Your Go-To Fastpitch Gear Guide

Your Go-To Fastpitch Gear Guide

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With spring this close, it’s time to start thinking about your setup for the new season. Read on to learn about our featured products and start gearing up.

Cleats

2018 Mizuno Swift

Mizuno Swift 5: The heavy-hitting Mizuno Swift is back for round 5. This cleat has been a go-to in the fastpitch world and continues getting better and more innovative with each iteration. Made for the serious high-profile competitor, the Swift 5 delivers exceptional traction and comfort. It’s built on a 9-spike platform that flexes where you need enhanced movement but remains sturdy for optimal support. The bottom is even engineered with a texture that repels dirt build-up. While the outsole delivers the performance, the midsole and upper give you comfort for long games and durability to last for many seasons to come.

2018 New Balance Fuse 1

New Balance Fuse1: Get ready — the sleek and powerful New Balance Fuse1 is about to dominate the field this season. This beautifully designed cleat is specifically built for fastpitch performance. It’s flexible and supportive with precise traction for bursts of speed and quick turns. Reinforced rubber around the toe allows the cleat to withstand abuse from the dirt game after game so you can stay aggressive.

2018 Nike Hyperdiamond

Nike Hyperdiamond 2 Pro: The low-profile Nike Hyperdiamond 2 Pro is the perfect cleat for players who prefer the freedom of unrestricted ankle movement for a quick, agile style of play. The Lunarlon midsole spreads out the shock of impact so you feel less cleat pressure and can make better cuts and stops. This powerful and lightweight cleat will push you to the plate with speed you have yet to feel on the diamond.

Pitcher’s Cleat

2018 Mizuno Sweep

Mizuno Sweep 3 Advanced: The Mizuno Sweep 3 Advanced is your ideal platform for executing masterful technique on your pitches. Its reinforced toe protector is enhanced at precise points around the toe box where you drag your back foot. This protects the upper from the grind across the dirt as you drive off the mound.

 

Fielder’s Gloves

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All of the following gloves are specifically crafted to meet the demands of fastpitch. They’re designed around the female hand for ultimate performance.

The Best Fastpitch Bats Of 2018

The Best Fastpitch Bats Of 2018

When looking at bats for your upcoming fastpitch season you may run into a lot of questions. Do i need a bat that matches my hitting style? What size bat do I need? What does a connector piece do? These questions are all important in your decision making process.

This is why we are here to help guide you in the right direction. We will first explain some important features for you in these bats, and then break down all of our 2018 bats from the top brands.

 

Which Bat Is Right For You?

  • One-Piece vs. Two-Piece Bats: Just like it sounds, the standard one-piece bat is one solid piece of metal all the way through, whereas a two-piece bat is actually two separate materials held together by a connector piece. This means you’ll get stiffer swings out of one-piece bats which lead to consistency and reliability. But if you want more flex and less vibration, the two-piece with a connector is a better option for you.
  • End-Loaded vs. Balanced vs. Slapper: Your bat’s weight distribution plays a huge factor in the kind of game you play. If your bat is balanced, its weight will be evenly distributed and you will get quicker bat speed and more contact. On the flip-side, end-loaded bats are slower, but provide more power thanks to the added weight at the end of the barrel. Lastly, slapper bats have a longer barrel for more plate coverage, but are weighted more in the handle area to give you maximum control.
  • Drop (length to weight ratio): A bat’s drop weight is the difference between the length and weight of the bat. So a bat that is 30 inches and 20 ounces has a drop weight of -10. The bigger the drop weight, the lighter the bat will be.

Let’s not forget that there are a number on popular brands in the fastpitch game, each with their own unique features. Not only do we carry all of these top brands, but we’re also breaking down what each bat can offer you.

 

DeMarini

CFX

CFX Fastpitch Blog 1

From knob to cap this leader of the DeMarini line boasts a 3Fusion Technology system that allows for a balanced swing without sacrificing power.

