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Comets Shut Out Tunstall

Johanna Spencer cracked her fourth home run of the year, a two-run shot, and the Comets varsity softball team banged out 10 hits in support of a one-hitter from Sam Gibson to beat Tunstall 10-0 Friday at Comets Softball Field. Megan Day and Stephanie Clark each had a two-run double, Jennifer Lacks a two-run single and Jameshia Smith an RBI single for Halifax County, which also got two base hits from Gibson and one each from Clark, VeVe Brandon and Kisha Crowder in the win that gave the Comets a 7-0 record on the season.

“It’s definitely a good way to go into Easter break, with everyone getting a chance to play and with Sam doing a good job on the mound,” said Comets coach Melanie Saunders.

“Stephanie pitched a real good game Wednesday against Person High and Sam came in today and we knew she could do it, because she had already pitched at Tunstall.

“She moved the ball around well, and was ahead of the batters.”

Comets hitters took a little time to get their timing down before scoring two runs in the second and four in the third inning.

Two runs apiece in the fifth and sixth innings completed the scoring.

“We did the same thing as we did up there (Tunstall) at the plate, and it took a couple of innings to get our timing down before we started doing what we needed to do to advance base runners,” said Saunders.

“We went a little stale in the middle innings and picked it up toward the end, so I told them we needed to get to where we get hits every inning and be consistent.”

Spencer reached base on an error and Gibson on a base hit before Day’s double made it 2-0 after two innings.

Clark, Brandon and Smith hit consecutive singles in the third inning, with Clark scoring on a wild pitch, Brandon on Smith’s hit, and with Smith crossing the plate ahead of Spencer after her homer.

Crowder singled, Caitlin walked, and Lacks reached on a fielder’s choice before Clark hit a two-run double in the fifth inning, and Gibson singled, Crowder walked and Lawhorn reached base on an error in the sixth prior to Lacks’ two-run base hit.

Gibson was ahead of Tunstall hitters the entire game and finished with a one-hitter, a single by Morgen Jones in the fourth inning.

The sophomore right-hander struck out nine batters and walked two, while two other Tunstall batters reached base on errors.

Both those base runners were thrown out attempting to steal second.

With four games remaining before the district opener at Franklin County, the Comets have no concrete starting lineup, and that is by design, according to Saunders.

“What we teach our kids is that whoever puts out the most effort at practice and games and gets it done is going to start,” she explained.

“We could have a different player at each position each game, so we let the players know they have to work hard to stay in the starting lineup.

“We’re a team that doesn’t have a set lineup, and we let the players know they have to work hard to stay there.”

The Comets host Jefferson Forest Friday at 4 p.m.