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Top, Colby Grissom started and pitched six innings against Thomas Edison Monday. Above, Will Harris is congratulated after his two-run home run in the first inning. (David Conner II photos)
SoVaNow.com / June 02, 2014
Halifax County High School varsity baseball is one game away from the Group 5-A state tournament heading into Wednesday night's diamond action.

The Comets blanked Thomas Edison HS, 8-0, at home Monday night. Halifax will host Freedom-South Riding Wednesday at 6 p.m in regional semifinal. The winner moves on to the 5-A Region North finals Friday.

Both regional finalists advance to the state tournament.

If HCHS loses Wednesday, the season is over.

The Comets drew energy from a two-run homer from Will Harris in the bottom of the first inning. Then, junior pitcher Colby Grissom delivered a very strong performance, limiting the visitors to one hit through six innings. Chase Wilkerson relieved in the seventh and shut Edison down in 1-2-3 fashion.

The Comets finished with 10 hits.

Freedom-South Riding, located in Chantilly in Loudon County, pulled a surprise, ousting a strong Potomac club in a pitching duel, 2-1, on Monday. Freedom defeated Robert E. Lee 3-2 in last week's first round of regional play.

HCHS, which won the conference 16 title over PH-Ashland, had the seeding advantage with one of the four no. 1s in the region. Freedom is a two seed in the region and thus has to travel to Halifax County.

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