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Comets fall in state semi-finals





2018 Comet baseball, by the numbers / July 12, 2018

The Halifax County High School varsity baseball team concluded another successful season, reaching the Class 5 state tournament for the second season in a row.

Halifax finished 18-7 after a wrenching loss to Freedom-South Riding in the state quarterfinals.

Halifax finished on a two-game losing skid, dropping the regional final to Potomac, 4-2, and the state quarterfinals trip to Freedom, 5-4. The season ended on June 5.

Previously, the Comets put together a four-game winning streak, defeating Magna Vista 10-0, GW-Danville, 4-1, in postseason action, Orange County, 5-3, in postseason action and drilling Mountain View, 14-1, in postseason action.

Collectively, Halifax had statistics for 26 games, including one exhibition game.

MOUND RESULTS: The strength of the team proved to be the pitching staff.

Halifax worked 172.0 innings, with a team ERA of 1.831. Halifax had a WHIP (walks plus hits per innings pitched) of 1.163.

Comet pitchers produced 246 strikeouts, while walking 73.

Carlton Redd led the way with a 7-3 record, with a 1.842 ERA. He allowed 20 runs, 15 earned. Redd walked 18 and struck out 64.

Redd threw 57 innings.

Alex Lowery went 5-1 with a 2.211 ERA. He fanned 55 and walked 18. Lowery allowed 21 runs and yielded 14 earned runs. Lowery pitched 44.1 innings.

Troy Ferrell worked 16.2 innings, with a 3-1 record. He had 21 strikeouts and ten walks, with a 1.260 ERA.

Drew Harlow pitched 32.2 innings, finishing with a 2-2 record. He had five saves, with a 1.714 ERA. Harlow fanned 76 and walked 15.

Colt LaRue worked eight innings, with a 3.500 ERA. He had 11 strikeouts against two walks.

Christian Worley pitched 7.1 innings, with 15 strikeouts.

BATTING NUMBERS: Halifax batted .331 as a team, with a .417 on base percentage and a slugging percentage of.433.

In 26 games, Halifax had 716 at-bats, with 237 hits. The Comets collected 43 doubles, six triples and six home runs. Halifax had 130 RBI and scored 160 runs.

The Comets walked 91 times and had 103 strikeouts at the plate.

Among the regulars, Dylan Clark led the team with a .424 batting average.

Clark had eight RBI and scored 22 runs. Brayden Moore batted .417, scoring 17 runs. He had seven RBI.

Alex Lowery hit .390, with one homer and three RBI. Lowery scored 12 runs.

Clay Lloyd batted .385, with one home run and ten RBI. Dillon Davis hit at a .364 clip, with 11 RBI and six runs scored.

Shaun Perkins had a strong season, with a team high 23 RBI. He scored 14 runs and batted .329.

Perkins also had one homer.

Harlow hit .323 and hit one homer with nine RBI. Will Scheier hit .298, with 14 RBI. Josh Barker hit .250 and produced 10 RBI, while scoring 16 runs.

Dawson Watts hit .241 and delivered 22 RBI, with 12 runs scored.

DEFENSIVE NUMBERS: Halifax finished with a .965 fielding percentage, with 12 double plays and 23 errors. Catcher Lloyd had 203 total chances and had one error on the season. He had 195 putouts on the season.

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