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Mike Macenko

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Oct. 1, 2012
Gorilla Boy
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Twilight Senior Softball bat In Vegas At SSUSA

If you get a chance and see Corky at one of the fields in Las Vegas ask him about the new senior softball bat, the Twilight. He has them on board the SSUSA truck. I will be out there on Thursday morning and will have some demo's for players to try. The Twilight is the latest state of the art senior softball bat from Combat Sports. It is of 2 piece construction and Anaconda Sports feels this is the new bat design of the future. Anaconda Sports has done an exclusive with this new bat and you can give me a call at 330-419-0205 for further information on this product. You can call me direct also to order your new softball bat. Will see you in Vegas on Thursday.. Good luck to all teams and players.
You can check this link out for more info.
http://www.bigcat844.com/twilight_senior_bat.html

Mighty Mike Macenko
aka: Gorilla Boy
Sept. 27, 2012
Gorilla Boy
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Combat Twilight

HJ, sorry for the delay in answering your question.

End of barrel - not the sweet spot but at the end of the bat where when you usually hit the end of the bat the ball doesn't go to far. The way the handle and barrel work together at that precise moment gives you a little bit more distance because of the flex.

Barrell it up - when you hit it on the sweet spot. the barrels are 11.5 inches long, so you have quite a big sweet spot.

Smaller hitter - the way the bat is designed the players with a slower bat speed might benefit more from this bat. It could be a big guy with a slower bat speed. So no I don't mean short players.

Bottom line is hitting should be kept quite simple. See the ball and hit the ball. The last thing you want to do at the plate is to think too much. It will get you in trouble. I now first hand because that is what would happen to me more times than I would like to remember. If you want you can give me a call to discuss anythng further.

Gorilla Boy
Mike Macenko
330-419-0205.


Sept. 21, 2012
Gorilla Boy
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Combat Twilight

The handle and taper are tuned for the amount of flex in the barrel. The flex allows the barrel to store energy for a split second, then the barrel flex and handle flex work together to release the stored energy at the same time. If you hit the ball at the end of the barrel you really feel it all working together. But if you are a smaller hitter and you barrel it up, it feels awesome and sounds great. I think the lighter hitters are going to love this bat.

I don't stand on bats to see if the flex is there. I can tell when swinging. I hope this helps. You don't want the bat to flex until you have made contact. With a really flexable handle the bat will start flexing before you make contact. I am sure some players might like it like that. Everybody's swing is different? As you have said before no two stances and swings are the same.

Gorilla Boy
Mighty Mike Macenko
Sept. 20, 2012
Gorilla Boy
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: 2012 LVSSA/SSUSA WORLD MASTERS

SSUSA staff, will they be using the ISA X-Rock with the multi layer technology? That is what has been used there in the past? Or will it be another association ball without the multi layer technology. Just curious. Thanks in advance.

Gorilla Boy
Mike Macenko
Sept. 20, 2012
Gorilla Boy
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Combat Twilight

My pleasure on the explanation.. Alan as far as the Cranker goes, it is still hard to believe but he lost his son John in 2002 I think. I don't want to go into details but he passed away in 2002. The Cranker is doing just fine. He works his tail off with a trucking company he owns. Lives in his hometown of Wadley and has a beautiful wife along with a beautiful home. Yes John was a very gifted athlete. It was a tough time needless to say. You have yourself a great day...

Gorilla Boy
Sept. 19, 2012
Gorilla Boy
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Combat Twilight

It is good to be back home. Visited with Craig Elliott in Wadley Alabama. It doesn't get any better than what he has got. Looking forward to going to Vegas for the SSUSA. Once again thank you..

Gorilla Boy
Sept. 19, 2012
Gorilla Boy
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Combat Twilight

Let me see if I can answer your questions. The frame that is used to make the latest group of Combat Senor Softball bats use the same material in the barrels. Combat feels it is the best combination of carbon to date. The frames are different according to their lengths. The Centenarian, The Ambush and the Twilight.

In the Twilight we added a stiff handle to go along with a soft shell. Three things have been done after extensive testing.

