I was in Signal Hill at the Costco and I remembered that the Batting Cages place was there so I decided to go in and check it out. I came in with a friend which was a good thing because you need two people for the slow pitch softball stuff that I ultimately ended up doing.
It was pretty straight forward. You pay $10 for 15 minutes of cage time and the guy took me over to the softball area which kind of lobs the balls at you at 27mph which is nice and slow. I haven’t picked up a bat in 10 years so this was perfect for me.
After a 1 minute tutorial on how the machine works, I headed on over to home plate and my friend hopped in behind the pitching machine. Wow it is amazing how fast slow softballs are!! I did a pretty good job hitting the balls but I was all over the board. Good thing that there is netting all over the place because those balls where flying everywhere.
I worked up quite a sweat in a short 10 minutes and it was pretty hot in there! I did the pitching for a few but my friend was not that into it so I took another crack at it. I already had a blister so it is a good idea to wear some kind of glove because the grips will chew you up. After about 20 minutes we gave the bat back, took some pictures and headed home. It was fun and I will try it again with a glove on this time!
Written by Louie Baur