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Lady Comets improve to 12-1

Miyana Ross scored twice, both times after reaching base on errors, and the Halifax County High School varsity girls softball team edged Liberty Christian Academy 2-0 Thursday in Lynchburg.

Halifax County, which finished with only five hits for the game, scored one run in the second inning when Jennifer Lacks hit a leadoff double.

Ross reached base on a LCA throwing error and Kelsey White drew a walk.

Tayler Mosley and Lindsey Wilkins reached base on fielder’s choices to plate Ross and give the Comets a 1-0 lead.

Ross again reached base on an error to start the fourth inning before advancing on a fielder’s choice and scoring on a Wilkins double to make it 2-0.

VeVe Brandon had two hits for the game with leadoff singles in the third and fifth inning, and the Comets had runners at third and second in the seventh inning with two outs after a walk to Brandon and a base hit by Kate Bane, but they could not add any more runs.

LCA had four base runners for the game, with two of them reaching third base in each of the first two innings, after a Halifax error and a base hit.

Liberty had single base runners in the third inning after a one-out single and the seventh inning after another one-out single, but in each case they could not score.

Wilkins hurled all seven innings to get the win, allowing no runs on three hits while striking out five batters and walking none, and the defense made plays behind her, committing only one error.

Comets’ Head Coach Melanie Saunders said Wilkins’ pitching and the Comets’ defense were the determining factors in the game.

“Lindsey pitched well, and our defense was solid,” said Saunders.

The Comets were again flat at the plate, however, and Saunders said her team’s hitting needs to improve as it reaches the heart of the district campaign.

“We’re flat.  We haven’t been hitting as well as we did at the start of the season, and that needs to pick up,” Saunders noted.

Halifax County, now 12-1 on the season after the non-district win at LCA, returns to district play Tuesday with a game at Patrick Henry.