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USA Softball GOLD Nationals Team Preview: Lady Lightning Gold NOVA (16U)

July 13, 2021, 3:44 p.m. (ET)

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 Lady Lightning Gold NOVA (16U), a team competing in the 16-Under division. Based out of Virginia, Head Coach Shane Sherlund breaks down what you can expect to see from his 2021 roster.




Team: Lady Lightning Gold NOVA (16U)

Home State: Virginia

Head Coach: Shane Sherlund

Team Twitter: @llgnova16s

Team Website:



Previous GOLD Nationals Experience: First-time Participant.


What year was the team/organization founded: "LLG NOVA was founded in 2016 and Lady Lightning Gold was founded in 1998."


How long the team has been together: "This is the team's first year with many of the players."


Noteworthy events and recent tournaments: Multiple USA Softball and Alliance events, TCS CO Fireworks, and TCS Xtreme Summer Showcase.


Returning players from 2020: Five.


What are some of the strengths your team will bring this season: "Some of our strengths are well-balanced pitching, defense, hitting, and team chemistry. We've focused a lot on our mental game over the past winter."


What is a primary focus your team has as you prepare for the 2021 GOLD Nationals: "Our primary focus is on competing as a team and not letting adversity affect us. 'Bend but don't break!'"


Why do you like playing USA Softball and participating in the GOLD Nationals: "We like playing USA Softball because of the high level of competition and well-run tournaments!"