HELENA -- Win and they’re in.
Regardless of the Mustangs’ 11-5 loss to the Helena Brewers on Tuesday, the reality of their Pioneer League postseason aspirations is this: With one victory in their next two games, Billings will make the playoffs.
Billings begins a season-ending, two-game series at Missoula on Wednesday. The Mustangs and Osprey are tied atop the North division with identical 21-15 second-half records, but Billings owns two tiebreakers should the teams finish the season deadlocked.
Missoula, which beat Great Falls 3-1 on Tuesday, will eliminate the Mustangs with a two-game sweep.
Billings expects to send starter Sal Romano (5-5) to the mound in Wednesday’s series opener. Missoula is scheduled to counter with Chris Thomas (2-1).
Robert Maddox belted his 13th home run of the season for Billings on Tuesday. It was his 29th home run for the Mustangs, which established a new short-season franchise record.