After all these years, and growing up with Windows 3.1, I have seen an entire evolution of computers and software. Touch screens and large resolutions were a pipe dream just 15 years ago. Now it's the norm. Going from a Packard Bell (yes, before HP) that couldn't run 3D Ultra Mini...
Try to aster the short hop by stabbing the jump button. It'll come in handy as the game progresses.
Don't slow down. Use baseballs to smash through walls and windows.
Also lob baseballs at your rival when they're immediately in front of you.