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Comets use late rally to hold off PH

Today marks the annual Senior Night observance for the Halifax County High School baseball team as it looks to continue to stay on a winning note in today’s 5 p.m. game here against William Fleming High School

The Comets enter today’s Western Valley District contest coming off of a 6-4 win Tuesday over Patrick Henry High School in Roanoke.

Halifax County High School needed a last-inning offensive rally and a big defensive stand in the last inning to edge the Patriots and stay on the outer fringes of the district championship chase.

Tuesday’s win allowed the Comets (9-6 overall, 3-2 district) to remain in a deadlock for second place with Franklin County High School in the chase for the Western Valley District regular-season title.

The Patriots took the early lead with a solo homer by Britton Dunnavant, only to see the Comets tie the game with a run in the third inning on a one-out single by Will Harris that plated Ryan Yates.

Patrick Henry High School regained the lead in the bottom of the fourth inning, taking advantage of a single, a wild pitch and a Comets error to score a run and take a 2-1 lead.

Halifax County High School bounced back to grab the lead at 3-2 with a pair of runs in the top of the fifth inning. 

Yates, the Comets’ leadoff batter, reached base with a double to kick off the inning. Nick Anderson got on base with a walk, and a wild pitch allowed both runners to advance into scoring position. Harris followed with his second straight hit and scored both Yates and Anderson to put the Comets on top.

Halifax County High School extended its lead to 6-2 with three runs in the top of the seventh inning. Harris and Tyler Stephens connected with back-to-back hits with one out and both scored on a double by Patrick Barton. 

Barton moved to third base when Tristan Howerton grounded out and scored on a passed ball to give the Comets a four-run cushion.

Patrick Henry High School rocked Comets starting pitcher Seth Elliott early in the bottom of the seventh inning with Dunnavant and Thomas Stockstill kicking off the inning with a single and double respectively. Jacob Wright’s one-out double scored both Dunnavant and Stockstill to bring the Patriots to within two runs at 6-4.

Wright’s hit proved to be the curtain call for Elliott, who struck out three batters, walked four and allowed seven hits and four runs before exiting the game.

Comets Head Coach Kelvin Davis brought Barton from third base to the mound to close out the game. B

arton responded by striking out the first batter he faced to get the second out of the inning and getting the final PH batter to ground out to second base to end the contest.

Halifax County High School had eight hits in the game, with Harris leading the team with a 3-4 night that included three RBIs. Barton was 2-3 at the plate with two RBIs and Yates was 2-4 at the plate.

Stephens had one hit in the game.

Dunnavant and Stockstill led PH with two hits each.