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Bozeman's Hunter Williams pitches on May 30 at Heroes Field.

In a key game, Hunter Williams dominated.

Williams threw a seven-inning shutout as the Bozeman Bucks won at Lethbridge 1-0 in a conference game Wednesday. With an 11-10 loss in Game 2 of a doubleheader, the Bucks’ four-game win streak was halted.

Williams allowed just three hits and totaled eight strikeouts, throwing a 68 strike percentage, and just one walk. Of the 25 batters he faced, he threw first-pitch strikes 13 times.

However, the Bucks (25-9, 5-3) equally struggled on offense and totaled just three hits themselves. But Carsten Simcox drove in Michael Freund, who had a double in the game, in the fifth for the only run they needed.

The second game was won with more explosive offense. Alton Gyselman, Kelher Murfitt, Ben Hubley and Freund each drove in a run in each of the first four innings before the Bucks scored three in the fifth. But the Elks used a five-run fifth — a bases-loaded walk, a two-run double by Skylar Braun and a two-run error — to take an 8-7 lead.

The Bucks responded once again, however, when Freund cranked a one-run triple to center field, he scored on error and Logan Pailthorpe hit a line drive to center for an RBI to cap a three-run sixth.

But the Elks kept the game going when Braun hit a solo homer in the bottom of the seventh and won the game when they scored two runs on an error. The Elks totaled four unearned runs in the game.

Parker McMan closed the game for the Bucks, allowing one earned run and two hits with one strikeout in 2 ⅔ innings, and added a hit of his own. Freund finished 2 for 5 with two RBIs and two runs while McMinn was 2 for 4 including a double with another two runs scored.

The Bucks play at Lethbridge again in a seven-inning game at 5 p.m. Thursday.

Colton Pool can be reached at cpool@dailychronicle.com or 406-582-2690. Follow him on Twitter @CPoolReporter.