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Lady Comets blast Dan River

Meg Bane, Jennifer Lacks and Cori Campbell slugged home runs, and the Halifax County High School varsity girl’s softball team pounded out 14 hits and scored nine runs in a scrimmage at Dan River on Tuesday. Meg Bane finishing with a homer, single and four RBI and Lacks with a homer, single and three RBI, Campbell had a homer and two RBI.

Emily Nester had two base hits and an RBI, Samantha Gibson (RBI) had a pair of doubles, VeVe Brandon a double, and Kelsey White, Kate Bane, BriAna Pierce and Courtney Epps a base hit apiece for the Comets in the scrimmage.

With only a few days to practice outside prior to Tuesday, the Comets did well in their first in their first and only scrimmage, according to Comets’ Head Coach Melanie Saunders.

“It’s hard to see what you’ve got practicing inside.  We’d only been outside three days on the field,” said Saunders.

“It was a good day.  They had one pitcher there, and she threw consistent strikes.  She didn’t have a lot of different pitches, but it was good for us for the first outing.

“It was good to get in and get a little practice at the plate, and I think everybody got to hit at least twice.

All four pitchers saw time on the mound during the scrimmage, with Gibson hurling two innings, Lindsey Wilkins two innings and Epps and Miyana Ross an inning apiece.

“We did free substitutions, which is always nice, because in a scrimmage you can put people in and out with different rotations,” added Saunders.

“We’ll try and do the same thing in some of these non-district games to see what works and who does well where, but for the first time out we did a good job.

“We have some things to work on, and we’ll see more things as we go along, but right now we have a good idea of what we need to focus on.”

The Comets need to take things one game at a time and improve as the season progresses, according to Saunders.

“These kids coming back know what it takes and the sacrifices they have to make.

“They have to work hard these non-district games to get prepared for the district and hopefully advance on.

“For the first time getting out and hitting off some live pitching, fielding and putting kids in position, it was a good outing.”