- Last Updated on 09:45 AM 04/09/14
- BY Joe Chandler
After having played a tough series of games to open the season, the Halifax County High School softball team needed a relaxed type of atmosphere to help keep its juices flowing.
The Comets got it in Tuesday's Piedmont District encounter against GW.
With hurler Sidney McLamb limiting GW to just one hit and the bats cranking out hard hits at virtually every turn at the plate, the Comets crushed the Eagles 14-0 in a contest that was stopped after four and a half innings under the mercy rule.
Halifax County High School pounded GW pitchers for 21 hits in a solid performance that included a perfect 4-4 day at the plate for Gabby Spainhour who had a grand slam homer in the bottom of the third inning and finished her day with six RBIs.
Kirsten Doss, Taylor Barnes, Ashley Watts and McLamb were all 3-4 at the plate. Megan Watts and Cecilie Elliott had two hits each and Lauren Spencer had a hit.
"We used this to kind of get into a groove a little bit," said Comets Head Coach Melanie Saunders.
"We really hit the ball well against Bassett. We were hoping that would come on through this week. These kids just have to believe they can do it. So many of them are in their own heads and they're thinking too much at the plate. That kind of takes the bat out of their hands. Putting pressure on yourself is not going to help you, it's going to hurt you."
There was no pressure on the Comets in this contest.
With the Comets' bats pounding the ball, McLamb quickly settled into the game. She fanned seven of the 16 GW batters she faced in the contest and yielded only one hit, that being a leadoff single by GW's Kayla Ferrell in the top of the third inning.
"Today was the relaxed Sidney," Saunders pointed out.
"It was so much different today than it was last week when we put her out there against William Campbell. You could see the tenseness on her shoulders last week. Today, she came out and she was relaxed right off the bat. We've got to make her understand that is how she is going to be successful.
"You've got to go out here, be relaxed and let your defense work," added Saunders.
"We try to let her understand we don't expect her to try to strike everybody out, that they (the opponents) are going to hit you and you have to let your defense make plays. We're working on getting her confidence up. If she can do that, she can be a real asset for us."
The Comets jumped on GW quickly, loading the bases with the first three batters in the lineup reaching base. Ashley Watts followed with a two-RBI double, and the Comets were off and running.
Halifax County High School sent 10 batters to the plate in the bottom of the first inning, scored five times and led 5-0 when the first inning concluded. Four more runs in the bottom of the second inning gave the Comets a 9-0 advantage.
Spainhour's grand slam round-tripper in the bottom of the third inning put the Comets over the top at 13-0. One run in the bottom of the fourth inning capped the Comets' scoring.
The Comets have a busy week facing them, with a game against Martinsville High School on Wednesday afternoon and a game Friday against Magna Vista High School rounding out the week's action.