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Alex Lowery gets the tag at third in Thursday’s state Class 5 baseball semifinal. Halifax fell to Godwin 5-4. (David Conner II photo)
SoVaNow.com / June 18, 2019

The Class 5 baseball semifinals proved to be another very frustrating afternoon for Halifax County High School.

The Comets fell short Thursday in the Class 5 state semifinals, losing to Mills Godwin, 5-4.

Godwin, now 23-2, capitalized on a walk-off two-run double from Bryce Safferwich in the Eagles’ last-at bat in the bottom of the seventh.

Safferwich delivered a stinging blow off reliever Alex Lowery.

Godwin moved on to Friday’s state finals. Stafford, which outlasted Hickory, 11-10, earlier Thursday, defeated Godwin, 4-3, for the state Class 5 final.

Meanwhile, Halifax had to deal with another competitive effort that fell two outs short.

Halifax’s season is over. The Comets delivered inspirational diamond work, but missed several opportunities to establish decisive momentum.

One number stands out. Halifax had 12 runners left on base, including bases-loaded situations three times. Godwin stranded five runners.

Halifax had nine hits, including two-hit efforts from Drew Harlow, Lowery and Joey Duffer. Dylan Clark had the go-ahead RBI in the Comet half of the fourth. Halifax also got RBI from Lowery and Harlow.

Harlow went 5.2 innings, throwing 111 pitches, and left with a no-decision. He struggled a bit in the bottom of the first, when Godwin rallied from a 3-0 deficit to tie the game.

Halifax then added a run in its half of the fourth, and the game remained scoreless until Godwin rallied with two in the final at-bat in regulation.

Godwin had nine hits, and Halifax had two errors. Godwin had one.

Harlow allowed six hits, three earned runs, and struck out seven. He walked four.

Lowery came on in relief and got out of trouble in the Godwin sixth. Halifax came unglued in the Godwin seventh, as Lowery allowed three hits and two earned runs.

Godwin’s Sam Landress got the win, and a solid relief appearance by Josh Trentadue proved very important.

Halifax finished 23-4.

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