As we near the start of the 2020 USA Softball GOLD National Championships, we're highlighting some of the teams who will take to the fields in Broken Arrow and Oklahoma City, Okla.
Meet the Select Fastpitch 18U, a team competing in the 18-Under division. Based out of Kansas City, Head Coach Eric Jones breaks down what you can expect to see from his 2020 roster.
Team: Select Fastpitch 18U
Home State: Missouri
Head Coach: Eric Jones
Previous GOLD Nationals Experience: First-time GOLD Nationals Participant
Facebook: Select Fastpitch
Returning players from 2019: 6
Noteworthy events and recent tournaments: “2019 PGF Platinum Runner Up, 3rd Place Demarini Invitational, 2019 Top Gun Invitational Champions, 2020 Top Gun Invitational 3rd Place, 2020 PGF Premier Invite, 2020 Fireworks Power Pool Invitational, 2020 Top Club Invitational.”
What are some of the strengths your team will bring this season: “Our pitching is outstanding and has been strong for several years. We have powerful bats throughout our lineup with speed sprinkled throughout. Our chemistry has always been a priority, which has gotten us through many long tournaments.”
What is a primary focus your team has as you prepare for the 2020 GOLD National Championship: “Our primary focus is to try and keep our pitchers as fresh as possible through pool play and early bracket play. That will be the factor in how far we can make a run.”
What are some of the benefits of playing with USA Softball and at GOLD Nationals: “The competition that we are going to see this year is outstanding. We look forward to playing at the Hall of Fame Complex against some of the best teams in the nation.”