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The 'Relief Pitcher' 50MPH Pitching Machine By First Pitch

The First Pitch "Relief Pitcher" Is A Lightweight And Very Portable Combination Baseball and Softball Machine!

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The First Pitch Relief Pitcher machine is our most portable Pitching machine. With a top speed of 45 mph for baseball and 40 mph for 11” or 12” softballs it’s a great choice for young athletes 7 years and younger.

This machine comes with reversible legs in order to quickly change between baseball and softball. It also has the ability for ground balls and fly-balls, so all of your defensive work can be done on this machine. There is no better machine to set up and have your catcher take a beating working on blocking the ball or pitch framing! This is also one of the few machines that can be used for slow pitch softball. This is the ideal high-quality pitching machine for your little league team! At this price and with its defensive work capabilities it is also a good fit for your middle school team.

As always the First Pitch Relief Pitcher is made with the same quality as all of First Pitch's machines do. It comes with a 1-year manufacturer's warranty.
Sku: Relief Pitcher
Vendor: First Pitch

Features Of The Relief Pitcher

  • Max Speed For Baseball: 50MPH
  • Max Speed For Softball: 40 MPH
  • Ball Types: Baseballs, Softballs
  • Pitches Thrown: Fastballs
  • Defensive Drills: Pop-Ups, Ground Balls, Line Drives
  • Warranty: 5 Year
  • Power Source: 115V standard grounded outlet
  • Includes Reversible Legs for Baseball Height or Softball Delivery

What Does Coach Chris Think?

As I have been coaching longer I have adapted and started using pitching machines for my defensive drills. I am of the opinion that repetition is the key to developing skills. When I see a weakness in a player I like to work on that weakness with repetition. I found the accuracy of a pitching machine is a key in working on weaknesses. For example if an outfielder has a weakness on coming in on the ball it is very easy to set the Relief Pitcher to shoot fly balls in a spot that will consistently work on this. If a catcher has a weakness of blocking pitches this machine can be set to throw the ball in the dirt consistently for the catcher to work on blocking.

As much practice as I have had hitting fly balls and throwing the ball in the dirt I just can’t be as accurate as a machine! Catchers blocking the ball, pop ups for catchers, pop ups communication for infielders/outfielders, outfielders catching fly balls in the alley, backhand for infielders are all drills that benefit greatly with the accuracy of a pitching machine. The First Pitch Relief Pitcher is machine enough for all of these drills.

Now 45 MPH is not enough for batting practice for older kids, however when I throw batting practice at my advanced age I am throwing it from around 45 feet. If you move this machine up to around 40 feet it will simulate speeds up to 70 MPH. This is not even the speed of an average high school fastball, however it is a good speed to work on hitting mechanics. This machine can be a great compliment to tee work, soft toss, and live hitting in scrimmages. It is a great machine to get the kids ready for a game and when used right is a great investment!