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Comets dispatch Person ahead of key game

Head Coach Melanie Saunders and the Halifax County High School varsity softball team have been searching for momentum through a wet and cold season of cancellations and postponements.

They may have found it ahead of a key Western Valley District game at Franklin County High School after an 11-3 win at Person High School on Saturday.

The game was a fundraiser for the Susan G. Koman Foundation, an organization created to fight breast cancer.

Taylor Barnes had a double, two singles and two RBIs, and Megan Puckett had a triple, double, single and two RBIs for Halifax, while Miyana Ross hit a two-run single and Meg Bane, Kye-Neisha Logan (two hits) and Cori Campbell hit RBI singles.

Ashley Watts had two base hits and Courtney Epps and Cecilie Elliott a base hit apiece for the Comets, now 8-1 on the season.

“We’re just glad to be out here playing on a beautiful day with a cause that’s awesome,” Saunders said.

“It’s always a good game when the two of us come together and work for the breast cancer awareness event.”

Halifax County, behind 1-0 after Person scored a run on a walk, fielder’s choice, error and sacrifice fly in its first at-bat, took control in the second with five runs on a double by Barnes and singles by Watts, Ross, Puckett and Bane.

Halifax added three runs in the third inning on consecutive base hits by Epps, Watts and Logan, followed by a two-run triple by Puckett to make it 8-1.

Person tacked on a run in the fourth inning on a two-out triple by Miranda Davis and RBI double by Hannah Blaylock, and they added a run on a leadoff home run by Jasmine McCain in the fifth to cut their deficit to 8-3.

Halifax responded with three runs in the sixth inning, starting with a walk to Puckett and Person error on a Hannah Saunders bunt.

Barnes hit a two-run single and Campbell an RBI single to complete the scoring.

Eight on nine Halifax starters recorded at least one hit and all of them reached base in the game, a key statistic Saunders pointed to after the contest.

“We had a couple of people that were feeling a little down at the plate, but we were preaching the importance of teamwork and knowing that someone’s going to pick you up,” she commented.

“They got the momentum going in the second inning.  We had a couple of good shots and moved some girls around and just did the fundamental things.”

Epps hurled the first three innings before giving way to Barnes, with Epps allowing one run on one hit.

Barnes allowed two runs on four hits while striking out three batters.

“This was a good game to get us going and ready for Franklin County on the road Tuesday,” said Saunders.

“That is a big game, and we need to go there with our focus on.  Franklin has good pitching and solid hitters.

“We have to go up there with momentum up and be aggressive right off the bat.”