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Comets look to wrap up district today

Halifax County can wrap up its third straight Western Valley District regular season softball title and the top seed in the upcoming Northwest Region Tournament with a win today at William Fleming High School.

The Comets improved to 6-0 in the district Thursday with a 13-1 home win over GW-Danville, while Franklin County, whom the Comets defeated earlier in the week 10-4, lost to Patrick Henry 5-3 on Friday, giving the Eagles two district losses.

Halifax County hosts Franklin County Thursday in the regular season district finale for both teams, but Halifax County needed the win over GW to stay perfect in the district, and it got it in a big way. 

Kate Bane had a three-run homer for Halifax County against GW, and Meg Bane finished 3-3 with a pair of RBIs.

Tayler Mosley had an RBI groundout, Kelsey White an RBI single, and Jessica Velazquez added a base hit for the Comets, who scored five runs in the first inning, three in the second, two in the third and three in the fourth inning.

GW scored its only run in the fourth inning on a single by Courtney Mendenhall and an RBI double by Alanie Hayes.

Sam Gibson hurled the first three innings for Halifax County, and Courtney Epps pitched the last two innings, with Gibson striking out four batters and Epps one batter.  Neither Comets’ hurler walked a batter.

“The girls’ swings were much more patient than last time we played them (GW),” said Comets’ Head Coach Melanie Saunders.

“Defensively we were solid, and the pitchers were solid.

“It took us quite a few innings to wait the first time we played them, but tonight we were able to wait and be patient from the get-go.

“It was definitely an improvement, and last night hopefully set the tone for us to keep getting stronger as we go along.”

The Comets seemed to have rediscovered their focus and intensity at just the right time, she added.

“This is the time we need momentum, and before last night we were really flat,” commented Saunders.

“Yesterday (against Franklin County) we got a little more focused and we kept it going.”