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Comets off to 2-0 start / March 21, 2011
Halifax County High School varsity baseball has a 2-0 start under their belts, after outlasting two northern Virginia opponents during invitational play hosted by Franklin County High School.

The Comets downed Stafford, 15-10 on Friday, in a slugfest that lasted about three and a half hours. Ryan Puryear got the win, as he went five innings. Ford Bradshaw pitched in relief in the sixth and the Comets capped the win with a solid closing effort from Tyler Long in the seventh.

The Comets started by scoring a run in the first inning, one in the second inning, and four in the third. HCHS added three in the fourth and two in the fifth. HCHS had one in the sixth, and moved to the win.

In the first, leadoff hitter Zach Clem walked and later scored on an RBI single from Patrick Barton. Aron Puryear doubled and scored on a Dylan Hendricks RBI sacrifice fly in the second. Puryear socked a two-run single and Hendricks had an RBI sacrifice fly in the third.

Ryan Puryear sliced a two-run single in the fourth.

Tyler Long cracked a two-run double and William Worley added a RBI single in the fifth.

Worley had an RBI single in the sixth.

HCHS coach Kelvin Davis said the Comet pitching did a solid job. R. Puryear threw well, and then Bradshaw, expected to help with middle relief, threw enough strikes in a tight situation mid-game. Long did a good job closing out the win.

HCHS downed C.D. Hylton in its second game Saturday, collecting 16 runs in the win. Hylton defeated Franklin County on Friday night, so this gave the Comets something of a measuring stick to assess the level of competition.

Dylan Sons threw a great game, according to Davis. Sons used his off-speed stuff effectively, as HCHS knew Hylton could hit fastballs. Patrick Barton relieved and had a solid effort.

R. Puryear went 4-for-5 with three RBI to spark the Comets. Worley and Long also were strong at the plate in the two-day event.

HCHS got two wins under its belt against two quality ballclubs, according to Davis. He feels like the Comets made solid progress, and hit the ball well all weekend.

Clem was 2-for-5 with one RBI and Long went one-for-five with two runs scored and an RBI. Worley was 2-for-3 with three runs scored.

The Comets travel to Magna Vista Friday.

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