By Kim Staudinger
Tyler Thompson took to the hill Sunday afternoon for the Havre Northstars and pitched a no-hitter.
Thompson had a perfect game until a two-out walk in the fifth inning gave the Tri-County Cardinals their first baserunner of the afternoon.
Thompson struck out the next batter, looking to seal the 10-0 Northstars win.
"I was happy. It was a good win," the ever modest Thompson said. "I'm not going to take credit for all of it. These guys behind me helped a lot."
Thompson also excelled in the second game of the doubleheader in American Legion baseball action at Legion Field. Thompson led the Northstars with a perfect 3-for-3 game at the plate with three RBI and one run scored in Havre's 12-2 win.
"I was just happy I went 3-for-3 the next game," Thompson said.
In game one, Thompson used just 49 pitches to shut out Tri-County. He struck out seven and had five first-pitch outs.
"I was happy about (my pitch count)," Thompson said. "They gave me a lot of first-pitch outs. They really helped me out."
Said Northstars coach Mickey Williams: "(Tyler) pitched well. Everybody was kind of hoping for (the perfect game)."
Only one ball made it out of the infield for Tri-County a fly ball hit to shallow right field in the top of the fifth inning.
The Northstars scored four runs in the first inning and five more in the second to take a commanding lead. They added another run in the third to give the necessary 10-run advantage to cut the game to five innings.
Adam Jensen and Steve Heberly also had perfect outings at the plate. Each went 1-for-1 with two walks and two runs scored. Jensen also drove in one with a single in the third.
Tri-County wasted no time getting a hit in the second game. Lead-off hitter Josh Pyette singled to right field to start the game but was stranded at second base. The Cardinals finished the game with five hits.
Havre scored four runs in the first and one in the second to take a 5-0 lead into the third inning. A seven-run fourth inning gave the Northstars all the runs they would need. Thompson belted two singles in the inning, scored once and drove home two. Jensen and designated hitter Daine Solomon also had RBI hits in the inning.
The Northstars picked up two easy conference wins Friday in Great Falls against the Sparkies. Havre won the first game 18-4 and followed with 23-2 in the second game.
In game one, the Northstars sent 14 men to the plate in the sixth inning, scoring 10 runs. Great Falls had two errors and Havre had eight hits. Steve Heberly and Danny Wirtzberger each scored twice in the inning. Wirtzberger drove home two with a triple. Heberly had a single and a double and drove home one.
In the second game, Havre jumped out on top early, scoring 14 runs in the first inning. The Northstars sent 18 men to the plate in the first and belted out 11 hits. Great Falls had three errors.
Wirtzberger and Bobby Bergren each had three RBI in the inning and each scored twice. Wirtzberger had a triple in the inning while Bergren had a double and a triple. Bergren totaled five RBI in the game. Wirtzberger tallied six.
The Northstars have the week off before leaving for Missoula Thursday for a tournament Friday through Sunday.