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Mustangs Clinch Pioneer League North Title with Sweep of Great Falls

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W: Romero (1-0)

L: Flores (0-1)

S: None

BILLINGS, Montana - The Billings Mustangs (2-0) completed their sweep of the Great Falls Voyagers (0-2) in the Pioneer League North Divisional Series on Saturday with a 5-1 win at Dehler Park. 

It was another outstanding outing for Billings pitchers. Wennington Romero (1-0) and Joel Kuhnel combined to just give up one run on six hits in the nine innings.

Great Falls held the first lead of the game, scoring a run in the top of the second. Jameson Fisher was walked aboard and scored from first on the double of Brady Conlan. It would be the only run of the game for the Voyagers.

Billings immediately snatched the lead away on a two-run homerun from John Sansone in the bottom of the second. It was Sansone's second homerun in as many nights, both times scoring Michael Beltre on the hit. He went 3-for-4 with a run and two RBI.

Leading 2-1, the Mustangs would only stretch their lead from there. Montrell Marshall hit his first of two doubles on the night in the third and scored on a Jose Siri RBI single. 

Wennington Romero pitched six and two-thirds innings in the start for Billings, his longest outing of the year. He allowed just one run on four hits and struck out six. It was the first time this season Billings has had back-to-back outings of more than six innings from their starting pitchers.

Beltre added an RBI double in the sixth to score Trammell, it was his second hit of the night and capped the scoring at 5-1.

Joel Kuhnel pitched the final two and one-third innings, going 1-2-3 in the ninth to clinch the win.

With the victory the Mustangs have now earned a spot in the Pioneer League Championship Series for the second time in three years. They will await the winner of the Orem Owlz and Ogden Raptors' series. They will play for the South Division crown Sunday.