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Halifax varsity baseball faces Patrick Henry today in key game

Having been upended 7-1 by GW Tuesday night, the Halifax County High School baseball team finds itself in a tough situation. With GW having clinched a tie for the regular-season Western Valley District title, the Comets now must win-out and hope for some outside help if they are to remain in the title chase.

The Comets face another big test when they face Patrick Henry High School here at 5 p.m. at Comets Field. A win will allow the Comets to retain a ray of hope for the title. A loss will take the Comets out of the title chase and thrust them into a dogfight for second place with Franklin County High School and, possibly, Patrick Henry High School.

That being noted, Comets Head Coach Kelvin Davis says today’s game is another big one for his team.

“If we want to keep our hopes alive and stay in contention, we’re going to have to play well and win,” Davis pointed out.

“Patrick Henry High School plays very well at our place. We know PH is hungry and PH is swinging their bats a lot better than they have in a couple of years. We’ve definitely got our work cut out for us now.”

The Comets (11-3 overall, 3-2 district) will be looking to rebound from a disappointing performance in Tuesday’s game against GW at Dan Daniel Park in which they committed six errors.

“We can’t expect to win committing six errors,” Davis pointed out.

“Those were on routine plays. It’s very uncharacteristic of us committing six errors. These are things we work on day-in and day-out in practice. The little things ate us alive. We just couldn’t get it going.”

Two of the Comets’ errors occurred in the bottom of the first inning when GW rang up a pair of runs to take a 2-0 lead.

Those errors coupled with GW nailing a pair of two-out hits gave GW a lead it never lost.

“I think those two hits were really big,” noted GW Head Coach Wayne Shelton.

“Our kids have played well. We hit the ball with people on base.”

The Comets committed three errors in the bottom of the third inning, opening the door for GW to score two more runs. Two more Comets errors and key hits from Jackson Heard and Christian Clifton allowed GW to add two more runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to go up 6-0.

Halifax County scored its lone run of the game in the top of the fifth inning when Dylan Sons led off with a single and moved to third base on a double by relief pitcher Patrick Barton.

A sacrifice fly to the outfield by Ford Bradshaw plated Sons to make it a 6-1 score but pinch runner Jacob New, who was running for Barton, was nailed at third base, ending the Comets’ bid for a big inning.

GW added another run in the bottom of the fifth inning with the help of two more Comets errors to take a 7-1 lead.

The game was stopped with the Comets batting in the top of the sixth inning due to a thunderstorm. Halifax County had Zach Clem on first base after having nailed a one-out single.

Halifax County had only four hits in the game with Clem, Kelvin Davis Jr., Sons and Barton each getting one hit.