The Hitting Zone

"You call that pitching? This is baseball! Not Tennis!"

The Hitting Zone Batting Cages - Baseball and Softball Instruction

About Us

Welcome to The Hitting Zone

The Hitting Zone is the premier training facility for baseball and softball players of all ages and skill levels. Our location is perfect for players in O'Fallon, Lake St. Louis, Wentzville, and surrounding areas. Having eight total cages, pitching machines, pitching mounds, Hit Trax, and our soon to be renovated weight room, we have everything you need to improve your game.  The Hitting Zone also offers top of the line hitting, pitching, catching, and defensive instruction.  Whether you're a recreational player or trying to excel at the highest levels, The Hitting Zone can help you achieve your goals.  

Tribe Baseball

The goal for our athletes is to use baseball as enrichment to enhance their education and life-long learning skills.  Coaches are committed to providing a positive environment for young men who seek a high level of competition within the framework of education and amateur athletics. 

In 2020, we have thirteen teams. Our age groups include 6u, 9u, 10u, 11u, 12u, (2) 13u, 14u, (2) 15u, 16u, 17u, and 18u. 

 “Baseball gives every American boy a chance to excel, not just to be as good as someone else but to be better than someone else. This is the nature of man and the name of the game”.
-Ted Williams 

Tribe Softball

 Our Mission for Tribe Softball is not about the wins and losses. Our mission is instead focused on the process. The process to become a good student, good teammate, good athlete, mentally tough, and to prepare our players to be ready for the next level. Rather, that is middle school, high school, or at the college level. We want our athletes to understand what it takes to build using the PROCESS.  

In 2020, we have seven teams. Our age groups include 10u, 12u, (2) 14u, (2) 16u, and 18u. 

"Remember you got what it takes, so be willing to give it everything you got" RINGOR 


Rawlings 2019 VELO Baseball Bat

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We have bats in various lengths and weights. If you are interested in a Rawlings VELO Baseball Bat please reach out to Mitch Thomas 

Meet Our Instructors


Mitch Thomas

Jeremy Koenig

Gerrion Grim

Mitch Thomas

Owner/Tribe Athletics Director

Mental Development

Four-year varsity letterman at Ritenour Sr. High School in St. Louis, MO 1995-1998. Suburban North All-Conference – DH/IB Senior Season. He received a scholarship to play football and baseball at Missouri Western State College but was unable to play out a college career due to injury. Moved back to St. Louis to complete a Culinary degree at Forest Park Community College. Mitch graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Business Marketing and Sales Management.

Mitch is currently entering his 7th season as an Assistant Coach at Washington University St. Louis NCAA D3 Softball.  Wash U Softball has participated in 4 regional tournaments and received two University Athletic Association Coaching Staff of the Year award.  While at Wash U eight Bears have garnered All-American honors. While at Wash U the team has been ranked in the top 30 6 of the 7 seasons. Spending several weeks ranked in the top 5. 

Mitch currently coaches a 16u Ttribe Softball teams. Prior to THZ Mitch coached the St. Louis Lady Spikes and St. Louis Pride Softball teams for 8 seasons. 14 of 19 players who graduated have continued playing in college. Daughter Katlyn Thomas attended nationally ranked the University of Missouri St. Louis NCAA D2 on a softball scholarship. Her 2015 team will be inducted into UMSL Hall of Fame. 

Mitch is available for baseball and softball hitting, catching, and fielding lessons.


Gerrion Grim

Jeremy Koenig

Gerrion Grim

Tribe Athletics Player Development/Recruiting Coordinator/Instructor


Gerrion played high school baseball at Fort Zumwalt South from 2009-12. He then went on to play the 2012-13 season at Mizzou before transferring to Jefferson College. At Jefferson College, Gerrion completed his Associates Degree and contributed to the baseball team as a pitcher and an outfielder. During that season, Gerrion boasted a .343 batting average with 10 doubles, 2 triples, and 7 home runs while also making 6 starts on the mound. In June 2014, he was drafted in the 14th round as an outfielder by the Baltimore Orioles organization. He spent his first season in the Minor Leagues in the Gulf Coast League where he appeared in 26 games.  


Gerrion was hired by St. Charles Community College Softball team as a Volunteer Assistant for the 2019-2020 season. This is Gerrion's 1st season at the collegiate level. 


Gerrion currently coaches a 15u Tribe and 10 Tribe Baseball team. This is Gerrion 1st season as a full-time coach. Gerrion spent majority of the 2018-2019 season overseeing player development. 

Coach Gerrion, is responsible for the VIP (Velocity Improvement Program) and works with THZ Instructors on advanced throwing mechanics and technique to build arm strength and development. 

Check out Coach G Blog here 


Gerrion is available for baseball and softball hitting instruction and baseball pitching instruction.


