The reputation of the Case Batbusters Organization comes from our commitment to the players and the belief that the organization exists for the players…not the coaches. Our players are taught to play with character and pride as well as respect for the game and other teams.
In 1984, Bob Wenk wrote Coaching Youth Softball (one of the first comprehensive books specifically designed for coaching girls fastpitch softball). While the game has changed tremendously in the years since Coach Wenk wrote Coaching Youth Softball, and many techniques have changed, Coach Wenk’s methods and philosophies regarding coaching girls fastpitch softball remain more relevant than ever.
Many in the travel softball community have lost their way. Chasing a bigger profit seems to have become the goal of many travel ball teams and organizations. The Case Batbusters Organization was not founded on the concept of turning a profit, and never will be. The Organization exists for the purpose of developing strong, well-rounded female softball athletes, with the intent of all players obtaining an athletic and/or academic scholarship to attend college.
In 1985, Bob Wenk and Jim Dolan joined the OC Batbusters and led their 12U team to that organization’s first ASA national championship. In 1989, Bob Wenk and Jim Dolan formed Case Batbusters to help dedicated players improve their softball skills, develop character and earn college scholarships.
Jim Dolan helped to form the team and organization to be one of the most successful and well-known travel-ball organizations in the country. Jim Dolan retired from coaching several years ago and left the reins of the organization to Bob Wenk.
Case Batbusters teams have won 6 national championships. In 2003, the National Fastpitch Coaches Association named Case Batbusters head coach Jim Dolan, along with assistants Cliff Murphy, Bob Wenk and manager Dexter Porter as the NFCA Travel Ball Coaching Staff of the Year. At that time, that staff had over 60 years of coaching experience and coached six Olympians, including four on the 2004 USA Olympic squad. They were also part of eight ASA national championship teams.
In 2011, Bob Wenk was honored by the NFCA as a member of the Easton Victory Club for his 1,800th career victory. Coach Wenk is also proud to say that he has coached four players that have gone on to play on the US Olympic Team.
After more than 30 years of dedicating himself to the development of young ladies through softball, Coach Wenk decided it was time to retire and spend time with his wife, children and grandchildren. In 2012, Scott Barker was handed the reins of the Case Batbusters after his daughter played for Case Batbusters under Bob Wenk.
Like many coaches, Scott developed a passion for girls fastpitch softball when his daughter started playing at age 7. He played baseball into college and is a student of the game. He’s been coaching fastpitch softball since 2005. It is Scott’s goal to carry on the great tradition of the Case Batbusters Organization and to take the Organization into the 21st Century.
The Case Batbusters Organization has always been known as a smaller organization. We have no plans to expand the organziation beyond 2-3 teams in each age division (depending on geographic proximity). Organizations that have multiple teams close-by each other, within the same age division do so for one reason…to make money!
Scott Barker reinstated the non-profit status of the Organization. He is the president of Case Batbusters Fastpitch Softball and the manager of the 18U-Gold team.
Character and discipline are essential parts of playing for the Case Batbusters Organization, but so are enjoying playing the game and competing at the highest level. More than 250 players have earned college scholarships as a result of playing for the Case Batbusters.