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Real name:
Steve Riley

Location:
Lacey,

Division:
Men's 50

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Dec. 31, 2011
CallaVett
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Bat Care

I agree with ju25, I feel that proper break-in helps to extend bat life. My break-in method is similar to ju25; I take the first 50-75 swings at about half strength, rotating the bat after each swing. I use my tee for the initial break-in because I can better control the contact point on the barrel.

I broke three bats last year but to be fair one was a 4-year old Ultra II and another was a GBA (which broke on the 5th swing during break-in). The third, an ASA stamped Ultra II – NIW, I didn’t break-in prior to using it in games. It broke within 150 game swings. My gamer is a Reebok Melee Legend EL that I took my time breaking-in and is still crack-free but extremely hot.

BTW – I spoke to Bill about the GBA and he said he would send me a CORE (when they are ready for release) to replace the GBA.

Dec. 29, 2011
CallaVett
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: WHAT TEAM DOES EVERYONE PLAY FOR

The Rock - 50 AA
I'm looking to move up to a level more appropriate for my skill level for 2012. I would like to move up to Major, I played several tournaments last year against M/M+ and really enjoyed that level of competition.

Steve
Nov. 6, 2011
CallaVett
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: A Poll For The Power Hitters

I'm not what you would consider an elite power hitter and I don't play major/major + but I hit my share of HR. I generally average around 1 HR / game (but I try to limit myself to one per game). IMO, HRs are primarily determined by technique and bat speed.

I use a standard grip; dropping the pinkie off the knob.

Most of my HR are to center and the left center power alley. Most of my mistake HR are to the opposite field, I rarely try to HR to the opposite field.

I currently prefer the standard grip because of the additional bat control I gain. I just don't get enough BP these days to have good bat control with the overlap grip.

Steve



Oct. 16, 2011
CallaVett
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: 50AAA Teams, how many tournaments a year are you playing??

I'm on a 50AA, we have played 7 tournaments, 5 local and 2 travel. The two travel one was in Oregon and the other was in Spokane (about 5-hours away). I, also played 3 other tournaments with different teams 2 local and 1 in northern Washington (about 4-hours away).
Oct. 15, 2011
CallaVett
Topic: Bats
Discussion: reebok vis a vis ultra....a year later

hombre, I have 1 GBA and owned two others. The one, I still have, is one of the early ones. It hits great and appears to be durable - still no cracks or webbing. That is why I ordered a second GBA (the one that broke). It busted on the seam, on the 5th swing, two swings later it had shark toothed.

I, also have a Veteran (one of the GBA prototypes)and it is a tank. I hit it when the temp is below 60. I think it outhits my U-trip bats but not as good as the high-end senior bats. The Veteran sounds like a wood bat when you hit it. I, also had a 2-piece GBA but traded it for a Nokona glove. I was saving it as a back-up for the Ultra & Reebok.

Good luck with the getting that GBA.

Steve
Oct. 15, 2011
CallaVett
Topic: Bats
Discussion: reebok vis a vis ultra....a year later

I like the durability I've gotten from my Reebok. I'm about the same size as hombre but a do hit the ball hard (ShaneV & JamesLG can attest to that). I'm surprised that the Reebok has out lasted my ASA stamped Ultra II. The Reebok probable has around 300-400 swings and is really hot.

I have never owned a Combat, so I can't comment on their durability. I am going to add one one to my collection for next year. Plus, I have a GSC Core coming my way when Bill gets things rolling. (I broke a NIW GSC GBA in 5 swings).

Steve
The Rock #21
Oct. 14, 2011
CallaVett
Topic: Bats
Discussion: reebok vis a vis ultra....a year later

I bought a Reebok and a NIW Ultra II (ASA stamped) this winter, I broke the wrappers off both in May. The Ultra II started to crack in July and Reebok is still intact. I feel I get a little more distant out of the Reebok but not a lot.

The graphics are just about completely gone from the Reebok. They started coming off within 10 hits. I plan on buying another Reebok this winter and don't plan on replacing the Miken.

I think the Reebok has a slight edge on the Miken in both performance and durability.
Oct. 1, 2011
CallaVett
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Who's in Phoenix, 55 AAA teams

Shane's list is a prediction of who will be attending not finishing order.

Sept. 7, 2011
CallaVett
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Anyone Alive In Washington State?

No, its a different team. Spot is playing 50 Major, this year.
June 22, 2011
CallaVett
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 2011 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS - Phoenix, AZ

If you're planning on flying to Phoenix in October checkout Southwest Airlines. They are currently running a special for their 40th Anniversary. One way flights for $40/$80/$120, I was able to book flights for Phoenix for $160 + fees ($201 total round-trip).

The special ends tomorrow (7/23).

Steve
June 21, 2011
CallaVett
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Experienced player looking for team that plays weekends.

A good place to check would be at the RAC in Lacey. This weekend (Fri, Sat, & Sun) is the Northwest Nationals, some 55's will be there and most of the 50's.
Jan. 2, 2011
CallaVett
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Batting Tee

I stopped by Home Depot after church this morning and built a batting tee that is adjustable from 32" - 52". It cost me $15.20 (including tax) to build. I created a pdf with the parts list and basic build instructions. Email @ rileysd1@comcast.net if you're interested in the plans.

Steve
Jan. 2, 2011
CallaVett
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Looking for team in Sebring, FL (Highlands County)

Thanks for the help.

Steve
Jan. 1, 2011
CallaVett
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Looking for team in Sebring, FL (Highlands County)

My brother turns 50 this year and is looking for a team in Sebring, Fl. I'm looking for someone to help get him started in SSB. He is primarily an outfielder but has played infield when he was younger.

I appreciate any assistance you can provide.
Dec. 23, 2010
CallaVett
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Care to ID your Handle/Username/Nickname???

My user name is from my car, 1988 Callaway Corvette. Sold the car two years ago but kept the user name.

Steve
Dec. 20, 2010
CallaVett
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Courtesy Runner Positive & Negative Views

"Strategic" YES!!! The NCAA women's softball allows for "special pinch-runners" or did you forget about that part of the game that the little girls play.
Dec. 20, 2010
CallaVett
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Courtesy Runner Positive & Negative Views

I like being able to use CR but I believe the rules could be modified to make the use of CR a strategic part of the game plan.

1. Designate 1 or 2 players as having the use of a CR.

2. Limit the use of CR to 1/inning with the exception the designated players (who always must use the CR or lose it).

3. The CR must be in the line-up.
Dec. 16, 2010
CallaVett
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: How did you get your start in softball?

I started playing softball in 1980. I was in the Air Force stationed in Germany, most of my unit was in the field for maneuvers and someone stopped by my work section looking to pick-up players for the intramural league game that night. I showed up in jeans and tennis shoes, I borrowed a glove from another guy on the team. I went 4-4 and hit a gland slam (open field – no fence), after the game the coach asked me to play on a regular basis. I went and bought a glove and cleats the next day. I didn’t hit another HR until 1984; I had the infamous warning track power until 2000 when I started to buy quality bats instead of the K-Mart specials.

Steve

Dec. 15, 2010
CallaVett
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Rare 30 oz 2000 ASA stamped ultra 2 for sale

I'm interested in the bat, please email me at rileysd1@comcast.net.
Thanks
Steve
July 19, 2010
CallaVett
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Looking 4 Team in Tacoma Washington

The WA State Senior Games are this weekend in Lacey @ RAC. Stop by a lot of the 50's teams will be there. So, its a good chance to network and possible hook-up with a team.
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