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Comets gaining confidence / May 28, 2014

Halifax County High School varsity baseball is beginning to believe in themselves and build confidence.

While the Comets might be considered something of a sleeper for upcoming region 5-A play, opponents had best not take this team lightly.

They certainly can play defense, especially up the middle. The pitching can be quite good at times. If the Comets keep their momentum and hit with runners in scoring position - and that’s been an issue at times - this club could do some damage.

It was all good Monday afternoon in Cometland after a 5-4 win for the Conference 16 title over PH-Ashland.

HCHS head coach Kelvin Davis praised these comeback Comets.

“The leadership from the team, these guys just never give up and we never stop fighting. We faced one heck of a ballclub,” said Davis.

Davis praised the Comets for being ready in key situations.

Andrew Abbott showed some early nervous moments, but settled down. Reliever Chase Wilkerson got HCHS out of a major jam. “He did what he needed to do,” said Davis.

These Comets are a bunch of battlers, and that starts with senior leadership, Davis said. “We were very fortunate to get out of this game with a win ... their pitchers kept us off-balance. We hit the baseball very well, too,” said Davis.

PH coach Sam Hart saw his club play a spirited game.

PH lost control in the bottom of the eighth. HCHS got a double and then PH kicked it away - in baseball lingo - by misplaying Andrew McCann’s game-winning rope down left field.

“The top of the lineup did very well for (HCHS) today,” said Hart. But PH had nothing to be ashamed of, either.

“Our kids compete, and that’ll take you further in life,” said Hart, a college teammate of Kelvin Davis at Longwood.

Hart and PH remain in the regionals, with a home game Friday night.

HCHS, meanwhile, gets to skip a regional round. If HCHS wins its first two region 5-a games, they’ll be in the state tournament and the regional finals.

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