Havre holds off late Bozeman run and claims first win
The Northstars held off a late game serge by the Bozeman Spikes Saturday to claim the win in their first game at the State Class A American Legion Tournament.
Havre had built an 11-point lead before Bozeman rallied in the bottom of the eighth inning, scoring four runs to whittle away at the Northstars.
In the top of the ninth, the Northstars added two runs to extend their lead to 14-5. In their last chance to mount a comeback, the Spikes pulled together and scored six runs in the bottom of the ninth but still fell short and lost to Havre 14-11.
Havre's Tyler Thompson pitched eight innings before being relieved by Doug Ireland with one out in the ninth. Thompson got the win and threw for 11 hits, four strikeouts and six earned runs. With the lose, Bozeman's Nate Weidnaar hurled for nine hits, five strikeouts and five earned runs.
The leading Havre hitter was Daine Solomon, who went 4-5 with two doubles. Danny Wirzberger (3-5) and Dusty Heath (2-4) also had doubles. Adam Jensen (2-6)and Steve Heberly (3-6) both had triples.
Northstars 14, Bozeman 11
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Tyler Thompson, Doug Ireland (9) and Adam Jensen. Nate Weidnaar, Kip Edwards (7) and Mark Serino. WThompson, LWeidnaar.
Northstars Adam Jensen 2-6, Steve Heberly 3-6, Danny Wirtzberger 3-5, Dusty Heath 2-4, Daine Solomon 4-5, Cory Junck 1-4, Ian Spencer 0-4, Tyson Roe 0-2, Tyler Vandermars 1-5.
Bozeman Shea Miler 2-4, Andrew Gramer 2-4, Johnathan Schlender 3-5, Nate Weidnaar 0-5, Andy Barham 1-5, Mark Serino 1-4, Scott Mahur 1-2, Ryan Devine 1-3, Andrew Acuff 2-3, Kody McManus 1-1, Kip Edwards 1-2.
Bitterroot sends the Northstars to the loser's bracket
The ferocious hitting and the smokin' arm of Bitterroot pitcher Joe Franklin were too much for the Northstars Sunday as they fell to the Red Sox 12-5 at the State Class A American Legion Tournament.
Bitterroot started out, fast scoring four runs in the first inning and one in the second, to jump out to a 5-0 lead. Havre got on the board in the fourth, scoring two runs, only to have those runs negated by two Red Sox runs also in the fourth.
Havre scored its last three runs in the top of the seventh moving to come within four of the Red Sox's nine runs. Bitterroot scored three more runs in the last two innings to seal the fate of the Northstars and claim the win 12-5.
Franklin got the win by hurling for all nine innings with seven hits, six strikeouts and five eared runs.
Bitterroot's batters pummeled the Northstrs, with eight sluggers with two or more hits for a total of 19 hits including five doubles and 11 RBIs.
Havre had only seven hits, three coming from Daine Solomon (3-3) including a double. Adam Jensen (1-5) also had a double.
Now in the loser's bracket, the Northstars' next game will be today at 8 p.m. They will play the winner of today's 12:30 p.m. game between the Billings Blue Jays and the Livingston Braves. If Havre wins, they will play again Tuesday at 12:30 p.m.
Northstars 5, Bitterroot 12
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Northstars Adam Jensen 1-5, Steve Heberly 2-4, Danny Wirtzberger 0-3, Dusty Heath 0-4, Daine Solomon 3-3, Cory Junck 0-4, Bob Bergren 0-3, Tyler Thompson 1-4, Tyler Vandermars 0-3.
Bitterroot Kyle Melton 0-5, Brandon Tintzman 2-5, Joe Franklin 3-4, Richard Kraude 2-3, Kevin Lokken 2-4, Shane Fisk 4-4, Kyle Ihde 2-4, Ryan Curran 2-5, Duncan McKay 2-5.