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Northstars split with Spurs in home finale

 

Havre Daily News/Colin Thompson

Havre's Brenden Danielson looks to hit during an American Legion Northern District doubleheader with the Vauxhall Spurs Sunday afternoon at Legion Field. The Northstars dominated the Spurs in the opener, but Vauxhall rebounded to win game two. The games were the last home games for the Northstars this season.

Brendan Garden has started a lot of games on the mound for the Havre Northstars American Legion baseball team. But in what will be his final start at Legion Field, Garden saved his best for last.

In the final home doubleheader of the season, against Northern A District rival Vauxhall, Garden tossed a gem in front of the Legion Field crowd, holding the Spurs scoreless over the final six innings in what ended up being a 9-1 Northstars win. Havre dropped the second game 16-4 Sunday, but earned a split against the top team in the district thanks in large part to Garden, who retired 13 consecutive batters at one point and didn't allow a run or even a baserunner past second in the final six innings, as he earned the complete-game victory.

"It felt great," Garden said. "I was just on. I have had a few games like that but this was definitely the best game I have ever pitched at home. I usually pitch better on the road."

While Garden was outstanding on the mound, he got some help from the eight other guys he was sharing the field with. Kennedy McKay had some key put outs at second base, including a jumping stab in the top of the fourth inning. After holding Vauxhall without a hit for a base-runner for nearly five innings, the Spurs managed a runner in the top of the sixth but catcher Jake Sedahl promptly ended the threat by throwing out a runner at second base, who was trying to steal. Garden then retired the side in the top of the seventh to close out the win, the sixth of the season for him.

"I got a lot of help," Garden said. "They kept hitting the ball where we had guys and our guys just made the plays."

Havre fell behind 1-0 after the first inning, but in the bottom of the second, the Northstars offense got a spark from Trey Murphy, who got a hit and eventually tied the game on a passed ball. Sedahl gave the Northstars the lead for the first time on a sacrifice fly and an RBI single from Austin Delarosa put Havre in front 3-1.

Havre Daily News/Colin Thompson

Kennedy McKay makes a catch during Sunday's games at Legion Field.

In the third, Tony Antley singled to get things going in the third and after Murphy reached first safely on a bunt, the Northstars loaded the bases, which led to two more runs, making it 5-1. The Northstars added three more runs in the fifth and another in the sixth, thanks to an RBI single by Ethan Roberts pushing the lead to 9-1, which was the final score.

In the second game, Havre sent Tyrel Kjersem to the mound in hopes of sweeping the Spurs, but this time around, Vauxhall grabbed an early lead, plating two runs in the first and five in the second to take a commanding 7-0 lead. The Spurs added nine more runs by the fifth inning, wrapping up a 16-4 win. Kjersem was hit with the loss. He is now 1-1 against Vauxhall this season.

With the split, Havre is now 13-13 in the Northern A. The Northstars are currently in fifth place and are battling Tri-County, Lethbridge and Fort MacLeod for third place. Havre will wrap up its regular season Thursday with a road doubleheader against Lethbridge. Then, the Northstars will set their sights on the Northern A District tournament which will begin July 26.

 

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