Best Cheap Thwacks (2011)
Whether you're gearing up to join a baseball or softball league, or just want to blow off some steam and indulge your inner Derek Jeter, take your cuts at Rex's Baseball Batting Cages. This easygoing place is cheaper and less crowded than many other batting cages. It offers cages for 40, 50, 60, 70, 80 and 90 mph pitches. The machines are self-loading, so you can put all your energy and focus into nailing that triple over the second baseman's shoulder into right-center. You can rent a bat or bring your own. Pricing can be per set of eight balls (50 cents) or by cage time (15 minutes for $6; 30 minutes for $10; an hour for $18). Rex's is right off the 105 freeway, convenient from either the 110 or the 405. Warnings: Weekends can get a little heavy with the Little League crowd. 11723 S. Western Ave., Athens. (323) 756-8101; rexsbaseball.com.
Los Angeles CA 90047
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