Hit Lab Battle Challenges Local Baseball and Softball Teams to Find the Best Hitters in Los Angeles

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (January 22, 2019) – Easton announced today the launch of the Easton Hit Lab Battle, a first-of-its-kind hitting competition designed to connect with high school baseball and softball programs in the greater Los Angeles area.

The Hit Lab Battle is made up of a series of qualifier and championship events, which will ultimately crown the top baseball and fastpitch softball hitters from over 20 local high schools in the greater Los Angeles Area. Easton will host up to 700 players—freshman to varsity— at Easton Headquarters over several weeks to compete for a variety of prizes and bragging rights.

“Easton prides itself on developing the industry’s best products, and connecting with high school and college baseball and softball players,” said Easton SVP of Sales & Marketing Dan Jelinek. “We thought a pre-season hitting competition would be a fun way for these athletes to showcase their talents in our state-of-the-art Hit Lab, where many of our MLB athletes also workout in the off-season.”

The Easton Hit Lab Battle will kick off on January 24th and run through February 20th, 2019. Participants will use Easton’s new lineup of BBCOR bats (Project 3: ADV, Fuze and Alpha) and ASA/USA Softball as well as USSSA Softball bats (Ghost Fastpitch), and Easton will use HitTrax to record and visualize exit velocities for all participating teams to determine individual winners and average individual scores to determine team winners.

Full schedule of events:

  • Baseball qualifiers
    • Thursday, January 24th, 2019 (4:00pm - 7:00pm)
    • Friday, January 25th, 2019 (4:00pm - 7:00pm)
    • Saturday, January 26th, 2019 (8:00am - 5:00pm)
    • Sunday, January 27th, 2019 (8:00am - 5:00pm)
  • Baseball championship
    • Wednesday, January 30th, 2019 (4:00pm - 7:00pm)
  • Softball qualifiers
    • Friday, February 15th, 2019 (4:00pm - 7:00pm)
    • Saturday, February 16th, 2019 (8:00am - 5:00pm)
    • Sunday, February 17th, 2019 (8:00am - 5:00pm)
  • Softball championship
    • Wednesday, February 20th, 2019 (4:00pm - 7:00pm)

Check out the action by following Easton on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Participants will be encouraged to tag Easton and use #HitLabBattle with their posts. For more information on the Hit Lab Battle events, please contact eastonpr@easton.com.

About Easton:

Easton is the world's leading manufacturer of baseball and softball equipment, and the most iconic brand in these sports. Headquartered in Thousand Oaks, CA, Easton Diamond Sports, LLC. manufactures bats, ball gloves, apparel, bags, batting gloves, helmets, catcher's equipment and related accessories. The company's commitment to innovation and game-changing technologies propelled Easton to the No. 1 bat position, including breakthrough technologies with aluminum and composite materials. As a result of this commitment to R&D and its storied brand heritage, Easton has long-standing relationships with Little League Baseball, USSSA Baseball & Softball, USA Baseball & Softball, hundreds of NCAA collegiate teams and numerous professional baseball and softball players. For more information, please visit: https://www.easton.com/.

About HitTrax:

HitTrax is the first and only baseball data capture and simulation system that provides a powerful combination of performance data and entertainment value. View the hit live as if you are playing in your favorite stadium. HitTrax accurately measures the speed and trajectory of the ball while calculating the realistic outcome. To learn more about HitTrax, please visit: https://www.hittrax.com/.