The transformation of The G-Plex in Garrettsville from a recreational building to a training facility has provided the opportunity for area athletes to enhance their baseball and softball skills with many improvements that began in October.
"We wanted to make it a high-end complete training facility for young players that want to get better and pursue their sport," said owner Ed Carpenter.
His goal for the recently remodeled G-Plex is to put more emphasis on physical fitness, which will be accomplished using the new weight training room that includes barbells, dumbbells, Brazilian ropes and machines that focus on core and functional performance for baseball and softball.
The facility also includes two 18-foot wide batting cages available for $50 per hour each and a 16,200 square-foot field house that can be rented as a full field for $200 per hour or a half field for $100 per hour.
"Anybody that's been there before will come in and see that there's quite a few improvements that we've made," Carpenter said.
So far, Carpenter has hired two professional instructors for baseball: Pitching instructor Brad Stillings, and catching and hitting instructor Wyatt Toregas. Stillings, who played for Kent State University and threw the team's first no-hitter in 12 years in 2009, played for the Minnesota Twins. Toregas, a first base coach for the Pittsburgh Pirates AAA affiliate team, the Indianapolis Indians, was previously a catcher for the Cleveland Indians.
Carpenter is also looking to add a full-time physical fitness trainer.
"I want someone that has training certification or experience in training baseball, softball or any athlete," he said. "We're looking for someone who can really take control of the weight training facility."
Carpenter's family are huge supporters of one of America's favorite pastimes. His two sons played baseball in college, and he also has seven grandchildren who all play baseball or softball.
"They live in Bainbridge and Aurora, which is very close for them to come and train at the facility," Carpenter said.
The G-Plex is open from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, or earlier by appointment. The facility is also available from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
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