GREAT FALLS — The spring sports season has already begun practice, and for softball teams like Great Falls CMR, it’s a chance for redemption.
After winning back-to-back Class AA state titles in 2016 and 2017, the Rustlers took a step back last season, finishing 9-14 overall and stumbling out of the playoffs. But this CMR squad has key pieces returning this year, including Teagan Taylor and Madi Moore, who will be back on the mound again this season. Plus, there are up-and-coming players like Peyton Peterson, who will look to take a bigger role this year. The Rustlers are young, but the team does have a great shot to right some wrongs from last year as the season begins.
“We’re very inexperienced, so I think it’s going to take a lot just to get everyone gelling together and understanding the game, where each of us needs to be,” said head coach Lindsey Gustafson. “I think that it will come together. I’m excited to see what happens towards the end of the season, but we’re just looking at progress.”
“I just think we need to work on our defense a lot,” said Moore. “Our hitting is going to come, we’re working on some new stuff right now, but I think the defense is what we need, and I think we’re getting to it.”
The Rustlers will begin the season on April 2 on the road at Helena High and Helena Capital.