As we near the start of the 2019 USA Softball Junior Olympic (JO) Cup, we're highlighting some of the teams who will take to the fields in Spartanburg, S.C. to compete.
Meet the OK Athletics 18U Gold, a team competing in the 18-Under division. Based out of Oklahoma, Head Coach Keith Coleman breaks down what you can expect to see from his 2019 roster in Spartanburg.
Team: OK Athletics 18U Gold
Previous JO Cup Experience: First-time JO Cup participant
Coach: Keith Coleman
Hometown: Bethany, OK
How long the team has been together: The team has been together for three years.
Noteworthy events and finishes in recent tournaments: 83-23 2018 Team Record; USSSA #2 Rank in Oklahoma / #34 Rank in USA; Firelake Invite: Champions; North Texas Showcase: Runner-up; OKC Ring Showdown: 3rd; Spring Break Invite: Champions; El Gigante NIT: Champions; Hustle City Invite: Top 16; OKC Challenge: 3rd; Firelake State: Runner-up; NW Arkansas NIT: Champions; Top Gun Patriot: Runner-up; Atlanta Legacy Invite: Top16; USSSA Southern Nationals: 5th in Gold Bracket.
Returning players from 2018: 12 players returning from the 2018 season.
What are some of the strengths your team will bring this season: This team has great chemistry with 9 of our 12 players all playing on the same HS team (Piedmont HS).We are very balanced with speed and power, we play the game the right way, and we have 13 tough and coachable. kids.
What is a primary focus your team has as you prepare for the 2019 JO Cup: We are looking forward to competing with the best of the best.
What they look forward to seeing at the 2019 JO Cup: Great organizations and great competition.