Legion

Halifax County American Legion Post 8 runner Luke Fulcher slides safely into third base on a play during last Wednesday’s game against Rocky Mount at Halifax County High School.

The Halifax County American Legion Post 8 baseball team ended regular-season play on Saturday, splitting a doubleheader on the road against Christiansburg.

Halifax County lost the five-inning opener 6-3 but bounced back to win the second game 8-7.

Saturday’s split gave Post 8 a 9-7 record for the regular-season, with the district tournament set to open Thursday. Halifax County’s seeding for the tournament was not known at the end of Saturday’s action.

Post 8 had three hits in the opening game, with Nathan Comer, Gavin Colwell and Jackson Newton getting one hit each. Newton had two RBIs.

Halifax County scored all of its runs in the top of the first inning. Kyle Barker reached base on an error and scored on a double from Nathan Comer. Blake Duffer reached base by a walk, and Jackson Newton followed with a two-RBI single to give Post 8 a 3-0 lead.

Christiansburg tied the game with three runs in the bottom of the first inning and added three more runs in the bottom of the second inning to take the 6-3 lead. The host club took advantage of seven hits and a Post 8 error to produce the six runs.

Post 8 was unable to muster any offense after the first inning, getting only one hit over the remainder of the five-inning game.

Halifax County banged out 11 hits in the second game, with Colby Hancock leading Post 8 with three hits. Dylan Newton and Nathan Comer chipped in two hits each. Barker, Duffer, Kolby Fisher and Trey Comer had one hit each.

Hancock led the team in RBIs with two, and Nathan Comer and Duffer had one RBI each.

Jackson Newton and Nathan Comer combined for six innings of work on the mound. They allowed a combined seven runs on 11 hits. Colwell earned the save, pitching the final inning and allowing one hit.

Halifax County scored in each of the first three innings to lead 5-0. A two-RBI double from Hancock gave Post 8 its two first-inning runs. A run-scoring hit from Nathan Comer and a passed ball that allowed Barker to score gave Halifax County its two second-inning runs. In the third inning, Fisher reached base with a double and scored when a teammate reached base on an error to put Post 8 up 5-0.

Christiansburg answered with two runs in the fourth inning and three runs in the top of the fifth inning to tie the game at 5-5.

Post 8 regained the lead with two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning. Nathan Comer reached base with a double with one out and scored when Jackson Newton reached base on an error to put Halifax County up 6-5. A double by Duffer plated Newton to give Post 8 a two-run lead.

Christiansburg rallied to score a pair of runs in the top of the seventh inning to deadlock the game at 7-7. Halifax County won the game by scoring a run in the bottom of the seventh inning after getting back-to-back hits to open the inning.

Joe Chandler is the sports editor for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact him at jchandler@gazettevirginian.com.

Joe Chandler is the sports editor for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact him at jchandler@gazettevirginian.com