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Comets fall to Bivens

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Comet second baseman Will Harris tries to get a glove on a grounder in action against GW Friday (David Conner II photo)
SoVaNow.com / May 12, 2014
A small company of professional scouts and a videographer from major league baseball came to the Comet varsity baseball field to track GW-Danville ace Blake Bivens.

The possible early round major league draftee did not disappoint.

Bivens rode some early GW-Danville offense and then slammed the door on two late Comet rallies Friday.

GW-Danville defeated the Halifax County High School baseball team, 5-2, in Piedmont district action in South Boston.

GW improved to 13-2. The Comets are 12-5 and losing ground in an effort to land a favorable seed for Conference 16 play. GW snapped a four-game Halifax win streak.

Bivens ran into potential trouble in the Comets’ final at-bat, but doused the rally.

With HCHS determined to make things interesting in the top of the seventh, Ryan Powell hustled to a single. Dustin Crews then sent a shot past second, and suddenly, HCHS had multiple opportunities for a late rousing comeback win.

Both runnners later got into scoring position, but Bivens then struck out three straight Comets to end the game.

Bivens performed well. He issued two walks and fanned 13, while scattering eight hits.

The Comets had plenty of opportunities. With two outs in the Comet sixth, HCHS had a hit batsman. Thomas Cole then hit a bloop single, but the inning ended on another Bivens strikeout.

In the fifth, Crews got to second after a single and a wild pitch.

But Crews was stranded by two more Bivens strikeouts.

Tristan Howerton led off with a walk and reached second base in the second inning, but was stranded.

HCHS did its only real damage in the fourth. Will Harris smashed a double for the Comets’ first hit off Bivens. Howerton followed with a deep shot to the fence, scoring a run. Howerton landed at third.

Tyler Stephens doubled home Howerton and Chase Wilkerson hit a single.

Bivens squelched the threat with two strikeouts and an out at first. In the end, Bivens was just too effective in key situations against the Comets.

Earlier, the Comets had some tough luck, after having other adversity heading into the contest.

In the second, with one out, Colby Grissom was called out at first on a close play. He slid and damaged his hand, breaking a finger on the play.

Grissom started and gave up four runs in the first, on five GW hits.

Chase Wilkerson took over in the top of the third, and did an admirable job, allowing just one GW run the rest of the way. GW finished with ten hits, but only two past the fourth. Hunter Brynes went 4-for-4, scoring two runs. Bradley Smith went 2-for-4 with three RBI and Bevins was 2-for-3 with an RBI.

Halifax also had some adversity when starting shortstop and offensive sparkplug Andrew McCann could not play, due to a medical condition that prevented him from playing. That forced the Comets to make some adjustments.

Wilkerson allowed just two hits past the third inning and fanned four, but the Comets were never able to recover after a difficult start.

Wilkerson worked five innings with five hits allowed.

And those missed opportunities were too much to overcome, especially with HCHS facing a pitcher with Bivens’ ability.

The rivals meet again today in Danville at 5 p.m.

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