- Last Updated on 08:42 PM 05/28/12
- BY Joe Chandler
The Halifax County High School baseball team’s ride into postseason play was a short one.
Beseiged by a number of miscues, the Comets trailed 11-0 heading into the bottom of the third inning, but rallied to make a game of it in a 14-6 loss to Forest Park High School Monday afternoon in the quarterfinals of the Northwest Region Tournament.
“There are no answers to it,” said Comets Head Coach Kelvin Davis.
“We practice at about this exact same time every day on this field. We don’t lose balls in the sun, we field ground balls, we make those plays. This is a game of execution and we just did not execute today. Coming up against teams like this in the Northwest Region Tournament, a club that hits the ball well like Forest Park did, we’ve got to make every play, and we didn’t do it.”
The Comets committed eight errors in the game, with the Bruins netting only four earned runs in the contest.
Davis went with his ace pitcher, senior Dylan Sons, but the Bruins attacked Sons early, dinging the Comets for four runs in the top of the second inning. After a run-scoring double, the Bruins’ Charlie Hall slapped a fastball out of the park for a three-run homer to give his team a 4-0 lead.
With the help of four Comets errors, two of which occurred when outfielders were unable to see and catch fly balls in the bright sun-drenched sky, Forest Park High School put up seven runs in the top of the third inning, chasing Sons from the mound in the process, to take an 11-0 lead.
Halifax County High School rallied to score five runs in the bottom of the third inning. Nick Anderson and Will Harris kicked off the inning with back-to-back hits, with Anderson scoring on a hit from Ford Bradshaw,
A hit from William Worley plated Harris to make the score 11-2. Ryan Yates had a hit to load the bases. Joe Martin came up with a hit and three runs scored on the play, two of them as a result of a pair of errors by the Bruins, making the score 11-5.
The Bruins added a run in the fifth inning with the help of two hits and a Comets error to run the score to 12-5. Two more runs in the top of the seventh inning pushed the Bruins’ lead to 14-5.
Halifax County came up with its final run in the bottom of the seventh inning on a hit from Yates that was followed by a double by Martin.
Forest Park High School Head Coach Sonny Moss said he knew his team had its work cut out for it coming into the game and wanted to attack the Comets early.
“We knew we would be facing a lefthander (Sons) who is a good pitcher,” noted Moss.
“We told our guys to pick out the fastball. That was the one we wanted to hit. We knew he (Sons) had good stuff and we wanted to make sure we attacked the fastball. We did that and got some good hits and good bounces early.”
Moss said his team typically has not produced big numbers.
“To come out here and put up that number is unusual,” Moss said.
“But, it was a good time for it.”
Halifax County High School had 10 hits in the game. Martin led the team with a 3-4 effort at the plate. Yates had two hits, with Harris, Bradshaw, Worley, Sons and Nick Anderson each chipping in one hit.
The Bruins had 13 hits in the contest.