18-Time NAIA National Champs Switch To Axe Bat
Today, we’re excited to announce Lewis-Clark State College as the newest member of #TeamAxe. The Warriors of Lewiston, Idaho, will swing Axe Bats exclusively in their quest for a third straight national championship next season. More details are in the news release below:
Lewis-Clark State College baseball to swing Axe Bats exclusively next season
RENTON, Wash. (Nov. 1, 2016) – Axe Bat and Lewis-Clark State College today announced a multiyear partnership that will have the Warriors’ storied baseball program swinging Axe Bats exclusively, starting next season.
“After we had the opportunity to demo the new Axe Bats, it was a no-brainer to make the switch,” said LCSC Head Coach Jeremiah Robbins. “The technology and performance was off the charts, and the feedback from our players was unanimously positive. Plus, the relationship we’ve already created with the guys at Axe Bat made it an easy decision.”
The Warriors of Lewiston, Idaho, have played in the World Series title game in each of their four seasons under Robbins, whose national reputation continues to grow. The coach has a 190-44 career record at LCSC and earned national coach of the year honors for the second straight season from both the NAIA-Baseball Coaches Association and the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) this year.
Ten of Robbins’ players have been selected in the MLB First-Year Player Draft, and his Warriors have been picked unanimously in a preseason coaches’ poll to repeat as NAIA West champions in 2017.
Axe Bat’s partnership with LCSC will include the testing of new Axe technologies and unreleased products still in development. The program’s history of success and proximity to Axe Bat in the Pacific Northwest made the Warriors an appealing program partner.
“Jeremiah Robbins is one of the best and brightest young coaches in the game and his approach to hitting makes him and his program a great partner for us,” said Jay Helmick, Senior Vice President of Axe Bat. “He is a class act as a coach and a person and we couldn’t be more excited to be working together. We’re eager to incorporate his program’s feedback in our future bat designs and look forward to providing the Warriors with the best bats in college baseball.”
LCSC joins many other college programs and professional players in making a recent switch to Axe Bat.
Growing awareness of Axe Bat’s patented, axe-shaped handle in the major leagues more than doubled player usage at the highest level this season. Among the converts was All-Star outfielder Mookie Betts of the Boston Red Sox, who switched to an Axe Bat exclusively this season, and finished among the league leaders in nearly every offensive statistic while emerging as a leading candidate for MVP. Betts signed with Axe Bat in July as a brand ambassador, citing greater comfort, control, and speed, as reasons for his switch.
The Axe Bat is the only bat engineered to support the biomechanics of the swing. Its angled, oval-shaped knob fits naturally in the hand and enables a more comfortable, higher-performing alternative to traditional round-handled bats. Studies have shown the Axe Bat’s ergonomic shape can improve bat control and maximize bat speed, while also improving power transfer and reducing the risk of hand injuries commonly associated with the swing.1
Axe Bat’s 2017 lineup, which the Warriors will swing next season, introduces the angled HyperWhip profile to more bats. The aerodynamic design shaves material from the end of the bat on the non-hitting side for improved balance and bat speed, without compromising barrel size. All of the new bats, including bags, batting gloves, and apparel, are available now at www.axebat.com.
About Axe Bat
Axe Bat is a wholly owned division of Baden Sports, Inc., headquartered in Renton, Wash., and a manufacturer of high-performance bats with axe-shaped handles for baseball and softball. Approved for play at all levels, the Axe Bat is the only bat engineered to support the biomechanics of the swing. Research confirms that compared to traditional bats with round knobs and handles, the Axe Bat delivers more comfort, improves bat control and grip stability, transfers power more efficiently, provides more space to accelerate the barrel for maximum bat speed, and reduces the risk of hand and nerve injuries commonly associated with the swing.1 For more information, go to www.axebat.com or join the conversation on Facebook (TheAxeBat), Instagram (axebat), and Twitter (@AxeBat).
About Lewis-Clark State College
Founded in 1893, Lewis-Clark State College has served students from the Northwest and across the globe for over 120 years. It offers over 90 degrees and certificates, including many available completely online, and was ranked No. 2 in economic value among Idaho institutions by The Economist last year. With the lowest tuition in Idaho among public four-year institutions, a one-of-a-kind learning environment, and some of the best programs in the region, LCSC provides a private school feel at a public school cost.
1 Biomechanical Study of the New Axe Handle Baseball Bats and Comparison with Standard Round Knob Bats: https://axebat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/AXE_Bat_Study_4_10_14.pdf.