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First scrimmage results positive

The Halifax County High School varsity softball team played “pretty good as a whole” during its first scrimmage on Tuesday at William Campbell High School, according to Head Coach Melanie Saunders.

“I’m glad we were able to get outside and see live pitching and get on a field,” she said.

“Taylor Barnes led off with a home run over the left field fence in the first inning and pitched the first four innings.”

Sidney McLamb pitched the last three innings, according to Saunders.

“We got to see some things we need to work on, being more aggressive at the plate is one,” Saunders explained.

“We don’t want our kids watching strikes, we want them to come out aggressively at the plate putting the pressure on the pitcher and not themselves.”

Comets coaches rotated players around the field and switched out catchers during the game, with Ashley Watts starting and Kirsten Doss finishing the game behind the plate.

“We rotated kids all around the field.  It was good to be able to have free subs and move players,” noted Saunders.

“The thing about a scrimmage is you can have free subs every inning if you want to, move people from the dirt to the grass, and we hit straight through.

“They pitched one main pitcher and had another girl come in and pitch two innings.

“It was a good scrimmage for both of us, because we haven’t had a chance to get outside and see live pitching.”

Coaches saw a lot of areas for improvement, and that’s what scrimmages are for, Saunders indicated.

“Defensively, we played pretty good, and offensively we have to do some things to get the bats moving, and the young ones have to learn to make the adjustments at the plate,” she noted.

“Overall, I was pleased with it,” Saunders concluded.

“It was a beautiful day to get out there, everybody played and got a lot of playing time.”

The Comets travel to Conference 16 opponent Albemarle High School for a scrimmage on Saturday, and Saunders is expecting to see a competitive team from top to bottom. 

“They have a solid team, and they have a lot of kids who can hit the ball,” she pointed out.