So Cal Explosion Fastpitch Softball is based out of Tustin, California and was formed in 1998 by Mike and Vicki Gerritse. The first team began in the 14u division, and a couple of years later moved up to the 16u division. Since 2005 the organization has partcipated exclusively in the 18U division.
Original founder, Mike Gerritse retired in the fall of 2008 after 10 years managing the team. Head Coach, Joe Weddle and Manager/Pitching Coach Kirk Zuniga took over the reins in the 2001- 2002 season. Manager/Recruiting Coordinator Bret Denio joined the staff in the fall of 2007, Chris Morgan assisted in the 2008-09 season and Assistant Coach Tom Gusiff joined the staff in the fall of 2009.
Considered as one of the nation's top elite travel teams, So Cal Explosion participates in some of the most competitive tournaments in the country including the Premier Girls Fastpitch (PGF) National Championship Tournament. The team is also a regular at the renowned Independence Day Showcase Tournament in Boulder, Colorado. Other well repected competitions include ESPN RISE Florida Citrus Tournament, Worth Cup and the Champions Cup in California. Since the organization was formed, Explosion has always finished in the top 25 teams of the national championship tournaments it has participated in.
So Cal Explosion Top Tournament Finishes-
18U Gold- Finished 3rd, Colorado Independence Day Tournament
18uHS- Finished 13th, ESPN Rise/Premier Nationals, Huntington Beach, CA