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Aug. 13, 2012
JamesLG
Topic: Product review
Discussion: New Combat AMBUSH break in tips (and other senior bats)


I just received my new Ambush yesterday. It is great timing because both of my game ready U2's are cracked. Must have broke both at the Western Nationals.
I now have one new and nearly bloke in Reebok balanced Melee, One old U2 in great shape and I know it has pop and the new Ambush. I will add my $.02 cents on performance comparisons after the Ambush is broke in. This comparison will come from a 180lb guy with what I have been told is pretty good bat speed.
The Ambush does have a great feel and balance. Can't wait to take some cuts and see hot it hits.
Thank You:

James
Aug. 7, 2012
JamesLG
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Scores for Western Regionals


Hi paul0784:

We had a good weekend and should be in good shape for Vegas. we need to stay healthy now and be ready for Vegas.
What is the biggest differance between AAA and Major? You guys played so well last year it looked to me like you could compete in the upper division. We added defense, speed and power this year trying to get where you did last year.

Thank You:

James
Aug. 6, 2012
JamesLG
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Scores for Western Regionals



JCI Jones Chemicals/ The "Y" Sports Bar went undefeated in 55AAA. We had some great competition but it must have just been our weekend. The fields and umps were great and it was a well run tourney for the most part.
I also met Ed Endrews the Reebok bat rep. Great guy and he is not a pushy sales rep. If you wanted a bat he said he had them available but he did it with class. Got to respect that.
Thank You:

James
July 29, 2012
JamesLG
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: WESTERN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS....A concern?


John:

325' is nothing for you. You and Wayne can miss them that far.

James
July 15, 2012
JamesLG
Topic: Bats
Discussion: what's the best senior bat, gave up on the gsc promises.


The two hottest senior bats I have ever swung are the Reebok end load and Miken red end load but I do not use either one of them. I choose the black U2 because for some reason it fits my swing better and I find the sweet spot most of the time. Many of my softball friends have switched to the balanced Reebok and seem to be hitting the ball further than they ever have so I am going to give one of them a shot. They also say it has a larger sweet spot than the end load.

Thank You:

James
July 13, 2012
JamesLG
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: What 55AAA teams are going to Western Nationals



Hi Folks:

I am just seeing what 55AAA teams will be at the Western Nationals in Aurora CO.

The JCI Jones Chemicals/The "Y" Bar and Grill will be there.

Thank You:

James
July 4, 2012
JamesLG
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Miken U2 Performance


Thanks Alan:

I have too many Miken and just thought somebody may want to swap for a very nice older one. It has Miken pop and more durable than the newer ones.

Thank You:

james
July 3, 2012
JamesLG
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Miken U2 Performance


I have 4 ballanced U2's that are all great bats. two of them are at least a year old with the 1.21. I also have a 28oz 1.20 that is a few years old that is very hot but it has at least 200 swings on it.
The forth bat has no markings on it and was produced right after the ASA tagged U2. It is a 28oz also and in very good shape. It is also a hot bat but I rarely use it anymore and would trade it for a ballanced Reebok senior Melee in 28oz.
I can be reached at jgroh@jcichem.com if anybody is interested.

Thank You:

James
May 17, 2012
JamesLG
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Is this yelling out OK.


HJ:

I would have to say that is about as chicken shit as it gets on the part of the baserunner. He might just get drilled in the back by a thrown ball next time he is on base.

Thank You:

James
April 11, 2012
JamesLG
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Need your input



Last year at the Western Nationals Joe spent a good 30 minutes talking to my boy and I about bats and hitting. My boy is just starting to play slowpitch and Joe did a better job than I could have explaining hitting. His time was much appreciated.

Thanks:

James
April 10, 2012
JamesLG
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Need your input


Gary19:

In our league the 40+ teams do use senior bats and if anybody does not like it they can go play somewhere else. It is that simple.

James
March 30, 2012
JamesLG
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Bat Weight


Hi HJ:

I am 185lbs and like a heavy 29-30oz balanced bat because it is easier for me to maintain timing. With these bats you don't need to be 225lbs to hit the ball 310'.

Good luck.

James
March 26, 2012
JamesLG
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 60 player



Hey Mad Dog:

Are the rains you folks are finally getting helping out much with the draught?

Good luck finding a new team.

James
March 25, 2012
JamesLG
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: When is the last time you saw a pitcher have to leave a game from getting hit or get seriously hurt?



In our league we use senior bats and even the 40+ teams can use them and I can't remember the last time a pitcher was hit. For the most part guys stay out of the middle.
The most common injury is either a 3rd or 1st baseman taking one off the shin. This happened to me last spring and I had a blood clot for 6 months. I just missed the ball. Did not blame the bats or balls just part of playing the position.

Thanks:

James
March 19, 2012
JamesLG
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Should you be able to go for hits between the second baseman and shortstop



Should have been 270'-275' fences.

James
March 19, 2012
JamesLG
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Should you be able to go for hits between the second baseman and shortstop

Mad Dog:

I am not against taking away composit bats completely. In fact going back to 270-175' fences and metal bats would make it harder to hit for many guys because you could squeeze the field and take away the cheep shots.
As a sponsor/player if the bat rule is changed in 2013 who is going to return the investment of us buying a bunch of bats? Any organization who would treat their customers this way should not be supported.
I would like to here Surf88 or Gorilla Boy chime in of this because they should be know first hand if this is fact.

The issue here is are the players who put up most of the $ going to get stuck with bats they cant even use.

Thank You:

James
March 19, 2012
JamesLG
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Should you be able to go for hits between the second baseman and shortstop



Hi Mad Dog:

I doubt SSUSA would make a change to bat specs without grandfathering "IN" the bats already made. If any association did that without ample warning is would be a classless act. Also anybody selling bats knowing this was coming without giving their customers this information before they purchased the bat would lose a boat load of customer respect.

Thanks:

James
March 15, 2012
JamesLG
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Reebok Melee


rightrj1:

I am just giving this bat a try in the spring league play. I still like the black U2 as my choice in tourneys. The 29 and 30oz usually last 30+ games. When you hit one on the screws with the U2 there is no bat the has the same feel.

Good luck in Mesquite folks.

Thanks:

James
March 15, 2012
JamesLG
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Reebok Melee


A couple of my senior softball budding had great luck with the Reebok so I bought one off Surf88 and so far so good. We play up in the cool damp northwest and both these guys got well over 400 swings on their bats and many of them were with BP balls. One of the guys hit 100+ HR's last year so I would say he hits it pretty good. He had a ballanced and the other guy uses an end load like the one I am trying out. The bat has great pop but we will see how long it lasts.

Thanks:

James
March 2, 2012
JamesLG
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: New HR rules



Thanks for the responses:

I think the TD's and SSUSA will be watching this one close but they also should note that just because a team hits a few out does not make them a good team. From just watching some of the M+ games I can see where this may be a problem for them with shortened games but for most of us it should be a lot like it was a few years back.

Local hit it write we should give it a good shot and see how it works out.

Thank You:

James
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