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Comets end regular season with wins over Magna Vista, Martinsville

Establishing a new wave of momentum, the Halifax County High School baseball team polished off regular-season play on a positive note with wins over Magna Vista High School and Martinsville High School in back-to-back games.

A 12-5 win over Magna Vista High School in Ridgeway Tuesday night and a 4-0 win over Martinsville High School in Wednesday night's Senior Night game at Halifax County High School improved the Comets' final regular-season record to 14-6. 

"This is good when you talk about momentum," noted Comets Head Coach Kelvin Davis.

"These were good wins. There's something about a win that does something positive for you mentally. The guys are "up" and they know we're capable of compiling a lot of wins."

Davis started all of his seniors in Wednesday night's home regular-season finale including senior pitcher Chase Wilkerson.

Wilkerson struck out nine of the 23 Martinsville High School batters he faced and allowed only two hits. He gave up only one walk.

"It felt good to come out on Senior Night and be able to get the start and get the complete game," Wilkerson remarked.

"That was my goal. My fastball was especially working. I was able to get ahead in the counts and work my change-up a little bit. It was real effective."

Davis said he was pleased with Wilkerson's performance.

"Chase did what he's been doing for us all year," Davis pointed out.

"He threw strikes today, and we were very fortunate to get runs early in the ballgame, and Chase just went to work from there."

The Comets were effective offensively early in the game, getting three of their game total seven hits and plating three runs in the bottom of the first inning to grab a quick 3-0 lead.

Senior Ryan Powell led off with a double and scored when senior Andrew McCann followed with a hit. Another senior, Dustin Crews, backed up McCann's hit with a double to score McCann. A sacrifice fly ball to centerfield from senior Will Harris for the second out of the inning scored Crews and gave the Comets a 3-0 lead.

Halifax County High School scored its final run of the game in the bottom of the third inning when Powell led off with a single and later scored on a Martinsville High School error.

Martinsville High School had only three base runners in the game, and had one hit in both the second inning and sixth inning.

The Comets got two hits each from Powell and McCann and a hit each from Crews, Kory Lennon and Adrian Moran.

In Tuesday night's game, the Comets trailed Magna Vista High School 1-0 after four innings, but exploded for six runs in the top of the fifth inning to take a 6-1 lead. McCann reached base on an error to start the inning and the Comets took the lead on a two-RBI hit from Tyler Stephens. Run-scoring hits from Thomas Cole, Josh Irby and Tripp Bennett contributed to the big inning.

Magna Vista High School scored twice in the bottom of the fifth inning to cut its deficit to three runs at 6-3. The Comets answered with a run in the top of the sixth inning to make it a 7-3 score.

Five more Comets runs in the top of the seventh inning that included a two-run homer by Irby and a two-RBI hit from Tristan Howerton put the Comets up 12-3.

Magna Vista High School rallied for two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning, but it wasn't enough as the Comets held on for the 12-5 win.

Freshman Andrew Abbott started the game on the mound for the Comets. He allowed four scattered hits and two walks and struck out nine of the 23 batters he faced in his five innings of work.

Cole threw the final two innings and allowed one hit, two walks and two runs. He struck out four of the 10 Magna Vista High School batters he faced.

Halifax County High School had 15 hits in the game with Howerton leading the way with a 3-5 night at the plate. Harris and Cole had two hits each and McCann, Crews, Stephens, Irby, Woltz, Bennett, Abbott and Lennon all had one hit.