Getting back onto the ball diamond and competing is what Explosion Sanchez-Berouty 2023 is looking forward to most this season. First stop Zoom into June, followed by Boulder IDT, the Champions Cup, and PGF Premier.
Explosion Sanchez-Berouty is based in Cerritos, California and features a core group of ladies that have competed together since they were under ten years old. Rey Sanchez is head coach of the Explosion and has coached this group of athletes since 2015.
Sanchez looks forward to getting back on the softball diamond and playing in normal conditions after losing a competitive season to the pandemic. “These girls have paid enough of a price, they deserve it,” he states.
Over the next three weeks, Fastpitch Network will host a weekly Q&A session with the panel members. The fourth week will be a Zoom Q&A hosted by Fastpitch Network and open to the public.
Meet the Panel
Richardson is in her seventh year at Liberty University and is considered on of the most decorated players in softball history. She won an Olympic Gold Medal in 1996 and 2000, five Pan-American gold medals and four World Championship gold medals. She was a five-time collegiate All-American and was inducted into the ASA Hall of Fame in 2006. Her husband, Bob Pinto, is the National Director of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Softball Ministry. She also serves as a board chair.
Statman was a four-year letter winner at Arizona and is a member of the Israeli Women’s National Team. Since graduating in 2019, she has worked at Cumulus Media, taught for the Tucson Unified School Distract and given lessons in the Tucson area. She is also a black belt, a world-ranked ballroom dancer, a podcast co-host and Miss Tucson del Sol.
Scroggins is a graduate assistant coach at UT-Dallas and retired from National Pro Fastpitch in January. She was the 2017 Defensive Players of the Year and league’s Rookie of the Year. At Baylor, she was the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year and All-Big 12 selection. She recently co-founded Black Girls Ball, an inclusive place that provides a safe space for black softball players through mentorship and education.
Wilcox is a junior at Howard in Washington D.C. She is from Philadelphia, Penn.. She is black and Muslim. In 2019, she started 31 of 40 games for the Bison. She batted .139 with three doubles and three runs batted in. She played in four games during 2020’s shortened season.
Sugg is a Mormon from Franklin, Tenn., who recently graduated from BYU. She ranks No. 1 in career sacrifice flies, No. 2 in RBIs and doubles, No. 4 in slugging percentage and No. 5 in walks and home runs. She was also drafted ninth overall in the 2019 American Softball Association draft.