Red-hot Miners sweep Bucks in Bozeman

BOZEMAN — The Butte Miners keep on winning.

They keep on winning big, too.

With a pair of lopsided victories, the Miners ran their winning streak to nine games with a South A sweep of the Bozeman Bucks Friday night at Heroes Park. The Miners won 15-4 and 13-2.

Butte, which improved to 4-0 in league play, has won 13 out of 14 games after starting the season 0-4.

The Miners will play host to Helena and Anaconda in conference doubleheaders Tuesday and Wednesday at 3 Legends Stadium.

Game 1
Butte Miners 15, Bozeman Bucks 4
The Miners slugged 17 hits in the opener.

Butte broke open a 4-all game with four runs in the fourth, four in the fifth and three in the seventh.

Cayde Stajcar and Quinn Cox each had a three-hit game in the win. Stajcar went 3 for 4 with a triple, a double, two RBIs and four runs scored. Cox went 3 for 5 with a triple and three RBIs.

Zach Tierney doubled, and Egan Lester, Eric Hart, Aidan Lee and Sean Ossello each hit two singles. Kenley Leary singled and joined Lee, Tierney and Stajcar with two RBIs.

Ethan “Easy” Cunningham also singled. Stajcar, Lester, Ossello, Cox and Lee each stole a base.

Rye Doherty pitched five and two thirds innings for the win. He struck out three and walked three. Trey Hansen got the final four outs.

Easton Martin went 3 for 4 with a triple and a double to lead the Bucks. C.J. Shirley added a double, and Jadin Frandsen hit two singles.

Game 2
Butte Miners 13, Bozeman Bucks 4
Stajcar picked up where he left in the first game, driving in four runs with a pair of doubles. He also got the last five outs of the win.

Cunningham was outstanding through five and a third innings on the bump, striking out 10 and walking three. He gave up just one earned run on three hits, all singles.

Hart went 4 for 5 with two runs scored and two RBIs, while Evan Starr belted a single and a double. Leary, Lee and Tierney singled in the win. Anthony Knott drew three walks and scored three runs.

Lee walked twice, and Tierney, Starr, Lee and Knott stole bases for the Miners, who led 6-2 before blowing the game away with seven runs in the top of the seventh.

Martin, Shirley and Cole Smith singled for the Bucks.