Wins against Patrick County and Tunstall high schools have put Halifax County High School varsity softball in a wait and see mode for the Region 4D playoffs.
The Comets edged Patrick County High School 5-3 on Wednesday in Stuart scoring all five runs in the last two innings, and on Tuesday they handed Tunstall High School a 16-4 loss at Halifax County High School.
Halifax County 5 Patrick County 3
The Comets erased a 5-0 deficit with three runs in the sixth inning and two in the seventh to defeat the Cougars to finish the regular season with a 12-0 record.
Kamyria Woody-Giggetts had an RBI base hit and run scored in each of the last two innings, and Madison Barnes had two of her three hits for the game in the last two innings, with two RBIs.
Madi Watkins reached base on a walk and a fielder’s choice in the sixth and seventh innings, respectively, with two runs scored, one on a passed ball.
Patrick County took a 2-0 lead after one inning on two balls, a hit batsman and base hit, and they scored another run in the third off a pair of Comets’ fielding errors and two walks to make it 5-0.
Halifax County got a double from Barnes in the first inning and base hits from Spencer and Hankins in the third and fourth innings, respectively, but didn’t break through until the sixth inning when Watkins drew a walk, Woody-Giggetts drove home Watkins with an RBI hit and Barnes singled, with Woody-Giggetts later scoring on a passed ball and Barnes scoring on an error.
Ashlyn Strickland drew a walk to start the Comets’ seventh inning, Spencer reached base and Watkins reached on a fielder’s choice, before Woody-Giggetts reached base to drive in her second run of the day and Barnes singled home another run to make it 5-3.
Barnes went the distance on the mound allowing three runs on four hits while walking four batters, with the Comets recording an out at home plate on a throw from Barnes to catcher Kylie Satterfield to prevent a run in the second inning.
Halifax County 16 Tunstall 4
Shamya Hankins slugged a three-run homer during a seven-run second inning, and the Comets pulled away with six runs in the third and fourth innings to defeat Tunstall High School 16-4 on Senior Night on Monday.
Peyton Lowery finished with an RBI double, single and RBI groundout, Sarah Watts two singles and two RBIs, Savi Bailey, Ashlyn Strickland and Kayla Spencer RBI hits, Jadyn Harlow two singles, Madison Barnes a double, Kamyria Woody-Giggetts and Madi Watkins base hits and Sidney Stone an RBI groundout for the Comets.
Halifax scored three runs in the first, seven in the second, one in the third and five in the fourth innings to secure the win, while the Trojans scored one run in the second inning and three in the third.
Bailey Bowen pitched the first three innings for the Comets, with Barnes coming to the mound with two outs in the fourth and hurling the final one and one-third innings.
Bowen and Barnes combined to strike out eight batters while holding the Trojans to three hits.
Lowery is one of several Comets swinging the bat well as the region playoffs approach, with a home run, two doubles, two singles and six RBIs in the final three games of the season.
As the season has worn on, she has become more selective at the plate and focusing on hitting her pitch, she added.
Just seeing the pitchers three times and knowing the pitches they have has helped her at the plate.
“The pitchers did a really good job today, the bats and running the bases helped, and the defense did a good job backing up our pitchers,” said head coach Woody Bane.
“You show up and hope everyone has a good day, but sometimes someone pulls through, and it’s been like that all year.
“Hopefully that will continue. They just go out there and do what they need to do.”