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Comets baseball team drills Gretna 16-1 in opener

Things couldn’t have gone much better for the Halifax County High School varsity baseball team in Wednesday night’s season opener against Gretna High School.

Halifax County pounded Gretna High School for 13 hits that included four home runs in a 16-1 win in a game that was stopped after five inning under a slaughter rule.

Comets centerfielder Tyler Stevens led the way with a perfect 3-3 day at the plate that included a pair of home runs. Both round-trippers came in the top of the second inning when the Comets exploded for nine runs to break the game open.

Patrick Barton smacked a grand slam homer in the top of the third inning and Ryan Powell added a three-run homer in the third inning to account for the seven runs the Comets scored in that inning.

The Comets’ offense was strong throughout the game.

Will Harris, Rufus Jeffress and Tristan Howerton chipped in two hits each, with Nick Anderson, Barton, Seth Elliott and Powell each getting a hit.

Powell had a solid night on the mound in his first start. He struck out eight batters, allowed three hits and one run.

Halifax County High School had a good night defensively, committing only two errors in the contest. The Comets made up for the first one in the second inning and escaped without any damage.

Gretna High School scored its only run of the game off of the Comets’ second error, which came in the bottom of the fourth inning. Powell yielded back-to-back base hits to start the inning, and the error allowed a runner to score.

Powell bounced back to retire the side by striking out the next three batters. He also struck out two of the four batters he faced in the fifth inning.

The Comets baseball team will be back in action today when it travels to Rocky Mount to face Liberty Christian Academy in a 5 p.m. game in the Franklin County High School Invitational Tournament.

They will return to Rocky Mount Saturday to face Cardinal District member C.D. Hylton High School in a game set for a 12 noon start.