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Comets defeat NW region rival Hylton

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Rufus Jeffress gets ready to sprint to first base after dropping down a bunt in front of C.D. Hylton’s catcher during the Comets’ 10-4 victory over the Bulldogs on Saturday’s second day of the Franklin County Invitational. (Steven Marsh photo)
SoVaNow.com / March 18, 2013
ROCKY MOUNT — Two-time reigning Western Valley District baseball champion Halifax County collected nine runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth frames Saturday to defeat Northwest Region rival C.D. Hylton 10-4 in the Franklin County Invitational at W.W. Naff Jr. Field.

The Comets (3-0) completed the two-day, classic-format event with a pair of victories. On Friday night, they rallied for an 11-8 triumph over Liberty Christian Academy (LCA) of Lynchburg.

Saturday, Comets starting righthander Seth Elliott tossed a complete-game nine-hitter.

He struck out four and surrendered no walks.

All four of Hylton’s runs were earned.

Elliott faced 29 batters. Of his 92 pitches, 58 were for strikes.

Halifax played error-free defense behind Elliott.

The Comets trailed 2-1 before rallying for a game-changing five runs in their half of the fourth inning to make the count 6-2.

Each team tallied two run in the fifth and Halifax completed the triumph with a two-run sixth.

Hylton employed five pitchers.

Starter Austin Magestro was charged with the loss after surrendering six runs — all earned — on six hits and a walk in 3 2/3 innings of work.

Brandon Barbery, Justin Sneed, Andre Scrubb and Ryne Caudle also toed the rubber for the Bulldogs.

Of Hylton’s nine hits, two were triples by Trey Bridis.

Brady Zinda (double). Magestro, Scrubb, Joe King, Will Frazier (double), Alec Bettinger and Jeovan Sneed also collected a hit.

Andrew Hamlett (single, double) and Rufus Jeffress each paced the Comets with two hits and Jeffress drove in three runs.

The Comets also got doubles from Ryan Yates (two RBI) and Tristan Howerton (two RBI) and base hits from Nicholas Anderson and Tyler Stephens.

Hylton outhit Halifax, 9-8. The Comets did strand eight men on base as opposed to four by the Bulldogs.

Hylton is a season removed from a 7-4 loss to reigning Group AAA state champion Lake Braddock in the state semifinals.

Against LCA, Halifax broke an 8-8 stalemate by scoring three runs in the bottom of the fifth inning.

LCA led 6-0 after 2 1/2 frames before the Comets rallied for eight unanswered runs — five in the bottom of the third and three in the last of the fourth — to erase that deficit.

LCA tallied two runs in the top of the fifth to square the count at 8.

Each team employed a trio of pitchers.

Halifax’s Chase Wilkerson worked three innings in relief of starter Thomas Cole for the victory. He surrendered five hits, three walks and four runs — all of which were earned — while striking out two.

Patrick Barton tossed two innings of no-hit, no-walk, scoreless relief to earn a save. He struck out three.

Jeremiah Kirkland was tagged with the loss for LCA. He surrendered seven hits, seven runs — all earned — and three walks, while striking out four in three innings of work

Clifton Kirkland started for LCA and lasted two innings and Tre Allison closed the game; he tossed an inning in relief.

Halifax outhit LCA, 10-6, and benefited from three errors. Each team stranded eight runners on base.

For Halifax, William Harris collected three hits, two of which were doubles, in four plate appearances. He drove in four runs and scored three.

Yates and Howerton (triple) each registered two hits and Anderson, Jeffress and Elliott each had one.

For LCA, Derek Horton recorded two hits, while Zach Clinton (double), Josh Barrick (three RBI), Stephen Hueber and Andrew Pollard each had one hit.


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