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Halifax beats GW 15-2 Tuesday in district action

A Western Valley District title and berth in the Northwest Region tournament is up for grabs today for the Comets’ varsity softball team, as Halifax County takes on Patrick Henry at 4:30 p.m. Halifax County (6-0 WVD, 17-0) handed the Patriots their only district loss earlier this season in Roanoke with a 4-0 win, and has only one district game remaining after today, at William Fleming on Tuesday.

The Comets put themselves in position to clinch the regular season title with a tougher-than-expected 15-2 win at GW Tuesday, leading only 4-2 after four innings before breaking the game open with 11 runs the final two frames.

Meg Bane led the Comets with four hits for the game, two doubles and two singles, and the sophomore second baseman finished with four RBI and three runs scored.

Sydney Puryear had a triple, single and RBI, Kate Bane two base hits and an RBI, Jennifer Lacks a single and RBI groundout, and VeVe Brandon an RBI groundout for the Comets, who took advantage of 11 walks issued by GW pitching.

Sam Gibson went the distance for Halifax County, allowing two runs on two hits while striking out 10 batters and walking two.

GW scored its two runs in the first inning, and Halifax scored four runs in the second, three in the third and eight runs in the sixth inning.

After an easy 10-0 win at home against GW the previous day, the Comets may have assumed another easy win the next day in Danville, but they received a rude awakening, according to coach Melanie Saunders.

“I kept thinking they were going to get it, but I had to come into the dugout and tell them someone had to step up,” said Saunders.

“We finished on a positive note, and we have to come in here and regroup, which we can.

“PH is quite a different team than GW, but GW played a whole lot better today than they did here the day before.

“They had nothing to lose but we did, and we have to keep that momentum and focus moving forward.

“It scared me a little bit, but in a way I think we needed this type of game.”