The Trapper dressing room was subdued late Wednesday night. The Traps gave a good effort in their last home game for nine days, but the steamrolling Butte Copper Kings won out for the second straight night, this time 9-4.

Butte has won 13 of its last 14 games and its last six with the Trappers.The Copper Kings, now four games ahead of Salt Lake in the Pioneer League South, tantalized the Trappers with pitching gaffes, but almost always they came out on top of the situation.

Butte pitchers wild-pitched home two Trapper runs, balked five times and hit three Trapper batters, yet it didn't make that much difference. The Copper Kings made fielding gems when they needed to, and they had 15 hits including a homer and three doubles.

Twice the Trappers ended innings with bases loaded, and they had runners on third two other times and couldn't score them - 12 left on base for the game.

"We're not getting timely hitting," said Trapper Manager Barry Moss.

"We just got lucky," said Butte Manager Bump Wills.

At the same time, Trapper pitchers made a couple of mistakes - just improper pitches for the situation - and Butte batters drilled them.

Moss pointed to Timmie Morrow's single in the fifth as being one of those mistakes. Morrow was behind in the count 1-2, said Moss, but Mike Ashworth gave him a ball he could hit. Moss figured Morrow should have been an out. Instead, he crossed home plate moments later on Donald Harris' homer.

"Every time they were pressed," said Moss, "they came through with the big hit.

"You can't put any pressure on them. They're doing everything right - they're hot," said Moss.

Said Wills, "We're in sync now. It shows by our record. We're very consistent."

Wills said proper attitude - concentration and hard-nosed play all the time - has a lot to do with it, but he says the Copper Kings have no time to relax now because they have four games with league-leading Great Falls starting Friday. At the same time, the Trappers take on the Mustangs at Billings.

Moss planned to take the Trappers through Yellowstone with a couple of hours for sightseeing set aside today on the way to Billings, taking advantage of the season's last off-day.

Wednesday, Butte got four hits and four RBI from Darrin Hays, who had two doubles and scored twice. He was 6 for 9 with five RBI for the two games in Salt Lake. League-leading hitter Barry Winford didn't play, but the No. 2 man in the league, Dan Peltier, had three hits in three at-bats and scored three times, walking twice.

Harris scored in the first after an infield hit and singles by Peltier and Hays, and Peltier's double and a Hays single made it 2-0 for Butte in the third. The Trappers came back with two in the fourth when J.D. Ramirez got the second of his three singles for the night. Max Tripodi walked, Ray Karczweski bunted them up, Phil Evans walked, and Ramirez scored on a groundout by Pat Waid. Tripodi was wild-pitched home for a 2-2 tie.

The Harris homer gave Butte a two-run lead again, but a Karczewski double in the sixth turned into a run after two groundouts, and it was 4-3.

Butte, however, scored three in the eighth on a walk, double, infield single and another double before reliever Scott Bray struck out the side. Bray struck out the next two Copper Kings he faced in the ninth, but a walk, double and single pushed across two more runs.

The Traps loaded bases in the ninth, and Joe Beaulac scored on a wild pitch, but a fly to third ended the game with three standing on base.