Mavericks storm back to sweep past Muckers

Mavericks storm back to sweep past Muckers
Butte Muckers pitcher Ethan Edwards checks a runner on third base during the first game of a doubleheader with the Missoula Mavericks A Sunday at 3 Legends Stadium. Butte first baseman Max Demarais holds Missoula runner Henry Kelker on in the background. (Bill Foley photo)

Sunday was looking like it was going to turn out to be a very good day for the Butte Muckers.

The Muckers jumped out to a 10-2 lead over the Missoula Mavericks in Game 1 of a non-conference doubleheader at a chilly Miners Field at 3 Legends Stadium.

That, however, was the end of the good news for the Butte club. The Mavericks outscored Butte 24-0 over the next seven innings to sweep the twin bill. Missoula won 14-10 and 12-0.

Next up for the Muckers is Tuesday’s trip to Helena for a seven-inning game with the Reps.

Missoula 14, Butte 10
After the Mavericks jumped out to a two-run lead in the first inning, the Muckers put up three in the bottom of the first, four in the second and three in the fourth.

Missoula, though, cut the lead to 10-9 with a seven spot in the fifth. They took the lead for good with a five more in the seventh.

Leadoff hitter Adam Jones went 4 for 4 with a double three RBIs to lead the Mavericks, who smacked 13 hits and took advantage of 10 walks.

Henry Black, who doubled, Henry Felker and Alex Certel each had a two-hit game for the Mavs. Felker pitched four innings of relief, fanning four, to get the win.

Kooper Klobucar hit a pair of singles to lead the Muckers. Eyston Lakala, Rye Doherty, Gavin Vetter and Hunter Salcido each hit one. Hunter Hotalen knocked in two runs.

Missoula 12, Butte 0
Keelan Feely pitched the distance to grab the win in the nightcap, which was called after five innings by the 10-run rule.

He struck out seven and allowed just one hit. Feeley walked three.

Charlie Kirgan homered, and Jones hit two singles to lead the Missoula offense. Kirgan and Skye Palmer each scored three runs.

Gian Reynolds singled for Butte’s lone hit on the day. Brady Garner, Ethan Cunningham and Salcido walked.

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