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HCHS-FCHS - Part Three

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HCHS senior Meg Bane throws to Cori Campbell to complete an out in the Magna Vista finale. (David Conner II photo)
SoVaNow.com / May 13, 2013
It’s on to a critical Western Valley District playoff game for the Halifax County High School varsity softball team tomorrow.

The Comets, who defeated Magna Vista 9-1 in the regular season finale Friday in South Boston, will meet Franklin County High School with the WVD regular season title and a no. 1 Northwest Regional seeding on the line Tuesday at the Averett University North Campus athletic complex at 5 p.m.

FCHS also beat PH, setting up the playoff.

Both the Comets and Eagles won regular season games at the other team’s home field. Both are 7-1 in WVD action. It’s expected to be a showdown between Comet ace Taylor Barnes and FCHS’ top pitcher, Hali Saul. Those starters faced off in the first two meetings. HCHS won 3-0 at FCHS and dropped a 1-0 decision in South Boston.

FCHS defeated PH 7-0 Friday, after crushing Fleming, 18-1, on Thursday.

The Comets dominated Magna Vista, scoring two runs in the first inning. HCHS added two in the third, two in the fourth, and finished with three in the sixth.

Barnes pitched the first five inning, and Courtney Epps pitched the last two outings. Barnes fanned eight and only allowed a walk in the third inning. That Magna Vista runner was wiped out on a Comet double play.

Epps worked the final two innings. She allowed three hits and a walk and Magna Vista’s lone run in the sixth, and then got through the seventh. Epps fanned three batters.

Comet coach Melanie Saunders liked the Comets’ offensive approach.

“We came out very aggressive at the plate. We hit the ball well. We were able to move the runners and score.

“Very happy with how they played tonight,” she said.

HCHS finished with 11 hits in the win over Magna Vista.

Tayler Mosley and Miyana Ross slapped back to back singles in the first, and Meg Bane brought home both runners with a two-run single.

The Comets added three in the third, sparked by a two-run double from Kye-Neisha Logan. Megan Puckett and Meg Bane had an RBI groundout and a run-scoring double, respectively, to add to Magna Vista’s woes in the fourth.

Mosley scored on a wild pitch and Logan belted a two-run single in the sixth. Mosley had an excellent game batting leadoff, as she singled three times and scored three runs.

Meg Bane had three hits, including the two-bagger, and three RBI. She scored one run.

Cecilie Elliott also had two hits and scored twice. Logan collected four RBI and had two hits.

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