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Comets baseball team sweeps three games


When you talk about big numbers on the baseball field for a high school baseball team, the numbers can’t get much bigger than those posted by the Halifax County High School varsity baseball team.


In a busy late-week schedule, the Comets won three games in three days, crushing William Fleming High School 20-2 in four-and-a-half innings in a Western Valley District contest here Thursday, and overwhelming Freedom High School 21-0 and 18-1 in a doubleheader Friday in Woodbridge.

During that three-game span, the Comets posted 59 runs and 57 hits, and improved their record to 6-3 overall and 2-0 in Western Valley District play.

The most important game of the three games was Thursday’s district contest against William Fleming High School. That victory put the Comets at 2-0 in district games and has them standing at the top of the district standings.

“That’s what we wanted to do,” Comets Head Coach Kelvin Davis said Thursday of his team’s big 20-2 win over William Fleming High School.

“Starting out 2-0 in the district is very important for us. When we get into playing GW and Franklin County, all of the wins are going to be important.”

Comets hurler Ryan Puryear had a good outing in Thursday’s game against the Colonels, striking out 11 of the 19 batters he faced, while allowing two hits, three walks and two earned runs.

“Ryan has been struggling, and we’ve wanted to give him some more outings on the mound,” Davis explained.

“I thought he threw well. We’re still looking for more from him. He knows it. We’ve just got to keep working.”

The Comets had 20 hits in the game, with William Worley leading the team with three hits and two RBIs. Two of his hits were triples.

Will Harris, Patrick Barton, Puryear and Tristan Howerton had two hits each for the Comets. Only three Comets players failed to get a hit.

Halifax County High School also took advantage of 10 William Fleming High School errors to help its scoring.

“The hitting came through for us,” Davis pointed out.

“I thought we hit the ball pretty well when we had opportunities.”

The Comets started with a 4-0 lead in the first inning and added nine runs in the second inning to put the game out of reach with a 13-0 lead. Halifax County led 17-0 before William Fleming scratched up a pair of runs in the top of the fourth inning.

Halifax County High School also had a field day Friday in its sweep of the doubleheader against Freedom High School.

Seth Elliott pitched the first game for the Comets, allowing only three hits and one walk and fanning three batters enroute to the Comets’ 21-0 win.

The Comets had 19 hits in the game, with Harris going a perfect 4-4 at the plate with one RBI. Ryan Yates and Nick Anderson had three hits each, with Worley, Joe Martin, Rufus Jeffress and Dylan Hendricks each getting two hits. All but one of the Comets players that saw action in the game had a hit.

In Friday’s second game against Freedom High School, Ford Bradshaw struck out nine of the 21 batters he faced and allowed one hit, one walk and one run as the Comets scored an 18-1 win.

Puryear, Yates, Martin and Bradshaw each had three hits, with Andrew Hamlett and Avery Anderson each getting two hits.

Halifax County High School will return to action here Wednesday night when it faces Garden City (N.Y.) High School in a scrimmage game set for a 7 p.m. start. On Friday, the Comets will face Cosby High School of Richmond here at 1 p.m.