- Last Updated on 12:22 PM 04/23/12
- BY Joe Chandler
Halifax County High School needed a win against arch-rival GW Friday night in Danville to take early command of the chase for the Western Valley District baseball crown. Not only did the Comets get the win, they made it a convincing one.
The Comets rocked GW with three runs in the first inning and never looked back enroute to a 6-1 win.
Halifax County (10-1 overall, 2-0 district) has taken the early lead in the Western Valley District title chase, but needs a win over another district contender, Patrick Henry High School, here Tuesday night to fully entrench itself in the driver’s seat.
“It’s one game at a time,” noted Comets head coach Kelvin Davis.
“Our next game is against PH, and once we get finished with that game, we’ll focus on the next one. Just looking back at last year, you can’t assume that everything is going to be fine and dandy for the whole season. We have to take it one game at a time and continue to do what we’re doing right now.”
If the Comets continue like they did Friday night against GW (12-4 overall, 1-2 district) at Dan Daniel Park, they will be just fine.
The Comets rode GW’s hurlers for 11 hits with senior Scott Rickman leading the Comets’ effort with a big 3-for-4 night at the plate that included a double and three RBIs.
“This is a big one to win,” said the Comets senior.
“We’ve been rivals with GW awhile now. We love to win this game. We had a blast doing it.”
Kelvin Davis Jr. and Dale Trent had two hits each, while Zach Clem, Tyler Long and William Worley each chipped in a hit.
Dylan Sons had a solid night on the mound, fanning eight batters and allowing one walk and five scattered hits in his five and a third innings of work.
“We got some big base hits tonight,” the Comets coach noted.
“Our big concern was that we stay within our hitting zone and these guys did that.”
Long went to the mound with one out in the sixth inning after two of GW’s first three batters in the inning reached base with hits. He quieted the GW uprising by striking out the first two batters he faced.
In the seventh inning, after having given up a hit and having struck a GW batter with a pitch, Long struck out the next three batters to end the game. Long finished with five strikeouts.
Davis praised the effort of both Sons and Long.
“Dylan got out there and did what I know he can do,” Davis said.
“I thought he pitched a whale of a ballgame.”
Long, who has been positioned as a closer for the Comets, also had an excellent night.
“He really wants it,” Davis said of Long.
“That’s what I like to see from a kid that’s coming into a game in a crucial situation, a guy that you can see in his eyes wants it. He’s that type of guy.”
Davis credits his team’s three-run first inning as being a big key to Sons’ effort. The Comets used hits from Clem and Davis and a walk to Trent to load the sacks at the outset. Rickman followed with a two-RBI single. Rickman scored when Worley reached base on an error to give the Comets a 3-0 lead.
GW scratched up its lone run of the game in the bottom of the first inning to make it a 3-1 score. The game stayed that way until the Comets added a run in the fourth inning with Trent scoring on a double steal.
The Comets added two insurance runs in the top of the seventh inning with the aid of back-to-back run-scoring doubles by Trent and Rickman to make the 6-1 final score.