Bucks Alum Payton Price Commits to Park University

The Bucks Family is proud to announce that Bucks Alum Payton Price has committed to study and play baseball at Park University in Gilbert, Arizona. Park U. has just started a baseball program, and Payton will be part of the inaugural roster for the 2020 spring season.

Price had a huge year for the Bucks in 2018, patrolling center field as the everyday starter. He could hit top to bottom in the Bucks batting order, and was highly productive in whichever role he was called to fill. His ability to make plays in the outfield, as well as his strength as a dynamic and high OBP (.438) hitter, earned him recognition as an all-conference outfielder.

Price also stepped in and filled a huge need for the Bucks in 2018, as a reliever and conference spot-starter on the hill for the Bucks, winning or closing multiple conference games. Price pitched 43 innings, with a 2.6 ERA.

Price graduated from Bozeman High School in 2018, and has since been studying at MSU – Bozeman.

Former Bozeman Bucks Head Coach Rich Poliquin relocated to Arizona after the 2017 legion season, and has since joined the Park Staff as a pitching coach. He was instrumental in recruiting Payton, and said “as a new program, we are looking to build our team with high effort kids who will compete daily. Spending a year with Payton in 2017, I am confident he fits that mold, and we are excited to get him down here and help build this program.”

Current Bozeman Bucks Coach Garrett Schultz added: “I’m so happy for Payton. He is as coachable and hard-working as they come. Every bit of success he’s seen has been earned. His qualities as a teammate and person make him a favorite of his teammates, and he just fills whatever role his team needs him to be successful. I think he’s a great fit to help build a new team’s identity and character. I can’t wait to follow his career at Park.”

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2019 Player Signups Now open! Register online, then attend the informational meeting this Sunday, 6 p.m.

2019 Bozeman Bucks Baseball online player registration is now open! Players ages 13 -18 are invited to sign up.

To register, go to: http://bozemanlegionbaseball.com/about/player-forms/ and do the following prior to the meeting on Sunday, 1/13/2019:

  1. Fill out your legion indemnification form (no notary required!) and print a hard copy
  2. Complete online player registration
  3. Pay $50 tryout fee (or bring $50 to the meeting)
  4. Gather your original birth certificate (if you are a returner and did not get yours back last year, we still have it)
  5. Download and print MHSA Athletic Pre-participation Physical Examination Form—This needs to be completed and signed by a doctor prior to participation in tryouts
  6. Download the Bucks Player Policy. Review and sign the back page.

Also attend the registration/informational meeting. Details are as follows:

  1. Place: Emily Dickinson Elementary
  2. Date/Time: 6 pm 1/13/19 (also a public EC meeting at 5 pm for anybody interested)
  3. Turn in legion indemnification form, original birth certificate, MHSA physical (if completed, just need before tryouts), and Bucks Player Policy in a manila envelope (if you are a returner and did not get yours back last year, we still have it)
  4. Receive and go over fundraising packet
  5. Get amped for the season! Topics to be covered: Introduction of coaching staff, release of schedules, pre-season workout opportunities, team service opportunities, fundraising, and more.

See you this Sunday, 6 p.m., at Emily Dickinson!

Bucks Senior Finn Snyder Commits to Macalester College

The Bucks Family is proud to announce that Senior Finn Snyder has committed to study and play baseball at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota. Macalester, a private Liberal Arts College, is a member of the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference in the NCAA Division III. Snyder plans to major in math and advanced data analytics.

Macalester Coach Matt Parrington said about Finn, “Finn will be a welcomed addition to our baseball program and we are excited to work with him over the next four years.  His level of maturity and focus will instantly add value to our team culture.  Finn’s bat is a very good tool and we project him as a power hitter as he continues to develop.”

Snyder patrolled left field and was a productive hitter for the 2018 Bucks, leading the team in batting average, OBP, slugging percentage, and OPS. He also pitched over 40 innings, with an era below 3.0.

Bozeman Bucks Coach Schultz added: “I’m proud of Finn and so happy he found such a great fit at Macalester. He has really put the time, energy, and focus into becoming a great student, teammate, and ballplayer. He is a joy to coach because he loves the game so much and approaches practice with the purpose of getting better every day. I’m glad we get him for another summer, and can’t wait to follow his career at Macalester after that.”

Bucks AA add home double header vs. Idaho Falls Bandits, 2 pm, Mon 7/23

The Bucks AA team has added a double header vs. the Idaho Falls Bandits AA, the top seed in Idaho’s Eastern division. The games will be played in Bozeman, starting at 2 p.m. on Monday, 7/23. These will be the final games of the season for the Bucks before heading to Kalispell on Saturday, 7/28 for Game 1 of the Montana AA State Tournament.

The Summer Slam Tournament in Rapid City, which the Bucks were signed up to compete in 7/20 – 7/22, was cancelled due to multiple teams dropping out.