GREAT FALLS – The Great Falls All-Stars Junior Little League baseball team is fresh off its win over Big Sky/Boulder in the state championship in Billings on Monday. The team has been on a roll lately, going 8-0 in the past two weeks, winning by big margins. Now the All-Stars will head to regionals to represent the Treasure State in San Jose, California.
“It’s really exciting just knowing that we made it this far,” said second baseman Kyle Svir. “It’s a really big accomplishment for our team. We almost made it last year, but this year we really wanted to make it. It’s just been a really fun year all together.”
“It’s been fun, I’ve been with most of these kids seven, eight years,” said head coach Joza Kralich. “I got to know them and we’ve got a good group here, we’re going to prove some stuff. We’ve won the last two weeks by about 15 runs per game, so I think we’re going to make people look at us.”
The team with the strong pitching staff has found success. The All-Stars know the games will get tougher, but the team will stick to the plan that has worked thus far for a group that knows each other well.
“We always have a lot of fun, we’re always messing around, we’re always laughing,” said catcher Kellan Lewhon. “We try not to get down, we’re always smiling and laughing. The coaches help with that, they make us laugh, we’re jokesters all on the team.”
“We know it’s going to be a lot tougher than recent games and we’re just going to have to play errorless ball,” said first baseman and left fielder Kyler Kralich.
The team is trying to fundraise for the trip to California before departing on the morning of July 30.
“Donations can either be dropped off at my business at Falls Casino or you can call me at 788-5923. Any little bit helps, I’d appreciate it and so would the kids,” said coach Kralich.
The battle for the Little League World series is about to begin. The team will have a first-round bye and will play Aug. 1 at noon. The All-Stars will play the winner of the Wyoming-Washington game on July 31.