Hampshire Regional softball seeded first in Div. 4

The Hampshire Regional softball program is no stranger to top overall seeds.

The Raiders, who won their third straight Western Massachusetts championship Tuesday, are the No. 1 seed in the Division 4 tournament, according to seeds released Wednesday. The brackets will become official at 10 a.m. Thursday, allowing time for errors to be corrected in records, etc. Some times and dates are still to be determined.

Hampshire (19-2) received a bye to the Round of 32 and will host either No. 32 Uxbridge or No. 33 South Hadley. The Tigers (15-4) travel to Uxbridge (6-14) in the opening round.

Also in the round of 32, No. 23 Wareham (7-13) will face No. 10 Easthampton (15-5).

DIVISION 5 – No. 28 Gateway Regional (10-6) will host No. 37 Nashoba Valley Tech in the preliminary round. The winner then gets No. 5 Mount Greylock (12-8), which captured the Class D Western Mass championship, in the second round.

No. 19 Hopkins Academy at No. 21 Frontier Regional earned byes into the main bracket. The Redhawks (5-15) will travel to No. 12 Tahanto (12-5), while the Golden Hawks (10-8) are at No. 14 Westfield Tech (14-4).

DIVISION 2 – No. 38 Amherst (14-4), in its first postseason since 2014, will face Western Mass foe No. 27 Ludlow (15-5) in the preliminary round. Whoever wins will visit No. 6 North Attleboro (14-6).

DIVISION 3 – In the preliminary round, No. 38 Belchertown (11-7) will open the tournament at No. 27 Saugus (13-7). The No. 6 seed Austin Prep (12-7) awaits in the Round of 32 for the victor.

Baseball

Frontier Regional will be at home through the Sweet 16 of the Division 5 state tournament, should it advance that far. The Redhawks (16-5) are the No. 6 seed in the bracket and will await the winner of No. 27 Bromfield (9-9) vs. No. 38 BC Charter (8-3) in the Round of 32.

No. 10 Granby, which fell in the Class D Western Mass final Wednesday, also has a bye to the second round. The Rams (16-5) will host either No. 23 Blue Hills (9-9) Or No. 42 Avon (9-7). They face off at 4 p.m. Friday.

No. 17 Hopkins Academy, the defending state champion, just missed the cutoff for a second-round home game. The Golden Hawks (10-10) are at No. 16 Rockport (6-12) in the Round of 32.

In the preliminary round, No. 25 Smith Vocational (16-2) will host No. 40 Turners Falls (9-9), and No. 33 Smith Academy (9-9) is at No. 32 Westport (10-8) at 2 p.m. Saturday.

DIVISION 4 – No. 27 Easthampton (10-9) qualified for the main draw and will visit No. 6 Shawsheen Valley Vocational Tech (17-3) in the Round of 32.

No. 33 Hampshire Regional (10-10) is at No. 32 New Mission (11-5) in the opening round. The winner draws top seed Amesbury (16-4).

No. 35 South Hadley (10-10) is at No. 30 Wareham (5-15) at noon Saturday. Whoever advances will get No. 3 Advanced Math (16-2).

DIVISION 2  – No. 36 Northampton (10-10) is at No. 29 Somerset Berkley (13-7) at 4:45 p.m. Saturday. No. 4 North Attleboro (15-5) awaits in the Round of 32.

No. 40 Amherst (11-9) will visit No. 25 Oliver Ames (10-10). The victor will travel to No. 8 Westwood (12-6).

DIVISION 3 – Belchertown is the No. 43 seed. The Orioles (9-9) are slated to play at No. 22 Bishop Fenwick (9-11) with No. 11 Dighton-Rehoboth (14-6) awaiting in the Round of 32 for the winner.

Small School Vocational State Semifinals: Smith Vocational 10, Old Colony 4 — Cole Boisvert (double) and Caelan Finnie each drove in two runs for the Vikings in a road victory.

Smith Vocational scored six runs in the top of the seventh to rally from a two-run deficit.

Rosoe Palmer added three hits including a double, scored two runs and added an RBI for the Vikings. He also walked twice. James Lavallee contributed two hits, two runs and an RBI.

Marshall Ingram picked up the win in relief, allowing just a hit and striking out three over three innings.

Boys tennis

The firsts keep coming for Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School. The Dragons played in the school’s first Western Massachusetts final Tuesday then earned the No. 11 seed in the Division 4 state tournament Wednesday.

PVCICS (14-1) will host No. 22 Stoneham at 4 p.m. Sunday in the Round of 32.

No. 23 Frontier Regional (9-3), a program in its first year of existence, will travel to Western Mass champion Lee (13-1) at 4 p.m. Monday.

DIVISION 3 – Belchertown was supposed to play Amherst in the Class B Western Mass championship game Wednesday. That was postponed to Saturday, but the Orioles (14-4) found out they’re the No. 22 seed in the state tournament. They’ll visit No. 11 Boston Latin (9-4) at 4 pm. Monday.

No. 28 Northampton (9-8) earned a ferry ride to No. 5 Martha’s Vineyard (15-2) also at 4 p.m. Monday.

DIVISION 2 – The aforementioned Hurricanes are also headed east. No. 25 Amherst (13-4) is at No. 8 Scituate (16-2) at 4 p.m. Sunday.

Girls tennis

The Division 4 state tournament will begin with a familiar opponent for the Frontier Regional girls tennis team. The No. 32 Redhawks (12-6) will host No. 33 Mohawk Trail (15-3) in the preliminary round at 4 p.m. Sunday. The teams split two 3-2 meetings during the regular season.

Whoever emerges victorious will have to contend with No. 1 Hamilton-Wenham (18-0) at 4 p.m. Tuesday on the north shore.

No. 37 PVCICS (9-8) is at No. 28 Millis (10-8) at 4 p.m. Friday. That winner will face No. 5 St. John Paul II (19-1) at 4 p.m. Monday.

DIVISION 3 – Belchertown qualified for the main draw as the No. 23 seed. The Orioles (11-7) will face No. 10 Whitinsville Christian (19-0) at 4 p.m. Monday.

DIVISION 2 – Western Massachusetts finalist Northampton just missed hosting the preliminary round game. Instead, the No. 33 Blue Devils (9-9) will visit No. 32 Dartmouth (11-6) on Friday at 4 p.m. 

Top seed Scituate (17-1) will await in the Round of 32 at 4 p.m. Monday.

Girls golf

Northampton’s Annalisa Agliati competed in the Central/West/North sectional tournament Wednesday at Ellinwood Country Club in Athol. She shot a 93 and did not qualify for next week’s state tournament. The top 18 individuals plus ties and top three teams advanced.

Westford Academy’s Morgan Smith captured the individual title with a 70. Wellesley won the team event with a 381.

Youth sports

Hadley 17, Northampton 8 — Morgan Augistin scored three runs and had a hit, as Hadley’s 12U softball team prevailed. Olivia Earle, Anna Conklin, Rosalie Davis, and Laney Crutch each scored twice with a hit for Hadley.

Ella Dunphy singled and scored twice for Northampton, while Hazel Dias scored two runs. Alexa Peters, Ary LaBarge, and Emily Kajka each singled and added a run.

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