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Comets diamonders to face New Yorkers

After having snapped a three-game losing game with a 15-3 win over Gretna High School here Wednesday, the Halifax County High School baseball team will be looking today to continue its positive trend in a scrimmage game against Garden City (N.Y.) High School.

Today’s game at Comets Field has a special 2 p.m. starting time that will allow Halifax County High School students an opportunity to attend the scrimmage and support the team.

The Comets (4-3 overall) and Garden City (N.Y.) High School have faced other in scrimmages over the past several seasons as the New York team has made a swing into Virginia and North Carolina to get in some games to tune up for its regular-season district schedule.

All of the scrimmages have been competitive, and Comets Head Coach Kelvin Davis says today’s game will be no different.

“The coaches with the Garden City team always bring a crackerjack ball club down here,” Davis pointed out. 

“That’s why we love it. We’re playing a lot of quality teams this year to gear us up for district play. Garden City always has quality pitching and the teams are fundamentally sound. They are a great bunch of guys and we always enjoy playing them. Hopefully, we can come out and execute the things we need to do to win the ballgame.”

The Comets enter today’s scrimmage with a new dose of confidence thanks to a 15-3 win over Gretna High School in a game stopped after four and a half innings under a slaughter rule.

“This was a good confidence booster,” Davis noted after the Comets’ win in their first home game of the season.

“We were going through some things. We faced quality teams with quality pitchers. We were right in it every game. A hit here and and a hit there in each of those games and it could have been a different story. I just tell the guys that we’ve got to keeping fighting, that this is the game of baseball, it’s a game of inches.”

The Comets pounded Gretna High School with 16 hits, with pitcher Thomas Cole leading the team with a 3-3 afternoon at the plate that included a triple, a double and a single. 

Cole also had a good day on the mound for the Comets, allowing only one hit, one walk and striking out six of the 18 batters he faced in the contest.

“We’ve been working with Thomas on throwing strikes and staying close around the plate and he did that tonight,” Davis said.

“He needed to go out there and have a good performance like he did.”

Ryan Yates, Avery Anderson and Dustin Crews had two hits each, with one of Yates’ hits being a two-run homer in the third inning. Nick Anderson, Will Harris, Eddie Chaney, Tyler Stephens, Rufus Jeffress, Chase Wilkerson and Patrick Barton each had a hit. 

Gretna High School got off to a quick start with three runs in the top of the first inning. The Comets answered with a run in the bottom of the inning when Yates reached base on a hit and scored on a sacrifice fly by Stephens. 

Halifax County High School took the lead with six runs in the second inning, with a triple by Cole plating the first two Comets runs to tie the game at 3-3. A double by Crews plated Josh Irby, who was running for Cole, to give the Comets a 4-3 lead.

Holding a 7-3 lead, the Comets added four more runs in the third inning, half of them coming on a two-RBI homer by Yates, to go up 11-3.

Four more runs in the bottom of the fourth inning allowed the Comets to put the game out of reach, giving them a 15-3 lead.