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Lady Comets record important win

SoVaNow.com / April 03, 2014
Halifax County High School varsity softball has been struggling a bit in the early season action, but the lady Comets recorded an important win Tuesday in Rocky Mount.

Comet righthander Taylor Barnes struck out eight in a complete-game effort Tuesday as Halifax County blanked Franklin County 2-0 at Benjamin Franklin Middle School. The Comets (1-1 in the Piedmont District, 3-1 overall) squared their district record with the victory.

FCHS (0-1 in the Piedmont District, 3-3 overall) suffered its third straight loss, its second in a row by shutout.

During the losing skid, the Eagles have been limited to one run.

FCHS starting pitcher Hali Saul was charged with the loss. She surrendered nine hits.

Ashley Keith paced the Eagles at the plate; she was 3 of 3.

Also, Jordan Whitcomb collected two hits.

Halifax did all of its damage scoring in the fifth inning. Kirsten Doss had three hits, including an RBI double in the fifth inning. Megan Puckett also had a key RBI single in the fifth.

This win is particularly important for seeding purposes once the conference 16 postseason event arrives. HCHS, a 5-A region north school, gets more points for defeating the Eagles, a 6-A South opponent. This win helps the Comet seeding in Conference 16, which also includes Orange, Patrick Henry-Ashland and Albemarle.

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