Bucks v. Billings Doubleheader (copy)

Bozeman’s Sage McMinn pitches during a June 5 game against the Billings Scarlets at Heroes Park.

For about six months, Bozeman anticipated a difficult June. The Bucks scheduled tournaments in Rapid City, South Dakota, and Omaha, Nebraska, to test themselves. They wanted to create high-pressure situations.

And in between facing the challenging nonconference opponents, Bozeman also would have to deal with those in its league. The Bucks (24-8, 4-2) took care of business again Tuesday by taking down the host Missoula Mavericks 6-1. Bozeman bumped its win streak to three before a trip to Lethbridge, Canada, for games Wednesday and Thursday.

“Today was just a nice conference game,” manager Garrett Schultz said. “To go to someone else’s home field and come out with a win in a pretty one-sided game, the guys got after it and played a good baseball game.”

The Bucks jumped ahead with two runs in the first before Missoula even had a chance to bat. Sage McMinn tripled to bring in Ben Hubley and Alton Gyselman doubled to score McMinn. Hubley finished 3 for 4 with two runs and Gyselman recorded another RBI when he was hit by a pitch as part of a three-run seventh inning.

On the mound, McMinn went to work, cruising through six scoreless innings, striking out eight and walking two.

“Sage was really good, really competitive. He challenged hitters,” Schultz said. “He did throw a lot of pitches (105), we had to get him out after the sixth because of pitch count … but he’s been competing really well for us.”

Bozeman struck out eight times Tuesday and Schultz added that he’d like batters to reduce strikeouts.

But he complimented Carsten Simcox, who went 1 for 4 with an RBI, and Ethan Coleman, who went 2 for 3 and also knocked in a run. The duo batted in the bottom third of the lineup, a portion of the team Schultz hopes will continue increasing its production.

Tuesday’s success carried over from Sunday, when the Bucks took down Rapid City in a 6-5 thriller. Michael Freund broke the tie in the seventh inning with a two-run homer that proved to be the game-winning hit.

Schultz described Rapid City as a regional powerhouse and the victory as a highlight during a six-day stretch that features five games in Rapid City, Tuesday’s game in Missoula and three upcoming games in Lethbridge.

“These guys want to be on a baseball field. We’re having fun, we’re winning games,” Schultz said. “It’s been nice to see guys step up. … We knew it was going to be a grind and they’ve attacked it and risen to the challenge.”

Paul Schwedelson can be reached at pschwedelson@dailychronicle.com or 406-582-2670. Follow him on Twitter @pschweds.

Paul Schwedelson is a sports writer for the Bozeman Daily Chronicle.