George Ferguson Havre Daily News sports editor firstname.lastname@example.org
Once again, Legion Field in Havre will be the sight of some exciting youth baseball as the District Babe Ruth tournament gets under way this afternoon. Two Havre teams will be in attendance at this weekend’s tournament which runs through Saturday afternoon. The Havre 14-15-year-old all stars will be vying for one of two berths to the Montana Babe Ruth 14-15 state tournament next week in Whitefish. In order for Havre to move on, it will have to finish first or second at home this weekend, but standing in its way will be teams from the Hi-Line and Great Falls. The Northern team is composed of kids from Shelby, Conrad, Cut Bank, Choteau and Fairfield. Also playing in this weekend’s tournament is the Havre 13-year-old all star team. The Havre team already has a berth in the state tournament, also held in Whitefish because there were no other teams form the district in attendance this weekend. So the 13-year-old team will play in the 14-15-year-old tourney for practice and competition purposes. The Havre 13-year-old all star team is coached by Mike Ley, Bill Welch and Alan Drew, and the team is composed of David Denny, Thurman Holdsclaw, Derek Van Dessel, Ramsey Drew, Brian Smith, Nate Welch, Timmy Welch, Migual Ley, Tyler Magnussen, Marc Klimas, as well as Rocky Boy players Levi Olsen and Gary Anderson. The Havre 14-15-year-old team is coached by Jeff Jensen, Matt Jensen and Seth Jensen, and is composed of Brayden Grimson, Logan Connor, Sam Lippy, Gareth Bernard, Luke Ryan, Rydell Ruff, Brandon Brostrum, Nick Owens, Justin Jensen, Brandon Smith, Tyson Kultgen, Kolby Sukut, Ryan Mingneau and Matt. Cole. The district tournament will begin today at 12 p.m. with the Havre 13-yearolds taking on Great Falls. There are four games scheduled for today in round robin play, and the final game of the day pits the two Havre teams against each other, starting at 6. Friday’s action includes four games, starting at 12 p.m., and the final game of the day will start at 7 p.m. On Saturday, the consolation game will take place at 9 a.m. and the championship game is slated to start at 11 a.m. The top two teams from the tournament, as well as the Havre 13-yearold team will advance to the state tournament which gets under way on Wednesday in Whitefish.