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Lady Comets one step away from playoff game / May 06, 2013
We are two steps closer to a neutral site playoff game to settle the Western Valley district regular season varsity softball race.

Halifax County High School, now 6-1 in district play, swept PH-Roanoke and William Fleming in Friday doubleheader action.

Meanwhile, Franklin County appears to be on track to finish 7-1 in the district. If Halifax defeats GW tomorrow, the Comets and Eagles would need a neutral site game to decide the WVD regular season champion and a no. 1 seed in Northwest regional play.

The Eagles are 5-1, with regular season district games against PH Tuesday, and Fleming Thursday. Franklin County has already defeated PH 5-1 in Roanoke.

HCHS softball posted a 12-0 win over PH and an 11-0 decision over Fleming, with both games played in Roanoke.

Taylor Barnes pitched well in the win over PH, allowing two hits, both singles. Barnes fanned seven in the shutout performance.

HCHS generated more than ample support, finishing with 13 hits, including five doubles.

Miyana Ross went 2-for-3 with a grandslam in the second. Megan Puckett went 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles and one RBI. Meg Bane sparkled, going 3-for-3 with two RBI.

Halifax scored four runs in the second, four in the fourth and four in the fifth.

Ross’ grandslam got the Comets rolling in the second.

Comet head coach Melanie Saunders said her girls “played with much more momentum and finally looked like they were having fun again. Sometimes, at this part of the season it’s hard to stay up but the girls have regrouped and came out strong today against PH.”

HCHS showed no letdown against Fleming, either.

Courtney Epps had a solid mound outing, with nine strikeouts. She allowed one hit.

The Comets scored four runs on seven hits in the first and added one more tally on two hits in the second. HCHS added three runs on six hits in the third. Halifax scored one run on three hits in the fourth and had two runs on three hits in the fifth.

“The girls hit well ... had to wait on the pitch. Got some line drives in the holes and were able to move the runners and hit to drive them in,” said Saunders.

Ross doubled and Bane slapped a two-run double to start the first inning. Epps and Cori Campbell had RBI singles.

Bane sliced an RBI double in the second inning.

Cori Campbell, Ashley Watts and Tayler Mosley had three straight RBI singles in the third, and Watts supplied an RBI flyout in the fourth.

HCHS now has GW on Tuesday and a non-district game against Magna Vista Friday.

“If we win against GW, we will have a playoff game at a neutral site against Franklin County (to settle the No. 1 seed for the WVD,” Saunders said.

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