PIERRE, S.D. – A fast pitch softball machine was recently installed at the batting cages in Pierre. It is located down at the softball complex in southeast Pierre. The JO Softball Association switched to fast pitch two year ago. The machine was installed to help players learn to adjust to faster speeds of pitches. Pierre Pride softball coach, Al Bahe, says that the machine is really needed to help the local girls transition from slowpitch to fastpitch. “It will help players focus on timing and making contact with the ball as it comes in. The machine will help batting abilities as they advance to upper age divisions.” The pitching machine is in cage 4 at the batting cages. The speed is set at 40mph as of right now. Tokens can be purchased for $1. One token will give you 18 pitches. You are able to check out bats and a helmet at the cages to hit or you may use your own.
The pitching machine and all of the balls were purchased through the Healthy Communities, Healthy Youth Turner Grant. Members of the U16 JO Softball program applied for the grant in the fall of 2012, with help of the JO Softball Association. The JO girls are appreciative of the Pierre Batting Cage Association for putting the fastpitch machine into the cages. This will allow more fastpitch teams and other people to use the machine. It also eliminates the issues and expenses of training, storage and maintenance for the softball girls.
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