The Florence Falcons have won seven out of the last fourteen state B/C tournaments. They're going for a three peat this year, so saying they look forward to tournament time would be an understatement.
"I'm really pumped I want to prove that we deserve it three years in a row, so I'm really excited to play," said Senior Outfielder Hailey Huot.
"It's something we work towards the entire season, it's a long season but we know the end is the fun part of the season we get to do tournaments and play multiple games and travel as a team and that's fun," said Senior Catcher Stephanie Drozdz.
The Falcons say their experience at state will be one of their biggest advantages. They are a free and easy playing squad but they know it's time to buckle down and that starts at practice.
"Its way more intense, we have fun but we want to win. We are ready for it and we just have this want to win attitude," said Huot.
"Well I think so, the intensity and they know what's at stake so they will pick up it and be ready to go," said Head Coach Rob Ralls.
For the second year in a row Florence lost a divisional game heading into state. The Falcons were 18-0 in conference this year before losing to Mission but Coach Ralls isn't worried and says they just need to clean it up a bit.
"Well I think just doing what we have been doing, hitting the ball well. We need to cut down on the errors we have had more errors than I'd like this year but we've been able to overcome it with scoring a lot of runs," said Ralls.
Bottom line is it's state championship or bust for this team. A three peat is on their minds and they want nothing else.
"It would be the best thing in the world being a senior and i could say i finished strong and that we played together and I want to show the seniors that were great last year that we could do it again," said Huot.
"As Hailey said it would be going out on top because only one team gets to go out on a win. It would be sweet as a school to have our third state championship in three years and it would be sweet for the team because it's another victory for us," said Drozdz.
The state tournament starts Thursday in Great Falls and the Falcons will play Columbus in the first round.