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Members of the Halifax County High School varsity baseball team are, from left, first row, Tyler Mabe, Zack Lowery, Will Wallace, Colt LaRue, Shaun Perkins and Dylan Clark. Second row, Jackson Dunavant, Blake Duffer, Christian Worley, Joey Duffer, Luke Fulcher, Shabazz Buster and Dylan Newton. Third row, assistant coaches Robert Carter and Shawn Torian, Drew Harlow, Alex Lowery, Troy Ferrell and head coach Kenneth Day. Above, Halifax County High School varsity baseball seniors are, from left, first row, Tyler Mabe, Shaun Perkins, Zack Lowery and Dylan Clark. Second row, Colt LaRue, Drew Harlow, Alex Lowery, Troy Ferrell and Will Wallace.
SoVaNow.com / March 14, 2019


Halifax County High School varsity baseball has one more season in Class 5, and the Comets hope to make this a memorable spring.

Halifax is headed to Class 4 next season, so the Blue Comets hope to return to the state tournament.

And veteran coach Kenneth Day is stepping up with more emphasis on learning from college baseball coaches. It’s the kind of element to a program that the average fan either does not care about, or will not notice, but it’s very important.

Much of the progress for the Comet baseball program depends on pitching, and Day said, ”I guess it’s OK right now.”

Day and the staff are working on mechanical issues and trying to improve.

“We’re coming together pretty good right now. That’s the main (issue) as a group,” said Day, who is planning another mid-April trip to Myrtle Beach S.C. against regional competition.

Halifax is trying to improve at every position and all aspects of baseball.

Day also spent plenty of time in the off season, with a stronger emphasis on milking ideas and knowledge from college coaches in all aspects of the program.

Day spent time with various staffs and also the VHSL coaches convention and clinic, with exposure to the Virginia coaching staff, Wake Forest and other collegiate coaching staff members.

Day got exposure to LSU baseball. He said there “were quality guys there” during his visits with college and other high school coaches.

Day also spent time talking to members of the Duke baseball staff.

Day also spent time talking to travel ball coaches.

It’s necessary. “If you want to compete, .you can’t just sit back and think everybody’s going to hand you something. You’ve got to go out and make yourself better and make the players better,” said Day.

The Comet staff as a whole has been doing this off-season prep. And most baseball coaches will share knowledge. “It’s like a big fraternity,” said Day.

Day also coached in the VHSL all-star game, a very valuable experience on its own.

As for the potential of the Comets, Day said Halifax will face excellent competition.

“There are “no slouches” in the region, and the idea is to make the players practice harder.

Expectations are high, as always. Halifax baseball has nine seniors, and this class is highly motivated and dedicated.

Staying healthy is also a major priority.

Two Comets announced yesterday they are heading to college ball. Shaun Perkins is headed to play for Patrick Henry Community College, and Colt LaRue is ticketed for Averett University next season.

Day and the staff have some work ahead to keep Halifax relevant in terms of another state tournament bid, and the talent is there.

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