Player of the Week: Kristina Morton

By Wayne E. Rivet
Staff Writer

Kristina Morton is taking full advantage of her chance to be a varsity softball player.

The Lake Region sophomore leads the team in average at .429 and has knocked a team-best 5 RBI over the first four games of the season. She also has two doubles, while playing a “very solid” right field in her first season as an outfielder.

“Kristina has an extremely pleasant attitude and always seems to be enjoying herself. She hits in key situations, where we have runners on base — an aspect of the game missing last year,” Lake Region Coach J.R. Warren said. “Kristina shows great poise for a person her age in the field, at bat or on base and that motivates her teammates.”

In recognition of her strong work ethic, determination, commitment and good sportsmanship, Kristina is this week’s Boosters and Hancock Lumber “Player of the Week.” Each week, a Lake Region athlete is recognized for his/her dedication (does more than what is asked), work ethic, coachability and academic good standing. Recipients receive a specially-designed t-shirt, sponsored by Hancock Lumber.

The Morton File

Name: Kristina Morton

Year in School: Sophomore

Town: Casco

Parents: Jill and Larry Morton

School Activities/Sports: Varsity softball, cheering and field hockey.

Q. Why did you choose softball? I chose softball because it was something I tried when I was much younger, and I have stuck with it ever since. I also really enjoy the rush of catching or hitting the ball.

Q. What do you hope to accomplish this season? I hope to make as few errors as possible, whether it be in my fielding, hitting or throwing.

Q. What do you enjoy the most? The thing I most enjoy is a clean, solid hit that goes into a gap, and hearing my teammates cheering.

Q. What do you like the least? One thing that I don’t like while I’m playing is that I know I can do better. There’s always something to improve on, whether it is running faster or hitting quicker.

Q. What makes you successful? I think that having an open mind and being willing to try any new position has helped me be a successful player. Also, having a positive attitude even when things don’t look the best.

Q. What would your dream moment be? I think that making it into the playoffs would be my dream moment.

Q. What has softball taught you? This sport has taught me responsibility, discipline and to always keep my head up. In softball particularly, the game can change with just one hit, so I have learned to just stay positive.

Q. Who has inspired you? My parents have definitely inspired me the most. They’ve been so supportive of everything I do.

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