The American pastimes of family and sports are being bridged together near
the corner of CR 100W and CR 900N in Liberty Twp.
Across from the Ruge and Sons Meats, Denise Price and her husband Mark are
transforming her dad’s former landscaping shop into a 12,000 square-foot
sports practice facility that can be used by sports teams from all over
Along with son Maveric and daughter Shelby helping out, the family put in
new lighting, overhead doors and gave the new exterior siding a few coats of
barn red paint preparation for the grand opening on Oct. 8.
“We’re giving the barn a new life,” Price said after a nine-month renovation
The Prices call their new business “Bases Loaded.” Baseball and softball are
at home here but soccer, lacrosse and pee-wee/pop warner football can
The business is offering tours of the facility this week. To schedule a tour
or to book a team for practice, you can call Bases Loaded at (219)678-4487.
According to Price, there are about 40 local travel teams for boys baseball
and girls softball. About 3,200 youths are involved in the sports but there
a very few places in the county to practice so parents have been using up a
lot of time and mileage for lessons.
The Prices know the feeling firsthand being a softball family and wanted a
place closer to home where their daughter and her teammates could practice
their swings, catches and pitches.
An indoor practice facility will also give teams the ability to practice
year-round, seven days a week.
“There have been a lot of parents and coaches we’ve talked with and we saw
there was a need for something like this,” Price said.
And the business does not just cater to youth. Price said there are also
senior leagues who said are welcome too. Two teams can use the practice
areas at the same time. One area is 40’x50’ and the other 40’x60’ with
25-feet high ceilings.
Inside the main area is two net-lined batting cages sized 12’x44’ and
14’x70’ with a Jugs pitching machine. The longer cage can be used as a
full-size pitching tunnel.
“It doesn’t hurt for dad to get in there, too,” said Mark Price, making the
comment that the facility is a great way for families to spend time
Teams will store their equipment in dugout area that can be used as the
lower level viewing area for coaches and parents. To get a bird’s eye view,
there is an upstairs viewing loft with seating for parents.
Coaches can also rent the facilities private room to go over team strategies
or review videos or to have team parties, Price said.
For parents, the front waiting area will have Wi-Fi wireless internet and
television to keep content while the kids practice. Water, sports drinks and
assorted snacks can be purchased at the concessions window inside the
Bases Loaded’s hours of operation are 3-9 p.m. on Monday through Friday; 10
a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturdays; and from Noon to 5 p.m. on Sundays.
Hourly prices for the Fall range from $20 to $30 per hour for the batting
cages, and $60 to $70 for the practice areas. Season packages range from
$720 to $2,160.
Hours will be extended for when schools have their winter and summer breaks.
The Prices are looking for instructors who can offer lessons and hope to
offer classes at the practice facility.
More info is
available on the Bases Loaded’s website,