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Comets crush Park View 13-2 in opener

Opening night couldn't have gone much better.

With hurlers Colby Grissom and Thomas Cole combining to hold Park View High School to three hits while fanning a total of 10 batters and the offense igniting for 14 hits, Halifax County High school cruised to a 13-2 win over the Dragons Friday night at Halifax County High School in the game stopped in the bottom of the sixth inning under the 10-run slaughter rule.

"Our pitchers came out real well tonight," remarked Comets catcher Tristan Howerton, who had two hits in the Comets' victory.

"Everybody was throwing strikes. Colby really stepped up. He threw a solid 80 pitches and got us late into the game. From there, Thomas came in and completely shut the door."

Comets Head Coach Kelvin Davis said he was pleased with the effort of Grissom, who worked the first four innings, and Cole, who came in to throw the fifth and sixth innings.

"I'm really excited about what I've seen with the pitching thus far," Davis said.

"If Colby keeps doing what he's doing and "Big T" comes in like that, we're going to be a team to reckon with."

Howerton, Tyler Stephens, Cole and Ryan Powell each had two hits in the game to account for eight of the team's 14 hits. Will Harris, Dustin Crews, Kory Lennon, Tripp Bennett Adrian Moran and Hunter Watts had a hit each.

Watts' hit was a three-RBI double in the bottom of the sixth inning that ended the game. Harris' hit was a solo homer that kicked off a four-run explosion in the bottom of the sixth inning that put the game away for the Comets.

"He (the Park View High School pitcher) just hung a curve ball," Harris said of the pitch that produced the Comets' first home run of the season.

"It was right on the inside part of the plate."

Prior to the home run, Harris had reached base twice on Park View High School errors.

"It (the home run) made me feel a whole better since I started off the night a little rough. It was a good way to end the night with this win."

Both teams struggled at times defensively, with the wet field conditions contributing to the two errors made by the Comets and the three errors made by the Dragons.

Park View High School and Halifax County High School took advantage of each other's error to plate a run in the first inning to produce a 1-1 deadlock.

The Comets took the lead in the bottom of the second inning when Crews was struck by a pitch and scored on a double by Powell. Bennett followed with a hit that scored Powell to put the Comets up 3-1.

After that, the Comets put up four runs in the bottom of the third inning to take a 7-1 lead. Stephens, Cole and Lennon produced run-scoring hits and a sacrifice fly to the outfield by Bennett plated the fourth run of the inning.

A lead off walk and a hit with one out allowed Park View High School to score what would be its final run of the game in the top of the fourth inning and make the score 7-2. Cole went to the mound for the Comets in the fifth inning and held the Dragons hitless through the final two innings, recording six strikeouts and allowing two walks in the process.

Leading 7-2, the Comets added two runs in the bottom of the fourth inning, with a run-scoring double by Cole that scored Howerton and a double by Crews that scored Cole, giving the Comets a 9-2 lead.

The four-run rally in the bottom of the sixth inning that started with Harris' solo home and ended with Watts' three-RBI double put the Comets over the top.

"We got some really big hits," Davis pointed out.

"Some games we'll have it and some games we won't. We were fortunate in this game to have everything clicking."

Defensively, Davis noted that his team needs some work.

"Some plays we made it look really hard," he noted.

"There were some plays in which we went at the ball at the wrong angle in the outfield. It's all still a work in progress. It's real early in the season."

All in all, it was a good night.

"I think we really needed this game to be played today," Davis said.

"My hat goes off to the team because the guys did a wonderful job."