- Last Updated on 12:22 PM 04/23/12
- BY Joe Chandler
Halifax County High School Head Baseball Coach Kelvin Davis and his players will be looking to get rid of a sour taste in their mouths when the Western Valley District Champion Comets face Osbourn High School today at 3 p.m. at Halifax County High School in the first round of the Northwest Region Baseball Tournament. Last season, the Comets’ bid to reach the Northwest Region Tournament was derailed by a loss to Patrick Henry High School in the semifinals of the Western Valley District Tournament.
That loss didn’t set well with Davis and his returning Comets players during the offseason. Getting back to the Northwest Region Tournament was one of the goals the team set at the start of this season.
“It’s a good feeling,” Davis said when asked about his team reaching the Northwest Region Tournament for the sixth time in eight years.
“We all wanted to get back into the Northwest Region Tournament because of the sour taste that was left in our mouths from last season. We had a really good season last year with a 16-3 record and, unfortunately, we just folded and lost momentum at the end of the season.”
Not only are the Comets in the Northwest Region Tournament, they are in a position that many teams would love to be in at this point. As long as the Comets remain alive in the Northwest Region Tournament, they will be able to play at home. That is a huge card for any team to have in its pocket in a single-elimination tournament such as this.
“We’re very blessed to be in the situation we are in,” Davis said.
“Our players know the magnitude of what we need to do as far as the Northwest Region Tournament is concerned. They know that now if we lose we’re out of it. They also understand that we will need to win two games in the Northwest Region Tournament to get into the state tournament.
“From here out, every team you play is going to be a good team,” Davis continued.
“We know we have a hard road ahead, but we have guys that are dedicated. I hope we can come out and get this first game under our belts. Then we will see what we need to do.”
The Comets’ opponent in today’s game, the Osbourn High School Eagles of Manassas (15-7 overall), is the second seed out of the Cedar Run District. Osbourn High School comes into the tournament fresh off of a 6-2 win over Cedar Run District regular-season champion Battlefield High School in the championship game of the Cedar Run District Tournament.
“They have a heck of a good program at Osbourn High School,” Davis pointed out.
“I’ve gotten some scouting reports on them from another coach in Northern Virginia that is a friend of mine. What we know is that they are a good ballclub. They are a good hitting team and are really good defensively. Their pitching is pretty good.
They’re solid all the way around. It’s going to be a good ballgame.”
Halifax County High School (15-4 overall) will be looking to get back on track today after having lost to Franklin County High School here last week’s Western Valley District Tournament semifinal round.
“Unfortunately, we did not get the win, but we’re in the Northwest Region Tournament, and that is where we wanted to be,” Davis pointed out.
“I told our guys after the game that it was just another game of baseball. We wanted to win the district championship and we accomplished that. We’ve got to move forward.”
Davis said his players had good practices leading up to today’s game.
“The guys are relaxed and we had a good time with the guys in practice,” Davis said.
“We went over some situations that we know Osbourn High School might try on us as far as our defensive situation. We got that accomplished. The guys looked well as far as executing what we talked about with them. We’ve been working on the little things like bunt coverage, rundown situations, pitchers covering first base, all of those little things of the game that you must execute and execute well.
“All the guys have to do is come out and execute,” Davis concluded.