- Last Updated on 12:22 PM 04/23/12
- BY Joe Chandler
Solid pitching combined with a potent offensive attack that yielded 10 hits gave Halifax County High School a 10-0 win over Park View High School in five innings here Thursday night. Thursday night’s win was the second of the week for the Comets who have gotten their season off to a good 2-0 start.
“It’s a good win for us,” said Comets head coach Kelvin Davis.
“I’m really big on momentum. I’m really big on the mental aspect of what a win can do for a ballclub.”
Sophomore Dylan Sons and junior Tyler Long combined to hold Park View to two hits and fan eight of the 20 batters they faced.
Sons struck out five of the 13 batters he faced in the first three innings of the game and allowed two walks and two hits. Long struck out three of the seven batters he faced in his two innings of work and allowed two walks.
“Coming in, we wanted to see Dylan Sons go a couple of innings and we also wanted Tyler Long to come in and get some innings,” Davis explained.
“We’re trying to get a look at all of the pitchers and see how they handle themselves on the mound. It was a good outing for both of those guys. We’ve still got a lot of work to do with regards to throwing strikes and things like that. It’s still early. They’re going to get better.”
Offensively, the Comets produced 10 hits with seven of the team’s nine starters getting at least one hit. Zach Clem, William Workey and Markee Brooks had two hits each. Kelvin Davis Jr., Long, Dale Trent and Sons had one hit each.
“Guys that really needed to get key hits got hits today,” Davis pointed out.
“Clem had a really good game. We wanted to see Worley hit some and he had a good outing. We’re trying to get Markee Brooks geared up and he got a big hit. Hopefully, this can help them going into the season.”
The Comets opened with a run in the bottom of the first inning when Clem walked, dashed to second base on a wild pitch and scored on a one-out single by Long.
Halifax County added three runs in the bottom of the second inning, an inning which started with a single by Worley. Four successive walks from Park View hurler Clint Thompson accounted for two runs and a 3-0 Comets lead. Another run scored when Long grounded out for the second run of the inning to make it a 4-0 Comets lead.
Halifax County added three more runs in the third inning, which started with a double by Trent. A single by Worley moved Trent to third base and Trent scored later by stealing home to make it a 5-0 lead.
Sons followed with a hit and scored on a triple by Brooks. A hit by Clem plated Brooks to put the Comets up 7-0.
The Comets capped the game with three runs in the bottom of the fifth. Chris Hunt reached base on a Park View error and scored on a hit by Brooks. Brooks scored on a wild pitch to make it an 9-0 Comets lead.
A hit by Clem backed up with a double by Davis produced the run that ended the game with the Comets on top 10-0.
Park View High School’s two hits in the game came in the form of a single in the first inning from Hudson and a base hit in the third inning from Cody Spillane.
Park View got two runners on the sacks in both the first inning and the third inning and were able to advance the lead runner to third base. But, the Dragons were unable to capitalize on the opportunity.