  • Two-piece composite with connector.
  • Paraflex composite barrel that allows for precise weight distribution and plenty of pop.
  • 3Fusion handle and end cap that helps optimize feel.
  • Balanced weight distribution.
  • Available drops: -8, -9, -10, -11.

Retail: $349.99

CFX Slapper

CFX Fastpitch Blog 1

Perfect for the speedy left-handed slap hitter, the CFX Slapper offers a 14″ barrel that provides maximum plate coverage and is weighted more to the hands to provide optimal barrel control.

  • Two-piece composite with connector.
  • Balanced weight distribution.
  • 3Fusion handle and end cap that helps optimize feel.
  • Paraflex composite barrel that allows for precise weight distribution while slapping.
  • Available drops: -10.

Retail: $349.99

CFX Insane

CFX 1 Fastpitch Blog

Want some extra pop in your swing to help you get a few more home runs? The CFX Insane is the perfect bat for any power hitter, thanks to an end-loaded barrel that provides more torque behind every hit.

  • Two-piece composite with connector.
  • End-loaded weight distribution.
  • 3Fusion handle and end cap that helps optimize feel.
  • Paraflex composite barrel that allows for precise weight distribution at the end of the bat.
  • Available drops: -10.

Retail: $349.99

Vendetta

Vendetta Fastpitch Blog

Looking for a bat with a large and forgiving sweet spot? The Vendetta has been a mainstay in the DeMarini line, and an ideal bat for any contact hitter looking for a balanced bat with plenty of pop.

  • Two-piece composite.
  • Balanced weight distribution.
  • Paradox Composite Barrel, designed to perform softer, and more responsive.
  • Big D end cap that absorbs vibration.
  • D-Lite handle handle gives your hands a smooth feel on the bat.
  • Available drops: -12.

Retail: $199.99

 

Louisville Slugger

PXT X18

PXT Fastpitch Blog

Get maximum performance and coverage at the plate this season with the PXT X18 from Louisville Slugger, a bat with PWR STAX barrel technology that spreads weight evenly throughout the barrel to give you a more comfortable swing.

  • Two-piece composite with connector.
  • Balanced swing weight.
  • PWR STAX barrel evenly distributes the load across the entire barrel on contact.
  • TRU3 connector piece that reduces vibration and provides a great contact feel.
  • Ultra-light weight X-CAP design improves swing speed.
  • Available drops: -8, -9, -10.

Retail: $399.99

LXT X18

LXT Fastpitch Blog

This two-piece bat offers one of the most balanced swing weights in the game and an extra-large sweet spot thanks to PBF barrel technology. This high-end bat is sure to help you swing quicker and get more pop with every plate appearance.

  • Two-piece composite.
  • Balanced swing weight.
  • PBF barrel technology provides one of the larger fastpitch sweet spots.
  • TRU3 connector piece that reduces vibration and provides a great contact feel.
  • Ultra-light weight X-CAP design improves swing speed.
  • Available drops: -8, -9, -10, -11.

Retail: $349.99

Xeno X18

Xeno Fastpitch Blog

A two-piece bat with a stiff feel on contact, the Xeno X18 gives you the pop off of the bat that you need to hit gaps this season. This bat also offers a lightweight cap to help improve swing speed.

  • Two-piece composite.
  • Balanced swing weight.
  • S1ID barrel technology provides you maximum pop every swing.
  • Ultra-light weight X-Cap design improves your swing speed.
  • IST Xstiff Technology, a two-piece construction with a stiffer feel for better energy transfer.
  • Available drops: -8,  -9, -10, -11.

Retail: $299.99

 

Easton

Ghost

Ghost Fastpitch Blog

The Ghost offers double-barrel construction, a technology that gives you a great combination of feel, pop, and sound whenever you connect with the ball.

  • Two-piece composite with connector.
  • Balanced swing weight.
  • Double Barrel composite construction gives you great feel, pop, and sound.
  • Two Piece Connexion+ technology connector piece.
  • XTX Extra tough resin matrix technology provides durability and flexibility to the outer barrel.
  • Available drops: -9, -10.

