Miners begin final week with sweep of Outlaws

Miners begin final week with sweep of Outlaws

THREE FORKS — The Butte Miners could not have started the final week of the regular season any better.

Butte swept a South A doubleheader with the Gallatin Valley Outlaws, winning both games 5-4. The second game went an extra inning before the Miners pulled out the win.

The sweep guarantees the Miners at least the No. 2 seed when they host the South A District tournament, which starts July 21 on Miners Field at 3 Legends Stadium.

The Miners are now 14-0 in conference and 29-8 overall. They play host to second-place Belgrade in a 6 p.m. doubleheader Friday night.

Butte will be celebrating Senior Night to honor seniors Eric “Chooch” Hart, Kenley Leary, George Riojas and their parents.

Game 1
Butte Miners 5, Gallatin Valley Outlaws 4
Rye Doherty pitched into the sixth inning and Leary doubled to lead the Miners in the opener.

Leary went 2 for 3, as did Cayde Stajcar, who hit a pair of singles. Hart, Aidan Lee, Zach Tierney, Ethan “Easy” Cunningham and Sean Ossello singled in the win. Ossello and Evan Star also drew walks, and Stajcar stole second.

Lee and Stajcar hit back-to-back RBI singles as Butte took the lead for good at 4-2 in the top of the fifth. Cunningham scored an insurance run on a wild pitch in the top of the sixth, and the run proved to be huge.

The Outlaws scored two in the bottom of the inning, but Cunningham go the final two outs for the save.

Doherty scattered five hits, walked two and fanned two for the win.

Mayson Shively and Colten Hader doubled to lead the Outlaws.

Game 2
Butte Miners 5, Gallatin Valley Outlaws 4 Boxscoreminersl
Hart scored on a passed ball to give the Miners the winning run in the top of the eighth inning.

He led off the inning with a single, took second on a wild pitch and advanced to third on a passed ball before coming home with the winning run.

The extra frame came because Tebay Singled in Hayes with the tying run in the bottom of the seventh. Butte led 4-3 after Doherty doubled in Hart and Stajcar in the top of the sixth.

Leary hit two doubles for Butte, which did its damage on seven hits and four walks. Hart hit two singles, while Stajcar and Ossello each hit one. In addition to his big double, Doherty walked twice. Leary and Quinn Cox also walked.

Trey Hansen pitched five innings. Stajcar pitched one before Cunningham got the win with two innings of relief.

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