30 Inch 2018 Easton Ghost X USA Bat Pulled From Play By USA Baseball

We just received news that the 30″/20 ounce 2018 Easton Ghost X USA Bat (model number YBB18GX10) has been pulled from play by USA baseball. USA Baseball is using an updated method to break in composite bats (using a bat roller) during the testing procedure, as well as changing the angle of the ball being shot at the bat during testing. These changes caused the 30″ version of the Ghost X USA bat to no longer pass the advanced break in test.

30 Inch 2018 Easton Ghost X USA Bat Banned

Return Procedure

Easton is currently offering a $500 voucher valid at Easton.com upon return of the bat. Any questions regarding returns, refunds or warranty claims for the Easton Ghost X 30/20 should be directed to Easton via email at ghostreturn@easton.com or at 1-844-531-7079.

As always, CheapBats.com stands behind its customers. If you purchased this bat from CheapBats.com and require any assistance in this process, please reach out to us and we will make sure you are taken care of.

Still Need More Info?

Any further questions regarding this decertification may be directed to USA Baseball at USABat@USABaseball.com

2016 DeMarini Raw Steel vs 2018 DeMarini Steel

Rarely does a softball bat as important as the DeMarini Steel come around…

I joke, but the 2018 DeMarini Steel is one of those softball bats that every softball player knows about. In fact, in my coed league I have never seen the men use anything but the DeMarini Raw Steel. Why is that? Several reasons which I’ll touch on below.

2016 DeMarini Steel vs 2018 DeMarini Steel

2016 Raw Steel vs 2018 Steel

First off let’s get the main question out of the way. The 2016 and the 2018 DeMarini Steel are the exact same but with one tiny exception (aside from a different paint job). What is different is the 2018 Steel bats are .50 to .75 ounces heavier than the 2016 Raw Steel. It is not a huge difference, but if you really like the feel of your 2016 Steel we recommending picking one or three up while they are still in stock, because the added weight is ever so slightly noticeable.

2016 vs 2018 Performance

There is no noticeable difference in pop with the 2018 Steel vs the 2016. I have hit both bats extensively, and I can say without a doubt they hit exactly the same.

Carburized Steel

To my knowledge, DeMarini is the only bat manufacturer making a softball bat with heat treated steel. Using a process called carburizing, the 2018 DeMarini Steel barrel is heated to a certain temperature in a carbon rich environment to make the Steel extremely hard. A hard barrel is supremely important when using a soft/mush ASA softball. Note: the 28oz and 30oz barrel is about 1 inch longer than the barrel on the 26oz. All weights are end loaded for added mass and power through the hitting zone.

Single Wall Barrel

This one is important, too. Many coed softball leagues do not allow men to use composite bats and/or multi-wall bats. The DeMarini Steel is a single wall bat with the ASA stamp on the (super hard) barrel.

Two-Piece Design

ZNX DeMarini Steel alloy handle

DeMarini connects the hard, Steel barrel to a ZNX alloy handle. The alloy metal in the handle is thinner and and more flexible in nature than the barrel. The flex in the handle gives the bat added whip during contact with the ball. The two-piece construction also eliminates hand rattling vibration. I use this bat often, and I have never once experienced sting in my hands.

RCK Knob

DeMarini offers a rounded knob on the 2018 Steel for added comfort while swinging. Especially during batting practice.

The new Steel comes with a 1 year warranty against defects, as well as free shipping both ways from CheapBats.com. Batisfaction Guaranteed!

Miken Super Freak & Worth Legit Game Ready Slowpitch Softball Bats

Limited Edition Softball Bats

Arriving on March, 15th 2018, Miken and Worth have created two new slowpitch softball bats that are about to change the way softball bats are thought of, and only 1000 are being made of each.

2018 Miken Worth Game Ready Softball Bats

Max Performance from the Very First Pitch

We all know that because of advanced break-in testing composite slowpitch bats have to be broken-in in order to perform to their peak level. Miken and Worth have come up with an exclusive, proprietary method of making composite softball bats that gives you maximum performance from the very first pitch. No break-in required.

