After losing three consecutive games, the Salt Lake Trappers finally won their first game of the season Thursday night, beating Butte 9-5 behind the relief pitching of Chris Shultea and the hitting of Keith Rader.
The teams traded leads several times before Shultea came on in the fifth inning with the score tied at 5-5. He held the Copper Kings to four hits and no runs during the remaining 41/3 innings.Shultea's performance overshadowed a fine outing by Mike Edwards, who earned All-America honors while playing for the University of Utah baseball team last spring. Edwards collected three hits in five at-bats Thursday.
Meanwhile, Rader collected four of Salt Lake's 13 hits and scored the go-ahead run in the sixth inning on a sacrifice fly by David Rolls. In the seventh inning, teammate Rick Hertensteiner increased the Trappers' lead to 7-5 with a solo home run.