Cheyenne Mountain Indians: Welcome

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INDIANS BASEBALL

Welcome Indians Players, Parents, and Fans!
 

As many of you familiar with our site will notice, the "Chiefs" have become the "Indians" for 2012.  The name change coincides with the players transition to junior high school and moving one step closer to joining the CMHS program.  The mission for the next year will be to prepare them for the program that they will enter at the high school level.  As a result, I want them to begin to take pride in the name on the front of their jersey.  The one that they will wear from now through their senior year in high school.

I am privileged to be able to have your young men on this team.  I look forward to teaching them the game of baseball, but more importantly the concepts of hard work, teamwork, selflessness, and integrity. We will practice hard and teach our players to compete to win.  However, we will reinforce to them that we are proud of them regardless of our record.  We are excited with the players on our roster and feel as though we will compete quite well in 2012.

 Please enjoy our team website.  You will find practice and game schedules on our calendar. Under our "locations" tab you will find map links to both practice and game facilities.   I will also use the website to notify you of any schedule changes.  As the season progresses, I will post team photos, player statistics, important announcements, etc.  Don't be surprised if you even find a few articles written by our "ghost writer!"  

 Go Indians! 

 


Wednesday, June 22
CHIEFS EDGE YELLOWJACKETS IN STATE TOURNEY TUNE UP

Strong pitching, clutch defense, and timely hitting helped push the Chiefs past a strong Pueblo County Yellowjacket team last night at Salas Field.  The Chiefs managed to hold on for an 8-7 victory, to gather their 23rd win of the season.  The theme for the night was strong pitching from the Chief's hurlers.  Ryan Schneider, Matthew Smith, Dakota Henn and Daniel Carr used a strong mix of well located fastballs and nasty change ups to keep a strong hitting opponent off balance all night.

Timely defense also helped preserve the win.  The Chiefs outfielders made clutch plays all night long. A diving catch by Centerfielder Christian Buckler, a line drive snare by Danny Metts, and a key outfield relay started by Justin Johnston crushed Yellowjacket rally hopes at key moments. Shortstop Connor Daly knocked down a hard ground ball and threw a laser to first to prevent a lead off hit in the seventh.  Third Baseman Danny Metts, Pitcher Ryan Schneider, and First Baseman Johnston each recorded key ground ball outs with runners on base, preventing any Yellowjacket run damage.

The Chiefs will go back to work on the practice field this week for some final tune up work in preparation for their first State Championship of the season.  They will open the GGYB tournament this friday in Woodland Park against the Pueblo Dirtbags.  GO CHIEFS! 



Sunday, June 19
CHIEFS SAY GOODBYE TO DEAR FRIENDS

While the Chiefs will get to hold on to Connor for one more week, we have to say good bye to the rest of the Daly Family.  To say that we will miss them is an understatement.  Colonel Daly, Cathy, Nicole, Connor, and Mitch have been at the core of our Chief's Family.  We wish them the very best as they embark on their new adventure in Washington D.C.  We look forward to getting reports of Connor and Mitch tearing up those east coast baseball leagues and of Nicole leading her track team to victory.  We love you guys and wish you the very best......The Chiefs!

Sunday, June 19
CHIEFS LOSE HEARTBREAKER IN EXTRA INNINGS

The Chief's rounded out the Father's Day Tournament with an extra inning loss to the Rippers 12-10.  After weathering 3 runs in the top half of the first inning, the Chiefs stormed back in the bottom half of the inning to lead it 5-3 after one inning.  The Chiefs collected 3 more runs in the bottom half of the third inning to take an 8-3 lead.  In the fourth, the Rippers put together a rally to close the margin to 8-7.  Showing the resiliency that they have all season, the Chiefs answered with two more runs in the bottom half of the fourth to stretch their lead to 10-7.  The Rippers were able to tie it 10-10 over the next two innings, pushing the Chiefs to the bottom half of the sixth.  Ryan Schneider singled and then stole second to move the winning run into scoring position.  Matthew Smith crushed a line drive that was snared by the Rippers first baseman, who was able to double up Schneider at second.  The crushing reality of baseball.....a game winner can turn into heartbreak in an instant.  Kudos to a great play turned in by the Rippers to push it to extra innings.  In a California tie breaker, the Rippers were able to out duel the Chiefs in extra innings to steal the win.  

