OKLAHOMA CITY – The Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America announced today the roster for the 2013 USA Softball Men’s National Team that will compete next March in Auckland, New Zealand for the International Softball Federation (ISF) World Championship. In all, 29 athletes tried out in the USA Men’s National Team Selection Camp held in late July in Ashland, Ohio. Seventeen members were selected to fill the roster.
“I think we’re going to have a really competitive team,” said Men’s National Team selection committee member Warren Jones. “We’ve got some new, young faces that have made a name for themselves in the fast pitch softball world and we’ve got some older guys who have been around and know the ropes.”
The 17 athletes who have been selected to the 2013 USA Softball Men’s National Team are:
Derrick Zechman (Watsontown, Pa.)
Frank DeGroat Jr. (Ringwood, N.J.)
Roman Foore (Rosemount, Minn.)
Jaime Cruz Garcia Jr. (Kansas City, Kan.)
Josh Johnson (Brooklyn, Wis.)
Trevor Kelly (Marshall, Mich.)
Eddy Ketelhut (Frankenmuth, Mich.)
Adam LaLonde (Ashland, Ky.)
Dave Lohman (Lindenhurst, N.Y.)
Matt Palazzo (Des Moines, Iowa)
Travis Price (Orange, Calif.)
Robert Rostenhausler (Tucson, Ariz.)
Todd Schultz (Williamston, Mich.)
Marcus Tan (Umon City, Calif.)
Chase Turner (San Jose, Calif.)
Tommy Crouch (Dekalb, Ill.)
Gerald Muizelaar (Grand Forks, N.D.)
*Kevin Castillo (Long Beach, Calif.)
*Matt Ratliff (American Fork, Utah)
Members of the 2013 Men’s National Team will participate in an invitational tournament in Orlando, Fla. January 16-20 before heading off to Auckland, New Zealand for the ISF World Championship, March 1-10, 2013. This will be the third time that New Zealand has hosted the Men’s Softball World Championship (1976, 2004). The United States will be looking for their sixth World Championship title.
The Amateur Softball Association, founded in 1933, is the National Governing Body of softball in the United States and a member of the United States Olympic Committee. The ASA has become one of the nation’s largest sports organizations and now sanctions competition in every state through a network of 76 local associations. The ASA has grown from a few hundred teams in the early days to over 210,000 teams today, representing a membership of more than three million. For more information on the ASA, visit http://www.asasoftball.com/.
About USA Softball
USA Softball is the brand created, operated and owned by the ASA that links the USA Men’s, Women’s, Junior Boys’ and Junior Girls’ National Team programs together. USA Softball is responsible for training, equipping and promoting these four National Teams to compete in international and domestic competitions. The USA Softball Women’s National Team is one of the only two women’s sports involved in the Olympic movement to capture three consecutive gold medals at the Olympic Games since 1996. The U.S. women have also won nine World Championship titles including the last seven consecutive as well as claimed six World Cup of Softball titles. For more information about USA Softball, please visit http://www.usasoftball.com/.
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