The Halifax County baseball team defeated rival Tunstall 2-0 on Wednesday night in Piedmont District play, bouncing back after a difficult loss to Magna Vista earlier in the week.

The Comets broke through in the third inning, following a scoreless game between Tunstall starter Camden Cockran and Halifax ace Mason Hatcher for the first two innings. Colin Mabe led off with a single through the right side of the infield with one out. Logan Clark then doubled to centre field to drive in Mabe, making the score 1-0.

Hatcher then retired nine straight batters, not allowing another hit until Shaffer Boles’ leadoff single to begin the seventh inning. Hatcher ended the game with three straight strikeouts to give Halifax the decisive victory (9-5, 3-2 Piedmont).

With nine strikeouts and five hits scattered in the opening inning, the starter Hatcher pitched a perfect game.

For Tunstall (10-6, 5-1 Piedmont), Cockran was equally impressive, delivering up two earned runs on seven hits and striking out eight in five innings pitched.

Cockran ended the duel by retiring five of the next six he faced after giving up the RBI double in the third.

Mabe hit a one-out single to right, and two batters later, Carter Thomasson walked to put runners on first and second. Shortly after, Mabe was scored by Garison Colwell’s single to right, giving the Comets a 2-0 lead going into the last two innings.

Mabe had a great night at the plate, going 4-for-4 with two runs scored. Colwell and Clark each drove in two runs.

With two hits apiece, Patrick Snow led Tunstall, followed by Boles, Carter Richardson, and Jake Howard.

Tomorrow night, Halifax will play Mecklenburg County in Piedmont action, which means a quick turnaround. The first pitch is set for 6:00 p.m.

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