A first-inning grand slam by Mike Twitchell and a 129-pitch effort by A.J. Bashaw led Norton to a 7-4 victory over Ware in the Div. 3 state championship game at LeLacheur Park.
Twitchell’s shot over the left field wall made it 4-0, but Ware scored twice in the third on a triple by Ryan Sidur and a sacrifice fly by Dylan Lask.
Norton added three runs in the fifth on back-to-back RBI singles by Eddie Hannon and Phil Rizzo and a sacrifice fly by Tom Munger.
Ware added two runs in the sixth, but Bashaw (6.1 innings, nine hits, two earned runs, seven strikeouts) kept the Indians at bay and reliever Jeremy Wright got the final to outs to secure the win.
The victory was Norton’s third state title. The Lancers also won championships in 1980 and 1989.
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