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Lady Lions top seed for tournament

The Halifax County Middle School softball team enters the Southside Middle School Conference Tournament as the top seed in the East Division after an 11-2 home win over Park View on Wednesday.

Halifax County, 7-0 in conference play and 12-0 overall, hosts West Division two seed Central of Charlotte County Monday in the first round of the tourney.

The Lions locked up the top seed with the win over defending tournament champion Park View, out-hitting the Cougars by a 9-2 margin and scoring five runs in the first inning.

Haley Wooding, Michaela Farson and Megan Nunn drew walks, Taylor Barnes hit a single, Sidney McLamb had a two-run single and Terri Murray hit an RBI single in the Lions’ first at-bat.

Wooding walked and Barnes singled in the second, and Murray hit a ground rule double in the third, but Halifax did not score again until the fourth inning on a walk to Wooding, ground rule double by Barnes and base hit by Farson, with Barnes and Farson stealing home to make it 8-0.

Park View scored its two runs on a base hit, walk and Lions’ error in the sixth, but Halifax turned a 1-3-2 double play to get out of trouble.

Halifax plated its final three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning for a little insurance on a single by McLamb, walk to Nunn, two-run triple by Murray and a RBI groundout by Carol Fears.

Barnes started the game on the mound and went the distance for Halifax County, giving up two runs on three hits, while striking out five batters and walking three in seven innings of work.

Halifax County Head Coach James Smith said his team played well in spurts but left too many potential runs on the base paths.

“We played a pretty good game overall, but we left too many base runners out there,” said Smith.

The Lions left the bases loaded in both the second and fifth innings without scoring, including the fifth after a leadoff single by Fears.