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Billings Mustangs planning on playoffs after year off

Posted at 5:38 PM, Jun 15, 2018

BILLINGS – The Billings Mustangs got off to a hot start in 2017, winning four of their first five games, but then failed to make the playoffs for the first time since 2013.

Pitcher Andy Cox remembers the run to the championship series in 2016, and he’s back on Friday’s opening-night roster after missing a full year with an injury, and couldn’t be more excited.

“My last game I pitched in was in June of last year, so for me, it’s like Game 7 of the World Series,” said Cox. “I’m really pumped about it, it’s going to be really exciting. For all the new guys that are here, it’s really exciting for them. They get to start their professional career. It’s going to be fun.”

Ray Martinez is back as the Mustangs’ manager for a third season, and says he wants to get back to the success of 2016, as well.

“I’m very very competitive, and these kids, we deserve to make the playoffs,” Martinez said. “This town, the city, the people deserve playoff baseball here.”

The Mustangs open the 2018 season Friday night against the Missoula Osprey. First pitch is schedule for 7:05 p.m.