Baseball facility to help player development

On Saturday, Nov. 13, Beimel Baseball will open its doors as the area’s first sports complex targeted toward the development of area baseball and softball players and team programs.The new facility is located at 315 Brusselles St., inside the former Hunt Oil building.“Beimel Baseball provides a medium where our area youth can develop their skills both on an athletic and personal level,” said owner Mike Beimel. “My hope is to provide an outlet for our area children and instill the discipline, respect, hard work and self-worth values which are threaded throughout my business philosophy.”The new 5,000 square-foot, wall-to-wall, Astroturf-surface facility offers two batting cages, pitching machines, a pitching lane complete with a pitching mound and a catcher’s net, “T” stations and soft-toss stations at which players can hit into small nets. Other available services are strength and agility training, instructional clinics, private lessons and private parties. According to Beimel, an Iron Mike pitching machine will be a permanent fixture in one of the cages, while a Juggs pitching machine and a fastpitch softball machine will be rotated in the other cage on an as-needed basis.Beimel will also act as the facility’s strength and agility coach. He plans to offer strength and conditioning classes to area youngsters, where he will focus on core work that will aid them not only in baseball, but in other sporting endeavors.The facility’s Astroturf was purchased from the University of Maine, where it was used for just a year.“I wanted something that was good on wear and would be easier on your legs,” Beimel said about choosing Astroturf.A wide range of memberships are available, as well as baseball and softball Sunday evening hitting leagues starting Jan. 9, and spring training events. In addition, instructional clinics will be held at the facility, with some of the area’s top professional baseball players, including Joe Beimel, formerly of the Colorado Rockies and currently a free agent; Adam Fox of the Harrisburg Senators, a Washington Nationals MLB organization; and Jesse Bosnik of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Bill Makufka will teach the softball pitching clinics at the facility.“I have a true passion for baseball. However, if I am not playing baseball, I want to be coaching,” Beimel said. “During my years of coaching, people began requesting private instruction. From that point, I have continually expanded the business.”Beimel began offering private lessons in 2008 and graduated to a one-cage facility located inside the Fitness Connection on Spruce Street in St. Marys. Currently, Beimel provides instruction to over 95 individuals from the surrounding area. He has taught over 1,000 lessons within the past two years and has rented the cage to over 225 athletes for both baseball and softball.For more on this story, see the Nov. 3 edition of The Daily Press.