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Lady Comets ease past Martinsville

Make it two wins in two days in five-inning mercy rule games for the Halifax County High School varsity softball team, this one a 12-0 win at home Wednesday over Martinsville High School.

Halifax County, which took five innings to beat GW 13-0 the day before, did so again against the Bulldogs, finishing with 21 hits, 11 coming in a nine-run second inning. 

Three runs on six hits finished the scoring in the third inning, and Comets pitchers Taylor Barnes and Sidney McLamb never allowed Martinsville to get untracked offensively.

Barnes allowed no hits while striking out two batters in two innings of work, and McLamb also held Martinsville hitless while striking out six of the nine batters she faced.

Neither Barnes nor McLamb allowed a hit or walked a batter.

Martinsville, although going hitless for the game, made some plays defensively, including a double play in the first inning.

“Their pitcher threw strikes, and it wasn’t anything fast or fancy, and the kids out there made plays.  That didn’t happen the last time we played them,” said Comets Coach Melanie Saunders.

“They turned a double play on us.  You can never assume a team will be weaker than you, and that you will come out and dominate.

“You have to get there and do what needs to be done, and we didn’t go out and jump out like we did yesterday.

“It took us an inning, and we still were out front of it a little bit.”

“I told the kids it’s like practicing for a changeup, and we had a whole game of that, so when we do see a changeup in another game, we’ll be ready for it,” explained Saunders.

Kye-Neisha Logan finished with three hits, including a double, and had three RBIs, Kirsten Doss had four hits and an RBI, and Barnes had three hits and an RBI.

Megan Watts had two hits and two RBIs, and Ashley Watts and Gabby Spainhour each had two hits and an RBI, while Cecilie Elliott finished with two hits on the day.

Megan Puckett had an RBI double, Amber Moore an RBI single and Tatiana Roberson a base hit.

Halifax County hosts Magna Vista High School on Friday, and Saunders is expecting an entirely different game.

“We have a big game coming up on Friday, and we have to come in here Thursday and re-adjust,” said Saunders. 

“We’ll get out here and get ready, because it’s definitely going to be different competition than it was today. “