|This page was created to showcase some of the fine softball players at HCHS. I am currently one of the coaches for the JV program, so that will be the focus of this page. Check below for the 1999 schedule and results.|
Please scroll down to see summaries of all the games.
3-17-Wed.--This game could have just about been played with no bats. Person Co. walked 20 of our batters. We added a couple of hits when we saw some strikes, but it was apparent early in this one that we wouldn't get much practice at the plate. The defense played well, and our two pitchers combined for 4 strikeouts.
3-19-Fri.--Franklin Co. has always had fine softball teams, so we expected a tough game in this one. Franklin Co. scored first, but the Halifax bats caught fire in the 3rd and 4th innings, as we tagged the FC pitchers for 9 hits that plated 9 runs. Brandi Conner, Jenny Armistead, and Misty McClean led the attack with 2 hits each. Felicia Sprattley, Jennifer Roller, Mary Beth Cosby, Amberly Moon, Nicole Davis, Laura Gosney, and Joni Foster all added a hit. That proved to be enough as we won, 9-2. Anna Lewis fanned 5 Franklin Co. batters, while scattering 5 hits.
3-20-Sat.--A Saturday Dinwiddie Double-Header. In the first game, Halifax jumped on top in the top of the first with 10 big runs and never looked back. We scored 4 more in the fourth and cruised to a 14-2 final. Superb pitching from Anna Lewis left the Dinwiddie batters puzzled as they struck out 8 times in only 5 innings. In the second match-up, it was more of the same. Halifax plated 4 in the first, 5 in the second, and 6 in the third to put the game far out of reach. Dinwiddie managed to score 6 in this contest to make the final, 15-6. 5 Dinwiddie batters whiffed in this one. Brandi Conner and Rhiannon Crews were both 3 for 5 with 1 walk on the day, and Erica Owen was 2 for 2 with a walk. Kassie Brown, Kristi Tuck, and Leigh Ann English added hits.
3-24-Wed.--Person Co. again, and it looked similar to the first time we met them. We walked 19 times (4 each from Anna Lewis and Nicole Davis), but we did manage 10 hits, including 2 for 2 from Jennifer Roller, to go along with them to push the total run output to 23. Again, we had fine pitching as Lewis struck out 3, walked 0, and gave up only 5 hits. We really needed to see some consistent pitching this week, because we will definitely face it next week at Amherst.
3-30-Tue.--The Amherst game was disappointing, but we are proud of the effort put forth by our girls tonight. We had runners at 2nd and 3rd several times, but couldn't get that one hit that we needed to score. On two separate occasions, we had runners in scoring position and ripped line drives into the outfield, only to have them hit right to the outfielder, who then caught our runners trying to get back to tag up, for double plays. A few feet to the left or right, and they would have been base-clearing doubles. That is how close we were to scoring several runs of our own. Brandi Conner tripled and Jenny Armistead reached base twice with a single and a walk. Our pitcher, Anna Lewis, only allowed one earned run (in the 1st inning). The other two came late on fielding miscues. Overall, our defense made many outstanding plays to end potential big innings for Amherst. This was a very good team to face as the first District contest. We will bounce back from this loss.
**** During the most recent week of practice we lost
our star pitcher, Anna Lewis, to the ****
varsity team. We didn't actually lose her, because we all hope this is the best move
for her at this time. We will miss her greatly as a young lady and as a player for our
JV team. I wish her all the best on a very successful season. I know she will do well.
4-12-Mon.-- The first game back from Spring Break was a good one. The girls looked very sharp in this game, rolling with 12 hits, while drawing 7 base on balls. Everyone was very aggressive at the plate, and it paid off. Jennifer Roller led the way with a 3 for 4 outing and Brandi Conner also went 2 for 3 with a walk. We also got fine pitching from Nicole Davis, who gave up only 1 earned run in 6 innings of work. Laura Gosney closed out the 7th inning with a fine performance, including a strikeout. The defense, again, was stellar, as it has been nearly all year.
4-15-Thu.- E.C. Glass game postponed due to rain.