2018 Miken Worth Game Ready Slowpitch Softball Bats

We wish we could tell you even just a little about the process, or how they do it, but Miken and Worth are not going in to great detail about the bat making process. What we can tell you, however, is there are only 1000 of each model 2018 Miken Super Freak and the 2018 Worth Legit Extreme softball bats being made, and they are selling quick. If you want one of these historic bats you need to act quickly.

The Miken Super Freak Maxload – MSUPER – is a USSSA approved softball bat with a 14 inch barrel.

The Worth Legit Extreme – WLGTXU – is also approved for USSSA play, and has a 13.5 inch barrel.

We are super excited about these two bats, and by the looks of it you guys are too. There are a lot of great USSSA softball bats on the market right now, so we are anxious to get our hands on one of these new bats and see what the hype is all about!

Other Great Softball Bats

Also check out the new, 2018 Louisville Slugger Jeff Hall Super Z1000 USSSA softball bat, along with Mizuno’s re-entry back in to the slowpitch market with the 2019 Mizuno Crush (Orange/Black) USSSA softball bat. We have swung both and they are both very good bats! Bat Reviews of these bats and more coming soon!

Hitting the 2018 Easton Ghost ASA Slowpitch at the Batting Cage

Mike filmed some hits with the 2018 Easton Ghost ASA Slowpitch Softball Bat at the batting cages.

2018 Louisville Slugger BBCOR Bats – Prime 918, Select 718, Solo 618, Omaha 518

Louisville Slugger’s all-new 2018 BBCOR bat lineup has launched! The top dog, year in and year out, is the Prime – which continues to set the multi-piece, all-composite market in consistency and performance. Aside from all-composite, LS has two hybrid options, as they bring back the Select (after a year on the bench), while also have the Solo for its 2nd campaign. The 100% alloy bat market is always led by the Omaha, a tried-and-true aluminum bat that brings maximum ping with every swing. Lastly, there’s the Vapor, a price-point bat that gives you incredible bang for your buck. Check out each bat below . . .
2018 Louisville Slugger Prime 918 BBCOR Baseball Bat -3oz WTLBBP918B32018 Louisville Slugger Prime 918 BBCOR Baseball Bat -3oz WTLBBP918B3
The Prime 918 BBCOR Bat is made with Louisville Slugger’s Proprietary MicroForm Composite, which features a Patented Fused Carbon Structure for maximum pop right out of the wrapper. The TRU3 barrel-to-handle connection, which connects the barrel to one side and the handle to the other without allowing them to touch, is going to reduce vibration and provide unmatched feel at ball impact. The all-new RTX End Cap allows for a longer barrel shape, ultimately increasing the potency of the sweet spot for futher hitting distances.

  • TRU3 3-Piece Bat Construction
  • 100% Proprietary MicroForm Composite
  • Patented Fused Carbon Structure Design
  • RTX End Cap
  • Custom Lizard Skins Bat Grip
  • Balanced Swing Weight
  • Swing Weight Profile Score: 1.7
  • 31/32″ Tapered Handle

2018 Louisville Slugger Select 718 BBCOR Baseball Bat -3oz WTLBBS718B32018 Louisville Slugger Select 718 BBCOR Baseball Bat -3oz WTLBBS718B3
The Select 718 BBCOR Bat is crafted as a hybrid, combining the ST 7U1+ Aluminum Alloy Barrel and the Composite Handle. Hybrid bats are viewed as the best of both worlds, as you get the ping of an aluminum barrel, but the flex and sting elimination that comes with a composite handle. The TRU3 barrel-to-handle connection, which connects the barrel to one side and the handle to the other without allowing them to touch, is going to reduce vibration and provide unmatched feel at ball impact. The Speed Ballistic Composite (referred to as SBC) is designed to make the end cap combat the heaviness of the barrel, ultimately giving you faster swing speed and improved bat control while going through the hitting zone.

