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Blue Comets ride Elliott’s arm to win

Halifax County High School pitcher Seth Elliott walked off of the mound following his team’s 4-0 win here Tuesday over Patrick Henry High School with a huge smile on his face.

The Comets’ junior right-hander had just thrown his first complete game of the season, allowing only three hits and one walk in his best outing of the season.

There was only one time in which Elliott encountered any real degree of difficulty, that coming in the top of the second inning.

With one out, Patrick Henry High School came up with a hit. Elliott walked the next batter to put runners at first base and second base.

Elliott bounced back though, and struck out the next two batters in succession to end the inning.

“This gives me one hundred percent satisfaction,” Elliott said.

“I’ve been working a long time to be able to play varsity baseball, and getting my first complete game feels really good.”

Comets Head Coach Kelvin Davis said Elliott’s performance, which included four strikeouts, was the highlight of a somewhat lackluster outing for the Comets.

“Seth has been doing well for us all year,” Davis pointed out.

“He throws strikes and keeps our defense on its toes. That’s what we want – someone that will go up there and constantly throw strikes. When they (the Patrick Henry High School batters) made contact our defense was on its toes and made the play.”

The Comets (10-3 overall, 4-0 district) pocketed their eighth straight win, scoring a run in the bottom of the first inning and adding three more runs in the bottom of the third inning to make the final 4-0 count.

Will Harris, the Comets’ leadoff batter, kicked off the bottom of the first inning with a single. He stole second base, moved to third base on a fielder’s choice and scored on a sacrifice fly to centerfield by Ryan Yates to give the Comets a 1-0 lead.

In the bottom of the third inning, Nick Anderson reached base with a hit, stole second base and scored when Harris reached base on an error to give the Comets a 2-0 lead.

A triple from Ford Bradshaw scored Harris to put the Comets up 3-0, and a hit by Yates plated Bradshaw to give the Comets what would be their final run of the game and a 4-0 lead.

It was at that point that the Comets started having trouble capitalizing on their opportunities.

With three runs across the plate and nobody out in the inning, the Comets stranded two runners on the sacks. In the fourth inning, the Comets had runners at second base and third base with no outs and failed to score.

“We had a couple of opportunities to bust the game open and didn’t do it,” Davis pointed out.

“We just didn’t get those key hits. It’s a good thing Seth was on like he was on today, throwing strikes and keeping us in the ballgame.”

The Comets had eight hits in the game, with Anderson leading the way with his 2-2 effort at the plate. Harris, Bradshaw, Yates, Dylan Sons, Patrick Barton and Dylan Hendricks each had one hit.