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Lady Comets, Franklin County meet for WVD supremacy
SoVaNow.com / April 25, 2013Franklin County High School softball invades Cometland Friday for a critical Western Valley district encounter.
If the Comets complete a sweep - HCHS already has a 3-0 win over the Eagles in Rocky Mount - it’s likely the Halifax squad will win the final WVD regular season title and secure a no. 1 seed for regional play.
The FCHS girls are 2-1 in the district after defeating Fleming Tuesday.
“Big district game here this Friday against Franklin County. They have been one of our rivals for so many years. We had a tough game there two weeks ago and came away with a win. They have some good hitters who can put the bat on the ball. Our defense has to be ready and on point. We played well (Tuesday night) against Magna Vista. Our momentum was up the entire game and we have to bring that same momentum and intensity into and throughout the game on Friday,” said Comet coach Melanie Saunders.
HCHS is busting out with solid momentum after outscoring its first two opponents this week, 31-3.
Halifax blanked Magna Vista Tuesday, 13-0.
“Taylor Barnes pitched a good game for us,” Saunders said. Barnes worked four innings, allowing three singles. She fanned four.
Courtney Epps finished the game in the scoreless fifth. Epps fanned one and went through the Magna Vista lineup in 1-2-3 fashion.
HCHS finished with 15 hits, scoring two runs in the first, one in the third, five in the fourth and four in the fifth.
Miyana Ross hit well, going 2-3 with a double. Meg Bane went 2-3 with three RBI. Megan Puckett went 2-4 with a double.
Taylor Barnes went 3-4, with a homer with two runners on base. Cori Campbell and Cecilie Elliott went two-for-four.
“We were aggressive early at the plate and capitalized on an error early in the first inning. We played solid defense behind Taylor. “We have to take this momentum and intensity into (tomorrow’s) game against Franklin. The key is to jump on them early,” said Saunders.
In earlier WVD action, the Comets improved to 4-0 in the district with an 18-3 rout of GW-Danville Monday in the River City.
Halifax eventually finished with 23 hits.
HCHS led 5-2 through four innings, but put the game away with an 11-run, 12-hit outburst in their half of the seventh inning. The Comets also had two in the fifth.
“Took us a while to get adjusted at the plate. Courtney Epps started on the mound and Taylor Barnes came in to finish. (The Comets) got to work some other players in the lineup both defensively and offensively.
“Not our best showing early but we finished strong. We always talk about the fact that we always want them to finish on a positive, whether it is on a drill at practice or in a game.
“So the girls finished strong in the top of the 7th inning at the plate,” said Saunders.
Tayler Mosley went two-for-six, with two runs scored and two RBI. Ross was one-for-two, with one run scored and an RBI. Sam Moser went two-for-four, with a run scored.
Puckett went two-for-six with three runs scored.
Meg Bane was 2-for-2, with one run scored and an RBI.
Hannah Saunders had a huge game, going three-for-four with four RBI, including a three-run double in the seventh.
Kye-Neisha Logan was two-for-six with three RBI. Epps went 3-for-3. Barnes went two-for-three with a run scored and an RBI. Cori Campbell went 3-for-6 with two runs scored and an RBI.
Elliott went 3-for-6 with three runs scored. Ashley Watts went one-for-five with two runs scored.
Bane summed up the Comets’ afternoon.
“We started off slowly. We didn’t start hitting until (late).
“We regouped and came together and started hitting the ball,” said Bane.
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