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For baseball, the goal remains the same

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HCHS baseball coach Kenneth Day talks with pitcher Carlton Redd during a recent game. (David Conner II photo) / June 11, 2018

At 18-7, Halifax County High School varsity baseball is finished after a second consecutive state tournament appearance.

While Halifax finished Tuesday with a state quarterfinals loss to Freedom-South Riding, the Comets had many positive accomplishments and certainly represented the school with class.

Meanwhile, coach Kenneth Day continues to build a significant overall record. Day is also noted finished, as he is planning to coach in the Virginia High School league coaches all-star game, bringing catcher Clay Lloyd with him.

Prince George emerged as the Class 5 champion, defeating Potomac 8-0 on Saturday in the Richmond area to win the state title.

Halifax was very competitive in its last two losses, to Potomac and then Freedom.

Day expressed disappointment, because the team played well all season. But Halifax again caught some tough breaks and did not go as far as last season, when the squad played for the Class 5 state title.

“We did some good things all year.

“It’s something to be proud of,” said Day, who is keeping Halifax baseball on the state map, while trying to play baseball the right way.

Next season, the Comets should be very good again, with strong talent returning from the junior and sophomore classes.

“We’ve got a chance to be really good. It just depends on what everybody else had got,” said Day.

The players will have to work hard in the off-season to improve. Halifax has to again avoid injuries. Day believes the team has a chance to be very good, although he emphasized the Comets will need some good bounces. Day also

“You can’t just be good. You’ve got to be lucky sometimes,”said Day.

Halifax has strong pitching returning, sparked by the return of Drew Harlow, a Radford pledge. Harlow had a strong appearance in the loss to Freedom.

Halifax also has Troy Ferrell, Colt LaRue, Alex Lowery and Christian Worley back for mound duty.

The goal remains the same, be the last team standing at the end of the season.

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