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Discussion: Clearing the Air

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May 5, 2010
Men's 60
873 posts
Clearing the Air
I would like to clear the air on exactly where I personally stand on the use of Senior Bats and the balls we are using. Just in case I send mixed messages.

If you look in my rolling "Bat Bag Condo" you will find it filled with Miken Ultra II, Worth Toxic XXX, Yellow and Gray Combats, and a Wooden Worth Thumper.
There are several Optic Yellow 44/375 balls and various other pieces of game equipment and first-aid stuff.

Obviously I like Senior Bats or I wouldnt have as many as I do. When I swing anyone of them and dont feel the ball impact I know all I have to do is trot to first and step on the bag, because the ball is over the fence.
When our team hits the 3 Hr's we are alotted I try to go the other way, the best I can do is over the 2nd basemans head. But more often then not I hit the middle. Thankfully I have an uppercut to my swing so the ball rarily is too close to the pitcher.
I am no different then any other guy playing our supreme game. I love to hit the ball hard. I LOVE IT!
But I also love to field and throw and over think my next play!

Now the hard part, I would love to see Senior Softball move toward a more balanced game by coming up with a balanced bat/ball combo. We dont have to rid the game of Senior Bats or use a sock for a ball, there are other options available to us.
Screens may be the answer in League, but I dont believe they will be well received during tournament play.
It just seems to me there must be a place we as opposing forces of the bat/ball issue can come together for the better of the game we all love.
In the end this division may destroy our game, or at the very least weaken it.
May 6, 2010
Men's 65
2229 posts
Well said, E4/E6. We don't have to go to a sock ball, just cool the bats a couple notches. There will be plenty of hitting, but the defenses will have a better chance. I also love to hit the screaming liner that freezes the outfielder 15 feet from the fence and then hits the fence right behind him, or the 400 foot hr. But let's be real. A cooler bat by a couple notches isn't going to hurt anyone. We have become spoiled. Weaning off these bats might be tough for some, but would benefit the game.
May 6, 2010
Men's 65
252 posts
Sad thing is some people worry more about their ego then the GAME!!!
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