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Drew Harlow threw a one-hitter in Thursday’s 6-0 win over GW.
SoVaNow.com / April 23, 2018

GW-Danville baseball is more competitive than it has been under respected varsity coach Ed Fulton.

But the Eagles, who took a 6-0 loss Thursday in South Boston and an 11-3 defeat Friday in Danville, aren’t back yet.

Halifax, by contrast, has 5A championship aspirations. The Comets were state runner-ups a year ago, and they’ve got a tough road to get back to the state Final Four, which is in the Richmond area this week.

Halifax improved to 10-3 with the sweep.

In Friday’s action, Halifax scored 10 runs by the fourth inning.

Dawson Watts cracked a two-run double in the second inning, and Watts lined another two-run single in the fourth. Drew Harlow had a two-run single in the fourth.

Halifax overwhelmed the Eagles in their own ballpark on Friday.

Earlier, Halifax did a great job manufacturing offense in the shutout win at home.

Harlow was dominant in his start. He struck out 17 batters and allowed one hit.

Halifax is likely going to need strong mound production from Harlow, a Radford pledge, to advance deep into the playoffs.

Halifax did an excellent job with solid baseball fundamentals in the 6-0 win, including effective use of the hit-and-run strategy and bunting. Halifax also took advantage of four unearned runs due to Eagle mistakes.

Halifax showed its versatility in the fifth, scoring in different ways, including a wild pitch to get a run home.

Comet coach Kenneth Day said the pitching did well on Thursday.

Day said the Comets are working on issues like hit-and-run plays and bunting. He also wants the team to develop a sense of team confidence. HCHS is racking up wins and seeking to put itself in position for a deep playoff run.

Catcher Clay Lloyd, a key to late season success, said, “We’ve got a really good offensive team. If we can hit like we can, there aren’t that many teams out there that can out hit us.”

Harlow, meanwhile, proved dominant on the mound.

Harlow made effective use early of his curveball in his seven-inning assignment. “it was nice to get my first start of the season ….I know I can come in whenever they need me.”

Day had to balance his pitching staff to juggle a busy stretch.

Carlton Redd, who appears to be on track to be the no. 1 option for the mound work in the postseason, worked six innings Friday. Colt LaRue finished in the seventh.

Redd scattered 10 hits and fanned four. LaRue struck out two and stranded two in his brief relief stint.



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