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Coach Confident Entering Opener

The “real” season begins Tuesday night for the Halifax County High School varsity baseball team.

Halifax County will host Franklin County High School Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. in the Western Valley District opener for both teams. After having had an “off” week to prepare the team, Comets head coach Kelvin Davis says his team will be ready for Tuesday’s district game.

“I’m excited just to get the district season started,” Davis remarked.

“It’s a huge game. From the very beginning, I felt Franklin County was going to be one of the district leaders. Our focus has been on Franklin County for a long time. We’ve been watching their record and watching what their guys up there are doing.

“We always get “up” for Franklin County because we know Franklin County always is going to bring a very good quality ballclub down here,” Davis added.

The Comets (8-1 overall) have had a good early non-district season, the only blemish on their record being a loss to Jefferson Forest High School. More importantly, the progress the team has made since the start of pre-season practice has been good.

“Overall, defensively, offensively, and with the pitching staff, I’m pretty pleased with where we are right now,” Davis pointed out.

“Of course, I’m always preaching about improving, and I will continue to do that until the season ends. That’s something I think players at any level need to concentrate on.”

The Comets did not have any games scheduled this past week. Davis and his coaching staff used the time for practice and to work with players individually to hone their skills and prepare them for the short, tough Western Valley District season that lies ahead.

“We had a long week off from games, but we practiced and did a lot of things that we feel will help us in this game,” Davis pointed out.

“We worked on every aspect of the game. We had our pitchers working on the drills that they need. We had infielders and outfielders working on various situations. We’re constantly working on our batting and our offense. This past week gave us a lot of time to work on those things that we needed to work on.”

Davis feels his team will be geared up for Tuesday’s game.

“These guys, especially the seniors on this squad that played last year, are hungry for this,” Davis said.

“Franklin County has always been a tough battle for us. They know what it’s going to take to win against Franklin County. The young guys have a heart for this thing, also.

“A lot can be said, but it all depends upon that night and what the two teams do between the lines,” added Davis.

“We need to bring our “A” game. Hopefully, we can go in and do the little things we need to do to be successful.”

Davis hopes a large crowd of fans will come out Tuesday night to support the team in iits Western Valley District opener.

“I can’t say enough about the support that we have been getting from the parents and fans that have already come out this season,” Davis said.

“We hope a lot of fans in the community will come out Tuesday night and support us. It’s big for our kids when we have a good crowd. When we get a lot of fans from the community to come out, it really helps the kids I know it’s going to be a good crowd. I hope we can go out and play a good game for them.”