1. The handle used was made more stiffer so the bat did not swing like a garden hose.

2. By adjusting the formation (different angles) of the fibers on the outer wall we have what we believe to be the best pattern for a high performance softball bat. Best trampoline effect..

3. The inner wall that is used in the Twilight is of Multi-Wall technology (3 Walls).

.....With the stiffer handle that is used it allows for the flex to begin at the end of the bat. Where you might hit the ball on the end of the bat and because of the springboard effect you can still good distances out of the bat.

.....When the ball is hit in the middle of the sweet spot it still plays like a 1 piece bat.

I hope this helps. if you have any question about the Twilight please give me a call at 330-419-0205 and I will try and help you out.


Thank You
Gorilla Boy
(Mighty Mike Macenko)


Sept. 19, 2012
Gorilla Boy
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Combat Twilight

Hey Guys, I have been on the road and just got back to beautiful Brunswick, Ohio. Ha!Ha! The one thing that makes it different from the Ambush and the Centenarian is the 2 piece. It definitely has a stiff handle and swings like a 1 piece bat. The flex comes into play when you hit the bat at the end of the barrel. Hey but this is just my opinion. Hope this helps a little.

Gorilla Boy
Sept. 11, 2012
Gorilla Boy
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: "PRO" Softball late 1970's & early 1980's

I remember the Baltimore team had Chuck Hinton who use to play with the Cleveland Indians. He played with a team called Addie's in ameteur ball. Thay also had a guy named Johnny Dollar that was very good. I remember a guy named Jenks Morton. He played with Baltimore I think and Addie's also. He was one of Sugar Ray Leonards boxing trainers during his boxing career. Norm Cash, Joe Pepitone both played. They helped bring some professionalism to the league. Cincinatti had Red Ronnie Jones and Black Ronnie Jones. These were players that I knew of or might have enven played against one time or another. Big Jim Galloway probably is the best softball player to have played. The stories that were told of him were unbelieveable. I actually got into a beef with Louie D. at Woldpack park in New kensington the one year. Needless to say we were drunk. I was only 20 years old at the time. Ha!Ha!

Gorilla Boy
Sept. 10, 2012
Gorilla Boy
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: "PRO" Softball late 1970's & early 1980's

It was in 1977 when the Jaybirds had contacted me to play with the Cleveland team. I elected to stay in the ameteur ranks. I felt the best players were in the ASA. There was more of them. Now don't get me wrong Jim Galloway, Mike Nye, Bert Smith, Bill Gatti, Rick Weiterman were all great players. It just seemed like there were more playing amateur ball. Mike Nye and Ronnie Ford played with Ceasars. Steve Loya was the first player picked by Buddy Langdon for the Cleveland Pro team. Steve was the man back then. He was a great player as well as a great person. When I first started playing ball in Cleveland the talk was about Steve. How he could hit a home run when he wanted to. Who was the best. Steve was the best in Cleveland. So of course I wanted to be like him and even better than him. I joined the Pro League in 1982 when Ted Stepien owned 4 of the 8 teams in the league. In 1982 I made 10,00.00 playing for the Competitors. I believe Steve Blanchette and Dana Andry got the same. I always said you could have a Pro League but you needed to get the Softball and Baseball Co. involved. Also we drove everywhere on the your big Lake Front bus line. It was first class all the way.
Aug. 24, 2012
Gorilla Boy
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Ambush Review

Softball players, I can tell you that the Ambush is not a painted up Centenarian. The barrels might be close in design but if you look at the Original Grey Combat it is very close to that as well. Combat has put together another great Senior bat and is always trying to improve their product. I am posting this just so the players that have bought the bat can feel comfortable that the product they bought is a new design. Good Luck to all the players as we near the end of the season.

Gorilla Boy
Aug. 21, 2012
Gorilla Boy
Topic: Bats
Discussion: What does it take?

It has always been Durability vs Performance. I say why can't you have both? I know it comes down to the Manufacturers. If I am trying to improve on the senior bat it would be the durability. The hard part is to try and provide great durability with performance. That is what I have always been working on. Just looking for some feedback and I do appreciate the responses. Thank You..

