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Girls to face tough game in tourney

The Comets’ varsity softball team has a tough game ahead of them tomorrow in Mechanicsville in a VHSL Group AAA State Tournament quarterfinal match-up with Lee-Davis High School. The Central Region champion Confederates (23-1) are led by the pitching of Kelly Heinz, who struck out 12 batters on the way to a perfect game in her team’s 6-0 win over Matoaca in the Central Region title game.

No one on her team is hanging their heads after the tough 3-0 loss at Battlefield Friday in the Northwest Region finals, coach Melanie Saunders said Friday.

“We didn’t get the hits today, but nobody is hanging their heads, nobody is upset about this and we have Tuesday to come,” she explained.

“We can make a statement next week.  We’re not done, we have a solid lineup offensively, and our defense has been great all year.”

Halifax County (23-1) is enjoying one of its finest years in school history, going undefeated in the regular season and Western Valley District tournament with shutout wins over GW-Danville and Patrick Henry.

They advanced to the Northwest Region finals with a 1-0 win over North Stafford and a 3-0 win over Loudoun Valley before Friday’s loss at Battlefield.

The mental toughness and attention to detail that has characterized her team all season needs to continue against Lee-Davis, explained Saunders.

“We have games left to play, and the key is getting back to fundamentals,” she noted.

“We’re going to stay upbeat, we’re going to stay positive and we’re going to stay focused.

“That’s what got us this far, and we’d be crazy to change anything or do anything different.”

Comets’ senior Jill Trickey said she and her teammates are confident the bats will start to roll again.

“We hit a lot every practice and if we continue that, we’ll do it,” she explained.

“It’s just a loss, and everybody loses, but nobody’s down, and we have to just continue what we’re doing.”

The game between Halifax County and Lee-Davis is scheduled to start tomorrow at 7 p.m.