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Comets baseball team downs C.D. Hylton 10-4

After having lost both of its games in last year's Franklin County High School Invitational Baseball Tournament, Halifax County High School was looking for big things in this year's event.

They came.

After having scored a come-from-behind 11-8 win over Liberty Christian Academy Friday night, the Comets capped their tournament run with a come-from-behind 10-4 win over C.D. Hylton High School Saturday in Rocky Mount.

Saturday's win improved the Comets' season record to 3-0.

"It was a great tournament," remarked Comets Head Coach Kelvin Davis.

"It was a heck of a performance today. These guys really went out there and executed all of the drills we had in place for them to do."

The Comets had nine hits in the game with Rufus Jeffress, Andrew Hamlett and Nick Anderson getting two hits each. Jeffress had three RBIs and Hamlett had one.

Halifax County High School also got a hit each from Tristan Howerton, Ryan Yates and Tyler Stephens. Howerton had two RBIs and Yates had one.

"I can't say enough about the hitting," Davis remarked.

"We have some really good sticks up and down the line. Everything is clicking, and we're going to enjoy this right now."

The Comets took a 1-0 lead in the top of the third inning with a leadoff hit from Hamlett, who later scored on a passed ball. Back-to-back hits by the Bulldogs to kick off the bottom of the inning was enough to produce two runs and a 2-1 lead for the Bulldogs.

Halifax County High School broke the game open with five runs in the top of the fourth inning. Patrick Barton walked to start the inning and Stephens followed with a hit. A one-out double by Howerton scored Barton and Stephens to put the Comets up 3-2. A double by Hamlett scored Howerton to make the score 4-2.

Anderson reached base with a hit and a double by Yates scored Hamlett and Anderson to make the score 6-2.

The Comets scored two more runs in the top of the fifth inning, one of them coming on a run-scoring hit from Jeffress, to extend their lead to six runs at 8-2.

Three hits by the Bulldogs in the bottom of the fifth inning gave them two more runs to make the score. 8-4.

Halifax County High School put the game away with a pair of runs in the top of the sixth inning on a two-RBI single from Jeffress that produced the 10-4 final score.

"We had key hits, good base running - every little thing we have been working on, we saw it," Davis concluded.