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Comets earn trip to state tourney

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Tyler Mabe makes a diving catch during Tuesday’s regional game against Mountain View. (David Conner II photo)
SoVaNow.com / May 30, 2019




Halifax County High School varsity baseball has earned its third consecutive state tournament berth.

The Comets capitalized on another clutch pitching performance from Drew Harlow, who had 11 strikeouts in a 7-0 win over Mountain View Tuesday in South Boston.

The Comets will host the regional finals tonight, with a 6 p.m. test against Stafford. Both regional finalists earn tickets to the final eight of the state Class 5 tournament.

Harlow threw strikes in the beginning and kept Mountain View off balance.

Harlow has an ERA below 0.75 and is unbeaten this year.

Harlow also allowed two hits, with no walks. He will not be able to pitch in the region finals, but will be available next week for Class 5 quarterfinals action.

Halifax had timely hitting, scoring four runs in its half of the second. Alex Lowery doubled, and Dylan Clark later had an RBI hit. Tyler Mabe also had an RBI.

Shaun Perkins capped the frame with a two-run double.

Then, in the sixth, Halifax established a comfort zone with three more runs. Perkins had a two-run double in the sixth.

Halifax closed it out in the Mountain View seventh.

Afterwards, Halifax reacted with pride after clearing this hurdle.

“We just played hard the whole time,” said Mabe. “We were making good plays in the outfield the whole game. Infield kept it locked down.”

Harlow, meanwhile, is showing more emotional maturity and sensibility on the mound. “I threw as many strikes as I could. I had my team behind me. Just kept them off-balance behind the plate,” said Harlow.

Harlow stayed calm and stayed ahead in the count. “This year is my best year. I’ve gotten more innings on the mound. I’ve gotten more composure. I’m able to calm down, not let the umpire get to me. I’ve just matured a little bit,” said Harlow.

Coach Kenneth Day has now directed three straight Comet teams to the state tournament.

“Just happy for the kids. They set a goal early in the year. They wanted to get back (to the state) and they accomplished it.” Day said senior leadership has been important.

Halifax got timely hits with four runs in the second, and three in the sixth.

Halifax was comfortable with its early four runs lead. Getting three more in the sixth made it even more comfortable.

Halifax cannot use Harlow for the regional final. Day has made no decision on who’s going on the mound.





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