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Halifax County baseball team routs GW for tournament title

It’s been 2008 since the Halifax County High School varsity baseball team has celebrated a Western Valley District Tournament championship.

Thanks to 15 hits, including two home runs by Joe Martin and one each by Patrick Barton and Will Worley, along with a three-hitter through six innings by Dylan Sons, the Comets are celebrating one again after a 19-2 rout of GW Friday night.

A 14-run fifth inning allowed the Comets to expand a 4-2 lead into an 18-2 advantage, with 20 batters coming to the plate.

Martin and Worley each hit home runs in the fifth, Barton doubled and Sons, Will Harris, Ford Bradshaw, Ryan Yates, Dylan Hendricks and Nick Anderson each added a base hit on top of six walks issued by GW pitching and two errors.

Halifax County had taken a 1-0 lead in the second inning on Barton’s solo home run, and the Comets added three runs in the third inning off singles by Will Harris and Bradshaw, with Harris scoring off an error, Ryan Yates hitting a sacrifice fly and Martin following with his first home run of the game.

Sons also singled in the inning that gave Halifax a 4-0 lead, but GW scored a run in the fourth on singles by Carlson Cumbo and Blake Bivens, and two walks.

The Eagles added a run in the top of the fifth inning when Michael Hunt reached on an error and later scored on a Matthew Purvis base hit, but the Comets rallied to put the game away in the bottom of the fifth inning with the 14-run outburst.

Halifax County added a run in the sixth inning after a walk and base hits by Yates and Sons to finish the scoring.

Sons, a senior left-hander, pitched six strong innings, allowing two runs on three hits while striking out 12 batters and walking three.

Bradshaw came on in relief for the seventh inning and struck out two of the three batters he faced to end the game.

GW used four pitchers in the game, with Cumbo getting the start.  Wells Byrnes, Tyler Herndon and Bradley Smith also saw time on the mound for GW. 

“This is big, and I just had the right man going tonight,” Comets’ Head Coach Kelvin Davis said of Sons.

“I can’t say enough about the performance of Dylan tonight.  I thought he pitched a heck of a ball game, and when we got plays we made plays behind him.

“This game was a lot closer than it seemed at the end, because it was 4-2 at one point, and we got those 14 runs in one inning.

“That says a lot, I don’t care who’s out there pitching, we made contact to put it in the hole.”

“It’s fortunate for us, they’ve been sticking by me,” Davis added.

“They know what it’s going to take, and they’re coming out here every day and working hard.

“As a coach, that’s all you can ask for.”