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Comet softball pitcher Taylor Barnes delivers a pitc in Friday’s home action against Magna Vista. (David Conner II photo) / April 14, 2014
Halifax County High School varsity softball should get more tests this week, but there’s been steady improvement since the William Campbell loss.

The Comets won three in a row last week, including a 12-0 win over Martinsville Wednesday and a 10-0 defeat of Magna Vista Friday.

Taylor Barnes had a solid pitching effort Friday, backed by a robust Comet attack.

Barnes surrendered a Magna Vista hit in the top of the first inning, and then fanned two of the next three hitters.

HCHS started piling up the offense in its half of the first inning. Megan Puckett had a one-out hit, and Barnes followed with a triple down right field for a 1-0 Comet lead. Barnes was able to scamper home on a late throw after Magna Vista got Ashley Watts out at first.

2-0 Comets, and it would get worse.

Kye-Neisha Logan, who would finish 3-for-3 on the afternoon, slapped a single to start the bottom of the second. Megan Watts followed with a bunt, and the Warriors had an error that allowed both runners to get into scoring position.

Amber Moore looped a two-run single, and HCHS led, 4-0. M. Watts showcased excellent hustle to score.

Puckett followed with a two-out hit, and Barnes delivered a fast-falling shot to right field that got two more Comet runners home.

HCHS is 6-2 and 5-1 in the Piedmont.

Logan had her first multi-hit game of the season and had a better approach at the plate.

“I just kept my head down and hit to right field,” said Logan. “The big thing is waiting for the pitch to come to you, not get ahead of the pitch, and just relax.”

Barnes limited Magna Vista to two hits. She fanned eight and did not walk anyone.

Halifax coach Melanie Saunders likes the growing aggressiveness from this Comet squad.

“What we weren’t doing at the beginning of the season was being aggressive right from the start, and we kept teaching these kids to jump on the ball,” said Saunders.

“A couple of them wanted that first strike to go by, but it was much better today, and they’re improving with each game.

“We hit the ball to the right side of the field, and we’ve been harping on that in practice, to hit to right field with runners on to move them.”

“We were moving base runners today,” added Saunders, “pulling the inside pitch down the line, exactly what we told them to do.”

Earlier, the Comets routed Martinsville, 12-0. HCHS had 21 hits, with 11 in a nine-run second inning. Barnes (no hits, two strikeouts) and Sidney McLamb (no hits, six strikeouts) dominated the visitors.

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