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SoVaNow.com / May 21, 2018
Rainy weather washed out most of the Piedmont District tournament varsity baseball action, and now the defending state 5 A runner-ups are preparing for the regionals, which start Thursday.

18 Region D baseball action starts with no. 1 south bracket Halifax hosting the winner of the four (PH-Roanoke) or five (Orange) game at a time TBA.

Albemarle has the no. 2 seed in the south bracket. The Patriots also play Thursday, against the winner of no. 3 Harrisonburg and no. 6 William Fleming.

Thursday’s action is elimination style, with the loser packing it in. From there, it’s on to regional semifinals action on May 29. If the Comets get past Thursday’s game, Halifax would host the no. 2 team from the north.

The regional finals are May 31. Both teams advance to the state.

If both no. 1 seeds advance to the regional finals, the no. 1 South team would have to travel.

HCHS would still host a state quarterfinals game if the Comets win the regional crown.

The state semifinals are set for the Richmond area, with state semifinals action on June 8, followed by the state finals June 9.

Halifax came very close to winning the state 5 A finals a year ago.

Halifax nailed down the no. 1 seed in the south bracket.

The north bracket includes no. 1 seed Potomac and second seeded Mountain View, a possible opponent for HCHS in the regional semifinals. The rest of the northern bracket includes Massaponax hosting North Stafford in the 4-5 game Wednesday, and Stafford (no. 3 seed) hosting Brooke Point (North 6).

Comet coach Kenneth Day said, “We’ve got to play some games. I wish we could have played the district tournament.”

Halifax last played on May 14, with a win over GW-Danville. The rest of the Piedmont action was rained out.

“We’ve got to get back into a rhythm. Going inside, hitting in the cage, is ok, but it’s not like playing in a game,” said Day.

“We’re going to run into some teams.

“We’re going to have to play our best every single time. If we don’t, we’re going home,” said Day.

Halifax is now 16-5 and expectations are high.

“Every team in Virginia wants to be in the state tournament,” said Day, who hopes to be the last man standing.

“We’ve got to get everything together we’ve got to hit, play defense and we’ve got to run the bases the right well, pitch well,” said Day, who said the quality opponents ahead will capitalize on Comet mistakes.

Day said his concerns heading into the regionals include facing a team with stud pitching. Day said Halifax had quality pitching in the last couple of years, and “it took us a long way.”

“Some teams get hot at the right time and I hope we’re a team that get’s hot at the right time,” said Day.

Day is confident about the pitching options. “If we go out there and execute, throw strikes, and stay ahead of the hitters and keep them off-balance, I think we’ve got a chance to go far,” said Day.

LLOYD ALL-STAR: Comet catcher Clay Lloyd, an all-state player for HCHS, has been selected to play for the Red team in the VHSL championship all-star outfit playing at James Madison on June 25.

This should be a good experience for Lloyd, who was all-state last year.

Lloyd has been a solid performer, providing leadership for the Comets. He also knows how to handle pitchers.





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