As our sponsor Dave Weber put it nicely, "Regardless of outcome, our boys made us proud dads." Well put Dave and well played Chiefs!  The Chiefs return to the field on Tuesday in Pueblo against a tough Yellowjackets team as a tune up to next weekends GGYB State Championship.  Happy Father's Day Chiefs Dads and Grandpas. 



Saturday, June 18
CHIEFS DROP TOUGH 1 RUN GAME TO THE LEGENDS IN FATHER'S DAY GAME TWO

The Pueblo Legend's came out swinging in the first inning of game two against the Chiefs.  The Legends plated six runs in the top half of the 1st inning.  Despite having to dig themselves out of a hole, the Chiefs were true to their form and started battling their way back. They came up a run shy, despite moving two runners into scoring position with two out in the top half of the sixth inning.  

After shaking off the first inning, the pitching combination of Daniel Carr and Christian Buckler managed to hold the Legends to three runs over the next four innings.  They were able to do so thanks to some timely defense behind them.  Right Fielder Justin Johnston snared a deep fly ball and positioned himself perfectly to throw a strike to shortstop Ryan Schneider for a 9-6 double play to end the second inning.  Catcher Dakota Henn erased a Legend base runner in the fourth inning when he tried to steal second, recording the second out of the inning.  Outfielders Danny Metts and Nick Weber got great jumps on fly balls in the fourth and fifth innings respectively to record key third outs and prevent any runs from scoring.  

Despite leaving 11 runners on base, the Chiefs were able to come up with some timely hits to edge themselves closer.  Daniel Carr hit a drive to the gap in right center for a three run double to close the Legend lead to 9-4.  Ryan Schneider singled to lead off the fifth inning.  Two batters later, Christian Buckler hit a drive over the centerfielder's head for a two run home run.  The Chiefs were able to add one more run in the top of the sixth with two outs, but despite a great effort, came up one run shy of tying the game.  

A heartbreaking loss.  Nonetheless, the Chiefs will be ready to come out swinging tomorrow as they look to make a Championship run as the single elimination round begins.  GO CHIEFS!! 



Friday, June 17
CHIEFS ROLL TO OPENING DAY WIN IN FATHER'S DAY TOURNAMENT

The Chiefs bats cracked as loud as the pre-game thunder in a 16-4 win over the RM Hitmen tonight in Woodland Park.  The Chiefs collected 13 hits in the victory.  Justin Johnston and Ryan Schneider had three hits each to lead the hit parade.  Second Baseman Schneider had a team high 4 RBI.  All nine Chiefs starters crossed the plate in the first inning, as the Cheyenne Mountain team scored eleven before the top half of the first was done.

The game was not all about the offense.  The Chiefs returned to their defensive form and treated the crowd in attendance to some Web Gems!  Centerfielder Dakota Henn stymied two Hitmen rally attempts by with two sliding catches of line drives that were certain base hits. First Baseman Justin Johnston snagged a ground ball in the hole and sprinted to the bag to beat the runner and end the scoreless second inning.  Hurler Nick Weber pitched 2 2/3 innings, giving up only two runs on two hits.  Weber kept the Hitmen off balance with a great mix of off speed pitches and well located fastballs.  The icing on the cake defensively came in the bottom of the third when Weber's splitter forced a bases loaded ground ball to Shortstop Daniel Carr who flipped to Schneider to start the game ending 6-4-3 Double Play!

A great start for the Chiefs on Father's Day Weekend.  The Chiefs look to continue their winning ways tomorrow when they face the Pueblo Legends to wrap up pool play.  GO CHIEFS! 



Tuesday, May 31
CHIEFS WIN SECOND TOURNEY CHAMPIONSHIP, FINISH 5-0 FOR THE WEEKEND

Monday's Single Elimination round of the GGYB Memorial Day Tournament proved to be a tale of two games.  However, the outcome was the same in both.  The Chiefs went 2-0 on Monday in route to their second tournament championship of the year.  In game one, the Chiefs played errorless baseball to cruise to a 9-1 victory over the Dirtdawgs.  Game two required the Chiefs to battle back from several defensive miscues, as well as repeated offensive rallies, to defeat the Canon City Tigers 12-11 in the Championship Game.

  



Saturday, May 28
CHIEFS ROLL ON DAY ONE OF GGYB MEMORIAL DAY TOURNEY

On the same day Cheyenne Mountain High School won the State Baseball Title, the Chiefs rolled to a 2-0 start on day one of the opening day of the GGYB Memorial Day Tournament.  

