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Last at-bat for Batter's Box Hawaii

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

It's the only mechanized indoor batting cage facility on Oahu, and now it's closed. 

Batter's Box Hawaii, located in Kalaeloa, was more than just a training ground for keiki baseball players. It was part of the community, according to its owner.

"Good bonding. Fathers, mothers on the side, telling the kids how to hit the ball" said Jim Koishigawa. "A lot of team's come here on Friday nights. We have about four teams. They come here and practice in the back" he continued.

Koishigawa describes owning the facility as a labor of love. It was open seven days a week. As a part-time substitute teacher, it meant long hours for him, and his son, who helped operate it.

"When I teach sometimes the hours can run as much as 90-94 hours a week" he noted.

With his son potentially moving to the mainland to work for an MLB franchise, Jim realized it would be too great a burden to carry himself. He said he wants to get back to having family time.

However, there is hope for fans and customers of the business.

"Two people are currently talking to us if they're going to come through with the sale. Then we would keep it open until the end of the month. Then we'd do a transition with the new owner" he said.

If there is no sale, the facility will remain closed. The cages will be disassembled and sold for scrap.

It's a long shot that it stays open. Jim knows though, that in life, like baseball, anything can happen with a single swing of the bat.

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