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Tucson Bat Cave opens in midtown


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Mike Gray throws to Catalina Foothills freshman Cuatro King (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

Mike Gray throws to Catalina Foothills freshman Cuatro King (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

The Tucson Bat Cave is a two-lane indoor batting facility with an outdoor pitching lane located on Kleindale just east of Country Club.

Address
3145 E Kleindale Rd

Hours
4 -8 p.m. Monday-Friday
8-8 p.m. Saturday-Sunday

Cost
Single cage/Both cages
15 min $15 $30
30 min $25 $50
60 min $40 $70

Website
Tucsonbatcave.com

Unlike the majority of other facilities, the Bat Cave was built from the ground up with the sole purpose of serving as a baseball/softball facility.

Creston King had this lot and he asked me to help design a batting facility,” instructor Mike Gray explained. “I’ve been in a lot of cages and the things I found important were lighting and heating and cooling. Plus this place was built for this.”

Gray was a dominate pitcher at the University of Arizona under Frank Sancet before moving into teaching and working as a fireman. He has spent the last 15 years working for the Toronto Blue Jays and the Arizona Diamondbacks with their hitting coaches throwing batting practice. He also was part of the 2006 Tucson Sidewinder staff that won the Pacific Coast League Championship.

The facility in midtown now offers a third option for teams and individuals to hit, pitch and get instruction in Tucson.

The Batters Box in Marana (7620 N Hartman Lane) and Centerfield (5120 S. Julian Drive) are the other two exceptional facilities in Tucson.

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Andy Morales was recognized by the AIA as the top high school reporter in 2014 and has been a youth, high school and college coach for over 30 years. His own children have won multiple state high school championships and were named to all-state teams. Competing in hockey, basketball, baseball and track & field in high school, his unique perspective can only be found here, on AZPreps365.com and on the pages of the Vail Voice and the Tanque Verde Voice. Contact Andy Morales at AMoralesMyTucson@yahoo.com

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