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Comets use early surge to beat Rockets

An eight-run second inning proved enough run support for a complete game effort from pitcher Sidney McLamb, and the Halifax County High School varsity softball team beat Person High School 8-3 at home Wednesday in the annual Cancer Awareness Game.

The Comets scored eight runs off 11 hits in the second inning, including doubles from Kirsten Doss and McLamb, two singles from Gabby Spainhour (RBI), and singles from McLamb, Kye-Neisha Logan (two RBIs), Megan Watts, Megan Puckett (RBI), Taylor Barnes (RBI), Ashley Watts and Cecilie Elliott (RBI).

Halifax collected five hits outside the second inning, two from Ashley Watts, who went 3-4 for the game, and two from Puckett, who also was 3-4 at the plate, in addition to another hit from Barnes in the first inning, where the Comets had three hits without scoring.

McLamb pitched all seven innings and gave up three runs, including one run off two hits and a Comets’ error in the first inning, and two runs off two hits and a walk in the third frame.

McLamb allowed 10 hits for the game while striking out eight batters, with Jasmine McCain leading Rockets hitters with three base hits.

Comets’ Coach Melanie Saunders was happy with the win coming off a difficult loss the night before, but added she still needs to see the team adjusting to different speeds at the plate.

“Person started hitting right off the bat and we couldn’t get our timing down,” said Saunders.

“A lot of our runs came off errors.

“We have to focus on different speeds pitchers bring from game to game.” 

“They’re starting to understand, and once we make those adjustments, we’ll be fine,” added Saunders.