THE HIT ZONE
The Areas Premiere Indoor Baseball / Softball Training Facility
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COMING IN FEBRUARY
Tournament Hardware 2013
Hit Zone Mudcats 10U AAA
Hit Zone Mudcats finish the year 44-16
Kansas 10U AAA State Champs
World Series 3rd Place
Hit Zone Bandits 10U AAA
2013 Super Nit Champions
Hit Zone Mud Turtles 12U
Heartland World Series Champs 2013
Hit Zone Sudden Impact 12U
2013 Kansas State Champions
Hit Zone Battitudes 10U
2013 USSSA State Runner-Up Class A
2013 World Series 4th Place
SLAPPING / DRAG BUNTING LESSONS
We now offer lessons with one of the best slappers in the area, Morgan Lammey. If you have ever seen a slapper do their job, they are almost impossible to keep off the bases. We are very lucky here at The Hit Zone to offer lessons from Morgan. She difinitely does it right and better yet knows how to teach it. Call us today at 918.919.9839 to book your lessons.
Hit Zone provides state of art pitching machines for baseball, softball
By Ryan Atkinson Globe Sports Writer
The Joplin Globe
BAXTER SPRINGS, Kan. — Scott Madden has been around baseball his entire life. Little League, preps, an All-American career at Missouri Southern and a return to his old high school, coaching Baxter Springs to back-to-back state titles. So when he stepped away from coaching and entered the insurance business a few years ago, there was a void. “I missed it,” Madden said. “I didn‟t like being away from baseball and softball.” That‟s partially what spurred Madden — along with his father Larry and his brother-in-law Tim Swob — to pursue a 10-year dream. It all led to The Hit Zone, arguably the area‟s most technologically-advanced baseball training facility, thanks to the inclusion of a two machines — a pair of Allstar Ace 5000s. “People can‟t believe it when they come in,” Madden said. “They say they knew what to expect, but couldn‟t really get a sense of how good it works until they see it themselves.” The machines — one each for baseball and softball — throw video projections into the mix, meaning batters aren‟t just seeing a mechanical arm flick a ball in their direction. A life-size pitcher is going through a windup and seemingly releasing the ball from the screen. “These are the only two around,” Madden said. “There are only two companies in the country that even make them.” The machines consist of a DVD player, control box, projector, screen and a special pitching machine — from California — that can throw more than the standard batting-practice fastball. “It can throw curves, sliders and changups for baseball and riseballs, sinkers and changeups for softball,” Madden said as his 12-year-old daughter took cuts off the softball machine.
The facility, across the street from Baxter Springs‟ Wal-Mart, is what Madden called “a perfect setup.” In addition to the two video machines, the 25,000-square foot building has additional cages with radar guns for pitching, fielding work and soft toss. The floor is covered, wall-to-wall, with artificial turf that used to be on Fort Scott Community Colleges football field. A large projection screen hangs from one wall, allowing players to watch a replay of their workout and analyze their swing. “We had always wanted to do this and it finally got a point where we said „Okay, it‟s time,‟” Madden said. “Things really started falling into the place with the building and the turf. The guy who tore it out got to keep it and it was just setting in his pasture in rolls. We were lucky to get a good deal on it.” Swob, a former NEO A&M and Oklahoma pitcher who spent time in the Cincinnati Reds‟ organization, works with pitchers. In September, Kyle Crotts will begin speed and agility work three days a week. Since opening on July 9, Madden said the baseball machine has already thrown more than 7,000 pitches. The softball machine has more than 4,000. The shop has welcomed clients from four states, including a team from Texas that won the Premier Incoming Juniors World Series held in Joplin last month. “We‟ve had kids from Lamar, Columbus, Miami, all around,” Madden said. “Baxter Springs is a baseball town and hopefully the kids will take advantage of this, but we don‟t want it to be a Baxter-only thing. We want people from all around to come see us.” Madden said the owners of the adjoining land plan to start construction soon on a baseball and softball complex. The plan is to have three fields ready by the fall and four or five more in the spring, allowing tournaments every weekend. “It‟s shaping up to be a good spot for baseball and softball,” Madden said. “We‟re excited.”