  • TRU3 3-Piece Bat Construction
  • ST 7U1+ Aluminum Alloy Barrel
  • Composite Handle
  • Speed Ballistic End Cap (SBC)
  • Custom Lizard Skins Bat Grip
  • Slightly End-Loaded Swing Weight
  • Swing Weight Profile Score: 3.0
  • 31/32″ Tapered Handle

2018 Louisville Slugger Solo 618 BBCOR Baseball Bat -3oz WTLBBS618B32018 Louisville Slugger Solo 618 BBCOR Baseball Bat -3oz WTLBBS618B3
The Solo 618 BBCOR Bat is crafted as a hybrid, combining the SL Hyper Aluminum Alloy Barrel & Handle with the Speed Ballistic Composite End Cap. The Speed Ballistic Composite (referred to as SBC) is designed to make the end cap combat the heaviness of the barrel, ultimately giving you faster swing speed and improved bat control while going through the hitting zone. This year, for the first time, the Solo will have Vibration Dampening Technology incorporated in the handle, which will reduce that negative sting/vibration that is normally felt in the hands on miss hits.

  • 1-Piece Bat Construction
  • SL Hyper Aluminum Alloy Barrel & Handle
  • Speed Ballistic Composite End Cap (SBC)
  • Custom Lizard Skins Bat Grip
  • Vibration Dampening Technology
  • Very Balanced Swing Weight
  • Swing Weight Profile Score: 1.1
  • 31/32″ Tapered Handle

2018 Louisville Slugger Omaha 518 BBCOR Baseball Bat -3oz WTLBBO518B32018 Louisville Slugger Omaha 518 BBCOR Baseball Bat -3oz WTLBBO518B3
The Omaha 518 BBCOR Bat is crafted with 100% 7U1+ Aluminum Alloy for that stiff, traditional feel. The Omaha, year in and year out, delivers a huge sweet spot and maximum ping with every swing! This year, for the first time, the Omaha will have Vibration Dampening Technology incorporated in the handle, which will reduce that negative sting/vibration that is normally felt in the hands on miss hits.

  • 1-Piece Bat Construction
  • 100% 7U1+ Aluminum Alloy
  • Custom Lizard Skins Bat Grip
  • Injection Molded Knob
  • Vibration Dampening Technology
  • Mid-Balanced Swing Weight
  • Swing Weight Profile Score: 2.3
  • 31/32″ Tapered Handle

2018 Louisville Slugger Vapor BBCOR Baseball Bat -3oz WTLBBVA18B32018 Louisville Slugger Vapor BBCOR Baseball Bat -3oz WTLBBVA18B3
The Vapor BBCOR Bat is crafted with 100% 7-Series Aluminum Alloy for a stiff, traditional bat at a cost effective price. The Vapor comes with a 31/32″ Standard Handle, Durable Synthetic Bat Grip, and a -3oz Length to Weight Ratio. At the end of the day, if you need a backup bat or a batting cage bat that’s reliable – this is a great option to consider.

  • 1-Piece Bat Construction
  • 100% 7-Series Aluminum Alloy
  • Durable Synthetic Bat Grip
  • 31/32″ Standard Handle

 
Louisville, this year, gives players looking for the right BBCOR bat a “BBCOR Swing Weight Profile Score”, essentially giving a more accurate look, on paper, at the weight distribution of the Prime 918, Select 718, Solo 618, and the Omaha 518. The Vapor, however, did not get included in this swing weight chart. (SEE IMAGE BELOW)
Louisville Slugger BBCOR Bats Swing Weight Profile Score Chart
Get your Louisville Slugger BBCOR Bat today, right here at CheapBats.com!

