The Butte Miners continued their hot streak by winning a pitcher’s duel and a rout Sunday at Miners Field at 3 Legends Stadium.
Butte beat the Bitterroot Red Sox 4-0 and 12-2 in a non-conference doubleheader. Cayde Stajcar pitched the Miners to victory in the opener, and Anthony Knott had a monster game at the plate to lead the way in Game 2.
With wins in eight of their last nine games, the Miners rolled their record to 8-5 after an 0-4 start. Belgrade comes to town Wednesday for a nine-inning game.
Butte Miners 4, Bitterroot Red Sox 0 (Boxscore)
Stajcar picked up his first American Legion victory by spinning a seven-inning gem in Game 1.
The 14-year-old eighth grader scattered three hits — all singles — in the complete-game win. He struck out five batters and walked two to top Red Sox starter Mason Anderson.
Kenley Leary, Kevin Donaldson, Rye Doherty, Ethan Cunningham and Quinn Cox singled to lead the Miner offense. Eagan Lester drew a bases-loaded walk to score Zach Tierney, who also walked.
Eric Hart and Aidan Lee worked walks in the win.
Anderson fanned seven and walked four in five innings to take the hard-luck loss. Austin Gray, Tim Hickey and Paul Brenneman singled for the Red Sox.
Butte Miners 12, Bitterroot Red Sox 2 (Boxscore)
Knott had himself a week in Game 2.
The left fielder went 3 for 3 with a home run, two doubles, five RBIs and three runs scored to lead Butte’s 11 hit attack.
Shortstop Eric Hart added a double a a single, and Leary doubled in the victory. Sean Ossello hit two singles, and Stajcar and Tierney each added a single in the game that was called after five innings by the 10-run rule.
Lee and Trey Hansen held the Red Sox to just three singles. Tyler Jones, Bridger Huxtable and Conner Ekin reached on hits for Bitterroot.
The Red Sox took a 1-0 lead in the first inning, only to see Butte take control with five runs in the bottom of the inning. The Miners put the game away with three in the fifth.
Butte walked off when Knott’s inside-the-park home run scored Evan Starr and Leary.