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‘You can’t hold your head down’ - Day

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Shaun Perkins reacts after the last out in the Comets’ season-ending 5-4 loss to Freedom High School. / June 07, 2018
“You can’t hold your head down. The kids have nothing to be ashamed off,” said Comet coach Kenneth Day.

That’s on target for a description of the Comets’ effort in Tuesday’s Class 5, region D semifinal against a very good Freedom team.

“One game doesn’t determine the kind of season we had,” added Day.

The kids learned a lot about baseball, played hard and improved. Day said Halifax was only a couple of outs away from playing in the state semifinals.

Halifax certainly missed opportunities, especially early. “When you get opportunities to score on good teams, you’ve got to take advantage of it.

“We just didn’t take advantage of some of the runners we had on base,” said Day.

Day said the Comets swung the bats against some quality Freedom pitching.

He also defended the decision to go for the double steal early, noting, correctly, that the Eagles might have made a mistake on the play.

Clay Lloyd expressed frustration, but also tried to keep everything in perspective.

The Ferrum-bound catcher complimented the Comets. “Friendship, brotherhood. this team has been more than a team to me.”

He was proud of the final run for this Comet squad.

Freedom head coach Mark Wrighte said, “We’re not surprised. Certainly, at no point we felt like we were coasting.”

“We didn’t think for a second we were going to win 5-0.”

“We got the opportunity to make some plays and we made them,” he said.

Halifax did not lose to some low-level prep baseball operation. The Eagles are 22-4 and, in all four games they lost, Freedom had runners on base.

The Eagles have been competitive in every game.

Freedom simply got the job done Tuesday, cashing in on its opportunities in somewhat better fashion than Halifax.

Halifax has key baseball performers back and should be good again.

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