These days you don’t need to wait for warmer weather to start thinking – and practicing – baseball.
In Algonac, a longtime vacant building has been built into a baseball and softball palace as Sluggers Sports Center on 8784 Folkert Rd. is the newest place to warm the bats up.
Even though it’s just been open for less than two weeks, the players and coaches like what they are seeing from the indoor complex.
“The feedback is unbelievable,” owner Steve Bartolomucci said. “If you go to our Facebook, everyone is rating us five out of five.”
So, why has this made such a quick impact so far?
The facility boasts three 70-foot hitting tunnels, two of them with Iron Mike pitching machines. It’s not just a hitter's paradise, but also a place to fine-tune the pitching as they also have raised pitching mounds. Reservations for cages and coaches can be made [ on our website at www.sluggerssportscenter.com ]
“It’s enough to spread a team out,” Bartolomucci said. “You can put two groups in each cage if they’re hitting in the opposite directions.”
Local teams have also been implementing a workout into their winter circuit training as it also has a weight room.
The complex also has coaches that can be booked by the half-hour, and their credentials are impressive. Hitting and fielding coach Eddie Lara has a 16-year professional baseball career with him and pitching and hitting coach Darren Maser is a former college player. Algonac junior and Xavier baseball commit Luke Stephenson will also be a catching coach, and Kenny Guay is available for hitting, strength training, and nutrition.
With the facility located in Algonac, Bartolomucci hopes to keep seeing players and teams coming in from the East China and Richmond areas and beyond.
**Article Written by Matt Sheehan, Times Herald