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Comets look to build momentum

The Halifax County High School baseball team enters tonight’s opening round of the Piedmont District Tournament looking to build upon the momentum it created with a pair of wins it captured to close out regular-season play.

“Our goal is to start this tournament, get hot and just keep rolling,” said Comets Head Coach Kelvin Davis, whose team faces Bassett High School tonight at 6 p.m. at Halifax County High School in the opening round of the Piedmont District Tournament.

“We’re hoping we’re going to get hot at the right time during the district and conference tournaments. That’s the time when you really need to get hot. Hopefully these guys will get hot and we will get in a groove and run right through these playoffs.”

The Comets, who finished regular-season play 14-6, split its last four games, losing two close games to GW and defeating Magna Vista High School and Martinsville High School in their final two games.

“It (finishing the season with two wins) definitely builds momentum going into the district tournament,” said Comets senior centerfielder Tyler Stephens.

“We want to win the tournament and continue to play good ball in the conference playoffs. We’re definitely getting back on the right track. We’re seeing different players getting hits here and there. We need to work on getting that big hit in the big moment.”

The Comets have struggled with getting the big key hit in critical situations at times this season, but have shown more of a propensity in overcoming that issue during the course of their last four games.

“I feel like we’re getting there,” said Comets senior Dustin Crews.

“We have come around a little bit better as a team and are starting to put hits together a little more. That’s what you need to score runs. I feel like we are going into the district tournament strong.”

The Comets swept Bassett High School in their two regular-season contests, winning 11-7 at Bassett High School early in the season and edging the Bengals 3-1 recently here at Halifax County High School. 

Bassett High School enters tonight’s game coming off of a 5-3 win Friday night over Franklin County High School at Bassett High School. That win improved the Bengals’ record to 8-7 on the season.