BILLINGS – Satchel McElroy started the Billings Mustangs off with a bang, and they never looked back Friday night.
McElroy led off the bottom of the first inning with a solo home run to give the Mustangs an early lead, and Alejo Lopez added a a three-run shot later in the inning as the home team rolled the Missoula Osprey 9-2 in their first game back at Dehler Park since Aug. 9.
Hendrik Clementina added a solo home run in the third inning to give the Ponies a 5-0 lead, which was more than enough for starter Packy Naughton. The ninth-round pick in June’s MLB Amateur Draft picked up his second career win by throwing five shutout innings, allowing only three hits and striking out four.
The Mustangs banged out 12 hits as team, seven combined between McElroy, Lopez, and Clementina, who is hitting .344 in the Pioneer League between Ogden and Billings. The catcher was traded from the Los Angeles Dodgers system to the Cincinnati Reds system on July 31.
Edgar Martinez took the loss for Missoula, giving up five runs in five innings.
Billings continues its series with Missoula Saturday night at 6:05 p.m. The Mustangs (7-9) still trail the Great Falls Voyagers (8-8) by a game in the Pioneer League North second-half standings.