DILLON — The Butte Miners ran their winning streak nine games Sunday before that streak was snapped by the Dillon Cubs in an Southern A American Legion Baseball doubleheader split Sunday.
Butte opened with a 15-4 win before the Cubs battled back for a 12-10 victory in Game 2.
The split leaves the Miners at 13-9 overall and 12-4 in conference play. Despite the loss, Butte is 12-2 in its last 14 games dating back to June 10. The Miners play host to the Helena Reps in a 5:30 p.m. double dip Wednesday at 3 Legends Stadium.
Miners 15, Cubs 4 (Boxscore)
Reece Cox drove in four runs and Ryan Wahl knocked in two as the Miners brought the 10-run rule into play after six innings in the opener.
Cox went 3 for 4 with two runs scored, while Wahl went 2 for 4 with a double.
Egan Lester went 3 for 4 with a triple, three runs scored and two RBIs. Rylan Richards hit a double and a single, also scoring three times, Kian O’Neill doubled, and Aidan Lee and Eric Hart each hit a pair of singles.
Evan Starr also singled as the Miners backed up the pitching of Kenley Leary and Eyston Lakkala with 16 hits.
Leary pitched the first four innings, striking out five and working around seven walks and one hit. Lakkala fanned two and walked one in two hitless innings.
Kale Konen tripled for Dillon’s lone hit.
Cubs 12, Miners 10 (Boxscore)
Dillon’s bats woke up in a hurry in Game 2.
The Cubs put up a five spot in the bottom of the first inning and never trailed. Dillon led 11-3 after four innings and held off a Butte rally.
Konen and Conner Vezina each hit a double and a single for the home team. Jace Fitzgerald added two singles, and Connor Curnow, Johnny Reiser, Chase Pulliam and Tyler Lagunas each hit one.
Fitzgerald pitched five innings for the win. Lagunas got the last six outs.
O’Neill doubled, and Lester and Lee each smacked three singles to lead Butte. Leary and Lakkala each added two hits, and Richards, Wahl, Cox, Zach Tierney and Hart hit one.
Cox started and took the loss. Hart struck out five batters in two and a third innings of relief.