4-16-Fri.- There was much anticipation leading up to this game, as the past couple of years have seen competitive games versus Albemarle. That was not the case this time, however. It was all Halifax. The Comets scored 4 in the first and 4 more in the second, behind a homerun from Brandi Conner and a double from Rhiannon Crews. The fourth inning produced 8 runs, with the big blows being doubles from Mary Beth Cosby and Amberly Moon, and a triple from Nicole Davis. The Comets then exploded for 16 runs in the top of the fifth on 8 hits and several walks. Erica Owen and Conner singled twice in the inning (Conner had one batting left-handed), and Jenny Armistead had a big double. Armistead pitched an outstanding game. She gave up only 2 singles, while walking 0, and striking out 2. The 1 run scored was unearned. We had 24 hits for the game.
4-20-Tue.- The big rivalry against GW turned out to be just a lopsided "whuppin'". The Comets got on the board in the second on a 2-run single from Brandi Conner. A big 3-run homer from Felicia Sprattley sparked a 4-run fourth inning, as the Halifax bats really began to heat up. The 6th inning produced 6 more runs behind Rhiannon Crews's bases-loaded single, and the 7th inning had more of the same, charged by Jenny Armistead's third hit of the game and a big base-clearing triple by Kassie Brown. Page Gasperini and Leigh Ann English contributed 2 hits each, and Mary Beth Cosby and Laura Gosney both added a hit. The pitching and defense were superb in this game. Nicole Davis and Brandi Conner combined for a no-hitter. Davis threw 5 innings, scattering 4 walks, while stiking out 4, and Conner finished the last 2 innings with 1 walk and 1 strikeout. This was a very well played game. We were very proud of the effort.
4-21-Wed.- The Comets hosted Franklin Co. this week. Halifax ran their record to 10-1 with 2 victories in the double-header. In the first contest, the Comets were hitless through the first 3 innings to fall behind 0-3. The bats got hot in the fourth, however, as Laura Gosney got things going with a double. Rhiannon Crews (2), Amberly Moon, Brandi Conner (2), Jennifer Roller (2), Felicia Sprattley, Misty McClean, and Jenny Armistead all hit safely in this onslaught of an inning, as Halifax plated 12 runs. That proved to be more than enough as the Comets prevailed in the first of two 5-inning games, 12-3. Armistead pitched a fine game, giving up 1 earned run on 4 hits, 1 strikeout, and only 1 walk. In the second contest, Mary Beth Cosby paced the Comets with a 3 for 3 effort that included a triple, and Sprattley added a double and a single. Kristi Tuck and Conner added 2 hits each, as well, and Kassie Brown had the other hit in the Comets 10-hit attack. Conner pitched this shutout, giving up 3 hits, with 2 strikeouts, and only 2 walks. These were two very well played games. Although coming out of the gates a little slowly, we cranked it up just in time in the first game, and everyone played well in the second game, as well.
5-5-Wed.- Halifax had an opportunity to avenge its only loss of the season in this one, but it was not to be, as Amherst, again, proved to be just a bit too much on this day, handing the Comets a 3-15 loss. Amherst got on the board early as they scored 2 in the top of the 1st. It was a well-played game on both sides, with the score remainding 2-0 through 4 complete innings. Amherst then got hot, scoring 3 times in the 5th and 5 more in the 6th. It was not poor defense or pitching that allowed these runs, either. Amherst just hit the ball very well. The Comets showed a no-quit attitude in the last of the 7th that was started with a double off the wall from Felicia Sprattley, an RBI single from Rhiannon Crews, and a stand-up RBI triple from Misty McClean, who raced home when the cut-off person bobbled the ball to give the Comets 3 runs in the inning. Halifax had 5 hits in the game with Sprattley getting her first hit in the 4th, and Brandi Conner breaking up the no-hitter with an infield single back in the 3rd. We had fine pitching in this game, as well, even though we gave up more hits and runs than we are accustomed to allowing. All we could ask for was that our pitchers throw strikes and show good control and that is what they did. Jenny Armistead and Brandi Conner are superb infielders that have been asked to help out on the mound since the beginning of April, and they have done an excellent job.
5-7-Fri.- The Comets found their winning ways again Friday night as they traveled to Lynchburg to face E.C. Glass. A leadoff triple from Brandi Conner got Halifax going in the top of the first. Jenny Armistead, then, knocked her in to give the Comets their first run. The score was tied 1-1 until the top of the 4th when Felicia Sprattley reached on an error and was followed by a single from Amberly Moon. Fine baserunning allowed both runners to reach home on passed balls to make it 3-1 Halifax. The Comets continued in the 5th with back-to-back hits from Conner and Page Gasperini to start the inning. They scored on consecutive hits from Sprattley and Moon to make it 5-1. Conner hit safely again and scored in the 6th, and then Halifax scored 4 more big runs in the top of the 7th behind Moon's third hit of the game and bases-loaded singles from Leigh Ann English and Laura Gosney. Nicole Davis pitched a fine game, scattering only 4 hits, and showed great control with 0 walks issued. Halifax banged out 12 hits in this one with Moon going 3 for 3, with 1 walk, and Conner adding a 3 for 5 effort. Rhiannon Crews, Gasperini, Armistead, Sprattley, English, and Gosney added the other hits.
