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Softball captures opening victory

Cori Campbell and Ashley Watts slugged home runs, and Taylor Barnes struck out 11 batters in a three-hit complete-game performance, as the Halifax County High School varsity girls softball team beat Amherst County High School 8-1 Wednesday at Amherst in the Comets’ season-opener.

The Comets finished with seven hits in addition to the homers by Campbell and Watts, with Megan Puckett going 2-4 with an RBI, Peyton Myers hitting a two-run single, and Miyana Ross hitting an RBI double.

Barnes collected an RBI on a bunt single, and Tayler Mosley and Meg Bane added singles for Halifax County.

The Comets scored twice in the second inning when Bane reached on an error, Barnes bunted for an RBI and Puckett hit an RBI single, and they took a 3-0 lead in the fourth inning off Campbell’s leadoff home run.

A two-out rally in the sixth inning, where Mosley singled, Emily Nester walked, Ross hit an RBI double and Myers hit a two-run single, gave Halifax a 6-0 lead.

Courtney Epps reached base on an error and Watts hit a two-run homer in the top of the seventh, and Amherst scored its only run in the bottom of the inning on a base hit and Halifax throwing error.

Halifax played a solid all around game in its season-opener, according to Head Coach Melanie Saunders.

“The girls played well tonight,” said Saunders.  “Taylor Barnes pitched well, with 11 strikeouts.

“Cori Campbell and Ashley Watts hit home runs and Megan Puckett went 2-4.

“We played well defensively and communicated much better tonight.”

The Comets, 1-0 on the year, face a stern challenge at the annual Battle of the Bases tournament in Rocky Mount this weekend, playing two games both Friday and Saturday.