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Comet catcher Joey Duffer goes high for the throw in Thursday’s game agains Stafford.
SoVaNow.com / June 03, 2019


The next stop for Halifax County High School baseball is Loudon County, and Stone Bridge High School at 6 p.m.

This will be state quarterfinals action. The Halifax-Stone Bridge winner advances to the Class 5 state semifinals in Richmond Friday.

Softball also meets Stone Bridge Tuesday at 6 p.m. in the state quarterfinals.

The Comets fell to Stafford, 3-1, in nine innings Thursday at Comet field.

Stafford celebrated the regional title, and Halifax missed its chance to host the first round of the state.

The Comets stranded seven runners, including two in the sixth.

Coach Kenneth Day lamented the missed opportunities.

“We hit the ball really good. We hit a whole lot of balls right at people,” said Day. Stafford has a quality defensive team.

Day said traveling won’t be a factor. “We play pretty well on the road anyway.”

Halifax had a tough five game stint on neutral site action in South Carolina, and other road tests.

“We had some opportunities, just didn’t capitalize on them,” said Day.

Lowery did an outstanding job and settled in for a lengthy stint.

Two errors and a sacrifice fly did much to get Stafford past the Comets.

Halifax has to play well regardless of the opposition. And Halifax will have Drew Harlow available for mound duty.

The Comets got quality pitching from starter Alex Lowery, who eventually had to leave due to pitch count rules. Colt LaRue took over in the ninth.

Lowery fanned two and worked out of trouble. Stafford had eight hits in the first eight innings. LaRue took over in the ninth.

Halifax had a narrow margin of error in this game, and Comet defensive miscues proved costly.

Stafford took a 1-0 lead in its half of the third.

Tucker Sullivan walked and moved into scoring position on a passed ball.

Mike Tolson then slapped a liner past third and Sullivan scored.

Halifax got an error on the play.

Halifax forced a 1-1 deadlock in the sixth.

Tyler Mabe drew a one-out walk, and Shaun Perkins singled. Troy Ferrell later delivered an RBI sacrifice fly to force the tie.

Stafford got two more runs in the top of the ninth.

Kazuka Jordan singled to left, and Elijah Lambros delivered a tricky liner to left. A throwing error accounted for the eventual winning run. Sullivan also lofted an RBI sacrifice fly.

Robbie Baker pitched well for Stafford in a scoreless five inning stint.

He struck out one, walked three and allowed two hits.

Sullivan worked four innings. He allowed one run and three hits, with five strikeouts.

Sullivan shut down Halifax in the seventh, eighth and ninth innings.

Halifax had its chances, but give Stafford credit. The visitors played well and sealed the opportunities to win. Stafford also played error-free baseball.



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