“Our team dynamic has helped a lot and the team gives me all the confidence.”
Belcher is up at 5:15 every morning for a physical training session at 5:30, and then attends formation before going to class. On game days, she is excused from training, but if she is in a leadership position that week, it is mandatory.
Despite the rigid schedule, she has managed to lead the country with two runs scored per game, and her .976 slugging percentage leads the conference.
“From freshman year, you get sideswiped because you miss a lot of class and have a lot of things going on,” Belcher said. “But I’ve gotten more comfortable and know how to balance things. I can’t wait for the playoffs, because I felt horrible leaving the team [last season].”
Senior guard Allen Williamson of Saugus averaged 17.5 points and eight rebounds in Amherst College’s march to the Division 3 national championship. The 6-foot-4 Pingree School grad netted 17 points and 10 rebounds in a 52-44 semifinal win over North Central and then connected for 18 points and 6 boards in the championship game last Sunday in Atlanta, an 87-70 victory over Mary Hardin-Baylor. The Lord Jeffs finished 30-2 under Andover native Dave Hixon. . . . Salem State senior second baseman Kevin Salines of Melrose earned MASCAC Player of the Week honors after batting .591 (13 for 22) with three doubles, five runs, and five RBIs. Salines sparked the Vikings on a 4-1 week and had three RBIs in a sweep at Massachusetts Maritime. . . . Chelmsford’s Alec Tiche passed a milestone at St. Michael’s College with a single against Saint Anselm April 9. With the hit, he surpassed the 100-hit plateau, becoming the eighth player and first junior to do so in program history.
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