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Northstars fall to AA Chargers in a return to Great Falls


Last updated 7/23/2020 at 7:58am

Playing road games is never easy, but it becomes a more difficult task when the opponent you are facing has battled down to the wire against you before. Road games have not been especially kind to the Havre Northstars American Legion baseball club as of late, too, making what happened in Great Falls Wednesday evening tough.

The Northstars faced off against the Great Falls AA Chargers Wednesday evening in the Electric City, with the Chargers pulling away in another close bout between the two teams 4-3, putting another stain on Havre’s record, which now has the Northstars posting 16 wins and 24 losses. Another road loss is tough, especially considering that the end of the regular season is right around the corner.

Havre head coach Patch Wirtzberger was proud of the way his team battled against Great Falls Wednesday evening.

“It was a really good baseball game by both teams,” Wirtzberger said. “We had four lead changes with Great Falls. We kept battling and our kids kept hitting the ball. The last inning was really close between the two teams and I’m proud of what we were able to do in Great Falls.”

The first inning started off relatively slow, with neither team managing to put up a run, but the Chargers were the first to find home plate, with Josy Hinderager tripling in the bottom of the second to score a run to take the lead. But the Northstars answered back in the top of the third inning with two runs to jump ahead 2-1 going into the fourth inning.

From there, though, Havre would not find its way back to home plate, as the Great Falls defense kept them from scoring, while at the same time adding on a run in both the sixth and seventh innings to retake the lead once again. The Northstars would stay in the game with a single by senior Tyrel Kjersem to send a runner home in the top of the ninth inning, but the Chargers finished off any hopes Havre had of coming away with the win, as Great Falls was able to score a run to win the game.

At the end of the day, The Northstars still had some impressive performances by the team. Kjersem led the offense with a perfect three hits at three at-bats, followed by Caden Jenkins with two hits at three at-bats. The offense put up 10 hits against the Great Falls, too.

It is another tough loss for Havre, but Wirtzberger saw some things shine against the Chargers Wednesday.

“Trenton Maloughney put up a strong game at the mound,” Wirtzberger said. “He kept the Chargers shut down for seven innings. Quinn and Tyrel are just doing a really good job at the plate, pushing our team ahead and getting runs on the board.”

The road has not been so kind to the Northstars recently, but Havre still hopes to end the regular season on a high note. The Northstars (16-24) will be taking on the Tri-County Cardinals Saturday at 3 p.m. in Conrad, in the first of two games that will hold a lot of purpose when it comes to the Class A North Districts standings.

The doubleheader against Tri-County holds some serious leverage and Wirtzberger is ready to see his team give it their all Saturday.

“Tri-County is a team we haven’t played for about a month now,” Wirtzberger said. “I know they’ll be ready to go. It could mean something seeding-wise for the district tournament at the end of the season. We’re playing really good baseball right now but we can still improve and that’s what I would like to see happen.”

Chargers 4, Havre 3

Great Falls 0 1 000 1 1 0 1 – 4 5 1

Havre 00 2 00000 1 – 3 10 4

WP – Fox Weymouth

LP – Trenton Maloughney

Havre batting – Quinn Reno 1-4, Tavish Mclean 0-2, Tyrel Kjersem 3-3, Caden Jenkins 2-3, Ethan Carlson 1-3, Julian Benson 1-2, Eli Cloninger 1-4, Carson Lunak 1-3, Jeremiah Benson 0-4, Kale Reno 0-4.


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