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Dee Dee Jeffress gets the tag and the out on the runner trying to steal second. (David Conner II photo)
SoVaNow.com / June 04, 2018
Halifax County led 4-1 heading into the bottom of the seventh in the Class 5, Region D final Friday against Brooke Point, three outs away from the regional title.

From there, the game turned dramatically away from the Comets.

Brooke Point scored four runs against Comet senior pitcher Carol Fears.

Brooke Point emerged as the regional champions with a hard-to-imagine 5-4 decision.

Halifax still remains part of the final eight in state tournament Class 5 action, but the Comets have to travel tomorrow to play a strong Tuscarora squad.

The Comets have to wonder how this very winnable game slipped through their grasp. Halifax also has to have a short memory and move on to the next play facing Tuscarora.

The winner moves on to the state tournament semifinals. The losing squad goes home.

Fears pitched very well in the first six innings. She scattered five hits and kept Brooke Point under control.

Ultimately, Fears surrendered nine hits and issued four walks.

Then, Brooke Point used four hits and two walks to craft an improbable rally to seize the win.

The keys included a three-run triple from no. 3 batter Nicole Lucia and the walk-off, game-winning single from Hailey Marsdon, wiping out an excellent effort by the Comets.

“It was very heartbreaking,” said Comet interim head coach Jennifer Rutledge. “We were pretty sure we had that game.

“It was over, just like that,” said Rutledge.

“We were up 4-1, and that was the last thing I was expecting,” the coach said.

Fears worked all seven innings. Rutledge said Fears had not “ran out of gas. She did a really good job with her placement and keeping them off-balance. At that point, they got her timing and just happened to hit enough to get on. It wasn’t great hits, it happened to be hits in the right places.

“There’s nothing we could really do about it,” said Rutledge.

This game also demonstrates the disadvantage of playing on the road in playoff softball. Halifax did not have the final at-bat.

Nevertheless, Rutledge said the loss will make Halifax stronger, even if they came out of the narrow loss disheartened.

“It got them focused and more determined to keep going,” said Rutledge.

Rutledge said Tuscarora is next, and she is confident these Comets can beat any opponent they face.

The heart and desire of the Comets will be critical in this game.

And the Comets need to be better at finishing.

Halifax had grabbed a 1-0 lead in the top of the third. Dee Dee Jeffress had a two-out single and then scored on a RBI single from Lauryn Chappell.

Brooke Point tied it 1-1 in the bottom of the third.

Then, Halifax erupted for three runs in the top of the sixth. Sydney Wilborn cracked a two-run triple and Karina Velazquez had an RBI single.

Halifax finished with nine hits. Jeffress, Katie Cole and Velazquez had two hits apiece. Halifax stranded five runners, an indicator of missed opportunities.

Halifax can still get to Richmond. This team has shown it can compete and battle, but Tuscarora — which rolled past Freedom — also has a strong club.





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