The Bartoszek express: Father Ray waves son Owen home on Thursday, May 10. On Monday, May 14, the Royals played in front of “a record crowd” reported Ray, writing in a post-game email, “11-5 over the Mets. Winning streak extended to seven games.”

Take yourself out to see the Royals

Big Sky’s little leaguers wrap up home stand


ttendance at Royals games is averaging around 150 at Big Sky’s dusty diamond and on a good night, the concessions stand sells more than 300 items—hotdogs, veggie burgers, chips—with everything just $1. It’s a great family outing and there’s one more chance this week to catch the Royals in action at Community Park at 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 17. 

     The Royals are divided into three teams based on age: The rookies, minors and majors. The rookies and minors continue to do exceptionally well, and the majors are showing improvement as the older players gain more experience. 

     Bart Mitchell manages the rookies and they remain undefeated (as of May 14). 

     “They’re just good,” said Ray Bartoszek, who manages the minors now, but coached the rookies last year when there was only one Royals team. “I’m proud of that because they’re experienced and they’re in the new Big Sky baseball pipeline.”

     Bartoszek’s son Owen advanced up the pipeline and now plays on the minors team. During a recent 11-4 win over the Belgrade Nationals, Owen clubbed the ball deep into the outfield and as he was rounding third, his father and coach waved him home. 

     “Who’s going to remember a triple? He’ll remember a home run,” laughed Ray, who watched as his son was tagged out during a dramatic slide into home plate. “I said, ‘My fault, my fault.’ Owen, he was like ‘Dad, what the heck?’ To me it’s exciting.”

     Another highlight from the season was the 9-8 comeback victory over the Belgrade Mariners, with player Sid Morris—son of coach and former major league star Matt Morris—connecting for the game-winning hit. 

     After the game May 17, the Royals majors and minors will compete in the playoff tournament in Belgrade May 19-23 (most games are held at Lions Park). 

     Then there’s the start of all-star action with players David Perdue, Owen Bartoszek, Sid Morris, Ian Pecunies and Ethan Blakeley slated to represent Big Sky in the run up to the July 5-8 state tournament.         



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