Alright, I want to apologize in advance...I have probably a unique situation and need some advice regarding a bat purchase for my daughter. She is 12, and literally just started playing softball this past summer. Well, somehow she managed to make it into a 14u travel team for this upcoming season (no they didn't take everyone that tried out). Anyway she does have a lot of work to do, and needs a decent bat. I don't know where to start... I reached out to a coach, and they said that while she is really "learning" how to hit, we can expect her to beat up bats quicker than a more seasoned hitter... That makes sense I suppose. The coach also said a decent "starter" bat would be a Dimarini CF5 2012 or newer... I don't mind dropping a few bucks (yep, I have seen the prices) on a bat (or bats), I just don't know where to start. There aren't any demo houses or anything around me, so she can swing bats at the store, but she can't hit them. She has surprisingly good mechanics, and makes solid contact, but the balls just don't pop off the cheapie aluminum fastpitch bat she is using. She is also a bit embarrassed by the "ping" it makes compared to the other girls and their composite bats.
Anyway, any recommendations would be much appreciated, please let me know if you need any more info from me. Right now her bat is a 31/21.