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Comets sweep South Carolina trip

SoVaNow.com / April 18, 2019
Halifax County High School varsity baseball swept through its South Carolina trip unbeaten, following a 4-2 win over Briar Woods Monday.

Halifax and Briar Woods met two years ago in the Class 5 state title game.

The Northern Virginia squad edged Halifax in 14 innings.

The stakes were not as high Monday, but the Comets got a satisfying win over Briar Woods.

Halifax scored twice in the fourth and added two more runs in the sixth. The Comets had eight hits, including a decisive two-run homer in the sixth from Troy Ferrell.

Shaun Perkins delivered an RBI triple in the fourth, and Drew Harlow had an RBI groundout.

In the sixth, Perkins reached on a fielder’s choice and then came home on Ferrell’s blast.

Clark had two singles and scored twice.

Alex Lowery kept Briar Woods off-balance with six innings of work. He allowed one earned run in the sixth after Briar Woods got a triple and an RBI single. Drew Harlow came on in the seventh and allowed one run on a pair of singles and an error.

Harlow had a solid appearance, protecting the lead. He fanned two.

Lowery struck out eight and got a double play behind him in the fifth.

Halifax also had a solid win in an offensive show on Sunday and finished the trip 5-0, including a scrimmage victory Saturday night.

On Sunday the Comets earned a 10-6 win Sunday over Whitesboro, N.Y.

The Comets had to rely on their offensive prowess in this victory. Halifax scored four runs in the first inning, three in the fourth and finished with three in the seventh.

Whitesboro got a single run in the first inning, before adding one in the sixth. Whitesboro added four in its half of the seventh.

Halifax has at times had strong hitting this season, and this game was no exception.

The Comets collected 12 hits, including some extra base deliveries.

Whitesboro rallied in the seventh, but still fell short.

In the first, leadoff hitter Tyler Mabe reached on an error and scored on a Troy Ferrell out at first base.

The major blow of the inning for Halifax came when no. 6 batter Drew Harlow cracked a three-run homer.

Halifax did more damage in the fourth, thanks to a bases-clearing triple by Dylan Clark.

Halifax pushed across three runs in the seventh. Harlow had an RBI single and Will Wallace cracked a run-scoring single.

Christian Worley got the win, working five innings. He faced 22 batters and struck out eight. He walked three and allowed four hits, with one earned run allowed.

Colt LaRue got through the sixth relatively unscathed, but he was charged with four Whitesboro runs in the seventh. LaRue settled down and got the final out, checking out the last hitter on strikes.

Halifax is now 11-1.

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