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Comets fall in opener to Jefferson Forest

A quick, athletic Jefferson Forest squad proved too potent offensively for the Halifax County High School varsity football squad Friday night, speeding past the Comets, 50-30, in South Boston.

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Jayvee baseball starts slow, lose

SoVaNow.com / March 25, 2013
The Halifax County High School jayvee baseball team fell to Amherst, 6-3, on Friday. The Comets started slowly, and could not overtake the Lancers.’

Offensively, the Comets went up, three up, three down the first four innings. HCHS finally got something going in the top of the fifth. ‘ Tripp Bennett reached on an error. But the Comets followed by a strike out, fielders choice, and another strike out, resulting in another short-lived inning. ‘ In the top of the sixth, Kory Lennon led off with a single to center. Ben Majors struck out. Lennon advanced to third on two passed balls. Jake Hughes reached on an error by the Amherst third baseman. That scored Lennon from third.

Jake Hughes stole second and advanced to third when Trip Womack struck out, with the catcher dropping the third strike.

Dustin Fears fanned, but another dropped third strike allowed Fears to reach first, while Hughes scored.

Fears stole second and reached third on a throwing error by catcher, and later scored on a passed ball.

Tripp Bennett ended the inning on a strike out.

HCHS had more tough luck in the top of the seventh.

The inning started with Tanner Bennett striking out. Kelonte Gutrich singled to left field. But Arthur Watts lined out to second, doubling up Gutrich at first to end the game.

“13 strike outs and not getting anyone on base until the fifth really hurt us. Thacker was Amherst’s starting pitcher and he did a great job keeping our hitters off balanced. He pitched four innings striking out seven, with no walks, no hits, no runs,” coach Robert Carter, said.

“Defensively we didn’t start the game off well. Bottom of the first, Colby Grissom gives up three walks, (plus an) error by Trip Womack, and a few passed balls had us in a 3-0 hole,” he said.

It got worse for the Comets as Amherst added a sacrifice fly in the second.

The Comets held Amherst scoreless in the third, fourth and fifth innings. HCHS closed to within 4-3 in the top of the sixth, but the Lancers ralled with two in the bottom of the sixth.

Colby Grissom pitched the first four innings, giving up 3 hits, 3 walks, 4 runs and striking out 6.

Bennett came on in the fifth to finish the game. He gave up 4 hits, 2 walks, two runs and fanned two.

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