HAMMOND | Griffith's Jamie Rex thought she saw something different about Hammond starter Jazzlyn Baines.
"I actually didn't even notice she was a lefty when I got up there," Rex said. "Someone in the dugout said something's weird about her, and when I got up I saw she's a lefty."
Baines being a lefty didn't bother Rex, as the senior first baseman went 2-for-3 with three RBIs to help lead the Panthers to a 14-4 win in six innings over the Wildcats at the 3A Clark Sectional semifinals.
Rex had a RBI-triple in the Panthers' four-run second inning and a two-run single in the third. Griffith jumped out to a commanding 12-1 lead after three innings.
"We're putting the ball in play and getting some solid hits," Griffith coach Don Bence said. "Jamie's been swinging a hot stick for us. She kept the inning alive for us and drove in a couple runs. I was really happy with that. Our overall effort, I wasn't happy with at all. I thought it was a sloppy game by us."
Hammond (7-11) scored two runs in the fourth inning and one in the fifth. The Wildcats committed four errors on the day, and all five walks by Baines turned into Griffith runs.
"We start three freshmen and two girls that have never played before," Hammond coach Jacqueline Brasseur said. "So the way they've grown this year, we couldn't be prouder of how they played today. They lost to a good team, but they didn't beat themselves."
Griffith leadoff hitter Samantha Adams was 1-for-2 on the day with one RBI and three runs scored. Kailey Shepard was also 1-for-2 with three runs scored and one RBI. The Panthers (12-11) will face host Clark in the sectional championship at 1 p.m. today.
"I don't think that just because people have us winning the sectional it's good enough," Rex said. "We want more. We just need to come out here and give it our all and see what happens from there."
Clark moved on to Saturday's championship after Roosevelt failed to field a full team and called to forfeit the semifinal game with the Pioneers.
"We were just ready to play a game and excited to play on our home field," Clark coach Christina Delgado said. "Just disappointed to find out 45 minutes before the game that it's canceled."