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.
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.
The 76-game grind is over. Now the fun begins.
The Mustangs are the quintessential .500 team. Before Wednesday’s 8-1 victory over Missoula at Dehler Park, their record was 30-30 overall -- 15-15 at home, 15-15 on the road.
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. -- Division-leading Billings and Grand Junction exchanged wins Thursday night in a Pioneer League doubleheader.
It seems Wyatt Strahan hardly broke a sweat in his 10th start of the season.
The Mustangs got three-run home runs from two of Cincinnati’s best rookie prospects. Then they said goodbye to maybe its best.
The Mustangs’ charter rolled into Dehler Park sometime around 7:30 Wednesday morning, ending the eight-day, seven-game road trip that took them through Idaho Falls and Ogden.
MISSOULA -- The Billings Mustangs rallied for two runs in the ninth but fell short, losing 6-4 to Missoula on Tuesday at Ogren Park at Allegiance Field.
Corey Thompson played 56 professional baseball games before he made his first start at second base Thursday night. It was a bit of an adventure.
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.
Third-round pick Wyatt Strahan is the highest draft choice listed on the Billings Mustangs’ roster in advance of their Pioneer League opener Monday night against Great Falls.