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Comets, Franklin County to square off in title game

It all comes down to one game for the Halifax County High School varsity baseball team.

The Comets (12-4 overall, 6-1 district) will face Franklin County High School (9-9 overall, 5-1 district) Thursday at 5 p.m. in Rocky Mount with the winner nailing down the Western Valley District regular-season championship and the district’s top seed in the upcoming Northwest Region Baseball Tournament.

Halifax County High School defeated winless William Fleming High School 12-0 Monday in Roanoke in a game that was stopped after five innings under a 10-run slaughter rule. 

Franklin County High School had a game scheduled last night against William Fleming High School and will finish its season with Thursday’s game against the Comets.

Comets hurlers Seth Elliott and Patrick Barton teamed up to throw a no-hitter against William Fleming in Monday’s game. Neither pitcher yielded a walk. 

Elliott fanned five of the 13 batters he faced in his four innings of work. Barton struck out the side in order in his one inning on the mound.

Halifax County High School exploded for eight runs in the top of the first inning to grab a quick eight-run cushion. Leadoff batter Will Harris and Ford Bradshaw, who followed him in the batting order, walked to start the first inning. William Worley followed with a two-RBI double to put the Comets up 2-0.

Joe Martin homered with one out, scoring Worley in the process, to give the Comets a 4-0 lead. 

The Comets scored runs later in the inning as the result of wild pitches. Harris had a run-scoring hit and a run-scoring double by Bradshaw completed the big inning in which the Comets sent 12 batters to the plate.

Halifax County added a run in the top of the second inning when Ryan Yates reached base on an error, went to third base on a double by Martin and scored on a wild pitch. 

A run-scoring hit by Tyler Dunn in the top of the third inning gave the Comets a 10-0 lead. Two runs in the top of the fifth inning that resulted from run-scoring hits by Dunn and Ryan Puryear gave the Comets a 12-0 lead.

Halifax County had 11 hits in the game with Martin and Dunn leading the team with two hits each. Harris, Bradshaw, Worley, Puryear, Barton, Dylan Hendricks and Dylan Sons each had one hit.

Worley, Dunn and Martin had two RBIs each.