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Mustangs Fall Short in Championship Bid

September 19, 2023 – Pioneer League (PL) – Billings Mustangs News Release

Ogden Raptors proved to be a formidable opponent as they clinched the championship with a final score of 7-5, leaving the Mustangs to ponder what might have been.

The Billings Mustangs came charging out of the gate, seizing the momentum in the 3rd inning. Gabe Wurtz delivered an RBI double. Mikey Edie, capitalized on this opportunity and crossed home plate, giving the Mustangs an early 1-0 lead.

However, the Raptors responded with determination and resilience in the 4th inning. Cameron Phelts, a key player for the Raptors, exhibited his patience by drawing a walk. This walk proved costly for the Mustangs as it allowed Rafael Narea to advance to second and Landen Barns to reach third base. Then came Josh Broughton, a thorn in the Mustangs’ side, who unleashed a bases-clearing triple into the left-center field gap. The Raptors surged ahead, taking a commanding 4-1 lead.

In the 5th inning, Landen Barns continued to torment the Mustangs, singling and adding another run to the Raptors’ tally. The Mustangs found themselves trailing 5-1, facing a challenging comeback task.

Juan Teixeira added to the Mustangs’ woes in the 6th inning, singling and driving in Josh Broughton, who had already caused heartache for Billings earlier in the game.

The Mustangs displayed unwavering determination, and in the 6th inning, they managed to narrow the gap. Mitch Moralez bravely took a hit-by-pitch, contributing to a run that gave the Mustangs hope. However, the Raptors’ pitching staff remained resilient, thwarting most of the Mustangs’ comeback attempts.

In the 7th inning, the Raptors reinforced their championship aspirations when Logan Williams singled, allowing Jon Rice to cross the plate. The Mustangs had a mountain to climb, trailing 7-2.

Despite their determined effort, the Mustangs were unable to mount a full comeback. They did manage to add some drama to the game in the 8th inning when John Michael Faile blasted a homer, providing a glimmer of hope.

In the 9th inning, the Mustangs rallied once more as Mikey Edie singled, driving in two unearned runs. However, the Raptors’ lead was too great to overcome, and they ultimately secured the Pioneer League Championship title with a final score of 7-5.

The Ogden Raptors showcased their talent and composure throughout the game, making them deserving champions of the Pioneer League. Meanwhile, the Billings Mustangs put up a valiant effort but fell just short in their quest for the championship.

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