- Last Updated on 02:50 PM 03/21/13
- BY Doug Ford
Halifax County High School varsity girls softball hurler Courtney Epps knew the Comets needed a spark after falling behind Person High School 2-0 in the first inning of Wednesday’s home game.
She helped provide one with a two-run homer in the second inning that gave the Comets the lead for good, and her teammates followed suit in a 10-2 win over their cross border rivals.
The Comets belted out 11 hits for the game, four for extra bases, with Megan Puckett’s two-run double in the second inning tying the game at 2-2 before Epps launched her home run.
“We definitely needed that, but I feel like it wasn’t just my home run,” Epps said after the game.
“It was kind of like all of us were down, but we all came back together and we were strong from then on.”
Halifax added two runs in the third on a Miyana Ross single and Person error, followed by an RBI groundout by Puckett, and three runs on four hits in the fifth gave the Comets a 9-2 lead, including singles by Meg Bane and Puckett, a two-run double by Cori Campbell and a RBI single by Ashley Watts.
Tayler Mosley collected her third base hit of the game to start the bottom of the sixth inning and scored after a walk to Bane and a double by Barnes.
Epps pitched the first four innings for Halifax and settled down after allowing two runs on two hits in the first inning, allowing only a single and double in the next four frames. Epps struck out two batters and walked two.
Barnes relieved for the final three innings and allowed two base hits while striking out five batters and walking two.
Jasmine McCain and Leigh Ann Charles each had two of Person’s six hits for the game.
The momentum could have gone either way after the top of the first inning when Person came out and took advantage of two hits and a Comets error to take the lead, according to Comets Head Coach Melanie Saunders.
“Both runs were unearned, and the way we started the season I don’t know if we would have mentally regrouped,” she said.
“That’s what we’ve been focusing on, and this game here was getting mentally tough and letting things go.
“You’re going to have errors, you’re going to have bad at-bats, but you have to regroup and these kids did that.”
“We’re starting to work with each other, and we’re starting to learn each other,” Saunders added.
“Some of these kids have not played with each other, and they’re learning what the other person beside them can do.
“We’re taking it slow. By the time we get to districts we’ll be ready, and tonight was definitely a step in the right direction.”