Braves swept at Copper Mountain

Teammates Buck Spallone (12), left, and Zander Petrich (1), of the Livingston Braves, take a rest during a Southern A doubleheader on Saturday at Jack Weimer Memorial Field in Livingston. Enterprise photo by Jordan P. Ingram.
Jordan P. Ingram
Enterprise Staff Writer

The shiny new Miner’s Field sparkles from within the multi-million dollar, 30-acre Copper Mountain sports complex in Butte. 

For American Legion baseball fans and players alike, it’s a sight to behold. 

“It’s drop-dead gorgeous and an ideal place to play,” Livingston coach Bruce Lay said. “It was a beautiful day for a thumping of the Muckers.”

And despite Buck Spallone firing off two triples, the Braves let an early lead slip away to fall to the Butte Muckers 10-7 in Game 1 of a Southern A baseball doubleheader on Tuesday afternoon. 

Butte went on to defeat Livingston 9-3 in the nightcap game to complete the two-game sweep at home. 

The Braves struck first in Game 1 after Brock Peterson scored on a sacrifice fly from Zander Petrich, helping Livingston take an early 1-0 lead over the Muckers. 

At the top of the second, the Braves sprang out to a 7-0 lead sparked by Conner Busby’s two RBI single to center field. Peterson and Petrich each had singles, which combined for two runs before Spallone sent a scorcher to right field for an RBI triple and set up McMinn, who connected for an RBI single. The Braves’ scoring outburst gave them a 7-0 lead, taking control early on the road.

But Livingston’s offense fell silent for the remainder of the game, allowing the Muckers to steadily chip away at the deficit. Trailing 7-4 in the bottom the sixth, the Muckers muscled one final offensive, scoring six runs to take their first and final lead of the game, 10-7.

“Next thing you know, they shoot their way back in and we let it slip away,“ Lay said.

Ethan Bullock and Peterson each had three-bag shots for a team total of four triples in Game 1 for the Braves, who outhit the Muckers, 10-7.

“If you want to watch kids hit the ball to the fence, we are a fun team to watch,” Lay said.

“But it comes back to pitching again. We have got to have solid defense behind our young pitchers or we are in trouble.”

In Game 2, the Muckers continued to stymie the Braves at the plate, and Livingston didn’t help itself after racking eight errors in the field. Butte scored nine runs in four innings for the 9-3 win.

Up next

The Livingston Braves will wrap up their game against the Belgrade Bandits at noon on Saturday at Jack Weimer Memorial Field in Livingston. The Braves led the Bandits 6-4 in the top of the fourth inning before the game was rescheduled due to extreme weather. 

Livingston will then travel for a  conference doubleheader against the Helena Reps starting at 1 p.m. on Sunday in Helena.