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Lady Comets shade GW; face FC Friday in title game

Lindsey Wilkins hit a three-run home run, and the Halifax County High School varsity softball team cruised past GW 10-2 Wednesday night in a Western Valley District Tournament semi-final game at Halifax County High School.

Halifax County High School, the regular-season district champion for the third straight year, will host Franklin County High School here Friday at 5 p.m. in the Western Valley District Tournament championship game.

To get to the tournament championship game, the Comets first had to get past an improving GW team, but the Comets did it quickly, jumping out to a 5-0 lead after two innings.

A walk and two hit batsmen loaded the bases in the first inning before Jennifer Lacks slugged a two-run hit. The Comets added three runs in the second inning off of three walks, a hit batsman and RBI singles by Lacks and Kate Bane.

Emily Nester accounted for another run when she was struck by a pitch with the bases loaded.

Halifax County High School added two runs in the bottom of the third inning to make it 7-0 on a Wilkins single, two walks, a hit batsman and an RBI sacrifice fly by Miyana Ross. Wilkins homered after Lacks reached base, and Tayler Mosley singled in the fourth inning to make it a 10-0 Comets lead.

GW broke through for two runs in the top of the sixth inning to complete the scoring, the runs coming on a single by Jasmine Baugh, and walks to Ashley Riddle, Alanie Hayes and Carisma Fuller.

Riddle singled again in the seventh inning for GW’s other hit.

Samantha Gibson and Wilkins each worked the mound two innings each, and Courtney Epps came on to pitch the final three innings, with the trio combining to strike out 11 batters.

Wilkins had a home run and base hit, while Lacks and Mosley each had two hits for the Comets. VeVe Brandon, Bane, Ross and Kelsey White each had base hits.

The Comets did what they needed to do in order to keep their focus pointed toward Friday’s championship game and another meeting with rival Franklin County, according to Comets’ Head Coach Melanie Saunders.

“The last six or seven games our intensity and momentum has been up, and we’re going to carry it right on through,” Saunders noted.

“We were still able to work on fundamental stuff at the plate regardless of the fact GW isn’t as strong as a Franklin County.

“Our pitchers did a great job for us, and we were able to get up there and swing away the first couple of innings and then put down bunts. We used it basically to practice things we need to work on for games coming up.

“We’d like to play a stronger team,” Saunders noted, “but they’ve improved so much, and you do what you have to do and work with what you have. That’s what we did.”