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Mark McDaniel

Location:
Salida, CA

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Men's 60

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July 17, 2014
Mark 44
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: New Dudley Lightning

Tony, The 27 I got actually weighs 26.3oz, it actually swings heavier, I would say like a mid load. I hit the longest ball that I've hit in the last 7 or 8 years tonight. A no doubter, I knew as soon as it left the bat. The more I hit this bat, the more I love it.

SSChic , Rick doesn't pitch. & I'm not sure what number he is. I actually talked to him today. He wants one for his own & has a bunch of guys that wants them too. I'm betting that you will really like the Lightning.
July 16, 2014
Mark 44
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: New Dudley Lightning

SSChic, Rick Bass from Aftershock was crushing the ball with the new Lightning.
No doubt this is "the HOTT bat"

You know me to well Tony.
July 15, 2014
Mark 44
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: New Dudley Lightning

2 weeks ago I was privileged to receive the new Dudley Lightning Senior bat. WOW It has about a 100 swings on it. I got the balanced model in 27oz. The first thing I noticed is that the barrel feels tacky. After swinging it, I simply love it. I'm a line drive hitter & the ball explodes of the barrel. The 2nd swing I took was a line drive home run, hit in the Modesto Senior League.

Last weekend I played in the Cal Cup in Hemet. I had a great weekend hitting the Lightning. I'll admit that I didn't hit any home runs, but I did dot the fence a few times. I'm not a home run hitter, I never profess to be. I'm 60 with bad knees & love this bat.

I brought it home & checked it on my ASA bat compression tester. It isn't even broke in yet... Squeezed at 1300, the hottest Senior bats squeeze at about 1050, anything softer than that & it's ready to break.

When this bat breaks in, it is going to be a Monster......

From what I understand, the engineer behind developing this bat , is the same engineer that helped develop the Reebok Melee. Correct me if I'm wrong.

Buy the new Lightning, you won't be sorry.
June 9, 2014
Mark 44
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Miken Ultra 2

It definetly doesn't . There are bats on eBay from private parties that have phony Ultra II decals on them. 2005 was definetly 1.20 bpf
May 1, 2014
Mark 44
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: We have lost another great person

Jim Hellam passed yesterday after a long battle. He played for the Old A's/Omen. Jim touched many lives, both on & off of the softball field. RIP Jim......
April 19, 2014
Mark 44
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: cor and compression

Biggest Crap Ball that I have ever played with. There isn't one person in our league that likes them......
April 15, 2014
Mark 44
Topic: Bats
Discussion: 2 Piece Combat Dirty!

Going back to hit the 2piece Combat Dirty, this week. Looks like Combat has a winner on their hands.
April 15, 2014
Mark 44
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: cor and compression

There is no question in my mind, the 44/375 ball is far superior to the 52/300 pillow. We play in a 50+ USSSA league that uses the 52/300 ball. Nobody, I repeat NOBODY likes that ball. If I had my way, we'd all go back to using single wall aluminum bats & use either a red or blue dot ball. Then the true home run players will show up.
April 14, 2014
Mark 44
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Reebok Melee end loaded bat

Is it just me or are the newer Melee's taking more & more to break in? The Reebok has been my choice of bats since they were introduced. I still have 5 Reebok's that I'm still trying to get to be tournament ready.
April 13, 2014
Mark 44
Topic: Bats
Discussion: 2 Piece Combat Dirty!

I had the opportunity to hit a couple of 2 Piece Combat Dirty bats today. I previously reported how much I liked the new Combat Dirty Relaod & let me tell you, the New 2 Piece Dirty's are going to be incredible! I hit a couple of proto-types today. The only differences in the bats, was the stiffness of the handles. Both bats had about 35 swings on them before I hit them. Both felt great & I got better results with the stiffer handle. For those that know me, I'm not a big home run hitter. I get my fair share, but I think that I'm closer to the average senior softball player than some of the other monsters that report on bat performance. I love the bats. The new technology on building these bats makes them hot out of the wrapper & promises to give them a decent life expectancy.
When the Barrage 2 Piece bats came out, I was hitting home runs before I even removed the cellophane wrappers. But, I broke 2 of them without even getting 20 swings on each of them. I put about 60 swings on them today & they just kept getting better. When I finished, there was a couple of 40+ ball players that got a chance to hit them. Both guys hit some monster shots & it wasn't ideal conditions as the wind was blowing in from left center. The bats showed no signs of cracking. Combat still has a few adjustments to make on the bats before they go into production. I'm thinking this is the bat that I will be swinging, as soon as they come available. I have probably 40-50 senior bats & think that I can be a fairly impartial judge, as I'm not on anyone's payroll & have to pay for all of my bats, just like you do.
I'll be in Las Vegas for the SSUSA SW Nationals at the end of April, Look me up, I'll have a proto-type for batting practice.

