Miners roll in Sell opener

HELENA — Another month, another win for the Butte Miners.

After going unbeaten in June, the Miners opened July and the 27th Annual Keith Sell Tournament with a 9-1 win over the Great Falls Chargers Friday at Kindrick Legion Field. (Boxscore)

Eric “Chooch” Hart drove in three runs, and Ethan “Easy” Cunningham pitched the distance in the win. The game was halted by the tournament eight-run after five innings.

The win is the 18th straight for the Miners (22-5), who have won 21 of their last 22 games.

Hart singled in Kenley Leary, who hit his way on, to give Butte a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning.

After Lane Seim scored on a passed ball to tie the game at 1 in the fourth, the Miners scored four in the bottom of the inning and four more in the fifth.

Butte took the lead for good with a two-run error, then Hart singled in Rye Doherty and Sean Ossello with another single.

Hart went 3 for 4 for the Miners, who did their damage on eight hits — all singles. Leary poked two hits, while Ossello, Aidan Lee and Egan Lester each hit one. Lester, Ossello, Zach Tierney and Kevin Donaldson each scored two runs.

Lee stole two bases, and Hart and Leary each swiped one. Tierney and Quinn Cox were each hit by two pitches.

Cunningham used 95 pitches to go the distance. He struck out four, walked two and scattered six hits. The one run he gave up was unearned.

Seim hit two singles to lead the Chargers.

Butte will play Glacier at 12:30 p.m. Saturday before battling a pair of Calgary teams on Sunday. The Miners take on the Cardinals at 3 p.m. and the Bucks at 5:30.

Monday’s play depends on seeding.