USA Softball JO Cup Team Preview: Indiana Fusion Elite 18U Premier Pinkston

Feb. 14, 2020, 10:11 a.m. (ET)

As we near the start of the 2020 USA Softball Junior Olympic (JO) Cup, we're highlighting some of the teams who will take the fields in Spartanburg, S.C.

Meet the Indiana Fusion Elite 18U Premier Pinkston, a team based out of Floyds Knobs, Indiana competing in the 18-Under division. Head Coach Lisa Pinkston breaks down what you can expect to see from her team. 

Team: Indiana Fusion Elite 18U Premier Pinkston

Hometown: Floyds Knobs, Indiana

Head Coach: Lisa Pinkston

Previous JO Cup Experience: 0-3-2 (2018), 1-4-0 (2019)

Website: fusioneliteball.com

Facebook: Facebook.com/Indiana-Fusion-Elite-557989697634947/

Twitter: @INFusionElite

 

 

How long the team has been together: "One year, the team was founded in 2017, the program was founded in 2014.."

Noteworthy events and finishes in recent tournaments: 

2019

June 19-21 USA ES Top 50 Showcase, Elkhart, Ind.

July 2-5 Midwest Firecracker, Westfield, Ind.

July 11-13 Ohio Stingrays Summer Showcase, Columbus, Ind.

July 26-Aug 1 JO Cup, Spartanburg, S.C.

Sept 14 University of Louisville Team Camp, Louisville, Ky. (2-0-0)

Oct 19-20 Top 100 Showcase, Westfield, Ind. (3-0-2)

Oct 25-27 St. Louis I (Premier/Gold), St. Louis, Mo. (2-0-0) - rainout

Nov 1-3 Scenic City Fall Showcase, Chattanooga, Tenn. (4-1-0)

Nov 16-17 Thunderbolt’s 5 Star Exposure-Fall, Montgomery, Ala. (6-0), 1st Place 

Returning players from 2019: 2

What are some of the strengths of your team: "Our group as a whole has outstanding chemistry and that has a lot to do with how each player knows what she brings to the table. Our team is very athletic and displays speed on the bases and power in the box. We have variety and players that are able to hit for average as well, which allows for that 'off' day to occur with the confidence that her team will be right behind her to pick her up. In the circle, we have depth and pitchers that can change speeds and move the ball up and down very well."

What is a primary focus your team has as you prepare for the 2020 JO Cup: "Our primary focus is to continue to challenge them and remain grounded through adversity. It's important that we keep the tank full and stay healthy in preparation for the JO."

What are some of the benefits of playing with USA Softball and at the JO Cup: "The JO Cup is one of the most prestigious events in the nation. Our program has had the opportunity to compete in the event the last two years and it has been the utmost privilege for our players and families to be a part of something so special. USA Softball and the JO Cup in particular allows our team to match up against the most elite organizations where our strengths are displayed and weaknesses exposed. Every game you are challenged and faced with the opportunity to grow as a player and improve together as a team. You're surrounded by the best of the best, which gives you no other option but to show up and be the best you can be."