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The Missoula Mavericks American Legion AA baseball team will host its 38th annual Memorial Tournament June 22-25, 2017. The tournament was first held in 1980 to honor standout player Scott Klaudt who played with the team from 1978-80.

In 2017, teams from Washington, Idaho and Wyoming will come to Missoula for the contest, including three different teams from Spokane. All games will be held at the Mavericks home field, Lindborg-Cregg. Additionally, the Mavericks will honor longtime "Voice of the Mavericks," Chris Walterskirchen who died in 2017. Chris had a near photographic memory and brought fun and humor to his years-long volunteer announcing duties.

In 2011, the Mavs board of directors and Scott’s parents, Neal and Caryl, supported a change to rename the tournament to honor all Maverick players who have passed away. This year’s tournament also remembers Tanner Kahler, one of the best players in Mav history. Kahler, who played from 1998-2000, holds the Mavs’ career record for highest slugging percentage and most doubles. He still holds the second highest career batting average for the AA Mavs. Kahler died in a car accident in 2011, leaving behind two young sons and his parents Patta and Marv Kahler.

The Memorial Tournament also pays tribute to Patrick Guffey, a Mav player from 1999-2001. Patrick was one of four A players who moved up to AA for the state tournament in ’99. He played baseball at Miles City Community College before returning to Missoula and UM. Pat died in a swimming accident in 2003. His parents are Mea Andrews and Dave Guffey of Missoula.

Klaudt was a standout pitcher and infielder for the Mavericks and was a star in the classroom as well. He maintained a 3.5 GPA at Hellgate High School and was just days from graduation when he was killed in an auto accident in 1980.

June 22-25, 2017  Lindborg-Cregg Field, Missoula

Missoula Mavericks Memorial Tournament 2017 (download)

Thursday, June 22nd

10:00 Central Washington Spuds, Washington vs. Gonzaga Prep, Washington

1:00 Bellevue Honda, Washington vs. Gonzaga Prep, Washington

4:00 Lewis Clark Twins, Idaho vs. La Grande, Oregon

7:00 Missoula Mavericks, Montana vs. La Grande, Oregon--*honoring Chris Walterskirchen, "Voice of the Mavs."

Friday, June 23rd

10:00 La Grande, Oregon vs. Bellevue Honda, Washington

1:00 Central Washington Spuds, Washington vs. Bellevue Honda, Washington

4:00 Gonzaga Prep, Washington vs. Lewis Clark Twins, Idaho

7:00 Missoula Mavericks, Montana vs. Lewis Clark Twins, Idaho--*honoring Tanner Kahler

Saturday, June 24th

10:00 Central Washington Spuds, Washington vs. Lewis Clark Twins, Idaho

1:00 Central Washington Spuds, Washington vs. La Grande, Oregon

4:00 Missoula Mavericks, Montana vs. Gonzaga Prep, Washington--*honoring Scott Klaudt

7:00 Missoula Mavericks, Montana vs. Bellevue Honda, Washington

Sunday, June 25th

10:00 Gonzaga Prep, Washington vs. La Grande, Oregon

1:00 Bellevue Honda, Washington vs. Lewis Clark Twins, Idaho

4:00 Missoula Mavericks, Montana vs. Central Washington Spuds, Washington--*honoring Patrick Guffey

7:00 Championship Game