Lexington Baseball & Softball

Welcome to Lexington Baseball and Softball
An indoor training facility offering quality baseball and softball instruction to individuals, groups and teams. Whether you want to work on hitting, pitching, catching or fielding, our top-notch instructors can help.


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LBS is located in the heart of Lexington at 312 Southland Dr.
between Incredipet and Dollar General - just down from the Oleika Shrine Temple.


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Ty Forker

  • Played Youth Baseball at South Lexington (Cal Ripken and Babe Ruth)
  • Member of 2005 Cal Ripken World Series Runner Up Team.
  • Played 3 years at Paul Lawrence Dunbar.

Ryan Strieby

  • Played for University of Kentucky in 2006
  • 2006 SEC Player of the Year
  • Member of 2006 SEC Championship Team
  • 1st Team All American
  • 4th rd draft pick by Detroit Tigers
  • 2008 Detroit Tigers Minor league player of the year
  • Played in Diamondbacks and Blue Jays organizations
  • 10 years of pro ball experience

David Wade

David Wade studied hitting under John Wilson and pitching under Mark Michael between 2011 and 2013 and during that time became a 10-u hitting instructor for the old school. He also helped coach and run practices for several Lexington Grays age groups. He specialized in building a foundation of solid mechanics for younger and inexperienced players, but has worked with middle school and high school players as well.

Chad Martin

  • Played youth baseball at South Lexington
  • Played high school for Paul Laurence Dunbar from 2005-2008
  • 2007 KHSAA State Champion
  • 2007 Junior East All-Star
  • Played Junior College baseball at Vincennes University as a Pitcher/DH
  • Perfect Game top 200 JUCO prospect
  • Pitched 2 years at Indiana University
  • Drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the 10th round of the 2012 MLB Draft (314th overall)

“My goal is to give back to the baseball community that provided me with so many opportunities as I was growing up in Lexington. I strive to provide high level instruction to players of all ages, pertaining to both the mental and physical side of the game. I bring a fun and modern approach to coaching, and pride myself in making sure each player has a blast while becoming a well-rounded player.”

Robert "Pookie" Jones

  • Played baseball and football at Calloway County High School
  • 2 sport Letterman at the University of Kentucky
  • While playing baseball at UK our team set the NCAA record for home runs in a single season 117
  • Drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the 14th round of the 1994 Amateur draft
  • Managed and Coached by Clint Hurdle (Pittsburgh Pirates Manager)
  • Managed by Rudy Jaramillo during my first year in pro ball
  • Rudy has 18 years of MLB hitting experience. He taught me the proper hitting approach
  • Lead University of Kentucky to first bowl game in 10 years
  • 1st Mr. Football to sign with UK

Wes Caldwell

  • 1st Team all city and all state Junior and Senior year (Baseball)& (Football) at Lexington Catholic
  • 2006 East Coast Pro Showcase precipitant
  • State champion in Football (2006) and Baseball (2007) in Kentucky
  • Honored as one of the top ten baseball players in the state of Kentucky
  • Intercollegiate Varsity Football Player, Middle Tennessee State University, 2007-2011
  • Intercollegiate Varsity Baseball Player, Middle Tennessee State University, 2007-2010
  • Winner of Middle Tennessee “Winners Award” 2010 & 2011
  • 2009 Sun Belt Tournament Champion & NCAA Regional precipitant (Baseball)
  • 2009 New Orleans Bowl Participant Football (Player)
  • 2011 GoDaddy.Com Bowl Participant Football (Player)
  • 2012 MSC Conference Champions (Coach) Football
  • Current Pitching/Hitting/ Catching Coach for Elite Baseball

Shelby Dixon

  • Serves as Volunteer Assistant Coach for Transylvania University
  • Played for Coach Chris Campbell, graduating in 2014
  • Named First Team All-HCAC at Transylvania
  • Earned All-HCAC Honorable Mention
  • Earned All-Sportsmanship Honors in 2012 at Transylvania
  • Played for the Slippery Rock Sliders of the Prospect League
  • Played for the Alexandria Aces of the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League

Gabe Berman

Bio Coming Soon

Brendan Thompson

Bio Coming Soon

Cody Christopher

  • 2003-2007 Member of the George Rogers Clark High School Baseball team.
  • 2006-2007 Member of the All District team
  • 2007 Member of the 10th Region Championship team
  • 2007-2001 Varsity Baseball player at Asbury University
  • Winning pitcher against 3 Nationally ranked NAIA teams
  • 2012 started LBS’ first youth year round Grays team (8U)

