- Last Updated on 12:22 PM 04/23/12
- BY Doug Ford
Halifax County High School Assistant Softball Coach Jennifer Rutledge had nothing but positive things to say after the Comets chalked up an easy 7-1 win over Heritage High School here Monday night. While the win was a good one and improved the team’s season record to 7-0, there was a key person missing — Comets Head Coach Melanie Saunders.
Saunders was not able to be with the team Monday night due to an illness in her family. Her presence in the dugout and on the field was missed, Rutledge said.
“It was tough emotionally without Mel here,” Rutledge pointed out.
“But, the girls did a good job and we got a win.”
Comets starting hurler Samantha Gibson threw three scoreless innings without allowing a hit or a walk. Lindsay Wilkins completed the game, allowing three hits, one walk and one run.
Halifax County held a 7-0 lead before the Pioneers scratched up their lone run in the top of the fourth inning. A Comets error followed by the Pioneer’s first hit of the game produced the lone run of the game for Heritage High School.
It wasn’t until the seventh inning that Heritage High School came up with its last two hits of the contest.
Halifax County High School had nine hits in the game and took advantage of three Heritage High School errors. Gibson and BriAna Pierce had two hits each for the Comets, with Kate Bane, Meg Bane, Jennifer Lacks, Kelsey White and Tayler Mosley all getting one hit.
The Comets took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning, which started with a double by Gibson. Pierce reached base with a hit and V.V. Brandon loaded the sacks when she reached base on an error.
A hit by Kate Bane produced one run and another run scored when Sydney Puryear reached base on an error to put the Comets up 2-0.
Halifax County High School tacked on five more runs in the third inning. Lacks and Gibson triggered the inning with hits. A two-RBI double by White followed, giving the Comets a 4-0 lead.
A double by Pierce gave the Comets a 5-0 lead. Mosley walked to put runners at first base and second base. Pierce scored when Brandon reached base on a Heritage High School error to make it a 6-0 Comets lead. A sacrifice bunt by Kate Bane gave the Comets their final run of the game.
“Overall, I was pleased with the way we played,” Rutledge said.
“Our pitchers did well, our defense was decent, and we hit the ball well.”
The Comets will be idle until Tuesday, when they host Patrick Henry High School in their Western Valley District opener. Game time at Comets Field will be 5 p.m.