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USA Softball GOLD Nationals Team Preview: New Mexico Suncats Gandert 18U Gold

July 15, 2021, 12:58 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 New Mexico Suncats Gandert 18U Gold, a team competing in the 18-Under division. Based out of New Mexico, Head Coach Johnathan Gandert breaks down what you can expect to see from his 2021 roster.




Team: New Mexico Suncats Gandert 18U Gold

Home State: New Mexico

Head Coach: Johnathan Gandert

Team Twitter: @NM18uSuncats

Team Facebook: New Mexico Suncats 18U Gold



Previous GOLD Nationals Experience: 2020 GOLD Nationals.


What year was the team/organization founded: 2019


How long the team has been together: Three years.


Noteworthy events and recent tournaments: C4 Nationals Championship- First Place, 2020 AZ State Championship- First Place, 2021 NM\WTX State Championship- First Place, AZ Gold Showcase 18U- Second Place, The Alliance Fastpitch Fall Cup, 2020 USA Gold National, 2020 Tulsa Elite Wilson Invite, 2020 Top Club National Championship, and 2020 Arizona “A” State Championship.


Returning players from 2020: Six.


What are some of the strengths your team will bring this season"The NM Suncats 18U Gold is one team to keep an eye out for. The team is run like a college program and accountability is on the kids to get their work in when needed off the field with mentorship from our core group of seniors. We have a strong senior infield with seven of our players committed to play at the next level and four of them going DI. The kids are a testament to loyalty, determination, and love for the game. What makes the Suncats one team to watch out for? Determination and grit."


What is a primary focus your team has as you prepare for the 2021 GOLD Nationals: "The team has been preparing with 6 a.m. practices. Before most people even start their day we're on the field getting ready for USA Nationals with strength and conditioning training."


Why do you like playing USA Softball and participating in the GOLD Nationals: "We like to compete at the highest level and push our players to step out of their comfort zones and challenge one another."