Season opens with sweep

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The Missoula Mavericks opened season play on Saturday, April 15th at 1pm at Lindborg-Cregg field in Missoula. The Mavs’ AA squad beat the Great Falls Chargers in both games with veteran coach and team manager Brent Hathaway at the helm. Assistant Coaches Brian Moser and Conor Dwyer also return to the coaching ranks in 2017.

The team returns seven players from 2016, including San Francisco commit, Nick Yovetich. Nick led all Mavs hitters on last year’s conference-winning team. All-Conference selection and RHP Ryan McHugh returns to the Mavs along with MSU-Billings commit, LHP Dylan Barkley. Barkley led last year’s team in strikeouts and ERA.

Returning behind the plate is Montana Tech football commit, Spencer Schock, whose hitting has impressed in the early going. James Martin, committed to play baseball at Miles City CC in 2018, is looking to improve his nearly perfect defensive season at second base last year. Newcomer Andy Brooks, a senior RHP recently committed to play at University of Mary. Returning closer Ricky Stevens rounds out an impressive pitching staff poised to take on the League’s new pitch count rules.

Manager Brent Hathaway begins his 27th year with the Missoula Mavericks. Coach Hath was named 2014 Coach of the Year, the seventh time he earned that honor. As AA manager, Coach Hathaway has taken the Mavericks to six state titles, 16 conference championships and an overall record of 432-129 in conference play.

Cherry Creek Radio will broadcast all AA Maverick home games this year. Chris Stratton returns as the voice of the Mavericks on KGRZ 1450 AM & 92.7 FM. The audio will also be streamed live online at kgrzmissoula.com, and will be available as a podcast at sportstalk406.com.

This year, the Mavericks will host the Northwest Regional American Legion Championship presented by First Security Bank. State winners from eight western states will play at Ogren Park-Allegiance Field August 2-7, 2017. The tournament is expected to draw crowds of families and fans from around the United States and Canada.

The Mavericks organization began in 1925 sponsored by Hellgate American Legion Post #27. Today, the Mavericks field three teams each year allowing students the chance to continue playing competitive baseball in their high school years.

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