Chiefs have solid core returning for baseball team
Concordia has swiped away the district title from the Santa Fe Chiefs each of the past two seasons on the baseball diamond. The Chiefs' eighth-year head coach Josh Fisher is determined to get the Chiefs back into the state playoffs.
The Chiefs, who were 16-4 last year, including 12-0 against I-70 Conference opponents during the regular season, have a roster that numbers 20, including four seniors.
Santa Fe has Dalton Wilkinson, Andrew Smith, Cody Schmidt and Ross Heimsoth back for their senior seasons.
Perhaps just as important is the left arm of junior Andrew Curry, the Chiefs' leading hurler from each of the last two seasons.
Others who have been heavy contributors for the Chiefs in the past are sophomore Keaton Graf and junior Chad Tieman.
"In the off-season, we've been very productive in the weight room," Fisher, who is being assisted by Robin Kalthoff, said. "The boys have gotten much stronger and faster.
"We have worked with developing our pitchers, both veteran and new. We have worked on quick hands to the ball and adjusting to the pitch."
Fisher lists speed, power and dedication as his team's strengths.
But he says the Chiefs cannot have any lapses, including "playing a complete seven innings."
He said "staying focused and being mentally prepared" are the keys to having success."
The Chiefs, who opened the season at Northwest Tuesday, play in the Knob Noster Tournament this weekend before hosting Higginsville Monday at 4:30 p.m.