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Comets Crush GW, Prepare For Showdown Against PH

After a momentum-building win at Franklin County last week, the Halifax County High School varsity softball team didn’t want to overlook a struggling GW team Tuesday with a game against district co-leader Patrick Henry today. They didn’t, scoring 11 runs in the first two innings on the way to a 15-0 win, setting up today’s showdown with the Patriots for the district lead.

Halifax finished with seven hits for the game, two by Jamilia Smith, while Sydney Puryear had a two-run triple, Jameshia Smith a hit and two RBIs, and Johanna Spencer and Jill Trickey each an RBI base hit.

Megan Day added a double for Halifax County, which got two RBIs from Stephanie Clark on a pair of bases-loaded walks, and one RBI apiece from Jameshia Smith, Trickey and Caitlin Lawhorn, each on a bases loaded walk.

Clark, Jameshia Smith and Puryear each scored a run on bases loaded wild pitches for the Comets in the first inning to stake them to a 3-0 lead.

Nine more runs in the second inning made it 12-0, and the Comets wrapped up the win with two runs in the third inning and one in the fourth.

Clark and Samantha Gibson shared pitching duties for Halifax County, with Clark hurling the first three innings and Gibson the final frame.  Clark fanned nine batters and Gibson two, with only two GW batters reaching base in the game, on Comets errors in the first and fourth innings.

Comets coach Melanie Saunders said after Tuesday’s win that the focus all season has been squarely on the next opponent, regardless of who that opponent is.

“Our girls definitely want Friday and PH, but we wanted them to play one game at a time,” said Saunders.

“We focused yesterday and designed our practice to get ready for GW, because they could come in and surprise you.

“They had a different pitcher and we had to focus on them, but now we have Wednesday and Thursday to practice and get ready for PH.

“We’ve seen PH but know what they brought here is uncharacteristic for them.  They made a lot of errors and didn’t hit the ball the way they’re capable of hitting it.

“But, our girls are pumped up and we’re playing great together.  This game, we got to work both pitchers, and moved people around in the infield and outfield.

“That’s always a plus with these types of games coming up.”

The Comets have another district game to close the regular season after Patrick Henry, at home Tuesday against William Fleming, but Saunders is still focusing on the next game on the schedule.

“It will be big to get a win at PH and at home against Fleming, but we try and teach our kids to take it one game at a time,” she noted.

“Friday is definitely the one we need to get after and prepare for, and I think our kids are at the right place right now.

“They’re upbeat and everyone is playing together as a team and not as individuals, and things seem to be coming together.

“Franklin County was a big momentum builder.  Being able to hit like that late in the game tells me we’re where we need to be right now, but we have to keep moving forward.”

Today’s game at Patrick Henry starts at 5 p.m.