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Lady Comets take WVD title

South Boston News / May 20, 2013
The postseason honors keep adding up for the HCHS varsity softball team.

Halifax County, now 21-2 on the season, defeated Franklin County at home Friday 6-1 to win the final Western Valley district tournament softball title.

Halifax, which now has a week off before next Monday’s Northwest Regionalopener, won three of four from FCHS, which is also headed to theregionals. HCHS got its most proficient offensive outing of the seasonagainst FC Friday at home.

The Comets took command immediately and scored three runs in the firstinning. Halifax added two in the fourth and one run in the sixth.

Freshman hurler Taylor Barnes had another solid outing. Barnes fanned ten, allowing two hits, including an RBI triple from FC’s Hannah Dudley in the second inning.

But the Comets, who now have an 87-8 mark over the past four seasons, had more than enough offense to support Barnes.

Tayler Mosley was hit by a pitch and Miyana Ross reached on an error,putting immediate pressure on the Eagles. After a Megan Puckett bunt, MegBane got a run home on an error. With two outs, Barnes helped her causewith a two-run double.

HCHS added two runs in the fourth.

Kye-Neisha Logan reached on a fielder’s choice and Cori Campbell reachedon a FC error. Ashley Watts then stepped up and delivered a two-rundouble. That extra base hit essentially broke this game open.

Sam Moser added an RBI single in the sixth after singles from Barnes andHannah Saunders.

Halifax finished with seven hits, and three of those came in the seventhinning.

Barnes had a double and a single and scored once, with two RBI to hercredit. She also scored a run.

Franklin County helped with some defensive issues. The Eagles committedthree errors, including two in the three-run Comet first inning. HCHSstranded five runners.

Tayler Mosley, Ross, Bane, Logan, Campbell and Barnes scored runs for HCHS.

Halifax already had wrapped up the final WVD title and a no. 1 seed in the regionals with its win over FCHS Tuesday. This win Friday over the Eagles added to the Comets’ confidence heading into the regionals.

Comet head coach Melanie Saunders said this was a “great win over FC. The kids came out ready to play. They were up and ready... smiles on their faces and pumped up. “We were able to get on the board quickly with two runs. That’s always a plus to get up early. The kids hit the ball well and played solid defense. Taylor Barnes pitched another great game (and) the kids played great defense behind her. “We are off for a week this week. We don’t play until Memorial Day. (We) don’t like such a long break but there is nothing we can do about it so we are going to practice hard and be as ready as we can be for Memorial day.”.

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