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Former Comets faring well in college action

Justin Bagbey of Virgilina, a former Halifax County High School baseball standout, continues to pile up big numbers as his final season of baseball at Chowan University kicks into high gear. Through the team’s first six games, Bagbey leads the team in slugging percentage (.500), on-base percentage (.569), leads the team in home runs (2) and ranks third on the team in batting average (.333).

In addition, Bagbey is tied for the most runs scored (10) and is in a three-way tie for the most RBIs (9).

Defensively, Bagbey, the team’s first baseman, leads the team in fielding double plays (9) and leads the team in put-outs (111).

Last season Bagbey was named to the American Baseball Coaches Asasociation All-Atlantic Region Second Team. He was also named to the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association All-Atlantic Region Third Team and was a First Team All-CIAA pick.

Tyler Long, who last year played a key role as a pitcher and outfielder for Halifax County High School, is off to a good start as a freshman on the Louisburg (N.C.) College baseball team.

Long threw four scoreless inning for Louisburg Wednesday as the team, which ranks third in the nation in the NJCCA national baseball poll, ran its record to 19-0.

Through Feb. 23, Long was batting .444 and had eight RBIs. His on-base percentage of .541 was seventh best on the team.

At the time, Long had recorded 16 put-outs and had a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage. He was also a perfect 3-3 in stolen bases.