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Playoff a possibility for varsity softball

With a Senior Night win over GW High School behind them, the Halifax County High School varsity girls softball team is turning its focus toward a possible playoff game with Franklin County High School.

The winner of that game clinches the regular season championship for the Western Valley District and the top seed for the Northwest Region Tournament.

To set up a possible playoff the Comets first had to beat GW, and they did just that, scoring 10 runs in the first inning, four in the second, one in the third and two in the fourth to beat the Eagles 17-0.

Tayler Mosley, one of five seniors playing their final season of Comets softball, led the way with a leadoff triple and two base hits, while Ashley Watts went 3-3 with three singles.

Megan Puckett also had three base hits for Halifax, (7-1 WVD, 15-2) which also got two base hits from Kye-Neisha Logan and singles from seniors Meg Bane and Cori Campbell.

Another senior, Miyana Ross reached base each time in three plate appearances during the game.

Senior hurler Courtney Epps got the win on the mound with a two-hitter, striking out nine batters and walking three in five innings of work.

“Courtney did great on the mound, and offensively, we had to wait, the pitching was kind of like a changeup and sometimes our kids have problems with that,” said Comets Head Coach Melanie Saunders.

“We used that to our advantage and worked on bunting and taking the ball to the opposite field.”

The Comets did what they needed to do in order to set up a potential playoff game with Franklin County.

“I told the kids we had to get through this game to get back to Franklin for that playoff game,” said Saunders.

Mosley and Campbell knew what was at stake prior to the Senior Night game.

“We had to come in here and focus to beat GW, because we had to beat GW to get to Franklin,” said Mosley.

“We were ready tonight, and I think we’ll be ready for Franklin County. “

“We really have to focus and not slack off any, that’s something you learn from playing for Melanie Saunders, if you slack off, you’ll do bad,” added Campbell.

“We really focused today, and I think we’ll be ready for Franklin County.”