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Comets open Myrtle Beach swing with strong 9-1 win

SoVaNow.com / April 17, 2017
Andrew Abbott has pitched against very strong competition in the past two years, and the Comet standout did not get intimidated on the mound against the Elmwood, Ohio program Friday night in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

The Comets opened a three-game set with a 9-1 win. Abbott worked six innings. He fanned nine of the first ten batters he faced, allowing only a one-hit second inning single.

From there, Abbott fanned two of three batters in the fourth, also getting the second out on a groundout.

Abbott ran into a little turbulence in the fifth, as Elmwood had a runner reach on a single, helped by an error. The runner moved up on a passed ball and a wild pitch, and finally scored on a sacrifice bunt.

Abbott got out of trouble with a strikeout in the bottom of the fifth. Abbott then fanned two of three batters in the sixth.

The Comet hurler’s totals for the evening were strong. Abbott fanned 15, yielded two hits and kept the opposition guessing.

Drew Harlow finished up, keeping Elmwood off the board. Harlow had two strikeouts to end the game.

Halifax scored two runs in the first, and then the Comets broke the game open with a five-run fifth. Halifax capped the scoring with two runs in its half of the sixth.

Coach Kenneth Day was pleased with the production. He said the Comets “played well both defensively and had some good at bats by all.

“Andrew has done a great job of getting ahead of hitters by throwing strikes.”

“Just hope to continued momentum and confidence to take us the second half of the season. This is a great experience for the players and hope they enjoy the atmosphere,” said Day.

Halifax finished with nine hits.

In the first inning, Halifax got a walk from Abbott, leading off. He later moved up on an error and scored on a passed ball. Tyler Duffer got on a sacrifice and advanced on an error. He scored on a single from DH Holt Powell.

Halifax used three hits, a sacrifice, and two walks to break the game open in its half of the fifth. Tylik Powell reached on an error and eventually scored on an error.

Clay Lloyd and Brayden Moore supplied RBI singles and Harlow added a run-scoring sacrifice. Cloyd scored on a passed ball.

Troy Ferrell then added a two-run double in the sixth.

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