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Comets baseball suffers a setback

Just when the Halifax County High School varsity baseball team appeared to be headed on the right track, it suffered a minor derailment. Playing in Burlington, N.C. Friday night, the Comets fell to Southern Alamance (N.C.) High School 6-5 after the hosts plated the game-winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning.

Friday night’s loss evened the Comets’ season record at 2-2.

Halifax County High School took advantage of several scoring opportunities in the game, but also missed on some. The Comets stranded a dozen runners on the bases, six of them in the first three innings of the game.

Twice the Comets failed to score with the bases loaded, the first time coming in the top of the second inning. A second opportunity went by the board in the top of the sixth inning. Four errors also took a toll on the Comets’ effort.

Halifax County trailed 5-3 going into the final inning, but scored twice to tie the game at 5-5.

The Comets’ late rally started after the first two batters in the inning struck out. Ford Bradshaw came up with a hit and got an extra base on an error. Dylan Hendricks followed with a hit to score Bradshaw and bring the Comets to within a run. Nick Anderson backed up Hendricks with a hit that allowed Hendricks to score the game-tying run.

In the bottom of the seventh inning, Comets relief pitcher Patrick Barton yielded back-to-back walks with one out. Southern Alamance backed that up with a hit to load the bases. A sacrifice fly to centerfield for the second out of the inning plated the game-winning run.

The Comets took an early 3-0 lead with three runs in the top of the third inning. Will Harris started the inning with a double and designated hitter Ryan Yates followed with a double to score Harris to give the Comets a 1-0 lead.

William Worley followed with a hit to score Yates and put the Comets up 2-0. A double by Dylan Sons scored Worley to put the Comets up by three runs.

Back-to-back Comets errors and a hit allowed Southern Alamance to score a run in the bottom of the third inning and make the score 3-1.

The hosts scored again in the bottom of the fourth inning, taking advantage of a walk backed by a pair of hits, to cut the Comets’ lead to one run at 3-2. A leadoff walk opened the door of opportunity for Southern Alamance to add a run in the bottom of the fifth inning to tie the game at 3-3.

Southern Alamance scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to take a 5-3 lead and set the stage for the dramatic final inning.

Halifax County out-hit Southern Alamance 14-7. Yates led the Comets’ offensive effort with three hits. Harris, Sons and Hendricks chipped in two hits each. Worley, Rufus Jeffress, Barton, Bradshaw and Anderson each had one hit in the game.