“I don’t know that anyone, either inside the league or outside, really knew quite what to expect.” -- Pioneer League president Michael Shapiro
The PaddleHeads left little doubt who is the best team in the Pioneer League Thursday night.
MISSOULA — Jacob Talamante scored on an error in the bottom of the ninth to lift the Missoula PaddleHeads over the Billings Mustangs, 8-7, Friday night in the regular-season finale for both teams at Ogren-Allegiance Park.
The Mustangs need to win their last two games in Missoula to reach the playoffs.
The Mustangs improved to 26-19 in the second half with three regular season games to play.
Brandt Broussard drew a bases-loaded walk and Jesus Azuaje later brought in the go-ahead run with a sacrifice fly in the eighth.
Kids ages 3-12 are invited to run on the field and collect 1,000 pounds of candy at the conclusion of the game.
The Mustangs remain in contention for a Pioneer League playoff berth.
MISSOULA — Montana will have a fourth Pioneer League pro baseball team next summer.
Zac Almond hit a two-run home run, Domingo Pena threw six shutout innings and Missoula defeated Billings 4-1.
Once told to transfer from the University of South Carolina, left fielder has again found his swing.
Amicangelo has now hit safely in eight straight games and 22 of his past 24.
The Mustangs and PaddleHeads are playing a six-game series at Dehler Park in Billings.
The Mustangs have won their first three series of the second half.
The teams will play two seven innings games on Sunday to make up for the postponement.
The Mustangs scored 13 runs and sent 17 hitters to the plate in the fifth.
Christian Sepulveda outdueled Jacob Barfield in the extra-inning home run derby.
The game was the first of a six-game series between the teams in Colorado Springs.
In three games prior to Saturday’s contest against Boise, Sepulveda was 4 for 8 at the plate with five runs, a double, two homers, three steals, and five RBIs.
Third baseman hopeful of earning a shot at the next level.
Eighth-inning homers by Christian Sepulveda and Tristen Carranza helped the Mustangs win their third straight.
The PaddleHeads continue to jockey with Idaho Falls for first place in the North.
Liam Sabino has signed a minor league contract with the Seattle Mariners organization.