Indoor baseball/softball complex opens in Somerset

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Baseball and softball enthusiasts have a place to play ball, any day of the year.

"The Cage" is an indoor baseball and softball facility that opened in Somerset last week. It is located at 436 Highway 35 in Somerset, the former home of St. Croix Marine and Power.

The business is owned and operated by Tim and Angela Rambo. The business was located in Hudson for three years, but they were looking for a larger location. The new home for the business is 7,200 square feet. That includes room for three batting cages and a 40 by 70 foot area that can be used for full practices or specialized events. That area has a full artificial turf surface.

Tim Rambo said the central location that Somerset offers was a selling point. They have customers from New Richmond, Osceola, Amery, Hudson, Baldwin and River Falls in Wisconsin and Stillwater, Woodbury and Lakeland in Minnesota.

The business also sponsors a travelling fall youth baseball team named The Sandpipers (sandpiperbaseball.com). Rambo said he would like the business to host teams for several age groups, including 12, 13, 14 and 15-16 year-olds.

Rambo and his staff have an extensive baseball background. Rambo grew up in California and played in the Little League World Series. Pitching instructor Dave Meyer pitched in the Los Angeles Dodgers organization after pitching for the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks of the Northern League. Hitting instructor Kevin Nunn, an assistant coach at Century College, is a former Minnesota Twins scout. Ryan Eskierka is another hitting coach and he formerly played for the St. Paul Saints.

The Sandpiper coaches are also instructors at The Cage, offering group and individualized instruction in baseball and softball. Instruction is a key part in how The Cage builds their athletes toward long-term success.

"We want to teach the game through practice, instead of just going out and playing ball," Rambo said. He said the instructors stress learning the mental side of the game and they emphasize arm care.

The Cage offers a number of events, with birthday parties being a popular option. Team parties are also a frequent event. There are video games and an arcade available and there is always supervision.

More information on The Cage can be found at the business website (www.thecagewi.com) and they can be contacted at 715-247-2096. Scheduling can be done through the website. The business also offers memberships, gift certificates and token packages. All the batting cages are run with tokens so a second person isn't needed to feed the balls into the machine.