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Shortstop Kaitlyn Richardson makes the throw to first during varsity softball’s scrimmage Thursday. / March 11, 2019

Halifax County High School varsity softball rode some courageous performances to another Class 5 state tournament appearance last season, and it appears the Comets will be very good again.

Halifax breezed through Thursday’s scrimmage action against a young Randolph-Henry team, scoring at will and getting plenty of offensive work in for this team.

Halifax won the R-H scrimmage, 17-0.

Woody Bane, returning to the dugout after a year’s absence due to a medical issue, split the pitching assignments three ways - Lauryn Chappel started, followed by Reagan Ridgeway and Madison Barnes. All three hurlers performed well, with Chappell fanning two, Ridgeway getting three Ks and Barnes four.

Halifax sealed the deal in the second inning, scoring nine runs.

The Comets had 13 hits and two big innings. Halifax also scored six runs in the fourth.

In the second inning, Halifax battered R-H starter Taylor Trent. A well-hit single from Karina Velasquez loaded the bases. After a forceout at home, Trinity Martin later drew a bases-loaded walk to get the first run home.

Lynia Reid cracked a two-run double over the head of the R-H centerfielder. Brooke Conner and Kaitlyn Richardson lined back to back singles, padding the lead to 6-0.

A passed ball got another run home. The final two runs came courtesy of a Sydney Wilborn RBI sacrifice fly and a run-scoring single from Katie Cole. Bane said the Comets had really good defense, the pitchers did a good job throwing strikes, and Halifax hit well.

The season starts this week, with some quality competition early. Halifax starts today against GW-Danville and then meets Park View on Wednesday and Dan River Friday.

Bane again declined to set specific goals for the season, noting the main idea is to see steady improvement.

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