Gorilla Boy
Aug. 20, 2012
Gorilla Boy
Topic: Bats
Discussion: What does it take?

Believe it or not but I had a Original Gray 475 swings on it and I had a 13 in yellow MM Gear with a little over 500 swings on it. I get as many swing as I do because of my swing. I use a lot of wrists in my swing and I actually have a lot of spin on the ball in my swing. I guess you could say I cut the ball.

A good friend of mine broke both bats within 25 swings at a home run derby contest. He hits the ball dead nuts. I miss the ball with my swing. He was only 25 too!

Have I broke bats in less than a 100 swings. Yes I have done that too. Honestly

I have always said the performance is there on all senior bats. It is the durability that I have always been after.

Gorilla Boy



Aug. 20, 2012
Gorilla Boy
Topic: Bats
Discussion: What does it take?

tg69, I understand where you are coming from. I would not want to try and sell a bat and ask double for it. I am trying to find out what is a good number for a bat to last before it breaks. The old saying "Get your moneys worth". I have always felt that softball bats break no matter what the material is. It is the nature of the beast. When you are looking for that extra performance now that is when the breakage becomes unpredictable. I am working on something and just looking for some input back from the players. I do appreciate all of your input. Thank You.

Gorilla Boy
Aug. 20, 2012
Gorilla Boy
Topic: Bats
Discussion: What does it take?

Thanks guys. That is what I am talking about. The next question is what price point would you pay if you got 750 to 1000 swings per bat?

Gorilla Boy
Aug. 20, 2012
Gorilla Boy
Topic: Bats
Discussion: What does it take?

I have looked at this number before and now I would like your opinions on how many swings do you think you should get out of your senior softball bat before it breaks for the amount of money that you spend. I know the number varies but lets hear what you really need out of a senior softball bat?

Gorilla Boy

Aug. 20, 2012
Gorilla Boy
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Prayers needed for the Dowell family

Dave asnd Fran, my heartfelt condolences to the both of you and to your familes. May God Bless your father.
Gorilla Boy
Mike Macenko
July 31, 2012
Gorilla Boy
Topic: Bats
Discussion: White Centenarian Short barrel

Tri18, I really can't believe that you have not had any issues. None what so ever. I guess I better buy all of my bats off of you. So are you trying to tell me there is a 3rd Combat plant. Ha Ha! The question is which factory is yours being shipped out of?
Gorilla Boy
July 30, 2012
Gorilla Boy
Topic: Bats
Discussion: White Centenarian Short barrel

Nevermind, I guess I need to get my facts straight. I apologize, Combat does have 2 plants. I was not aware of that. One in Canada that has been doing the smaller knobs. And they have not had any issues with the bat chipping. and one in Washington. I lost my mind for a sceond. The one in Washington is where all of the chipping is coming from. They do the big knob there in Kent at the Combat factory...
Gorilla Boy

PS. You can pick on me. I can handle it.
July 30, 2012
Gorilla Boy
Topic: Bats
Discussion: White Centenarian Short barrel

Let me jump in here and explain something to who ever wants to listen. You don't have to but I think I know a little bit about what I am talking about. First there is no difference in the performance of the White Centenarian whether you think it is from the USA or Canada. I did not know that Combat had 2 different plants to build bats. Unless I am being lied to the bats are made by the same developer Steven Sutherland who is the president at Combat in Ottawa, Ontario. The bats are made in the same factory and the only difference is the big knob versus the little knob. Yes Anaconda sells the big knob. Somebody else sells the little knob. The white bat is a great bat no matter which knob you prefer. All of the bats have chipped from the paint no matter where you bought them. I even had a friend of mine tell me that a guy in the parking at at one of the senior tournaments that the only bats that were chipping were the ones that were sold with the big knob. Wow, why would someone say that about a product that they are selling that has the same issues. That is what kills me. I have seen post from different players with both size knobs that say their bat has had some bad chipping. I have had one customer send his bat back because of the issue with an umpire. The bat was replaced and he now has 350 cuts on the bat with no chipping. Have they fixed the issue with the paint. I hope so. Just thought you might want to know.....
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