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February 12, 2013

Warrior Run grad earns spot on Team USA fastpitch team

TURBOTVILLE -- From his days of childhood, Derrick Zechman garnered an appreciation for fastpitch softball.

"Growing up I watched my dad play fastpitch and that not only got me to like the game but to learn the game as well," he said.

Last September, the 1998 Warrior Run high school graduate, who has been playing fastpitch softball since he was 16-years-old, was one of 18 players selected to USA Men's Fastpitch softball team.

"It was an unbelievable honor," Zechman said of being named to the team. "I had a good season, I made the all-world team, but its not like there's a lot of roster space. I was very happy and fortunate to be selected."

Zechman plays fastpitch for PA Power, a team based out of Harrisburg. The team plays between 40 and 50 games a year from the middle of May through August.

Team USA leaves on Feb. 22 for the 10-day Men's World Softball Championships tournament in New Zealand where the top 16 teams from a field of 127 will compete for a spot in the title game on March 10.

According to USA head coach Pete Turner, who is also the head coach for the women's softball team at San Jose State University, Zechman was being looked at over the past couple of years as a potential team member.

"We recruit a year to two years in advance and we pared our final roster from around 30 players from across the country at tryouts in Ashland, Ohio, in July," Turner said. "We are an offensively oriented team and we liked how Derrick moved the ball. He has good pop in his bat, he had a good camp.

"We've been following Derrick for some time and we thought he would make a good contribution to the ball club."

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