Although some kids get a thrill out of seeing players hit, run and dive, most prefer to be on the field experiencing all of the action first hand. The best batting cages in Orange County promise the perfect pitch every time. Grab that budding major leaguer and head out for a little one on one with the best ball machines in the county.
The Baseball/Softball Academy
1430 S. Village Way
Santa Ana, CA 92705
Voted as the best batting cage in Orange County by Orange Coast magazine, the Baseball/Softball Academy’s 11,000-square-foot, indoor facility offers a premiere batting cage with pitches for any skill level. Beginners and experts will enjoy six speed levels to choose from, ranging from 35 to 80 miles per hour. Busy parents, never worry, here’s no need to schedule an appointment to practice here. The Baseball/Softball Academy is always open to the public and gladly gives group instruction on weekdays after 4 p.m.
Baseball Performance Academy
32771 Calle Perfecto, Ste. A
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
A place for the pros, Baseball Performance Academy is a membership-based club that offers excellent batting cages along with other athletic activities. Members receive unlimited batting and discounts at the Pro Shop for a low monthly fee. Individuals not looking for long-term commitments may still use the facilities batting cage for a one-time fee. Baseball Performance Academy grants users not willing to commit to monthly membership dues a one-day unlimited batting pass for $25.
Laguna Beach Batting Cages
2003 Laguna Canyon Road
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Created for children of all ages, Laguna Beach Batting Cages features fun family activities for everyone. With outdoor cages set 46 feet to the plate, children will enjoy easily hitting the ball without adult assistance. The Iron Mike professional pitching machines are designed to help batters focus on timing and delivery, and these low-stress facilities promise the perfect practice venue for timid players.
The Office Sports Performance Center
4411 E. La Palma Ave.
Anaheim, CA 92807
The Office Sports Performance Center boasts of 14 full-length batting cages at 65 feet long and 14 feet high. Each cage’s “L” screen allows for live hitting and extensive tee practice. The center also offers pitching lessons to players looking to improve their overall skills. The Office Sports Performance Center also boasts two pitching tunnels with mounds for pitchers to polish those throwing arms.
Home Run Park
711 S. Beach Blvd.
Anaheim, CA 92804
An ideal place for the simple at heart, Home Run Park offers 14 baseball cage, each with fast — 90 miles per hour — or slow — 40 miles per hour — pitches. Even softball fanatics and beginners will enjoy the facility as it has six cages especially devoted to softball players and first timers. In addition, the park offers a snack bar that sells candy and drinks at reasonable prices. Expect super-friendly staff, great discounts on packages and crowds on weekends.
Sarie Robertson is a California native living in Los Angeles County. She is a freelance writer and graduate from Loyola Marymount University who has contributed to various media outlets. Her work can be found atExaminer.com.