PREP SOFTBALL | CLARK SECTIONAL

Griffith dismisses Gavit early in softball opener

2013-05-21T21:30:00Z 2013-05-21T23:17:13Z Griffith dismisses Gavit early in softball openerPaul Honeycutt Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
May 21, 2013 9:30 pm  • 

HAMMOND | There's been an age-old debate about what is a "hitter's park" or "pitcher's park."

Clark's newly-constructed field in Forsythe Park on 119th Street in Robertsdale is undoubtedly a hitter's park after Griffith strolled into town on Tuesday evening.

The Panthers opened up the Class 3A Clark Sectional with an 11-1 destruction of last year's sectional final opponent Gavit.

Griffith (11-11) got two hits each from center fielder Sammi Adams, first baseman Jamie Rex, and designated hitter Sarah Galambos.

"We've been pressing in practice, so we brought in a couple college pitchers so the team could constantly see strikes," Griffith coach Don Bence said.

Rex, who reached base all three times up, homered in the bottom of the second, also plating Galambos, who tripled in the previous at-bat.

After Adams notched her first RBI single in the third, the Panthers exploded for eight runs in the fourth, as they capitalized on four Gladiator errors in an inning that saw 12 Griffith hitters.

"These are some of the best swings they've taken in a while. It's very encouraging and it's only gonna boost their confidence," Bence said.

Griffith hurler Blair Morton pitched two-hit ball over all five innings, striking out eight with no walks.

Her lone mistake came on a home run in the top of the fourth from opposing starting pitcher Amber Sanders, who blasted one over the outstretched arms of Adams.

"She's been our horse all year. We've asked a lot of her and she's gone above and beyond our expectations," Bence said.

The Gavit sophomore allowed seven hits and four earned runs while striking out four in the loss.

"It's part of some growing pains. We have one senior we're losing and have just one junior," said Gavit coach Emily Smith. "While we'll miss Helen (Shelton) as our anchor in center, we have our whole battery back."

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