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Sunday, October 24, 2010

Zach Green Ready To Go Home

Jim Ecker        

JUPITER, Fla. -- Zach Green can rest now.

 

California. Texas. Mexico. Back to California. Florida. Back to California again.

 

It's been a hectic 30 days for the talented high school junior from Rocklin, Calif., spiced by a trip to Mexico with the U.S. national team for a Pan Am tournament and capped this week with an appearance at the WWBA World Championship in Florida.

 

"I think I've been home for a total of maybe a week," Green said Sunday. "I've been exhausted the past few days."

 

Green, 16, was in Houston from Sept. 25 through Oct. 6 for two-a-day practices with Team USA as it prepared for the Pan Am games. Once the team was selected, they went to Mexico and competed in the Pan Am tournament from Oct. 8 to Oct. 17.

 

"I think I lost like five pounds," he said. "I didn't eat much."

 

The United States won the gold medal and Green quickly flew home to California, arriving at approximately 12:30 a.m. on Oct. 18. He went to school this past Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, then flew overnight from California to Florida and arrived at the West Palm Beach airport at 11:40 a.m. on Friday, just an hour before the Texas Sun Devils played their first game in the WWBA event.

 

"I got dressed on the way from the airport," he said.

 

Although Green is from California, he has friends on the Texas SunDevils and has played for them before. He didn't want to skip the WWBA World Championship and let them down, although some R&R at home after the Pan Am tournament might have been a good idea.

 

"I have a lot of teammates here that are trying to get exposure," he said Sunday after the SunDevils played their final game. "When you bring a good team here, more people (scouts and college coaches) come to your games. The guys do a lot for me, so I thought it would be a good time to return the favor."

 

Green, who attends Jesuit High School, has already committed to Oregon State, so he didn't need the college exposure for himself.

 

Green carries a 3.4 GPA in school and said he's managed to keep up with most of his assignments, but not all. "I've got to get home and work my butt off," he remarked. "I've got three days of homework to do."

 

He's missed his mother's home cooking, but more than anything he regrets missing important family occasions.

 

"I missed my little sister's birthday for the second year in a row for baseball, and I missed my dad's and my older sister's birthday," he said. "So I've missed a lot of important things, not only to me but to them. They'll be glad to see me when I get back."

 

Lauren, his younger sister, turned 13 while he was gone. Jessica, his older sister, turned 19.

 

Green also has missed spending time with Lindsee, his girlfriend.

 

"She kind of gets upset when I leave, but she understands that this kind of stuff is important," he said.

 

Green had a tough time in Sunday's game against Central Florida PG Royal. He made a throwing error from third base and twice struck out looking.

 

"I could tell I was tired," he said. "It was hard."

 

The SunDevils finished Pool Play with a 2-1-1 record and failed to make the playoffs. That meant Green was free to go home.

 

"We're leaving tomorrow morning. Early," he said.

 

He'll fly from West Palm Beach to Houston, have a 60-minute layover, then fly to the airport in Sacramento, near his home.

 

"I'm getting to know a lot of airports pretty good," he said.

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