Two Halifax County High School senior baseball players, Colt LaRue and Shaun Perkins will continue their baseball careers on the college level.

LaRue, a pitcher and first baseman for the Comets, signed a National Letter of Intent to play for Averett University in Danville, an NCAA Division III school.

Perkins, who plays first base for the Comets, signed a National Letter of Intent to play for Patrick Henry Community College of Martinsville.

“We’re always proud and are very happy for our kids to have the opportunity to go on to the next level and play baseball,” said Comets head coach Kenneth Day.

“They both deserve this opportunity, and both will do well at their respective schools. Both of them are getting to go to school where they want to go, and I’m very happy for them. They have been an asset to our baseball program, and they will go on and help somebody else’s program.”

Day said LaRue and Perkins are the good baseball players they are because they dedicate themselves to the game.

“They work hard, and they care about how they play,” Day pointed out.

“They have a passion for the game. They both want to do well both on the field and off the field. Both are good students academically, and they will go on to further their careers, which is a great thing for them, their families, the community and everybody concerned.”

Perkins said he is excited about having the opportunity to be able to play baseball at the next level.

“I’m real excited,” Perkins remarked.

“It’s a real good opportunity for me, and I’m looking forward to getting started.”

Perkins said the signing process took a couple of months.

“Coach Day looked into the school for me, and I eventually got a call,” Perkins explained.

“I went up there for a tour, and everything worked out well.”

Perkins said Patrick Henry Community College is a good fit educationally for the career he wants to pursue.

“I’m going there to get an education in precision machinery,” Perkins said.

“I love to do hands-on work, and this is something I have been wanting to do for awhile.”

LaRue, like Perkins, is excited about the prospect of being able to play baseball on the college level.

“It’s something I have dreamed about all my life,” LaRue remarked.

“I just like to play baseball. Everything just fell into place.”

LaRue said the signing process for him went through a couple of months.

“I really didn’t get looked at by many colleges until the summer when I was playing ball,” explained LaRue.

I went up there (to Averett University) and pitched and they really liked me. It kind of ended there. I went for a tour and really liked it. I knew that’s where I wanted to go.”

LaRue said Averett University’s educational program was a good fit for him.

“I plan on taking aviation,” LaRue said.

“I’ve always wanted to fly, and that’s a real big bonus of the school.”

The Comets duo has played baseball for many years, starting in Dixie ball and moving through the ranks, playing school ball as well as travel ball. Both players have played travel ball with The Dirtbags and other travel teams. LaRue said in addition to playing with The Dirtbags he played with the Carolina Titans, and last summer, he played with the Carolina Cubs.

Both players say they are glad to know what direction they will be going in after high school and that it takes pressure off of them heading into their final season as a Comets player.

“I can just go out there and play not worrying about anything,” LaRue remarked.

“I know I have something to do next year and where I am going to go. It takes a lot of pressure off.”

“All the stress is gone,” Perkins remarked.

“Now it’s time to go out there, have fun and enjoy my final season as a high school player.”

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