- Last Updated on 05:01 PM 04/11/13
- BY Joe Chandler
The Halifax County High School varsity baseball team will be seeking its second straight early-season Western Valley District victory today when it hosts Patrick Henry High School.
Halifax County High School pushed its season record over the .500 mark at 5-4 Tuesday with an easy 23-2 win over William Fleming High School in Roanoke in a game that was stopped after the minimum distance under a slaughter rule.
The Comets opened the game with six runs in the top of the first inning to take a 6-0 lead with the help of a run-scoring hit from Rufus Jeffress, a two-RBI hit from Patrick Barton, a run-scoring hit from Tristan Howerton and a two-RBI double from Andrew Hamlett.
Halifax County High School added 11 runs in the second inning, three of them coming on a three-run homer from starting pitcher Thomas Cole, and two coming from a two-RBI double from Howerton.
The Comets tacked on six more runs in the third inning, two of them coming on a two-RBI double from Ryan Powell, to complete the rout.
William Fleming High School scored a run in the bottom of the first inning when Cole walked three batters and hit a batter with a pitch to force in a run.
The Colonels scored their final run in the third inning with a double off of Comets relief pitcher Chase Wilkerson and a Comets error.
Halifax County High School pounded William Fleming High School pitchers for 19 hits, with Cole leading the way with a 3-3 night that included three RBIs.
Barton had a big night with a 2-3 effort with three RBIs and Will Harris, Tyler Stephens and Howerton each were 2-2, with Howerton getting four RBIs in the contest.
While Cole got off to a little bit of a shaky start on the mound, he struck out six of the 12 batters he faced in his two innings of work and yielded four walks and one hit. Wilkerson pitched an inning and struck out two of the five batters he faced while allowing one hit.
Seth Elliott threw one inning, struck out one of the five batters he faced and allowed two hits.