Havre falls in two contests, wins next three
MEDICINE HAT, Alberta After losing twice during the first day at the Medicine Hat AA baseball tournament, the Havre Northstars made a big turnaround with three straight wins to salvage the road trip.
Havre lost to the Lethbridge Elks, 11-1, and the Medicine Hat Moose Monarchs, 14-4, during a rough day last Saturday.
But Doug Ireland scattered six hits in a complete-game effort, and Kevin Jurenka was 2-for-3 with a double, triple and three RBI to lead Havre to a 9-4 win over Calgary on Sunday.
Ireland, who struck out eight, was credited with five walks and four earned runs in victory. He also drove in two runs with run-scoring groundouts.
Also for Havre, David Knight was 2-for-3, and Jurenka, Dustin Heath and Jordan Anderson each scored twice.
Havre then beat up on Cranberry in a 9-3 win, led by Anderson's 4-for-4 effort and clutch hitting in the middle of the lineup.
Havre 3-4-5-6 hitters Jared Boyce, Kyle Sheppard, Knight and Heath each had two runs batted in, and Sheppard and Knight had a single and triple apiece for the Northstars.
Havre starter Eric Lipp went the distance, giving up seven hits and just one walk while striking out five. He also surrendered just one earned run.
Havre then routed Calgary again with an 11-5 victory behind a 12-hit performance by the Northstars' lineup.
Tyler Vandermars was 3-for-4 with a double and two RBI, Boyce was 2-for-3 and Sheppard went 2-for-4.
Anderson, Heath, Jurenka, Vandermars and Ireland all finished with two runs batted in.
Knight hurled a complete game featuring 13 strikeouts. He issued two walks and gave up six hits en route to the win.
In the five-inning loss to Lethbridge, the Elks amassed 12 hits and 10 earned runs against Boyce, who started the game on the mound for the Northstars.
Boyce struck out seven and walked one.
Havre had just two hits singles by Knight and Ireland. Jurenka drove in the Northstars' lone run.
Medicine Hat put together 14 hits in its win over Havre.
Knight hit a two-run home run, and Heath was 2-for-3 with a triple for the Northstars.