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Batting Cages Create Great Hitters

Batting Cages Create Great Hitters
Repetition is the key in moving from novice to expert levels in almost any activity, this especially holds true when it comes to hitting. Being a good hitter boils down to the often heard notion, “see the ball, hit the ball”. Spending time in the batting cages allows the hitter to see the ball numerous times which at the minimum improves hand eye coordination. Other benefits include increasing bat speed, improving pitch selection, forming strong muscle memory, and perfecting the basics of proper hitting mechanics.
Batting cages offer benefits for all levels of players. The beginner or young to the game will benefit from time in the cages by learning proper swing mechanics, developing appropriate hand eye coordination, becoming comfortable with their swing, and will offer hitting reps that are probably not available from practice and games alone. Adolescents through teens have the opportunity for seeing immeasurable success from time spent in the cage especially when it comes to increasing bat speed and strength. Adult players benefit from cage work for all the above reasons as well as loosening up muscles, warming up before games, and increasing overall flexibility.
The batting cages are also a relatively inexpensive option for entertainment or a new hobby for those not currently actively playing the game. Friendly sport and competition are always fun avenues for trying out new activities as well as exercise and an option for spending time outdoors.
Wilson Morgan Park offers a batting cage with six machines. The cost is only $1 a token which gets you twenty pitches with the option of purchasing a strike zone card for $20 redeemable for 25 tokens. There are slow and fast pitch softball machines as well as baseball all with adjustable speeds. The hours of operation are Monday – Thursday from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday 10a.m.-to 4 p.m. Closed on Sunday. (Weather permitting)
There are also cages at Strike Zone at Point Mallard Park. The cost is also $1 a token for twenty pitches or a Punch Card (500 pitches) can be purchased for $20. Point Mallard’s Strike Zone is open Monday-Sunday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Weather Permitting)
Fred Pelle
Wilson Morgan Park

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