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Comets softball remains unbeaten in district

A three-run fifth inning broke open a scoreless game, and the Halifax County High School varsity softball team got past Patrick Henry 6-0 Tuesday in Roanoke.

Tayler Mosley jump-started the fifth-inning rally with a bunt single, VeVe Brandon reached base on an error and Kate Bane knocked Mosley in with an RBI groundout.

Meg Bane followed with an RBI double and Jennifer Lacks added an RBI single to make it 3-0.

Halifax County tacked on a run in the sixth inning when Kelsey White drew a walk and BriAna Pierce put down a bunt single before a sacrifice fly by Sam Gibson plated White.

The seventh inning saw the Comets plate two more runs coming on singles by Brandon and Kate Bane and a two-run double by Miyana Ross.

Halifax County finished with nine hits for the contest, two each by Brandon and Kate Bane, and one each by Meg Bane, Lacks, Ross, Pierce and Mosley.

Lindsey Wilkins and Gibson shared time on the mound against Patrick Henry, with Wilkins allowing only a fourth-inning double by Alexis Cox while striking out nine batters in five innings.

Gibson allowed no hits in two innings on the mound and struck out two batters.

With the win, the Comets (13-1, 4-0) remained unbeaten in the Western Valley District with three key district games in a row on the horizon, beginning with a game at William Fleming today and a key test at Franklin County on Tuesday.

Despite getting nine hits against the Patriots, the Comets need to pick it up offensively the second half of the district season, according to Head Coach Melanie Saunders.

“Lindsey and Sam did a good job on the mound, and defensively we played well,” said Saunders.

“Offensively, we were very flat, and we are capable of playing much better.”

“We need to find that desire within ourselves to play better,” she added.