Gallatin Valley's Dante Filippini isn't just one of the top players for the Outlaws, he's one of the top second basemen in the state.
Hitting in the lead-off spot, Dante has been an integral part of his team's success.
"He knows a lot about baseball,” said teammate Conner Van Dyken. “I think he could be a good coach one day. I was struggling with my swing and he helped me fix my load. It helped everything. He can do that with a lot of guys. He knows a lot about baseball. It's really nice to have someone that knows that much around."
"I've kind of loved the game, so I always wanted to put my hard work in,” Filippini said. “It's a lot of tee work, a lot of cage work, a lot of ground balls, small things to get myself better. I do speed drills at the Manhattan gym. I workout three times a week. It's a grind, but you have to do it if you want to go to the next level."
Dante's hard work has got him to the next level.
In just a few weeks, he will head to pacific university where he earned a baseball scholarship.
"I sent them some emails,” Filippini said. “Where I was going to be, times I was going to play, stuff like that. They saw me play a little bit. They liked what they saw. It went pretty smoothly actually."
But baseball hasn't always come easy to Dante.
During those tough times he had someone to look up to, his brother, who now plays collegiate baseball in Texas.
"He's helped me incredibly,” said Filippini. “What I did when I was a lot younger was I watched him play and I tried to pick up on the things he did. I like to believe he's a pretty good ball player. I think I picked up the things that will help me progress my game to the next level."