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Season ends for softball after 4-3 loss to Stone Bridge

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Jeri Lynn Tyler stretches for the ball in varsity softball’s state quarterfinal game against Stone Bridge. The Comets’ season ended with the 4-3 loss. / June 06, 2019

Yesterday afternoon, veteran Halifax County High School softball coach Woody Bane lamented the circumstances that ended a successful season.

Host Stone Bridge eliminated Halifax Tuesday night in state quarterfinals play, 4-3.

Halifax finished 18-6, even as these Comets made the state tournament for the third time in four seasons.

Stone Bridge clinched a berth in the state semifinals with a run in its half of the seventh. This was a bitter loss for Halifax.

Stone Bridge loaded the bases on two errors and an intentional walk in the bottom of the seventh, and Olivia Valbak snuffed out the Halifax hopes with a liner past second, scored as an error for the Comets.

Bane reflected on the season yesterday.

“Our year was a great year…. the opportunities we had to play at a really high level. Making it to the state. Having the opportunity last night to get it to the final four was really good for softball at Halifax.” Across the board, Halifax was again successful in the campaign. “We hit the ball and put up some really big offensive numbers. The pitchers did a good job,” said Bane.

Halifax battled back against Stone Bridge, tying the contest at 3-3 and then missing out on an opportunity in the seventh.

Halifax was hit by a disputed call midway through the game when a key senior was relegated to the bench.

Bane credited the strong senior leadership on this club, and feels optimistic about the newer group of players coming along.

Halifax could not score until the sixth inning, when the Comets forced a 3-all deadlock. Katie Cole slapped a two-run single and Skyla Strohm added an RBI single.

But the Comets missed opportunities, too, stranding seven runners in seven innings, including three in the seventh with the visitors seeking to take the lead for the first time.

Halifax had nine hits, with Lauryn Chappell, Trinity Martin and Jeri Tyler adding two apiece.

Stone Bridge scored three runs in the bottom of the third, sparked by a two-run double by Valbak.

Madison Barnes started and worked two and a thirds of an inning, allowing four hits and three runs. Raegan Ridgeway went with middle relief and allowed two hits. Chappell worked the final two innings and took the loss.

Stone Bridge had eight hits.

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