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RELATIVELY CHEAP SOFTBALL BAT

Postby Lofunzo » Mon Aug 20, 2007 3:40 pm

I am in the market for a relatively cheap softball bat. ASA rules. It is a Co-Ed league but this is mainly for the guys. Now, I know that top bats go for $300+ so I am not looking for those unless someone knows where to get them dirt cheap. It is an unlimited arc league but few pitchers throw high. Most bring it like a 6-12 league. We are looking to spend around $150. Maybe a bit more for the right bat but would like to keep it around there.

Any opinions are appreciated.
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Re: RELATIVELY CHEAP SOFTBALL BAT

Postby Tavish » Mon Aug 20, 2007 7:34 pm

If you were playing UTrip instead of ASA I would definitely say a Freak Plus for around $175 is the best bang for your buck. Now that the F+ is banned in ASA it is getting tougher to find a decent composite that is under $200. I would feel nervous buying a composite used since you never know how many swings are left in the bat.

In ASA I've moved away from the composites altogether and have been swinging a PST137. The sweetspot is pretty small but has great pop and it is easily the most durable bat I have had since the old titanium bat days. The problem with that is they are getting difficult to find anymore. You can sometimes find a Synergy floating around $200 but you are probably going to be limited to looking at a mid-range bat like a Mizuno Crush or Wrath.
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Re: RELATIVELY CHEAP SOFTBALL BAT

Postby Lofunzo » Mon Aug 20, 2007 8:13 pm

On my competitive team, I believe it is a Synergy that I have been using lately. It's silver with maroon writing on it. I love it but there is no way I can get that for so cheap.

I would assume that this is the 1 that we use:

http://baseball.eastonsports.com/slowpi ... plus&t=Bat
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Re: RELATIVELY CHEAP SOFTBALL BAT

Postby Tavish » Mon Aug 20, 2007 8:24 pm

Lofunzo wrote:On my competitive team, I believe it is a Synergy that I have been using lately. It's silver with maroon writing on it. I love it but there is no way I can get that for so cheap.

I would assume that this is the 1 that we use:

http://baseball.eastonsports.com/slowpi ... plus&t=Bat


That would be the one I was thinking of. I think if you look around you should be able to find one of the Extendeds online for around $200 plus shipping. Very good pop although the sweet spot on the Easton's are a little smallet than the Mikens. Probably the biggest concern would be that you need to keep it in the bag on colder days, especially if you are using it as a community bat.

http://www.google.com/products?q=synergy+extended+scx14&btnG=Search&show=dd
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Re: RELATIVELY CHEAP SOFTBALL BAT

Postby chadlincoln » Tue Aug 21, 2007 12:03 pm

I checked eBay misspell search for synergy. Here are two auctions that came up:
Synergy:
http://cgi.ebay.com/2005-Easton-Snergy- ... dZViewItem

http://cgi.ebay.com/Easton-Synergy-Snye ... dZViewItem

Wrath:
http://cgi.ebay.com/Misuno-Wrath-34-27- ... dZViewItem

Not many should bid on these since they're misspelled and won't come up in general searches for the correct spelling. Figured you could at least look. Hope it helps.
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Re: RELATIVELY CHEAP SOFTBALL BAT

Postby talan37 » Tue Aug 21, 2007 12:36 pm

It depends a lot on what type of hitters you have... but the for the money the bat with the best pop I have used that is widely available is the Demarini Rayzr, I have used many of the lower end 50-130$ bats and this one at 80-90$ish was a lot better than any of them imo, and great for softer balls. Obviously you want to try to avoid using it(or any bat you want to keep for a while) in cold weather. The Demarini Ultimate Weapon is supposed to be a very good cheaper bat, but it has durability issues and might not even last a season as a community bat. Just make sure the bat you get is the best "circumstances" for your league... Many leagues ban additional bats as well as non-asa leagues, specifically Coed-leagues. Other types of banned bats include all double wall, and or all composite bats in addition to the ASA spec depending on your league. I did a ton of research and read about a ton of bats, but was unwilling to pony up the cash for a nice bat that would get destroyed by my team. You also need to find out which compression you use, as most bats are designed to hit a certain compression better, and using a bat designed for softer balls on harder balls will cause them to dent much quicker.

In general in my experience Co-ed leagues will often use the softer .44/.47Cor with the .375 compression to limit ball flight.

All in all I found the entire process to be extremely frustrating and eventually went with something cheaper, which I have been very happy with and most of my team uses over a Demarini White steel, or a few others.

I would recommend _not_ getting a used bat through Ebay. When you buy it new you get a very easy to use warranty with nearly every bat company so when its dented inside a year you can just send it back with little questions and receive a new one. It can be hard to tell from pictures if its warrantiable or not(the ones that aren't have small writing you often can't see in pictures). I guess if you can ensure that it is in fact a NEW one and not a replacement one it might be ok. You also need the original receipt to do this.
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