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Rematch: Comets face FC for tournament title

Ashley Watts is not satisfied with just a Western Valley District championship in her first year on the Halifax County High School varsity softball team.

The sophomore catcher and her teammates earned a berth in the district tournament championship game opposite Franklin County High School today after dispatching William Fleming High School here 12-2 on Wednesday in the tournament semifinals.

The Comets finished with 13 hits in the 12-2 win over the Colonels, with Watts going 3-3 in the game, including an RBI double and a pair of RBI singles.

“We have to keep our focus, especially with Franklin County, because they’re our biggest opponent,” said Watts after the game.

“Today, we tried to keep our momentum up, because Friday we want to win, and we’ll probably see a whole lot of changeups, which is what we saw today.

“It’s (tournament championship) pretty important to me, because I’m pretty competitive, and especially with my first year on varsity.”

Courtney Epps and Cori Campbell (RBI) each slugged a pair of doubles in the win, Cecilie Elliott had an RBI double and RBI single, and Meg Bane finished with an RBI triple, while Sam Moser had an RBI double, Miyana Ross a single and an RBI, Tayler Mosley an RBI single and Hannah Saunders and Megan Puckett each an RBI.

Epps went the distance in the game called in the bottom of the fifth inning on the mercy rule, allowing two runs on three hits while striking out six batters and walking one.

The Comets scored one run in the first inning, five in the second and two in the third, before adding four runs in the fifth inning to end the game.

Fleming scored its two runs in the fourth inning where it got two of its three hits for the game.

“Courtney did a great job on the mound moving the ball around on the corners,” said Comets’ Head Coach Melanie Saunders.

“Fleming has improved tremendously, and their pitcher did a great job.  They put the ball in play and made our defense work.

“It was a good game for us after Franklin County yesterday, and everybody got a chance to play and hit.”

Her team did a good job of making the adjustments from Franklin County to William Fleming, Saunders added.

“We have Franklin County on Friday, and we have to come out and make adjustments different from tonight.

“We were able to get runs and do what we needed to do, so now the focus is on Franklin.”