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Feeling golden: Santa Cruz County softball team qualifies for nationals

Posted: Thursday, Jun 27th, 2013






After leading the Scotts Valley Falcons to a 10-2 record in the Santa Cruz Costal Athletic League and a 20-9 overall record, Matt Houseman has teamed up with coaches and players from around Santa Cruz County to form the Trouble Gold U18 team.

And in just their second year of existence they have qualified for the ASA Gold Nationals in Florida by winning two games at the Gold Territorial Qualifier in Stockton this past weekend.

“It was amazing,” said Houseman. “We went in there and we were just trying to not get mercy ruled, but we ended up playing perfect softball and winning both games.”

In order to qualify for the ASA Gold Nationals in Florida, the Trouble Gold needed to win two games while only losing one. They in turn went undefeated their first two games on Saturday to qualify right away.

The first game was against the USA Elite-Vasiale and the Trouble Gold won 7-4. The second game, which was delayed for 1 hour and 20 minutes, was against the Mize Diamonds. The Trouble Gold prevailed once again winning 7-0 to give them their second win of the weekend and qualifying them for the ASA Nationals in Florida.

“I’ve never won the Super Bowl before,” said Houseman, “but I felt like we had just won the Super Bowl.”

Now the squad, which has girls from Aptos, Scotts Valley, Harbor, Watsonville, Soquel, Santa Cruz and even one girl from Carmel High School, is on its way to Florida, but not without a little help.

The non-profit traveling team will need to raise $1,200 per kid to be able to make the trip to Florida.

“It’s going to take a lot of car washes and sponsorships,” said Houseman, “but we think we can get it done.”

If interested in helping these college bound athletes reach Florida and their dreams call Matt Houseman at 831-600-6569.

Houseman said he started this team with the intent of helping these athletes reach the next level of softball and education.

“It’s not enough to have the talent, you have to be able to make grades. Every time I try and talk to these college coaches about a girl that’s always the first question they ask.”

Doyal Hershberger, John Franklin, Rob Piper, Scott Lindberg and Erika Campbell aid Houseman in the coaching department, and coming in to supplement an already strong pitching staff will be the SCCAL Pitcher of the Year Michelle Firebaugh.



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