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The pitchers are throwing strikes and the defense has been strong. And the offense has been fairly potent.





Lady Comets battle to extend season today at Orange / May 15, 2017
Halifax County High School varsity softball faces an elimination game in conference 16 action tonight.

The Comets, the no. five seed, will travel to Orange in the first step of a possible return to Region 5-A north action.

If Halifax wins today, the Comets would play Wednesday in the conference 16 semifinals. At that point, Halifax would have two cracks at making the regionals. The loser Wednesday still has a third place game to play Friday. Three teams in the six-team conference 16 earn regional berths.

Halifax and Orange meet at 5 p.m. Halifax would have a road test with no. 1 seed Atlee - the defending 5-A state champions - if both teams win today.

Comet coach Woody Bane said Orange has a solid hitting team and he expects a competitive game. There’s a challenge in playing on the road, but Bane expects his club to compete. Halifax will need quality at-bats and solid defense, along with a steady mound effort.

Bane believes tournament time brings out the best in competitors. He’s proud of the way this team has grown up through the regular season. Bane said the Comets want to play the best game possible after a difficult loss to Park View Wednesday.

Friday’s finale against Tunstall was rained out and will not be made up.

COMETS DROP ONE-RUN DECISION: Halifax, now 12-7, battled but fell short Wednesday in South Hill to Park View, 7-6.

The Comets scored twice in the third, adding three runs in the fourth and one in the sixth. Park View had led, 4-0, after the second inning. The Lady Dragons added a run in their half of the fourth and ultimately prevailed with two runs in the bottom of the sixth.

Halifax collected 10 hits, with Mackenzie Lawter, Madison Gunn, and Katie Cole leading the way with two hits apiece.

In the later innings, Cole belted a two-run double in the fourth and Lawter also had a RBI double. Lawter later scored on a Megan Watts RBI sacrifice fly in the sixth.

Halifax used four pitchers - Lauryn Chappell, Carol Fears, Sydney McLamb and Sierra Nunn. Still, Park View collected 11 hits and fashioned a three-hit, two-run game winning rally in the bottom of the sixth.

Halifax had one last shot in its half of the seventh but went down in one-two-three order.

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