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Comets fall in opener to Jefferson Forest

A quick, athletic Jefferson Forest squad proved too potent offensively for the Halifax County High School varsity football squad Friday night, speeding past the Comets, 50-30, in South Boston.

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Comets fall to S. Alamance

SoVaNow.com / March 28, 2013
Southern Alamance shaded the Halifax County High School varsity baseball team, 6-5, in non-district action Tuesday on the road.

It’s the third year in a row the Comets have lost by one run in the final inning down there.

HCHS got two runs in the top of the second. Tyler Stephens walked and Rufus Jeffress sacrified Stevens to second. Tristan Howerton blasted an RBI double, and Avery Anderson followed with a run-scoring single.

Southern got two runs in the fourth without a hit.

HCHS added two in the top of the fifth. Rufus Jeffress blasted a two-run double.

Southern added three runs in the fifth on a two-out bases loaded double. Halifax tied the game in the top of the seventh.

Ryan Yates singled, and Nick Anderson singled, and the run scored on an error.

That forced a 5-5 tie headed to the bottom of the seventh.

Reliever Chase Wilkerson surrendered a single to the Southern leadoff batter in the bottom of the seventh.

HCHS made a pitching change, to bring Seth Elliott into the game. The next batter cracked a hit, and an outfield error by the Comets allowed the winning run.

HCHS used three pitchers, as Ryan Powell worked five innings. Chase Wilkerson worked the sixth, and Elliott relieved in the seventh. Wilkerson got the loss.

HCHS had seven hits, as no. 2 batter Nick Anderson had three hits and scored twice.

Ryan Yates and Avery Anderson also had hits. Tristan Howerton also had a hit and R. Jeffress had a two-run double.

HCHS was scheduled to play Gretna last night, with the return of the Garden City N.Y. team at 2 p.m. Friday.

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