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Comets winning through growing pains

South Boston News / April 14, 2014
Versatility in winning baseball games is a sign of a solid team.

Still, this Comet team has some growing pains.

On Friday, Halifax County High School took a one-run decision from Magna Vista, sparked by sharp base running and a solid mound performance from Colby Grissom and Chase Wilkerson, who had a shutout inning in the seventh.

On Thursday, Ryan Powell worked six innings in a 10-0 Comet win over Martinsville. Powell fanned six, walked two, and spun a one-hitter. HCHS did most of its damage in two innings against Martinsville. The Comets struck for five runs in the third, including a three-run double from Tripp Bennett and a RBI sacrifice from Powell.

Halifax added four runs in the sixth, sparked by a three-run double from Ethan Woltz. Dustin Fears also had an RBI single.

HCHS finished with 12 hrs, including two from Josh Irby.

Two days, two different styles of baseball.

Comet head coach Kelvin Davis was pleased, but sees the need for improvement.

Davis was bothered by the defensive lapses against Magna Vista that led the way to an early deficit.

Davis was also concerned with the offense after the narrow escape against Magna Vista.

The Comets stranded eight base runners.

“We’re leaving too many runners on the base paths ... we need to crank it up a little bit. “I’m really concerned with making plays (on defense) and also on our hitting side,” said Davis.

Halifax had clutch hitting in the seventh, but Davis wants the Comets to get runners home when the opportunity presents itself.

Davis praised the mound work of Grissom on Friday.

“We were very fortunate to have Colby on the mound and throwing like he was tonight to keep (Magna Vista) in check. The runs they did get, those errors were coming in (to play),” said Davis.

The season is still developing.

The Comets have a big week ahead. There is Person County on the road Wednesday and then Tunstall at home on Thursday.

Halifax also has a scrimmage against Garden City (NY) on Friday.

And there is still the make up game with GW that has yet to be rescheduled.

The Piedmont district showdown with Tunstall will be very important.

“We know from their past history they’re going to bring a solid ball club down here, said Davis, who said that matchup would provide a solid assessment of the Comets’ progress.

Game time for Tunstall is Thursday at 5 p.m.

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