Mark McDaniel Timberworks Construction 60's
April 10, 2014
Mark 44
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Cal Allison

Get well soon Cal

Mark 44 Timberworks Construction
April 9, 2014
Mark 44
Topic: Bats
Discussion: 2015 Combat Dirty G3 Reload

The Dirty definetly swings heavier than the Wanted. I swing light bats, 26oz.
April 8, 2014
Mark 44
Topic: Bats
Discussion: 2015 Combat Dirty G3 Reload

I have a Wanted in my arsenal as well as a couple of Twilights. The Wanted has way more handle flex than I care for & the Twilight has even more handle flex than the Wanted. Just wait until you hit one off the end of the bat & you will know what I mean. I'm a bit of a bat snob, as all of my friends will attest. I have probably 50 senior bats hanging in my garage. I'm always looking for that one magic stick. LOL

Rumor has it that there is some testing going on this week on a 2 piece Dirty. I'm sure that I will have a few them in my arsenal, as well........

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I am to understand that Reebok is out of the bat business......
April 7, 2014
Mark 44
Topic: Bats
Discussion: 2015 Combat Dirty G3 Reload

I like it better than the Ambush, as it seems to hit harder. It's close to the older Melee. The more I hit it, the hotter it gets. The latest Melee's seem to take a lot more to break in. My newer Melee's aren't as hot as the new Dirty. The best part!, They are available right now. I tried to buy an end loaded Melee for a friend & they aren't available.& who knows if they will ever be available........ I'm not in the bat business, I have to buy my own bats. So right now the hot bat seems to be the G3 Dirty Reload.......
April 5, 2014
Mark 44
Topic: Bats
Discussion: 2015 Combat Dirty G3 Reload

I just received a 2015 Combat Dirty G3 Reload. GREAT BAT. The new Dirty breaks in a lot faster than the original Dirty. New technology, thanks to Bauer buying Combat, really helps the Dirty be game ready in a few swings. I'm not sure why, but this Combat has a huge sweet spot, making it a very forgiving bat. If you are looking for a bat that doesn't take 150+ swings to break in, this is it. I was very happy with the old Dirty & the new Dirty is even better. Now I'm not sure what I'm going to do with the 4 older Dirty's I have hanging in my garage......

Buy the new Dirty, You won't be sorry.

Plus, rumor has it there is a 2 piece Dirty in the works.

I try to hit twice a week & play 2-3 tournaments a week. I'm going to keep hitting it to see just how hot it will get. I'll post more as time goes on.

March 25, 2014
Mark 44
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Worth Pitching Helmet

Our other pitcher, Donnie wears glasses under the Worth helmet. I have worn sun glasses under the helmet, it works just fine. Hard to rip the helmet off, to grab a pop fly, with glasses on. I prefer to not wear any glasses. Less visual interference.
March 24, 2014
Mark 44
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Worth Pitching Helmet

After playing in 2 mandatory face mask tournaments, I have changed my mind. I definitely prefer the Worth Pitching Helmet/Mask. It's light weigh, we'll ventilated, offers a clear line of sight & more importantly, it's far more comfortable. I tried the Rip-it face mask & the elastic strap hurt my ears.

Part of the fear I have of a head shot, is going to be my automatic reaction to turn my head. That's exactly what happened 30+ years ago playing against Sunnyvale Valve.

The helmet is really light. I've had 2 shots hit toward my upper body since wearing the helmet. One was a mis hit that I over reacted to & it drilled me. The other was this past weekend playing against a Major+ team, in St George. It was a #3 batter, he smoked it & I was able to catch it. The helmet/face mask didn't hamper me in the least.

Our other pitcher had a pop up that was harder to track, with the helmet on. He was able to make the play. He was afraid to rip the mask off, as he wears glasses.

Try the worth helmet/face mask, you won't be sorry.

Timberworks Construction 60 Major+
March 24, 2014
Mark 44
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Spring Worlds Mesquite

Dang, I didn't see you Ed...... I love the Canyons complex, A1 fields, with unsurpassed views! SSUSA hits one out of the park with this tournament.
March 24, 2014
Mark 44
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Has anybody seen CERCE?

Let's see....... Slow pitch? Un-hittable? Come on east coast, speak up! Send him out to the west coast, we'll knock him around for a while!! LOL
Jan. 7, 2014
Mark 44
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: where are all the pitchers

Capt Kirk - the TOC in Florida, is last years teams & subsequently will be using last years rules ( I already check). No Masks & No DBO's in Major or Major+.....

There is a HUGE difference from hitting at a pitcher & hitting by a pitcher. But, mistakes happen. I'll wear the mask. The Rip-it is my choice. I just hope batters don't think it's a Bullseye........
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