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Comets rally to defeat Park View

Meg Bane hit a three-run home run to erase a 3-0 deficit in the fourth inning, and a triple by Bane, double by Kye-Neisha Logan and another RBI by Cecilie Elliott in the sixth helped produce a 5-3 win for the Halifax County High School varsity softball team over Park View High School Wednesday at home.

Park View had taken a 1-0 lead in the first inning when Odici Alexander reached on a fielder’s choice and scored on Amanda Roberts’ RBI single.

A two-out rally by the Dragons gave it a 3-0 lead after three innings, after a two-run third inning keyed by a single from Alexander and RBI hits by Roberts and Lindsey Townsend.

Halifax began its comeback an inning later on a leadoff double by Miyana Ross and a base hit by Megan Puckett, followed by Bane’s three-run homer.

The Comets added their final two runs in the sixth inning, on a one-out triple by Bane and RBI double by Kye-Neisha Logan, with Cecilie Elliott reaching base on an error for another RBI and the final 5-3 score.

Bane finished with a home run, triple and three RBIs for the Comets, and Logan had an RBI double and base hit, while Ross added a double and Megan Puckett and Elliott base hits.

Courtney Epps started the game on the mound for Halifax and pitched two and two-thirds innings with three strikeouts, before Barnes came to the mound and finished the game.

Epps allowed five hits and Barnes one, with neither pitcher walking a batter.

Barnes, who pitched all seven innings against Franklin County the day before, faced 41 batters in two days.

“It took a lot of energy and a whole lot of work and wanting to do it,” said Barnes after Wednesday’s game.

“Franklin County is really good, and we had to put in a lot of work.”

Barnes faced a lot of the same girls she faced in middle school while pitching against Park View on Wednesday.

“I just tried to get ahead in the count and work my hardest,” added Barnes.

“They’ve got a good team with a good pitcher (Roberts), and Odici at shortstop is also a good pitcher,” Comets Head Coach Melanie Saunders said.

“She (Robert) had more speed than we saw yesterday, and it took us several innings to make the adjustments.”

“We’re trying to show them the momentum needs to start from the beginning until the last pitch in the seventh inning, but hats off to these girls,” noted Saunders.

“Down 3-0, some teams before may not have come back, but these kids here do a great job of regrouping and just hanging in there.”