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HCHS Prevails 7-6, 12-0 Over New York Team

Six wins and counting. The numbers in the win column continued to climb for the Halifax County High School baseball team here Friday as the Comets swept the Mineola (N.Y.) High School Mustangs in a doubleheader that served as a pair of pre-season scrimmage games for the visitors.

Halifax County came up with four runs in the bottom of the seventh inning, the last run coming on a run-scoring triple by William Worley, to edge the Mustangs 7-6 in the opener.

It was all Halifax County in the five-inning second game as the Comets ran away to a 12-0 win, their sixth triumph of the season.

Friday’s pair of wins gave the Comets a sweep of their three games last week against Garden City (N.Y.) High School and Mineola (N.Y.) High School. The games were pre-season scrimmage games for both of the New York schools.

“It was a good experience for everybody,” Comets head coach Kelvin Davis said of the three-game series against the New York teams.

“We always get “up” when we play the New York clubs. I enjoy it and the guys enjoy playing them. Both of those clubs are a heck of a good club as far as sportsmanship goes. It’s good playing teams like that. All of the young men they bring enjoy themselves and enjoy the hospitality that we show them. I’m glad we could get the games involving both teams in without the weather affecting anything.”

Friday’s opening game against Mineola was as tough a game as the Comets have had thus far this season. The Comets had to use several pitchers to get through the game, which they trailed most of the way.

The Mustangs led 2-0 after the first three innings, with the Comets scoring their first run in the bottom of the fourth inning. Markee Brooks reached base on a fielder’s choice, took advantage of an error and scored on a single by Worley to cut the deficit to a run at 2-1.

Mineola added a run in the top of the fifth inning to go up 3-1. The Comets tied the game with two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning, the first coming on a run-scoring single by Dale Trent. The second run came when Trent scored on a passed ball later in the inning.

The Mustangs regained the lead with three runs in the top of the seventh inning that gave them a 6-3 lead. Halifax County rallied for four runs in the bottom of the seventh inning with the help of a two-RBI triple by Tyler Long. Worley’s two-out triple later in the inning put the Comets over the top.

Halifax County had eight hits in the game with Worley and Kelvin Davis Jr. each getting two hits. Long, Scott Rickman, Trent and Dylan Sons each had one hit.

Halifax County hurler Ryan Puryear had a stellar game in the second game, fanning five batters while throwing a no-hitter in the Comets’ 12-0 shutout of Mineola.

Puryear faced only two batters over the minimum and yielded one walk. Three Comets errors and the one walk accounted for Mineola’s only base runners in the contest.

The Comets opened with four runs in the second inning and added eight more runs in the third inning to seal the game.

Puryear helped his own cause by going 3-3 at the plate with one RBI. Davis had two hits and four RBIs and Worley had two hits and three RBIs. Sons also had two hits in the game.

Luke Griles, Aron Puryear and Dylan Hendricks each had a hit.