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Comets diamonders split pair of scrimmages

It was a little bit of a mixed bag for the Halifax County High School varsity baseball team in their scrimmage Friday night at Halifax County High School.

The Comets blanked Heritage High School 10-0 in the first four-inning affair, but fell to Northside High School 2-0 in their second four-inning test.

"We saw some good things," remarked Comets Head Coach Kelvin Davis, "and we saw some things we need to work on."

Ryan Powell and Thomas Cole threw a combined no-hitter in the first four-inning test and the Comets were able to produce 10 runs on 10 hits.

Tyler Stephens led the Comets with three hits and an RBI and Will Harris had two hits and an RBI.

Dustin Crews had a 2-RBI hit and Kory Lennon, Powell and Drew Link were among the players that chipped in to help the offensive effort.

In the second of the Comets' four-inning tests, offense was hard to come by. An infield single by Adrian Moran in the third inning and a single to centerfield by Powell in the fourth inning were the only hits the Comets could muster.

Two first-inning hits by Northside High School produced a 1-0 lead. A walk, a Comets error and a hit gave Northside High School it's final run in the fourth inning, a run that resulted in the 2-0 edge.

Colby Grissom and Chase Wilkerson handled the mound duties for the Comets in the nightcap.

Davis said he was pleased with the effort of his four pitchers.

"I thought our pitching went well," Davis pointed out.

"That was pretty much the high point of the scrimmages. I thought every one of the pitchers did a good job. The pitch count was down and we wanted all of them to throw at least two innings and we got the opportunity to do that."

The Comets' coach said that while he was looking for his team to hit the ball a little better, especially in the second test of the night, he was not disappointed.

"Hitting is always going to be slow at this point at the beginning of the season " Davis pointed out.

"These conditions, with the cold and the wind, play a big part in it too. I was pretty satisfied."

A big aspect of the night, Davis said  was that he and his coaching staff got the opportunity to look at different players at different positions.

"I'm real excited that we got this scrimmage in," Davis said.

"I told the guys that the ones we wanted to see in different positions we were going to put them in different positions. We wanted to see different people in different parts of the lineup. It was a situation in which we were trying different things."

Friday night's pre-season test is the last bit of preparation for the Comets before they open regular-season play Monday with a road game against Martinsville High School. That game is also the Comets' Piedmont District opener.

"That's what this scrimmage was tuning us up for," Davis said.

 "We'll be ready to play come Monday."

All three teams earned a split for the night. After losing to the Comets 10-0, Heritage High School rallied for five runs in the fourth inning to edge Northside High School 5-4 in the middle test of the night.