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Halifax looking to play two more games

SoVaNow.com / June 13, 2019

Halifax County High School baseball has enjoyed another tremendous season, and regardless of how the last chapter plays out, Comet fans should be proud of this team and the coaching staff.

But make no mistake, it’s entirely possible the Comets could return home with only the second baseball state title in school history.

Godwin and the winner of the Stafford-Hickory game present major challenges, if Halifax survives the state semifinals.

Seniors Drew Harlow and Dylan Clark, along with junior Joey Duffer shared their thoughts Tuesday before practice.

Duffer, the starting catcher for this year’s team, said Godwin has a strong pitching, and Duffer has a lot of respect for the hitting and defensive prowess of the club.

Duffer said “it would mean the absolute world to me” to reach the state final. Duffer’s father, Curtis, was a mainstay on the 1984 state title team.

Duffer said the Comets “have come1 a long way since the season started. We’ve got hopefully two more games to play.

“We’re starting to hit better. We’re starting to play defense better.”

Harlow is headed to the Virginia High School coaches’ association all-star game after the final round of Class 5 competition.

Harlow is confident about the Godwin game, trusting in Halifax’s ability to advance. Halifax had a terrific state semifinal effort against Stone Bridge.

Harlow has enjoyed a heck of a season. He said the Comets are pointing toward the state championship.

The veteran has worked on his off-speed pitches and control this season. He carries a microscopic ERA into the state semifinals.

Harlow is looking for run support. “The main thing we have to do is hit and make the plays on defense,” the senior said.

Clark is also excited about his All-Star appearance. He believes it’ll be a valuable trip to JMU.

Clark is still thinking about playing college baseball.

Clark also respects Godwin. “We’ve got to play our best game, and hopefully play Friday.”

The senior credited off-season workouts with his personal strength and development.

He’s hitting the ball harder and is arguably the offensive leader. Clark also said the Comets improved defense and offense a lot since last season.

He also said the Myrtle Beach S.C. trip helped, as the Comets performed well against strong competition.



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