Bulldogs cruise past Maroons, as Donaldson tosses first no-hitter in Butte High history

Story by Coyt Stajcar 

Photo by Josie Trudgeon Photography

The Butte High Bulldogs completed the sweep against the Butte Central Maroons on Thursday night. Both sides had one thing in common that night. They were both freezing, wishing we had a dome in town to play in. Jake Tauscher started on the bump for the Maroons. The Bulldogs jumped out to an early lead after a Zack O’Connell sacrifice fly. Tocher Lee, Cayde Stajcar, Quinn Cox, and Gavin Trudgeon scored runs in the bottom half of the 1st to put them ahead 4-0.

The Maroons answered back in the 2nd inning though. Aidan Ossello drew a walk to start the inning, and then he stole both second and third. Beau McGree grounded out deep in the hole to drive Ossello in and cut the lead, 4-1.

Butte High put up 5 in the bottom half of the 2nd. Most of the runs came across because of their base-running abilities. The dogs tallied 3 hits that inning from Stajcar, Will Stepan, and Alex Jorgensen. Jorgensen was back in action for Butte High after missing some time taking a pitch to the noggin.

Not much happened after those first couple of innings. Marquis Abad was inserted at pitcher for the Maroons to start the 3rd. He held the Bulldogs in check for as long as he could, slicing and dicing the Bulldog lineup with his knuckleball.

Gunner Bushman had the only extra base hit of the night when he smoked a double to the left center gap. Jorgensen collected his second hit of the night in the 5th as well. The Bulldogs went up 9 after 5 innings. They finished it off on an O’Connell sac fly. Neither side could get much going on the offensive side with the cold weather and windy conditions.

Matthew Donaldson had a lot of first that game. It was the first game he started at home, first win on the season, and his first no-hitter in his high school career. The junior got better as the game went on, looking like he gained velocity between every inning. It seemed to be a very under the radar no-hitter because nobody had realized it until after it was announced when the game ended. Nevertheless, a great accomplishment for Matthew, etching his name into Butte High baseball history.

Butte Central plays in town on Saturday at 4 against Florence. This game will be Senior Night for the Maroons. The Dogs are back in action on Saturday               as well. They play Hamilton at 12 in Butte.