- Last Updated on 12:22 PM 04/23/12
- BY Doug Ford
Halifax County High School jayvee baseball coaches Robert Carter and Billy Lucas are seeing their charges progress as their season-opener Tuesday at Lynchburg Christian Academy approaches.
Some of that progress was evident Saturday, when the Comets split their two scrimmages against Northside High School of Roanoke and Heritage High School of Lynchburg in a pair of five-inning games.
The Comets “lost” 9-3 to a solid Northside jayvee team before rebounding for a 6-3 “win” over Heritage.
Unofficially, the Comets finished with nine hits against Northside, with Tyler Stephens hitting a solo home run and single, Dustin Crews a two-run single, Dustin Fears an RBI single, Eddie Chaney two base hits and Tripp Bennett and Ethan Woltz each a base hit.
Thomas Cole pitched two innings against Northside and finished with six strikeouts, Hunter Watts pitched two and two-thirds innings and finished with two strikeouts, and Chaney hurled one-third inning for Halifax County in the opener.
Halifax County had five hits in the game against Heritage, with Stephens, Chaney and Michael Watts each hitting an RBI double, Lennon an RBI single and Ryan Powell a base hit.
Powell pitched two innings and had three strikeouts in game two, while Lennon had three strikeouts in one and one-third innings of work and Bennett four strikeouts in one and two-thirds innings.
Jayvee Head Coach Robert Carter made liberal use of his roster in both games, with each player getting game experience both at the plate and in the field, and the results were encouraging.
“After seeing the guys in game situations, some strengths stood out, but at the same time there are some things we need to work on,” said Carter.
The big inning hurt Halifax in game one, with Northside scoring six runs off several Comets miscues in the third inning and three runs in the fifth inning, again with a Comets’ fielding error playing a role.
Heritage had only two hits against Halifax County in game two, but it scored two runs off bases-loaded walks and another run off a passed ball in the fourth inning.
“Thomas Cole, Hunter Watts and Ryan Powell all had strong outings,” Carter said after the scrimmages.
“We will be expecting these guys to lead our pitching rotation. On defense, we had a few innings where we lost focus, but that’s nothing we can’t fix.
“Dustin Crews and Tyler Stephens are two guys we’re looking at for a lot offensively, and they showed today that they could produce.
“Overall, I was pleased.”