Colorado Springs, COLORADO The Billings Mustangs won their first-ever contest against the Rocky Mountain Vibes Wednesday night, 8-5. The Vibes attempted a ninth-inning rally, scoring three runs and loading the bases with two outs and the winning run at the plate, but the rally fell short as the Mustangs took game one.
After a scoreless first inning, Billings found their way onto the board in the top of the second via back to back singles. Edwin Yon singled for the Mustangs first hit of the game, a wild pitch moved him into scoring position, and an Eric Yang single brought him home to make it 1-0.
Rocky Mountain answered in the bottom half with a pair of runs to take their first lead of the series. Jess Williams hit a one-out double, with Nick Egnatuk singling him home to tie the game. Ernesto Martinez Jr. then hit an RBI double to plate Egnatuk and give the Vibes a one-run advantage.
Billings responded right away in the top half of the third, scoring another run to quickly tie the game. Reyny Reyes led off with a double, and Quin Cotton followed suit with a double of his own to tie the game at a pair of runs apiece.
Both pitching staffs began to settle in after that, with the next run not coming until the top of the seventh inning, when the Mustangs scored three to make it a 5-2 affair.
In the top of the eighth inning the Mustangs scored three more runs on a Leonardo Seminati 3-run homer to extend their lead to six runs.
Down to their last three outs in the bottom of the ninth, the Vibes got the lead runner aboard via a Luis Avalo hit-by-pitch. With one out, Avalo reached second on a balk. Martinez Jr. then drew a walk to put two on. Antonio Piñero followed up with an RBI single to make it 8-3, with Martinez Jr. coming home on a sacrifice fly for out number two to reduce Billings’ lead to four runs. Nick Kahle kept the rally alive with a single to put runners on the corners, causing a Billings pitching change. Bryan Torres then singled home Piñero to bring the tying run to the plate in the form of Micah Bello, who drew a four-pitch walk to load the bases. A flyout to center ended the rally, however, as the Mustangs took game one 8-5.
The Rocky Mountain Vibes are in the midst of an eight-game homestand, beginning with a four-game set against the Billings Mustangs set to run through Saturday, with game two tomorrow night. First pitch is set for 6:40 p.m.