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Amherst County topples Comets 11-4

When you can’t score runs you can’t win ballgames. That bit of truth has haunted the Halifax County High School baseball team yet another time.

The Comets were unable to manufacture runs when opportunities arose and fell to Amherst County High School 11-4 here Wednesday night.

“It’s like deja’ vu again,” remarked Comets Head Coach Kelvin Davis after the loss that dropped the Comets’ record to 4-4 on the season.

“We’re did the same old thing. We’re getting runners on base and are not getting them across the plate. We’ve got to start putting those runners across the plate when we get them on base. Right now we’re just not doing it.”

The Comets generated nine hits, enough hits to win most games. But, they left nine runners stranded on the sacks, three in bottom of the seventh inning when they left the bases loaded.

“My hat goes off to Amherst County,” Davis said.

“They have a very good ballclub, and a heck of a pitching staff. Still, there is no excuse for us leaving that many runners on base.”

The Comets struggled throughout the game, needing four pitchers to get through the contest. Patrick Barton started the game and exited in the top of the fifth inning with the Comets trailing 4-2. 

After that, Amherst County High School pounded the Comets, scoring seven runs in the top of the fifth inning to take an 11-2 lead. The Comets were three pitchers deep in the game when the fifth inning ended and needed another late in the game to close the contest.

“Patrick gave us all he could give us,” Davis pointed out.

“He was up to 70-plus pitches when we took him out of the game. He did a good job. We’re just not getting those key runs when we need them.”

Amherst County High School took the lead in the top of the first inning on a two-run homer by Logan Pingley. Halifax County answered in the bottom of the frame when Ryan Yates led off with a single and Will Harris belted a two-run homer to deadlock the game at 2-2.

The Lancers added a run in the third and fourth innings to go up 4-2 and posted seven runs in the top of the fifth inning with the help of some miscues on the part of the Comets to take an 11-2 lead and effectively put the game out of the Comets’ reach.

Halifax County added a run in the bottom of the fifth inning when Thomas Cole walked, pinch runner Josh Irby moved to second base on a single from Yates and Irby scored on a sacrifice fly to centerfield by Harris.

Trailing 11-3, the Comets scratched up a run in the bottom of the seventh inning. Ryan Powell and Irby both reached base on an error and Nick Anderson had a hit to load the bases. Harris reached base on the third of four Amherst County High School errors in the inning to score Powell for the Comets’ final run to make the 11-4 score.

Yates led the Comets’ effort with a 3-3 effort at the plate. Anderson and Harris had two hits each. Irby and Barton had a hit each.