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Mark Wilburn

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May 2, 2022
msw4indy
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: BRICKYARD

I live in Indy and Midwest is where we play our 50+ League. Unfortunately that park has went downhill for the last 5 plus years. Not even 100% sure who owns it now (Last I heard it is parceled up to 3 different owners in different stages of development which is why it is still open) but it's safe to say that nobody is putting any money into it other than the minimum it takes to keep it running as it is. Can't do anything about the weather but this tourney needs a new home. Problem is where? Not many parks in the area with open weekends anymore that have the size/space to host as many teams that came out, but I will play wherever it goes.

Mark W
Chi Town Assault #44
April 5, 2022
msw4indy
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: waterloo 50's

Great teammate and good all around player! Best of luck Brother, hope to see you in the Loo!

Mark W
March 10, 2022
msw4indy
Topic: Bats
Discussion: What are Top 5 Senior Bats 2022 ?

I swing balanced bats. From what I have swung, I know Easton Sr bats don't get a lot of love but the Empire balanced bats have been great bats for me. I still swing the 2018 model and have started with the newer ones as well. Very happy with them. The 2019 Adidas Blue/Green 2pc and the Onyx Enough Said 2pc also are good bats for me. I personally did not like the Miken balanced, the older Adidas Melee or the Diamond balanced. The Demarini balanced bats hit well but did not have much durability for me anyway. Have not tried any others but may give the Suncoast Melee 3 a swing....All just my opinion from my own personal experience, so take it for what it's worth.
Dec. 8, 2021
msw4indy
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: What to swing in a cold weather tourney?

My thoughts- The problem will really be the balls and how much harder they get with the drop in temperature. Even when it gets to the 60's the balls will take time to warm up to that. Anytime I am playing in the cold, I either swing an older 1.20 bat or swing anything that if it broke, it wouldn't really break my heart. Whatever you swing, the ball is gonna fly in that weather. Have fun no matter what:)
Mark W.
Dec. 8, 2021
msw4indy
Topic: Teams looking for players
Discussion: 50AAA Team looking for players for 2022

Emmitt, you guys have a great group! I play with ChiTown Assault and we played you all in Gulf Shores and I saw a couple game at the Smokey too. Good luck to you all and hope to see you somewhere along the way in 2022!

Mark W
Nov. 29, 2021
msw4indy
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Bat suggestions help. Just tuned 55 and wanting to get back playing...

The Suncoast Melee 3 balanced is a one piece that will be somewhat similar to the Extended and Flex (although not nearly as durable as those were) Also you could check out the Onyx Enough Said that comes in a one piece balanced as well. Just a couple of options for you. MW
Oct. 25, 2021
msw4indy
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Yet another you make the call

I would ask if when they caught the 11th player, was he batting the first time or has he already been in the game? Did he sub for the 10th guy or were all 11 in the line up but not on the official scorecard?

These are for my own curiosity as I am still learning the rules etc...

Mark W.
Aug. 3, 2021
msw4indy
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Pitchers. A bit insane?

In my 32 years of playing, I always say that I'm glad that I never picked up pitching. Got stuck filling in for 3 innings of coed when I was in my 30s with my tourney coach umpiring. Everything I threw floated outside to where I had to field about 6 hard comebackers. My coach asked me what I was doing? My honest answer was I don't know but you guys are crazy to do this every night:)....Yes you all are a different kind of crazy but I have the utmost respect for anyone willing to stroll out there, even with all the gear on.
April 26, 2021
msw4indy
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Brick yard

This was my only tournament that is local to me this year. The park has been going downhill for a few years now, especially the last 2 or 3, for a number of reasons. May be time to find another location or ditch the tournament entirely if not. It's really sad as that used to be THE place to play ball in Indy. That said, the weather wasn't terrible and we can't control that anyway. Had a great time playing and seeing friends. After last season, I'm happy to play period:)

As for the fact we played the same 2 teams in pool and bracket play in the 50AAA, was it possible to re-draw the bracket after the 1 team dropped out on Saturday going from 9 to 8 and drop the bye for the 1 seed? I didn't look too deep at the bracket to see if that would have changed much but just a question that popped in my head.
March 30, 2021
msw4indy
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Tragic News

I was there playing 50's, truly a sad thing to see. Prayers go out to his family and teammates.
Feb. 25, 2021
msw4indy
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: shoes

I will second the Altra Olympus 4.0 and the Hoka Speedgoat 4
Both are very comfortable for wide feet and mine have held up very well.

