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Comets softball team wins second straight Battle of the Bases tourney

For the second season in a row, the Halifax County High School varsity softball team is starting its season with a trophy in hand.

Winning all four of its games, the Comets repeated as champions in the annual Battle of the Bases invitational softball tournament hosted by Franklin County High School Friday and Saturday in Rocky Mount.

Halifax County High School won the tournament based upon the fewest total runs allowed among the participating teams. The Comets allowed only three runs in the four games they played.

“Anytime you can win it’s nice,” said Comets Head Coach Melanie Saunders.

“But, the winning is secondary. The players learning and working on the things we do in practice is the first priority.”

While the Comets won the tournament on the basis of the fewest total runs allowed, they also did quite a good job offensively, scoring a total of 16 runs in their two games on Friday and backing it up with a total of 16 runs in their two games on Saturday, giving them 32 total runs for their weekend of work.

The Comets, a perfect 5-0 on the season, have outscored their opponents 46-3 through their five games.

Halifax County High School opened the tournament with a 6-1 win over Liberty Christian Academy, taking advantage of three of the four errors LCA committed in the game to help push runs across the plate.

In its second game Friday, the Comets beat Commonwealth District opponent Mountain View High School of Stafford 10-0 in a game that was stopped after five innings under a 10-run slaughter rule.

Jennifer Lacks led the Comets with a perfect 4-4 effort at the plate that included two home runs and three RBIs.

In the Comets’ opening game on Saturday, they blistered Cardinal District opponent C.D. Hylton High School of Woodbridge 10-0 in a game that was stopped after five innings under the 10-run slaughter rule.

Immediately after the first game, the Comets returned to the diamond and defeated Commonwealth District opponent Stafford High School of Fredericksburg 6-2.

“It was definitely a good weekend for us,” Saunders pointed out after the sweep.

“The competition wasn’t quite as tough as we had expected. After we got here, we realized that several of the teams, particularly the Northern Virginia teams, had a lot of players to graduate from their teams last year.”

Halifax County took the lead with a run in the third inning, and had seven hits in winning its tournament opener against LCA. Meg Bane led the team with a 3-4 effort at the plate. V.V. Brandon, Samantha Gibson, Briana Pierce and Tayler Mosley each had a hit.

The Comets had a relatively easy time of things in their second game. After taking a 1-0 lead in the first inning, the Comets posted six runs in the third inning enroute to the 10-0 win over Mountain View High School.

Lacks had four of the team’s 12 hits in the game, with Meg Bane, Gibson, Lindsey Wilkins and Mosley each getting two hits.

The Comets’ opening game Saturday against C.D. Hylton High School was much like the team’s game against Mountain View High School.

Halifax County jumped to a 2-0 lead in the first inning, and led 4-0 when they punched in five runs in the fourth inning to take a 9-0 lead. A run in the fifth inning sewed up the win.

The Comets had 12 hits and took advantage of four C.D. Hylton High School errors. Five of the Comets’ hits were doubles. Ten Comets players had hits, with Miyana Ross and Gibson each getting two hits.

In Saturday’s 6-2 win over Stafford High School, Halifax County High School jumped on top with three runs in the first inning, and led 4-0 before Stafford High School scored twice in the fifth inning with the help of three Comets errors.

The Comets came back to add a run in the fifth inning with a RBI double by Meg Bane and another in the seventh inning on a leadoff triple by Cori Campbell and a run-scoring hit by Meg Bane to seal the win.

Meg Bane led the Comets with a 3-4 effort at the plate and three RBIs. Brandon followed with two hits, as she and Bane accounted for five of the team’s 11 hits in the contest.

“These games really worked the girls and tested their endurance,” Saunders pointed out.

“We saw some good things. We saw some things we needed to see. We used three different pitchers (Gibson, Wilkins and Courtney Epps) and we moved players to different positions around the diamond.

“We made a few mental mistakes,” Saunders continued.

“We want to use those mistakes as learning tools. Overall, this was a good learning experience for us. You can’t get this type of experience in practice.”


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