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Comets softball team clinches district title with win at Fleming

Given the opportunity to clinch its third straight Western Valley District softball championship at William Fleming on Monday, Halifax County wasted little time in doing so, routing the Colonels 12-0 in five innings behind a 15-hit attack and one-hit pitching from Sam Gibson, Lindsey Wilkins and Courtney Epps.

Halifax County (7-0 WVD, 18-1) and Franklin County were on a collision course for the district regular season championship and the district’s top seed in the upcoming Northwest Region Tournament.

The Comets upended Franklin County 10-4 in Rocky Mount last Wednesday and Franklin County lost at home 5-3 to Patrick Henry the following Friday.

Halifax County hosts Franklin County Thursday, and despite her team locking up the title, Comets’ Head Coach Melanie Saunders still is looking for her team to treat the game as if it were for the championship.

“Yes, it’s a nice feeling,” said Saunders of the Comets’ third straight district title.

“But, we are still wanting to play with intensity and carry it on into the tournament.

“We do not want to lose our momentum.  The girls are playing real well right now, and we don’t want to take anything for granted.” 

Senior pitcher Lindsey Wilkins hit a solo home run for the Comets, while junior third baseman Miyana Ross had her best day at the plate all season, going 3-4 with a pair of two-run doubles and an RBI single.

VeVe Brandon had a two-run double, Kate Bane contributed a double, single and three runs scored, and Meg Bane had a pair of hits and three runs scored.

Jessica Velazquez had two hits and an RBI and Tayler Mosley had an RBI single, while Jennifer Lacks, Emily Nester and BriAna Pierce added base hits for Halifax County.

The Comets scored two runs on three hits in the first inning, eight runs on six hits in the second and two runs on three hits in the fifth inning to back the pitching of Gibson, Wilkins and Epps.

Gibson struck out two batters in one inning, Wilkins struck out two batters in one inning, and Epps struck out six batters in three innings of work.