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Butte Miners Playing Toughest Stretch of Schedule

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The Butte Miners are in the midst of a 12 game in 13 days stretch.

The outcome of these next two weeks could very well determine if they have a chance to make the state tournament.

"It's going to determine how we finish and where we set up for the district tournament,” said Head Coach Jeff LaProwse. “So it's really important. We need to win as many games as possible. 12 games in 13 days is a lot, but I think we're ready for it."

"It's quite a bit to ask for,” shortstop Trey Hoagland said. “It's pretty expected because we play a lot of games in just a couple of months. So sometime down the way, they're going to have to be in a row."

After their first two games of this long stretch, the miners are looking pretty good.

They started with a win over the Bozeman Spikes on Monday and followed that up with a huge win over the Gallatin Valley Outlaws Tuesday night.

But in order to keep the wins coming, the Miners say they will need success on the mound.

"Our pitchers need to step up,” said Coach LaProwse. “They have to finish games. They need to go deep. Our defense needs to step up as well to help out our pitchers, and keep their pitch counts down. That's how you win games."

"Pitching will probably be the toughest part because we have 12 games in the next 13 days,” Hoagland said. “So we're going to go through a ton of pitchers. Hopefully we can just get through the days off that we have and get a lot of rest."

As it stands right now, the Miners in the middle of the pack when it comes to conference standings.

They hope during this stretch they can climb the ranks.

"I think that falls on our older kids,” Coach LaProwse said. “They need to contribute and realize that this is probably the last year they'll play baseball. So they need to step up and live the dream, so to speak. They have very few games left in their careers and they got to step up and contribute."

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