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Jeri Lynn Tyler avoids a close pitch in the HCHS varsity softball game Tuesday against GW-Danville. / April 25, 2019
Halifax County High School varsity softball won two of three this week.

The Comets swept GW-Danville at home Tuesday, after losing to Person County Monday.

Halifax had a dominating effort, winning 15-0 and 20-3.

Person County won 6-5 in a riveting border rivalry showdown with the Comets. The teams met in Roxboro.

Person won the game with a four-run rally in the fifth inning. The Rockets got a two-run homer from Kaliey Mangum to spark the uprising. Person also played smart softball, using a sacrifice from Taylor Sullivan and back to back RBI doubles from Gabby Jones and Lillie Davis.

Then, the Rockets shut down the Comets in the top of the seventh.

Halifax got a leadoff single from Kaitlyn Richardson, a sacrifice and then Lauryn Chappell hit an infield single. Trinity Martin followed with a two-run double, bringing the Comets to within one run, 6-5.

With two outs, Madison Barnes was hit by a pitch, putting runners on first and second. Rocket starter Lillie Davis fanned Katie Cole to end the threat.

Halifax used Raegan Ridgeway for starter duties in the circle, followed by reliever Chappell. Person had eight hits, while the Comets had five.

Person is coached by Michael Ferrell, a former Comet, with two other former HCHS graduates, Justin Bagbey and Jessica Martin, also on the softball staff. PC split this series this season. Ferrell believes the win Monday will reignite the Comet-Rocket rivalry in softball.

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