HELENA — The Butte Miners went 1-1 in a pair of one-run games Wednesday to open the Keith Sell Invitational at Kindrick Legion Field.
The Miners beat the Bitterroot Bucks 5-4 before falling 6-5 to the Glacier Twins A. Butte continues the five-day tournament at 2 p.m. Thursday against Calgary.
Butte 5, Bitterroot 4 (Box score)
Egan Lester singled and scored on a wild pitch as the Miners walked off for a win in their first game.
The win came after Bitterroot overcame a 4-0 deficit to tie the game with a rn in the fourth and sixth and two in the seventh.
Lester’s single to start the bottom of the seventh was his second of the game. He scored with two outs.
Rylan Richards also smacked a pair of singles, while Wolfgang Doty-Basel doubled. Casey Kautzman and Aidan Lee also singled.
Evan Star pitched an inning and a third of relief and got the win. Ryan Burt pitched into the sixth, striking out five and working around five walks.
Jake Scully and Brenden Schneiter doubled to lead the Bucs. Troy Larson started and pitched into the seventh inning.
Glacier 6, Butte 5 (Box score)
The Miners’ comeback fell just short as Butte fell to 1-1 on the tournament.
Butte scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to cut the lead to one. The Miners, though, left the bases loaded. Then the game was called by the time limit.
Jack Schwaiger tripled and drove in two runs to lead the Twins. Chad Queen pitched five and two thirds inning for the win. Steven Androchick got the final out for the save.
Reece Cox and Kenley Leary doubled to lead the Miners, who mustered just four hits. Burt and Carsen Dodge singled. Dodge drove in two runs, while Cox and Leary each knocked in one.
Doty-Basel got the start and pitched into the sixth. He struck out six and walked four. Just four of the six runs scored against him were earned. Hunter Bugni got a two outs in relief.