Michael Watts, playing right field, attempts to make a diving catch of a tough fly ball near the foul line only to have the ball get away during Saturday’s Halifax County High School Alumni Baseball Game at Halifax County High School.

Think back to the days of yesterday when kids would gather for an afternoon of fun with a pick-up baseball game. There was laughter, a lot of fun, good fellowship and a tinge of seriousness.

That was the picture Saturday when Halifax County High School hosted an Alumni/Old Timers Baseball Game.

There were no set teams, everybody played various positions on the field, and a few current Comets players were thrown into the mix, making for about an hour-and-a-half of fun for all.

“I appreciate the guys that came out here today coming out and being part of this,” said Halifax County High School head varsity baseball coach Kenneth Day who organized the game.

“This was all about good fellowship, people getting a chance see each other again and having some fun on the baseball field again.”

Former Comets pitcher Ryan Powell, who went on to pitch at Christopher Newport University, said the outing was a lot of fun.

“It was just real nice getting to play baseball again,” he remarked.

“It felt good to get back on the mound. To be able to hang out with some people I grew up with was good. This was all about the fun, having a nice day, and getting a chance to play baseball again. Everybody had fun and took everything in good spirit.”

Former Comets first baseman Michael Watts said, “It was a pretty good time. We made sure we could still hit the ball a little bit and made a few plays. We had a good time.

“It was all about fun,” he added, “getting up with the older guys and making sure we can still get out here and do this before we get too old.”

Another former Comets player, Tristan Howerton, called the game “a blast.”

“It was a lot of fun seeing some of the old alumni and hanging out with some good friends. It brings back a lot of memories, especially with Halifax County being a dynasty in high school baseball. It’s a lot of fun to be out here with childhood friends.”

Joe Chandler is the sports editor for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact him at

Joe Chandler is the sports editor for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact him at