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Comets, GW battle tonight for WVD lead

The battle for the early lead in the Western Valley District baseball standings comes to Halifax County High School tonight, weather permitting, as two familiar faces – Halifax County High School and GW Danville – square off in their first meeting of the season.

Both teams are undefeated in district play and share the lead in the Western Valley District standings heading into tonight’s game, which is scheduled for a 6 p.m. start.

GW enters tonight’s game with a 12-2 overall record and a 2-0 slate in district play. The Comets are 7-4 overall and are 3-0 in district play as they eye the game that will mark the halfway point in their regular-season district chase.

“We’re 3-0 in the district, and this is a big game for us,” said Comets Head Coach Kelvin Davis.

“These guys get up for GW like GW gets up for us. It’s been like that since I’ve been here.”

The two teams are very familiar with each other, a factor that makes for an interesting contest.

“We pretty much know what they’ve got,” Davis said.

“We hope we can come out and execute the way we need to in order to win the ballgame. It’s going to be a good ballgame for fans to come out and watch. When GW and Halifax get together we have a good time down here.”

After tonight’s game, the Comets will have faced all of the other Western Valley District teams one time and will have faced their three biggest challengers, GW, Franklin County and Patrick Henry, here on their home diamond. 

From here on, the Comets will be faced with the task of taking care of business on the road. Following tonight’s game, the Comets have only one more district home game, that one against William Fleming High School, which sits in the district cellar.

Davis said regardless of the outcome of tonight’s game, his players cannot afford to look ahead past anyone.

“We’ve got to work on the things we need to worry about and take this game by game,” he pointed out.