The Chiefs jumped on the Rockhounds in Game one, pounding out 11 Runs on 10 hits and committed only a single error.  The Chiefs pitching staff, consisting of Daniel Carr, Nick Weber, and Ryan Schneider,  allowed only a single hit over four innings, struck out six, and walked only one Rockhound batter.  

In game two, the Chiefs had to rally late in the game to down the Colorado Springs Dirtdawgs 8-7.  Hurlers Henderson Heussner, Daniel Carr, and Nick Weber scattered nine hits over six innings. The Chiefs defense shut down key Dirtdawg rallies throughout the game to preserve the win. Ryan Schneider snared a late game line drive and threw to first for a key double play to stymie a Dirtdawg hit and run attempt.  In the sixth, the Dirtdawgs tried to make it interesting by plating three runs.  Catcher Christian Buckler blocked a ball in the dirt in the sixth, gathered up the loose ball and threw a strike to Danny Metts at third for the first out in the sixth.  Left fielder Matthew Smith made a terrific catch on  a sure extra base line drive for the second out.  Nick Weber's change up to the Dirtdawg's clean up hitter resulted in a soft fly ball to First Basemen Henderson Heussner, who recorded the final out of the game.  

A terrific effort by the Chiefs today!  They will resume play tomorrow at 1pm against the Rocky Mountain Hitmen in Woodland Park.  Single Elimination Play will begin on Monday.

GO CHIEFS! 



Saturday, May 28
CHIEFS SPLIT SUNDAY AND THE WEEKEND AT THE PIKES PEAK CHALLENGE

The Chiefs went one and one on the final day of the Pikes Peak Challenge.  In game one, the Chiefs had to rally from an early 10-3 deficit against the Toros.  Two home runs from Daniel Carr, one a grand slam, and another home run from Connor Daly led the Chief's incredible comeback.  

Game two against the Palisade Crush saw nothing bounce the Chief's way.  They managed only 3 hits over four innings against a great pitching performance by the Crush hurler.  On the other hand a good hitting Crush team strung together hits at appropriate times and blanked the Chiefs 9-0.  

The Chiefs finished the weekend 2-2 and head into next weekend's GGYB Memorial Tournament with high hopes of resuming "championship form."  GO CHIEFS! 



Saturday, May 21
AFTER LOSING HEARTBREAKER, CHIEFS ROAR BACK IN GAME 2 AT PIKES PEAK CHALLENGE

The Chiefs opened the Pikes Peak Challenge with a 1-1 record, earning themselves the 7th seed entering the single elimination round.  In Game 1, the Chiefs faced a familiar foe in the Pueblo Dirtbags.  The first two innings proved to be a pitchers duel.  Daniel Carr blanked the Dirtbags for two innings, scattering four hits and striking out 2.  The Chiefs found their stride at the plate in the 3rd, plating five runs.  Three of those runs came on a Christian Buckler Home Run. The Dirtbags were not about to roll over and plated five runs in the bottom half of the inning to knot the score at 5-5 after three innings.  Henderson Heussner got the scoring going again in the 5th, with a two run single to push the Chiefs ahead 7-5.  Once again, the Dirtbags were able to answer with three runs of their own in the bottom half of the inning.  They were able to do so, despite an inability to hit the ball hard off hurler Nick Weber, who had the Dirtbags hitters off balance with a terrific mix of pitches and solid strike zone command.  A last inning rally attempt fell short and the Chiefs dropped the one run heart breaker.

In Game 2, the Chiefs decided to leave no room for an Outlaws comeback.  They pounded out 15 hits in route to a 21-2 win.  While the score suggests a hit barrage as primary story, the pitching performance of starting pitcher Henderson Heussner deserves equal credit.  Heussner allowed only 2 runs on 2 hits.  He struck out eight and allowed only one base on balls.  Matthew Smith came in to close the game in the 5th inning and needed only 10 pitches to dispose of the Outlaws hitters.  

The Chiefs will again see a familiar foe as they earn a rematch with the Colorado Toros in the opening round of Day 2.  No doubt, those Chiefs will treat the fans in attendance to another dose of Awesomeness as they seek to win their second tournament of the year.  GO CHIEFS!



Saturday, May 14
CHIEFS AND CUBS COMBINE FOR MAGICAL MOMENTS

Sometimes baseball finds it's way to teach us wonderful life lessons.  Everyone present at the El Pomar Sports Complex today watched the Chiefs get an experience of a lifetime.  They took the field in tandem with the Challenger League Cubs.  The Cubs are a team of local boys and girls who have physical and/or mental disabilities.  Nevertheless, they love to play baseball!

