The Butte Miners ran their winning streak to four games Sunday, sweeping a non-conference doubleheader with the Missoula Mavericks A at a picture-perfect 3 Legends Stadium.
Butte rode a one-hit gem by Kenley Leary in the first game, winning 10-2. The Miners then erased a 7-0 deficit for a 10-7 victory in Game 2.
With their second sweep in as many days, the Miners evened their record at 4-4. Butte will travel to Belgrade to take on the Bandits on Friday. Then, the Miners will play host to the Bitterroot Bucs and Bitterroot Red Sox next Saturday and Sunday.
Butte Miners 10, Missoula Mavericks A 2 (Boxscore)
Leary was brilliant in the opener. The righty struck out 12 batters and walked three, using 95 pitches to go the distance.
Only one run was earned against Leary. The only hit against him was a two-run double by Missoula second baseman Owen McGuinn.
McGuinn, by the way, is the grandson of Jim “Fonz” Hanley, one of the Legends of 3 Legends Stadium. Hanley was on hand to watch the second game.
Butte right fielder Kevin Donaldson singled in Cayde Stajcar and Quinn Cox to tie the game at two in the bottom of the second.
After a Sean Ossello. Donaldson scored after Leary hit a line out to give the Miners the lead for good. Butte added three runs in the third, two in the fifth and two in the sixth.
Donaldson went 2 for 3 and drove in four runs. Cox and Eric Hart each added three hits. All 10 of Buttes’ hits were singles.
Aiden Lee and Stajcar singled for Butte. Stajcar also walked two times.
Butte Miners 10, Missoula Mavericks A 7 (Boxscore)
The Mavs took command of Game 2 with four runs in the first and three more in the second.
Rye Doherty then took the bump and pitched five and two thirds scoreless innings to get the win. He struck out six and walked one.
Leary led the Butte offensive, driving in three runs with a 3-for-4 performance from the leadoff spot.
He tripled to score Cox and Donaldson to tie the game in the sixth. Egan Lester followed with a double to score Leary with the go-ahead run.
When the dust had settled, the Miners scored six runs in the bottom of the sixth. Missoula loaded the bases, but Doherty got out of the jam with a groundout to end the game.
Hart hit a double and a single in Butte’s 10-hit attack. Donaldson hit two singles. Anthony Knott and Cox hit singles in the win. Lee worked a pair of walks.
Hunter Sellers, Sam Matosich and McGuinn each smacked two hits to lead the Mavs.