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Comets blank PH in district opener

 

It took a little while for the Halifax County High School varsity softball team to get rolling in Tuesday’s Western Valley District opener here against Patrick Henry High School. Once they got rolling, the Comets were able to gain control of the game.

With pitchers Samantha Gibson and Lindsey Wilkins combining to throw a one-hitter, the Comets blanked the Patriots 5-0 to extend their winning streak to nine games in a row.

“They both are good pitchers, and they have different pitches, different things for the batters to look at,” Comets Head Coach Melanie Saunders said of her two hurlers. “It’s really working to our advantage.”

If there was any downside to the Comets’ effort, it was on the offensive end. The Comets had 13 hits in the game, but it wasn’t until the third inning when the Comets scored four runs with the help of four hits that the Comets made any consistent noise with their bats.

Tayler Mosley kicked off the bottom of the third inning with a hit and V.V. Brandon followed by reaching base on an error. Kate Bane followed with a run-scoring double to give the Comets a 1-0 lead. Brandon scored on a passed ball to put the Comets up 2-0.

Sydney Puryear walked to put runners at first base and third base. Later, with two out, Gibson delivered a run-scoring hit to make the score 3-0. Puryear scored on a passed ball to give the Comets a 4-0 lead.

The Comets’ 4-0 lead held until the bottom of the fifth inning, when the Comets scored an additional run to make it a 5-0 score. Courtney Epps opened with a single and stretched it two bases when Patrick Henry High School’s rightfielder made an error on the play. A hit by Emily Nester later in the inning scored Epps to make the final 6-0 count. 

“It’s a win, it’s a district win, and it’s good,” Saunders pointed out.

“We always want to play up to our potential no matter what the team we’re playing against is like. I felt like we didn’t quite play up to our potential offensively. Our bats were a little slow. We were off-balance and all over the place at the plate. It seemed like we couldn’t make the proper adjustments. We’ve just got to learn to make that adjustment early.”

As far as the pitching and defense went, both were very good.

“Defensively, we did fine,” Saunders pointed out.

“Our pitchers did a good job. Our fielders did a great job.”

Offensively the Comets were led by Bane and Mosley, both of whom had a perfect day at the plate. Bane was 4-4 with one RBI, and Mosley was 3-3. Kelsey White had two hits, and Brandon, Epps, Gibson and Nester had one hit each.

The Comets were slated to be back in action yesterday with a Western Valley District contest here against William Fleming High School.

Halifax County High School will be in action here today when it faces neighboring border rival Person (N.C.) High School at 5 p.m. at Comets Field.