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Comets fall to 13-2 with Martinsville loss





Comets shut down Martinsville, Bassett in pair of games last week

South Boston News / April 16, 2018

Martinsville varsity baseball has competed for a full seven innings only once this season, so it should be no surprise that the Halifax County varsity dealt the Bulldogs a 10-0 mercy rule loss Wednesday night.

Halifax also defeated Bassett 8-2 Tuesday, on the road. Halifax improved to 8-3.

But Halifax can be better, and it’s likely the Comets will have to play at a higher level for sustained success in the 5A postseason.

The Comets are showing enhanced proficiency on offense this season, as HCHS collected 10 hits in the Bassett win. Halifax got out to a sluggish start against Martinsville, but eventually rallied for four runs in the third inning, four more in the fourth and two in the fifth.

But make no mistake - Halifax will be facing a much higher level of competition, especially in the deeper rounds of the regional playoffs.

Still, Halifax is putting itself in position for a desirable seed in the upcoming regional postseason play. Halifax also had some stout defensive work against Martinsville in Wednesday’s decisive conquest.

Comet head coach Kenneth Day said Halifax is playing with confidence. “The kids are playing together pretty well and are playing for each other. We’ve just got to keep playing hard,” said Day.

Troy Ferrell got the start against the Bulldogs. He pitched well, striking out seven, with no hits allowed and four walks in four innings.

Christian Worley fanned two and allowed one hit and one walk in his brief relief stint.

Halifax got a quality defensive web gem from third baseman Drew Harlow in the top of the third on a chopper to that side of the field.

Then, in the bottom of the third, Dylan Clark got the Comets started with a one-out basehit. Dillon Davis then stroked a hit past second. A stolen base and an error got one run home and returning standout catcher Clay Lloyd smoked a deep RBI single to right field.

2-0, Comets.

Later, Josh Barker showed signs of his offensive prowess with a blistering two-run double to center, getting two more runs home.

Halifax led, 4-0.

Barker had a quality catch in left for the final out of the Martinsville fourth, and then Halifax sealed the deal in the bottom of the frame.

Corey Brandon, batting in the no. 8 hole, cracked a leadoff double. Brandon scored on an RBI sacrifice fly from Dawson Watts.

Alex Lowery then lofted a drive into the outfield, with the ball lost in the sun. Lowery scored on Dillon Davis’ RBI single.

Will Wallace then lofted a tricky fly to right and Martinsville had a defensive breakdown on the play. Two runs scored.

Corey Brandon delivered an RBI single in the fifth, and Watts doubled and reached third to get the final run home.

Halifax had its tenth run, and the Comets were able to put the Bulldogs away again on the mercy rule.

The Comets had 12 hits in the Martinsville win.

Halifax earlier defeated Bassett, 8-2. Halifax collected ten hits, including two from Barker and Dillon Davis apiece.

Carlton Redd started and delivered another fine mound outing. Redd stymied Bassett with five strikeouts and five hits allowed. Harlow worked in relief, and struck out four. He allowed one hit and one walk.

Day had some major positives to promote after Halifax outscored two Piedmont District opponents 18-2 in two nights.

Halifax might have shown the effects of a little fatigue, but the Comets put the Bulldogs away once the bats got rolling.

Halifax is now in position for a very positive regular season record, but the Comets will also be facing a higher level of competition once the postseason begins.

It’s a safe assumption there won’t be any mercy rule blowouts once Halifax gets deep into the postseason.

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