 24, 2014

GREENFIELD — Greenfield Post 81’s Luke Bakker got to experience the lows and the highs of baseball Thursday. After a fluky play in the top of the sixth inning bounced over the head of the first baseman to plate the tying run, Bakker blooped a two-out single to left-center in the bottom of the inning to put Post 81 ahead and Greenfield held on to win the District 1/2/3 Championship with a 5-4 victory over Westfield Post 124 at Veterans Memorial Field in Greenfield. Fourth-seeded Greenfield (19-4) finished off a two-game sweep of the best-of-three championship series over third-seeded Westfield and completed a perfect 5-0 … 0

Graves named Turners’ new AD

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

GREENFIELD — The hometown boy is finally coming home. Adam Graves, a 1996 Turners Falls High School graduate and former starting Indians quarterback, returned to his alma mater Tuesday afternoon when he officially accepted the positions of athletic director and physical-education teacher. Graves, 36, replaces Glenn Doulette, who left to become West Springfield … 0

Post 81 dumps Westfield, 3-1

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Greenfield Post 81 has a chance to sweep through the WMass American Legion Baseball tournament. Ben Ruddock turned in seven strong innings and Mark Buck hit a big third-inning RBI triple as Greenfield opened the best-of-three championship series with a 3-1 victory over Westfield Tuesday night at Bullens Field in Westfield. The two teams will meet in Game 2 tonight at 7:15 at … 0

Phillips delivers perfect title

Sunday, June 8, 2014

AMHERST — Mackenzie Phillips needed just 77 pitches to achieve perfection — and make history at the same time. Phillips, Turners Falls High School’s prized sophomore pitcher, hurled the area’s first-ever perfect game in a Western Massachusetts softball … 0

Spartans eliminate Wave, 4-0

Sunday, June 8, 2014

AMHERST — An uncharacteristically poor defensive performance proved to be much of the undoing of the Greenfield High School baseball team in Saturday’s Western Mass. Division III baseball championship game. Monument Mountain Regional High School pitcher Peter Oggiani did the rest. The sixth-seeded Green Wave committed five errors … 0

Valiant Hawks fall in 10

Sunday, June 8, 2014

AMHERST— Someone had to win, and someone had to lose. Such is life, and in the finals of the Western Massachusetts Division II softball tournament, No. 1 seed Hampshire Regional High School and No. 3 Frontier Regional School went toe-to-toe all day Saturday, and had to play three … 0

Turners comes up short in title game

Sunday, June 8, 2014

AMHERST — There were still six innings left to play, but the first inning ended up deciding the inaugural Western Massachusetts Division IV Baseball Championship Saturday at Earl Lorden Field. Turners Falls High School loaded the bases with nobody out but couldn’t score. Hopkins Academy then put up … 0

Sadri, Popusoi advance

Sunday, June 8, 2014

It was not a great day for local athletes at the All-State Track & Field meet at Bridgewater State University in Bridgewater on Saturday. While two athletes qualified for next weekend’s New England meet, many of the locals failed to live up to their seed and fell short … 0

Lights go out on pole vaulters

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Perhaps the biggest story from Saturday’s All-State Track and Field meet was from the only event that never finished. Greenfield High School’s Vlad Popusoi was still jumping along with four other pole vaulters at 9:30 p.m. at Bridgewater State University when the lights went out, and the official … 0

Balanced Post 81 looks to make run at state berth

Friday, June 6, 2014

The best word to describe Greenfield Post 81 this season might be balanced. The American Legion baseball team that calls Veterans Memorial Field its home all summer will kick off the season on road on Monday night when it heads to Parson’s Field in Belchertown at 5:45 to … 0

4 locals go for WMass crowns

Friday, June 6, 2014

Teams throughout western Massachusetts have battled through their respective baseball and softball tournaments, and today, on the campus of UMass, the remaining clubs will fight for sectional supremacy. Of the 12 remaining teams in three divisions in baseball … 0

Indians, other schools deal with SAT conflicts

Friday, June 6, 2014

Despite concerns from both teams in this morning’s Western Mass. Division IV Baseball Tournament championship at 10:30 regarding conflicts with the SATs, the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association will not move the game to a later date. Turners Falls High School had four players scheduled to take the SATs, … 0

Top seeds Sadri, Popusoi lead locals into All-State

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Darion Sadri and Vlad Popusoi lead the field of local track athletes into Saturday’s All-State Track and Field meet at Bridgewater State University. Both boys are No. 1 seeds entering their events and will have the rest of the field chasing them. A total of nine girls and … 0