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Lady Comets stage comeback against Park View

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SoVaNow.com / April 22, 2013
Halifax County High School varsity softball has a key game at GW-Danville today, as the Comets hope to keep their unbeaten streak alive in Western Valley District action.

The Comets are 3-0 in the district and are coming off momentum generated Wednesday with a comeback 5-3 win over Group AA Park View.

Halifax showcased a win over a tough non-conference opponent, in hopes of making another deep run in the playoffs. But the Comet girls, who already have a road win over Franklin County, have to take care of business in the district first.

The Comets will need more of the same intensity they brought against Park View.

Halifax got strong pitching, especially from freshman Taylor Barnes.

Barnes came on in the top of the third and only allowed one hit. Courtney Epps started for the Comets.

“We were down 3-0 in the third inning. We came out flat and did not have the momentum that we had at Franklin County on Tuesday,” coach Melanie Saunders said.

But that changed in the bottom of the fourth. The Comets “started getting our timing down., Miyana Ross started the inning with a double. Megan Puckett laid down a beautiful bunt and beat it out at first. Meg Bane came up and hit a home run tying the ball game 3-3,” Saunders said.

“I didn’t finish my swing, but it was enough,” Bane said.

The Comets proved they could hang in there. With the comeback rallies, the Comets produced as a team and “did what we knew we could do,” she said.

Bane helped ignite the Comets in the bottom of the sixth inning with a triple and Kye’Neisha Logan got an RBI with a standup double. Cecilie Elliott brought KyeNeisha in to get HCHS its 5-3 lead.

Bane led the hitting, going 2-3 with a home run and a triple and three RBI. Kye/Neisha went 2-3 with a double and an RBI.

“This was a great come from behind win for us. Once we got our timing and our momentum going, we were a different team from the first 3 innings of the game,” said Saunders.

The Dragons grabbed an 1-0 lead in the first inning. Odici Alexander reached on a fielder’s choice and scored on a single from Amanda Roberts.

A two-out rally gave the Dragons a 3-0 lead in the top of the third. Roberts and Lindsey Townsend supplied RBI hits.

Bane’s homer, however, changed everything. The blast sailed over the left field wall, even as Bane did not appear to get a complete cut on the piutch. It certainly did not have the same energy applied to a show-stopping homer she had at FCHS.

But Wednesday’s blast from Bane was enough to decisively change the momentum against Roberts, who took the loss.

Logan later showed why she’s been moved to the varsity, supplying some more muscle to the Comet offense.

The loss dropped Park View’s record to 7-1.

HCHS now has a test on the road against GW-Danville as the Comets seek to make the first turn through district play with an unbeaten mark.

The GW-HCHS softball game is set for 5 p.m. in the Danville.

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