Established by Joe Caponigro and Mike Giardi to provide the highest quality baseball and softball instruction, the Hit Zone is suited for every player at every level. Our goal is to develop and strengthen each player's skill through our professional services and expertise.
Our instructors are highly trained and have the experience to help you perform at your best. Click on an instructor for more information.







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Head Instructor-Head Coach Hornets 16U

Primary Areas: Baseball Hitting, Pitching

Availability: All Days
4 Years of Pro Baseball: Yankees, Giants, & Expos

1994 Graduate of Harvard
4 Year Starter in Baseball
1994 Ivy League Player of the Year

1990 Graduate of Salem High School
3 Sport Captain
Member of 3 NEC Championship Baseball Teams
1990 Mass. Div II Player of the Year
Member of 1989 Div II State Championship Team

Current Manager of the NSBL Champions Club

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Manager and Head Instructor @ the HitZone

-Baseball and softball instruction - hitting, pitching, fielding, catching
16u AAU HitZone hornets assistant head coach
18u and 12u HitZone fall ball teams head coach

Colleges - Ohio Northern, Ohio State

5 years professional baseball playing experience
-Florida Fall League, Florida + Arizona Spring Training
-Affiliation and independent experience

Dexter High School, All Conference, 2B, SS, C
Coast to Coast National Baseball Team @ 17

2 years Military Service
Personal Health and Fitness Trainer

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Primary Areas: Softball Pitching
Availability: Call for Times

Coaching Experience
Taunton HS Pitching Coach 2007-2008.
Taunton Tornadoes Travel Team—Asst. Coach

Ohio University
4 year player
Pitcher - Starter/Closer

Taunton High School
Career record of 46-2 for back-to-back Mass. D1 State Championship
35 shutouts, 9 no-hitters & 5 perfect games
Career 0.19 ERA
Mass. Gatorade Player of the Year
Boston Globe Player of the Year in 2003
Boston Globe, Boston Herald, Brockton Enterprise and Taunton Daily Gazette All-Scholastic teams

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Instructor—2007-2009 Hornets 13U Coach
Primary Areas: Baseball Hitting, Pitching, Fielding
Fall Availability: Weekday Afternoons, Weekend Mornings

Wheaton College 2007 graduate
Wheaton College Baseball (2 year starter)
Member of 3 NEWMAC champion baseball teams
Member of 2006 World Series team (Runner– up)
2007 Wheaton College Coach's Award
MHS 3 year starter
MHS two-time all conference

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Instructor-Coach Hornets 14U
Primary Areas: Baseball Hitting and Outfield
Availability: Evenings after 6 pm

Wheaton College Baseball 2002-2005
Team Captain 2005
NEWMAC 1st team All-Star 03, 04, 05
NEWMAC Player of the Year 2004, 2005
Division III All-New England 2nd team 2004, 2005
All ECAC 2004, 2005
Selected for NEIBA 2005 All-Stars @ Fenway

Pingree High School
4 Year Starter
3 Year Conference All-Star
Conference MVP 2001

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1988-1992 -- Salem High School 2nd Base
1994-1996 -- North Shore Community College 2B/SS
Captain of NSCC Seahawks-1995-1996
Distinguished Player Award-1996

2008-Current -- Hit Zone Hornets AAU Baseball Coach
14U Head Coach
16U Assistant Coach

2010-Current -- Assistant JV Baseball Coach @ Salem H.S.

2008-Current -- Fall Ball Coach for Hit Zone Baseball

2008-Current -- Hit Zone Instructor

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  • Additional Instructors:

  • Shannon Lyman
  • Garret Greer
  • Seith Bedard
  • Ryan Leahy
  • Jackie Collier
  • Lauryn Blandford
  • Donna Mills
  • Derek Lyons
  • Lauren Holland
  • James Baker