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GW stings Comets with 11-4 win

Halifax County High School’s path to the regular-season Western Valley District baseball title got tougher Friday night.

Victimizing themselves with five errors, the Comets lost 11-4 to GW in Danville, with the loss dropping the Comets back into a tie with Franklin County High School for the district lead.

The Comets will face Franklin County High School Thursday night in Rocky Mount in their final regular-season game.

“It was just a mess out here tonight,” said Comets Head Coach Kelvin Davis.

“We just didn’t execute when we had opportunities. We were in the wrong position on a couple of plays. We just did not make the plays tonight.”

A solo homer by Patrick Barton in the top of the second inning gave the Comets a 1-0 lead. GW tied the game in the bottom of the inning, but the Comets countered with three runs in the top of the third inning, all of them resulting from GW errors, to take a 4-1 lead.

The Comets failed to score after that.

GW scored twice in the third inning, one run scoring on an error and the other scoring on a hit by GW pitcher Blake Bivens. That rally cut the Comets’ lead to a run.

The Eagles scored four runs in the fifth inning, and backed it up with four more runs in the sixth inning to put the Comets away.

Brad Smith was the big weapon in GW’s assault on the Comets. He laced a two-RBI double in the fifth inning and backed it up with another two-RBI double in the sixth inning. He finished his night with two hits and five RBIs.

Bivens had a big night on the mound for GW, fanning 17 Comets batters in the contest.

While GW won the game handily, the Eagles didn’t play well at times either, victimizing itself with four errors. Three of the errors came in the third inning when the Comets scored three of their four runs.

“We made mistakes early and gave them (Halifax County) opportunities,” noted GW Head Coach Wayne Shelton.

“They’re a quality team. They’re very talented. Coach Davis does a great job. We got a couple of things going in the fifth and sixth inning and they helped us a little bit. People haven’t made many errors against us this season.”

Halifax County High School had four hits in the game, with Ford Bradshaw, Ryan Yates, Dylan Sons and Barton each getting one hit.

GW had eight hits in the game, six of them off of Comets starting pitcher Ryan Puryear, and two coming off of the Comets’ Seth Elliott who went to the mound in the sixth inning to relieve Puryear.