The Bozeman Bucks are heading to Great Falls this weekend with some of their key players rehabbing injuries.
But despite the injury bug going through the squad, it's not stopping them from starting off the season on a high note.
The theme around this year's Bozeman Bucks team is passion.
It's about battling back in the face of adversity.
"The one big thing that we have going for us this year is our passion and our drive,” said third baseman Nelson Brown. “Continually throughout our games we're fighting back, which is something we didn't have last year. We're really hopeful, all the players along with Coach Legg. That in itself, the passion and the drive, has been really carrying us this season."
The Bucks have turned to passion and drive since injuries have plagued the team since day one of the season, especially to the pitching staff.
"It has really restricted us as far as what we can do in certain situations, and where people can play,” said shortstop Bennett Hostetler. “But we've worked through it."
"Any injury kind of sets the whole team back a little bit,” said catcher Nate Lamberty. “I've been battling through it, but everybody is. So we're doing a pretty good job so far of battling through that and fighting through the pain and getting through it for the club."
As a result of the injuries, the Bucks have called up some of the younger players who normally play for the spikes.
And the experience for them has been invaluable.
"Once they come up and play with the Bucks they see how we do things and the drive and passion we have,” Brown. “Then they can take that back down to the Spikes and try to motivate their players and spread it among the Spikes and try to bring success."
Despite the adversity, the Bucks have a record above 500.
They hope to improve that record this weekend when they play Great Falls.