“Turn on the Lights” Event set for 6:45 p.m., leading up to Bucks vs. Bandits 7 p.m. 9-inning Game Thursday (5/9) Night

The Bozeman Bucks will host the Belgrade Bandits in a 9 inning showdown starting at 7 p.m. Thursday (5/9) night.

Leading up to the game, the Bucks will be hosting a “Turn on the Lights” ceremony, and will honor project partners in getting the brand new MUSCO field lights installed (install completed in April 2019). The lights were needed, as the aged existing lights were failing and too old to get replacement parts.

The cost of the lights is $150,000! This expense is outside of the Bucks normal operating expenses, and the program plans to kickstart a fundraising campaign, highlighted on Thursday night. To date, $35,000 towards the project has already been raised through generous community donors.

To donate towards the lighting project, contact Bucks Executive Committee Chair Chris Tarabochia at chris@bozemanlegionbaseball.com.

Thanks for your support! Go Bucks!

Join us for our Pancake Breakfast at the Legion, Saturday May 4th, 7:30 – 10:00 a.m.

This event is a fundraiser that benefits the Bozeman Bucks Baseball program. Suggested donation for breakfast is $5. It’s also a great event to meet Bucks players and families, members of the American Legion, and the Bozeman community, while enjoying a great pancake breakfast! After breakfast, catch our first home game (double header) vs. Helena at 1 p.m. at Heroes Park

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!