Indoor baseball, softball practice facility open to everyone

Several coaches and former players who took the field locally have collaborated to set up a top-notch indoor baseball and softball practice facility that opened to the public recently.

The facility is located in the building in back of Freedom Life Fitness, 813 N. Mecklenburg Avenue, South Hill, that formerly housed an MMA training facility and boxing ring. Operator Bill Jordan said the Freedom Life Baseball and Softball Power Plant is open to players and teams of all ages and abilities from any locality throughout the region.

“This is for anybody, it’s not just for South Hill,” Jordan said. “Anybody that wants to come hit or pitch and work on their game.”

The former varsity baseball coach at Park View High School, Jordan has been coaching for 30 years at all levels, including Dixie Youth, Babe Ruth, American Legion, high school, travel ball and fastpitch softball.

He said the lack of a local practice facility that is open to the public came to a head for him when his son would come home from college and want to hit. He spoke with several coaching friends who were supportive of the idea. He then pitched it to Freedom Life Fitness owner Brian Daniel.

“Brian thought it was a great, so he said go ahead and give it a shot,” Jordan said. “Now we’ve got a place for anybody, if they want to come work on their game, they can work on it.”

The facility includes two full-size batting cages that can be split into four, two pitching lanes that can be configured to different specifications, a pitching machine, softball pitching rubber, tees and additional equipment.

The Freedom Life Baseball and Softball Power Plant is set up so that players can pay a monthly fee for access to the facilities while supplying their own pitchers, catchers, etc., or pay more to have the Baseball and Softball Power Plant provide the needed personnel in sessions.

Jordan has several former players on call who can pitch batting practice or catch high-level pitchers when needed.

He also has several well-known local coaches on call to provide instruction in baseball or and softball hitting and pitching.

There are plans for the future as well. Jordan said the Freedom Life Baseball and Softball Power Plant is eyeing next fall for fielding travel teams.

The facility is open 3 p.m.-7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon and other days and times by appointment.

Call (804) 894-1300 for more information. Stop by and bring a copy of this article for a short batting lesson.

Featured Photo: Peyton Ellis uses the Freedom Life Baseball and Softball Power Plant facilities to hone her fastpitch softball swing while taking batting practice from her father, Thomas Ellis.