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 Ohio Hawks 18U National Hutchinson, a team competing in the 18-Under division. Based out of Ohio, Head Coach Wendell Hutchinson breaks down what you can expect to see from his 2021 roster.
Team: Ohio Hawks 18U National Hutchinson
Home State: Ohio
Head Coach: Wendell Hutchinson
Team Twitter: OH Hawks 18U Gold Hutchinson
Team Website: Ohio Hawks Gold Hutchinson
Previous GOLD Nationals Experience: First-time Participant.
What year was the team/organization founded: "The team has been together since 2016 and the organization was founded in 2006."
How long the team has been together: Over five years.
Noteworthy events and recent tournaments: 2021 Midwest Firecracker Exposure- Champions, 2021 USA Softball JO Cup- Third Place, 2019 PGF National Championships- 13th Place Finish, and 2017 PGF National Championships- Ninth Place Finish.
Returning players from 2020: Six.
What are some of the strengths your team will bring this season: "We have strong team chemistry, great pitching, and high softball intelligence. Our offense is multi-dimensional with speed and power. We also have speed and great coverage in the outfield and elite gloves in the infield."
What is a primary focus your team has as you prepare for the 2021 GOLD Nationals: "This is our final event of the season and we will graduate 10 of our 12 student athletes. Our focus is to go have fun, play relaxed, and to enjoy this final event."
Why do you like playing USA Softball and participating in the GOLD Nationals: "The events are so well organized and executed. The competition is top notch with top teams and players from all around the country. The fields are always in great condition and well maintained. The umpiring is super high quality because they bring in the best from all over. Simply, the overall experience is 'A+++'."