Henry Companioni

    Bio Coming Soon

Cameron Langfels

  • Played youth baseball at South Lexington
  • Played high school baseball at Paul Laurence Dunbar from 2008-2011
  • 2011Perfect Game Central Region Honorable Mention
  • 2011 All-State Honorable Mention
  • 2011 KHSBCA Senior East All-Star
  • Played college baseball at Eastern Kentucky University from 2012-2015
  • Played college summer baseball in the New York Collegiate Baseball League and the Coastal Plains League

Ishmael "Ish" Thomas

  • Coached baseball in Lexington at Southeastern Cal Ripken for many years
  • Played competitive baseball in Lexington
  • Studied coaching with Pookie Jones

Ish will work with our younger players to give them a solid hitting foundation and to help this learn to love the game.

Jacob Roberts

    Bio Coming Soon

Matt Ginter

  • Played baseball at Mississippi State University
  • Played in 2 College World Series
  • Played for the 1998 USA Baseball Team as the closer
  • Drafted in 1999 as the 22nd overall pick with the best rated breaking ball in the draft
  • Played 11 years for the Chicago White Sox, Detroit Tigers, New York Mets and Cleveland Indians
  • Currently, the head varsity baseball coach at George Rogers Clark High School in Winchester

Holly Barnes

  • 20+ Years playing/ coaching experience
  • Played at Dunbar 5 seasons, receiving All-District and All- Region Honors
  • Participant 2002 Babe Ruth World Series
  • Jr. & Sr. KY East/ West All-Star
  • Played 4 seasons at Brescia University, receiving All-KIAC and All-Region Honors
  • 1 NAIA National Tournament appearance
  • KIAC Pitcher of the Week
  • Coached 6 seasons for Man O' War Fastpitch Travel Program
  • West Jessamine High School Assistant Coach & Co-Head Coach
  • Dunbar High School Pitching Coach

Emily Jolly

  • Played for Owensboro Catholic High School, graduating in 2010
  • Played on two State Championship teams (2005, 2009)
  • Played in six State Tournaments
  • Two time State Tournament team selection (2008, 2009)
  • Two time Class “A” Player of the Year (2009, 2010)
  • Three time All-State selection (2008, 2009, 2010)
  • Played for the University of Kentucky 2011-2014
  • 2011 SEC All Freshman Team
  • Started in 191 games in her career
  • Played in four NCAA D1 Regional tournaments
  • Played in three NCAA D1 Super Regional Tournaments
  • Played in NCAA D1 2014 College World Series

John Wilson


Jake Wilson


Andrew Bryant

  • Played Baseball at Tates Creek High School under Dom Fucci
  • Earned All District, All Region and All State Honors
  • Selected as an East / West All Star during his Senior Year
  • Helped Lead the Commodores to two Regional appearances and a District Championship
  • Played for the University of Kentucky and Bellarmine University
  • Named the best Division One prospect and the fifth best overall prospect in the AACBL by Perfect Game
  • Named League MVP by the AACBL (Rowan Patriots)

DJ Eckert

  • DJ Eckert enters his first season as Transylvania baseball pitching coach in the fall of 2017.
  • Eckert arrives to Lexington after spending the last four years as a pitcher and assistant coach at Division II Saint Joseph’s College in Rensselaer, Indiana.
  • Eckert began his time at Saint Joseph’s playing two years under head coach Rick O’Dette at Saint Joseph’s College before a shoulder injury ended his playing career.
  • Eckert was part of a 2015 pitching staff that found itself ranked in the top-15 nationally as a team in ERA and WHIP, and the top 7 in K per 9 and K:BB ratio. While unable to play, Eckert continued with the Saint Joseph’s baseball program, working as an assistant coach and fulfilling roles in scouting and pitching instruction, and was voted a team leader by teammates. In Eckert’s senior year, the Pumas were ranked as high as #12 nationally in the Collegiate Baseball poll and made an appearance in the NCAA Division II tournament.
  • While at Saint Joseph’s College, Eckert coached two MLB draft picks in Brian Bayliss (Kansas City Royals) and Keegan Long (Arizona Diamondbacks).
  • Eckert spent two summers working as the pitching coach for the Indiana Braves baseball club. Players under Eckert have signed National Letters of Intent to schools in all levels of the NCAA, NJCAA, and NAIA.