The Butte Muckers closed their home season in dramatic fashion Friday on Miners Field at 3 Legends Stadium.
Butte split a twin bill with the Bitter Root Red Sox B. The “Muck Show,” as the players call the team, won the opener 4-1 behind a complete-game gem by Anthony Knott. The Red Sox battled back to win the second game 11-10 in eight innings.
The Muckers forced the extra frame by rallying for four runs in the bottom of the seventh inning.
Butte’s younger American Legion team will close the season Wednesday when they hit to road to take the Gallatin Valley Posse.
Butte Muckers 4, Bitterroot Red Sox 1 (Boxscore)
Knott pitched a beauty in the opener. The right scattered four hits, worked around three walks and struck out one in the complete game victory.
The only run Knott surrendered was unearned, and it came as he was one out away from the shutout.
Kevin Donaldson and George Riojas doubled to lead the Miner offense. Riojas also singled for Butte, which did its damage on three hits and three walks. Knott drove in a pair of runs, while Donaldson and Zach O’Connell each knocked in one.
Brandon Brennaman started and pitched four strong innings, taking the loss for the Red Sox. Mason Henderson struck out five batters in two innings of relief.
Bitterroot Red Sox B 11, Butte Muckers 10 (8 innings) (Boxscore)
Sawyer Townsend singled in Jacob Westberry with the winning run in the top of the eighth inning as the Red Sox salvaged the split.
That came after the Muckers rallied to send the game to extra innings.
Jackson Jessop went 3 for 5 with a double, three RBIs and two runs scored to lead the Red Sox offense. Bryce Cooper added three hits and two RBIs. Trapper Ostar scored three runs from the leadoff spot.
Trey Hansen tripled, while Jonas Sherman, Jacob Tauscher and Quinn Cox doubled to lead the Muckers. Cox and Tauscher also added singles, and Derek Dunmire belted a pair of singles for Butte. Cox caught both games.
Donaldson and Knott singled. Gavin Trudgeon and Cameron Tobiness also contributed to the Butte attack that saw each batter score at least once.