- Last Updated on 12:22 PM 04/23/12
- BY Joe Chandler
The Halifax County High School varsity softball team has used a variety of ways to keep its lengthy winning streak alive. In Friday’s game here against neighboring border rival Person (N.C.) High School, the Comets made their living on the long ball.
Jennifer Lacks hit two home runs and had four RBIs, and Samantha Gibson had a two-run homer, as the Comets blanked the Rockets 10-0 in six innings in Halifax County High School’s annual Breast Cancer Awareness game.
“I just think I was ready,” Lacks said of her big day at the plate that increased her home run total for the season to eight.
“We had been facing slow pitching all week. The last game I was (swinging) way early, and, this game, I was pretty much right there. The pitcher’s speed was up. It (the ball) was inside, and I love inside pitches. It (the ball) was in the right place.”
Comets Head Coach Melanie Saunders said she pleased to see Lacks rebound at the plate.
“She struggled the last game and came back and regrouped, and that’s what it’s all about,” Saunders pointed out.
“That’s what the team does as well.”
The Comets took advantage of a three-run homer by Lacks and a two-run homer by Gibson to explode to a 6-0 lead at the end of the first inning. Lacks’ second home run of the day, a solo shot in the third inning, put the Comets up 7-0.
A two-RBI hit by Jessica Velazques in the top of the fifth inning that followed hits by Kelsey White and BriAna Pierce gave the Comets a 9-0 lead.
The Comets scored the final run in the bottom of the sixth inning when Meg Bane singled and later scored when VeVe Brandon reached base on an error.
Saunders said the team’s hot start was the key to the win.
“Jennifer and Sam were able to connect with runners on (base) and that enabled us to put runs on the board pretty quickly,” Saunders said.
“Person has a good team. Our kids took that momentum and kept going. It is hard to come back from something like that. We’ve been on the other side of it. It’s hard to regroup and get momentum going. Person did come back and start hitting again in the fifth inning and got runners on base. Our pitching and defense were able to keep those runners from scoring.”
Gibson pitched three solid innings, yielding only one hit while fanning two batters and allowing one walk. Lindsey Wilkins went to the mound in the fourth inning and finished the game. She yielded two hits in the fifth inning, but retired the side with back-to-back strikeouts. Wilkins allowed no walks.
The Comets had 11 hits in the game, with Lacks leading the offense with two homers and four RBIs. Pierce and Meg Bane also had two hits each, with Tayler Mosley, Cori Campbell, Gibson and White each having two hits.
Halifax County High School will be back in action Friday when it faces Cosby High School of Richmond at 1 p.m. here at Halifax County High School.