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Comets Tune-Up With Win Over Bassett

With a 7-0 road win over Bassett High School Wednesday night as a tune-up, the Halifax County High School baseball team is looking forward to tonight.

The Comets (12-2 overall, 3-1 district) travel to Rocky Mount tonight for a 6 p.m. game against Franklin County High School that will have a big impact on the Western Valley District championship chase.

Halifax County, Franklin County and Patrick Henry High School of Roanoke are deadlocked at the top of the district standings entering tonight’s action. The loser of tonight’s game will drop into second place and will likely find itself needing some outside help to nail down the district title.

Comets hurlers Ryan Puryear and Aron Puryear teamed up to hold Bassett High School to three hits in Wednesday’s game. Ryan Puryear threw the first six innings, fanning six batters, yielding two walks and limiting Bassett to three hits. Aron Puryear went to the mound in the seventh inning and struck out one of the three batters he faced.

The Comets pitchers got good errorless support on the defensive side while the team generated seven runs on seven hits.

Scott Rickman led the Comets with a 2-for-3 night at the plate that included a pair of doubles and three RBIs. Kelvin Davis Jr. was 2-for-4 at the plate.

Dale Trent had one hit, a solo homer in the first inning that staked the Comets to a 1-0 lead, and two RBIs. Zach Clem and Luke Griles also had a hit for the Comets.

Holding a 1-0 lead after the first two innings, the Comets added a run in the top of the third inning when Davis reached base on an error, went to second base on a passed ball and scored when Rickman reached base on an error.

The Comets scored two runs in the top of the fifth inning with two out. Davis laced a single and moved to second base when Trent walked. Rickman followed with a  double that scored both runners to put the Comets up 4-0.

Halifax County held its 4-0 lead until it scratched up three insurance runs in the top of the seventh inning to make the final 7-0 count.

Clem and Davis opened the inning with back-to-back hits with the hit by Davis allowing Clem to make it to third base. A fly ball to right field by Trent that resulted in the first out of the inning scored Clem to give the Comets a 5-0 lead. A double by Rickman with one out scored Davis to give the Comets a 6-0 lead. Rickman scored when William Worley reached base on an error to make the final 7-0 score.