LIVINGSTON — The Livingston Braves were no match for the red-hot Butte Miners Monday night.
Butte swept a Southern A doubleheader, winning 15-1 and 13-7. The first game was called after five innings by the 10-run rule.
The Miners, who outhit the Braves 27-7 in the two games, rolled their record to 17-9 overall and 16-4 in league play. Butte, which has won 16 of its last 18 games, is back in action Friday when the Miners host the Bozeman Bucks in a 6 p.m. doubleheader at 3 Legends Stadium.
Miners 15, Braves 1 (Boxscore)
Leadoff hitter Rylan Richards and Ryan Wahl each drove in three runs, and Kenley Leary struck out seven in four and two thirds innings in the opener.
Wahl tripled and singled, and Richards smacked a pair of singles. Ethan Edwards, Aidan Lee, Eric Hart, Hunter Salcido, Kian O’Neill, Coyt Stajcar and Leary added singles. Salcido and Stajcar each drove in two runs.
Evan Starr drew a pair of walks and joined Richards, Wahl and O’Neill with two runs scored.
Scott Tatum and Rob Wolf singled for the Braves.
Miners 13, Braves 7 (Boxscore)
Hart and Leary each poked four hits as the Miners’ bats stayed hot in the nightcap.
Wahl added three hits for Butte, which poked 16 hits, including five doubles. Two of the two baggers came from Wahl. Hart, Lee and Richards each hit one.
Lee smacked two singles, while Egan Lester and O’Neill each hit a single. O’Neill knocked in three runs, while Richards, Lee, Hart and Leary each drove in two.
Ever Miner batter reached. Reece Cox walked three times and scored, and Eyston Lakkala walked and scored.
Salcido pitched the distance, striking out eight and walking three. He scattered five hits while throwing 104 pitches.
Braden Duncan, River Smith, Darian Gilman, Tatum and Wolf singled for the Braves.