New indoor batting cage in Fruita
WHAT: The Refinery
WHEN: Monday through Friday, 3 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
WHERE: 420 S. Ash St., Fruita
COST: Machine-pitched, $10 for 15 minutes
Step up to the plate and get your swing on at Fruita’s newest indoor batting cages — The Refinery.
It is located at 420 S. Ash St., and it opened its doors in late January to help children of all ages (and even adults) keep in shape during the winter — with a focus on baseball and softball, of course. The name stems partly from the old refinery located only a few blocks away.
“We wanted to open a place where players of all levels, from beginners to advanced, can practice,” said Tara Denton, co-owner of The Refinery.
She, along with her husband, Nathan Clements, have a son who plays baseball. After noticing a lack of indoor pitching machines to practice with locally, they opened their own facility to help fill that need
According to Denton, the Refinery caters to both Little League baseball teams and softball teams, and it allows groups and individuals to practice indoors.
Currently, the facility is open Monday through Friday, 3 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Little League, travel, and softball teams are encouraged to contact The Refinery to secure a slot for practice times.
It features batting cages (with two machines to throw softballs and baseballs) and soft-toss cages. The Refinery is setting up pitching mounds outside as well.
Fifteen minutes with the pitching machine costs $10, which Denton explained is about 80 balls. Bat and helmet use is included in the price, though personal bats and helmets are welcome, too. Soft-pitch cage rental costs $10 for 30 minutes.
Team and individual memberships are also available for monthly and yearly rates.
Denton encourages offices and churches to contact her to host team-building parties.
“It’s a good way to relieve stresses and bond with one another,” she said.
Plans for expansion of services are already in the works.
“We hope to start hosting lessons and camps for players to learn from professionals and student athletes as well,” Denton said. “It’s a place to come stay in shape and have fun in a controlled environment.”
A kids’ fitness class (sans weights) is additionally in the works. Plus, camps for football and soccer are a possibility for the future.
For more information, visit http://www.refineyourgame.com.
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