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Feb. 5, 2013
bkb555
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Combat Dirty

i have the reebok Melee and that was hitting blasts until I used an ambush.....i never got one because I had my senior bat but it really made me wonder who makes these standards and what does it take to pass a test????...as for durability, I'll just stay with my U-trip worth 454...has super durability and pop...not quite senior bat material but enough to keep me happy for now...and legal in any non ASA league
Feb. 5, 2013
bkb555
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Combat Dirty

ok...forget marketing for a bit.....i have hit the ambush and it was obscene.....and now they have a bat that hits farther???? my only qestion is/was, how do these bats keep out-performing previous bats that are already to the limits of legality?????
Feb. 4, 2013
bkb555
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Combat Dirty

GREAT....Another bat that is more potent than last year's Ambush...or is it a newly painted Ambush....how can anything be more potent than that bat and be legal?????......it amazes me every year that bats come out and just when a bat comapny says, "This bat goes right to the edge of legality and distance etc" and then next year they take it farther.......marketing is an amazing thing..now if the SSUSA would just crack down on these equivalents of hitting "golf balls with aluminum bats" mentality
Jan. 21, 2013
bkb555
Topic: Bats
Discussion: New Reebok?

speak and you shall receive...

http://www.vectorteamsports.com/vector_en/softball/men-s-softball/baseball-men-s-softball-bats


too funny
Jan. 21, 2013
bkb555
Topic: Bats
Discussion: New Reebok?

Really...so just as it happened before I played senior ball when the latest greatest bestest bat comes out in the middle of the winter, the exact same thing is happening in seniors...I get that manufacturers have to sell bats, but if there is a standard for how fast a ball can travel off of a bat, doesn't it reach a point where it can't get any better...oh well, where do i sign up to be put on the pre-pre order list for a bat to replace my latest greatest bestest Reebok one piece Melee that I got last summer....sighhhhh
Jan. 11, 2013
bkb555
Topic: Bats
Discussion: 2 Piece Bats

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ErdzBd8GWo&feature=player_embedded&list=PLF141A81780D92347#!

here is video on performance of miken 2 piece senior bat
Jan. 9, 2013
bkb555
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: SALT CITY CLASSIC 2013 CANCELED

Shark....Time to move it to Santaro....I know we will have to upgrade facilities...i.e. concessions and bathroom facilities but fields-wise, it is perfect for that tourney....ever since the county gave Hopkins park to private maintenance, the conditions have deteriorated exponentially......nothing like money getting in the way of how a softball league/tournament is conducted
Jan. 4, 2013
bkb555
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: place best hitters last strategy

not a good idea at all......worst case scenario, your best hitters might not get up until the 3rd inning......maybe sprinkling a few weaker hitters throughout the lineup.....BUT best way to go is to put best hitters in position where they get the most at bats and the most chances to drive in runs...bottom line
Dec. 24, 2012
bkb555
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: What did you do in your last at bat?

we were in a tourney at Viginia beach....we were getting killed and it was the 5th inning...the other team "let" us hit as a courtesy....I figured it was my last at bat in a beautiful city and what the heck.....i had aleady ripped two doubles down the third base line and was feeling good...the guy before me tried yanking one out and topped it for a single...I figured it was my turn and took my swing...the pitcher was a line drive, flat ball pitcher so i had to really dip my back shoulder and hit a laser over left field fence....it was our fifth run of the inning so THAT was the last at bat of the tourney for us and I felt the weekend ended with a bang...so it wasn't a total loss and gave us something to talk about
Nov. 18, 2012
bkb555
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Update from USSSA National Convention

we dont play Utrip senior softball (yet) but I think the net rule should be revised.....not an out but a strike and an out after second time....anyone can miss-hit a ball and hit the net but if you do it 2 times in an at bat, then THAT is the penalty of hitting low....we did just fine in our senior league with u trip bats....sure, the balls didnt go out like the senior bats but then it brought the game back to the players and no more "excuse me" HR's like the senior bats produce now...i have both bats and the senior bats are insane compared to U trip bats
Oct. 22, 2012
bkb555
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: What does it take to be a Major player?

