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Comets softball team blasts Franklin County

Sam Gibson hit a grand slam home run to cap a five-run first inning, and the Halifax County High School varsity softball team took over undisputed first-place in the Western Valley District with a 10-4 win Wednesday at Franklin County.

The Comets finished with 11 hits for the game, eight coming in the first three innings when they built a 9-1 lead, and that was the key to the game, according to Comets’ Head Coach Melanie Saunders.

“We came out aggressive early, and that made a huge difference,” said Saunders.

“We had been so flat the last four games, and we did a much better job being aggressive at the plate.”

“Lindsey did a great job on the mound, and Sam did a great job as the designated player, hitting a grand slam in the first inning,” added Saunders.

“We were much more focused, and we played with confidence and drive.”

Halifax scored five runs on three hits in the first inning, when VeVe Brandon singled, Meg Bane and Jennifer Lacks walked and Tayler Mosley hit an RBI bunt single ahead of Gibson’s grand slam home run.

Singles by Lindsey Wilkins and Kate Bane, an RBI single by Meg Bane and sacrifice fly by Lacks led to three more runs, one coming when Kate Bane scored on a passed ball.

Base hits by Mosley and Kelsey White, followed by an RBI single by Wilkins made it 9-0 in the third before the Eagles broke through for a run after singles by Sierra Naff and Ashley Searing, with Naff scoring on a passed ball.

Halifax County added its final run in the fifth inning on a Gibson double and RBI single by Wilkins, an inning in which Brandon also doubled.

The Eagles added three runs the final two innings, two coming on a Brittany Flora base hit and Mackenzie Chitwood home run in the sixth and a single by Searing and RBI hit by Jordan Whitcomb in the seventh inning.

Wilkins pitched six innings and Gibson relieved for the seventh inning at Franklin County, with Wilkins allowing three runs on five hits and striking out five batters.

Gibson relieved for the seventh inning and allowed one run on two hits.