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Softball team notches another victory

Four Comets finished with a pair of hits apiece, and the varsity girls’ softball team had 11 hits overall in a 10-0 win over GW at home in five innings on Monday. Jameshia Smith, Sydney Puryear and Jamilia Smith (RBI) each counted a double among their two hits, and Kate Bane added two singles and two RBI.

VeVe Brandon had an RBI double, Jill Trickey an RBI single and RBI sacrifice fly, and Caitlin Lawhorn added a RBI sacrifice fly for the Comets (16-0, 5-0 WVD), who also got a base hit from Kelsey White.

Samantha Gibson worked the first two innings on the mound for the Comets, and Dalyn Hall hurled the final three innings, with the pair of hurlers giving up only one hit.

Halifax hosts a crucial district game Friday against Patrick Henry, but her team’s immediate goal was staying focused and getting wins in consecutive days against a rebuilding but competitive Eagles’ team, coach Melanie Saunders pointed out.

Mondays’ win was simply the first step.

“We have to get through tomorrow (Tuesday) first before we have to worry about Patrick Henry on Friday,” explained Saunders.”

“GW is a much improved team.  They made some great defensive plays and hit the ball well.”

Four runs on six hits, with RBIs from Brandon, Kate Bane and Trickey helped give Halifax a 5-0 lead after one inning, and Jennifer Lacks walked and scored after a Bane single and Jamilia Smith double in the second inning.

Puryear doubled, and Meg Bane and Lawhorn both walked in the fourth ahead of a RBI hit from Kate Bane and RBI flyout from Trickey to make it 8-0.

Halifax scored the game’s final runs in the fifth inning, coming off a White single, walks to Brandon and Puryear, a fielder’s choice with Meg Bane reaching base and an RBI flyout by Lawhorn.

Gibson and Hall combined to strike out five Eagles, with Hall allowing only one hit, and the Comets’ defense made plays to keep GW scoreless, once in the third inning when right-fielder Lawhorn stretched to snag a line drive to the gap in right-center field with two runners aboard before catching the runner off second to complete a double play.

Jamilia Smith made a running catch of a well-hit ball to left field in the fourth inning and Brandon caught a ground ball to center field and threw to second base for a force out in the fifth inning.

Saunders rotated her lineup and worked two of her primary pitchers to get the team ready for the stretch run.

“We got to work both pitchers again, because you don’t know what you’ll need as you hopefully advance through the tournament to the region,” said Saunders.

“We got to move people around defensively, and this game was good for that.

“I wanted the momentum we had Friday night to continue into today, and sometimes that’s hard when you play a team that’s not quite as strong.

“But, the girls did a good job of it against a slower pitcher, and we got a chance to work on some bunt situations as well.”