Miners don pinstripes, sweep past Anaconda

Even in pinstripes, the Butte Miners looked pretty good.

Wearing their new pinstriped UpTop uniforms for the first time Friday night, the Miners continued their hot streak with a Southern A doubleheader sweep of the Anaconda A’s on Miners Field at 3 Legends Stadium.

Butte won the opener 13-5 before coming from behind to take the nightcap 13-4.

The sweep extends the Miners winning streak to six games. Butte has won 11 of its last 12 games to pull even at 15-15 overall on the season. The Miners are 5-3 in conference play heading into Sunday’s home twin bill against the Dillon Cubs.

Game 1
Butte Miners 14, Anaconda 5
Egan Lester, who shook his head at the pinstripes, had a huge game at the plate to lead the Miners in the opener.

Lester went 3 for 4 with a double, five RBIs and two runs scored.

He was one of three Miners with a multi-hit game. Kian O’Neill smacked two hits and drove in three runs, and Ethan “Easy” Cunningham added two hits, two RBIs and two runs scored.

Leadoff hitter Rylan Richards added a single, two RBIs and three runs scored. Eric “Chooch” Hart, Aidan Lee, Reece Cox and Coyt Stajcar also singled in the win. Cox and Stajcar also scored two runs apiece.

Cox, who was most proud of the new uniforms, pitched four innings for the victory. Cunningham worked three solid innings in relief.

Mason Worl, Andrew Tallon, Riley Kristovich and Corey Galle doubled to lead the A’s, who were without a couple key players because of a wrestling camp. Galle also singled and drove in two runs.

Pat Galle, Jace Coughlin and Gabe Galle also singled for Anaconda.

Game 2
Butte Miners 14, Anaconda 4
Anaconda jumped out to leads of 3-0 and 4-2 in in the nightcap.

The Miners scored two in the first and two in the second before taking the lead for good with three in the third. Butte then broke the game open with a five-run fifth inning.

Rye Doherty overcame a rough start to pitch six innings in the victory. Doherty also drove in a team-leading three RBIs in the victory

Richards, who pitched the final inning, and O’Neill doubled and singled as Butte smacked 10 hits in the win. Hart and Doherty each hit a pair of singles.

Lester, who joined Cox with three walks, hit a single. So did Max Demarais. Richards scored three times. Lester, Hart, O’Neill and Cox each scored twice.

Pat Galle doubled and singled, and Worl hit to singles to lead the A’s. Coughlin, Tallon, Corey Galle and Alex Jorgensen singled.