Schultz to Head up Bucks as Director and Head Coach of Baseball

(Bozeman, Mont.) The American Legion Baseball Executive Committee announced today that Director and Head Coach Richard Poliquin has resigned. Coach Poliquin led the Bucks Program through a successful 2017 season including a conference title for the “AA” team. Poliquin told the Executive Committee that personal matters required him to join his family in Arizona. Poliquin stated, “It was a hard decision to leave the players and the program, but family had to come first.”

Legion baseball is in the middle of game and winter work out scheduling so the Executive Committee started the process of looking for a replacement immediately. Several finalists from last year’s nationwide search were currently working in the program and were considered to replace Coach Poliquin.

The Bozeman Baseball Executive Committee has announced that 2017 head Bucks “A” Coach Garrett Schultz has accepted the offer to become the 2018 Director and Head Coach of Bozeman Legion Baseball effective January 1st.

Coach Rich Poliquin

Coach Garrett Schultz

Schultz enters his 7th year coaching Legion Baseball, and will bring his competitive mentality to the director position. Schultz says, “I am excited to continue to develop young men of integrity and build a perennially competitive program that represents our Bozeman Community and Post 14 well. Coach Poliquin and the 2017 staff have the program in a great place, and we have some quality young men returning from last year’s successful team. I’m grateful for this opportunity and looking forward to getting started.”

Schultz was part of last year’s program-wide success, where he led the Bucks “A” squad to a much-improved 4th place conference and district finish. Schultz previously served as the head coach in Belgrade, where his 2011 team went 26-2 in conference, securing both a conference and district championship. He has also served as an assistant coach in Gillette, WY, where he helped the Roughriders to a 2014 State Championship.

Schultz caught for two years at NAIA College of Idaho, as well as one season in the Boise Collegiate Summer League. He is a local Belgrade, MT product, playing his legion career for the Bandits. He currently lives in Bozeman with his wife Jessica, and sons Weston, Cannon, and Kayson.

Schultz hopes to retain much of last year’s coaching staff, but he will be looking to fill at least one coaching role, as his promotion creates a vacancy at the “A” level. Interested applicants should contact him at garrett.schultz@bozemanlegionbaseball.com.

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Media Contacts:

Head Coach Garrett Schultz garrett.schultz@bozemanlegionbaseball.com 

Executive Committee Chairman Jim Ullman jim.ullman@bozemanlegionbaseball.com

Bozeman Bucks – AA Jumps Out To Early Lead In Victory Over Kalispell Lakers

Bozeman Bucks – AA defeated Kalispell Lakers 6-1 thanks to a strong start. Bozeman Bucks – AA took the lead on a groundout in the first inning.

Bozeman Bucks – AA took an early lead in the first inning. Adam Hubley grounded out, scoring one run.

Morgan Hostetler earned the win for Bozeman Bucks – AA. He pitched six innings, giving up one run, three hits, and striking out five. Dawson S took the loss for Kalispell Lakers. He threw six innings, allowing six runs, seven hits, and striking out four.

Bozeman Bucks – AA had nine hits in the game. Andrew PurpuraBailey Paddock, and Ryan Evenson each collected multiple hits for Bozeman Bucks – AAEvensonPaddock, and Purpuraall had two hits to lead Bozeman Bucks – AABozeman Bucks – AA was sure-handed in the field and didn’t commit a single error. Jake Murfitt had the most chances in the field with 12.

Hayden S led Kalispell Lakers with two hits in three at bats.

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McMan Throws Shutout As Bozeman Bucks – B Defeats Belgrade Bandits B

Parker McMan didn’t allow a single run as Bozeman Bucks – B defeated Belgrade Bandits B 8-0 on Sunday. McMan allowed just two hits and induced a groundout from Marshall Houseman to end the game.

Bozeman Bucks – B grabbed an early lead. Bozeman Bucks – B scored on a triple by Brooks Talbot and a groundout by Liam Bailey in the first inning.

Bozeman Bucks – B took an early lead in the first inning. With one out in the first inning Talbotdrove in one run when he tripled.

Bozeman Bucks – B scored five runs in the sixth inning. The big inning was thanks to a single by Samuel Schmidt, a error, and a double by Fischer Harris.

One bright spot for Belgrade Bandits B was a double by G Parsons in the first inning.

Parker McMan earned the win for Bozeman Bucks – B. He threw six innings, surrendering zero runs, two hits, striking out seven, and walking one. Cooper VanLutchene took the loss for Belgrade Bandits B. He pitched five and a third innings, giving up six runs, seven hits, striking out one, and walking one.

Bozeman Bucks – B had nine hits in the game. Branden TarabochiaSchmidt, and Bailey each collected multiple hits for Bozeman Bucks – BBaileySchmidt, and Tarabochia all had two hits to lead Bozeman Bucks – BBozeman Bucks – B was sure-handed and didn’t commit a single error. Talbot made the most plays with seven.

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