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 Team Virginia Mizuno - Harrington, a team competing in the 18-Under division. Based out of Virginia, Head Coach Susan Harrington breaks down what you can expect to see from her 2021 roster.
Team: Team Virginia Mizuno - Harrington
Home State: Virginia
Head Coach: Susan Harrington
Team Twitter: @TeamVa18u
Team Facebook: Team Virginia Mizuno - Harrington
Team Website: www.teamvirginiaathletics.com
Previous GOLD Nationals Experience: First-time Participant.
What year was the team/organization founded: The organization was founded in 2019.
How long the team has been together: "The core group of girls have been together since 10/12U. We have added like-minded, high academic players over the years and now have players from 12 different Virginia high schools."
Noteworthy events and recent tournaments: 14A USA Softball National Championships, 16A USA Softball National Championships, Scenic City, Starz Gold, Team NJ, TNT, East Coast Softball, and Legendary.
Returning players from 2020: 13.
What are some of the strengths your team will bring this season: "Pitching and strong team defense have always been our strengths. However, our biggest asset is truly our 'team first' mentality and overall team chemistry. Our players support each other unconditionally and work together to achieve success."
What is a primary focus your team has as you prepare for the 2021 GOLD Nationals: "Our primary focus has been on playing the best competition we can find to prepare for the caliber of teams who participate in GOLD Nationals."
Why do you like playing USA Softball and participating in the GOLD Nationals: "USA Softball has given our players the opportunity to play the best competition around. USA Softball events are always well organized with professional umpires, great facilities, effective communication, and dedicated staff! Many of our players were recruited by their future college coaches at USA Softball events and we appreciate all the opportunities USA Softball has given our players to reach their goals."