Ever need to blow off some steam? There’s no better way to do it than at the local batting cages where you can whack away your worries and take it all out on the ball. When it comes to the best batting cages in Los Angeles, there’s no better person to ask than Stefanie Trutanic. She’s the former head JV coach at Torrance High School and the current president of South Bay LA Fastpitch, the first-ever adult women’s fastpitch softball league in Los Angeles. With more than 20 years of experience playing ball, Trutanic can definitely tell you where to find the best batting cages in Los Angeles. Here are the top five.
On Deck Batting Cages
499 E. Willow St.
Signal Hill, CA 90755
“A good batting cage isn’t just lanes and machines that throw bullpen,” says Trutanic. “An ideal batting cage caters to both baseball and softball. Both games are huge in the U.S., so you need nice, organized facilities and equipment for both with experienced staff, players or ex-players who are just as passionate about the game as their customers and can answer questions about equipment, give tips or even provide training sessions.” There’s no better place that fits these parameters than On Deck Batting Cages, Trutanic’s favorite batting cage in town. On Deck caters to both baseball and softball in a nice facility that provides all of the equipment and hitting tools you need to get your reps in.
South Bay Batting Cages
2903 182nd St.
Redondo Beach, CA 90278
“Training at a batting cage provides you with all of the necessary equipment and time to get those reps in,” says the softball development officer for Auckland Softball Association. Like On Deck Batting Cages mentioned above, South Bay Batting Cages maintains on-site exercise equipment for cardio and strength training in between batting sessions. With only three lanes, the intimate setting makes it a great place for team batting practices. The clay dirt in the facilities, rather than turf or cement, creates an authentic batting experience. You can even practice pitching if you have someone to catch for you.
Torrance Batting Cages
2300 Jefferson St.
Torrance, CA 90503
Located at Wilson Park where most of SBLA Fastpitch league games are held, you’ll find the Torrance Batting Cages. It’s an easy and convenient option for league members as “they have plenty of hitting lanes, extra turf lanes for additional batting/training and they’re located right next to our league’s fields,” she says. On Saturdays, you can catch the farmers’ market while you’re there or enjoy a nice walk around the park any other day of the week.
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South Bay Hitting Zone
435 N. Harbor Blvd.
San Pedro, CA 90731
South Bay Hitting Zone in San Pedro is also a local hitting cage for baseball or softball players. Trutanic says, “Batting takes a lot of training and repetition in order to get that perfect swing and to work on what’s needed.” At South Bay hitting zone, you can get one-on-one training with professional instructors. This family-owned batting cage is also an indoor facility so you can get your batting practice in, come rain or shine.
South Bay Refinery
444 Alaska Ave.
Torrance, CA 90503
With a staff that features pro players from the past and present, as well as experienced coaches at every level, South Bay Refinery has earned its reputation as LA’s baseball and softball training facility. It’s one of the best places to go if you want to refine your game. What’s really great about this batting cage is the daily and weekly hitting clinics you can take for only $30. South Bay Refinery even has CrossFit classes to help you develop strength, power and endurance for the game.
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