AGAWAM >> While they started off slow, Pittsfield Post 68's hitting was contagious, taking care of business against Agawam, winning 13-3.

Post 68 improved to 6-1 on the season behind a strong pitching performance from Jacob Flynn. Flynn struck out five while giving up just one run over five innings. Simon Nassif and Chad Shade both had two hits. Shade scored four runs and had two runs batted in. Nate Stump cleared the bases with a three-run triple in Pittsfield's seven-run fourth.



Jacob Flynn and Matthew Schneider. Tom Page and Jerry O'Keefe. W—Flynn. L—Page. 2B — Post 68 2 (Fink, Nassif). 3B — Post 68 1 (Shade, Nate Stump).

High School Baseball



Izaiya Mestre and Ryan Abel have been selected to showcase their skills as members of the Massachusetts All-State team in the New England Challenge. The team consists of high school juniors from the state. The team will be facing Team Connecticut this weekend at Palmer Field in Middletown, Conn.

"The New England Challenge is an excellent opportunity for players to gain exposure to a high level of competition," Steve Freker, the veteran coach and the MBCA hall of famer from Saugus who serves as the events coordinator, said in a release. "One of our missions is to help guide players to the next level, and being selected to participate in this event is a testament to the type of student-athletes we have in Massachusetts."

Under head coach Kevin Standard, Mestre and Abel recently completed their junior seasons at Taconic and helped lead the team to a 19-3 record as one of the top-ranked teams in Western Massachusetts. Mestre served as the ace of the Braves' pitching staff, going 7-0 with 42 strike outs in 53 innings pitched WHILE holding opposing hitters to a .118 batting average. Abel helped anchor the Braves offense, hitting .421 with 25 RBI and a .561 on-base percentage.

U.S. Olympic Trials


Five swimmers from Williams College have posted a qualifying time good enough to participate in the U.S. Olympic Trials.

Thad Ricotta, Alex McCarter, Ben Lin, Megan Pierce, and Emma Waddell will all represent Williams at the Olympic Trials in Omaha, Neb., which begin on Sunday.

In the last trials that took place in 2012, Williams was represented by Caroline Wilson, Logan Todhunter, and Paul Dyrkacz.

Thad Ricotta, the oldest of the group, graduated in 2015 with a degree in history. He qualified for the 200 butterfly in March 2015 and still holds school records in the 200 butterfly, 400 medley relay, 400 freestyle relay, and 800 freestyle relay.

Alex McCarter graduated from Williams College this spring with a degree in English. McCarter qualified in the 100 backstroke and holds school records on the 200 medley relay, 200 freestyle relay, and 400 freestyle relay.

Ben Lin will be returning to Williams College as a senior in the fall. Lin is a mathematics and psychology double major. He has qualified for the 100 backstroke and holds school records in the 50 backstroke, 100 backstroke, 200 backstroke, 100 butterfly, 200 medley relay, and 400 medley relay.

Megan Pierce is entering her senior year and pursuing a degree in psychology. She will compete in the 400 IM, which she qualified for in 2015. She has earned NCAA All-American status as an individual eight times.

Emma Waddell, the youngest of the group, will be entering her junior year and is majoring in biology. On May 9 she qualified in the 100 butterfly and holds records in the 50 freestyle, 100 freestyle, 50 butterfly, 200 medley relay, and the 200 freestyle relay.

From June 26 to July 3, they will be competing against almost 1,800 athletes while only the top-two swimmers from each event will secure a spot on the U.S. Olympic Swimming team.