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Comets baseball ready for opener

When it comes time to begin play in the Northwest Region Tournament the realization is that each team in the tournament is a good one.

That being the case, Halifax County High School Head Coach Kelvin Davis says there is simply one thing his team needs to do in today’s opening game against Forest Park High School in the Northwest Region Tournament – play it’s own game.

“It’s not going to matter who we play,” Davis pointed out.

“We need to play our game – play Comets baseball. That’s all we can do. We’ve got to make sure we stay focused on what we do.”

The Bruins (15-8 overall) come into today’s 4 p.m. game against the Comets here at Halifax County High School as the second seed out of the Cardinal District. They beat Patriot High School 4-3 Friday in the opening round of the tournament to advance to today’s tournament quarterfinals.

Halifax County High School, the top seed from the Western Valley District, enters today’s game with a 14-4 slate and with Western Valley District regular-season and tournament championships in hand. This was the first season since 2009 in which the Comets had swept both championships.

“This is a good time for everybody, the school, the community, the guys on the team and their parents,” Davis pointed out.

“To be able to continue to play says a lot about our program.”

The Comets, who last season made it into the state quarterfinals, have six players in their lineup from last year’s team, several of which are seniors. Davis says the leadership of those players has been exemplary this season, and that the good leadership needs to continue in order for the team to extend its season past today’s game.

“Our senior leadership is going to help us tremendously,” Davis remarked.

“They’ve shown their leadership ability all season. They’ve been there. They know what it takes and what we’re facing. Those guys are focused, and the young guys see it and they get focused too.” 

When asked how this team compares to the Comets teams of the past couple or three seasons, Davis says this team compares very favorably, especially when you look at last year’s team.

“We’ve got guys all the way from one through nine in the batting order that are capable of producing runs quickly,” he pointed out.

“They can hit for average and then they can turn around and get the big extra-base hits.”

One of the big things Davis sees in his team’s favor right now is the team chemistry. 

“The chemistry of the team is very good,” he noted.

“It’s amazing to see these guys every day. It’s important to have good chemistry because it takes that to get to the next level.”

With practice having wrapped up Friday, the Comets now await today’s game. Davis says the team is as well-prepared as it can be at this point.

“All you can do is prepare,” he pointed out.

“You have to prepare them for everything, all the way from what they need to do in the game down to the point that they understand that the season ends with a loss. “That can serve to motivate them,” Davis added.

“But, they already have a lot of motivation. These guys want to continue to play. They just want it. They all have confidence in this team and in each other. They’re confident we can go a long way this season.”