BILLINGS – After a dismal first half, the Billings Mustangs are suddenly the hottest team in the Pioneer League.
The Mustangs have won seven of their past eight games, and 11 of 13 overall to take a three-game lead in the second-half standings at 9-2. Infielder Dylan Harris has been one of the catalysts. Harris is fourth in the league with a .343 batting average in his first year of professional ball.
“I’m just sticking to my approach, not trying to do too much,” Harris said. “Just make good contact every at-bat I get.”
The Mustangs return to action Thursday night after a three-day break for the Pioneer League all-star game, the longest lay-off of the season. Harris took advantage.
“I enjoyed it. I got to go hiking up to Mystic Lake, hang out with some of the guys on the team, it was a good time,” he said.
It wasn’t completely smooth sailing, however.
“We saw a black bear,” Harris said wide-eyed. “It was a little nerve-racking at first, but we just stayed calm and it ran past us.”
When he isn’t getting up close and personal with Montana’s wildlife, the 23-year-old is keeping a close eye on his brothers who are also playing summer baseball.
“I’ve got two little brothers, one older brother, and I have four sisters,” Harris said. “Both my little brothers are ball players, and I love watching them have success.”
You can imagine the competition when they all get together around the holidays.
“Yeah, we always go to the field, see who can hit the ball the farthest still. But it’s nothing too serious. We love backing each other up, making sure everyone gets to be the best they can,” Harris said.
The Mustangs open a four-game series with Ogden at 7:05 p.m. Thursday night at Dehler Park.