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Diamonders focused on state tournament

Halifax County High School coaches and players said Friday night’s 8-2 loss to Battlefield High School in the Northwest Region Tournament championship game isn’t going to get the team down. That is good because the level of the competition will get even tougher this week.

For the first time since 2004, the Halifax County High School baseball team will be playing in the Group AAA State Tournament. Halifax County High School will face Central Region Champion James River High School in Richmond Tuesday at 3 p.m. in the state quarterfinals.

“Our goal was to get into the state tournament, and we’re in it,” said Comets Head Coach Kelvin Davis.

“We’re glad we’re here. We’re not let it (Friday night’s loss) get us down. We’re going to fight back like we have done all year. I told the guys not to worry about what happened or didn’t happen in the district or region tournaments. We’re in a new tournament now. Our goal is to go as far as we can into the state tournament.”

The Comets (17-5 overall) have battled hard all year.

Halifax County High School was two games out of the district lead heading into the final week of the regular season but rallied to win the regular-season championship. After having lost in the semifinal round of the Western Valley District Tournament, the Comets bounced back to advance to this week’s Group AAA State Tournament by defeating Osbourn High School and Osbourn Park High School in the first two rounds of the Northwest Region Tournament.

“The game Wednesday (the win over Osbourn Park High School) was huge,” Davis noted.

“That got us into the state tournament. We played some quality teams and those teams in Northern Virginia really go at it. We beat two really good baseball teams. It was a good week.”

Comets senior hurler Tyler Long said he expects the Comets to bounce back as it has done before.

“You never like to lose, but losing the regional championship isn’t that bad,” Long said.

“We’re still in the state tournament. We’ll bounce back on Tuesday. We’ve done it before. We have practice on Monday and we’ll get back up.”

Junior William Worley said he isn’t going to dwell on Friday night’s loss to Battlefield High School.

“You can’t win them all,” Worley said.

“You’ve just got to go with what happens.”

Davis concluded by pointing out that every team that reaches the state tournament is a good quality ballclub and that the only way you can advance is to play well and earn a win.

“We know that whatever we do, we have to earn it,” Davis said.

“We have to play the state tournament game on Tuesday and we have to do the things we need to do in that game to earn the win.”