What Materials Used to Make Big Barrel Bats

The sports world is one filled with action, excitement, and more than a few hot dogs! But there is another aspect to the “fun” side of sports and sporting events, and it dates back to before the game became a massive spectator sport. The need for proper equipment. Though decades past have been filled with “make-shift” equipment such as sticks for baseball bats and rolled up pieces of cloth for a baseball, there came a time in the baseball world where a real bat was required.

Traditionally, Pennsylvania and New York ash trees are used to make baseball bats. Ash is the preferred wood to use since it is incredibly strong but flexible, and light in weight when the bat is completed. But not just any ash tree can be used. When manufacturers are choosing the appropriate ash tree, they will look for dense clusters of trees where they are protected from the elements. This means the trees are forced to grow straight up and towards the sun and will allow for an easier carving of the bat.


Non-traditionally (and a more common choice) is a big barrel composite bat. These particular baseball bats consist of a graphite and carbon material which are bonded together using resin. However, this blend has been banned from a select few leagues simply due to the fact they become warmer the more it’s used. Having noted that, a composite bat still offers improved performance due to its ability to increase the distance of the baseball being struck.

Next on the list of materials used is the Aluminum Big Barrel Bat. This is the one that gave wooden baseball bats a run for their money. This piece of equipment ensures a light swing that will drive the balls far into the outfield. The biggest advantage to choosing an aluminum bat is the “trampoline effect”, in other words, the light-weight material offers a slight curve around the ball when struck, and will the “trampoline” the ball forward. This then increases speed and distance and can make for quite a few home runs. Another upside to choosing an aluminum bat is it comes out already hot, or “broken in”, whereas a composite bat will need to be used for a few games before it reaches its full potential.

Last on the list of materials is alloy. This particular material is essentially aluminum mixed with a few other metals in order to create a slightly stronger product. Often, this is the bat material of choice simply because the mix of metals reduces the above mentioned trampoline effect. Though the effect is fantastic for the batter and their team, it’s more difficult to moderate once a player reaches a professional league.

Having said that, a great advantage to choosing an alloy bat (besides a moderated ‘trampoline effect’) is the durability they offer. They won’t retain heat in warmer climates, they need less if no time at all to “break in”, and are exponentially more durable than the aforementioned composite, aluminum or even ash bats. So, would like to find the best big barrel baseball bats? just visit hittersbats.com.

Green Mountain 1, Cherry Creek 2

AURORA – For a team built on batting, Green Mountain’s Ram softball team lost their bid in the state tournament Friday in a pitching duel during which the Rams could manage only two hits.

But Green Mountain’s ace – junior Emily Canaday – responded in kind, holding the Bruins only four hits while striking out nine and surrendering only two walks. Creek Pitcher Alyse Harris, a senior, also gave up four hits, walked two and posted 10 strikeouts.

A close game should have been expected, the Rams went 16-5 for the season; Cherry Creek posted a 16-7 record.

But a low-scoring squeaker wasn’t expected.

“Our bats didn’t come out right away,” said Ram coach Danny Dunn-Abrams. “We are an amazing hitting team and it didn’t show.”

Hitting was almost a no-show for the Bruins, as well. Canaday and some solid fielding by her teammates, kept Cherry Creek’s batters trundling back to the dugout.

Green Mountain shortstop Hannah Pearce was first to break the ice on a sunny but chilly morning, reaching first when the Cherry Creek’s shortstop overthrew first base, but could not advance.

But the Rams took a one-run lead in the bottom of the 5th when junior Taylor Rohlenberg reached first on a muffed pop-up, then advanced to third when Canaday’s slow roller to third was thrown to the fence near first base. After freshman outfielder Kayla Teschetter drew a walk to load the bases, Rohlenberg scored on Megan Brown’s scorcher up the middle.

Pictures from the state softball tournament. Click to view. Photos by George Kochaniec, Jr.
Pictures from the state softball tournament. Click to view. Photos by George Kochaniec, Jr.
But Canaday was tagged out at home after trying to stretch the lead and Pearce’s line drive was snared by the Bruin infield to end the inning, leaving Teschetter sand Brown on base.

Cherry Creek responded in the sixth, when lead-off hitter Taylor Gifford shot a grounder into short left field and she advanced to third when teammate Laura Leonard tried to beat out a bunt and the throw to first sailed high.

With runners at first and third, Canaday went to a full count before striking out sophomore Emily Davies. Then Bruins’ catcher Sami Spring launched a two-run double into center field, sending Gifford and Leonard across the plate. Canaday struck out the next two batters, but the damage was done and the Rams trailed by a run.

The Rams got a base runner to first in the last of the 6th inning when Demi Riecke’s line drive eluded the Bruins’ shortstop with two outs, but Riecke was stranded on first when Rohlenberg smashed another line drive, but straight into a glove at second base for the third out.

Cherry Creek seemed destined to widen the lead as the 7th inning began. Bruins’ outfielder Berit Eppard walked. Meagan Iritani was sent in to run for Eppard and reached second when the throw after Bruin outfielder Katie Armstrong ‘s bunt went awry. With runners at first and second with no outs, Cherry Creek’s Lauren Rinetti bunted, but was thrown out at first and Armstrong was tagged out at second. Iritani tried to steal third and was picked off for the third out, sending the game into the last half of the 7th with Green Mountain trailing 2-1.

That would be it for the Rams, though. A ground out by Canaday, a fly ball fielded in shallow right field by outfielder Tara Grout and a strike out by Teschetter ended the Rams’ season.

“You’re in a state (playoff) game, you have to be ready,” Dunn-Abrams said. “Unfortunately we took a back seat in this one.”