Montana Avalanche Fast Pitch Are Ready to Take State - ABC FOX MONTANA NEWS, WEATHER, SPORTS - KTMF/KWYB

Montana Avalanche Fast Pitch Are Ready to Take State

Posted: Updated:
 If you look at the Montana Avalanche fast pitch team, it's pretty clear they have some of the best high school players in the state.

"So we have girls from all over, mostly the Missoula area, we have four core girls from Missoula, the rest are from all over, mostly western Montana, and one girl from Miles City, which is a far drive, but we're glad to have her," says Avalanche outfielder Bailey Deyle.

With a roster full of players from Missoula, Deer Lodge, Polson, Anaconda, Miles City, Ronan, Frenchtown, Plains and Helena…it can make scheduling a little difficult, but doable.

"We practiced all winter long, would bring the team in on Sundays, and a lot of that is team bonding, and getting to learn to play together," says Avalanche Manager Todd White.

"It's so nice, because there are girls from everywhere, and you get to meet good people from all over, and you make a ton of of friends, and people who are the best in the area, and everyone makes each other better, and we all excel hopefully," adds Avalanche pitcher Morgan Ray.

While Avalanche players all enjoy high school ball, they say traveling in the summer with the Avalanche has it's own added benefits.

"We all want to be here, we all want to win, we all get along, it's a totally different dynamic and I think it adds to the game," says Deyle.

"It's great because we all share a common love which is softball.  I've got a few teammates I've played against forever, and a few teammates I've looked up to forever, so it's great to come together," adds Avalanche Catcher and future Griz Dani Walker.

With players from across the state, who only saw each other one night a week during the winter, you might think it'd be difficult for them to get team chemistry, but that's not necessarily the case.

"Even at a couple tournaments where college coaches are watching, every single one of them has mentioned that we have great team chemistry, we get along, and joke around, which helps us play better," says Ray.

The team has been successful on the year, already qualifying for the ASA Nationals, and the USA Preps Winter Nationals, and while they're usually in contention at whatever tournament they go to out of state, they do want to bring home the Montana state title, which they could accomplish this weekend.

"We almost always place, and we have state next weekend, so we're hoping to win that.  I've never won state, so this is my last chance," laughs Walker. "But we always compete, and even if we don't win it all, there is always something good we came out of the weekend with."

  • Most Popular

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Photos from Fatal Missoula Shooting Scene

    Photos from Fatal Missoula Shooting Scene

    Monday, September 1 2014 8:11 PM EDT2014-09-02 00:11:07 GMT
    One man is dead after a shooting outside of a Missoula Strip club.
    One man is dead after a shooting outside of a Missoula Strip club.
  • PHOTOS: Hobo Spider season has arrived

    PHOTOS: Hobo Spider season has arrived

    Friday, August 29 2014 5:37 PM EDT2014-08-29 21:37:17 GMT
    KHQ.COM - Mid August is about the time that we start to see spiders come into our homes, particularly the hobo spider. August and September is mating season for the hobo and that means you may be seeing more funnel-like webs in and around your home. Males are on a mission to find a female which is why they are a lot more active at this time.
    KHQ.COM - Mid August is about the time that we start to see spiders come into our homes, particularly the hobo spider. August and September is mating season for the hobo and that means you may be seeing more funnel-like webs in and around your home. Males are on a mission to find a female which is why they are a lot more active at this time.
  • Big Sky County District Employee Arrested and Detained

    Big Sky County District Employee Arrested and Detained

    Monday, September 1 2014 11:15 PM EDT2014-09-02 03:15:37 GMT
    Cyle Kokot, an employee of the Big Sky School District, has been arrested and detained. The Gallatin County Sheriff's Office arrested Kokot for two counts of "sexual intercourse without consent.
    Cyle Kokot, an employee of the Big Sky School District, has been arrested and detained. The Gallatin County Sheriff's Office arrested Kokot for two counts of "sexual intercourse without consent.
  • LOOK: Faces Of WA State's Missing People

    LOOK: Faces Of WA State's Missing People

    Thursday, February 27 2014 11:49 AM EST2014-02-27 16:49:33 GMT
    SPOKANE, Wash. - The missing persons listed in this slideshow resided in the state of Washington at the time of their disappearance or may have traveled to Washington State. These pictures came from Washington State Patrol's website. If you have any information about any of these missing people call 1-800-543-5678.
    SPOKANE, Wash. - The missing persons listed in this slideshow resided in the state of Washington at the time of their disappearance or may have traveled to Washington State. These pictures came from Washington State Patrol's website. If you have any information about any of these missing people call 1-800-543-5678.
  • Cobell Settlement Checks Could Be Mailed By Fall 2014

    Cobell Settlement Checks Could Be Mailed By Fall 2014

    Friday, August 15 2014 9:03 PM EDT2014-08-16 01:03:47 GMT
    The people in charge of doling out money in the Cobell settlement want to put checks in the mail by this fall.
    The people in charge of doling out money in the Cobell settlement want to put checks in the mail by this fall.
  • Sentinel High School Principal And Assistant Principal Suspended

    Sentinel High School Principal And Assistant Principal Suspended

    Monday, September 1 2014 3:35 PM EDT2014-09-01 19:35:48 GMT
    Missoula County Public Schools suspended two of Sentinel High School's top administrators for "board policy violation."
    Missoula County Public Schools suspended two of Sentinel High School's top administrators for "board policy violation."
  • Search to Resume on Tuesday for Swimmer Missing on Ennis Lake

    Search to Resume on Tuesday for Swimmer Missing on Ennis Lake

    Monday, September 1 2014 11:56 PM EDT2014-09-02 03:56:06 GMT
    The search for a missing swimmer on Ennis Lake has ended for the night on Monday and will resume again Tuesday morning.
    The search for a missing swimmer on Ennis Lake has ended for the night on Monday and will resume again Tuesday morning.
  • Mountain Lion Cubs Recover At Montana Wildlife Center

    Mountain Lion Cubs Recover At Montana Wildlife Center

    Monday, September 1 2014 8:14 PM EDT2014-09-02 00:14:43 GMT
    Fire fighters pulled these adorable mountain lion cubs to safety over the weekend from a fire near Florence.
    Fire fighters pulled these adorable mountain lion cubs to safety over the weekend from a fire near Florence.
Powered by WorldNow

Features

  • More Features
  • Powered by WorldNow
    All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and Cowles Montana Media. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.