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New Manager, Small Roster the Story of Chargers Season

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Six games into the season the Great Falls Chargers legion baseball team finds itself with an even 3-3 record. 

"Yeah I thought we'd be right where we are," said new head coach Tony Forster.

Not bad for a club that's gone through major changes in the past year.

After the Chargers let Levi Johnson walk, the team hired former assistant Tony Forster to be its new skipper.

"It's not much different. You always try to talk to your assistant coaches and what you want to get done during the week," Forster laughed. 

The players say the managerial change is nice. Infielder Cade Stuff feels there's a different buzz around the team.

"I think a lot more energy this year, more dedication, I think it'll be a good year," he said.

Another change the Chargers are dealing with is a small roster. Forster says that's been the trend across Great Falls in most sports. The lack of depth will

affect the Chargers pitching staff the most.
"If a guy struggles we don't have a lot of depth to bring in off the bench to come in and pitch," Forster said. "Sometimes you gotta keep a guy in there longer than you'd like."

But the players plan to take advantage of the extra reps. Catcher Alan Larocque says the small turnout will ensure everyone on the team contributes.

"Everyone will play every position probably this year," he said. "Once conference games come around those starting nine guys will be solid out there."

Given all the changes the Chargers still have their eyes set on the same prize.

"State tournament is the goal. Then once you get there it's whoever is hot," Forster said.

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