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HCHS baseball opens district tourney today against Franklin County

Today marks the beginning of a new season of sorts for the Halifax County High School baseball team.

The Comets will face Franklin County High School today in one of two Western Valley District Tournament semi-final games. However, the site of the game had not been determined at press time.

If Franklin County High School won its game last night, the Comets and Franklin County High School will finish in a tie for second place in the district standings. The tiebreaker will be numbers drawn from last night’s Virginia Lottery drawing, and the school that has the lucky number will host today’s game.

On the other hand, if Franklin County High School lost its game last night, the Comets will get second place and will host the Eagles today at 5 p.m. at Halifax County High School.

Regardless of the site, today’s Western Valley District Tournament game represents an opportunity for a new start for the Comets who finished the regular season 11-7 overall and 5-3 in district play.

“This is tournament time,” pointed out Comets Head Coach Kelvin Davis.

“It’s like a new season coming up. We have an opportunity to go far. I told our guys the regular season is gone and there is nothing we can do as far as the regular season goes. Our whole focus now has to be on the Western Valley District Tournament. The main point is we live another day to play another game.”

With GW-Danville having locked up the regular-season championship with its 5-4 win over the Comets this past Saturday and having nailed down the district’s top seed for the Northwest Region Tournament, the Comets still have two chances to make it into the regional tournament.

A win today will put the Comets into Friday’s district tournament championship game. If that happens and GW defeats Patrick Henry High School in today’s other district tournament semi-final game, the Comets will earn the district’s second seed for the Northwest Region Tournament and a home game in next Thursday’s regional tournament opener.

In the event of a loss today, the Comets will face the loser of today’s GW-Patrick Henry High School game on Friday with the winner earning the district’s third seed in the Northwest Region Tournament.

While the Comets have two opportunities to get into the Northwest Region Tournament, they want very badly to secure second place today.

“That is what everything boils down to,” Davis said.

“We still have an opportunity if we lose Wednesday with a play-in game, but we don’t want that. Our main focus is to take care of business Wednesday.

“We’ve got the Northwest Region Tournament in the back of our minds,” Davis added, “but we’ve got to get out here in the district tournament and take care of business and make a lot of noise.”

Franklin County High School will be a tough opponent for the Comets in the today’s game. The two teams split their regular-season meetings, with the Comets beating the Eagles 6-1 here and the Eagles beating the Comets 18-8 in six innings in Rocky Mount.

“Franklin County has a heck of a ballclub,” Davis remarked.

“They’re going to bring a good team to the table, a ballclub that is going to go after it. We saw that when we played them here and we saw that when we played them in Rocky Mount. They’re not going to give up and die. It’s going to be a good ballgame.”