Retail: $349.99

Stealth Flex

Stealth Fastpitch Blog

If you are looking for a more soft and flexible barrel, then the Stealth Flex is a great option for you. This two-piece composite bat also offers a massive sweet spot to ensure solid contact.

  • Two-piece composite with connector.
  • Balanced swing weight.
  • Flex Flexible Barrel Compression for a softer barrel.
  • TCT Thermo Composite Technology for a larger sweet spot.
  • CXN ZERO two piece ConneXion connector engineered for zero vibration.
  • Available drops: -10, -11.

Retail: $299.99

 

Rawlings

Velo

Velo Fastpitch Blog

The Velo is designed for the top-of-the-lineup singles and doubles hitter, or someone who is focused more on contact than hitting home runs. This balanced bat with a stiff handle is dedicated to helping you improve your swing speed every game.

  • Two-piece alloy.
  • Balanced swing weight.
  • Comp Lite end cap for superior swing speed.
  • Stiff handle with flexible barrel.
  • Made from ultra-light carbon fiber.
  • Available drops: -9, -10, -11.

Retail: $249.99

Quatro

Quatro Fastpitch Blog

Are you a power hitter looking for some extra pop in your bat? The Quatro is a perfect power bat as it offers you plenty of flex, balance, and bounce off of the barrel.

  • Two-piece composite with connector.
  • Balanced swing weight.
  • Vibration dampening technology.
  • Flex handle/barrel connection to accelerate swing speed.
  • High performance composite barrel.
  • Available drops: -9, -10.

Retail: $299.99

 

Marucci

Cat FX Connect

CATFX Fastpitch Blog

Smooth, balanced, strong, and stiff, the Cat FX Connect from Marucci is all of that and more. This bat has a large sweet spot for maximum pop and cuts out vibration with its SDX connection piece.

  • Two-piece composite.
  • Balanced swing weight.
  • Extra large barrel with large sweet spot.
  • Ring free barrel with no dead spots.
  • Custom micro-perforated soft touch grip.
  • Available drops: -9, -10, -11.

Retail: $349.99

 

Mizuno

Nighthawk

Nighthawk Fastpitch Blog

A large sweet spot, a connector that minimizes vibration, and a stiff handle that reduces energy loss. The Mizuno Nighthawk is an all-around versatile bat that fits any contact hitter.

  • Two-piece composite.
  • Balanced swing weight.
  • XZone creates a large sweet spot by adjusting composite angles in ten zones across the barrel.
  • Stiff carbon handle reduces energy loss when connecting with the ball.
  • 2-Piece LINK reduces vibrations to the hands.
  • Available drops: -9, -10, -11.

Retail: $299.99

Youth Baseball Bat Regulations Are Changing — Here’s What You Need To Know!

Youth Baseball Bat Regulations Are Changing — Here’s What You Need To Know!

Youth baseball athletes and parents, changes may be on the horizon for bat regulations in your local league.

Beginning January 1st, 1.15 BPF bats will no longer be permitted for a number of youth baseball leagues and tournaments around the world.

Leagues affected by rule change:  Little League, (AABC) American Amateur Baseball Congress, (AAU) Amateur Athletic Union, Baseball Ruth/Cal Ripken Baseball, Dixie Youth Baseball and Pony Baseball.

Not all leagues will be adapting the changes as some will stay with the traditional 1.15 BPG USSSA certified bat.

However, these rule changes may vary depending on the youth league or tournament. The best way to confirm changes is to contact league or tournament officials before taking action.

As 2018 approaches, a number of new USA and USSSA certified bats have come out that meet new league and tournament regulations. Below is a breakdown of these bats from various brands.

