HAMMOND | Blair Morton the softball player and Blair Morton the girl are two totally different people.
Off the diamond, the bubbly teenager always has a smile on her face, but between the white lines, the smile turns in to a scowl.
The Griffith ace took her scowl and turned it back in to the million-dollar smile that the Panther faithful has come to know and love after getting pinch hitter Cassidy Mansfield to line out in her team's 3-1 win over Clark to capture the Class 3A Clark Sectional.
"We won!" Morton screamed in excitement. "It is pretty amazing. I don't know how to explain it."
It was all Morton and company from start to finish, as she threw a three-hitter with 10 punchouts and just one walk.
She was sharper Saturday, as she worked on a couple different things, but Morton gave the credit to her teammates for being a solid unit behind her.
"I kept my shoulders more square, tried to focus more, and tried not to be as wild," she said. "But (shortstop) Alexis (Atkinson) had a great game. She always has my back. And did you see that catch by (left fielder) Alyssa Gebo? I'm so proud of all of them."
The Gebo catch was a scooping grab in the sixth right before Clark (16-7-1) got its lone run on an RBI single from Andrea Zamora.
Griffith (13-11), a winner of two straight sectionals, scored two runs in the second, as it took advantage of four Pioneer errors in the inning.
The Panthers also tacked on one more in the third after designated hitter Lauren Maynard reached on an error, advanced to third on a Sarah Galambos single, and scored on a passed ball.
"We've been building for this all season long. Blair pitched another good one today and we got some good hitting and great defense behind her," Griffith coach Don Bence said.
Clark coach Christina Delgado knew what the team's downfall was, but is happy with who will be donning the Pioneer blue next spring.
"The errors killed us. We're also a good hitting team, but we looked at too many pitches," she said. "We're losing our catcher (Zamora) and our center fielder (Kaleigh Martinez), who usually plays left, but I'm excited with what we have coming back."