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Looking to get a single-wall bat to use in a coed league starting up in January. I've done some research ...




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Old 12-07-2014, 09:42 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Question Advice on single-wall bats?

Looking to get a single-wall bat to use in a coed league starting up in January. I've done some research already, but would appreciate some advice (sorry in advance for the numerous questions!) before I proceed any further.

First, some background -- I'm 5'10" and about 140lbs, and mainly hit line drives. I got the
Easton SP13L6 L6.0 Composite (34/27) Easton SP13L6 L6.0 Composite (34/27)
at the beginning of this year and have been enjoying it so far. However, since it's a composite, I obviously can't use it in the coed league.

The coed league says only single-wall bats listed on this site are legal, though I'm not sure how up-to-date the site is (more on that below).

Based on my research so far I'm possibly interested in the following bats --

1) Easton SP13L9 L9.0 1) Easton SP13L9 L9.0
2) DeMarini Ultimate Weapon 2011 DXUWE 2) DeMarini Ultimate Weapon 2011 DXUWE
3) DeMarini Ultimate Weapon 2014 WTDXUWE-14 3) DeMarini Ultimate Weapon 2014 WTDXUWE-14
4) DeMarini Ultimate Weapon 2015 WTDXUWE-15 4) DeMarini Ultimate Weapon 2015 WTDXUWE-15

So now my questions --
  1. Why is the Easton SPL13L9 so much more expensive (about 50% more) than the DeMarini Ultimate Weapons? Is it really that much better?
  2. What are the differences between the 2015, 2014, and 2011 DeMarini UWs? They all seem to be around the same price...
  3. I mentioned I like the 27oz end-loaded Easton SP13L6 L6.0; assuming 27oz isn't an available option for my single-wall choice, would 26oz or 28oz represent the next closest feel?
  4. The 2015 DeMarini UW isn't listed as an approved bat on the teamusa.org bat list above, but I assume it is because the teamusa.org list just needs to be updated?
  5. I read in another thread that DeMarini bats tend to not last very long, especially if you're sharing with the team -- how much less lifespan are we talking about here?
  6. Are there any other bats I really should be considering?

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Unless it is banned I would go with the Raw Steel from Demarini The Anderson Nano is also a good choice.

If they allow composite handles then the Demarini White Steel is also a good choice.
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Originally Posted by marlsrsoftball View Post
Unless it is banned I would go with the Raw Steel from Demarini The Anderson Nano is also a good choice.

If they allow composite handles then the Demarini White Steel is also a good choice.
Thanks, marlsrsoftball!

If I'm interpreting the approved bat list on teamusa.org's site correctly, I think these are the specific bats you mentioned which would be legal. I'll look into them further.

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Anderson Bat Company	011027	NanoTek SPA
Anderson Bat Company	011030	NanoTek SP Alpha
Anderson Bat Company	011031	NanoTek SP Omega
Anderson Bat Company	017018	NanoTek FP
Anderson Bat Company	017023	NanoTek FP -10
Anderson Bat Company	017026	NanoTek FP -12
DeMarini	        DXRAW	Raw Steel
DeMarini	        DXWHI   White
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Yep. Get a steel.
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Find yourself an 2008 White Steel. DO NOT GET THE MAROON ONE!!!!
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Originally Posted by oilslick58 View Post
Find yourself an 2008 White Steel. DO NOT GET THE MAROON ONE!!!!
Do you mean there were 2 versions of the 2008 model?

Either way, I just double-checked the ASA-approved bat site and only see the '12, '13, and '14 White Steels on the list. Wondering if it's because the 2008 is 'old'.

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        DeMarini	WHI-14	Steel	3/14/2014
	DeMarini	WHI12	Steel	5/4/2011
	DeMarini	WHI13	Steel	12/3/2012
Somewhere else on their site they have this comment, but this discrepancy (i.e. the 2008 not showing up in the list above) makes me leery about taking a chance with the 2008.
The current 2000 and 2004 Certification Marks will continue to be valid Marks for the existing Slow Pitch bats.
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Let me Clearify..........If you can use one White Steele, you can use them all.
The WS before 2012 had the 2004 stamp. 2012 forward have the new asa stamp.
06 and 08 are white barreled
The Maroon one is from 2011, I think. That thing is very hot, but very fragile. We broke two using Classic M balls.
You should be fine. WS is very endloaded....just keep that in mind.
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UW is terrible.

Why do you say these are terrible?
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