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A pitching machine that includes a support frame, a ball tube assembly adapted to store and launch the ball. The ball tube assembly is multi-curved and configure such that the ball rolls in the ball tube assembly due to gravity towards a ball rest end for launching. The pitching machine includes a release assembly positioned along the ball tube assembly, the release assembly configured to release the ball from a storage position to a firing position. The pitching machine includes a ball firing assembly positioned beyond the release assembly and along the ball tube assembly, the ball firing assembly configured to launch the ball after being released by the release assembly. The pitching machine includes a control unit adapted to be used by the hitter, the control unit connected to the release assembly and the ball firing assembly to activate the release assembly and the ball firing assembly.