Miners walk past Cubs for home-opening win

Miners walk past Cubs for home-opening win
Butte Miner Scout Allen slides safely into third base as Dillon's Conner Curnow hits the ground to catch the ball Friday night at 3 Legends Stadium. (Bill Foley photo)

Friday night was a walk in the park for the Butte Miners.

The Butte American Legion Baseball team took advantage of 16 walks on their way to a 15-5 non-conference win over the Dillon Cubs. (Box)

The victory came in the season opener at Miners Field at 3 Legends Stadium.

Leadoff hitter Rylan Richards and catcher Evan Starr each walked four times, while Peyton Hettick drew three free passes.

Starter Brian Ogolin and Richards each pitched three innings in the win that was called after six innings by the 10-run rule. The game was scheduled for seven innings.

Hettick also tripled to lead Butte’s eight-hit attack. That came on a deep fly ball to right field to score Richards. It started a six-run first inning that followed a three spot put up by the Cubs in the top of the inning.

The Miners made it 7-3 with a run in the third before blowing the game open with a six-run fourth.

Kian O’Neill and Scout Allen each smacked a pair of hits. O’Neill joined Eric Hart, who singled, with three RBIs. Allen drove in two.

Reece Cox added a single in the win.

Preston Hales and Anthony Mocios doubled to lead Dillon, which managed just four hits. Pete Gibson hit two doubles.

The Miners, who improved to 2-7, are back at home for a noon doubleheader with the Kalispell Lakers on Sunday. The Butte Muckers play their home opener at 6:30 p.m. Saturday against the Bitterroot Bucs.



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