Needless to say, it was inspiring to see the Chiefs completely focused on their "buddies."  Their sole concern was to assure that the Cubs were able to experience the joy and exhilaration of baseball on a Saturday afternoon.  We all watched infectious smiles fill the playing field.  We watched two Dakotas become inseparable.  Cadence learned to throw a baseball overhand thanks to his buddies Christian and Henderson.  Nick and Ryan wheeled their buddy around the basepaths with true Chief's tenacity.   Jonathon actually slid across home plate in his stand up walker thanks to Daniel and Evie.  Only his smile was more impressive than the slide.  In true Danny Metts style, he taught his buddy to execute the perfect relay from right field.  Justin went "hand over hand" with his buddy at the plate to assure that he felt the joy of a base hit. The extra treat of a post game popcorn snack (thanks to the Webers and Colorado Kernals) topped off the afternoon.  The special moments were countless!

Somehow, I think that the next time we boot a ball or strike out looking it will likely seem a little less catastrophic.  As the Chiefs look toward the coming week of preparation for the Pikes Peak Challenge, we will be thankful for today's reminder that this game of baseball is simply fun to play.  GO CHIEFS!



Sunday, April 3
Chiefs Open 2011 Campaign with Dominant Performance

To say that the Chiefs off season goal of becoming "confident mashers" came to fruition this weekend would be an understatement! The Chiefs rolled to the GGYB Ice Breaker 12U Championship, outscoring their opponents 47-8.  They hit for a combined .575 batting average, .610 On Base Percentage, and had an amazing .851 slugging percentage.  They racked up 21 extra base hits, including 19 doubles, a triple, and a home run.  Sadly, the scorekeeping team needed to rush home to ice both their writing hands and pencil leads as a result.

In game one, hurlers Daniel Carr and Nick Weber allowed only one run on one hit over 4 innings, leading the Chiefs to a 12-1 win over the Hitmen in the season opener.  Carr struck out 5 over his two innings.  Tulz followed suit by striking out 2 and needed only 21 pitches to close out his two innings of work.  The Chiefs defense went to work in the 3rd and 4th innings to crush the Hitmen's attempted rally.  Catcher Dakota Henn's hustle down the first base line allowed him to snag an errant throw along the fence and throw out the runner's attempt to take second by 10 feet.  Ryan Schneider added two "ESPN moments" in the fourth when he backhanded a ball up the middle, turned on a dime and threw a laser to first for the out.  This came on the heels of a stellar outfield play by Danny Metts, who gloved a rocket to left field that was destined for extra bases.  Three batters later, second baseman Schneider snared a certain line drive in the gap to end the game.

Game two saw another dominant performance by a Chiefs pitcher.  Henderson Heussner did not allow any hits and struck out two in two innings of work.  Everett Dwyer and Connor Daly combined to work the third inning, allowing only a single hit.  The Chiefs made quick work of the DC Huskies, winning 16-4 .

Day 2 of the tournament meant single elimination day.   As the number one seed after day 1, the Chiefs had to await the winner of the Hitmen vs. Sluggers game.   The Sluggers advanced and had the unfortunate task of facing a very hot Chiefs lineup.  The Chiefs went right back to their old "mashing ways."  Connor Daly and Ryan Schneider combined to throw three no-hit innings.  Daly dominated with his fastball, striking out 4 in two innings of work.  Schneider came on to close the game, and ended it in fitting fashion by striking out the final batter of the game.  Chiefs win 12-0 and advance to the Championship Game.

The Championship Game matched the Chiefs with cross town foes, The Twisters.  The Twister's hitters had the unenviable task of facing a well rested stable of Chiefs pitchers. Henderson Heussner returned to the mound and threw three scoreless innings, giving up only four hits and struck out four.  Daniel Carr came on in relief and gave up only three runs on two hits.  Carr was equally impressive in fielding his position, when first baseman Matthew Smith snagged a ground ball in the hole and turned to find Carr in textbook position to field the flip for the out at first base.  Catcher Christian Buckler set the tone for the Chief's stingy defense when he blocked a ball in the dirt, popped to his feet and threw a strike to third base to cut down a Twister runner trying to advance.  Second baseman Dwyer and Centerfielder Henn each made key catches on balls hit into the shallow outfield to thwart Twister rally attempts.  

