Back-to-back home runs rained down in Panama City Beach, Florida, this past July when the world famous Bat Wars event dropped into Frank Brown Park. Partnering with the Panama City Beach Sports Commission, Panama City Beach Parks and Recreation, and the United States Fastpitch Association, Bat Wars played host on two different dates, reaching two completely different groups of hundreds of teams, players, parents and coaches, all there for the USFA World Series. Three-plus weeks of championship play over multiple age groups with teams from all over the nation enjoyed beautiful Panama City Beach while battling for a world series title. Players of all ages were treated to an all-star line up of the newest technology in fastpitch bats from Easton Sports, Louisville Slugger, Worth Sports, Boombah, Rude American and Combat all on hand to try all day long free! The lines moved smoothly all day as the Jugs pitching machines delivered thousands of Dudley softballs, strike after strike, for eight hours without missing a pitch. Vendor alley stayed busy with deals on everything from the newest bats to some great footwear and apparel from long-time sponsors like 3N2. “No matter how many Bat Wars we host, seeing the faces of the players when they enter the Bat Wars field and they see hundreds of brand new bats lined up on the backstop for them to swing is priceless,” says Mike Beasy, Bat Wars main man and manager of the events. Balls were flying out the four Bat Wars cages like golf balls at a driving range, with some very impressive hitters of all ages putting the new sticks to the test. Was there a winner at Bat Wars? Yes - the hundreds of players that got to swing all day long, having a blast and trying bats they would never get to try for free anywhere else.
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