The Butte Miners just keep on winning.
On Sunday, it was solid pitching that led the way as the Miners swept a Southern A doubleheader from the Dillon Cubs on Miners Field at 3 Legends Stadium.
Hunter Hotalen and Max Demarais spun complete-game gems as Butte won 8-2 and 4-0 to run its winning streak to eight games. The Miners have won 13 of their last 14 games, improving their record to 17-15 overall and 7-3 in conference.
The Miners, who lost star pitcher Ryan Richards to a broken toe this weekend, are back in action Tuesday when they head to Belgrade for a conference twin bill with the Panthers. Butte will start the Keith Sell tournament Friday in Helena.
Butte Miners 8, Dillon Cubs 2 (Boxscore)
Hotalen, a crafty righty, struck out five batters, scattered three hits and worked around three hits to pick up the win in the opener.
He got plenty of run support, too, with most of it coming in the first inning. Butte put up a six spot in the bottom of the first to take control. The Miners led 8-0 before Dillon got on the board in the sixth.
Aidan Lee went 3 for 3 with a double, two runs scored and an RBI to lead the Miners. Coyt Stajcar, Rye Doherty and catcher Evan Starr doubled in the win. Starr, Stajcar and Doherty each drove in two runs.
Eric “Chooch” Hart added a single for the home team.
Connor Curnow hit a double and a single to lead the Cubs. Jace Fitzgerald singled.
Butte Miners 4, Dillon Cubs 0 (Boxscore)
The Miners had another big first inning in Game 2, taking a 4-0 lead.
That was plenty for Demarais, who fanned five and walked one in the win. He needed just 86 pitches and scattered four hits.
Hart poked three hits and played another game of solid defense at short stop for Butte. Lee doubled, and Ethan “Easy” Cunningham, Egan Lester, Starr and Stajcar doubled.
Eyston Lakkala played a solid game behind the plate in the win.
Pete Gibson hit a double and a single to lead Dillon. Damon Skradski and Johnny Reiser singled. Cole Pulliam pitched five strong innings for the Cubs, bouncing back nicely from a rough first to fan five.