- Last Updated on 12:22 PM 04/23/12
- BY Joe Chandler
It may be a little too early to say the Halifax County High School varsity baseball is entirely back to form after a pair of tough losses a week ago. At least the Comets are back on the right track. The Comets scored a 5-0 win in a scrimmage game here Friday night over Hughesville (Pa.) High School. The Spartans, who are coached by former Comets standout Casey Waller, had only two hits in the contest.
“Everything is looking up,” pointed out Comets Head Coach Kelvin Davis.
“We knew Casey was going to bring a good ballclub down here. It’s still early in the season. We’re still trying to fine-tune things, still trying to see the right combinations and the right chemistry. We still have a lot of work to do.”
The Comets’ mound corp had a good night with starting pitcher Dylan Sons throwing four solid innings and yielding only one hit. Relief pitchers Seth Elliott and Patrick Barton also had a good night.
“We had planned to have all three pitchers throw tonight so we could give them some reps on the mound,” Davis noted.
“They all did a good job. I had told our pitchers they needed to be aware of their pitch count and they did well. Their pitch counts were down, which is good.”
The Comets had seven hits in the game, with Sons leading the way with two hits and William Worley, Rufus Jeffress, Barton, Dylan Hendricks and Nick Anderson all getting a hit each.
Halifax County jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning. Sons laced a double to the outfield and Jeffress followed with a hit that plated Cody Palmer who was running the bases for Sons.
Jeffress was thrown out attempting to steal second base, but Barton followed with a solo homer to give the Comets a 2-0 lead.
Halifax County added two more runs in the third inning, which started with a bloop single by Nick Anderson. Anderson moved to second base on a sacrifice fly by Will Harris. A hit by Worley scored Anderson to put the Comets up 3-0. A hit by Sons scored Anderson to make it a 4-0 Comets lead.
The Comets added their final run of the game in the bottom of the sixth inning when Tristan Howerton scored on an attempted double steal with Palmer on first base, making the final 5-0 count.
“We made defensive plays tonight, got hits at the right time and our pitchers did a good job,” Davis said.
“We know the potential is there. We’ve just got to keep coming out in practice every day and playing every game trying to improve”
The scrimmage was the first “live” game that Waller’s team has played this season. Waller said he was pleased with some of the things he saw in his team.
“It’s a great experience for us to come down here and compete,” Waller remarked.
“Halifax County is a good quality team. We saw some good pitchers. I don’t think we will see any better pitching than what we saw tonight. That will help us tremendously later on in the season when we get into the playoffs.”