Sid Morris launches the ball towards home plate in a game on May 13. PHOTO BY DAVE PECUNIES

Big Sky Royals make All-Star team

Nine players to represent Big Sky on Belgrade travel team

Baseball in Big Sky is alive and well! The Big Sky Royals were able to field teams in four different age levels this spring, ranging from age 7 to 15. All four teams enjoyed strong seasons while improving significantly.

“I am proud of the entire Big Sky Royals Organization for playing the game hard, having a great attitude and keeping baseball alive in Big Sky!“ Big Sky Royals league director Matt Morris said.

The Big Sky Royals Rookies, the youngest level of the baseball league here in Big Sky, had a great season. The seven- and eight-year-old league was able to field multiple teams throughout the spring and see a lot of improvement throughout the season.

The Big Sky Royals Minors, not to be confused with the Miners, had a great finish to the end of their season. These nine- and ten-year-olds traveled to play in the Belgrade Youth Baseball league throughout the season. The Minors were able to finish their season with a couple consecutive wins, ending the season strong.

The Big Sky Royals Majors, the 11- and 12-year-old travel team here in Big Sky, had a remarkable season. While also participating in the Belgrade Youth Baseball league, they put together a dominant season, finishing with an 11-1 record. The Majors had a staggering six all stars on their squad this spring. Steen Mitchell, Elijah Harder, Marcus Hyun and Ryan Malinowski will join the 11U travel All-Stars in Belgrade for their summer season and Sid Morris and Ian Pecunies will join the 12U travel All-Stars in Belgrade as well. On top of that, they won their end of the season tournament making them league champions.

The Big Sky Royals Babe Ruth team, ages 13-15, is having a strong end of the season push as well. The Babe Ruth team ended up fielding three All-Stars in the 13U division. Ebe Grabow, Oliver McGuire and Brady Johnson will join the 13U travel all stars in Belgrade for their summer season. The Babe Ruth team is currently looking forward to their end of season tournament at the city championship. Good luck Royals!

Morris claims that baseball is truly more than just a game.

“This is a game that humbles you, teaches you failure, and tests your patience. Truly an honor to teach it to our kids,” Morris said.

We are so proud of all four levels of the Big Sky baseball league this year. Great job, Royals!

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