Young Mission Valley M’s continue to improve

Print Article

The Mission Valley Mariners American Legion baseball team has experienced a turbulent summer filled with a variety of highlights and disappointments.

The M’s, who continue to focus on cultivating their young team which is gaining valuable playing time with several young players gaining experience on both the A and B teams teetering back and forth between the combined 20 players they have on both rosters, are still a work in progress, according to Mission Valley Mariner’s manager Tim Rausch.

“We are still young, and I think the toughest thing to remember is that we are young,” Rausch said. “These kids have so much talent, and they bring a high intensity and consistency level every day at the ball field. We are going to be an adamant team to beat if we can do that.”

With any young roster, the M’s continue to improve and they also still have a high ceiling, according to Rausch.

“We are doing better in recent games,” Rausch said. “Still, I am a little disappointed. We could have been a lot better probably in our last six games. Recently, we’ve been on kind of a roller coaster, and we are still trying to find that even plain.”

In spite of the team’s early-season struggles, the young squad has still showcased promise, Rausch said.

“This team is way better than it was last year,” Rausch said. “We’ve had some ups and downs, but I see a lot of growth in the boys coming together and trusting each other. They are doing their best every day for each other, and they are coming together and playing as a team rather than playing like a bunch of individuals.”

According to Rausch, the M’s are currently in the middle of the pack in the American Legion conference standings.

“We are at the bottom or the middle of our conference,” Rausch said. “It’s been an interesting year. I was talking with the Bucs the other day before they came and split with us. If our team wins a couple of two-game series as the season progresses and gets a couple of sweeps, we will be right near the top.”

The Legion season can be a grueling 70-game plus schedule

No Fourth of July Firecracker Tournament

Each year, the Mission Valley Mariners have hosted a Fourth of July Firecracker tournament that brings in American Legion baseball clubs from all over the state of Montana and the region.

“We’ve done it the last couple of years, but because of lack of parent involvement, and helping with things that needed to get done for the tournament such as concessions, scoreboard and announcing field, we decided to not put on the event this year.”

The Mariners continue to build an American Legion ball program from the ground up, as they continue to work on the program.

Print Article

Read More Sports

Nothing fishy about final tuneup for Mission Valley harriers

October 16, 2019 at 5:49 pm | Daily Inter Lake At Arlee for the Fish Hatchery Challenge this past Thursday, most Mission Valley area teams were able to get one final regular season tuneup before the postseason gets underway next week. The only ...

Comments

Read More

Charlo Lady Vikings remain unbeaten in District 14C volleyball action

October 16, 2019 at 5:48 pm | Daily Inter Lake At Charlo last week, Lady Viking volleyball dialed down the therms generated by the Savage Heat of Hot Springs, then tamed some Tigers from St. Regis to notch two more wins in District 14C to maintai...

Comments

Read More

Extras in excess: Maidens drop a pair

October 16, 2019 at 5:48 pm | Daily Inter Lake For Ronan volleyball, the idiomatic adage “so close and yet so far” is becoming a recurrent theme with an uncanny frequency this season. An eyebrow raising seven sets have extended into extras thus...

Comments

Read More

Mission Lady Bulldogs sweep week’s slate

October 16, 2019 at 5:48 pm | Daily Inter Lake This past weekend, the Lady Bulldogs of Mission St. Ignatius traveled to Troy, where they topped the Lady Trojans in straight sets to notch another 7B conference win. Karolyna Buck led the team by ...

Comments

Read More

Contact Us

(406) 883-4343
PO BOX 1090
Polson, MT 59860

©2019 Lake County Leader Terms of Use Privacy Policy
X
X