The Bismarck State Mystics baseball team is in Tucson, Arizona. The Mystics take this trip to shake the rust off before they start Mon-Dak Conference play. The trip is expensive, but the team always comes up with creative ways to raise the money.
“Twenty-eight hours and 45 minutes,” Spencer Gillund said. “Trust me, I remember from last year.”
That’s how long the BSC baseball team will be on the bus as they travel from Bismarck to Tuscon, Arizona.
“We’re going to play 10 games in seven days,” said BSC head coach Corby McGlauflin. “It’ll be our first time outside — get our cleats in the dirt. It’s going to feel good.”
To cover the cost, the team cleaned up the Community Bowl after high school football games. They also sent letters to friends and family asking for money.
“We appreciate it greatly,” Spencer Gillund said. “Obviously, it shows there support for us. Without that, the trip is not possible.”
Once in Arizona, Coach McGlauflin will use the ballgames to see how players respond in different situations.
“I don’t want to say it’s a tryout for the guys,” McGlauflin said, “but they’re going to go down there and we’ll see what we got. Then we will re-evaluate once we get back up here. Then we’ll go into our conference season.”
Coach also knows early in the season his pitching my take a while to get up to par.
“We have a lot of pitchers,” McGlauglin said, “but not a lot of top end guys returning. So pitching needs to be there, but I think we’re going to hit the ball and score a lot of runs.”
But the team’s fiercest competition may come from the 3,200 miles they will travel round trip.
“I’m ready to get off that bus by the team we get down there,” Gillund said.
Bismarck State is 1-3 so far on the trip. Today, the Mystics play Minnesota State Community & Technical College.