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Top, Shortstop Dee Dee Jeffress makes the tag at second and throws to first in a first inning double play Thursday in varsity’s softball’s regular season finale. Above, Varsity softball senior Carol Fears, and the late Olivia Noblin were recognized during Senior Night activities Thursday.
SoVaNow.com / May 14, 2018


Halifax County High School varsity softball will likely face tougher competition in regional play, but the Comets certainly can feel very positive about the regular season.

Halifax closed out Thursday with a resounding 13-3 win over Magna Vista at home on an emotional Senior Night.

Carol Fears went the distance in the circle and led an inspirational effort. Fears was the lone Comet senior.

Halifax also had plenty of run support, scoring two runs in the first inning, four in the second, five in the third and two more in the fourth. The Comets won by mercy rule.

Halifax is riding a momentum surge heading into this week’s Piedmont District tournament, with the regional action two weeks away.

Interim coach Jennifer Rutledge and assistant Curly Marstin have performed well, in the absence of head coach Woody Bane, out for the season.

Rutledge noted how the Comets had to overcome the loss of Olivia Noblin, who passed as a result of a tragic automobile accident.

Halifax softball raised funds for the memorial scholarship in Noblin’s memory.

Mackenzie Lawter is now playing college softball in Atlantic Coast Conference action at Virginia Tech. Bane is out for medical reasons, although he appears to be on track for a solid recovery.

“It’s a big deal. We wanted to win for all of those people,” said Rutledge. “I’m really proud of the girls. They really rose to the occasion and did what they needed to do.”

Halifax has been building positives in recent weeks, but the Comets also enter the postseason with confidence.

“We’ve been going back and forth. One game, we’d make some defensive errors and we hit well, and flip flop the next game. It’s kind of been like a roller coaster. Overall, the girls always come through at the end,” said Rutledge, who stressed the value of finishing properly.

Fears also had a strong outing on Senior night.

All of the Comets stepped up in the lopsided win.

The Comets have accomplished the goal this team wanted. Halifax is 13-5 as far as the on-the-field action is concerned. But Halifax was waiting to learn exactly how the Roxboro Community School doubleheader issue was settled.

Halifax finished 11-1 in the Piedmont District.

The Comets established momentum early in the win over Magna Vista.

Halifax turned a nifty double play against Magna Vista in the first inning, and then scored twice.

Lauryn Chappell singled and then Kaitlyn Richardson dumped a hit into left field.

With two out, Fluff Strohm nailed a 2-2 pitch past the Magna Vista centerfield, and Halifax got two runs home.

The Comets made it 6-0 after the second inning. Fears reached on a hard-hit ball at third. Courtesy runner Peyton Lowery scored on a well-hit blast from Karina Velaquez, who ended up on third after some defensive issues by the visitors.

Jeri Lynn Tyler also had an RBI hit.

Kaitlyn Richardson later provided an RBI groundout and Katie Cole socked an RBI double.

Richardson later provided a sparkling defensive grab with a diving catch in the top of the third.

Halifax went on to put this one away with ease.

Halifax had 11 hits.

Fears got the job done on the mound. She struck out four and scattered six hits.

“It’s been great. We had a couple of rough games, but we’ve managed to come together. I think my performance was good. It could have been a little bit better, but you can’t be perfect,” said Fears.

Fears was very close to Noblin, and said the team is motivated to play well in her memory.

The Comet girls also socked away a quality Piedmont District road win Wednesday at Franklin County.

These teams have had some memorable rivalry games over the years, and the Comets did not settle this one until the final inning in regulation.

The Comets came up with a critical three-run seventh inning to prevail, 11-9.

Leadoff hitter Dee Dee Jeffress stepped up with a two-run double and Lauryn Chappell cracked an RBI single.

Both teams had a crack at the victory.

Jeffress had another strong outing, finishing 2-for-5 with two runs scored and two RBI. Chappell, who worked seven innings in the circle, went 3-for-5 with a run scored and two RBI.

Richardson went two-for-four with two runs scored and an RBI. Katie Cole, batting fourth, went two-for-three with a pair of runs scored and two RBI. Cole blasted a two-run homer in the third inning.

Strohm also delivered a two-run blast in the first inning. The Comet catcher had a one-for-three outing with a run scored and two RBI. Sydney Wilborn went two-for-three with an RBI.

Chappell worked seven innings. She fanned one, walked one and surrendered 15 hits and nine runs.

Halifax collected 13 hits in the contest.



Lady Comets begin Piedmont tournament play Wednesday

Halifax County High School varsity softball has the no. 1 seed in upcoming Piedmont district play, and won’t play until Wednesday at 6 p.m.

The Comets will meet the winner of fourth seed Patrick County and fifth seed Bassett, who meet tonight.

Second seed Tunstall and seven seed GW, and third seed Franklin County and six seed Magna Vista meet today.

The action continues through Friday.

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