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Missoula Mavs Move on to Regional's

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The Missoula Mavs are packing their bags for Eugene, Oregon to play in the Northwest Regional Tournament. After losing the first game of the State tournament the Mavs roared all the way back and beat the Billings Royals twice to win the state title.

"It was the greatest feeling of my life, running in from centerfield to jump on that dog pile was a great experience," said Mavs Outfielder Jackson King.

"It was really emotional because there were nine of us out there grinding for that and once that final one is in there it's pretty crazy," said Outfielder Tanner Rheinschmidt.

"I mean it still hasn't sunk in that we are State Champions and going to regional's but it was an awesome moment," said First Baseman Shane Olson.

The Mavs were one of the best teams in the state throughout the entire season. They went into the state tournament knowing they could win. They still feel that way going into the regional tourney but know they might be overlooked.

"When people think about Montana they definitely don't think about baseball so it will be good to show everybody that we can do it and just because we are from Montana doesn't mean we can't swing it," said Rheinschmidt.

"We are not really seen as the favorite to do anything coming from Montana so we have a chip on our shoulder to show everybody else we can play too," said Olson.

Joining Montana will be the state winners from Idaho, Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Oregon and Hawaii.

"I think we have a great chance to do big things there, we just have to score runs and play good defense like we did at state and who knows what could happen," said Olson.

"We have the same mentality we know we are a great team and we can do a lot of damage at his tournament," said King. 

The Mavs open the tournament against Idaho on Thursday morning.
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