GERING, Neb. — The Mining Tommyknockers just can’t catch a break.
Butte’s Expedition League baseball team got outstanding pitching Thursday night, but the Tommyknockers did not get any help from their bats or Mother Nature. The Mining City dropped a 1-0 game the Western Nebraska Pioneers at Oregon Trail Park Stadium. (Boxscore)
The game was called in the seventh inning after a lengthy rain delay.
Jarred Mazzaferro drove in Tyler Davis on a groundout in the bottom of the fourth inning for the only run of the game. Davis doubled and took third on an error, rendering the run unearned.
Mazzaferro also doubled for the Pioneers, who saw Caden Edwards, Derek Brown and Michael Callia hold the Knockers to just one hit.
A single by Carter Dobrinski was the lone hit for the Butte team, which was swept in a three-game series for the first time this year.
Kyle Wellman pitched six strong innings for the Tommyknockers, taking the hard-luck loss. He struck out eight, walked one and scattered three hits. Butte native Liam Sommer pitched to two batters, striking out one and walking one before the rain delay.
The loss is the fourth straight for the Tommyknockers, who fell for the sixth time in their last seven games. At 14-12, the Tommyknockers fell four and a half games behind the red-hot Souris Valley Sabre Dogs. They are in a virtual tie with the Badlands Big Sticks (13-11).
That tie will be broken when the Tommyknockers open a three-game set with the Big Sticks Friday night in Dickinson, North Dakota. The Butte team will be back home Tuesday to start a three-game set with the Canyon County Spuds at 3 Legends Stadium.