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Final act closes successful Comet baseball season

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Top, individual awards for the Comet varsity baseball team went to, from left, Carlton Redd won the pitching award; Brayden Moore was named defensive player of the year; Dylan Clark had the highest batting average and Alex Lowery shared the top pitching award. Middle, The top awards for the Comet jayvee baseball players went to, from left, Jarrett Dawson, most improved (.476 BA, 19 RBI, 16 runs scored); Kyle Barker, pitching award, four wins, 16 strikeouts, 1.60 ERA; Luke Fulcher, coaches award, .468 BA, 10 RBI, 18 runs scored; and Joey Duffer, batting champion, .486 BA, 14 RBI, 11 runs scored. Not pictured, co-pitching award winner Christian Worley, two wins, 16 strikeouts, 1.16 ERA. Above, From left, Carlton Redd, honorable mention all-state, first team all-region pitcher; Brayden Moore, all-state, second team outfield; Clay Lloyd, VHSL coaches all-star, catcher; Alex Lowery, second team all-region. / June 25, 2018
The final act of another very successful Comet varsity baseball season closed Thursday night, with the final top awards handed out.

Halifax County High School finished 18-7 and reached the state Class 5 state quarterfinals before losing to Freedom-South Riding.

Dylan Clark was honored as the winner of the highest batting average.

Carlton Redd and Alex Lowery won the pitching awards. Brayden Moore, second team all state, was selected best defensive player. Shaun Perkins was named best offensive player.

Clark, the starting second baseman, batted .424 with 22 runs scored. He hit seven doubles and delivered eight RBI. Clark led the team with 22 runs scored.

Redd worked 57.0 innings, with a 7-3 record, sporting a 1.842 ERA. Redd had 64 strikeouts and 18 walks. Lowery threw 44.1 innings with an 8-5 record, including a 2.21 ERA. He had 55 strikeouts and 18 walks.

Perkins had a .329 batting average with a team-high 23 RBI. Perkins had one homer on the season.

Halifax batted .331 on the season, with 160 runs scored in 25 games. The pitching staff worked 172.0 innings, with a 1.83 staff ERA. Halifax pitchers had 246 strikeouts, with 73 walks.

In other Comet news, Day said Alex Lowery is headed to the state Commonwealth games at Liberty University later in the summer.

Day and catcher Clay Lloyd are slated for duty in the VHSL coaches’ all-star game at James Madison University tonight. Day is one of the coaches and Lloyd is rewarded for an excellent season.

Day also noted with regret how close the Comets came to playing in the state Final Four. Prince George won the state final in Class 5, after the Comets short-circuited that program’s run in last year’s state semifinals.

Halifax reached the state finals against Briar Woods a year ago before losing a 14-inning heartbreaker.

Although the final 2019 schedule is not finalized, Day said the Briar Woods coach has indicated an interest in playing the Comets here in early regular season action next year.

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