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Comets look to new district after disappointing season
SoVaNow.com / May 23, 2013Comet varsity baseball had a disappointing season, but local fans should certainly appreciate these players.
HCHS, which will miss the regionals, brought home a final mark of 12-8.
It’s a rarity that a Kelvin Davis-coached team does not go to the regionals, but that’s what the program has to deal with this season.
“It doesn’t feel good at all,” said Davis, who has had a very successful tenure at HCHS.
“The season went well. We got hot in the middle of the season.” But he conceded the Comets lost key momentum at the wrong time.
Halifax, battling for either the no. 2 or 3 seed in the regionals coming out of the Western Valley district playoff, ran into a PH-Roanoke team that caught fire late in the season. Then, Franklin County beat a GW-Danville team that had already wrapped up a No. 1 regional seed, and the Comets were done.
“As a coaching staff, we’ll sit down and we’ll discuss what we need to correct for next season,” said Davis. Halifax heads to the Piedmont district next season, along with GW-Danville and Franklin County. But Davis said he was pleased with the effort this group gave this season. He was proud of the young men giving their best.
“Anyone who’s been around baseball knows sometimes teams get kind of cold at the right time,” said Davis, who noted the team appeared to be clicking on all cylinders at one point of the spring campaign.
Halifax had a bitter loss to GW-Danville at the end of the regular season, brought on partly by injury problems.
Then the Comets were eliminated by PH. “I know my guys are not pleased with it, but it is what it is, and we’ve got to move on and see where we can make improvements for next year,” said Davis.
Pitching inconsistency was a problem and injuries also mounted at the end of the season.
The Comets will have several key returnees, including catcher Tristan Howerton, second baseman Will Harris, Tyler Stephens in centerfield. Ryan Powell and Thomas Cole, who saw considerable action at DH, and Chase Wilkerson return to solidify the mound staff. Colby Grissom got called up from the jayvees right at the end of the season.
Davis did not elaborate on how next season’s team will look at this point.
PH, which had only won four games all year heading into the WVD tournament, went on a four-game winning streak and won the WVD tournament title. PH beat Franklin County, 7-4, and will host the first round of the regionals.
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