The ASA state softball tournament is this weekend in Missoula and one of the teams competing in the 18U bracket is the Missoula Slappers.
"It was just a couple of us friends tried to put together a team one of the last summers playing together and it turned out being people we played against throughout the year," said Loyola Pitcher Makaya Resner.
Since the Missoula Slappers team started about a decade ago, the roster has been filled with players from all over western Montana with a focus on kids who played at the Class B/C or A level.
"You know a lot of those kids from smaller towns don't get the coverage that those from the bigger schools do but from my experience some of these kids from these smaller schools are phenomenal softball players," said Slappers Head Coach Sean Resner.
However, having kids from all over playing on the same team cant have it's challenges. The Slappers have only been able to practice a few times together so the players don't know everyone's strengths and weaknesses.
"It's difficult to know like what their able to do, you don't know what they can and can't do and you don't know how hard they throw. I feel bad for the first baseman because you never know if it's going to be a lob or a ball straight to your face so that's kind of hard to know," said Plains Outfielder Diana Woodward.
Like any all star team the familiarity might not be there but the talent and high level of competition is what makes travel softball most intriguing.
"I play because i like the competition better than high school, here you get to pick your teams you can really challenge yourself against the best players in the state," said Resner.
The Slappers have been playing well and they say they're looking forward to the state tournament.
"We're pumped, we won the last tournament we were in at Bozeman and that really put us on a good vibe heading into state," said Butte Senior Maria Michelotti.
Another intriguing aspect about the Slappers squad especially for parents, is the price. Many travel teams can cost hundreds or thousands of dollars, this year each player had to pay only eighty eight bucks.