BELGRADE — The Butte Miners will have two chances to win a state championship Sunday.
Butte beat up on Havre for a 15-5 win Saturday at at Edward S. Medina Field to move into the championship game undefeated on the tournament. (Boxscore)
The win, which was the second time the Miners beat the Northstars by the same score in the tournament, was called after six innings by the 10-run rule.
Butte will play the Billings Cardinals in the championship game at 11 a.m. Billings has a loss, which came at the hands of the Miners, so the Cardinals would need to beat the Miners twice Sunday to win the title.
The Miners have to win just once.
Billings sent host Belgrade packing Saturday with a 13-11 win before the Miners took the field to rough up the Northstars.
Cayde Stajcar got the win after taking a no-hitter into the fifth inning, Zach Tierney hit a two-run home run, and Aidan Lee hit a walkoff single as Butte scored three runs to end the game in the sixth.
Kenley Leary smacked four hits, including a double, to lead Butte’s 17-hit attack. Eight of the 10 Miners with a plate appearance ended with at least one hit.
Lee poked three hits, while Eric “Chooch” Hart, Rye “Ryverson” Doherty, Tierney and Sean Ossello smacked two hits. Ossello’s day included a double.
Ethan “Easy” Cunningham and Evan Star singled, Egan Lester knocked in a run, and Anthoy Knott dropped a bunt and hit a sacrifice fly.
Tierney ended with three RBIs. Leary and Hart knocked in two apiece.
Stajcar struck out six and walked one in four and two thirds innings. Doherty got the final four outs, using 26 pitches. He is still eligible to throw on Sunday.
Brody Nanini hit two singles, and Trenton Maloughney doubled and drove in two runs to lead Havre.
The Miners (39-9), who have won nine straight, have not won a state tournament since 1953. Trey Hansen is expected to get the ball for the start. If you can’t make the trip to Belgrade, you can watch the title tilt here.
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