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May 22, 2015
OlyPenSenior
Topic: Bats
Discussion: 2015 Combat Dirty...gray with teal lettering

Oops. Just double-checked. It's an Easton S1, not S2. Senior moment.
May 22, 2015
OlyPenSenior
Topic: Bats
Discussion: 2015 Combat Dirty...gray with teal lettering

I've been using it this Spring, switching back-and-forth with a 2014 Easton S2. Both are multi-certified so can use them in any tourney. This Combat Dirty was hot right away and I like the feel. The paint is cracking some on the barrel, but not nearly enough to disqualify it from tourney use. I'd recommend a methodical break-in period to preserve it's lifetime, although I haven't heard of any early breakage problems. Overall, this gap hitter would recommend it. Not sure how it would do for the big hitters.
Jan. 28, 2015
OlyPenSenior
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Endload or balanced?

Balanced only for me. I get that there are more long balls in end-loaded bats, but I prefer to hit for higher average, in the gaps and thru the infield. Just a personal preference on how best to help the team do win with my abilities. Table setters vs table clearers.
Jan. 6, 2015
OlyPenSenior
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Do you use senior bats in non tournament games/leagues?

Senior bats are not allowed in our rec league games or practice games, but many guys swing them in batting practice.
Dec. 12, 2014
OlyPenSenior
Topic: Teams looking for players
Discussion: Washington State

Just sent you an email message.
Oct. 5, 2014
OlyPenSenior
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 1 and 1 pitch count

I'm not for it in league play, but accept its use in tourneys for time reasons so can get the most amount of innings in. Agreed that time between half innings can be managed better.
Sept. 29, 2014
OlyPenSenior
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Why do you swing an End loaded bat?

I make more consistent solid contact with a balanced bat. This is probably due to being able to keep the bat on the desired flatter swing path. End-loaded ones seem to cause more fly balls and less frequent solid contacts. Could be just me, though.
Sept. 23, 2014
OlyPenSenior
Topic: Product review
Discussion: face masks

I looked at the Schutt one, but didn't like the rounded piece extending down from the forehead into the main sight area. Otherwise, it seems very sturdy. I know some players who use and like it.
Sept. 21, 2014
OlyPenSenior
Topic: Product review
Discussion: face masks

Playball5, I have seen some balls glance off of the masks. One thing players like about them is they can play a hit ball more aggressively on the infield rather than defensively. This can be important on less than good fields and with hard hit grounders.
Sept. 19, 2014
OlyPenSenior
Topic: Product review
Discussion: face masks

They are required for the pitcher in our league. I use and like the Rip-It Defense. It has very good visibility, decent cushioning, is lightweight and inexpensive. It comes in several colors, if that matters to you. The plastic ones out there aren't very durable. I also would stay away from those.
Sept. 19, 2014
OlyPenSenior
Topic: Product review
Discussion: knob cuff advocates

I also use and like the simple cone shaped cuff on all my bats. It makes a big difference in grip through the swing for me. I recommend using it.
Sept. 13, 2013
OlyPenSenior
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Bat restrictions for Seniors.

I'm looking for another balanced ASA bat for co-ed tourneys I play in. Anyone have any comments on the Easton new S1 or S2?
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