2018 DeMarini CFX Fastpitch Softball Bat Lineup

2018 DeMarini CFX Fastpitch Softball Bat is made with a 2-piece bat construction, while being crafted with 100% Paraflex composite material. Paraflex gives you 22% stronger composite when being compared to the Paradox composite that DeMarini used in previous years, which allows the bats to be built with a more precise weight distribution. The 3Fusion Technology is what makes the CF bats top notch, year in and year out, as the barrel-to-handle connection gives the bat an overall great feel, while also elimination unwanted sting/vibration energy from reaching the hands.
The CFX has six different models this year, compared to 7 last year. The model that was eliminated was the Hope -10, which was a mimic model of the regular Balanced -10, but with a purple color scheme that had a percentage of the proceeds go to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. However, they have scrapped that model this year, and are just going with the 6 models. They are all listed below, with specs and images, so you can figure out which CFX is the one for you!

 
 

2018 DeMarini CFX -8oz WTDXCF8-18
2018 DeMarini CFX -8oz WTDXCF8-18
The CFX -8 is perfect for elite power hitters that can handle a heavier bat. With the smallest length to weight ratio in the CFX class, this monster gives extra power to the pro and college players that can generate a ton of bat speed.

  • End-Loaded Swing Weight
  • 2 1/4″ Barrel Diameter
  • -8oz Length to Weight Ratio
  • MAP Retail Price $349.95

 
 

2018 DeMarini CFX -9oz WTDXCFF-18
2018 DeMarini CFX -9oz WTDXCFF-18
Ideal for the heavy hitting high school and college fastpitch softball athletes, this CFX -9 brings more mass, power, and durability to the box than ever before! This bat was made game ready from day one with a sweet spot that extends all the way down the barrel, giving big time performance to big time players.

  • End-Loaded Swing Weight
  • 2 1/4″ Barrel Diameter
  • -9oz Length to Weight Ratio
  • MAP Retail Price $349.95

 
 

2018 DeMarini CFX -10oz WTDXCFP-18
2018 DeMarini CFX -10oz WTDXCFP-18
DeMarini’s CFX -10 balanced bat is the most popular in the lineup, and now are built with the full complement of the 3Fusion Technology System, from knob to end cap. Bringing a balanced swing weight together with the ultimate performance, this stick has the power to let you crush with confidence.

  • Balanced Swing Weight
  • 2 1/4″ Barrel Diameter
  • -10oz Length to Weight Ratio
  • MAP Retail Price $349.95

 
 

2018 DeMarini CFX Slapper -10oz WTDXCFA-18
2018 DeMarini CFX Slapper -10oz WTDXCFA-18
For those left-handed speedy slappers, this CFX -10 Slapper is the perfect bat. The long 14″ barrel length provides maximum plate coverage and is weighted more towards the hands, ultimately providing optimal barrel control and incredibly fast swing speed. But here’s the kicker – when you don’t want to slap, this bat can fill the role of a lighter swinging -10 with enough mass and pop to drive the ball to the wall for the ultimate element of surprise.

  • 14″ Barrel Length
  • Light & Balanced Swing Weight
  • 2 1/4″ Barrel Diameter
  • -10oz Length to Weight Ratio
  • MAP Retail Price $349.95

 

2018 DeMarini CFX Insane -10oz WTDXCFI-18
2018 DeMarini CFX Insane -10oz WTDXCFI-18
This CFX Insane is an end-loaded version of the balanced -10, as it brings crazy pop to the plate for those fastpitch softball players ready to take their power to another level.

  • End-Loaded Swing Weight
  • 2 1/4″ Barrel Diameter
  • -10oz Length to Weight Ratio
  • MAP Retail Price $349.95

 
 

2018 DeMarini CFX -11oz WTDXCFS-18
2018 DeMarini CFX -11oz WTDXCFS-18
The CFX -11 bat from DeMarini is the lightest offering in the 2018 lineup, and the perfect bat for younger players who want to take their game to the next level. Built with a strong, responsive Paraflex Composite barrel, that combines extremely well with the 3Fusion Technology System in the handle, giving you the perfect bat for the developing player.

  • Light & Balanced Swing Weight
  • 2 1/4″ Barrel Diameter
  • -11oz Length to Weight Ratio
  • MAP Retail Price $349.95

 
 
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