Halifax County High School senior pitcher and third baseman Drew Harlow and Comets senior second baseman Dylan Clark both called the experience of playing in Monday night’s Virginia High School Coaches Association all-star baseball game at Veterans Memorial Park in Harrisonburg a good experience.
Comets head coach Kenneth Day, who was selected to be one of the participating coaches, echoed his two players’ sentiments.
Clark said the opportunity to play in the game with the best players from high schools across the state was one his baseball career highights.
“It was fun,” Clark remarked.
“It was a good experience to play with all of the other players from around Virginia. The pitching was really good, just like in the regional and state tournaments. The coaches taught me some new things in the infield while we were practicing. It was a good time.”
Harlow got to play a stint at third base and pitched late in the game.
“It was definitely one of the highlights of my high school career,” Harlow remarked.
“I enjoyed it a lot. I wish I could do it again.”
Like Clark, Harlow said the quality of the play in the game and the level of competition was high.
“The competition there is real tough,” he pointed out.
“It wasn’t easy. We had to play the game we’re capable of playing. It was a great experience and a fun time.”
While neither Harlow nor Clark got a hit in the game, Day said the two players played very well and represented Halifax County High School and the community well.
“They handled themselves both on and off the field with dignity,” Day said.
“They have a passion for the game. This is the third year in a row we have had players selected to play in the game. This is not a political thing. It’s based on statistics of the players that are nominated. We’re trying to get our kids out there and talking to other coaches and learning from everybody else.”
Day said the experience of being at the all-star game was a great one for him as well.
“I enjoyed being up there and being around the other coaches,” Day said.
“I watched practice with them, and we talked about things we do in practice to help the kids. It’s a good experience for everybody, coaches, players, parents.
“If you go to a clinic somewhere or do something like this, talk to other coaches from different places, and you pick up one thing that can make your team better, it’s worthwhile.”