Brian Estes

Owner of Sluggers Batting Cages


Cost for instruction is $40 per hour, $150 for a pre-scheduled 5 sessions and $250 for pre-scheduled 10 sessions.

Brian believes in the “Attack” method of hitting. Always putting the ball in play is better than watching a strike go by. Brian will teach your hitter balance, strong hands, driving the ball and attacking the strike zone. This will be accomplished with a variety of drills using the hitting tee, soft toss, hitting off the automated machine and positive reinforcement.

Brian will also instill the ideals of positive attitude, teamwork and respect for others and the game.

Brian has played or coached baseball/softball for the majority of his life starting with little league. Brian played HS baseball at SE Warren and after graduation played with teams in the Des Moines amateur league for 2 years. Brain has been a player/coach for adult softball teams in Des Moines totaling 8 years and then moved on the become a player/coach for 10 years in the Mid-Iowa Baseball League (over 30 division). When his girls were old enough Brian coached their Park & Rec softball teams. Always teaching good sportsmanship, positive attitudes and good teamwork.

Brian Estes is the owner of Sluggers Batting Cages.

Cassandra Darrah

Owner of Full Circle Fastpitch, Iowa Softball Hall of Fame Inductee


Cassandra will be at Sluggers from 4:00-10:00PM to give lessons on these dates: 1/3, 1/17, 1/31, 2/13, 2/28, 3/14, 3/28, 4/11, 4/25, 5/16. To view lesson pricing and to sign up, please visit FullCircleFastpitch.com.

Cassandra focuses on creating a well-rounded pitcher with not only the physical ability but a strong mentality as well. Her pitchers learn, work hard and develop more confidence in themselves as a pitcher and a person. Cassandra inspires young athletes into being the best they can be and learn to love the game and the life lessons it teaches all of us. If pitchers are willing to learn and work hard in and outside of lessons, they will increase their speed, accuracy and confidence with Cassandra’s coaching.

Cassandra Darrah is the owner of Full Circle Fastpitch. She grew up in Corydon, Iowa and fulfilled her dream of playing Division I softball when she became a four year starting pitcher for the University of Wisconsin-Madison Badgers. She is the record holder for highest winning percentage, second in career wins, and second in season wins for the Badgers. Cassandra has been giving lessons for 5 years and working softball and pitching specific camps for 7 years.

Michael Mathews

Madrid High School & Iowa Blitz Fastpitch Softball Coach


Mike will be at Sluggers offering individual hitting lessons, individual catching lessons  and group hitting lessons. Pricing for lessons is $50 for an individual one hour lesson, $200 for a package of 5 individual lessons, and $35 for a group one hour lesson (per player for groups of 2-5). To sign up for individual and group lessons, please book online now. To sign up for the package of 5 individual lessons, please call Sluggers at 515-423-8460.

Coach Mathews works with softball players of all ages and teaches hitting through the proper use of the body’s kinetic chain to increase power and improve hand path. Players will not only be taught how to make more efficient use of body movement through the swing, but also the science behind the “why”. Players are then encouraged to use the information to try to make corrections in game or as they are working on their own. They are also encouraged to participate in functional strength training and conditioning which will not only increase performance on the field, but also help build self-esteem and confidence.

Coach Mathews has coached competitive travel baseball and softball for the past 14 years. His travel teams have placed in the top 8 in National tournaments 5 times, with two National Championships along with over a dozen State Championships at various levels. Currently he coaches softball with the Iowa Blitz at the 16U level and is the Head Varsity Softball Coach at Madrid High School. He also recently was the Head Coach & Hitting Instructor for the Indianola High School Spring program.

Brady Held

Indianola High School & Simpson Storm Baseball Player


Pricing for lessons is $50 for an individual one hour lesson. To sign up for lessons, please email brady.held@my.simpson.edu.

Brady will instruct the baseball player the proper mechanics of hitting and pitching. Making sure that the athlete is able to make adjustments on their own during game time situations.

The pitching lessons will also include the proper pitch grips and arm angles to become a success on the mound.

Hitting lessons will include focusing on lower body positioning and movement. Along with the hip movement and swing, you’ll see the difference between a grounder and a line drive hitter.

Brady will advise on drills the athlete can do on their own to continue improvement between lessons. It doesn’t work unless the athlete puts in the time outside of instruction time.

These are the little things matter. It’s not just about doing the work that you have to work hard at it and do it well.

For the younger kids, he can teach the fundamentals of the game and show why it is such a great game.

Brady attended Indianola High School. He was a 2-time 1st team all-conference selection. He was selected to 2nd team all-district his junior and 1st team all-district his senior year. He is currently playing Division III baseball with the Simpson Storm.

Duncan Davitt

The University of Iowa baseball Player


Duncan will be at Sluggers from 4:00-9:00PM Monday-Friday and 9:00AM – 9:00PM Saturday to give lessons thru January 12th (except the 26/27th of December).$50 per hour. To sign up, please email d.davitt@me.com

Duncan specializes in pitching and offers lessons in which the athlete will learn a multitude of useful pitching techniques including movement efficiency in the pitching motion, pitch shape and grips, and even the knowledge behind the game. Duncan offers insight into the logic behind each pitch and what follows each pitch. For younger players, Duncan will lay the foundation for a fun and successful experience. Including a foundation in the proper throwing mechanics while making the experience of the lesson fun. For whatever age, or experience level, Duncan will make every player feel welcome in the batting cages. He will make the experience a positive one and hopes to instill the love of baseball he feels in each player he has the opportunity to work with.

Duncan has played baseball his whole life. From his childhood to his high school career. In high school, Duncan set 2 school records. He set the record for strikeouts in a single game, 17, and single season strikeouts record, 133. In his junior year, he made second team all-conference as well as second team all-district. In his junior year as well as in his senior year, he made first team all-conference and all district. Not only that, in his junior year, Duncan made second team all-state and in his senior year, he made the super all-state team as well as the all-star team and was named team MVP. Duncan is currently playing Division I baseball at The University of Iowa baseball team. It is to this point that his experiences and lessons learned have led him.