So, at the close of "opening weekend," the Colorado Rockies stand at 1-1, the New York Yankees at 2-1, the St. Louis Cardinals at 1-2, and the Cheyenne Mountain Chiefs at 4-0!!  The coaches, parents and fans were certainly treated to an impressive weekend of baseball by these young men.  The Chiefs will enjoy a few days off and then return to the field for back to back games under the lights on Wednesday and Thursday.  GO CHIEFS!!



Sunday, March 6
Chiefs Impress in Frigid Temps

For the second week in a row, the Chiefs scrimmaged in temps south of 40 degrees.  The likelihood that they were numb did not prevent them from showing solid improvement from a week ago.  

Chiefs hurlers tuned out the conditions and fired four solid innings.  The only glimmer of heat on this cold day came from Connor Daly's right arm.  He threw a solid first inning showing glimpses of what we saw a year ago when he dominated opposing hitters.  Nick Weber took over in the second and needed only 19 pitches to dispose of the Twisters hitters.  Tulz was pounding the zone consistently and allowed only a flare single in the bottom half of the second.  Matthew Smith returned to the mound for the second week in a row and captured his command of the strike zone immediately.  Smith proved to be the most efficient hurler of the day, needing only 8 pitches to close out the 3rd inning.  Dakota Henn made his first appearance of the season in the fourth.  Like his style behind the plate, Henn was tenacious on the mound.  He had to deal with some traffic on the bases but this did not prevent him from sitting down the final out of the inning on three straight pitches to end the inning.

The Chiefs mantra at the plate, following last week, was "green light" (ready to pull the trigger on every pitch). It was evident that they took this to heart.  The confident "masher" attitude that the team has been working on all winter appeared throughout the game.  Ryan Schneider laced another single, Evie Dwyer connected on a single through the left side,  and Matthew Smith hammered an outside pitch the other way for a single.  Nick Weber and Christian Buckler lined out in two solid at bats to well positioned infielders.  The fans who braved the cold temps saw definite signs of a hard winter's work in the cage starting to pay dividends.  

The Chief's defense was more like the one we expect to see.  Schneider handled a hot shot at second for a third out.  Buckler threw out a runner at second in a first and third situation. The backstops smothered most everything in the dirt.  Outfielders were on the move with every infield throw.  Danny Metts handled a single with a runner on second and threw a laser to the plate to prevent a run from scoring.  Smith aided his own pitching cause by fielding a come-backer to the mound.  Dwyer made a solid play on  a deflection off pitcher Nick Weber to get a key second inning out.  Definitely a solid defensive effort in only their second game situation.

The Chiefs look to get healthy this week, as at least five of the boys have battled some form of flu, Strep, or some other nasty bug.  The team looks forward to getting back to full strength over the 4 remaining weeks of practice before "opening day."  Let the awesomeness begin! 



Wednesday, February 9
CHEESE REIGNS SUPREME ON SUPER SUNDAY

Despite a feverish finish by the men in black and gold from Pittsburgh, the Chiefs watched the Green Bay Packers win an exciting Super Bowl XLV.  Steelers fans were faithful to their team throughout, with the Weber boys (Dave and Nick), Matthew Smith, and Justin Johnston leading a raucous Steel City fan section.  While nobody sported any cheese-inspired headgear, there were plenty of bandwagon fans cheering the "Pack" to an impressive victory.

More impressive than the game, was the spread of food the Chiefs families brought to the party. Those darn cheesy potatoes disappeared like almost as soon as they were unveiled.  Two pots of chili were barely enough for a hungry Chiefs team.  Pulled Pork, sausage, brisket, 7-layer dip, chips and salsa/guacamole, and one very impressive baseball looking cheese ball were just a few of the other food stuffs that inspired return trips to the buffet.  And then there was that darn dessert table! The Henn family single handedly put 10lbs. on everyone with those amazing dessert bars.

What a way to kick off the 2011 Chiefs festivities.  If Super Bowl Sunday was any indication of how much fun the Chiefs Season will be, LOOKOUT! It just might be illegal to have the amount of fun that we are certain to enjoy during the 2011 campaign.  

Thank you to everyone for your participation and we look forward to seeing everyone at practices this week and at the Fundraiser next Saturday.

GO CHIEFS!! 

