- Last Updated on 10:12 AM 05/12/12
- BY Joe Chandler
Clutch hitting and a sterling performance on the mound by senior hurler Dylan Sons have given the Halifax County High School baseball team its second straight Western Valley District championship.
The Comets won the regular-season Western Valley District title and the district’s top seed for the upcoming Northwest Region Tournament, along with a first-round home game in the regional playoffs with a 5-1 win over Franklin County High School Thursday night in Rocky Mount.
“Winning the district championship was our first goal,” pointed out Comets Head Coach Kelvin Davis.
“My hat goes off to the guys. We’ve been having a great effort from them all season long.”
Sons threw one of his best games of the season, and did it in what was a “must win” game for the Comets. He held Franklin County High School to four hits while fanning 12 batters and yielding just three walks.
“We had something special on the mound for us tonight in Dylan Sons,” Davis pointed out.
“If he’s on, he’s hard to beat. It was a great baseball game for him tonight.”
Sons was in real difficulty only once, that coming in the bottom of the fifth inning. The Comets led 3-1, but Franklin County High School had runners on second base and third base with two out after advancing them on a passed ball and a wild pitch.
The Eagles’ Corey Davis, who had reached base in both of his first two trips to the plate, once with a hit and another time on a Comets error, was at the plate. Sons got himself and the Comets out of a jam by striking out Davis on a called third strike with a fastball down the heart of the plate.
“I was giving it all I had right there,” Sons remarked.
“I figured he’d be guessing changeup or off-speed. I came in with a fastball and caught him off guard.”
The Comets had a big night of clutch hitting, scoring all five of their runs with two out.
Halifax County took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning with a combination of a two-out double by William Worley and a long single by Ryan Yates that allowed Worley to score.
The Comets scored two runs with two out in the top of the second inning. Ryan Puryear walked with one out and scored on a two-out double by Nick Anderson. Will Harris followed with a double to score Anderson and put the Comets up 3-0.
Franklin County High School scored its lone run of the game in the bottom of the fourth inning when Ryan Peevey tagged a pitch from Sons for a double with one out and Peevey later scored on a passed ball to make the score 3-1.
Halifax County posted two insurance runs in the top of the sixth inning. Comets catcher Dylan Hendricks was hit by a pitch and went to first base with one out. Anderson followed with his second double of the game to advance pinch runner Tyler Dunn to third base.
Harris was hit by a pitch, allowing the Comets to load the bases. Dunn and Anderson scored when Ford Bradshaw reached base on a Franklin County High School error to give the Comets the 5-1 edge.
Halifax County High School had nine hits in the game, with Harris, Worley and Anderson all having a big 2-3 night at the plate. Bradshaw, Yates and Sons each had one hit in the winning effort.
With the district title in hand, the next task facing the Comets is the Western Valley District Tournament, which is tentatively scheduled for Tuesday and Thursday of next week.
Halifax County High School will host fourth-place Patrick Henry High School here Tuesday, while Franklin County High School will host GW in Tuesday’s other tournament semifinal game.
The winners of the two Tuesday games will tentatively meet Thursday in the tournament championship game, with that game being played at the home field of the highest seed.