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Relaxed Comets roll to easy win

As Halifax County High School senior Avery Anderson put it, “we went out with a bang.”

It took awhile to get things going, but the Halifax County High School baseball team rolled to an easy 11-1 win over William Fleming High School here Friday in a Western Valley District contest.

Halifax County High School took advantage of nine hits, four William Fleming High School errors and four walks to get the job done, but had only two hits and a 2-1 lead after the first four innings.

“Once we started hitting, we just relaxed, kicked back, and were remembering the times with out teammates,” said senior Rufus Jeffress.

Anderson had a hit and three RBIs in the game, and Jeffress had a hit and two RBIs. Both of their hits were run-producing doubles in a big fifth-inning rally that saw the Comets scratch up six runs to extend their lead to 8-1.

“It was a fastball, but it came in kind of slow,” Jeffress noted of the pitch he nailed deep to the outfield for the double.

“I just waited back on it and drove it up the middle. That got us a couple of RBIs and helped get the hitting started.”

Anderson followed with another double later in the inning.

“I just waited for my pitch,” Anderson explained.

“I knew it was my pitch and it worked out.”

The Comets added three more runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to end the game under a slaughter rule, with a walk-off double from sophomore Thomas Cole scoring the game-ending run and earning Cole his second RBI of the night.

Jeffress said the win over William Fleming High School (2-14 overall, 0-7 district) capped a fun-filled night.

“This is one of the last home games we’ll have,” Jeffress said, “and it (the double) was a good hit to kind of end my season and make it memorable. I had a lot of fun with my teammates, just having fun.”

“It was fun with all of the seniors playing together,” Anderson added.

“I just had a blast out there.”

The game was every bit as much fun for Comets Head Coach Kelvin Davis.

“It was Senior Night, and my main objective was to get the seniors out there, put them in the starting lineup, and let them play and experience this night,” Davis explained.

“They played, they relaxed and they enjoyed themselves. I’m glad we could have a chance to do that. I told them (the seniors) before the game I have thoroughly enjoyed every moment I have had with them.”

Cole led the Comets with two hits and two RBIs. Seniors Jeffress, Avery Anderson, Patrick Barton and Tyler Dunn had a hit each, and Will Harris, Eddie Chaney and Colby Grissom had a hit each. 

Grissom was brought up from the Comets’ junior varsity team last week to help bolster the varsity pitching staff. He did a creditable job in his first career varsity start, fanning six William Fleming High School batters and allowing six walks, one hit and one run.

“We wanted to take a look at him today,” Davis explained.

“We were a little concerned about his pitch count, but he was just brought up (to the varsity team) and he’s got to be a little nervous. I saw a lot from him, and he hit the ball well.”

Chase Wilkerson worked the final inning, recording two strikeouts and two walks.

The Comets (10-6 overall, 5-2 district) have one more regular-season district game left, that being a 6 p.m. contest Tuesday against district leader GW at Dan Daniel Park in Danville.