Bats for 2018

 

Demarini Voodoo

DeMarini Voodo Bat Reg 1

AVAILABLE IN:

  • USA: -10 weight drop; 2 5/8” barrel.
  • USSSA: -5 weight drop; 2 5/8” barrel,
  • -10 weight drop; 2 3/4” barrel.
  • One-piece as the Voodoo One, or two-piece as the Voodoo.

The Voodoo line from DeMarini has stuck around for years and become a staple in leagues everywhere because of its bold and flashy design. This bat offers a streamlined 3Fusion handle and balanced weight distribution with X14 Alloy material, giving you the elite power and pop you need.

 

Easton Ghost X

Which Fastpitch Bat Will You Take to the Plate?

Which Fastpitch Bat Will You Take to the Plate?

Picking the right fastpitch bat can be a chore. There are so many to consider…. Do you want a one-piece or two-piece bat? End loaded or balanced? Composite or alloy barrel? It can be a lot to take in. But we’re here to help.

Let’s start by breaking down some of these distinctions:

  • One-Piece vs. Two-Piece Bats: While one-piece bats are just one solid chunk of metal all the way through, two-piece bats are actually two separate materials held together by a connector. You’ll get stiffer swings out of one-piece bats which lead to consistency and reliability. But if you want more flex and less vibration, two-piece bats are the better options.
  • End-Loaded vs. Balanced: Your bat’s weight distribution can make a huge difference in your swings. If your bat is balanced, its weight will be evenly distributed and you will get quicker bat speed. End loaded bats are slower, but provide more power thanks to the added weight to the end of the barrel.
  • Composite vs. Alloy Barrels: Alloy, or aluminum, gives you reliable, consistent bat and ball speed at the point of contact, while composite takes time to break in, but flexes more so that you can get more power on hits. Composite bats also provide a faster bat speed than their aluminum counterparts.
  • Weight Distribution: The ‘drop’ a bat has is all about giving hitters a lighter bat while still getting proper length. It is calculated by taking:
  • Length- Drop= Weight
  • For example, a 32-inch bat with a -9 ‘drop’ would weigh in at 23 oz. while a 32-inch bat with a -10 ‘drop’ would be 22 oz.
  • -8, -9 and endloaded bats give you more power with each swing due to extra weight.
  • -10 and -11 are for hitters with quicker bat speeds and looking to get on base everytime.

Louisville Slugger

LXT Hyper 17

$349.99

 

Big-time power hitters will love the unrivaled power, huge sweet spot, and minimized vibration of the Hyper 17.

  • Balanced Swing Weight
  • Two-Piece Composite
  • Available in -8oz, -9oz, -10oz, and -11oz drops
  • USSSA, ASA, NSA, ISA, and ISF certified

Xeno Plus 17

$299.99

 

Ideal balance, massive power, and a light weight—the Xeno Plus 17 delivers everything you need in a fastpitch bat.

  • Balanced Swing Weight
  • Two-Piece Composite
  • Available in -8oz, -9oz, -10oz, and -11oz drops
  • USSSA, ASA, NSA, ISA, and ISF certified

Demarini

CF9

$349.99

 

With premium amounts of power and comfort, the CF9 is perfect for college and high school hitters.

  • Balanced Swing Weight
  • Two-Piece Composite
  • Available in -9oz and -10oz drops (-10oz also available in Hope “Breast Cancer Research Foundation” colorway)
  • USSSA, ASA, NSA, ISA, and ISF certified.

CF9 Insane

$349.99

 

This bat is just like the great CF9, but with its end load design, it brings even more power to every swing.

  • End-Loaded Swing Weight
  • Two-Piece Composite
  • Available in -10oz drops
  • USSSA, ASA, NSA, ISA, and ISF certified

CF9 Slapper

$349.99

 

The CF9 Slapper is specifically designed for the left-handed speed demons who are always looking for the perfect slap hit.

  • Balanced Swing Weight
  • Two Piece Composite
  • Available in -10oz drops
  • USSSA, ASA, NSA, ISA, and ISF certified

Vendetta

$199.99

 

For youth and transitional hitters, the Vendetta provides you with the feel and lightweight performance you need.

