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Comets baseball looks to deadlock title race

After Halifax County High School lost to archrival GW last week in Danville, Comets players and coaches knew they needed outside help if they were to get back into the chase for the regular season Western Valley District title. The Comets did their part Friday, downing Patrick Henry High School 10-1 here in the annual Senior Night contest. Then, the Comets got some help as Franklin County High School upset GW Friday night.

Halifax County now has another shot at the title as it faces GW here tonight at 6 p.m. at Comets Field. If the Comets win, they will move into a tie with GW for first place. A win by the Comets over William Fleming High School Tuesday in Roanoke in their final regular season district game would keep the Comets in a tie for the district lead.

In that scenario, the Comets and GW will have to face each other in a playoff game at a neutral site later this week to determine the Western Valley District championship.

Comets Head Coach Kelvin Davis said his team will be ready for tonight’s rematch with GW.

“We know we’re a much better team than we showed up there in Danville,” Davis pointed out.

“We’re going to do everything we possibly can to get these guys geared up for this game. We won’t have to do much because they are very upset with the way they performed against GW last week. We know we’re going to come out with a much better game.”

Halifax County High School enters tonight’s game coming off of a 10-1 Senior Night win over Patrick Henry High School here Friday night.

The Comets rebounded from last week’s debacle against GW in Danville by pounding Patrick Henry High School’s pitchers for 15 hits and scoring in five of the game’s seven innings.

Comets hurler Aron Puryear also had a good night, fanning eight batters and scattering seven hits and two walks.

“I am proud of the guys because the last game (last week’s loss to GW) really touched us,” Davis said Friday night after his team’s win over PH.

“Tonight was a much better performance.”

One of the key things the Comets did in Friday’s game against PH was get key hits at the right time. A prime example came in the bottom of the first inning when the Comets’ leadoff batter, Zach Clem, was struck by a pitch and scored on a Patrick Henry High School error on the same play on which Kelvin Davis Jr. rapped a single.

Davis scampered to second base on the error and scored when the next Comets batter, Tyler Long, bounced a double over the fence. Long’s hit gave the Comets a 2-0 lead.

The Comets added a run in the bottom of the third inning when Clem led off with a triple and scored on a single by Davis to give the Comets a 3-0 lead.

After PH scratched up a run on a pair of hits and a Comets error to make it a 3-1 score, Halifax County used three hits and three PH errors to score four runs in the bottom of the fourth inning and run its lead to 7-1.

Two more runs in the fifth inning and another run in the sixth inning capped the 10-1 win for the Comets.

“The bats came through for us tonight,” Davis pointed out.

“We took their pitcher out of the ballgame early by being aggressive at the plate. That is a philosophy we will continue to have going through the rest of the games we have.”

Davis, who had a team-high three RBIs, was one of five Comets players that had two hits in the game. Clem, Long, William Worley and Ryan Puryear also had two hits.

Joe Martin, Dylan Sons, Patrick Barton, Dylan Hendricks and Reid Roller each had one hit in the game.