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PV girls bounce back after defeat
SoVaNow.com / April 24, 2013The Park View Dragons softball squad rebounded from a close loss to a potent Halifax County varsity team on Wednesday as the South Hill girls defeated a home school team out of Chester on Thursday, 9-4.
PVHS had a solid hitting effort against the Chester squad, clicking at the plate for 14 hits.
Amanda Crutchfield and Madison Tucker both had three hits apiece for the Lady Dragons, now 8-1 on the season.
Amanda Roberts fanned 11.
Park View is 4-0 in the Southside District, with the Dragon girls slated to take on Prince Edward yesterday (Tuesday).
Earlier last week, Park View squared off against Halifax County in a well-played game for both teams. The homestanding Comets defeated the Lady Dragons, 5-3.
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.
Bane helped to ignite the Comets in the bottom of the sixth inning with triple and Kye’Neisha Logan got an RBI with a standup double. Cecilie Elliott brought in Logan to stake HCHS to a 5-3 lead that would hold up at the end.
The Dragon girls grabbed a 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 Lady Dragons a 3-0 lead in the top of the third.
Roberts and Lindsey Townsend supplied RBI hits.
A homer by the Comets’ Meg Bane, however, changed everything. The blast sailed over the left field wall even as Bane did not appear to get a full cut on the pitch. The blast was enough to decisively change the momentum against Roberts, who pitched for Park View and took the loss.
Park View coach John Manning has a quality club, stocked with a promising prep prospect in Alexander and a strong supporting cast. The loss dropped Park View’s record to 7-1.
Park View did not adjust well to Barnes, who was sharp in her relief outing after a strong pitching performance the night before at Franklin County. Despite the loss, Manning said this is the kind of opponent Park View needs to face.
The Park View girls are back in action this week with Southside District games against Prince Edward (yesterday, Tuesday) and Southampton (Thursday).
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