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Abbott leads Comets in final statistics

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Andrew Abbott has earned a berth in the VHSL baseball all-star game Monday, June 26, at James Madison University. Abbott was drafted, primarily as a professional courtesy, by the New York Yankees in the MLB player draft in the 36th round last week. Abbott had indicated to all of the major league clubs that he was honoring his commitment to Virginia baseball. Abbott would again be eligible for the draft after his junior season. / June 19, 2017
The state runner-up Comet baseball team showed character and heart, and this club could really pitch, too.

Andrew Abbott, who earned the win in state 5A semifinals action against Prince George, finished 9-0 on the mound, with a 0.289 ERA. Abbott fanned 158 batters and walked four. Abbott, bound for the Virginia baseball program, had one save.

The left-hander worked 72.2 innings.

Abbott appeared in 12 games and started 11. He allowed 39 base hits, with 11 runs allowed. He surrendered three earned runs and hit one batter. Abbott had a WHIP of .592.

In 2016, he worked 53.2 innings with a 9-0 mark, with one save. He fanned 121 batters and walked 16, with an ERA of 0.41. Over the past two seasons, Abbott has a 279-20 strikeout to walk ratio.

In 2015, Abbott pitched 48.1 innings, with a 5-2 mark. He fanned 82 and walked 17, with a 1.30 ERA.

Abbott eared Gatorade and VHSL 5A state player of the year honors this season for the Comets, who finished as the state 5A runner-ups after losing to Briar Woods.

Halifax County High School pitchers threw 181.1 innings on the way to a 21-4 final record. The staff recorded 277 strikeouts, with 36 walks. The staff ERA was 1.428. The pitching staff allowed 132 hits, with 56 runs allowed and 37 earned runs.

Comet pitchers hit 19 batters and had a staff WHIP of .926.

WHIP is defined as walks plus hits per inning pitched.

Carlton Redd worked 37.2 innings, finishing 6-1 with a 1.673 ERA. He fanned 39 and walked seven.

Alex Lowery had the third highest total of innings pitched, with 29. He went 3-3 on the mound and had a 2.172 ERA. Lowery fanned 25 and walked seven.

Drew Harlow worked 28.2 innings. Harlow went 2-0 with a 0.488 ERA. Harlow fanned 49 batters and walked nine.

Troy Ferrell worked 13 innings. Ferrell finished with a 1-0 record and had a 7.538 ERA. He fanned 13 and walked nine.

Abbott, Lloyd lead batting stats

Andrew Abbott led the offense for the Halifax County High School varsity baseball team, among the regulars who saw steady action.

Abbott batted .447, with one home run and 12 RBI. He had a .645 slugging percentage and a .528 on-base percentage.

Abbott scored 25 runs and had 34 hits, with 24 singles, six doubles and three triples. Abbott had 76 at-bats.

Clay Lloyd also had an excellent season at the plate. He batted .377 and led the team with 21 RBI. He scored 20 runs. Lloyd had 77 at-bats.

Abbott and Lloyd both earned first team VHSL 5A all-state honors.

Brayden Moore had a .318 batting average, with 12 RBI. Holt Powell had the second-highest RBI total on the team. Powell had a .286 batting average. Powell scored 11 runs.

Josh Barker, who had a very clutch postseason, batted .297. Barker had nine RBI in 64 at-bats.

Tyler Duffer batted .265, with 10 RBI, with 68 at-bats. Drew Harlow had 73 at-bats, with a .260 batting average. Harlow scored 11 runs. Hunter Watts batted .203, with four RBI.

Halifax batted .293 as a team, with 690 at-bats. Halifax scored 138 runs, with 202 hits. The Comets had 45 doubles, 11 triples, two home runs and 108 RBI.

Halifax had 52 stolen bases, with Eric Brandon leading with 11.

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