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Comets Back In The Hunt

The Halifax County High School varsity baseball team is back in the hunt for the Western Valley District regular-season title.

Halifax County (11-2 overall, 3-1 district) pretty much did what it was supposed to do Friday in a 33-0 win in five innings over William Fleming High School in Roanoke.

Just as importantly, perhaps even more so, Franklin County High School dealt district leader Patrick Henry High School its first loss in district play Friday night, creating a three-way tie between PH, Franklin County and Halifax County at the top of the standings, with GW lurking one game back.

While the win by Franklin County High School was big, it would not have meant nearly as much for the Comets had the Comets not taken care of business when it faced William Fleming High School.

The Comets hammed the Colonels with 12 runs in the top of the first inning. A two-RBI single by Dale Trent, a two-run homer by Tyler Long and a two-RBI triple by Kelvin Davis Jr. did the bulk of the damage as the Comets sent 16 batters to the plate in the inning.

Nine more runs in the top of the second inning gave the Comets a 21-0 edge. A two-RBI hit by Trent, a two-RBI hit by Long and a two-RBI triple by William Worley were the big hits of the inning.

Seven more runs in the third inning made it a 28-0 lead for the Comets and five more runs in the fifth inning completed the 33-0 rout for the Comets.

Halifax County rattled William Fleming for 26 hits, nine of which were extra-base hits. Four of the hits were triples and one was a home run.

Long led the Comets at the plate with a 5-for-6 effort and 7 RBIs. Davis was 4-for-7 with two RBIs and Dylan Sons was 3-for-6 with four RBIs.

Trent had two hits and four RBIs with Worley, Markee Brooks, Nick Rouse and Dyland Hendricks all getting two hits each.
Zach Clem, Luke Griles, Aron Puryear and Ryan Puryear each had one hit in the game.

Sons, the Comets’ starting pitcher, struck out nine of the 11 batters he faced and allowed one walk and one hit. Rouse, who pitched the last two innings, fanned four of the seven batters he faced and allowed one walk and one hit.

William Fleming put the ball into play only three times in the game.

The Comets have two games scheduled this week, both of them on the road. First up for the Comets is a non-district game against Bassett High School on Wednesday. On Friday, the Comets will travel to Rocky Mount to face Franklin County High School in a pivotal Western Valley District game. That game is set for a 6 p.m. start.