Zack O’Reilly, 12, of Plymouth practiced yesterday at the Frozen Ropes Training Center in Plymouth using an aluminum bat, which a joint legislative committee is considering banning.

Youth bat debate steps up to plate

Lawmakers hear testimony on metal vs. wooden

By Russell Nichols and Lemont Calloway
Globe Staff and Globe Correspondent / August 24, 2006

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Bob Boutin conducted a test: In a batting cage, he hurled a baseball toward an 11-year-old boy who stood ready with a wooden bat. The boy swung, connecting with a sharp crack. A radar gun measured the ball's speed off the bat at 53 miles an hour. Then the boy switched bats, taking up a lighter aluminum model, and the ... (Full article: 625 words)

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