The Missoula Mavericks finished the conference season at 17-7 and earned the number two seed in this years state tournament in Billings. In the last week the Mavs bats have been hot, giving them momentum heading into state.
"These last two games heading into state have been a confidence booster scoring 14 and 13 runs, we've been hitting the ball well and playing good defense and we should make a deep run we just have to play well," said Mavs third baseman Nathan Jewett.
Last year Missoula took a young team to state and stumbled in some key moments resulting in a third place finish. The team hopes they can learn from last year and take home a state title.
"I think our main thing is we just need to relax, it's still just baseball. Yea it's state, but I think last year a lot of us got uptight and nervous and we made more mistakes than we should have," said Mavs first baseman Shane Olson.
"Last year we had a bunch of sophomores that were playing, we were talking about this the other day, maybe they weren't comfortable and made a couple of errors they shouldn't have. But now with everyone having experience we are not going to have those silly mistakes that can cost us and we will be more comfortable," said Mavs second baseman Tres Cunningham.
And the Mavs don't want to make those mistakes at state, especially this year, especially not in Billings.
"I've been rivals with Billings ever since I was in little league. Playing state it was always Billings against South Side or something like that when I was in little league. So from the start it would mean everything to beat Billings and win it on their turf," said Mavs catcher Slade Heggen.
"Oh it would mean everything, that's been the goal of this team since day one is to go out and get a state championship. We know that we've got a lot of talent here and we are capable of doing it if we play well and it would mean everything if we went over there and played well and came away with a W.
The Mavs first game is against the Helena Senators at 4:00 on Wednesday.