Softball

Great Lakes Baseball Academy now offers top-notch Women's Softball Instruction. Our instructors focus on the fundamentals of hitting and pitching, servicing many ages and skill levels. GLBA also offers the opportunity to rent the facility to softball teams for practice using our Jugs softball machine and equipment.

Softball Instructors

Wes Strickland

Softball Pitching

Coach Strickland has over 10 years experience coaching fast pitch. He is the founder of the Michigan Classics fast pitch softball club. He is starting his 5th year of high school coaching and third year of teaching the "Pat Brower" style of pitching call "the drag". Coach Strickland has over 30 years experience as an adult player winning including 6 state titles and one world championship.

Samantha Cain

Samantha Cain

Softball Pitching Instructor

Coach Cain played for Finesse travel team for five years in which she helped her team to two elite eight finishes as well as one third place finish in nationals. A 2008 graduate of Kennedy High School, she set the record for most strikeouts in a year with 230, compiled a 55-22 record her first three years, had 15 homeruns and 62 runs heading into senior year. She served as softball team captain for two years. Coach Cain is currently a pitcher for the Wayne State University softball team. Last year the team won the GLIAC league, as well as regionals and super regionals to advance to the World Series where they finished in the final eight at the NCAA Division II World Series. Coach Cain is also a member of the Midland Lady Explorers 23u team who won the 2010 World Series in Peoria, Illinois.

Ray Barnes

Softball Hitting Instructor

Coach Barnes has over 20 years of coaching youth sports, which includes coaching elite travel fast pitch softball for over 15 years from ages 7 to 18+. He is the founder of Thunderbirds Softball, which has placed many players into all divisions of college softball. His personal instruction methods include incorporating linear, rotational, Candrea and Epstein philosophies. He believes a positive approach to aggressive hitting with the "Mental Game" in mind. Currently, he also is a hitting consultant to Gabriel Richard H.S.

Lindsay Smith

Lindsay Smith

Softball Hitting Instructor

Coach Smith is a former player of the Eastern Michigan University softball team but still attends school there to obtain her degree in Communication. She was an outfielder and switch hitter through her years of playing. Prior to college, she played fours years with the Ohio Pride travel team. Smith's coaching experience includes assisting her old travel coach with Ohio Pride, and is currently the head Lincoln High School JV coach. Smith believes confidence and focus are key to a successful player and is excited to mentor her team and students both on and off the field.

Christine Oswalt

Christine Oswalt

Softball Pitching Instructor

Coach Oswalt played for NCAA D1 school Gardner-Webb University where she was named to the Big South Conference All-Tournament Team and multiple Big South Pitcher of the Week awards. She posted a school-record 7.46 strikeouts per seven innings. In her college career, she pitched 441 innings and posted 471 strikeouts. She was first in the Big South Conference in innings pitched, strikeouts, and games started. Growing up in Canada, she won multiple Ontario Provincial Championship titles, was named the Top Pitcher in Ontario multiple years, and broke records being the first Canadian team to win the NSA 'A' Super World Series championship in Peoria, Illinois.

Softball Pricing

Facility Length Instructor Price Schedule
Pitching 30 minutes Wes Strickland $40/session
$175 for 5 sessions
30 minutes Samantha Cain, Christine Oswalt $40/session
$175 for 5 sessions
Hitting 30 minutes Jessica Dillon, Ray Barnes, Lindsay Smith $40/session
$175 for 5 sessions

Facility Pricing

Facility Pricing is the same for Softball rentals. Please see GLBA's Pricing page for prices and schedule.