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Alex Lowery struck out 10 in the Comets 4-1 win over GW Monday. (David Conner II photo)
SoVaNow.com / May 17, 2018
GW-Danville is more competitive this year in varsity baseball, but the Halifax County High School varsity Comets brought a stronger pitching performance to the first round of the Piedmont District tournament Monday.

The Comets, now 16-5, had some timely offense, too. Halifax prevailed, 4-1.

Halifax advanced to the district tournament semifinals yesterday at Franklin County. The championship game is Friday.

Pride and an extra trophy are at stake this week, and establishing postseason momentum. The real deal – regional action – starts next week, and the Piedmont action will have no bearing on the region seedings.

Halifax got very strong pitching against GW from starter Alex Lowery, who struck out 10. Lowery allowed two hits, both singles. Reliever Drew Harlow came on in the seventh and fanned three, while allowing one walk.

GW hardly represents the kind of competition Halifax will face deeper into the regionals, although the Eagles represented a formidable test yesterday.

Halifax also had timely hitting against the Eagles. Halifax generated five hits, with the key rally coming in the two-run fifth.

No. 4 hitter Shaun Perkins had a smoking two-run double.

Halifax got its first run in the second inning, when Brayden Moore lined a one-out single and eventually stole home.

Moore reached third on an error off the bat of Drew Harlow. A successful double steal got Halifax its first run.

The Comets scored two runs in the fifth, taking advantage of three hits in the inning, especially Perkins’ stinger that got two runs home.

Will Wallace later walked, stole second, advanced to third and scored on a Christian Worley groundout.

Perkins broke the game open with his two-run double in the fifth.

“I just cleared my head and did what I do best, hit the ball,” said Perkins. “It was in a good location, and I put a good swing on it.” Perkins said, “It looked like a beach ball coming up there. I was just relaxed and having a good time, swinging the bat.”

Coach Kenneth Day said, “Alex did a good job pitching tonight. We got a couple of timely hits.”

Defensively, the Comets played pretty well. “They didn’t put a lot of balls in play,” said Day.

Day said as the season has progressed, Lowery has steadily improved.

“I think that’s going to help us in the long run. We’ve got a bunch of arms we can fill in,” said Day.

Day hopes playing three games this week will get a rhythm established for the regionals ahead.

GW coach Ed Fulton played catcher in college and at the minor league baseball level. He appreciates good pitching.

GW did ‘OK’, he said.

“The arms they had, kept running out at us. I wish I had one or two of those arms,” said Fulton.

“(Halifax) has a whole stable of arms,” said Fulton.

“That’s the best staff I’ve seen, all year.”

“You don’t get a much better high school staff better than that. They all pitch it, they all locate the fastball with velocity,” said Fulton.

The bottom line – Halifax had a respectable start to the postseason. More challenging outings are ahead, but Day and his staff know this.





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