Whether you play in a softball beer league or a non-regulated league, these banned softball remain the kings of the long ball.
A post-game beer is even better when you get to talk to your teammates about the bomb you crushed over the left field fence. Although nobody should try to cheat their way into using a non-approved softball bat, some leagues are open to using anything a player wants.
Softball bats have changed a lot over the past decade, making sure new bats fit requirements to ensure player safety. The best softball bats to ever hit the market came out between 2000-2010. ASA update their non-approved list yearly with many of the older bats being banned. Although hard to find in stores, always keep your eyes open when going to garage sales and flea markets. You can get very lucky and find one of these gems in a bundle of old bats, with the seller being unaware of its value.
Here is a look at 5 oldies that offer some insane pop.
LS oneX softball bat
Released in 2013, the Louisville Slugger OneX was quickly recalled because of a major defect with its barrel. It could easily crack and in some instances could detach from the handle, making it very dangerous flying projectile. They sold around 10,000 units before the bat was pulled from the market. The bat does have insane pop for a thinner barrel and is very well balanced. If you can pick one up, be sure to use for leisure play, like homerun derbies, ensuring the pitcher is protected by a screen. The oneX was designed for fastpitch softball.
Worth XGold illegal softball bat
Worth bats are not known for their big pop, with the XGold being one of few exceptions. Their EST technology and oval shaped barrel make for a larger than normal sweet spot. Made for slow pitch softball the XGold is an older but extremely sturdy bat. Amazing low exit velocity makes for long line drive type of homers.
Easton Synergy EXT SCX3
Easton bats took a major hit from ASA in 2016 with many of their products hitting the non-approved list with the Synergy EXT SCX3 being one of them. When shopping older Easton bats be very careful at the model type as many of them may look the same but are different models. Released in 2005, the ext SCX3 is a high-performance bat, built for home runs. People who sell them are very aware of their value. You can find these floating around ebay but will need to pay $200 plus depending on its ware. The EXT SCX3 is made for power hitters who enjoy a lightweight, balanced bat.
Easton Stealth SCN7 softball bat
Deemed as one of the best bats ever made, Easton’s 2009 orange barreled monster, was produced for softball and baseball (BCN8). Speculation is, BBCOR certification happened because of this model, which College athletes were using and absolutely crushing balls. The LSU Tigers won the 2009 NCAA World Series thanks to this bat. In the summer of 2009, The NCAA placed a ban on composite bats, because the composite bats were already broken in, had more pop, and created a trampoline effect when the ball came off the bat.
The SCN7 softball and BCN8 are EXTREMELY rare to find. Expect to pay up to $800 for a used model. There have been many Easton Stealth models created but the SCN7 and BCN8’s bright orange signature barrel can’t be missed.
Miken Freak 98 MSFN
The king of banned bats has to be Miken. As soon as someone sees the Miken logo on a softball bat, they immediately think banned and dangerous. The 2012 Freak 98 MSFN was a beast. This bat was selling for up to $400 as players would do anything to pick one up. Surprisingly as of 2019, there still exists sellers that have sealed ones for sale at around $600. Ask any softball player who knows their bats about the Miken Freak 98 MSFN and you will get the same answer, undoubtedly one of the best home run bats to ever hit the diamond. Pro Tip: I would only be looking at eBay if you are looking to buy this bat. You have protection and can open a pay pal claim should there be anything wrong with the bat. If you are going to pay over $500 dollars for any type of bat, make sure you are covered for it.
So there you have it, 5 OG softball bats made for pimp jobs. Banned yes, but still available to purchase and enjoy.