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Lady Comets season ends with loss to P-H Ashland / May 22, 2017
Halifax County High School varsity softball saw its hopes for a Region 5-a north berth dashed Friday with a tough 3-1 loss at PH-Ashland.

The Comets got behind early against PH and never recovered in this elimination game.

PH scored twice in the first inning, capitalizing on a timely double and single, and two walks. PH picked up another run in a three-hit second inning and then made it stand up.

Halifax finished with nine hits, sparked by a solo homer off the bat of Katie Cole in the fourth inning.

Leadoff hitter Mackenzie Lawter had a single and double, but got stranded both times. Sidney McLamb had two hits and a walk. Cole had three hits.

Halifax missed some scoring opportunities, but just came up short in Friday’s third place game on the road.

“We played well. We had chances. They came up with two runs in the first inning,” coach Woody Bane said.

“We just didn’t get the hits when we needed. We hit the ball hard, two or three times….Really disappointed,” said Bane.

Carol Fears opened the game in the circle, with reliever McLamb coming in. McLamb pitched well and contributed at the plate.

“These girls battled all year and just wish we could have gotten some breaks here or there to play one more time. That’s all you want to do, is play one more time,” said Bane.

Bane expressed pride in this team.

“They played hard all year. They got better. Always disappointed, you always think you can do better than what you do.”

On Wednesday, the Lady Comets had to deal with an extremely difficult assignment Wednesday, meeting the defending Region 5A state champions on the road.

Ultimately, Atlee downed the Comets, 4-0, in road conference 16 semifinals action.

Halifax soundly defeated Atlee last year in the conference 16 finals, but the Comets are a different team this season.

Halifax found trouble in the first inning. Atlee used one walk, two hits, a hit batsman and an Comet error to collect three runs in its first at-bat. Starter Lauryn Chappell had to be pulled after a tough first inning. She fanned one.

Erin O’Flaherty delivered a clutch, two-out, two-run single.

McLamb took over for innings two through six. Atlee scored an unearned run in the fifth and had just two hits, but the damage was basically done.

McLamb fanned one and Halifax committed two errors.

Halifax never found a rhythm against Peyton St. George, the standout pitcher for Atlee.

She did not allow a hit and only walked one. St. George whizzed through the Comet order in 1-2-3 fashion in every inning except the third. St. George struck out 11 Comet batters. She struck out the side in the third, the only inning that Halifax had a baserunner.

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