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Girls score key victory over Bassett

Amber Moore had two hits and two RBIs, and Taylor Barnes pitched a complete-game shutout with eight strikeouts as the Halifax County High School varsity girls softball team downed Bassett High School 3-0 at home on Tuesday.

Moore finished with a double, single, two RBIs and a run scored, and Kirsten Doss, Barnes, Ashley Watts, Kye-Neisha Logan and Gabby Spainhour each added a hit for Halifax County.

Two hits came in the first inning, where the Comets failed to score despite singles from Doss and Barnes and Megan Puckett reaching first base on a bunt, but the Comets broke through in the second.

Logan singled with one out, and Moore reached base on a Bassett error to drive home Logan, with Moore reaching third base and later scoring on a Megan Watts grounder to make it 2-0.

Halifax used its short game to add to its margin in the fourth inning, with Spainhour hitting a leadoff single and Logan bunting her to second before Moore’s hit made it 3-0.

That proved to be enough cushion for Barnes, who allowed two hits, both from Bassett leadoff hitter Morgan DeHart, with the Bengals having more than one baserunner in only one inning, the sixth where a hit and error put runners on first and third with two outs before a groundout got Halifax out of trouble.

Moore has made adjustments both at the plate and in the field since being called up from the jayvees earlier this season.

“We’ve really come together as a team, and my hitting has gotten better,” said Moore.

“We’re playing well at just the right time.”

Barnes, a travel ball teammate of Bassett hurler Taylor Mabry, agreed with Moore.

“I pitched pretty good today, and I thought Taylor (Mabry) pitched well, we just hit her today,” she said.

 “Our hitting is better and our defense has gotten better, and we’re playing more together as a team.”

Bassett Coach Sheldon Mabry said his team just couldn’t generate enough offense against Barnes and the Comets.

“We didn’t get the hits when we needed them, but hat’s off to Taylor Barnes, she kept the ball low and got grounders when she needed them.

“Against Halifax you can’t make any errors, and we had three errors that happened at bad times, and they scored.

“Hat’s off to them, they played fundamental ball.” 

“Both teams really hit the ball there (13-6 Halifax win), so we knew they would come here ready to hit,” said Comets Head Coach Melanie Saunders.

“We were able to take advantage of some miscues in the field for those first two runs.

“We earned that third one, but we knew they were a good team, their pitcher is good with a good rise ball and good off speed.

“Our Taylor (Barnes) was on, she moved the ball, and Ashley called the pitches, and both did a great job. 

“It was a good game overall, and we had some kids come in and get some key hits, so we’ve got to keep going.”