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Lady Comets fall 1-0 to Park View in nine innings

SoVaNow.com / April 24, 2014
Halifax County High School varsity softball suffered a disappointing 1-0 loss in nine innings to Park View Tuesday in South Hill.

Taylor Barnes and Park View’s Odicci Alexander staged a pitching duel with Barnes taking the loss.

“One of the best pitching duels I have seen this year. Taylor was very sharp on the mound as was Alexander for Park View. They were both very sharp. We played very well defensively but just did not make the adjustments we needed to at the plate. We are still watching too many strikes go by and allowing the pitchers to get ahead of us in the count,” said Comet coach Melanie Saunders.

“We also had long swings against Alexander tonight. We just could not seem to understand (the Comet girls) needed to shorten their swing and just make contact. Some of the girls think they need to swing harder against a faster pitcher and that causes long swings. Against a faster pitcher they have to learn to shorten their swings and just make contact,” said Saunders.

HCHS had one hit. Park View finished with two. Barnes fanned 10 and Alexander struck out 13.

“This was a good game from start to finish. We ended up playing the (International Tie-breaker rule) in the ninth and couldn’t get the run we needed,” said Saunders.

“We will be fine ...we just need to be more aggressive at the plate and jump on the strikes,” Sanders said.

HCHS missed some opportunities along the way. Ashley Watts was stranded at third in the second inning. Gabby Spainhour and Kirsten Doss were both stranded at second in the fifth and sixth innings, respectively. Doss was also stranded in scoring position in the ninth inning.

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