Miles Gordon had a chance for a walk-off hit in the Billings Mustang's Pioneer League opener against the Missoula Osprey. A balk won the Mustangs the game, but prevented Gordon from getting a chance to knock in the winning run.
Gordon's chance came again on Saturday at Dehler Park against Great Falls and he didn't disappoint.
With runners on first and second and one out, Gordon slapped an infield single to the hole between first and second base — scoring Carlos Rivero from second — and the Mustangs walked-off with a 6-5 victory over the Voyagers.
Coincidence or not, Gordon was happy to come through.
"It's funny I was in the same kind of walk-off position in the home opener, but they called it a balk so I was like, 'I've got to get this one,' " Gordon said. "We came back as a team. The thing about this team is we're never out."
Gordon finished 4 for 5 with a home run, two RBIs and he scored three runs. Montrell Marshall added a 3-for-4 performance with a double, RBI, and run scored.
After falling behind 4-2 in the top of the sixth, a three-run eighth inning put the Mustangs up 5-4 heading into the final frame. Great Falls got an RBI-single from Tyler Frost in the top of the ninth to force the Mustangs to bat in the bottom half.
Stuart Fairchild, Leandro Santana and Andy Sugilio each added an RBI for the Mustangs (8-5). Starting pitcher Tyler Mondile pitched five innings, allowing three runs and five hits while striking out three and walking three. Tyler Buffett (2-0) earned the win for Billings.
The second of their three-game series with Great Falls (6-7) starts at 1:05 p.m. on Sunday.
The Mustangs arrived back in town at 4:45 a.m. on Saturday after completing an eight-game road trip on Friday against Missoula. Though plenty of players on this year's team played together last year, it was the first time this year's squad hit the road as a team.
"It was good, it's a big team-building experience for sure," Gordon said. "We got a good group of guys this year so we're just lucky to have such a good team. It was a long road trip but we played well. Could have won some of the series but split both of them, but I mean we have a good team here so I'm not worried."
As for the early arrival, Marshall and Gordon both said the adjustment wasn't too difficult.
"I got home at 5:30 a.m," Marshall said with a laugh. "So a lot of guys that have been here before are used to it.
"This is a new team but it feels completely normal to me. All of the guys are comfortable with each other. It's always fun (hitting the road) but it's fun playing in front of the home fans again."