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Comets fall in opener to Jefferson Forest

A quick, athletic Jefferson Forest squad proved too potent offensively for the Halifax County High School varsity football squad Friday night, speeding past the Comets, 50-30, in South Boston.

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Lady Comets take care of GW

SoVaNow.com / May 12, 2014
The Halifax County High School varsity softball team continued to pile up wins Friday, showing improved offensive consistency on the way to an 11-2 win over GW-Danville.

Halifax scored four runs in the first inning, two in the second, four in the fourth and one in the seventh. The Comets belted 12 hits.

Taylor Barnes, playing shortstop, and Ashley Watts, behind the plate, each went 3-for-5 with two runs scored. Gabby Spainhour went one-for-five with two runs scored. Cecilie Elliott went 2-for-2 with two runs scored.

Kye-Neisha Logan had a 2-for-4 outing with one run scored.

Sidney McLamb handled the mound duties. She kept GW off the board until the fifth inning, when the Eagles scored once. She allowed a run in the sixth, but came bck with a strong seventh inning. McLamb allowed a leadoff single in the inning and then struck out the side.

McLamb allowed four hits overall and struck out 11. McLamb walked one in the Comet road victory.

The Comets struck for four runs in the first inning.

Megan Puckett reached on an error and Barnes cracked a single. Gabby Spainhour later got a run home on a fielder’s choice and Elliott slapped a two-run double.

Barnes doubled and Watts singled in the second inning. Elliott and Kye-Neisha Logan slapped back to back RBI singles.

Halifax did more damage in the fourth. Watts doubled and Spainhour followed with a RBI single. Logan later added a run-scoring single and McLamb cracked a two-run double.

Barnes belted a pair of doubles.

Watts praised McLamb’s pitching efforts.

“Sidney pitched well. She did a good job. She hit her spots,” Watts said.

Halifax head coach Melanie Saunders said the Comets “had a little trouble adjusting to the slower pitch but we got it done.

“Sidney McLamb pitched the whole game. We were able to play everybody throughout the game.

“We need to come out this week ready to go with Magna Vista, Martinsville on Wednesday and Patrick County on Friday,” Saunders said.

HCHS is now 13-3, with three games remaining in the regular season.

Halifax will be battling Orange, PH-Ashland and Albemarle for two spots in region 5-A north action.

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