- Last Updated on 12:22 PM 04/23/12
- BY Joe Chandler
Halifax County High School can get a big leg up in the Western Valley District baseball race tonight when it faces arch-rival GW at 7 p.m. at Dan Daniel Park.
The Comets (9-1 overall) won its Western Valley District opener here Tuesday night, downing Franklin County High School 10-3. A win tonight over GW in Danville would put the Comets at the top of the standings with a cushion over two of the three key challengers for the district crown.
GW lost a home game last week against Patrick Henry High School. A loss to the Comets tonight would put GW two games down in the district title chase.
“It’s going to be huge,” Comets head coach Kelvin Davis said.
“We talked about it (with the players) last week. We emphasized with the kids how important this first game (Tuesday’s game against Franklin County) was. To get both wins would be huge for us. It’s always good to get on top early because this is a small five-team district. Every game is important.”
Davis said he and his coaches have scouted GW and feel that they have a good game plan for tonight’s contest.
“We have scouted GW and have a game plan to work on,” Davis noted.
“It’s all about playing between the lines. You can work up a good game plan, but the guys have to do it between the lines. We always play well at Dan Daniel Park. I hope we can go up there and have another good night.”
The Comets had a good night here Tuesday night in the district opener against Franklin County High School.
Halifax County broke a 2-2 deadlock by exploding for seven runs in the fifth inning to grab a 9-2 advantage. The Comets took advantage of seven walks and got a key run-scoring hit from Tyler Long and a big two-RBI single from Kelvin Davis Jr. to create the big cushion.
Franklin County scored a run in the top of the sixth inning with back-to-back base hits and a passed ball to make the score 9-3.
Halifax County answered with a run in the bottom of the sixth inning. William Worley was struck by a pitch with one out and scored on a double by Luke Griles that was Griles’ third hit of the contest.
“We were fortunate to get those big key base hits at the right time,” Davis pointed out.
The Comets scored two runs in the bottom of the first inning when Davis and Trent laced together back-to-back singles with one out. Davis scored when Long reached base on a Franklin County error to tie the game at 1-1. Trent scored on a passed ball to give the Comets a 2-1 lead.
Both teams made a couple of miscues in the field, but the Comets made two big defensive plays in the bottom of the second inning that prevented Franklin County from scoring.
The first occurred when Worley threw out the Eagles’ Gary Goad at the plate as Goad attempted to score on a double by teammate Ryan Grimmett. Comets’ catcher Dylan Hendricks later threw out Grimmett at third base as Grimmett attempted to steal the bag.
“I’m not taking anything away from Franklin County,” Davis said.
We made some plays when we needed to make them. Everything just went our way tonight.”
The Comets out-hit Franklin County 8-7 in the game. Griles led the Comets with a 3-for-3 effort, with Davis and Trent chipping in two hits each. Long had one hit.
Ryan Puryear did a good job as the Comets’ starting pitcher, scattering seven hits and two walks while fanning one batter.
Long went to the mound in relief of Puryear in the top of the sixth inning and struck out two of the five batters he faced in the game.