  • Balanced Swing Weight
  • Two-Piece Composite
  • Available in -12oz drops
  • USSSA, ASA, NSA, ISA, and ISF certified

Easton

Stealth Flex

$299.99

 

Get maximum performance and elite swing speed right out of the wrapper with the Stealth Flex.

  • End-Loaded and Balanced Swing Weights Available
  • Two-Piece Composite
  • Available in -8oz and -9oz end-loaded drops, -10oz and -11oz Balanced drops
  • USSSA, ASA, NSA, ISA, SSUSA, and ISF certified

Stealth Retro

$299.99

In 2008, Easton released the legendary purple Stealth bat. Well, now it’s back and better than ever.

  • Balanced Swing Weight
  • Two-Piece Composite
  • Available in -10oz drops
  • USSSA, ASA, NSA, ISA, SSUSA, and ISF certified

Hyperlite

$199.99

 

An optimized sweet spot and zero vibration make this a great fastpitch bat for all types of hitters.

  • End-Loaded and Balanced Swing Weights Available
  • Two-Piece Composite
  • Available in -12oz drops (End-Loaded or Balanced)
  • USSSA, ASA, NSA, ISA, SSUSA, and ISF certified

Mizuno

Nighthawk 2

$299.99

 

For a bat with elite power and feel that lasts, head to the plate with the Mizuno Nighthawk 2 bat.

  • End-Loaded and Balanced Swing Weights Available
  • Two-Piece Composite
  • Available in -10oz and -11oz drops (End-Loaded or Balanced)
  • USSSA, ASA, NSA, ISA, and ISF certified

We’re sure all of these choices will upgrade every at-bat you take, but make sure to check out our full collection of fastpitch bats.

Baseball Bats To Take Your Game To The Next Level

Baseball Bats To Take Your Game To The Next Level

Picking the right baseball bat can be a chore. There are so many to consider…. Do you want one-piece or two-piece bats? End loaded or balanced? Composite or alloy barrels? It can be a lot to take in. But we’re here to help.

Let’s start by breaking down some of these distinctions:

  • One-Piece vs. Two-Piece Bats: While one-piece bats are just one solid chunk of metal all the way through, two-piece bats are actually two separate materials held together by a connector. You’ll get stiffer swings out of one-piece bats which lead to consistency and reliability. But if you want more flex and less vibration, two-piece bats are the better options.
  • End-Loaded vs. Balanced: Your bat’s weight distribution can make a huge difference in your swings. If your bat is balanced, its weight will be evenly distributed and you will get quicker bat speed. End loaded bats are slower, but provide more power thanks to the added weight to the end of the barrel.
  • Composite vs. Alloy Barrels: Alloy, or aluminum, gives you reliable, consistent bat and ball speed at the point of contact, while composite takes time to break in, but flexes more so that you can get more power on hits. Composite bats also provide a faster bat speed than their aluminum counterparts.
  • Weight Distribution: The ‘drop’ a bat has is all about giving younger hitters a lighter bat while still getting proper length. It is calculated by taking the bat length minus the weight. For example, a 32 inch bat with a -5 ‘drop’ would weigh in at 27 oz. while a 32 inch bat with a -10 drop would be 22 oz.

The brand of bat you choose is very important as well. Each brand brings something unique to the plate. Eastbay not only carries all of the top options but can offer you an inside take on what makes each bat so special.

Marucci

Cat7 Connect

BBCOR: $349.99

 

The Cat7 Connect is the same great bat you’d get with the Cat7 but with even less vibration and even better feel.

  • Balanced Swing Weight
  • Two-Piece Hybrid (Composite Handle, Alloy Barrel)
  • Available in High School Sizes

Cat7

BBCOR: 249.99

 

By minimizing the worst part of batting (hand vibration) and offering a sweet spot twice as large as the Cat6, it’s easy to see why the Marucci Cat7 is such a big hit.

