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Comet third baseman Sam Moser makes a stop against GW Tuesday. (David Conner II photo) / May 09, 2013
The Halifax County High School varsity softball team is likely headed to a playoff game against Franklin County to settle the final Western Valley district regular season crown and a no. 1 seed in the upcoming Northwest Regionals.

HCHS has finished 7-1 in the district after a slaughter rule 17-0 win over GW-Danville. The Eagles are expected to also finish 7-1, barring upsets.

FCHS has two games remaining in the WVD regular season. FCHS is 5-1 right now.

FCHS has a game today against Fleming, and another game Friday against Patrick Henry.

No determination has been made about a possible playoff game, according to HCHS athletics director Allen Lawter.

Halifax had fun and fulfilled a serious purpose, too, while celebrating Senior Night.

As for the action on the field, the Comets had no trouble with the Eagles.

Courtney Epps turned in a dominating performance on the mound. She fanned eight Eagle batters, while allowing two hits, both in the first inning.

Epps allowed just three baserunners - all on walks - after the first inning.

She allowed two out walks in the second, third and fourth innings and then followed by shutting down GW.

HCHS finished with 17 hits, including bunts, while capitalizing on GW mound wildness and errors from the visitors.

HCHS had a host of contributors.

Leadoff hitter Tayler Mosley had a triple and two singles and scored twice. Megan Puckett singled twice and scored once. Meg Bane singled in the first inning and scored.

Kye-Neisha Logan reached on an error, singled twice and reached on a bunt. She scored four times.

Cori Campbell walked twice and singled, scoring two runs. Ashley Watts singled three times and scored twice.

“We hit the ball. We didn’t know if we were going to play or not (due to the weather). We stayed focused ... we hit the ball, finally. It was a good night for the seniors and a good night for the team,” Comet senior Meg Bane said.

“Everybody was up, everybody had energy. It was a good game,” she said.

HCHS coach Melanie Saunders appreciated the Comet effort, on several levels.

“We came out, the kids were hitting. Courtney (Epps performed well) on Senior Night. We had a great senior night, with our five seniors, and the parents,” said Saunders.

Epps had a strong outing, and HCHS worked on bunting and taking the ball to the opposite field.

“We were able to do what we needed to do and get it done,” said Saunders, whose team has put itself in position for the playoff game.

HCHS lost a 1-0 decision to FCHS recently after throwing a shutout effort in Rocky Mount.

Halifax has enjoyed a re-set of sorts.

“We’re having fun again. We had stopped having fun. The kids are smiling and kind of being more relaxed on the ballfield. We’re in a good place,” said Saunders.

HCHS also has a non-district game Friday against Magna Vista.

The Senior Night program featured a memorial remembrance of longtime coach Cotton Lowery, who had ties to the Comet program through his daughter.

“It was another example of a life lesson and teaching the kids a little bit more than just winning and losing ballgames,” said Saunders.

Mr. Lowery’s daughter, Amber, played for the Comets. Mr. Lowery was a Dixie coach, and Amber Lowery played for HCHS and later also coached as an assistant for GW.

It was special to see this veteran coach remembered again by Comet softball.

“We knew the impact (Mr. Lowery) ... had on the kids and our community,” said Saunders.

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