- Last Updated on 09:55 PM 04/11/14
- BY Doug Ford
After back-to-back wins against slower pitchers earlier in the week, the Halifax County High School varsity softball team had to adjust their swings against Magna Vista High School pitcher Jasmine Agee on Friday.
They wasted little time doing so, especially Kye-Neisha Logan, who went 3-3 with an RBI during the Comets’ 10-0 win in five innings.
It was Logan’s first multi-hit game of the season, and the junior outfielder admitted later some weight had been removed from her shoulders.
“I just kept my head down and hit to right field,” said Logan.
“The big thing is waiting for the pitch to come to you, not get ahead of the pitch, and just relax.”
Halifax County (5-1, Piedmont District, 6-2 overall) jumped to a 2-0 lead after one inning, starting with a single by Megan Puckett.
Taylor Barnes laced an RBI triple down the right field line, and Ashley Watts followed with an RBI groundout.
Four runs off five hits in the second made it 6-0, including an RBI triple by Barnes, double by Megan Watts, RBI single by Amber Moore and base hits by Logan and Puckett.
Gabby Spainhour doubled down the third base line and scored after a Logan single and RBI groundout by Moore to cap the scoring.
The Comets added three runs off five hits with two outs in the fourth inning.
Ashley Watts and Elliott hit back-to-back singles, Spainhour drew a walk, Logan connected on a bases-loaded single, and Megan Watts and Moore stroked base hits to complete the rally.
Barnes pitched all five innings and allowed only two Magna Vista base runners, one coming on a hit from McKala Jarrell to start the game, and another on a fourth inning hit from Hailey Williams.
The sophomore right-hander finished with eight strikeouts and didn’t walk a batter.
The Comets are beginning to take a more aggressive stance at the plate, and Friday’s win was a case in point, according to Coach Melanie Saunders.
“What we weren’t doing at the beginning of the season was being aggressive right from the start, and we kept teaching these kids to jump on the ball,” said Saunders.
“A couple of them wanted that first strike to go by, but it was much better today, and they’re improving with each game.
“We hit the ball to the right side of the field, and we’ve been harping on that in practice, to hit to right field with runners on to move them.”
“We were moving base runners today,” added Saunders, “pulling the inside pitch down the line, exactly what we told them to do.”