Miners begin state push with Senior Day twin bill

Miners begin state push with Senior Day twin bill

The Butte Miners will close the book on their final home season in their temporary home at Copper Mountain Park Tuesday when they take on the Billings Scarlets in a doubleheader at 3 p.m.

A Senior Day celebration will be held between games to honor a host of players playing their final home American Legion Baseball game.

Nate LeProwse and Zach Hart are “super seniors” who played one season after their first year in college. Trey Hoagland, Quin Summers and Dyllan “Kruk” Lane are recent high school graduates who are not eligible to play next season.

Braxton “Ax” Henningsen and Tyler Ossello are seniors, who are eligible for one more season next year.

Henningsen has been out with a shoulder injury since late June. Miners coach Jeff LeProwse said he’s hopeful to get the second baseman back this week when the team could really use him.

The Miners have seven tough games left this week, and LeProwse said the Miners will likely need at least three wins to qualify for the state tournament, which begins July 27 in Missoula.

After Tuesday’s home finale, the Miners will head to Billings. They’ll take on the Billings Royals in a nine-inning game on Wednesday. The Miners and Royals will then play a doubleheader on Thursday.

Butte closes the regular season with a Saturday road doubleheader against the Kalispell Lakers.

Next season the Miners will move to new stadium that is currently under construction at Copper Mountain Park. Sod in the outfield and infield was completed last week, and the grandstands are finished.

Fans attending Tuesday’s twin bill will get a chance to check out the future home of the Miners and Muckers.

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