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Jayvee takes the field

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Colby Grissom, pulled up from the jayvees, started Friday for the Comets against William Fleming.
SoVaNow.com / May 06, 2013
Halifax County High School varsity pitching, which has been inconsistent at times this season, got some more help Friday.

Colby Grissom was brought up from the jayvee program. “We’re still in search of guys who can throw strikes for us. We talked to (jayvee coach Robert) Carter, and just kind of got some information on who he thought would be better for us, and he told us Colby was throwing really good and could possibly help us,” said HCHS head coach Kelvin Davis.

And so the Comets worked on developing another possible mound option. Grissom threw 93 pitches, and Davis saw some potential there. “Another prospect we can keep our eyes on.”

“I felt like I did pretty good. It wasn’t my best game. I was a little nervous at first,” Grissom said.

His fastball was his best pitch, and Grissom gained confidence for next season. He’s just a tenth grader.

“Tt felt real good to come out and do it (pick up the win) for the seniors.”

HCHS did an excellent job on Senior Night.

Halifax bid goodbye to eight seniors, Ryan Yates, Avery Anderson, Patrick Barnes Barton, Tyler Dunn, Seth Elliott, Andrew Hamlett and Rufus Jeffress Jr.

Yates, who has provided offensive leadership all season, said, “We lost a few games here and there we should have won, but all in all we came a whole lot better since the first game.”

“After this year, we know we won’t get to wear the Blue and White again, so we try to leave it all out on the field,” Yates said.

Yates is moving on to Virginia Tech, where he hopes to play club baseball, the second tier program behind the Hokies’ Division 1 presence in a very tough ACC baseball lineup.

“I have a great bunch of guys and these guys are led by the eight seniors I have. As I told them before the game, I have throughly enjoyed every moment I’ve had with them. “It’s just a joy when you’ve got good young men who can come out here and give you all they’ve got every single day. It says a lot about them, and also their parents. I’m so glad I had the opportunity to work with these fine young men,” said Davis.

Halifax has GW-Danville tomorrow, and the Comets could still force a neutral site playoff for the top seed in the WVD. But the Comets must beat GW and also get some help from PH-Roanoke, which also has a game remaining with the Eagles.

Davis said, “I’m really big with momentum. We got a big win ... which keeps the kids relaxed and not too tense.”

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