FREDERICKSBURG — It’s not every year a softball team makes a run to the Final Four of the state tournament. In fact, some could say it happens “once in a blue moon.”

Halifax County can say it saw the moon come out as it made a run to the Class 4 state semifinals. Unfortunately, the moon set on the Comets’ run in the semis as Hanover scored a pair of runs in the top of the fourth inning to pick up a 4-2 win over Halifax on Friday afternoon at Riverbend High School in Fredricksburg.

Holding a 2-1 lead, Hanover (22-1) got the winning runs in the fourth when Julia Cuozzo smacked a two-run shot to left field that gave the Hawks a 4-1 lead over midway through the contest.

Halifax (20-3) got to Cuozzo in the sixth, putting together a bit of a rally to pull within two. A pair of bunt singles from seniors Madison Watkins and Trinity Martin gave the Comets a pair of base runners with one out and senior Madison Barnes helped her cause in the circle with her RBI groundout that scored Watkins and pulled Halifax within two at 4-2.

Senior Sarah Watts followed with a big walk and courtesy runner senior Saviana Bailey moved into scoring position with a steal of second. The Comets continued their daring on the base paths when Bailey stole third but Cuozzo was able to induce a strikeout to get out of the inning.

Facing a two-run deficit, down to its final three outs, Halifax pieced together some offense in the seventh. Senior Lynia Reed knocked a one-out single and sophomore Emma Payne followed with a base hit of her own to put the tying runs on base. An infield fly helped the Hawks record the second out, but senior Kamyria Woody-Giggetts kept the Comets’ hopes alive with a single to left field. However, Hanover’s defense stepped up big as senior Reagan Hill fired a bullet home to nab the final out and send the Hawks to the title game.

Hanover got the first crack at the scoreboard and took advantage of the opportunity, plating a pair of runs in the top of the first to take the early momentum. Hill got the scoring started with her RBI double to right and sophomore Lillian Parrish doubled down on the Hawks’ lead with her infield single that made it 2-0.

Halifax didn’t hesitate in responding, striking back with a run in its first at-bat to slice its deficit in half. Woody-Giggetts got things going with a lead-off single and Martin reached on an error to give the Comets a pair of base runners with no outs. Two batters later, Watts cracked a line-drive single to center that plated Woody-Giggetts and made it 2-1.

Barnes went into cruise control in the second, retiring the side, but Cuozzo did the same in Halifax’s half of the second, striking out the side to set up the pitcher’s theme.

Cuozzo led Hanover with a pair of RBIs while Hill and Parrish drove in a run apiece and Jenna Curie recorded a pair of hits.

Cuozzo got the win in the circle, scattering seven hits and two runs while striking out seven in seven innings pitched.

Barnes and Watts drove in Halifax’s runs while Woody-Giggetts led with a pair of hits in the lead-off spot.

Barnes was effective in the circle, holding Hanover to five hits while striking out two.