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Lady Comets have extended practice in 15-0 win over Fleming

SWINGING - Christine DeGeorgis (2) swings away during varsity softball action Tuesday against Fleming. (Blakely Swanson photo) / April 02, 2009
Extended practice, especially with bunting techniques, and more opportunity to see an opponent’s pitcher.

That’s what the Halifax County varsity softball team gained from its slaughter rule 15-0 win over William Fleming Tuesday at home.

The Comets (3-1 overall) also won their Western Valley district opener.

Halifax, which put the game away with a nine-run, 10-hit first inning, ran into a Fleming team that struggled with the fundamentals.

HCHS also got another benefit from this WVD opener, as everybody got to play, with frequent position changes.

Johanna Spencer, batting fourth, blasted a two-run double to spark the first inning. Paige Rickman followed with a two-run double, and Lauren Daniel also added a two-bagger.

Whitney Womack, Lyndsay Lawter, Melissa Morris and Christine DeGeorgis also had run-scoring singles in the first inning.

DeGeorgis, who singled, and Rose added RBIs in the second inning.

HCHS added two runs on four hits in the second inning, finishing with four runs on seven hits in the third.

Halifax finished with 15 hits in the game, according to the official scorebook, although some could be considered errors on balls misplayed by Fleming.

Comet head coach Melanie Saunders noted, “these things are always hard, when you’re coming off some good pitching like we saw against Battlefield. But we’re able to play all of our girls and move them around.

“And that’s always a plus this time of year.”

Saunders noted, “We don’t try to come out and just pound people into the ground. That’s not what we’re about…if the roles were reversed, we wouldn’t want that either.

“Those girls (the Lady Colonels) were working hard and playing the best they could. And we were able to work on bunts and just teach our girls to be respectful. A lot of times, you learn a lot more lessons than just about ball out there on the field.

“Games like this help the girls in other ways aside from softball skills,” said Saunders.

And HCHS got an opportunity for some actual game day experience after extended problems with the schedule, due to inclement weather.

“We’re on the field, we’re not inside practicing, like we’ve been. So, regardless of what we saw, at least we’re out here playing a real game….and being able to make plays off of batters.”

HCHS had to deal with a pitcher who threw slowly, but the Comets have more district competition coming up, including a very important early WVD test next Tuesday at Franklin County.

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