Entertainment goes to Extra Innings

Technology is behind everything these days, even batting cages, and a new place in Ballston Spa provides customers the most up-to-date batting trainer technology in New York state.

With the Ultimate Trainer 2000, batters are able to adjust the height, speed and even the type of ball pitched.

Joe Fairley, owner of Extra Innings, said the machine caters to the ladies fast pitch and is the only machine of its kind in the state. He explained that at other facilities, women are forced to bat from the corner because softball pitching machines are not usually located with the other batting trainers. With the Ultimate Trainer 2000, women are able to choose their cage because of the machine's versatility.

In addition to the newest batting trainer technology, Extra Innings, located off Route 50 on McCrea Hill Road, offers unusual features like 35-foot ceilings and a tiny tot program.

There is no instructional facility with this much air space, Fairley said.

He explained that the ceiling allows batters to see where their balls would have been hit.

With the baseball season just beginning, the facility will be put to good use. Fairley said that several groups have booked practices and tryouts at the facility including area little league, baseball and softball teams.

The training facility breaks down its services into three main pieces it calls the "triple threat."

The pro shop offers a full selection of baseball and softball goods and can provide custom-fit equipment in a matter of days.

Fairley said a woman came in looking for a left-handed catcher's glove for her 12-year-old daughter, and he was able to order it through his pro shop.

"Players can really find what they need here," Fairley said. "It will quickly be known as the place with all the baseball stuff."

The second piece of the triple threat is the facility's training center, which boasts young instructors who share current techniques with the students.

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