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Real name:
Fred Scerra

Location:
Marlboro, MA

Division:
Men's 85

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, Oct. 4, 2017
Fred S
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Pitching machine

Z Man:

Softballfans.com has a sale on 11" Leather softballs for $25.00 doz that go well with a WD. With those babies you will get 7-8' height. Gives you a false sense of distance but good for getting your timing down.
, Sept. 17, 2017
Fred S
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Pitching machine

The big thing for me with the WD is I don't need anyone to come down with me for BP which is why I basically bought it. I can't find another nut to come down to the field with me everyday.
, Sept. 17, 2017
Fred S
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Pitching machine

No you will get the max of about 6' with 52's. Also will depend on what balls you use. It likes leather covered best. Worth ProTrac and Classic M's don't work that well but the Classic + works good.
I usually lift the front end a little to get a longer toss, but by doing this I lose a little height. I put it about 6' in front off the plate in line with the pitching mound. There is a little trick of putting a 1 - 1 1/2" spring on the plunger to get another foot or two.
, Sept. 16, 2017
Fred S
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Pitching machine

IMO for the money the Wheeler Dealer is the best. I have been using one for over 10 yrs. Very durable, easy to carry and setup. http://www.athlonic.com/. Direct Sports has the best price. Paid $317.00 for the one I have now. Presently have 60-75,000 hits on my current one. I use mine every day that weather allows all year round.

, Aug. 25, 2017
Fred S
Topic: Teams looking for players
Discussion: New 80's team

Who do you contact if interested in playing?
, Aug. 3, 2017
Fred S
Topic: Bats
Discussion: For U hitting experts

I just grab the bat and hit with whatever side is pointing at the ball.
, July 13, 2017
Fred S
Topic: Associations
Discussion: Use a plate to touch to score, over crossing a line

I agree with Crusher and there is also the slim chance that the runner will miss the plate and be out if the catcher has the ball on the mat.
, June 26, 2017
Fred S
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: How best to position11 defensive players?

Texas Transplant is right. Totally depends on your personnel. I have almost always used my 11th player as a rover. A player with good range and strong arm will take away a lot of hits that would normally fall in. Also somewhat depends on your pitcher

Couple of years I didn't have that kind of player but had a good smart fielder, in positioning himself defensively, with not much of an arm so I played him up the middle behind 2nd.

IMO if you have the players good range and arm you are wasting him playing behind the 2nd base bag.

Situations are also critical. Depending on the batter we could vary between 5 man infield to 5 man outfield.
, June 26, 2017
Fred S
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: What Softball Hitting Training Devices Do You Use?

I use a Wheeler Dealer every day, weather permitting, Helps with my mechanics and my concentration on watching the ball hit the bat. (The Ted Williams theory) Also helps with my conditioning. Off season hit 6 rounds of 33 and during the season 4 rounds of 33 with 2 rounds of pitching to a mat.

With a small adjustment I get 6-7' height with 52 ball and maybe around 5 with 44's.

A little expensive but cheaper than batting cages. When I need work on my timing I go to the batting cages.
, May 8, 2017
Fred S
Topic: Product review
Discussion: Best lower back support for slowpitch softball

Having had back problem for years and have used many different braces it would mainly depend on the reason you are looking for one. Remember for hitting you want something flexible and not stiff.
, April 24, 2017
Fred S
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Playing with a 5 man infield...

I always played my middle fielder as a rover especially if he has good range and strong arm. IMO he is more valuable as a rover than parked behind 2B.
, April 23, 2017
Fred S
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Need your honest opinion........

These are 450's?. I have hit 47/375's which go pretty well.
Texas: If I remember right those balls in those days were 47/525's. The old red/blue dots.
, April 22, 2017
Fred S
Topic: Bats
Discussion: senior bat

Basically it is up to your league. Officially no. Can be used in Tournament play only.
, April 4, 2017
Fred S
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: 50 this year..looking for a team

The EMASS website is EMASS-Seniorsoftball.com. The rosters are full right now but you can get yourself on the waiting list for when an opening comes up.
There is also a Senior league in Tewksbury.
, April 2, 2017
Fred S
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Mat vs. board

Differently the board. I pitch to the edges of the mat and one year we went to a rubber mat because of the ricochets off the wooden bat slowed up the game. All the good pitchers complained that we were loses strikes on the edges so we went back to the wooden mat.
The black mat I agree. Most of time I had a hard time seeing the edges. All mats should be white with a black painted silhouette of the regular plate. Now that gives me a perfect target to shoot for.
, March 29, 2017
Fred S
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Collapsible Pitching Screen

Pitch-Safe is the best. A little expensive but well worth it. We are going on our 4th year with them (using them 6 days a week) and they are still in good shape.
Easy to set up and break down and folds down to an easy carrying unit.
, March 26, 2017
Fred S
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Bats and balls allowed for ASA and USSSA tournaments

The DC41 is a very hot bat right out of the wrapper. The ball just jumps off the bat. It does have a significant end load 1 oz. If you want a lighter end load the Freak PT is just as good with a .05 oz end load.
I have a 30oz DC41 and by BP buddy has a 27 oz PT and he loves his. We do BP together so we get a pretty good comparison of the two. I think the DC41 is better because of the extra weight but you can't go wrong with either one.
, March 25, 2017
Fred S
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Bats and balls allowed for ASA and USSSA tournaments

I believe that Senior bats are allowed in ASA Tournaments only but not in league play. Not sure about the ball but I would guess they would be 52/300's as that is the official ASA ball
, March 24, 2017
Fred S
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: slow pitch slider

Haven't forgotten you. Just that I ran into a pitching hand problem and having a hard time flexing my fingers making my grip unstable to grip the ball and spin it.

I was just getting use to the tucking of the little finger under the ball to get a tighter break at the end. Going for EMG Tue to see if doctor can find problem and if they can fix it with little down time.
, Feb. 24, 2017
Fred S
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Injury to player - no subs available

ASA rule in 2011 book (Don't have a later one) Sec 4 D 2E "When a player who has left the game an out will be declared for each turn at bat. An inning or game can end on an automatic out.

Not sure if this has been changed since then.
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