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Bassett HS bounces Comets out of Piedmont District baseball tourney

With a pair of wins at it's back, the Halifax County High School baseball team had some momentum heading into Monday night's game against Bassett High School in the opening round of the Piedmont District tournament.

That momentum has been broken. 

Bassett High School tagged Comets relief pitcher Ryan Powell for five hits in the top of the eighth inning and eliminated the Comets from the district tournament with a 5-1 win.

The Comets now wait to see who they will face Friday in the first round of the 5A North Region Conference 16 tournament.

"We've just got to suck it up and get geared up for the conference tournament," said Comets Head Coach Kelvin Davis.

"It's hard to swallow this loss because I know we're a much better team than we showed out here today. We just couldn't get it going offensively. We just couldn't get the bats rolling. Unfortunately, some days you're going to come out here and struggle like that. We struggled today."

Comets starting pitcher Thomas Cole threw a solid game, striking out eight Bassett High School batters while allowing one run, four scattered hits and six scattered walks.

Cole, who threw over 120 pitches, stayed in the game until he gave up a leadoff hit to the Bengals' Kemper Terry in the top of the eighth inning.

"Thomas deserved a win," Davis said.

"He pitched a great ballgame. He pitched well enough to win. I'm sorry we couldn't get the win for him. He pitched well over 100 pitches, like 120-some, and we had to get him out of there."

With Powell on the mound, Terry stole second base, moved to third on a bad pitch and scored on a hit to left field from Samuel Stambaugh. Run-scoring hits from Cory Ashworth, Austin Webb and Jonah McReynolds gave Bassett High School a 5-1 lead.

The Comets tried to rally in the bottom of the eighth inning, with Powell reaching base with a walk with one out. A hit by Dustin Crews with two out moved Powell to third base, but that was as far as the Comets would get.

"You never say it's too late," pointed out Bassett High School Head Coach Bill Parks.

"For some reason, we put everything together in the top of the eighth inning. It was nice to see us relax and swing the bats in the top of the eighth inning. We weathered the storm."

The Comets took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning when Powell walked and scored on a hit from Tristan Howerton.

Bassett High School tied the game with a run in the top of the second inning. Nate Perry led off with a hit and later scored on a wild pitch by Cole to deadlock the game at 1-1.

The score stayed that way until Bassett High School broke the game open with four runs in the top of the eighth inning.

"It's nice to come out here and get a win on the road at a place like this, at Halifax, that has a traditionally strong program. Coach Davis does an outstanding job with these guys."

The Comets had five hits in the game, with Howerton leading the team with two hits. Crews, Powell and Tyler Stephens each had one hit.

Bassett High School had eight hits, with McReynolds leading the team with two hits. Terry, Stambaugh, Perry, Trevor Martin, Ashworth and Webb had one hit each.

Martin, the Bengals' pitcher, had a good night, striking out one Comets batter and allowing five scattered hits and two walks.