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Comets win two, lose two at weekend tournament


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The Havre Comets were on the road for the first time this season Saturday and Sunday playing in the Kootenai Valley Tournament.

The Comets played four games on the weekend, winning the first two before losing the next two. In their first game, the Comets beat the Glacier Twins 10-0. The Comets defeated Mission Valley 3-2 in the next game before losing to Libby 9-2 in their third game. The Comets faced the home team in their final game, losing to Kootenai Valley 8-6.

In game one, the Comets scored three runs in both the third and the seventh innings en route to the 10-run win. Tyler Thompson pitched all seven innings, striking out 11 and walking three. Thompson allowed only four hits.

Shortstop Cory Junck led Havre with three hits and one RBI. Tony Christian and Adam Jensen each added 2-for-3 efforts. Christian also walked twice and drove in one. Jensen hit a solo home run in the seventh and had an RBI single in the fifth. Ben Mader also had a three-RBI game.

The Twins' pitchers walked eight batters and gave up 12 hits.

Sparked by a fourth-inning home run by Chazz Hurlburt, the Comets edged out Mission Valley 3-2 in game two. Christian led the way with a 2-for-4 game followed by Hurlburt and Chris Chandler. The Comets capitalized on four Mission Valley errors.

Brandon Morse and Junck combined to strike out nine and walk just one. Each gave up three hits.

The winning streak ended for the Comets in game three as the Libby Loggers won 9-2.

Jordan Patterson and Patch Wirtzberger had the only two hits and scored the only two runs for Havre. Patterson doubled in the sixth and Wirtzberger singled in the seventh.

Herbig pitched for Libby in the win.

Hurlburt pitched four innings for the Comets and allowed two runs, only one was earned. Chandler followed and gave up four runs, three earned, in two innings. Ben Erickson came on and pitched the final inning, giving up three runs, two earned.

The Comets fell victim to the host team in the final game, although watchful eyes paid off for Havre. The Comets walked 10 times and only had three hits. They also capitalized on three Kootenai Valley errors.

Jensen, Hurlburt and Chandler accounted for the only Havre hits. Jensen and Chandler both had singles with Hurlburt drilling a triple.

Ben Mader started the game for the Comets and gave up five runs, three earned. Mader struck out five and walked two. Bret Magelssen came on in the fifth inning and gave up three earned runs. Magelssen struck out two and walked one.

The Comets' next games are May 8 at home against the Northstars.


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