I don't think it is being a "major" player that is important but rather being a "major" team......by this I mean, having a good hitting team that can produce singles but also get HR's when needed.....our team is a good AAA team and I think i could play on a "major" team but the other players around me would have to step up for this to happen so we could compete on that level....right now, we are a AAA team because we lack consistent hitting throughout the lineup and dont get runs every inning...that is a recipe for losses and not moving up.....so back to the original post, I think a major player is a good AAA player who can compliment a team and fill in and produce to keep the team moving along....if you put one "major" player on a AAA team, you will see how his contributions will lessen because the others around him cant compliment his abilities....it is a team thing more than an individual thing....major teams just have a lot more great AAA players....bkb555
Sept. 15, 2012
bkb555
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: SLIDING!!

no sliding at all for me...it hurts and usually leaves a sore/cut on knee...if I cant make it, I dont go...AND I can run
Sept. 10, 2012
bkb555
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Is it too much to expect ice water in the dugout?

really, you have to ask this question????...playing softball for 30-40 years and you have to have somebody else supply ice and etc????? reminds me of guys on my hockey team who don't bring a water bottle to the bench.....been playing hockey for 30 years and all of a sudden, you realize you get thirsty while playing?????how about filling a cooler of ice and bringing it to the park...not too much to ask of players or a team manager...it is NOT the facility's responsibility
Sept. 9, 2012
bkb555
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: NORTHEAST CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS

good tourney, sharkey...now we really have to do something about getting the county back to maintaining the fields...Hopkins Road park used to be the best fields around but since the park has been sub-contracted to a private company, the conditions have gone down terribly..i personally had a ball bounce 10 feet over my head in the outfield on a line drive while another outfielder had the same thing happen to him...if we want as many teams to come to syracuse, we want the conditions to be a reason why they come here.....otherwise, it was a great time and our team, Custom Logo of Syracuse thanks you for all your hard work and organization....thanks, brian bkb555
Sept. 9, 2012
bkb555
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Combat Ambush updates

OK OK OK.....swing, so you want ogt know how far it crushes the competition????...we just finished the northeast senior tourney in Syracuse and we had guys who hit balls out of the park who never SNIFFED the warning track before.......I told you we broke out the bat right out of the wrapper a week ago and my first swing off the END of the bat went out of the 300 foot fence...the fences in the tourney we just played were 315 to 320 qnd they were wayyy over that mark....I kept saying to the guys, these bats remind me of the very first Ultras (which I used once and put down because it was so sick)...I really would not doubtr if this bat makes it into next season...sorry guys but this thing is hot hot hot...maybe too hot as I stated earlier.....guys will be snatching them up left and right but for how long, who is too say..so Swing to answer your question......I would say 30-40 extra feet is not an understatement for distance and real power hitters will get more
Sept. 9, 2012
bkb555
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Combat Ambush updates

OK OK OK.....swing, so you want ogt know how far it crushes the competition????...we just finished the northeast senior tourney in Syracuse and we had guys who hit balls out of the park who never SNIFFED the warning track before.......I told you we broke out the bat right out of the wrapper a week ago and my first swing off the END of the bat went out of the 300 foot fence...the fences in the tourney we just played were 315 to 320 qnd they were wayyy over that mark....I kept saying to the guys, these bats remind me of the very first Ultras (which I used once and put down because it was so sick)...I really would not doubtr if this bat makes it into next season...sorry guys but this thing is hot hot hot...maybe too hot as I stated earlier.....guys will be snatching them up left and right but for how long, who is too say..so Swing to answer your question......I would say 30-40 extra feet is not an understatement for distance and real power hitters will get more
Sept. 7, 2012
bkb555
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Hypocrisy

if everybody used a U-trip bat, it could be just as dangerous....but this is what the players want...fast bats, fast balls....sure there is money involved but if we had a choice of wood or composite, i think the majority would use the composites....i am sure there are wood bat leagues around but I wouldnt play in it....safety is a concern no matter what association bat you use...they ALL come at you quickly
Sept. 6, 2012
bkb555
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Combat Ambush updates

we have a black centanarian and an ambush and there is NO comparison..the ambush destroys the cent by a long shot......they may look , feel, swing the same but distance is the ultimate yard stick...no contest.....as for the poster with 700+ swings on the bat, you seem to have a dud,or the other bats are really really hot and make the ambush seem "normal"....I would try a different one and see if there is a difference
Sept. 2, 2012
bkb555
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Combat Ambush updates

I hit the Ambush side by side with my Melee and my Utrip 454 and it is not even close...this bat was just brought out today and the ball was flying....I only hope it doesnt fly TOO good (ala original Ultra)......the sweet spot IS bigger no doubt about it and the pop is incredible......should be a very popular bat in the next few tourneys that I play
Aug. 26, 2012
bkb555
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Worth 454

i was wondering the same thing too because I do have a USSSA 454 legit and it is a very very good bat...however when i researched buying a senior bat, the reebok Melle was the bat of choice at the time until the ambush came out.....I think the worth will probably be more durable but I dont know if it will match performance of the other senior bats...but how much could it be????? 5 feet????? 15 feet????,,,ask Alan Tri18...he is really good at giving accurate reviews of alot of bats
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