I've also had good luck with Saucony trail runners in the past few years.
Sept. 28, 2020
msw4indy
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Demarini Naughtalai balanced & Onyx BAMA mid load...

I have swung the Demarini balanced this year. For me at least it had a quick break-in (less than 50 swings and it's good for games only) Not sure about the durability on them but really like how they swing. This is for the 2020 model, the 2021 model was good from about swing 5 so I would have no issue gaming it right away. Any other questions, feel free to ask here or email msw4indy@gmail.com
Dec. 6, 2019
msw4indy
Topic: Bats
Discussion: ?

My thought is the ball makes more of a difference. Even if the bat is warmed up, the harder ball may flex the bat more than it is designed to. Similar to hitting stadium balls with a normal bat above 70 degrees, the ball being harder is what makes the difference in decreased durability.
Oct. 16, 2019
msw4indy
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: New glove

I have 2 of the Shoeless Joe gloves and love them. They also have a program where you pay $45 and send your glove into them and they will re-condition the glove and fix anything that needs repaired. Last time I sent mine last winter, they replaced the Velcro on the wrist, fixed the lacing, and put in a new liner. They have been great gloves for me
Aug. 12, 2019
msw4indy
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Question for you hitting gurus

I don't necessarily qualify as a guru but can share my experience with restricted flight balls. 2 things stand out to me....1- Bat speed is king when it comes to those types of balls and if you can spin them, even better 2- Much like the 52/275 or 52/300 balls that have been used in ASA/USA and NSA in the past, in my experience a stiffer bat works better because the ball does a lot of the work and not so much the bat. So agree with what you are saying. At least my personal experiences show that anyway....I've gotten more performance out of a newer bat that wasn't fully broken in than one that was close to the end of its life although those balls will save your bats. Again all subjective and personal opinion but I believe you are correct in your thinking for what its worth.
June 21, 2019
msw4indy
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Tournament Change

Nancy, we also use it in the 50+ league at Midwest. It was the same at Metro as well. It works well for league play since we go on a 60 minute clock. Last inning is always an open inning and if the clock is down to 10 minutes or less, the start of whatever inning it is will be the open. All others are 5 run limit.
June 19, 2019
msw4indy
Topic: Bats
Discussion: MIKEN ULTRA 2 WITH ASA2000 / ISF HAS A "W" MELTED IN THE END CAP

The above is true. Before S/N stickers that you now have to keep to send a broken bat back, that was how they marked warranty returns.
Aug. 20, 2018
msw4indy
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Question for Dave/ SSUSA Staff..I have a 30oz senior bat and want a 28oz endload, can you send to manufacturer to change?and be legal

I can only share my experience. Monsta has a re-weighing program that you can send you bat in to change the weight but only to a weight that that particular model was made in. I had a bat changed with no issues. If Demarini is willing to do that it could only be made in weights that model was made in but not change, for instance, a balanced bat to an endloaded one as that does not conform to that model as it was manufactured. I have not ever heard of a major bat company offering this that I can remember.
March 13, 2018
msw4indy
Topic: Bats
Discussion: miken Freak Black ASA maxload 2016

The simple answer to your last question is yes, hitting a 44 cor ball with a bat designed for the 52 cor ball, it will not last very long. Most of the ASA only bats of the last few years are made specifically for the 52/300 ASA ball. There are a few out there that will be fine with both balls, Anarchy bats and Boombah Boss come to mind. NSA used a 52/275 ball the last few years as well and what I have found is that a good stiff bat that you generate good bat speed with will do just fine on the 52s. I used my 28 and 29oz Reebok Barrage and 28 Worth EST utrip bats on the 52s and did fine with them. The 2016 Miken will be good for both balls by the way, the 2017 models were the start of the 52 only technology.
Feb. 8, 2018
msw4indy
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Metro in Indy

This has been my favorite night of the week to play, hopefully the league can go on, even though it needs a new venue....Very sad to hear Metro is closing. Maybe they can find a buyer....
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