While there were some smiles out at miners practice earlier this week, it wasn't all fun and games during the off season. First, the mining city squad was informed by Montana Tech that their home playing field was going to be turned into a diamond in the rough. The Orediggers plans to install turf forced the miners to find a new place to call home.
"This year we're playing at Copper Mountain Park. We're hoping it's a temporary situation. We're working on getting a piece of land and developing a new home stadium," said Butte Manager Jeff LeProwse.
Due to a lack of lights at their temporary home the Miners were later informed they would not be playing a Double-A schedule. And having too large of an enrollment for Class-A, they won't be allowed to play in the postseason.
"We're 16 kids over the enrollment limit to play in the A District Tournament, so we'll complete the full A conference schedule, and that will be the end of our season this year," said LeProwse.
Despite not having a home field and not playing in the district tournament, the team is still playing like the championship is on the line.
"We still treat every game like it's a conference game, and try to go out there and show them that we should be playing in that conference tournament," said Butte Catcher Tyler Harney.
"We're just going to try our hardest like we did last year. We'll treat every game, like Tyler said, as a conference game. We'll just play our hearts out and try to get better everyday," said Butte Left Fielder Cody Sletten.