 



Monday, January 31
GRIDIRON CLASSIC ATTRACTS CHIEFS AND PARENTS

The Chiefs look to prove their eating prowess this weekend, when they gather to watch Super Bowl XLV together.  The list of "high cal" foods will be long and distinguished: chili cheese boats, 7 Layer Dip, Wings, Chips and Dip, Chili, Cheese Balls, BBQ, Cheesy Potatoes, and of course Colorado Kernals Popcorn!  The coaches are looking hard at the budget so that some emergency funds can be freed up for some TUMS, should they become necessary.

Wrapped into the fun, like a weiner roll up, will be the Pre-Season Parents Meeting.  The coaching staff will review the season schedule, budget items, practice schedules, and various other housekeeping items.  

Just another excuse for this Chiefs Family to hang out and enjoy each other's company.  See you all Super Bowl Sunday! 



Thursday, January 20
Hurlers Get Valuable Instruction from CMHS "Chief"

The Chiefs roster is full of pitchers for the 2011 campaign. Literally.  Of the 11 players who will suit up for the Chiefs, all 11 are pitchers!  In keeping with our off season focus, the Chiefs got down to the basics in an effort to build a firm foundation.  To that end, the boys received a special treat when the Cheyenne Mountain High School Head Varsity Baseball Coach, Mark Swope, paid them an instructional visit. Mark shared key concepts with the boys as a group and then proceeded to spend one on one time with each of them.  Every Chief now has a series of pitching concepts on which to build through the remainder of the pre-season.  Needless to say, Coach Swope left the session excited about what he saw from the boys and the future of Cheyenne Mountain area baseball.  

A huge thank you goes out to Coach Swope for taking time out of an incredibly busy schedule to spend with the boys.  He gave far greater time than what we asked for!  We look forward to having Coach Swope back at a future date to work with the boys and we might even get him out to a game this summer? 



Saturday, March 6
Chiefs Send Off One of Our Heros

As the Cheyenne Mountain Chiefs enter the 2010 campaign, they will do so without one of their most avid fans.  Colonel Ed Daly, father of Connor and Mitchell, deploys for Afghanistan later this week.  The season just won't be the same without Colonel Daly roaming the stands (and occasionally the visitors stands), keeping the umpires on their toes via words of "encouragement", and cheering like mad for our boys regardless of the circumstances on the field.

Colonel Daly is an American Hero and is most definitely a Hero to the Chiefs!  We will do our very best to keep him updated on the season via this website, DVDs, photos, and phone calls. Maybe we'll even be able to update him on a Connor Daly "round tripper" or of Mitchell sliding safely at home for the game winning run?  Regardless of what we are able to report, we will do so knowing that it will bring his thoughts a little closer to home and the game that he enjoys watching so much.

  Ed, we wish you God's Speed as you leave.  You will most definitely be in our continuous thoughts and prayers as you are away.  Count on us playing our very hardest and doing so with integrity and tenacity.   We can't wait to see you back in the stands as we embark on the 2011 Chiefs Season.

 

The Chiefs! 



Wednesday, October 27
2011 Chiefs Get Some "Major" Off Season Hitting Instruction

The 2011 Chiefs are excited to hit the batting cages this weekend for some truly "Major League" instruction.  Former Major League Hitting Coach, Alan Cockrell, will join the Chiefs for a hitting clinic this weekend at Sky Sox Stadium.  Coach Cockrell blends a tremendous knowledge base with a unique ability to convey the mechanics of the swing into a language that the hitter can "feel" during his swing.  He has also developed a new video analysis program that the Chiefs will be previewing during the Saturday Clinic.  This weekend is sure to be an unforgettable experience for the Chiefs!

Sunday, October 31
Former Major Leaguer Sets Tone for 2011 Chiefs Offseason

The 2011 Chiefs are a team determined to make every at bat a quality one.  Saturday evening set the tone for the off season work that will make it happen.  Former Major Leaguer Alan Cockrell conducted a hitting clinic with the Chiefs, which left both players and coaches excited to get to work on becoming a team of "confident mashers."  

Coach Cockrell demonstrated the key swing mechanics that are common to every successful major league player.  The boys were able to see what those key points are via video analysis and then work through drills designed to give them a "feel" for how to develop those mechanics in their own swings.  The boys were especially excited to learn that even"Dora The Explorer" could play a role in making them better hitters!  Every Chief Hitter demonstrated a willingness to be coached and worked intently at incorporating the changes that Coach Cockrell suggested.  Their work ethic and desire to improve make the 2011 season very promising.  One thing is guaranteed, these boys will have fun and enjoy taking the field together. 

Here's to a productive off season that will set the tone for 2011!  Go CHIEFS!