Miner rally falls short in loss to GVO

The Butte Miners scored three runs in the bottom of the ninth inning Saturday afternoon at Copper Mountain Park, but it wasn’t enough as the Gallatin Valley Outlaws escaped town with a 6-4 Southern A victory.

The Outlaws scored three in the sixth and three in the eighth as GVO avenged a Tuesday loss to the Miners in Three Forks.

Butte got a strong outing from Ty Harney, who catches when he isn’t on the bump. Harney pitched well into the sixth inning, striking out four to work out of trouble on a couple of occasions.

Harney and the Miners took a 1-0 lead into the sixth thanks to a sacrifice fly by Dalton Daum. Daum’s fly ball to right field easily scored Colten Billteen, who led off the inning with a single. He advanced to third on a double by Dylan McDonald.

The Outlaws, though, answered the Butte run quickly.

Dante Fillippni singled and a Butte outfielder committed an error that led to two runs that put GVO on top for good in the top of the inning. Bryce Murphy followed with an RBI single to make it 3-1.

In the eighth, Brock Bitterman hit a three-run double to break the game open.

The Miners, who overcame a 7-2 deficit Tuesday in Three Forks, didn’t go quietly, however.

Catcher Nate LeProwse doubled, while Trey Hoagland reached on a fielder’s choice and Dylan Lanahan reached on an error. Hoagland and LeProwse scored on errors. Lanahan crossed after Zach Hart followed a Jared Haran double with an RBI single.

Randy Fry, who pitched the final two innings, got Billteen to ground out to second base to end the threat and the game.

The loss spoiled a four-hit game by Haran and a three-hit performance by Hart. Lanahan poked two hits, while Daum joined LeProwse, Billteen and McDonald with one.

Butte first baseman Jared Haran tags out Ian White on a pick off throw from Kilian O’Leary in the seventh inning.

Harney gave up nine hits, but only surrendered two earned runs to take a hard-luck loss. Bitterman, a lefty, struck out seven in seven innings to get the win.

The Miners, who fell to 11-7 in conference and 25-20 overall, are back in action Tuesday when they head to Helena for a doubleheader with the Reps.

GALLITAN VALLEY      AB  R  H BI  BUTTE MINERS         AB  R  H BI
Kyler Elliott         6  1  1  0  Dalton Daum           4  0  1  1  
Dante Fillippni       5  2  2  2  Trey Hoagland         4  1  0  0  
Bryce Murphy          4  1  2  1  Nate LeProwse         4  1  1  0  
Billy Mourer          2  0  0  0  Dylan Lanahan         5  1  2  0  
 Jake Lohrenz         2  0  1  0  Jared Haran           5  0  4  0  
Brock Bitterman       4  0  3  3  Zach Hart             4  0  3  1  
Jake Willard          3  0  0  0  Colten Billteen       5  1  1  0  
Randy Frye            5  1  2  0  Marcus Madrazo        4  0  0  0  
Ian White             5  0  0  0  Dylan McDonald        4  0  1  0  
Conner Van Dyken      3  1  0  0                                    
TOTALS               39  6 11  6  TOTALS               39  4 13  2
GALLITAN VALLEY               000 003 030 -- 6  
BUTTE MINERS                  000 010 003 -- 4  
LOB--GALLITAN VALLEY 14, BUTTE MINERS 12. 2B--Brock Bitterman, 
Bryce Murphy, Nate LeProwse, Dylan McDonald, Jared Haran.
HBP--Jake Willard, Dante Fillippni. SACF--Dalton Daum.
SB--Kyler Elliott.
 GALLITAN VALLEY                 IP    H    R   ER   BB   SO   HR
Brock Bitterman                7.00    6    1    1    3    7    0
Randy Frye                     2.00    7    3    0    0    0    0
 BUTTE MINERS               
Ty Harney                      5.67    9    3    3    3    4    0
Kilian O'Leary                 2.00    1    3    3    3    2    0
Trent Maloney                  1.33    1    0    0    0    3    0
PB--Nate LeProwse (3). WP--Trent Maloney, Kilian O'Leary.
SO--Brock Bitterman, Jake Lohrenz, Conner Van Dyken (2),
Randy Frye, Jake Willard (2), Ian White (2), Nate LeProwse,
Marcus Madrazo (2), Dylan McDonald, Dalton Daum (2), Trey
Hoagland. BB--Brock Bitterman, Jake Lohrenz, Conner Van
Dyken (2), Jake Willard, Bryce Murphy, Nate LeProwse, Zach
Hart, Trey Hoagland.


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