GREAT FALLS – Most years the rosters on the Pioneer League baseball teams are filled with players from out of state, but this year the Great Falls Voyagers have one player to which the Treasure State is quite familiar.
Codi Heuer wears No. 21 and is a sixth-round draft pick out of Wichita State, but the pitcher calls Missoula home. He spent most of his younger days growing up there before attending high school in Colorado and college in Kansas. During Heuer’s 2018 season with the Wheat Shockers, he posted a 4.31 ERA and a 6-5 record on the mound. His parents still reside in Missoula and he’s excited for them to see him play and get his pro career started.
Another positive for Heuer is that the Voyagers also have his catcher from Wichita State on the roster, Gunnar Troutwine. He knows how special of a situation he’s in, so he’s ready to represent Montana in front of his home fans.
“It’s comforting, it’s fun. I just want to represent for Montana, so I kind of have that little chip on my shoulder,” said Heuer. “I just want to have a good time, you know? Start my pro career and get settled in. We’ve got a lot of fun guys and a lot of good guys (on this team). Just get settled in and get a good start going. It’s awesome, (Montana players at this level) are few and far in-between, so it’s nice to represent for the Montana people.”
Heuer had a rough go at his most recent start with the Voyagers on June 22 in Missoula, as he gave up five hits, four runs, and two home runs in a loss to the Osprey.