Great American Ball Park is known to be a bit of a launching pad. On Friday, the Long Haul Bombers took it to another level.
The traveling softball players of the World Softball League visited Cincinnati to show off their amazing home-run ability during pregame and postgame festivities. Five of the members launched home runs before the game, with a few easily hitting 10 home runs in their 15 allotted pitches. A moneyball on the last pitch allows for extra points.
Tape-measure shots were launched off the Bombers' bats, with distances easily hitting 400 feet on some swings. Some of the sluggers said they can hit balls over 500 feet, even close to 600 feet if they get a hold of it.
The Bombers have been to other Major League ballparks over the last couple of years, including AT&T Park, Safeco Field, Petco Park and Citi Field. The left-handed-hitting members said they easily nailed balls into McCovey Cove in San Fransisco, and one mentioned hitting a scoreboard in Safeco Field that would have been the longest shot ever at the stadium.
-- Will Frasure