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Class act comes up one run short

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Top, HCHS shortstop Dawson Watts reacts after the Comets go up 4-2 against Briar Woods Saturday in the state 5A baseball state championship game. Above, Comet catcher Clay Lloyd walks off the field as Briar Woods players celebrate after Jake Rayfield scored the winning run in the marathon 14-inning game. (David Conner II photos) / June 12, 2017

In the end, Halifax County High School varsity baseball could not stop one final Briar Woods rally.

The Comets fell short of the state 5A title Saturday, losing a bitter 5-4 decision to Briar Woods in Fairfax.

Halifax becomes only the third team in school history to grab a state runner-up crown. The Comets ended the campaign 21-4, following a stellar campaign fueled by lights out pitching and very strong team defense.

There should be no regrets following this defeat in the state tournament final.

Briar Woods sealed the win in the bottom of the 14th inning on a one out, walk off RBI single from Sean Clark.

The Comets finished with five hits, while Briar Woods, bringing a strong offense to the final, had 11. Halifax held a 4-2 lead going into the bottom of the seventh and the Comets were two outs away from the crown, before the Falcons rallied to tie the contest.

From there, both teams missed opportunities to grab the title.

At the end, as Halifax accepted its runner-up trophy, the Briar Woods team stood and applauded the Comets.

The pain was real, as Halifax knew it had the second state title in school history — the 1984 team still stands alone — within its grasp.

Afterwards, HCHS principal Michael Lewis said the current Comets would be recognized at tonight’s school board meeting.

Comet head coach Kenneth Day lamented this heartbreaking loss.

“One or two plays goes a different way, you never know what happens,” Day said.

He cited the disappointments. Comet baseball was just “this close” to its second state crown. Halifax was “right there.”

Day said the program will lose key seniors and those holes will be tough to fill.

“We just got a little tired at the end. You could tell, in the swings we took. We took a couple of good swings, but the quality swings we are normally used to .... They battled all day, what can you say,” said Day.

“Certainly, today, just being a part of this game, was great for these young men,” said Lewis. Lewis was a member of the 1995 squad that went to the state AAA final.

“They put their heart and soul into the whole season. These coaches, these kids they worked hard, they were well-prepared,” said Lewis.

“Hopefully, we can get back to work and come back next year with this younger group we’ve got here. Hate to see the seniors go, they provided great leadership all year. They’ve come through with some big clutch hits, they’ve come through with clutch pitching.

“That’s how you get to be in big games. That’s how you get to the chance to be state champs. This time we’re runner-up. Maybe next time, we’ll be on the other side,” said Lewis.

Lewis also wants to drum up more support and exposure for the athletic program, including baseball.

Lewis emphasized “how big this is for this community, how much support we had up here.”

Lewis thanked the fans for making the trip and he also praised the Comets for how well they showcased Comet athletics.

“What a class act they were,” he said.

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