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Big moment ahead for Comet baseball

SoVaNow.com / June 13, 2019
It’s the start of an extremely important next few days for Comet baseball, and today’s state Class 5 semifinal against potent Mills Godwin club has been moved again, to 3 p.m.

Godwin-Halifax follows the scheduled Hickory-Stafford state semifinal at Glen Allen High School, with the winners set to meet Friday for the Class 5 state title.

Halifax varsity baseball coach Kenneth Day and his staff have once again done a superb job guiding the Comets to their third consecutive Class 5 state tournament appearance.

There’s no question this is a high-quality field.

Godwin is 22-2 and Halifax carries a 23-3 mark into today’s state semifinals.

Halifax is battling for the second state baseball title in school history.

The Comets have two state crowns, baseball in 1984 and and football in 1991.

Halifax County certainly has the talent and character to lock down the state title.

But the Comets likely cannot afford to make major defensive mistakes, and they are going to need a few breaks along the way.

Day said Tuesday, “everybody’s good. We are playing really well right now. We’ve got to go up there, and play our best, and see what happens.”

Day said it’s too late in the season to craft improvements. Halifax will crank it up today and see how things play out in a loaded state field.

“I don’t think we can get better in two days,” said Day.

Day said Halifax will be all right in the pitching rotation. Drew Harlow, who has had a tremendous campaign, and Alex Lowery, very consistent in his own right, are the top two hurlers for the Comets.

Day, assessing his approach for Godwin, said, “just go up there and let the kids play, and trust them. Hopefully, they get it done.”

Halifax had a strong offensive showing in an 11-0 win last week at Stone Bridge. Day said the Comets capitalized on some mistakes by Stone Bridge.

“That’s what we’ve got to do every time, just take advantage of the mistakes,” said Day.

Day said it’s hard to get to this level anyway, and he said Halifax will need some lucky breaks.

“Everybody’s playing great baseball right now,” said Day, noting it’s a product of which teams make the larger mistakes and get timely hits.

“We just want to go out and play, let the ball fall where it may, and see what happens,” said Day.

ALLSTARS: Harlow and Dylan Clark, have been selected for the Virginia High School coaches’ association all-star contest.

The annual contest showcasing the state’s best baseball talent is set for James Madison University Monday, June 24, at 7 p.m.

Day said this is a great experience, and quality exposure for the Comet all-stars.

“Great exposure for our program, recognized around the state,” said Day. This is the third year in a row that Halifax has been represented in this all-star game.

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