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Varsity softball battles Dan River to scrimmage draw

Megan Puckett, Tayler Mosley, Taylor Barnes and Cecilie Elliott each had two hits, Puckett with an RBI, and Courtney Epps had a two-run single, as the Halifax County High School varsity girls softball team came away from its final pre-season scrimmage with a 6-6 tie with Dan River High School.

Cori Campbell added a base hit for the Comets, who scored four runs in the second inning off a Barnes single, Campbell fielder’s choice, Puckett single, Elliott double and two-run single from Epps.

Dan River rallied with six runs in the late innings, including a grand slam home run, but Halifax tied the score in its final at-bat with two outs.

Barnes reached on an error, Campbell walked and Puckett hit a two-run double for the final runs of the seven-inning scrimmage.

The scrimmage gave Comets coaches plenty to see ahead of its season-opener Tuesday at Amherst High School.

“We still haven’t had a lot of time to work on the mental things, and until you really get into game play it’ll be hard to see it and feel it,” said Comets Head Coach Melanie Saunders.

“We’re still having a hard time focusing sometimes and losing the thought process of how many outs we have, who’s on base, who’s in front of you and behind you,” Saunders explained.

“Those are things we really need to focus on,” added Saunders, who added scrimmages are the times and places coaches need to see mistakes happen in order to correct them.

“We moved people all over the place, and that’s the nice thing about a scrimmage, you can sub people in and out evenly anytime you want,” Saunders noted.

“We had people in different positions and got to work both our pitchers (Barnes and Epps).

“Our bats were good.  They went flat a few innings, but we’ve been talking all week about hitting behind runners.

“We saw a couple of those today, and that was good, and we told the kids about the importance of putting the bunts down and getting the hits behind the runners.

“There were some good things tonight.  Our pitchers need to work on their spots, and catchers need to work on their framing and blocking, and this is what it’s (scrimmage) for.

“We saw some good things today.”

The Comets open the season at Amherst County High School on Wednesday before traveling to Rocky Mount Friday and Saturday to compete in the Battle of the Bases tournament.

“Going into next week, I think we’re at a good spot,” concluded Saunders.