Cunningham, Doherty roll as Miners sweep Cubs

Cunningham, Doherty roll as Miners sweep Cubs
Butte Game 1 starter Ethan "Easy" Cunningham delivers a pitch Friday evening at 3 Legends Stadium. (Bill Foley photo)

Not long after Ethan “Easy” Cunningham flirted with a no-hitter Friday night, Rye Doherty sealed the deal.

Both Butte Miners starters pitched shutouts as the Miners swept a South A doubleheader with the Dillon Cubs on Miners Field at 3 Legends Stadium. Butte won the opener 10-0 before closing the sweep with a 15-0 win in the nightcap.

The 10-run rule ended both games, the first after six innings and the second after five.

The sweep runs the Miners winning streak to 15 games. Butte (19-5), which has won 19 out of its last 20 games, is 10-0 in conference play.

The Miners look to extend their streak Saturday when they head to Anaconda for a 1 p.m. double dip with the A’s at Washoe Park.

Game 1
Butte Miners 10, Dillon Cubs 0
Cunningham struck out 10 batters as the Miners cruised in the opener.

He scattered three hits, all singles, and did not walk a batter. Only one Dillon batter made it to second base, and that was after a throwing error.

Eric “Chooch” Hart and Cayde Stajcar each drove in three runs to lead the Miners, who did their damage on seven hits. Hart went 2 for 4 with a single and a double, anile Stajcar went 1 for 2 with a double.

Egan Lester doubled in in a run, while Aidan Lee singled in a run. Lester scored the winning run in the sixth when Lee hustled down the line to force an error with two out.

Sean Ossello hit a pair of singles, and Evan Starr and Kevin Donaldson each drew a walk. Lester, Anthony Knott, Lee and Ossello stole bases in the win.

Anthony Macias, Tylar Lagunas and Damon Skdarske singled for the Cubs.

Game 2
Butte Miners 15, Dillon Cubs 0
Doherty’s no-hitter in the nightcap featured six strikeouts and two walks. He needed just 51 pitches for the no-no.

Butte took a 4-0 lead in the first inning and then blew the game open with four runs in the third.

The Miners pounded 14 hits in the win. Lee doubled, while Hart, Stajcar, Zach Tierney, Quinn Cox and Ossello each poked two hits. Ossello drove in three runs, while Stajcar and Tierney knocked in two.

Lester, Knott and Donaldson also singled in the win for Butte, which swiped six more bases. Lester stole two bases, while Cox, Lee, Knott and Donaldson each took two.

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