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Missoula Prospects Program Off and Running in First Year

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The Missoula Prospects are an 18U and 16U travel baseball program that started last fall to give kids another avenue to get out on the diamond.

"We decided to do this more than anything just looking around we wanted another opportunity for players as they were stopping baseball around 15 years old and after that they didn't think there were other opportunities," said Prospects Manager Greg Shawgo.

"The goal is to create a new opportunity for kids that don't want to play Legion and for kids that want to take it serious still and it's working so far and we are getting what we want out of it," said Infielder Gavin Boi.

The Prospects 18U squad plays 65 games this year with 61 of them on the road. It's a lot of travel but the players and coaches say it's worth it.

"It's a little tired traveling around but it's worth to have because you get your name around and get more people coming around," said Boi.

"The best part of traveling is that you get to be seen by college scouts, like when we go to Spokane and we get to see scouts," said Pitcher Danny Leary.

"We have 14 year olds right now who are getting interest from college coaches so we know we are doing the right thing in getting them out there," said Shawgo.

The Prospects already have a few players who are looking to continue their baseball careers at the next level and they hope to finish the season strong so the program can grow for next year.

"I want to see us improve and get the word out for our team so we can get more people coming get a bigger program and hopefully move to a better field," said Boi.

"I feel like the goal is for kids to get in the program and go to college and have them succeed in the program and go to a good college," said Pitcher Woody McDonald.

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