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Lady Comets on three-game skid

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Pitcher Carol Fears and catcher Skyla Strohm collide going after a popup foul in Saturday’s first game of a doubleheader with Roxboro Community School. (David Conner II photo)
SoVaNow.com / April 16, 2018
By Tucker McLaughlin Jr.

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Halifax County High School varsity softball is dealing with a three-game losing skid.

After a sharp pitching effort by Bassett earlier in the first Halifax loss of the season, the Comets (5-3) dropped both ends of a doubleheader Saturday to the Roxboro Community School.

RCS swept the Comets in two competitive five-inning games, 6-5 and 4-2.

Afterwards, interim Comet coach Jennifer Rutledge said, “Roxboro, they’re a really good team. Good pitching, good defense, we got some good hits. We couldn’t string them together.”

Halifax also had some mistakes, with misjudgments on the ball and overthrows.

“It’s OK, it’s something we’re going to build off of…. Hopefully, it’ll give us motivation for the next game,” said Rutledge. RCS provided solid competition, and the Halifax staff has an indication of how the Comets might improve moving forward.

“We definitely see a lot of things we’re going to be working on in practice,” said Rutledge.

Halifax enjoyed sturdy moments, but the Comets did not generate enough timely offense.

RCS 4, Halifax 2 (Second game)

Halifax held a 1-0 lead until the RCS side of the fourth. The visitors from Person County scored four times at that point.

Halifax came back with one run in the fifth, but could not finish a potential rally.

Trailing 4-1, the Comets, down to their last at-bat, made some noise. Raegan Ridgeway led off with a well-hit double down the third base line. After a walk to Skekeria Chandler, Peyton Lowery cracked a single.

Ridgeway scored on a throwing error. Eventually, Lowery was out at second on an alert play by RCS.

Leadoff hitter Dee Dee Jeffress bunted for a base hit. But then Lauryn Chappell struck out and Kaitlyn Richardson grounded out to the pitcher, who got Richardson at first. HCHS had missed its last chance.

Halifax took a 1-0 lead in the first. Jeffress singled and eventually scored on a one-out Richardson RBI single.

RCS, working against Comet hurler Ridgeway, put together a four-run rally in the fourth.

RCS got two key RBI singles and another single. The visitors also capitalized on two Comet errors in the outfield.

Comet centerfielder Lauryn Chappell got credit for a double play, as she snagged a sacrifice fly attempt and then delivered a throw to the plate.

The runner, trying to advance, was called out at the plate.

HCHS had six hits.

RCS 6, Halifax 5

Carol Fears came up short in a tough pitching duel with RCS hurler Karsin Lee, who fanned two.

The deciding blow in this contest came when freshman Madison Adams socked a two-run homer in the RCS side of the fifth.

It was her fifth home run on the season.

RCS had scored once in the first and added a run in the second. The Roxboro school added two in the third.

Halifax battled, scoring one run in the first, with Richardson getting an RBI single. Katie Cole cracked an RBI single in the third.

Lauryn Chappell had an RBI single in the fourth and Cole struck for a two-run double to lift the Comets to a 5-4 lead after four.

But RCS sealed the win in its half of the final inning on the dramatic home run.

Halifax had seven hits, with Richardson getting two singles and a double.

Chappell had two singles and Cole had three RBI on a single and a double.

Ultimately, RCS had too much for the Comets in both games.

RCS had eight hits.

RCS coach Anthony Lee said of game one, “both teams played great ball. We got lucky enough to come out on top.”

Lee used his daughter, an Averett pledge, on the mound in game one. RCS has two losses, including an early defeat to Orange, the defending 3A state champions. RCS is a 1A school, looking to compete against higher classification teams.

Kailey Magnum pitched game two for the RCS school.

Lee was extremely complimentary of the Comets, noting her daughter plays travel ball with some of the Halifax athletes. He stressed this was an afternoon of well played softball.

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