Former Centenary Ace on the Rise in Holland -Cheyenne Daries Dishes out the Heat in the Dutch Major Leagues-
Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Cheyenne Daries

SHREVEPORT—In the Spring of 2004, Cheyenne Daries led the Centenary softball team to its first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance after mowing down opponents in the Mid-Continent Conference Tournament. Now she is mowing down a different kind of opponent as she toes the rubber playing a familiar game in a very unfamiliar place. The former Centenary star is pitching for the Amsterdam Pirates of the Dutch Major Leagues in Holland and earning a living doing what she loves the most.


Daries enjoyed a successful career at Centenary, leaving the Ladies program as the all-time leader in strikeouts (428), innings pitched (691.1), earned run average (2.63), games started (108), and no-hitters (2). In addition to also holding many single-season records (strikeouts, innings pitched, and games won), she was named First Team All-Mid-Con and Mid-Con Tournament MVP.


Upon leaving Centenary after graduation in 2004, Daries was approached about the possibility of continuing her softball career in Europe. She fielded offers from three teams from Italy, two from Germany, and two more from Sweden before settling on Amsterdam.


Daries became immediately comfortable with her new surroundings and fit in nicely with her new team despite being the only American on the squad.


“Everybody speaks English, so that made it easier for me,” said Daries. “The experience was awesome and I got to travel around Europe. Hopefully, I will get to see even more of Europe this year.”


The 5’8” gunslinger made an immediate impact in her new league as many coaches are saying she is one of, if not the best, pitcher in the league. Her stats from her debut season back up those words of praise as the righty finished second among all pitchers with 127 strikeouts and led the league in innings pitched, games pitched, games started, and complete games. She also ranked fifth in wins and shutouts. Daries completed her first season as a professional with nine wins and an ERA of 1.95 in 212.1 innings of work.


The Pirates struggled this season and Daries received offers from better teams, but the native of Salinas, Calif., remains loyal to the organization that provided her entrance into professional softball. While currently visiting her hometown, she plans to head back to Amsterdam in January to begin preparations for the upcoming season which begins in April. Her role will be a little different this year, as she will serve as a player/coach after being elevated to assistant coach status. Daries will also work with the 8 to 9 year-old team, teaching them the finer points of pitching.


From Salinas to Shreveport to Amsterdam, Daries has continued to ride her exceptional softball talents to new experiences and endeavors that she never would have imagined. Her teammates and coaches say she has always worked hard and is very outgoing when it comes to helping others, despite her naturally reserved personality.


It seems as though the quiet girl who banks on her rise ball is continuing to rise to the top.