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Comets Diamonders In Waiting Mode

The Halifax County High School varsity baseball took care of the one remaining matter it could control Wednesday night with a 13-0 win over William Fleming High School in the annual Senior Night game. Then, the Comets had to wait until last night for their post-season fate to be determined.

District leader Franklin County High School and Patrick Henry High School were set to face each other in Roanoke with Franklin County needing a win to lock up the district championship.

A Patrick Henry High School win creates a three-way tie for the district title between PH, Franklin County and the Comets with playoff games being needed to determine the district champion.

The worst-case scenario for the Comets, a win by Franklin County, would leave the Comets in second place with the Comets hosting Patrick Henry High School Tuesday in the first round of the Western Valley District Tournament.

“It was good that we got the win,” Comets coach Kelvin Davis said in the wake of his team’s shutout win over William Fleming in the game that was stopped after four and a half innings under the mercy rule.

“We had an objective that we needed to accomplish and that was to go out and win these three ballgames that we have just won. We’ve got to wait now and see what happens with Patrick Henry and Franklin County.

“We’ll call a practice on Friday (today) and go from there,” Davis added.

“We’ll get back at it and get geared up for whomever we play next.”

Senior Night was a good night for the Comets, who produced 11 hits in the victory.

Senior Chris Hunt had an excellent night at the plate, going 2-for-3 with an RBI. Zach Clem went 2-for-3 with three RBIs and William Worley was 2-for-2 with one RBI.

Kelvin Davis Jr., Dale Trent, Tyler Long, Luke Griles and Dylan Sons each had a hit.

William Fleming (2-16 overall, 0-8 district) managed to get only one hit off of Griles, who went the distance for the Comets on the mound.

When his five innings of work was done, Griles had yielded only one hit and one walk. He fanned six batters.

Davis made it a point to get every player into the game and gave the Comets seniors a good deal of playing time.

“It was their night,” Davis said of the seniors that include Brooks, Hunt, Griles, Rickman and Trent.

“I wanted them to stay out on the field and get a few extra hits in and play a little more. We have a great bunch of seniors this year. I think the world of every one of them. They have been really good leaders for us out here.”

The Comets exploited a pair of William Fleming errors to plate Clem and Trent in the first inning to take a 2-0 lead.

Halifax County sent 15 batters to the plate in the second inning when it exploded for 11 runs that accounted for the 13-0 score.

Nine of the Comets’ hits came in the inning. Six of the first eight Comets batters that went to the plate in the inning got a hit including Long who slugged the team’s only home run in the game.

William Fleming committed five of the seven errors they had in the game in the inning.

The Comets stranded two runners on the sacks in the third inning and left one runner on base in the fourth inning.