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Comets Rout PH, Heritage

Comets’ varsity softball outfielder Caitlin Lawhorn was a perfect 4-4 at the plate, including a two-run double, Sydney Puryear added a three-run triple and Stephanie Clark a two-run homer, as Halifax County routed Heritage 16-0 Wednesday in six innings. Clark, VeVe Brandon, Jill Trickey and Sam Gibson each finished with two hits for the Comets, Clark with her home run and an RBI single, Brandon with an RBI single, Trickey with an RBI double, and Gibson with a double, single and three runs scored.

Megan Day added an RBI single and Jessie Bagbey an RBI sacrifice fly for Halifax, while Brittany Long added a base hit.

The Comets scored two runs on two hits in the first inning, three runs on three hits in the second, including Trickey’s RBI double, and two runs on three hits in the third, two on Clark’s home run, to make it 7-0.

Halifax scored two runs on three hits in the fourth, three runs on one hit in the fifth, the big blow a two-run double by Lawhorn, and four runs in the sixth inning, including a three-run triple by Puryear to end the game.

Gibson allowed two hits in six innings on the mound to get the win, striking out eight batters and walking none, and benefited from a pair of good defensive plays to keep her shutout.

A Heritage base runner singled in the third and stole two bases before getting caught in a rundown trying to score, with Gibson applying the tag.  The Pioneers had the bases loaded in the fifth inning, but Comets’ third baseman Puryear caught a ground ball at the bag and caught the base runner leaning toward home for a key out in that inning.

The Comets, 13-1 on the season, play today at William Fleming, with game time at 5 p.m.

Comets Strike Early For Win Over PH
Stephanie Clark and VeVe Brandon each finished with three hits and one RBI, Johanna Spencer added a two-run double, and pitchers Clark and Sam Gibson hurled a combined no-hitter, as the Comets’ varsity softball team scored a 9-0 win over Patrick Henry Tuesday at Comets’ Softball Field.

Sydney Puryear added an RBI single in a five-hit, seven-run second inning for Halifax County (2-1 WVD, 13-1), which also got base hits from Jameshia Smith, Jamilia Smith, Megan Day and Brittany Long in the win.

Spencer hit her two-run double in the fifth for the final runs of the game, more than enough run support for Clark (six strikeouts) and Gibson (four strikeouts), with Clark hurling the first four innings and Gibson the final three frames.

Patrick Henry had two base runners for the game, one on a first inning walk and the other after the Comets’ only error of the game in the fourth inning.
The second inning put her team in a hole from which it never recovered, according to Patrick Henry coach Brett Newman.

“Their team is very aggressive at the plate and put the ball in play,” said Newman.

“We’ll get better down the stretch and we’ll play them again, but I don’t think Hannah (Otterman) pitched a bad game.

“I think she pitched well. They put the ball in play and unfortunately we didn’t make the plays today, but we’re going to get better.”

The second inning, where the Comets got five of their 12 hits for the game, was obviously the key, according to Comets’ coach Melanie Saunders.

“I told them that’s what we haven’t been doing the past four or five games,” Saunders said.  “That’s the key in district games and competitive games, to start hitting the ball early and have them (opponent) realize you’re going to be aggressive at the plate.

“We’ve been waiting until the fourth or fifth inning to get our bats going, but you have to put the ball out there and make them (opponent) work.  We did that today and capitalized on it.

“I’m still unhappy with a couple of innings where we left base runners on, and we’re really working hard on that, and it didn’t really matter as much today but it will in a close game.”

“I’m very happy with Steph and Sam on the mound,” added Saunders.  They did a good job moving the ball around.  We played some kids at different positions and that’s only going to benefit us down the road.

“I know PH is a better team than what we saw today and we’ll see a different game up there.”