The all-star baseball season is winding down across Montana, and both the Havre 13U and 15-year-old Babe Ruth all star teams took another step toward their respected state tournaments over the weekend.
The 15-year-old squad played the Great Falls Shockers on Sunday in Havre, but suffered two losses by scores of 14-12 and 16-9. Unfortunately, the 13U program didn’t fair any better, as they faced Lewistown in Lewistown and dropped two games by scores of 16-14 and 15-5.
In Game 1 for the 15-year-olds, a four-run first inning and 6-1 lead though three innings was quickly erased. The back-and-forth game didn’t go in Havre’s favor, even with Dylan Carpenter going 2-for-3 with two runs scored and Parker Filius going 2-for-3 with a double, two RBIs and two runs scored to lead the way. Jerod Boles also scored two runs, while Nate Korb was 1-for-3 with an RBI. Carpenter also pitched four innings, suffering the loss after giving up nine hits and 10 runs. Jeff Miller, in on relief, gave up four runs off eight hits.
Game 2 had similar results, but had Havre fighting for the comeback win instead.
Great Falls led 6-5 through four innings, but Havre took a 7-6 lead in the bottom of the fifth inning. Havre held its lead heading into the seventh, but the Shockers erupted for eight runs in the top half of the inning to seal the game for Great Falls. Charlie Christianson was 3-for-4 with three runs scored, and Jake Sedahl was 2-for-3 with one run scored. T.C. Fleche, Jase Stokes, and Jacob Labrie all had one hit each, while Fleche also had three RBIs. Filius suffered the loss on the mound, pitching six and one third innings, and giving up 21 hits.
In 13U action, the Havre all stars had a solid production in the first game, but couldn’t hold on.
Havre posted nine runs in the fifth inning, taking a 12-10 lead, but Lewistown’s four runs in the bottom of the fifth, and two runs in the sixth, put the game away. Havre outhit Lewistown 12-8, as Ivar Aageson, Gavin Mosbrucker, and Trey Hanson each had two hits to lead the way. Trey Murphy, Brendon Danielson, Noah Brown, Bobby O’leary and JayR Caplette had one hit each ,as well.
A 4-0 first inning lead was also erased in Game 2, as Havre lost by 10 runs in six innings. Havre went scoreless in the second, third, fourth and fifth innings, and posted one run in the sixth.
Aageson grabbed two more hits in the contest, while Danielson had one hit, as well.
State is just around the corner for both teams, and the 13U program hosts the state tournament Thursday through Sunday at Legion Field in Havre.