Multiple Teams · Boone Grove takes batting practice to the next level with HitTrax

See ball, hit ball.

The old school approach to batting is giving way to analytics, even at the high school level, where terms like launch angle and exit velocity are becoming part of the baseball vernacular.

“It’s evolving and I think it’s going to become more dominant as time goes on,” new Boone Grove coach Pat Antone said. “It’s not just trying to hit the baseball. It’s trying to elevate it into the outfield. It’s more focused on developing that swing with more intent.”

Andrean brought HitTrax, a simulation system and data capture that takes batting practice to the next level, to the Region last year, when it purchased the technology. The 59ers’ power numbers skyrocketed and Antone, then an Andrean assistant, saw firsthand.

“It’s one of those things where once you’ve used it as a player or coach, it’s something you don’t want to be without,” he said. “You know all the information you’re missing out on. After seeing all the benefits with it at Andrean, it was definitely high on my priority list to bring that to Boone Grove.”

Obviously, it took more than a few candy bar sales to make the investment of $15,000 to $20,000 for the Class 2A school. A combination of team fund raising and a major sponsorship foot the bill for the computer, frame, software, camera and other equipment. Boone is the just second school in the state known to have it…

Click here for the full 12/7/17 NWI Times article by Jim Peters.