- Last Updated on 12:22 PM 04/23/12
- BY Joe Chandler
Good pitching and timely hitting are two key ingredients when it comes to winning baseball games. Halifax County High School got both in good quantities Friday night in a 6-1 road win over Person High School in Roxboro, N.C.
Starting hurler Ryan Puryear and closer Tyler Long combined to hold Person High School to four hits while fanning a dozen batters.
Offensively, they got support from a 10-hit attack that included a two-run homer by Scott Rickman in the top of the first inning that staked the Comets to a 2-0 lead that they never lost.
Kelvin Davis Jr. led the Comets at the plate with a 3-4 effort. Zach Clem, Rickman, and Long had two hits each and Markee Brooks had one hit. Rickman had three RBIs in the game, while Long had two and Davis logged one.
“It’s a real good win for us,” remarked Comets head coach Kelvin Davis after the win that improved his team’s record to 8-1 overall.
“Person High School has a really good ballclub. Fortunately, we got some big hits at the right time.”
Puryear and Long were sharp with their pitches all night. In his five winnings of work, Puryear struck out six of the 21 batters he faced and allowed four hits and one walk.
Two of the hits off of Puryear came in the bottom of the fifth inning when Person High, trailing 5-1, took advantage of a walk and the two hits to load the sacks with two out. Puryear got himself out of the jam by getting a strikeout to end the inning.
“I can’t say enough about Ryan Puryear’s performance on the mound,” Davis said.
“He’s been doing it for us all year. He was around the dish all night. His curve ball was working well and he kept those guys off balance.
“I felt Tyler did really well as a closer tonight,” added Davis.
“He’s going to continue to work and get better.”
Halifax County led 2-0 on Rickman’s two-run round-tripper when Person High School scored its only run of the game. The Rockets (4-8 overall, 4-0 conference) picked up their lone run of the game in the bottom of the second inning. Travis Vaughan led off with a single and later scored on the Comets’ lone error of the game to make the score 2-1.
The Comets broke the game open with three runs in the top of the fifth inning. Davis triggered the inning with a double and Dale Trent walked to put runners at first base and second base. Rickman reached base on an error that allowed Davis to score and give the Comets a 3-1 lead. Trent, who had moved to second base on the previous play, also crossed the plate. However, umpires sent Trent back to third base as the ball had sailed under a fence and out of the field of play.
William Worley was struck by a pitch, thus loading the bases for the Comets. Brooks lofted a fly ball to left field for the first out of the inning. Trent tagged up at third base and attempted to score, but was tagged out at the plate for the second out of the inning.
Long followed with a two-RBI double that gave the Comets a 5-1 lead.
Halifax County added an insurance run in the top of the sixth inning when Clem laced a triple with one out and scored when Davis backed it up with a single.
All in all, it was a good night for the Comets, especially at the plate.
“We’re going to really concentrate on getting a good at-bat every time we get into the batter’s box,” Davis pointed out.
“I thought we did well with that tonight.”
The Comets now have a week off to prepare for the start of Western Valley District play. Halifax County’s next game will come on Tuesday, April 20, when it will host Franklin County High School in the team’s district opener.