LEWISTOWN The Havre Comets got their first taste of tournament play this past weekend, and the experience did not go as well as the team could have hoped.
In fact, the trip bordered on disastrous.
Havre finished the tournament with just one win in five games, a 7-6 win over Medicine Hat during the second day of competition.
In the team's other four games, Havre lost to Lewistown 6-5 and 4-0, Columbus 13-4 and 21-14.
HAVRE 7, MEDICINE HAT 6 The Comets' Daine Solomon broke a 6-6 tie when he scored on a passed ball in the ninth inning to lift Havre to the win.
Solomon reached base on an error, advanced to second after a balk and eventually came around to score after two passed balls.
Havre trailed 5-4 in the seventh until Ian Spencer's two-run single gave the Comets a one-run advantage.
Medicine Hat tied the game at 6-all in the bottom half of the seventh on a sacrifice fly to set up the final inning.
Bobby Bergren and Tyson Roe each went 3-for-4 for Havre, which finished with 11 hits.
Tyler Thompson pitched a complete game for Havre, surrendering five earned runs, eight hits and four walks. He struck out five.
LEWISTOWN 6, HAVRE 5 After Havre blew a four-run lead only to come back and tie the game in the seventh, Lewistown scored the winning run in the eighth on a two-out RBI single by Wes Chambers.
The Comets led 4-0 after a three-run third inning highlighted by run-scoring sacrifice flies by Cory Junck and Thompson and an RBI single by Solomon.
Lewistown, however, rallied with two runs in the fifth and three more in the sixth to take a 5-4 lead.
Havre tied the game at 5-5 with an RBI single by Solomon in the seventh and had a chance to add another run in the eighth, but the Comets left two runners on base.
COLUMBUS 13, HAVRE 4 The Bighorns roughed up Junck early, scoring four runs in the first and three more in the second off the Havre pitcher.
Havre did score three runs on three hits and two errors in the second to cut the deficit to 4-3, but Junck surrendered a three-run homer in the bottom of the inning to allow Columbus to gain a four-run edge.
Bergren and Chris Chandler each went 2-for-3 for the Comets. Chandler also drove in a run.
COLUMBUS 21, HAVRE 14 The Comets' offense mustered 15 hits including a 2-for-4, four RBI effort by Adam Jensen but shoddy pitching and defense played a large role in the team's defeat.
The two teams swapped leads in the second, third and fourth innings before Havre used a five-run fifth to grab a 13-9 lead.
Chandler relieved starter Ben Mader in the bottom of the fifth, and all eight batters he faced in the inning reached base and later scored to help Columbus take the lead for good with a 17-13 advantage.
The Bighorns, who also took advantage of seven Havre errors, scored four more runs in the sixth to put the game away.
Bergren was 3-for-5, and Heberly, Spencer, Solomon, Thompson and Garrett Drake each contributed with two hits for Havre.
LEWISTOWN 4, HAVRE 0 Lewistown starter Bryce Bakkedahl held the Comets to just a pair of doubles in his complete-game effort to lift the Redbirds.
Bakkedahl struck out three and walked two in seven innings.
Bergren doubled in the second and Brian Childree doubled in the seventh for Havre's only two hits.