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Missoula, Montana
Sports Columnist — Missoulian
As seen in:  Missoulian, Billings Gazette

Sunday sports columnist for the Missoulian newspaper

Osprey outlast Mustangs in 15 innings — Twice the ball jumped off Austin Byler's bat like it was made of Flubber. His three-run blast and solo shot over the railroad tracks beyond the right-field fence helped the Missoula Osprey take a three-run lead into the eighth inning against the Billings Mustangs Monday.

Osprey blank the Mustangs, 5-0 — Bo Takahashi has been a real burr under the Billings Mustangs' saddle this season. Five days after shutting out the Mustangs for seven innings in a win at Dehler Park, the 18-year-old Missoula Osprey ace was at it again Sunday.

Mustangs storm past Osprey — Weak relief pitching and a costly baserunning mistake doomed the Missoula Osprey in their bid for a third straight win Saturday night. The Billings Mustangs busted loose for three runs in the seventh inning and two in the eighth in storming past the O's, 9-7, on a night when the game-time temperature was 96 degrees at Ogren-Allegiance Park.

Osprey come alive, post first home win — Outside of a foot race between a life-sized burger, hot dog and bag of popcorn, there wasn't much for Missoula Osprey fans to get excited about in the first half of Thursday's game. The burger came on late, fixins and all, to win the race.

Brewers spoil Osprey home debut with 7-4 win — Twice the Missoula Osprey fought from behind in their home debut Wednesday. It still wasn't enough. The Helena Brewers scored three runs in the top of the 10th inning to ruin the O's homecoming, 7-4, in front of 2,751 fans at Ogren-Allegiance Park. Missoula fell to 3-4 in the Pioneer League North Division.

Missoula Osprey public address announcer enjoys his perch — Listening to Tom Schultz expound on his excitement for opening night, you'd swear he was slated to take the mound himself. His job won't be quite so daunting Wednesday, when the Missoula Osprey make their home debut against the Helena Brewers at 7:05 p.m. at Ogren-Allegiance Park.

Osprey eye first winning season in three years under new skipper — If you can't find one of those magical bats with a lightning bolt carved onto the barrel, experience makes for a mighty nice alternative when it comes to baseball weaponry. Granted, it's not as mystical or tangible. It is, however, a big reason why the Missoula Osprey aren't a bit bashful about their high hopes heading into Thursday's 7:05 p.m.

Osprey: Aussie pitcher excited about second go-round — Aaron Sookee has come a long way to be a Missoula Osprey. The longest of anyone, in fact, from a literal and figurative standpoint. When Sookee landed in the Garden City on Tuesday afternoon, it marked the beginning of the Australian's second stint with a Major League Baseball team.

Osprey feature: New skipper happy to be back in Northwest — Hitting Wiffle balls in the backyard all by himself, Joe Mather dared to dream big as a boy. It didn't matter he lived in Coeur d'Alene and his odds of making it to the big leagues were slim and none.

Osprey: D-backs draft older; Missoula's team should feel effects — Don't be surprised if you see a few more chin whiskers on your Missoula Osprey this summer. Not just because it's the latest craze. The Arizona Diamondbacks, parent club of the Osprey, selected college players with their first 11 picks and 36 of 40 overall in the 2015 amateur draft.
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Jun 30, 2015

Isan Diaz walk-off RBI single gives Osprey 9-8 win over Billings in 15 innings.

Jun 30, 2015

The bases are loaded with no outs with Isan Diaz stepping to the plate for the Osprey in the 15th.

Jun 30, 2015

Matt McPhearson's bunt single gives the Osprey runners on first and third with no outs in the 15th.

Jun 30, 2015

Jeff Smith of the Osprey draws a walk and moves to second on a wild pitch to start the bottom of the 15th.

Jun 30, 2015

There's still about 75 die-hard fans at Ogren-Allegiance Park as the Osprey and Mustangs head into the bottom of the 15th tied, 8-8.

Jun 30, 2015

We're headed to the bottom of the 14th with the Osprey and Mustangs tied at 8-8.

Jun 30, 2015

Impressive work by O's reliever Keegan Long. Billings comes up empty with runners on second and third. Long strikes out 2, coaxes pop-up.

Jun 30, 2015

With the help of an Osprey error, the Mustangs have runners on second and third with no outs in the 14th frame.

Jun 30, 2015

Missoula strands the potential game-winning run on third. We're headed to the 14th inning tied at 8-8.

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