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Comet girls win opener, drop weekend games against Amherst, Turner Ashby

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Mackenzie Lawter blasts a three-run homer Friday against Bassett.
SoVaNow.com / March 20, 2017
The Halifax County High School varsity softball team has started 1-2, but it’s too early to draw major conclusions at this point.

Halifax, barring major injury problems, should be reasonably good this spring. But Woody Bane and the coaching staff will be looking for improvement as Halifax works through the early season.

Halifax has another test coming up Wednesday at Patrick County.

The Comets downed Bassett, 12-8, in the season opener Friday. Sidney McLamb and Carol Fears handled the pitching, and Halifax had reasonably strong offense.

Then Halifax went to the ‘Battle of the Bases’ Saturday and dropped two non-conference games to Amherst and Turner Ashby.

Halifax got strong production from the top of the lineup against Bassett.

Leadoff hitter Jeri Lynn Tyler singled twice, with an RBI in the sixth.

She also had an RBI sacrifice in the fourth, and scored twice. She had a bunt single in the first.

Lauryn Chappell, batting no. 2 in the lineup, slapped two singles, walked, and scored three times.

No. 3 hitter Mackenzie Lawter belted a homer in the four-run fourth.

She scored three runs.

No. 4 hitter Karina Velazquez had a two-run single in the first and an RBI single in the four-run sixth.

Halifax ran into stronger competition on Saturday against Amherst and Turner Ashby.

Amherst went against Comet hurlers Chappell and Fears and found some offensive success.

The Lady Lancers won 8-2. Amherst had a big seventh inning, blowing this open by scoring four runs.

Halifax struggled on offense, scoring one run in the third and one more in the seventh.

Halifax also lost to Turner Ashby, 18-4. Turner Ashby had big innings late, as Comet pitchers struggled with control issues, coupled with defensive problems





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