DEDHAM — For four innings, Norton High junior righthanded pitcher Mike Belcher and the Lancer defense were executing their playoff plan for an upset of No. 3-seeded Dedham in the quarterfinal round of the MIAA Division 3 South Baseball Tournament Monday.
Belcher had allotted the Marauders merely four hits, while shutting out Dedham through four innings.
Then the Marauders (18-3) plated four runs in the fifth inning and added seven more in the sixth inning to trump the Lancers 11-0.
“We just didn’t have that big hit,” Mike Brown, the Norton coach explained of two early-inning Lancer threats that may have put pressure on Dedham.
In the second inning, Brody Tinkham and Cam Stolpner both singled, but were left stranded. Then Jack O’Brien drew a walk and K.J. Williams singled, only to be stranded.
No. 11-seeded Norton (13-9) had lost twice to Dedham during the Tri-Valley League season by margins of 12-3 and 1-0.
“Mikey (Belcher) pitched well enough to win, but we had only six hits (two by Tinkham), and we didn’t make some plays in the field,” Brown said of only three of Dedham’s runs being earned.