Cheyenne, WY (KGWN)- The Cheyenne Grizzlies are the defending Mountain Collegiate Baseball League (MCBL) champions.
"We realize everyone's gunning for us," returning middle infielder J.P. Fasone said. "I think we're ready for that pressure."
Playing for the Grizzlies gives players an opportunity to fine tune skills.
The MCBL is a summer league, players come from different colleges across the country.
"They [Grizzlies] gotta great coaching staff," Fasone said. "The owners are great to us, they'll do anything for us. It's some good baseball up here you face a lot of good pitching."
The Grizzlies started out 0-4 in 2013, all losses against the Casper Cutthroats, Cheyenne's biggest rival.
"There was definitely no love lost between those two groups and probably going to be the same this year," said first year manager Greg May.
Cheyenne got the better of Casper in the championship series winning the first two games of a three game series to capture the title.
The Grizzlies return four players from that team and after starting 0-3 this year, dropping their opening series against Sterling, will try and repeat the finish from 2013.
Cheyenne's home opener is against Casper on Thursday at 6:30, the first game of a three game series at Pioneer Park.