Local businessman Wayne Wilson will soon be offering batting-cage time to the general public in Thomson.
“It’s going to be called Next Level Indoor Hitting & Pitching Facility,” Wilson said in a recent interview.
“We’re starting with two climate-controlled cages that can be expanded to four, and the fees will be $5 an hour. We’ll be offering both baseball and softball.”
In addition to automatic pitching machines, patrons can receive personalized instruction from several instructors.
“We have a couple of young ladies, Brooke Herkle and Hannah Wilson, who will be offering pitching and hitting instruction, as well as Augusta State pitching coach Sage Woodham,” Wilson said.
Wilson said a hitting and pitching facility was something he’s wanted to do for a while, and hopes it will help local players improve their games.
“I know a couple of guys in other towns who run these sort of things, and I’ve seen what it’s done for their communities,” Wilson said. “And several people have asked me to do one in Thomson, and that’s been my motivation.”
The facility will be at 643 O’Neal St. in Thomson. Hours will be 4-9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 4-6 p.m. Fridays, 10 a.m. 1 p.m. Saturdays and 2-4 p.m. Sundays.
“We should be operational within the next couple of weeks,” Wilson said.
“We’re just waiting for some nets that are on back order, and as soon as they’re in, we’ll be open.”