Bucks v. Bilings Halos (copy)

Bozeman’s Brady Higgs pitches against the Billings Halos on May 31 at Heroes Park.

After two tightly contested battles Wednesday, Bozeman imposed its style immediately Friday.

The Bucks scored within their first three at-bats, led by four after the first frame and 12 after the second.

The combination of a powerful offense and pitcher Brady Higgs’ efficiency led Bozeman to a 14-0 win at Lethbridge that was cut short after five innings due to the mercy rule. The victory capped a stretch of nine games in six days in which the Bucks won six times.

Bozeman (26-9, 6-3) finished with 12 hits and no errors while only three Elks reached base. The well-rounded performance coincided with the convincing victory, the type of win that was more common during their 11-game win streak in May.

But the blowout was certainly welcomed as a reprieve from the challenging June schedule Bozeman has endured.

“Our guys really rose to the challenge today,” Bucks manager Garrett Schultz said. “We lost a tough one last night where we lost a lead in the seventh. (We were) treating today like the state tournament. If you get a loss, you need to come back the next day. Our guys got a lead and never looked back.”

The Bucks sent 13 to the plate in the second inning, loaded the bases multiple times and capitalized. They plated eight without an extra base hit, generating the entirety of their production with five singles, three hit batters, two walks, a fielder’s choice and a sacrifice fly.

Alton Gyselman led Bozeman with four RBIs while Sage McMinn drove in three runs and Parker McMan knocked in two. Kelher Murfitt and Michael Freund each scored three times.

“I think we took advantage of what they gave us,” Schultz said. “We got some guys on, some walks, and then when they did throw it over the plate, we jumped on it and were aggressive. I just think we were ready to go.”

Through three innings, Higgs faced the minimum nine batters as a Lethbridge single was wiped out by a double play. The Elks singled only twice more and never threatened to claw back. Higgs finished his five-inning complete game needing just 57 pitches and recording three strikeouts and no walks.

“I thought Brady was really well composed today. He looked like a pitcher,” Schultz said. “He located his fastball pretty well. But mostly he pitched to contact. He didn’t walk batters. The reason we put up zeroes was Brady threw strikes and our defense made plays.”

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.