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Top, Joey Duffer signed his letter of intent Friday to play baseball at Concord University after graduation. From left, first row, his mother Leslie Duffer, Duffer, father Curtis Duffer, and sister Abby Duffer. Second row, HCHS principal Michael Lewis, assistant baseball coach Sean Torian, coach Kenneth Day. Center, Jaxon Lloyd signs his letter of intent to play baseball after graduation at VMI. From left, first row, mother Tiffany Lloyd, Lloyd, and father Roy Keith Lloyd. Second row, Travel ball coaches Daniel Adcock, Randy Irby, Chad Seals, Lee Barker, HCHS principal Michael Lewis, HCHS baseball coach Kenneth Day, assistant coach Sean Torian, and travel ball coach Gregg Conner. Above, Leo Noblin signs his letter of intent to play baseball at King University on Friday. From left, mother Emily Noblin, Noblin, father Stanley Noblin and sister Sara Noblin. Second row, travel ball coaches Roy Keith Lloyd, Chad Seals, Lee Barker and Blake Bivens, HCHS principal Michael Lewis, HCHS assistant baseball coach Sean Torian and coach Kenneth Day.
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Halifax County High School varsity baseball teammates Jaxon Lloyd, Leo Noblin and Joey Duffer signed national letters of intent on Friday to continue their athletic careers post high school.

The fact that the recruitments occurred during the COVID-19 pandemic made them unique. The signings were made all the more special as the young men have grown up with each other on the ballfield — beginning with t-ball at the age of three.

Each of the players had verbally committed to their respective schools in recent weeks. Lloyd will attend Virginia Military Institute; Noblin heads off to King University, while Duffer will play for Concord University.

Lloyd and Noblin will join the bullpen at their respective schools. Noblin was recruited as a dual-role player due to his batting skills. Duffer will be behind the plate for at Concord.

Lloyd said he looks to display consistency on the mound. “I truly believe it’s my ability to go out on my worst days and still be effective; still be able to get outs like a good pitcher does,” Lloyd said.

Noblin impressed the coaching staff at King University with his skills on offense and defense. He said he had worked hard to bring an all-around game to the diamond.

“Instead of being a pitcher only, they committed me as a two way,” Noblin said. “I just think it’s awesome that they think I’m good enough to play two positions and it’s just a blessing to me.”

Duffer was extremely happy of his signing with Concord. His dad Curtis was a member of the 1984 Comets baseball team which won a state championship.

“My dad was on the 1984 team that won the state championship … Everybody talks about it,” Duffer said. “To be a part of this is really a feeling I can’t put into words.”

The trio also spoke of the nuances in the recruiting process this year due to the coronavirus. The guys said dedicating themselves to continue working out when schools shuttered in the spring, playing travel ball and having video footage to promote themselves played key roles in their recruitments.

Lloyd and Noblin compete in travel ball with Richmond Braves; Duffer with the Dirtbags. The Comet standouts have also played in the Commonwealth Games.

While all the players are looking towards college they also feel they have some unfinished business with the Comets. Each of the student-athletes believing this is the year for another state baseball title at Halifax County High School.

“I think this year we will be state championship contenders,” Lloyd said. “I feel that in my gut. I feel like with the team we have that we’re gonna give it a run for the state title and we’re gonna be the first team since 1984 to do it.”

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