The Missoula Mavericks legion baseball team beat the Billings Royals 3-2 Saturday afternoon in the state championship game to claim their first state title since 2010.
The Mavericks faced the Royals earlier in the morning and won in dominating fashion as they recorded the 16-0 victory. With the win the Mavs forced a second championship game, this time with the winner being crowned state champ, while the loser would be sent packing.
Both teams quickly got on the scoreboard in the 1st inning, but after that runs were hard to come by. In the 6th inning the Royals took back the lead after scoring a run, however the Mavs quickly responded scoring two runs in the bottom of the 6th to take a 3-2 lead. Missoula held on to the lead the rest of the way to win the game 3-2.
"There's really no way to describe how it feels," said Mavericks outfielder Tanner Rheinschmidt. "I've been waiting four years for this and it has never felt so good to just come out as a team and play like that two games against the #1 seed is absolutely huge."
"It's pretty indescribable actually," said Mavs first baseman Shane Olson. "The whole entire time ever since I started playing Mavs in the 8th grade its always been our one goal. "We knew what we had to do to win and to come out losing that first day we were like oh well it's still doable, and it's an indescribable feeling it feels great."
Saturday's state title game was a rematch from the year before when the Mavericks fell 5-0 to the Royals in the 2013 state championship game in Billings.
Saturday's championship marks the seventh time the Missoula Mavericks have won the state title, and was the programs first since 2010.