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Duffer to take game to Concord / October 19, 2020

Halifax County High School’s Joey Duffer has made a verbal commitment to attend Concord University to play baseball.

The senior catcher said he is more than excited and pleased in becoming a part of the university’s NCAA Division II baseball program. Concord is part of the Mountain East Conference.

Like a lot of student-athletes Duffer noted he got his start in sports playing in the local recreation leagues in Cluster Springs and South Boston.

“Actually I was three years old when I first started playing baseball,” Duffer said. “I played for a local Dixie Youth team in Cluster Springs.” Duffer also played a couple of seasons with the South Boston Dixie League.

Duffer said playing with The Dirtbags — a travel-ball team — and playing in the 2020 Commonwealth Games helped him gain some exposure as he was looking towards being recruited. Yet even with the travel teams’ help Duffer said it’s the pride in being a Comet that he really looks to.

“My time with the team has been some of the best four years of my life,” Duffer speaking of his teammates and coaches. “The friendships and the love and comradery you have for your teammates and coaches.”

Duffer was also happy that he could carry on the baseball tradition his father Curtis set while a Comet himself.

“My dad was on the 1984 team that won the state championship … Everybody talks about it,” Duffer said proudly. “To be a part a part of this is really a feeling I can’t put into words.

Duffer said he really wanted to thank his parents for all they have done and continue to do as he prepares to move on to collegiate. Duffer’s mom is Leslie; he has a sister, Abby. “They have helped me with my playing more than anybody else,” said Duffer.

Duffer said for all those who haven’t been recruited yet or are working towards playing collegiate sports one day – “Just keep grinding, working hard, and don’t lose focus on what’s important.

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