- Last Updated on 12:22 PM 04/23/12
- BY Joe Chandler
Halifax County High School was in hot water entering the last two innings of Tuesday’s Western Valley District opener against Patrick Henry High School in Roanoke.
The Comets (3-2 overall, 1-0 district) trailed 5-0 entering the top of the sixth inning, but scratched up four runs to make it a one-run game entering the final inning. Once there, the Comets added six more runs, half of them coming on a three-run homer by Patrick Barton, and emerged with a 10-5 win.
Halifax County High School had only three hits through the first five innings, but scored four big runs in the top of the sixth inning, two of them coming on a two-RBI triple from William Worley. A run-scoring single from starting pitcher Dylan Sons and a run-scoring double from Joe Martin pulled the Comets to within a run heading into the final inning.
In the seventh inning, the Comets’ Nick Anderson opened things with a single. Will Harris followed with a hit, and a sacrifice bunt by Ryan Yates moved the two runners into scoring position. Worley was intentionally walked to load the bases with one out.
Anderson then scored on wild pitch to tie the game at 5-5. Comets relief pitcher Ford Bradshaw sent a rocket of a line drive back to the mound, which was caught by the Patrick Henry High School pitcher. The pitcher attempted to pick off Worley at first base on the play on an attempt at a double play, but Worley got back to the base in time to avoid the pickoff.
Martin followed with a two-RBI single that gave the Comets a 7-5 lead. Rufus Jeffress came up with a hit, and Barton followed with a three-run homer that gave the Comets the 10-5 lead which held up through the final half-inning.
The Comets finished the game with a dozen hits, with Barton and Martin leading the Comets’ offensive effort with two hits and three RBIs each. Yates and Anderson also had two hits each.
Harris, Worley, Bradshaw and Jeffress each had one hit.
Patrick Henry High School scored four of its five runs in the bottom of the fourth inning, taking advantage of two walks, a wild pitch, a double and a triple, and a Comets error to gain a 4-0 lead.
The Patriots (0-5 overall) made it a 5-0 lead in the bottom of the fifth inning, taking advantage of two hits and Comets error. One of the hits was off of Bradshaw, who came into the game in relief of Sons.
Sons yielded five runs in the game, but only two were earned runs. He fanned seven batters, walked four and allowed six hits in his four-plus innings or work. Bradshaw struck out one batter and yielded four hits.
The Comets were back in action again yesterday, facing William Fleming High School in a Western Valley District contest. Today, the Comets hit the road to face Freedom High School of Woodbridge in a doubleheader.