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Lady Comets put away William Fleming 12-0

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Lady Comet Taylor Barnes takes aim in Tuesday’s game against William Fleming.
SoVaNow.com / April 11, 2013
The Comet varsity softball team breezed to a 12-0 win Tuesday over William Fleming.

Halifax County High School had no trouble and had put the game away with an eight-run, six-hit first inning.

Freshman Taylor Barnes worked three innings on the mound, fanning seven. She did not allow a hit or a walk or any runs. Courtney Epps finished up with two innings, allowing no hits or walks, or runs. She struck out five. Tayler Mosley helped spark the offense from her leadoff spot, as she hit two singles, walked and scored twice. Miyana Ross walked, doubled and scored a run. Taylor Barnes, batting third, was hit by a pitch and scored a run.

Meg Bane singled twice, scored and had an RBI. Megan Puckett had an RBI groundout, was hit by a pitch and walked, scoring once.

Courtney Epps had back-to-back RBI groundouts and also hit a single. Ashley Watts singled and scored, and Hannah Saunders had two singles, an RBI and scored twice. Ceceile Elliott belted a two-run triple, walked and scored twice.

Barnes pitched well in her first district game, showing poise and talent in a strong outing.

Taylor Barnes started on the mound and pitched to nine batters. She pitched three innings

Courtney Epps finished the last 2 innings, facing 6 batters and fanning 5. Meg Bane led HCHS at the plate, going 2 for 2. Tayler Mosley went 2 - 4. Hannah Saunders went 2-3. Miyana ross went 1-3 with a double. Cecilie Elliott went 1-2 with a triple.

“Even though William Fleming is not the strongest team in our district, it is a district win. This is what we have been practicing for everyday is to get to our district games. We take each game one by one and work hard to improve both at the plate and in the field. Our momentum has been down lately and we seemed to find it today and stay up from beginning to end,” said coach Melanie Saunders.

“Often times it is hard to stay on top of your game when your competition is not that tough - but the kids stayed up the entire game. We were a little in front of the slower pitch - but we were able to get the job done at the plate as a whole,” said Saunders.

“We teach these kids more than softball on games like this. Empathy is so very important not only in sports but also in life. We could have scored many more runs than we did but we teach our kids to be respectful of the other teams and their feelings as well. This is something that some of the girls are not used to doing but they now understand the importance of empathy. You never know when the show will be on your foot and you would hope others would treat you the same way,” she said.

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