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Comet first baseman Andrew Hamlett stretches to try to make a tag in Monday’s HCHS varsity baseball game against GW.
SoVaNow.com / April 25, 2013
The Halifax County High School varsity baseball team faces an important road test tomorrow at Franklin County, which is currently 1-2 in the district.

HCHS is 3-1 after a tough 2-0 loss to GW-Danville at home Monday. The Comets rebounded with a 11-4 win at Magna Vista Tuesday.

HCHS is chasing GW-Danville, which edged PH-Roanoke, 6-5, in district action Tuesday. The Eagles remained unbeaten in WVD play.

Halifax County broke out of a brief slump Tuesday at Magna Vista. The Comets cranked out 11 hits, led by Nick Anderson (2-for-3, two runs scored) and Thomas Cole (3-for-4, one run scored).

Cole got the win on the mound, working four innings. He fanned seven, walked four, and allowed one hit. He allowed two earned runs.

Chase Wilkerson finished up, working three innings. He fanned three and walked three, allowing two runs, one earned.

Halifax broke the game open with a eight-run third inning.

Cole drilled a key two-run double and Halifax also capitalized on two Magna Vista errors.

The Comets needed the win, after absorbing a difficult loss to GW.

HCHS faced GW ace Blake Bivens, who has verbally committed to play for Liberty University.

Bivens proved too tough for the Comet hitters, fanning 13. HCHS had six hits, and stranded eight runners, including runners at third on three separate occasions.

Comet pitcher Seth Elliott also had a quality outing, as he limited GW to two runs in the third. HCHS had several quality defensive web gems in the field and did a good job backing Elliott, but there was no wiggle room against Bivens.

Elliott fanned five Eagles and gave up only six hits.

GW got all the offense it needed in the top of the third, as George Roos walked and Mike Hunt reached on a throwing error.

The Comets almost seemed to work out of the jam when Elliott got the lead runner at home for the second out, but the Eagles were later able to get both runners in scoring position. Jay Cumbo delivered a key, two-out RBI single to get both runs home.

From there, Bivens turned in a dominating performance. HCHS generated some offense, but the Comets could not deliver in key situations.

Ryan Yates had three hits to lead the team, but he was stranded at third twice.

Bivens “threw a whole lot of curveballs, but we just swung at too many ... He got us with the curveball,” said Yates.

The Comets had their chances.

“We wanted to beat them real bad,” said Yates, but the Comets could not handle the curve.

HCHS coach Kelvin Davis lamented the missed opportunities.

“When you got an opportunity, you have to score, you have to get that big hit and we just didn’t do it. The kid (Bivens) is a great pitcher. He made us chase a lot of pitches we should’t have chased, but that what good pitchers do.

“The opportunity was there, we just didn’t get the big hits,” said Davis. Davis praised Elliott’s effort. GW got the key hit it needed as a difference-maker.

“It’s just a great ballgame tonight. It’s something we’ve got to keep working at,” said Davis.

“We hit him (Bivens) around. We just didn’t get that key base hit.” Davis said, “I’m very pleased with their performance.”

The Comets rebounded with a strong effort at Magna Vista, and now the Comets hope to bring that kind of intensity at FCHS.

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