Halifax County High School head baseball coach Kenneth Day and his Comets players know well the importance of Thursday’s VHSL Class 5 state tournament semi-final game against Mills Godwin High School in Glen Allen.

The Comets’ opportunity to play for the state title in Friday’s state championship game rides on the outcome of Thursday afternoon’s semi-final game against Mills Godwin High School, and Day wants his players relaxed and focused when they step onto the diamond.

“We want to play it like it’s just another game,” Day said of Thursday’s semi-final contest.

“We don’t want to go out there and say it’s a live-or-die situation, because it’s not. It’s a big game, but we’re going to treat it like it’s another game.

“There are a lot of teams in Virginia that would love to be in the situation we’re in,” Day added.

“We just have the opportunity to play and compete for a state championship. We’re going to play in Thursday’s semi-final game, do the best we can, and hopefully we will play really well.”

Day is confident his Comets team will be ready to play on Thursday.

“I think the kids are eager to play,” he pointed out.

“I think we’re going to play well no matter what happens.”

The Comets, 23-3 overall, have five starters on the diamond in Drew Harlow, Alex Lowery, Shaun Perkins, Troy Ferrell and Dylan Clark that competed in the state championship game in 2017 and now have been involved in state tournament play three years in a row.

Day said that kind of experience is a big positive factor in his team’s favor.

“They and all of the guys on the team have talked about being in the state championship game from the time we first started working out early this year,” Day noted.

“This is where they want to be. They had a goal in mind. Our senior leaders are very determined. They continue to work hard to lead us and get us to where we want to be. We’ll get them ready to play Thursday and hopefully again on Friday.”

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