GREAT FALLS – Less than 24 hours after playing the second-longest game in Pioneer League history, the Great Falls Voyagers needed just a little more than two hours to hold off the Billings Mustangs 5-4 on Saturday night.
Pioneer League teams are idle on Sunday.
The Mustangs (22-24 overall) return to Dehler Park on Monday to begin a seven-game homestand. Billings will play four games against Grand Junction (Colo.), followed by three against Orem (Utah).
On Friday night, the Mustangs defeated Great Falls 3-1 in 17 innings on Alberti Chavez’s two-RBI single. The game went 4:38.
Jose Duarte hit an inside-the-park home run to left field to give the Mustangs a 2-0 lead in the second inning on Saturday. Argenis Aldazoro, who had reached on an error, also scored on the play.
Great Falls rallied with a four-run fourth inning, highlighted by Chevy Clarke’s three-run home run to center. Ryan Jones also had an RBI single.
Billings cut the margin to a single run with two runs in the ninth. Kevin Franklin scored on Duarte’s fielder’s choice and Aristides Aquino had an RBI double to right to bring Aldazoro home. Aldazoro singled earlier in the inning.
Great Falls finished with 11 hits, while Billings had five.