The Gallatin Valley Outlaws swept a Southern A American Legion doubleheader with the Butte Miners on a long night at 3 Legends Stadium.
Gallatin Valley won the opener 9-3 before closing out the sweep with a 13-6 victory in the nightcap.
The double dip included a pair of delays. The first came in first inning of the opener, when lightning and rain forced a break in play. The second delay came when the lights went out in the top of the seventh inning in Game 2.
The losses drop Butte to 1-3 in league play. The Miners jump back into action Friday when they hit the road to play the Bozeman Bucks in a doubleheader.
The Miners play next Tuesday at Anaconda before heading to a tournament in Pocatello, Idaho. Butte’s next home game is June 23 against the Bitterroot Red Sox.
Gallatin Valley Outlaws 9, Butte Miners 3 (Boxscore)
Cyrus Richardson played some slick defense at third base for the Outlaws in the opener. He also drove in three runs.
Richardson hit a double and a single, while Isaac Richardson added a pair of singles and two RBIs. Bo Hays also doubled for GVO, baking up a strong start from Patrick Dietz.
Dietz pitched into the seventh inning, striking out seven batters. He gave up three runs, two of which were earned.
Rylan Richards tripled, and Reece Cox doubled to lead Butte’s seven-hit attack. Kian O’Neill hit a pair of singles, while Egan Lester Eric Hart and Evan Starr each hit one.
Hunter Hotalen started and pitched into the seventh for the home team.
Gallatin Valley Outlaws 13, Butte Miners 6 (Boxscore)
Butte’s five errors were the story of the nightcap.
Defensive miscues were particularly harmful in the fifth inning, when the Outlaws scored nine runs. Eight of those runs were unearned, and GVO turned a 6-3 deficit into a 12-6 lead.
Cyrus Richardson added two doubles, three RBIs and three runs scored in the win. Brody Ayers poked three hits and scored three times, while Isaac Richardson Dietz and Brandon Beedle each smacked a pair of hits.
Ayers, Beedle and Dietz doubled. Hays picked up the win in relief.
Cox hit a double and a single while driving in two runs for the Miners. Evan Starr added two singles, while Richards, Hart, O’Neill, Aidan Lee and Ethan Cunningham each hit one.
Rye Doherty started and pitched into the fifth inning before things fell apart for the Miners.