Knight drives in 4
Perhaps at some point this season the Havre Comets will finally be able to put together an effort that results in a defeat of their older counterparts, the Havre Northstars.
Then again, from the Northstars' perspective, perhaps not.
The Northstars erased an early deficit with a six-run second inning that propelled them to a convincing 13-5 win in an American Legion baseball game at Legion Field Sunday night.
After the Comets gained a 2-0 lead in the top of the second inning, the Northstars wasted little time taking advantage of three Comet errors to wipe out that deficit and create a four-run lead for themselves.
Garrett Hanson had an RBI double to cut the gap to 2-1, and Danny Wirtzberger added a run-scoring single three batters later to knot the game at 2-all.
Jordan Anderson then followed with a one-out, two-run triple to put the Northstars ahead to stay at 4-2.
Also in the inning, Kyle Sheppard had an RBI groundout, and David Knight added an RBI double for the Northstars' sixth run of the inning.
The Northstars added two runs in the third as Hanson stole home and C.J. Reichelt drove in a run with a groundout to make the score 8-2.
Knight, who finished the game 2-for-6 with four RBI, drove in a run in the sixth with a single, and Dusty Heath followed with an RBI groundout to help the Northstars push their lead to 10-2.
After the Comets scored a run in the top of the seventh on Bobby Bergren's RBI, Knight put an exclamation point on the Northstars' victory with a two-run double in the seventh to give his team a 12-3 lead.
Knight also made two spectacular defensive plays in the field.
"I had to make up for the three errors I had against Vauxhall," he said.
The Comets scored a run in the first on Ian Spencer's bases-loaded walk and another run in the second on Brian Childree's RBI double to stake the early two-run lead.
The Comets added two runs in the ninth on an run-scoring groundout by Garrett Drake and an RBI single by Tyson Roe.
"We played pretty well except for one inning," Comets coach Bob Evans said.
Anderson finished a home run short of hitting for the cycle in his 3-for-4, two-RBI effort, and Dusty Heath went 2-for-5 with an RBI for the Northstars.
Eric Lipp started the game on the mound for the Northstars and gave up three hits and one earned run in four innings of work. He struck out four and walked two.
Doug Ireland, who replaced Lipp in the fifth and picked up the win, gave up six hits and three runs in five innings. He struck out six and walked two.
Tyson Roe led the Comets' nine-hit attack with a 2-for-5 effort with one RBI.
Thompson, Mader (5) and Jensen, Drake (5); Lipp, Ireland (5) and Hanson.