Luke Moran stood alone holding a football in the Dehler Park outfield, waiting for somebody to join him for a little pigskin toss. It’s a common warm-up routine for pitchers, and can serve as a method to lighten the mood.
The Mustangs’ first postseason game in six years was a microcosm of the past month, as hitters scratched and clawed in two-strike counts and pitchers made crucial outs in big moments amid heightened pressure and emotion.
Six pitchers combined on a two-hitter, and the playoff-bound Billings Mustangs continued their second-half surge by beating Helena 8-1 in Pioneer League baseball Wednesday at Dehler Park.
HELENA -- Ty Washington's sacrifice fly in the top of the 12th produced the deciding run in the Mustangs' 7-6 victory over Helena on Monday at Kindrick Legion Field.
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. -- Division-leading Billings and Grand Junction exchanged wins Thursday night in a Pioneer League doubleheader.
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. -- The Grand Junction Rockies can hit with or without Michael Cuddyer.
Billings Mustangs manager Dick Schofield stood outside his team’s Dehler Park clubhouse, extending congratulatory greetings to his players one by one as they arrived.
Call it new life, renewed hope or a reboot. By any name, the Pioneer League’s split-season format means a second chance for 75 percent of the teams.
IDAHO FALLS – Jimmy Pickens’ two-run double in the top of the ninth helped lift the Billings Mustangs to a 10-9 win over the Idaho Falls Chukars on Friday night in the Pioneer League.
Tyler Mahle fired a complete-game three-hitter and Billings Mustangs batters smoked 15 hits in a 12-0 victory over the Ogden Raptors Sunday at Dehler Park.
If there’s one constant in the Pioneer League, it’s that hitters sit on fastballs.
MISSOULA – Jimmy Pickens and Ty Washington hit eighth-inning home runs to help Billings to a 3-2 win over the Missoula Osprey and salvage what would have been a frustrating night for the Mustangs.
Pitchers have been doctoring baseballs to gain an advantage over hitters for well over 100 years. Some get caught, most don’t.
GREAT FALLS – Four Great Falls pitchers combined on a three-hitter as the Voyagers defeated the Billings Mustangs 2-0 on Saturday night at Centene Stadium.