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SoVaNow.com / April 08, 2013Comet varsity baseball coach Kelvin Davis has some concerns as the Halifax County High School varsity baseball team begins Western Valley district action this week.
HCHS is now 4-4 overall, not counting Matoaca’s incomplete outcome Thursday, and the Comets have played a demanding pre-district slate.
“We’ve been right in every ballgame ... but right now, we’re just not getting the key hits that we need. Hopefully, we’ll catch on fire and get those hits when we need it. We’ve still got a ways to go with our pitching staff,” Davis said.
The Comets played Matoaca, from Richmond, on Thursday, in a game halted after four innings. A wintry mix of rain, sleet and snow stopped the action before this could be declared an official game. HCHS had rallied with a five-run fourth inning to lead 9-6 before the stoppage.
Thomas Cole and Patrick Barton had cracked key doubles in the fourth inning, along with a two-bagger earlier from Will Harris in the same frame.
But the HCHS-Matoaca game remains in limbo, with no determination as to the final outcome at this point.
HCHS had a much tougher outcome, losing to a talented Amherst squad, 11-5, last Wednesday night. For the most part, Amherst starter Nathan Trevillian kept the Comets in check.
Davis knows Trevillian has considerable talent. But Davis added, “We hit the ball pretty well (eight hits). We’re getting runners on, but we’re not getting those key hits.”
To its credit, Halifax never gave up against the Lancers, who improved to 6-0 with this win.
Trailing 11-3 heading into the bottom of the seventh, Halifax scored two runs. The Comets punched one run home on an Amherst error, and Seth Elliott drew a bases-loaded walk to make it 11-5 before a strikeout ended the game.
But Amherst set the tone from the outset.
The Lancers picked up two runs in the first, one in the third, and then broke the game open with a seven-run fifth, helped by Comet mistakes.
Trevillian went six innings, and showed his considerable potential. HCHS second baseman Will Harris tagged Trevillian with a two-run homer in the first, but Halifax managed just one more run off the Amherst ace. That came on a Harris’ sacrifice fly in the Comet fifth.
Meanwhile, Trevillian kept the Comets off balance. He allowed seven hits through six innings, while fanning seven. HCHS could not get timely offense established against the Lancers.
The breakout inning for the Lancers came in the fifth. The visitors capitalized on some wildness from the Comet mound staff, two hits, a passed ball and three walks to break the game open.
HCHS got three hits from leadoff hitter Ryan Yates, who scored one run. Harris also had a two-run homer, a single and an RBI sacrifice, scoring one run.
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