The Havre North Stars American Legion baseball team started their first big road trip of the season in difficult fashion.
On Saturday, the North Stars went north of the border to face one of the best pitching staffs in the Northern A District, and the result was a sweep at the hands of the Fort MacLeod Royals. The North Stars dropped two games in Fort MacLeod on Saturday by scores of 7-0 and 10-2, respectively.
In game one of the twin bill the North Stars were shut out by the Royals’ star hurler, who led the Northern A in strikeouts a year ago. Havre was held to two hits in the affair, as only Gareth Bernard and Justin Denny recorded base hits in the seven-inning affair. Justin Jensen went the distance for the North Stars on the mound.
Havre’s bats were once again silenced in the nightcap in Fort MacLeod.
In a 10-2 defeat, the North Stars managed four hits as Mark Vukasin reached base twice, and Bernard and Jensen each had hits. Vukasin also pitched all seven innings for the North Stars in the loss.
Havre also played a doubleheader against the Lethbridge Miners Sunday in Lethbridge, but those results were not available at press time.
The two losses to the Royals on Saturday dropped the North Stars to 4-2 overall and 202 in Northern District play.
Havre is back at home this weekend. The North Stars will host a bevy of teams in the annual Havre Memorial Tournament Friday-Sunday at Legion Field.