The Billings Mustangs are Pioneer League champions for the first time since 2003. Fans might not have thought that possible during the middle of July, when on three occasions the Mustangs fell six games below .500.
Shed Long rounded third base and saw the throw from Orem’s Raul Linares bounce in the dirt at first base. And he realized the Billings Mustangs would be one win from their first Pioneer League championship since 2003.
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 76-game grind is over. Now the fun begins.
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.
OREM, Utah – Luke Moran and Soid Marquez combined on a four-hitter as the Billings Mustangs defeated the Orem Owlz 7-1 in Pioneer League action Saturday night.
The prospect was there for the Billings Mustangs to finish off a great homestand Sunday afternoon.
Home is where Luke Moran’s best outings have been. Now, after his fourth Dehler Park start, the Mustangs right-hander finally has a win to show for it.
What a relief. Mustangs right-hander Jeremy Kivel returned the mound coming out of the bullpen Monday night, marking his first appearance in the 15 days since he was shelved with a bone spur in his right elbow.
HELENA -- Taylor Sparks, Aristides Aquino and Garrett Boulware all homered in the first inning and the Billings Mustangs defeated Helena 7-3 in Pioneer League baseball Thursday at Kindrick Legion Field.
Dane Stone’s command made him one of the Pioneer League’s strongest pitchers in the first half of the season, and he carried that dominance into the second half as Great Falls shut out the Mustangs at Dehler Park.
OGDEN -- Justin Chigbogu hit his ninth home run, Jose De Leon threw six strong innings and Ogden defeated the Billings Mustangs 8-4 on Monday at Lindquist Field.
IDAHO FALLS, Idaho -- Ryan O’Hearn and Wander Franco each hit seventh-inning home runs and Idaho Falls beat the Mustangs 10-2 on Wednesday at Melaleuca Field.
The Billings Mustangs start their first seven-game road trip of the season Wednesday night when they play the Chukars in Idaho Falls.
Ryan O’Hearn nearly took off Luke Moran’s head with a liner up the middle in the first inning. Three innings later O’Hearn took Moran deep.
Idaho Falls infielder Ryan O'Hearn rounds 3rd base after hitting a solo home run off of Billings Mustangs pitcher Luke Moran in the fourth inning. The Chukars went on to beat the Mustangs 3-1.
Billings Mustangs pitcher Luke Moran allowed just two run in six innings against the Idaho Falls Chukars on Thursday a Dehler Park. The Chukars defeated the Mustangs, 3-1.
Billings Mustangs infielder Cory Thompson hits a sacrifice fly to drive in Brian O’Grady in the first inning against Idaho Falls on Thursday.
Idaho Falls Chukars shortstop Jecksson Flores dives into the stands after a foul ball in the sixth inning. Flores was unable to make the grab.
Kevin Franklin led off the bottom of the ninth swinging freely. He tried to hit the first pitch he saw over the Rims but missed. Later in the at-bat he flailed at strike three in the dirt.