  • Balanced Swing Weight
  • One-Piece Alloy
  • Available in High School, USSSA, and AABC Youth League Sizes

Easton

Mako Beast

BBCOR: $449.99

 

With the game’s longest two-piece composite barrel and its fastest swing weight, the Mako Beast is built to take every swing to the next level.

  • Balanced Swing Weight
  • Two-Piece Composite
  • Available in High School, PONY, Dizzy Dean, USSSA, Little League, Babe Ruth, Dixie, and AABC Youth League Sizes

Z-Core Hybrid

BBCOR: $299.99

 

The Z-Core Hybrid offers a very slight end-load to give you a consistent, balanced feel at the plate.

  • Balanced Swing Weight
  • Two-Piece Hybrid (Composite Handle, Alloy Barrel)
  • Available in High School Sizes

 Z-Core Speed

BBCOR: $199.99

 

Looking for an alloy bat with a fast swing and huge sweet spot? Then look no further than the Z-Core Speed.

  • Balanced Swing Weight
  • One-Piece Alloy
  • Available in High School Sizes

Z-Core XL

BBCOR: $199.99

Home run hitters will love the end-loaded design and superior strength of the Z-Core XL.

  • End-Loaded Swing Weight
  • One-Piece Alloy
  • Available in High School Sizes

DeMarini

CF Zen

BBCOR: $449.99

 

Faster swings. Better feel. Reduced vibration. The DeMarini CF Zen is a great option for every type of hitter.

  • Balanced Swing Weight
  • Two-Piece Composite
  • Available in High School, Pony, Dizzy Bean, USSSA, Little League, Babe Ruth, Dixie, and AABC Youth League Sizes

CF Insane

BBCOR: $449.99

 

This bat gives you the same feel as the CF Zen with an end-load for more pop.

  • End-Loaded Swing Weight
  • Two-Piece Composite
  • Available in High School Sizes

Vodoo

BBCOR: $299.99

 

Demarini’s Voodoo series is famous for its great performance and style, and now, you can finally grab a balanced version of the bat.

  • Balanced Swing Weight
  • Two-Piece Hybrid (Composite Handle, Alloy Barrel)
  • Available in High School, Pony, Dizzy Bean, USSSA, Little League, Babe, Ruth, Dixie, AABC Youth League Sizes

Voodoo Insane

BBCOR: $299.99

 

Strong sluggers have loved the Voodoo Insane bat for years, and the latest model gives you that same great power with some modern updates.

  • End-Loaded Swing Weight
  • Two-Piece Hybrid
  • Available in High School Sizes

 Voodoo One

BBCOR: $249.99

 

If you love the Voodoo line but want the stiffness of a one-piece bat, the One is perfect for you.

  • Balanced Swing Weight
  • One-Piece Alloy
  • Available in High School, AABC, and USSSA Youth League Sizes

Louisville Slugger

Prime

BBCOR: $399.99

 

 

For maximum pop and comfort from your first swing to your last, choose the Louisville Slugger Prime.

  • Balanced Swing Weight
  • Two-Piece Composite
  • Available in High School, AABC, USSSA, AABC, Little League, Babe Ruth, Pony, and Dixie League Sizes

Rawlings

Quatro

BBCOR: $399.99

 

 

This new bat is built to provide you with premium pop and bat speed while minimizing hand vibration.

  • Balanced Swing Weight
  • Two-Piece Composite
  • Available in High School, AABC, and USSSA Youth League Sizes

Velo

BBCOR: $299.99

 

The Rawlings Velo is light and fast throughout the swing zone and is designed to give you great pop.

  • Balanced Swing Weight
  • One-Piece Alloy
  • Available in High School, USSSA, AABC, Pony, and Dixie Youth League Sizes

Find the BBCOR bat you need? We’re sure all of these choices will upgrade every at-bat you take, but make sure to check out our full collection of BBCOR bats for all of the latest and greatest bats on the market.