Batters Up Baseball and Softball
Sean Mensing - NFHS Accredited Baseball Coach
ABOUT THE COACHES
Sean played high school ball at Cascade Senior High School in Turner, OR and American Legion for the Salem Senators. In the fall he played for private instructor Dave Wong. Wanting to play at the collegiate level one day, he spent most of his free time practicing and learning about the game. Taking private lessons from renowned coaches Dave Wong of "The Wong Baseball Academy" and Steve Decker of the Baltimore Orioles, Sean was able to learn a very high level of baseball.
Spending a lot of time on the mound and at third base, Sean tore his UCL (Ulnar Collateral Ligament) and opted to try physical therapy instead of getting surgery. It helped, but Sean knew his arm would never get back to 100%. While unable to play at the level he aspired to, his undying love for the game lead Sean to coaching. Sean has spent five years coaching and giving private lessons. In that time he has coached teams for American Legion Post 136, Post 58, St. Mary Catholic School, and through Salem Baseball Academy for three fall seasons.
James played his high school baseball at Cascade Senior High in Turner, Oregon. Later, he went on to spend his college career in Minot, North Dakota. He spent two summers playing in the Golden State Collegiate Baseball League (GSCBL) for the Klamath Falls Gems of Klamath Falls, Oregon. He spent the majority of his baseball career behind the plate as a catcher, but also pitched, played outfield, and some infield throughout his journey. After having to undergo Tommy John surgery and finishing his baseball career, James decided that he wanted to be a coach to stay involved in the game. To continue to make an impression on younger players moving forward, James has coached two seasons as the head coach of the Salem Senators American Legion team. Also, he coached two seasons of Salem Baseball Academy fall ball, and now, James gives private lessons to players of any age with a desire to excel. James was an assistant coach at the high school level for two years before moving up an assistant coaching position at Chemeketa Community College (Salem, OR) .
CHOOSE YOUr Lesson
Due to the nature of baseball and softball, all softball workouts will be the same as baseball except for pitching. All softball pitching inquiries will be given to the Batters Up softball pitching specialist Jessica Luby, a two-time 4A softball state champion pitcher who went on to pitch at Corban University in Salem.
Lesson Duration: All lessons work on half hour increments and have the special offer of buy 9 lessons and receive a 10th free. 30 minute lessons are $25 and hour lessons are $40. Students taking hour long lessons are encouraged to split the time between two categories.
Pitching: Batters Up is equipped with a portable pitching mound for baseball that can be moved out of the way for softball. Pitchers focus on fundamentals and pitch location before increasing their velocity. All pitchers are required to run and stretch before the pitching lesson and are encouraged to run and ice in the days following.
Batting: Starting on a tee to practice consistent fundamentals, batters will develop proper posture before working on short toss. In order to add the timing element, short toss work is done before using the pitching machine for batting practice at full speed. With a series of hitting situations at the start of the machine round, batters develop a structured approach in the box.
Fielding: Correct footwork can be the difference between a throw that makes the final out in a game and a throw that costs a win, so we focus on proper footwork during our fielding drills in order to minimize errors. Along with proper footwork comes more efficient use of the body's energy which will decrease the likelihood of arm injuries.
Speed and Agility: When it comes to home field advantage, knowing how the field plays, or where you're likely to get "bad hop" is crucial. In order to make the not-so-routine plays feel more natural, we work on lateral movement and explosion in the speed and agility lessons. This will increase players fielding range and decrease their time around the bases.