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February 12, 2013

Warrior Run grad earns spot on Team USA fastpitch team

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Zechman, 33, who will play either third or first base for Team USA, played other sports besides softball including midget and junior high football along with wrestling and baseball for Warrior Run.

But fastpitch has always been his game.

"I went right to work out of high school in the mortgage business and I've been in that field ever since," he said. "I had some opportunities to pursue a baseball career, but the job and playing fastpitch took over."

Zechman was able to play fastpitch with his dad Rick on the Forest Hill team which was based in the Mifflinburg area.

"It was great to be able to play on the same field with my dad and my younger brother Justin," he said. "Playing softball began as a recreation and it was good competition. I liked playing in tournaments and it got to the point where I was enjoying it as much as baseball. But I never though it would get to this level."

Zechman's journey to the national team started in 2003 in Virginia when he was noticed by a coach who helped him to get to the major level of softball, the highest form of fastpitch in the country.

"I knew that we had a national team when I first started at the major level, but I did not know what the process was to be selected," Zechman said.

Zechman has been named most valuable player of tournaments and won championships, but nothing compares to putting the USA uniform for the first time.

"It was unbelievable," he said. "Just to have USA across the chest and to be representing your county -- I can't wait to tell my son Cohen (5) about it when he's a bit older."

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