GREAT FALLS — Crunch time is approaching in the Montana/Alberta Class AA American Legion Baseball regular season, especially for the Great Falls Chargers, who have nine games left and hold a slim lead for a spot at state.
The Chargers are 4-11 in conference play, just one game ahead of the Medicine Hat Monarchs for the eighth and final seed in the state tournament. But in a season of ups and downs, the record doesn’t tell the whole story.
Great Falls has dealt with numerous one-run losses and close games, and the Chargers have also taken second at non-conference tournaments in Helena and Williston, N.D. Overall, the team is feeling positive heading into the home stretch, and skipper Tony Forster says his guys just need the little things to break their way and results could be different.
“I think we’re playing well. And that’s the main thing. The thing we tell these guys is, give yourself the opportunity to win the ballgame at the end. Pretty much every game, we’ve done that,” Forster said. “Right now, we’ve just been on the bad side of little things. A ball falls here for someone else and not for us. Hopefully that changes here in the last two weeks of the season, get to the state tournament, and maybe get hot.”
The Chargers resume play with a three-game set against Missoula, starting with a game Friday at 7 p.m. at Centene Stadium. A doubleheader will follow on Saturday afternoon.