The Belgrade Bandits are roughly a quarter of the way through their season, and the team would tell you it had some ups and downs similar to a certain ride.
"It's been kind of a roller coaster ride so far,” said center fielder Koby Ruff. “We've played good at some times and bad at others."
"It's a roller coaster,” head coach Johnny Graham said. “We show up and play real hard, we scrap, we play with energy and some grit against teams that we deem really good. We show up and roll out of bed, go through the motions against teams that we may deem average."
The Bandit’s roller coaster may be partially contributed to the team's youth.
A good portion of the team saw limited game action last season.
"A lot of guys who have been playing this year didn't play a lot last year,” said third baseman Christian Schreckengost. “It's probably tough for them to step up in that role. Essentially, they need to be a leader in that role and it's probably tough to fill those shoes for them. I would say."
Despite the up and down play, the Bandits are now focused on one thing; playing consistent baseball and adding some more into the win column.
"All we can do is lay a map in front of them, tell them where we want to get to, give them advice on how to get there in an efficient manner. Than they need to start walking, grinding, sweating, and being challenged, and so on. There's going to be failure along the way and we've had some of that and success. We're still a team of talkers and need to be a team of walkers."
"We just need a total buy in, I would say,” said Schreckengost. “Just listen to Johnny. He's a smart guy and knows what he's talking about. They just need to commit to what he says and do what he's saying."