- Last Updated on 04:51 PM 04/25/13
- BY Joe Chandler
Halifax County High School faces another big game when it faces Franklin County High School tonight at 7 p.m. in Rocky Mount.
After having lost to GW 2-0 here Monday night and falling a game out of the lead in the Western Valley District standings, the Comets need a win tonight to stay in contention for the regular-season district title.
Halifax County High School defeated Franklin County High School in their first meeting here earlier this season.
“We’ve just got to win out,” Comets Head Coach Kelvin Davis said after Monday night’s loss to GW.
“We have to now try to win out in the rest of our district games. This (the Franklin County game) is a big game, and we’ll get the guys focused for that one.”
The Comets tuned up for tonight’s contest with an 11-4 road win over Magna Vista High School in Ridgeway Tuesday night.
Sophomore hurler Thomas Cole got the win on the mound for the Comets, with Chase Wilkerson getting the save.
Cole struck out seven of the 22 batters he faced and gave up seven walks, one hit and two earned runs. Wilkerson, who threw the last three innings for the Comets, struck out three of the 14 Magna Vista High School players he faced and gave up three walks, three hits and two earned runs.
The Comets had 11 hits in the game, with Cole having a big night at the plate with a 3-4 effort that included two RBIs. Nick Anderson had two hits, and Ryan Yates, Eddie Chaney, Tyler Stephens, Rufus Jeffress, Patrick Barton and Tristan Howerton all had one hit.
Halifax County jumped on top early with three runs in the top of the first inning with the help of a Magna Vista High School error, singles from Anderson and Jeffress and a run-scoring double from Barton.
An eight-run rally in the third inning aided by three Magna Vista High School errors and a two-RBI double by Cole put the Comets up 11-0.
The Warriors answered with a run in the bottom of the third inning from four back-to-back walks to make it an 11-1 score. Magna Vista High School scratched up a run in the bottom of the fifth inning and took advantage of a walk, a Comets error and two hits to tally four runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to account for the 11-4 final score.