As we near the start of the 2021 USA Softball GOLD National Championships, we're highlighting some of the teams who will take to the fields in Salem, Va.
Meet 18U Heartbreakers Gold, a team competing in the 18-Under division. Based out of Maryland, Head Coach Wayne Persinger breaks down what you can expect to see from his 2021 roster.
Team: 18U Heartbreakers Gold
Home State: Maryland
Head Coach: Wayne Persinger
Team Twitter: @gold_18U
Team Facebook: 18U Heartbreakers Gold
Team Website: 18uheartbreakersgold.com
Previous GOLD Nationals Experience: 2020 -Placed 26th, 2017 -Placed 25th, 2016 -Placed13th, 2015 -Placed 25th, and 2014 -Placed 25th.
What year was the team/organization founded: The organization was founded in 1994.
How long the team has been together: The team was established in 1997 and the current group of players have been together for one year.
Noteworthy events and recent tournaments: Pennsbury Invitational - Power Pull, TNT Summer Showcase, USA Summer Scorcher, USSSA Eastern Nationals, and USA Softball GOLD Nationals.
Returning players from 2020: Eight.
What are some of the strengths your team will bring this season: "Many of the girls have played together for several years and many of them can play multiple positions. As a whole, the team can hit for power"
What is a primary focus your team has as you prepare for the 2021 GOLD Nationals: "In addition to improving skill and mind set, our primary focus is to relax, have fun and enjoy the experience of playing at the highest level."
Why do you like playing USA Softball and participating in the GOLD Nationals: "We play USA Softball because we like to play the best of the best from across the country!"