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Comets To Try Again Today

Halifax County High School head varsity softball coach Melanie Saunders and head Comets baseball coach Kelvin Davis are hoping their respective teams can get back onto the diamond today and complete the business of the regular-season. Heavy rain Sunday night and Monday forced Halifax County High School officials to postpone yesterday’s scheduled home regular-season finale against William Fleming High School until today.

For Saunders and the Comets softball team, a win today will give them the Western Valley District regular-season championship and a home game in next Tuesday’s opening round of the Western Valley District Tournament.

More importantly, a win today will give the Comets the district’s top seed in the Northwest Region Tournament and a home game in the first round of the regional tournament.

For Davis and the Comets baseball team, a win today will keep their hopes alive for the Western Valley District championship. The Comets will need more than a win, though. They also need Patrick Henry High School to defeat Franklin County High School in a game that has been tentatively rescheduled for today in order to create a three-way tie among the three teams and force a playoff for the district title.

With a win over William Fleming, the worst the Comets baseball team can do is finish second in the district and get a home game on Tuesday for the first round of the district tournament.

The good thing about today’s game for both teams is that neither team is facing a pressure-cooker situation. William Fleming High School’s baseball and softball teams have struggled this season and are not as strong as the other teams in the district.

Davis’ Comets baseball team defeated William Fleming 33-0 in five innings when they met in Roanoke earlier this season. The softball team won by a double-digit margin in their first meeting.

As a result, the two coaches and their teams can approach tonight’s Senior Night contests in a more relaxed fashion.

“It’s Senior Night and it’s all about our seniors,” Saunders pointed out.

“This year it (Senior Night) is a little easier because we are able to come in and relax a little more. We don’t have a tough game against PH or Franklin County to worry about. We’re not playing to break a tie or to stay in a tie situation to get to a play-off game.”

Saunders said, however, that at the same time, her team has to respect the effort of the William Fleming team and go out and take care of business on the field.
“William Fleming is struggling and they’ve been struggling the last couple of years,” Saunders pointed out.

“Those kids, whether we play them in Roanoke or play them at home, they always work hard and give it a hundred percent. We can’t take anything for granted. We’re still going to have to come out and play hard and jump on them early and see what happens.”

Like Saunders, Davis said his team will enjoy Senior Night, but it also needs to get things going quickly on the diamond.

“It’s Senior Night and that’s always a big night for us,” Davis pointed out.

“We have several seniors that have done a good job for us and it’s their night. We’ve all got to stay focused about what we’re trying to do – that is to win out the regular-season.”