Jeremy Koenig

Jeremy Koenig

Jeremy Koenig

Hitting/Fielding Instructor
Athletic Enhancement Specialist

Jeremy was a two year varsity letterman at Fort Zumwalt North High School in 2009 and 2010. He helped lead his team to a 24-4 record and a district title in the 2010 season as well as being selected 2nd Team All GAC. Jeremy was then awarded a scholarship to play infield at Lindenwood University from 2010-2011. After his baseball career at Lindenwood, Jeremy went on to finish his Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science/Sports Performance. He has been the assistant coach for the Fort Zumwalt West Senior Legion baseball team for the past two seasons leading them to an overall record of 75-29.

Jeremy is available for baseball  and softball hitting and infield instruction.  Jeremy is also The Hitting Zone's in-house Sports Performance Trainer and is available Athletic Enhancement instruction and speed & agility training for all sports.  To request instruction with Jeremy or set up Athletic Enhancement training, please email Jeremy at


Tyler King

Jamal Hughes

Jeremy Koenig

 Baseball Hitting/Pitching Instructor

THZ Tribe 18U and 13u Head Coach

Coach King was a two-year varsity letterman for  Fort Zumwalt South High School and currently holds the record for Saves as a closer. After graduating in 2012, Tyler went on to play at Vermilion Community College in Minnesota. For 2 seasons, he served as a Pitcher and a Designated Hitter. After completing his playing career, Tyler went on to become a coach for the St. Louis Bandits organization where he coached for 2 years. Within those two years as a head coach for high school level teams, he led his team to 7 tournament championships. Last summer, Tyler joined the THZ Tribe organization as an assistant coach for the 17U THZ Tribe ball club. This upcoming summer, he will be the head coach of the 18U THZ Tribe baseball team.

Tyler is available for both baseball and softball hitting lessons and will also be available for baseball pitching lessons. He also is one of the in-house Personal Trainers and is available for personal training for both baseball and softball. To request instruction with Tyler or set up Personal Training, please email Tyler at


Jamal Hughes

Jamal Hughes

Jamal Hughes

Baseball Catching/Hitting Instructor

16/17U and 11u THZ Tribe Head Coach

Coach Hughes was a 3 varsity letterman at Hazelwood Central High School from 2007-2011. He was a two time All-Conference Selection and helped lead his team to two district titles in his years there. After finishing high school, Jamal went on to play at Harris Stowe University (2012-2013), Frank Phillips College (2013-2014), and SEMO's club baseball team (2014-2017). After graduating from SEMO with a degree in Business Management, Jamal went on to play for the Somerton Caneros in the Independent League. The last few summers Jamal has been coaching with the STL Sting Baseball Club, and is new to the THZ Tribe organization this year. He will be coaching the 16/17U Tribe team this upcoming summer alongside his assistant coach Mike Eagan. 

Jamal is available for catching and hitting instruction. To request instruction with Jamal, please email at


Cory Lubinski

Jamal Hughes

Jamal Hughes

 Baseball Infield Specialist

18U THZ Tribe Assistant Coach

Coach Lubinski attended and played baseball at Pattonville High School. He received a scholarship to play baseball as a shortstop at Wabash Valley Community College. After one season there, he transferred to Mineral Area Community College. He then went on to transfer again to Lindenwood Belleville. At Belleville, he earned AMC All-Conference honors at the shortstop position. Through 386 career at bats at Lindenwood, he batted .337, slugged .464, and totaled 20 doubles, 4 triples, 7 home runs, and 19 stolen bases.

Cory is available for baseball fielding instruction. To request instruction with Cory, please email at


Theresa Decosty

Theresa Decosty

Theresa Decosty

 Softball Hitting Instructor/Slap Specialist

Coach Theresa attended Francis Howell High School. She was awarded a scholarship to play college softball at Jefferson College and then later on transferred to Columbia College. She was a 3X All-American, currently holds the stolen base record at JeffCo, and also received the Newcomer of the Year Award as apart of her college team. She had a career college batting average of .465.

Theresa is available for softball hitting/slapping instruction. To request instruction with Theresa, please email at


Ally King

Theresa Decosty

Theresa Decosty

 Softball Pitching Instructor

18U Tribe Softball Assistant Coach

Coach Ally attended and played softball at Christian High School from 2010-2014. She was an All-District, All-Conference, and AAA Conference Player of the Year during her years at CHS. Ally continued her softball career and played the beginning of her Freshman year at Lindenwood University. Ally then became the assistant coach at Christian High School during the 2016-2017 season. She is currently pursuing a degree in Deaf Education. This year will be Ally's first year with the Tribe Softball organization. She will be the assistant coach on the 18U Tribe Softball team.

Ally is available for softball pitching instruction. To request instruction with Ally, please email at


Abby Tillotson

Theresa Decosty

Abby Tillotson

 Softball Hitting / Catching Instructor

14U Tribe Softball Head Coach

A four-year starter at Fort Zumwalt North High School...Second-Team All-State, All-District, All-Conference and Player of the Year as a senior...Hit .526 with five home runs and 35 RBIs her final prep season...Hit over .400 as a junior (.435) and sophomore (.452)...Also secured All-Conference accolades in each of those seasons...Helped lead her team to conference, district and sectional titles in 2013...Played softball in the summer for the St. Louis Nemesis...Was on the soccer team during her freshman and sophomore years.

