Muckers break out bats to sweep past Red Sox

Muckers break out bats to sweep past Red Sox
Butte Mucker Hunter Hotalen watches a shot during Game 1 of a doubleheader Sunday at 3 Legends Stadium. Hotalen, who was the winning pitcher for Butte, hit an inside-the-park home run. (Bill Foley photo)

The Butte Muckers are 3-1 after the first weekend of the American Legion Baseball season.

Butte opened its home slate with a doubleheader sweep of the Bitterroot Red Sox B team Sunday afternoon on Miners Field at 3 Legends Stadium.

The Muckers won the opener 21-11 in five innings. The Muckers overcame a 7-1 deficit and hung on for an 11-10 win in Game 2. The Butte club did its damage on 27 hits, 11 of which went for extra bases.

Butte’s next five doubleheaders will be played at home, starting with next Saturday’s 1 p.m. twin bill against Belgrade’s B team.

Game 1
Muckers 21, Red Sox 11 (five innings)

The Muckers pounded 14 hits as the home team took the opener in convincing fashion.

Butte took command with a 10-run first inning, and the Muckers led 19-2 before the Red Sox extended the game briefly with nine runs in the top of the fifth.

Hunter Hotalen and Mike McGivern hit inside-the-park home runs to highlight the Mucker offensive. Rye Doherty hit a double and a triple, Zach Tierney tripled, and Max Demarais smacked a double.

Demarais and Hotalen joined Kevin “Donnie” Donaldson with three RBIs. Donaldson went 3 for 4 and scored two runs. Doherty scored four times, and Tierney crossed the plate three times.

Each Butte batter had at least one hit, with McGivern joining Donaldson and Doherty with a multi-hit game. Kadyn Lester, Ethan Cunningham, Brady Shannon and Jakob Nielsen singles.

Hotalen pitched four strong innings, mixing in his knuckleball, to get the win.

Taylor Nead tripled, while Easton Pierce and Jacob Westbury doubled to lead the Red Sox.

Game 2
Muckers 11, Red Sox 10

A five-run sixth inning put the Muckers over the top in Game 2.

Butte trailed after the Red Sox posted a seven spot in the top of the third inning.

Hotalen and Donaldson tripled, while Nielsen, Tierney and Anthony Knott doubled for the Miners, who smacked 13 hits.

Cunningham and Doherty joined Donaldson and Tierney with a two-hit game. Shannon, and Demarais added singles in the win.

Trey Hansen drew a pair of walks and scored a run.

Cunningham got the start and struck out five batters in three innings. Nielson pitched the next four, fanning three to grab the victory.

Jacob Westberry drove in three runs to lead the Red Sox. Pierce doubled and knocked in two.

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