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Comets slaughter Northern Durham

It appeared that the Halifax County High School varsity baseball team was starting to get back on the right track in last Friday’s scrimmage game against Hughesville (Pa.) High School. The Comets made a stronger case in that regard here Wednesday night with a 13-3 win over Northern Durham (N.C.) High School in a game stopped after four and a half innings under the 10-run slaughter rule.

Halifax County High School pounded the Knights’ pitchers for 17 hits, with William Worley, Ryan Yates and Ford Bradshaw leading the Comets with three hits each. One of Worley’s hits was a two-run homer in the bottom of the first inning that gave the Comets a 2-0 lead.

Will Harris and Dylan Sons had two hits each, and Patrick Barton, Ryan Puryear, Dylan Hendricks and Avery Anderson each had a hit.

“That (the hitting) was a big thing going into the game,” pointed out Halifax County High School Head Coach Kelvin Davis.

“We had some guys that were really struggling that we wanted to see get going. Everybody contributed a lot. We got a lot of key hits with runners on base.”

On the mound, starting pitcher Puryear and Bradshaw, who came into the game in the top of the fourth inning to relieve Puryear, combined to hold Northern Durham (N.C.) High School (3-6 overall) to just two hits.

All in all, it was a good outing for the Comets.

“I’m very pleased with where we are,” said Davis.

“I truly have a feeling that we’re headed down the right road now. It’s early in the season. We just had to keep working these young men and they just had to keep coming out here and working hard and get better every day.”

Puryear fanned four batters, walked five and gave up two hits in his three-plus innings of work. Bradshaw struck out two batters and did not yield a hit.

“I thought Ryan did a good job on the mound,” Davis said.

“I knew he really wanted to come out and perform. I had to take him out of the game when he said he just couldn’t find the plate. Ford came in and did what we wanted him to do. It was good to see him have an all-round good night.”

After Worley’s homer in the first inning gave the Comets a 2-0 lead, the Comets added three more runs in the second inning to take a 5-0 lead. The Comets had four hits in the inning, with a run-scoring double by Harris and a hit by Yates producing a run. A dropped fly ball in the outfield off of the bat of Sons led to the Comets’ third run of the inning.

The Knights scored an unearned run in the top of the third inning as the result of a Comets error to make the score 5-1. Halifax County answered with four runs in the bottom of the third inning to extend their lead to 9-1.

A pair of unearned runs by the Knights in the top of the fourth inning allowed them to cut their deficit to six runs at 9-3. The Comets answered with four runs in the bottom half of the inning, two of them coming on a two-RBI hit by Bradshaw.

Bradshaw and the Comets retired the Knights in order in the top of the fifth inning to end the game.

The Comets will be back in action tonight, traveling to Burlington, N.C. to face Southern Alamance (N.C.) High School. Game time is 7 p.m.