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Softball gets solid 15-0 win over PH-Roanoke

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Catcher Skyla Strohm stretches for the throw in Thursday’s games against Patrick Henry-Roanoke.
SoVaNow.com / May 27, 2019
Halifax County High School varsity softball edged North Stafford a year ago to advance to the regional finals and the Class 5 state tournament.

On Tuesday, the Comets have the same assignment against a North Stafford team again, at 5 p.m.

Halifax improved to 17-4 after a solid 15-0 win over Patrick Henry-Roanoke in the regional quarterfinals Thursday.

Halifax is one game away from a regional finals berth and a repeat trip to the state tournament.

The Comets played well after their disappointing loss to Franklin County in the district tournament semifinals.

The Comets got strong pitching from Lauryn Chappell, Raegan Ridgeway and Madison Barnes, and plenty of offensive punch.

“Good way to start regional play. Always start in the circle. The pitchers did a really good job. Got to work on some pitches we’re going to need as we go forward,” coach Woody Bane said.

“We’ve got to get better. Tuesday (the regional semifinals) is a big game,” said Bane.

The three Comet pitchers surrendered just two hits in the lopsided win over PH-Roanoke. Chappell struck out four batters, while Ridgeway fanned three and Barnes had two strikeouts.

Bane said the Comets got quality pitching. The way Halifax hits and runs the bases is a major factor it its success, he said.

Halifax cracked 17 hits in the rout.

Barnes sliced three doubles, with two RBI. Kaitlyn Richardson had three hits and a run scored. Trinity Martin, Lynia Reed and Jeri Lynn Tyler had two hits apiece.

Halifax sprinted to a 5-0 lead in its half of the first inning and cruised from there.

Chappell worked three innings in the circle, while Ridgeway and Barnes had two innings each. Chappell said the hurlers had a phenomenal effort.

“Tuesday we’re coming in with worry about ourselves attitude and everything else will take care of itself,” Chappell said.

“We’re focused after coming out with this win, and I think we’re prepared,” said Chappell.

Barnes said the Comets hit well, refused to get down on themselves, and moved on to tomorrow’s showdown for the state tournament berth.

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