5-10-Mon.- Halifax County hosted Albemarle at HCMS Monday and proved to be ungracious hostesses. The Comets rolled 19-3. Halifax manufactured 1 in the 1st and 1 in the 2nd to take a slim 2-1 lead, but got the bats hot in the bottom of the 3rd. Brandi Conner led off with a triple and trotted home on a bullet-homerun from Jenny Armistead. Then, after Mary Beth Cosby singled and Kassie Brown reached on an error, Kristi Tuck blasted a second homer of the inning to right field to make it 7-1. Erica Owen scored in the 4th after her leadoff double to make it 8-2. Albemarle scored once more in the 5th to close the gap to 8-3 before Halifax exploded in the bottom of the 5th. All 9 batters in this inning scored before the 1st out was recorded. The Comets got hits in the inning from Jennifer Roller, Rhiannon Crews, a big double from Nicole Davis, another from Tuck, and the hit that ended the game from Laura Gosney. Halifax was also aided by 7 walks in the inning, including a pair issued to Amberly Moon. After the dust had settled, the Comets had scored 11 in the inning to end it, 19-3. The game could have been called at 18-3, but we were just passing the hits on down and didn't noticed the score. Hey, we'll take it. Jenny Armistead showed great control on the mound by allowing only 2 earned runs, and only scattered 3 singles after Albemarle got 4 hits in the 1st. Armistead recorded 1 strikeout and did not walk any batters.
5-11-Tue.- The Comets hosted longtime rival G.W. of Danville here in this one. It was all Halifax, as the score would indicate, 16-0. The Comets got on the board early as Brandi Conner singled and scored on a bases-loaded walk, and then Laura Gosney produced a big 2-out single to score 2 more for a 3-0 lead after one inning. Singles by Felicia Sprattley, Nicole Davis, Gosney, and Amberly Moon, along with a couple more walks brought home 6 more runs in the second. After a nifty double play (a catch in foul territory and throw to first from Rhiannon Crews) thwarted any potential rally from G.W. in the 3rd, the Comets rolled for 6 more in the bottom of the inning, paced by hits from Jennifer Roller, Gosney, and Jenny Armistead's 3rd straight walk. Davis knocked in 1 more in the 4th to make it 16-0, which was the final, as G.W. went 1-2-3 in the 5th. Davis pitched an outstanding game for the shutout. She gave up 3 harmless singles in the top of the 1st, and allowed no more than 3 batters in each of the final 4 innings of play. She recorded 2 strikeouts and 0 walks. The game was called due to the run-rule after 5 complete innings.
5-13-Thu.- Halifax County played the final game of the season here on Thursday against E.C.Glass. This one was a rout, just like the other 2 games this final week of the season. The Comets got on the board bigtime in the bottom of the 1st, after allowing 1 run in the top of inning. Brandi Conner got things started with a leadoff double. That was followed by singles from Rhiannon Crews, Nicole Davis, and a walk to Amberly Moon, and then a grandslam homerun from Joni Foster. Singles by Kassie Brown, Misty McClean, a 2-run triple from Conner, a double from Davis, and a big 3-run homer from Jenny Armistead capped off the huge 10-run 1st inning. 4 walks in the 2nd gave the Comets more base runners until Armistead ripped a base-clearing double to stretch the lead to 13-1 after just 2 innings. Glass managed 2 runs in the top of the 3rd, but Halifax answered with 4 more on a few walks and a triple by Page Gasperini. After walks were issued to Kristi Tuck and Felicia Sprattley, Laura Gosney popped a single to give the Comets the necessary runs to win by slaughter-rule, 19-4. Davis pitched another fine game, scattering 3 hits, while striking out 1, with 0 walks. Conner also turned in another fine effort in finishing the game by allowing only 2 hits, while striking out 1 and walking 3 batters.
Halifax Softball 2000
JV Softball 2001