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Comets get important district win

SoVaNow.com / May 02, 2013
The Halifax County High School varsity baseball team secured an important district win on the road Tuesday, slipping past PH-Roanoke, 6-4.

Seth Elliott got the win on the mound, working six and a third. He fanned four, walked four, allowed six hits and four runs (three earned).

Patrick Barton got the save, nailing down the final two outs. He got a strikeout and a ground ball out.

HCHS, leading 3-2, scored three runs in the top of the seventh.

With one out, Will Harris and Tyler Stephens singled and Barton doubled in both Comets. Barton scored on a wild pitch. HCHS led 6-2, and PH added two in the bottom of the seventh on three hits before Barton closed the door.

PH scored in the first on a solo homer for a 1-0 lead.

HCHS tied the game in the top of the third. With one out, Ryan Yates reached on a fielder’s choice. Tyler Dunn was thrown out at the plate on a grounder from Nick Anderson.

Yates later scored on an infield hit past the pitcher off the bat of Will Harris.

PH added another run in the fourth, but Halifax got a defensive web gem from centerfielder Tyler Stephens.

Stephens made a full extension diving catch with the bases loaded with two outs to prevent further damage.

Then, in the top of the fifth, HCHS re-established momentum to score two runs and take its first lead of the game.

Yates doubled. Nick Anderson walked and both runners advanced on a wild pitch. Will Harris then delivered a two-run single to give the Comets a 3-2 lead at that point.

It stayed that way until the top of the seventh.

HCHS had eight hits. Yates went 2-for-4 with two runs scored. Harris went 3-for-4 with a run scored, and three RBI. Barton went 2-for-2 with a run scored and two RBI.

HCHS is 4-2 in the district, with two games remaining. The Comets are scheduled to host Fleming tomorrow, and Halifax has a road game with GW-Danville next Tuesday.

HCHS technically still has a shot at forcing a playoff game with regular season leader GW, but the Comets will need to beat the Eagles and also get some help.

Franklin County is 3-2 and the Eagles meet GW-Danville tomorrow in Danville. FCHS finishes the regular season next week against PH at home and Fleming on the road.

There may be a tie for second place in the district, with tie-breaking procedures in force. The second place district team from the regular season hosts a WVD tournament semifinal game.

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