No matter how the 2019 season ended, how his team’s memorable run came to a conclusion, Bozeman manager Garrett Schultz believes the outcome will affect the Bucks positively for years to come.

Michael Freund came through for Bozeman all season long. He earned a reputation as an excellent player in crunch time. And when he was called upon Friday, he rose to the challenge.

Sage McMinn walked the game’s first two batters and needed 24 pitches to navigate the first inning Thursday. But from then on, Bozeman’s starting pitcher found a groove.

If there was one skill Garrett Schultz wanted to instill in Bozeman during the regular season, it was the ability to handle adverse situations. The manager wanted the Bucks to be prepared for when they would inevitably arise during the state tournament.