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Comets JVs win opener


The Halifax County High School junior varsity baseball team bounced back from a 6-0 first-inning deficit to defeat Liberty Christian Academy 18-8 Tuesday night in Lynchburg in the team’s season opener.

“It was a good way to get the season started,” said Comets Head Coach Robert carter.


“We came out slow offensively and defensively. Other than the first inning, we played pretty well.”

The Comets fell behind 6-0 in the bottom of the first inning, and slowly worked their way back into contention. A one-out solo home run by Michael Watts in the top of the second inning gave the Comets their first run of the game and made it a 6-1 score.

Halifax County scored three runs in the top of the third inning to cut the gap to two runs, only to see LCA answer with a run in the bottom of the inning to make the score 7-4 after three innings of play.

A six-run explosion by the Comets in the top of the fourth inning that included a two-RBI double by Ethan Woltz gave the Comets a 10-7 lead for their first lead of the game.

The Comets never trailed again.

Four more runs in the top of the fifth inning allowed the Comets to extend their lead to six runs at 14-7. Halifax County added four more runs in the top of the sixth inning to make it an 18-7 lead.

LCA scored a run in the bottom of the inning, but it wasn’t enough to extend the game to the regulation seven innings, as the Comets won 18-7 to end the game under the 10-run slaughter rule.

Halifax County had 13 hits in the game, with Watts leading the team with three hits. Dustin Fears, Thomas Cole and Ryan Powell had two hits each. Dustin Crews, Hunter Watts, Kory Lennon and Woltz each had a hit in the game.

Fears led the Comets in RBIs with seven. Michael Watts and Woltz each had two RBIs.

Ben Major started the game on the mound for the Comets. Tripp Bennett and Ryan Powell also saw action on the mound.