Three Rivers CC: Broke the Three Rivers Community College single-season home run record with 12 in 2015...Boasted a .669 slugging percentage and had 53 RBIs that year...Garnered All-America, All-Region and All-Conference honors.

Abby attended Southeast Missouri State University where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Physical Education. She played 3 seasons at SEMO which she helped her team reach the OVC tournament her SR season. 

Abby currently is a PE teacher at Fox High School where she is an Assistant Coach for Varsity Softball and Soccer. 

Abby is available for softball hitting and catching instruction. To request instruction with Abby, please email at

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Tribe Baseball 2020

6u Baseball Kemp

9u Baseball Dufrenne

10u Baseball Grim

11u Baseball Hughes

12u Baseball Nikodym

13u Baseball King

13u Baseball Nesslage

14u Baseball Clamors

15u Baseball Grim

15u Baseball Kuhlmann

16u Baseball Franklin/Fawcett

16u/17u Baseball Hughes

18u Baseball King

Tribe Softball 2020

10u Softball Femmer

12u Softball Azevedo

14u Softball Koonce

14u Softball Tillotson

16u Softball Saey

16u Softball Thomas

18u Softball Femmer 


Tribe College Signees

2020 College Signees Softball 

Rhyen Mills Jefferscon College NJCAA

Dani Lindsay Jefferson College NJCAA

Kylie Avery Central Methodist NAIA 

Paige Benhardt St. Charles CC NJCAA

Taylor Mueller Kaskaskia NJCAA

2020 College Signee Baseball 

Christian Harvey STLCC NJCAA

Pat Reckert Lindenwood  NCAA D2

Austin Mayton Westminster NCAA D3

Brady Stephan Lindenwood NCAA D2


Nick Glaser Fontbonne NCAA D3

Jackson Dearing Jefferson College NJCAA 

Ryan Malzahn Southeast Missouri NCAA D1

Brennan Orf Southern Illinois Edwardsville NCAA D1

2019 College Signees Softball 

Alena Leinauer Kaskaskia  NJCAA

Jesse Tomson  MacMurray NCAA D3 

Logan Darrow Fontbonne NCAA D3

2018 College Signees Softball 

Destinee Frost Lindenwood  at Belleville NAIA 

Mikala Guthrie  Westminster NCAA D3

Maidson Malone Avila  NAIA

Megan Meyers Rockhurst (Soccer) NCAA D2

THZ Alumni


Where the Best get Better

Baseball Alum

Chase Krogman Chicago White Sox Draft Pick 2019

Brandon Kelly – Truman State

Brandon Ulm – SCCC 

Alex Gausphol – Lindenwood

Justin Dirden – SEMO

Jake Schneider 

Levi Malowski

Frank Cooper

Josh Cook

John Butler 

Drew Kitson – STLCC – Longwood University – Mo Baptist – Selected for United Shore Professional Baseball League 

Gerrion Grim – Missouri – Jefferson College – Baltimore Orioles Draft Pick

Kory Carter - Truman State University

Kyle Vance - Jefferson College - Tiffin University 

Nick Gauspohl - STLCC Meramec 

Danny Biggs - MO Southern State University 

Justin Fawcett - John Wood CC 

Jordan White - Lewis & Clark CC 

Kyle Case - Lewis & Clark CC 

Alan Hall - Longview CC – Henderson State

Ryan Franklin - Longview CC - Central Methodist

Peter Wright - Longview CC 

Nick Cessna - Westminster 

Dan Gabler - Washburn University  

Matt Mosley - Missouri S&T  

Jake Hebert - Lewis & Clark CC  

Robert Figueira - Lindenwood University  

Jeremy Koenig - Lindenwood University  

Andrew Schwaab - Crowder College- Mizzou

Mike Wilkinson - Maryville University  

Austin Anderson - Lindenwood University 

Eddie Sutton -Lindenwood University 

John Downes - Lindenwood University 

Zach Loraine -Lindenwood University - Coker College - St. Louis Cardinals Draft Pick

Alex Belew - Austin Peay State University 

Branden Smith - Lindenwood University 

Seth Donaldson -Truman State University 


Softball Alum 

Carol Ann Weiler – Lindenwood – Webster 

Jesse Tomson – MacMurray

Mikayla Guthrie – Westminster 

Taylor Bell – Willam Woods 

Kelby Robinson – SEMO 

Keighlan Cronin - Central Methodist

Desi Loyd - StlCC - Meremac 

Logan Darrow - Fontbonne 

Angel Badalamenti – Missouri Southern 

Kaylee Gilbert – McKendree 

Abi Corbett – Missouri Southern

Abby Tillotson – SEMO and Three Rivers

Shelby Femmer – Mo Baptist 

Katlyn Thomas – UMSL 

Nicolee Parish – Central Methodist 

Lindsey Rendleman – Jefferson College

Alexis Spriggs – Webster 

Natalie Rothmeyer – John Woods – Culver Stockton

Kayla Cox – SCCC 

Kelsey Martin – Maryville 

Shelby Roark – Central Methodist 

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