"Hopefully you can influence them in some other areas that will help them throughout the rest of their lives."
-Steve Basich, Manager, Cheyenne Mustangs
Cheyenne, WY (KGWN)- The Cheyenne Mustangs started practicing right after the beginning of the year and continue to work two days a week, with the start of baseball season less than two months away.
An indoor practice facility in north Cheyenne features pitching mounds, batting tees and pitching machines and that is where the Mustangs work out during the colder months of the year.
"This is a great facility, we've got two mounds, and we've got pitching machines, we've got tees," said manager Steve Basich.
"We're just trying to get the swing back," said graduated returner and first baseman Grant Byelich. "We're not trying to really push everything right now we still have a few months to go before our first game so we're just trying to get our swing back."
The city of Cheyenne doesn't allow teams to practice on city fields until April to protect the grass.
Basich understands the importance of getting his team together early in the year.
"It's a team building thing too," Basich said. "They get to know each other they get to like each other and get to where they can start depending on each other."
Basich knows not to expect everyone, some players play other sports and Basich wants those athletes to honor all of their commitments.
"We're gonna have a good team this year," Basich said. "We're gonna ya know win more games than we won last year. We only lost one starter from last year's team."
Basich also understands, that there's more to life than baseball.
It's just not winning baseball games," Basich said. "We're trying to ya know find the character in the kids and bring it out,and just try to make them better people.
"Not all of them are going to go play college baseball so hopefully you can influence them in some other areas that will help them throughout the rest of their lives."