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Rain, sleet, snow ends HC-Matoaca game a half inning early

Halifax County High School Head Coach Kelvin Davis and his players can only dream about what could have happened in Thursday afternoon’s game against Matoaca High School.

The Comets were leading 9-6 after four innings, withstanding not only the challenges posed by their opponents, but also the challenges of a downpour of rain, sleet and snow.

Unfortunately, field and weather conditions deteriorated to the point that officials stopped the game after four innings, leaving the game incomplete and leaving the Comets a half an inning shy of a potential win.

“This is just icing on the cake,” Davis said as sleet and snow continued to pour from the overcast skies.

“It’s really been a year for us. We got on our field only twice before out first home game. This is something we can’t control. You just have to take it as it is and go on.”

Trailing 6-4, the Comets rallied to score five runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to take the lead. Ryan Yates reached base to start the inning but was erased at second base when Nick Anderson reached base on a fielder’s choice.

A double by Will Harris moved Anderson into scoring position and Tyler Stephens followed with a hit to load the bases. Rufus Jeffress followed with a two-RBI hit to score Anderson and Harris and tie the game at 6-6.

Patrick Barton followed with a run-scoring double to put the Comets up 7-6. A double by Thomas Cole with two out scored Jeffress and Barton to put Halifax County High School up by the 9-6 tally.

Matoaca took advantage of a walk, two hits and a Comets error to jump on top 2-0 in the top of the first inning. Halifax County High School answered with two runs of its own.

Yates led off with a double, moved to third base on Nick Anderson’s hit and scored when Harris reached base on a Matoaca error. Stephens reached base on an error and loaded the bases. A walk to Tristan Howerton forced in a run that tied the game at 2-2.

Matoaca regained the lead with a run in the second inning to make the score 3-2. A two-run homer by Grant Boyd in the top of the third inning put the Warriors up 5-2.

The Comets closed the gap to a run with a two-RBI double by Cole in the bottom of the third inning, making the score 5-4.

The Warriors took advantage of a Comets error to add a run in the top of the fourth inning to extend their lead to 6-4 before falling victim to the Comets’ five-run rally in the bottom of the inning.

Halifax County High School pitcher Seth Elliott went the distance, allowing seven hits and three walks. He struck out five batters.

“Seth did what we wanted him to do,” Davis pointed out.

“He did a good job in the situation we put him in. He handled himself well. He made some really good pitches.”

Halifax County High School had nine hits in the contest with Cole and Barton leading the team with two hits each. Both were 2-3 at the plate with Cole getting four RBIs and Barton one.

Yates, Anderson, Harris, Stephens and Jeffress each had a hit. Stephens and Jeffress each had two RBIs.

Matoaca collected seven hits in the game with starting pitcher Rack Spiers leading the Warriors with a 3-3 effort at the plate with one RBI.