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Comets to begin district contests

After having finished the non-district portion of its schedule with a 4-4 slate, the Halifax County High School varsity baseball team will be looking to get a fresh start on the season when Western Valley District play begins this week.

The Comets open the district portion of their schedule Tuesday, hitting the road to face William Fleming High School in Roanoke in a contest set for a 5 p.m. start.

On Friday, the Comets will play their first home district game, facing Patrick Henry High School of Roanoke.

“These guys are going to be geared up,” Comets Head Coach Kelvin Davis said of his players.

“It’s our job as coaches to get them geared up for it. That (the district games) is what it’s all about.”

A good start in Western Valley District play will serve as a good momentum builder for the team.

The Comets were leading Matoaca 9-6 Thursday afternoon when the game was stopped a half an inning short of what would have been deemed a complete game due to rain sleet and snow.

Prior to Thursday’s incomplete game, the Comets lost to Amherst County High School 11-4 on April 3 and lost a 4-2 decision to Garden City N.Y. High School on March 29.

“We play these tough teams to prepare ourselves for district play,” Davis pointed out.

“I know my guys are going to be ready. We’ve still got some defensive situations and things we’ve got to go over, but we will handle that. I think we’ll come out and play like we should play.”

While the Comets and Matoaca did not get in a complete game Thursday, the Comets did well enough in the game that was stopped after four complete innings to give themselves a boost heading into Tuesday’s district opener against William Fleming High School.

The Comets rallied to score five runs in the fourth inning to come from behind and take the lead.

“You’d be surprised what one good inning can do,” Davis pointed out.

“Fortunately, we had that good last inning. In the players’ minds, they believe in themselves. They know what they can do. We’ve just got to go out there between the lines and do it.”