Destin teen gets gold - Hasch, U.S. team win gold at USSSA Games

Darren Hasch

Darren Hasch, a Destin native and Fort Walton Beach High School junior, won gold with the U.S. national team at the 2013 USSSA Gold Medal Games recently.

Published: Tuesday, September 3, 2013 at 05:16 PM.

Before Darren Hasch even began his junior year at Fort Walton Beach High School, he learned what it's like to play in a major league spring training stadium and win gold in international competition.

Hasch, 17, played alongside some of the best high school talent in the world as part of the United States national team at the USSSA Gold Medal Games Aug. 4-8 at Osceola Stadium, the Houston Astros training facility, in Kissimmee.

"The talent level was the best that I've seen as a team," the Destin native told The Log. "It was just phenomenal baseball."

The U.S. team shut out Puerto Rico 5-0 in the championship game to finish the tournament with a 6-1 record and win gold.

"It was exciting for us. We weren't out there losing the whole time. We were having fun, just enjoying it," Hasch said.

The gold medal game was the third meeting between the U.S. and Puerto Rico in the tournament. The U.S. won the first meeting 13-8, then suffered their only loss of the week 5-4 to the Puerto Ricans in the second meeting.

"(The Puerto Rican team) could hit the ball. That was their strongest point. Their pitching shut us down, too, though," Hasch said.



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