- Last Updated on 07:35 AM 04/25/14
- BY Doug Ford
Halifax County High School varsity baseball shortstop Andrew McCann knows his comfort zone at the plate, and he was put in a situation to make use of it Wednesday, facing a 3-2 count with two outs and the bases loaded, and with Halifax County and Person High School tied 4-4 in the sixth inning.
McCann calmly looked at ball four, driving in Will Harris with the game-winning run in a 5-4 win over the Rockets.
“When it’s two strikes we bring our hands down, widen our legs out to get a better stance and not move so much, and poke the ball in,” said McCann who resisted his hitter’s instinct when facing the full count.
“It was a close pitch and I was going to poke it in somewhere, but it was a ball and I went to first.”
The Comets rallied from a 4-2 deficit after five innings to get the win, after Person scored a run on two hits in both the first and third innings.
Kory Lennon stroked a solo home run in the second inning, and McCann reached base on an error in the fifth inning and scored on Dustin Crews’ double to tie the score at 2-2.
Person took a 4-2 lead off two hits, stolen bases and a wild pitch in the top of the sixth, but the Comets rallied in their half of the inning with a Tristan Howerton single, walk to Lennon and RBI singles by Will Harris and Tyler Stephens.
Thomas Cole walked to load the bases before McCann came to bat.
Lennon finished with a home run, Harris with two hits, and McCann, Crews, Howerton, Stephens and Tripp Bennett with one hit apiece for the Comets, who used three pitchers in the game.
Powell pitched through five innings and two batters in the sixth inning, Cole relieved to finish the sixth and Bennett hurled the seventh inning, with the trio of pitchers striking out 10 batters.
The Comets needed a win after the disappointing loss at Park View, according to Head Coach Kelvin Davis.
“A loss can mentally get the whole team down, and we saw that today,” said Davis
“Everybody knew we were struggling, and that’s where I was really pleased with the guys.
“My hat’s off to the guys for sticking it out.
“We just couldn’t get it going early. Ryan didn’t feel comfortable on the mound, and it was just one of those games.
“We were fortunate to get a win out of it, and we needed it for our confidence going into the Tunstall game.”