Hometown: Kanakee, Ill.
USA SOFTBALL HISTORY
2012 Border Battle Champions
- Hit .800 with four hits and an RBI
2012 Slow Pitch Showdown Champion
- Hit .500 with a home run and 3 RBI
Inaugural member of Futures Team
Third appearance on Men's Futures Slow Pitch National Team (2012, 2013)
2007 Men’s D NIT Tournament MVP
Has played for Hangover Softball Club, Gimmiedat Softball Club, J. Denny Masonry/Slick Ricks, Commission Softball, Pipac/TCP/Easton, R&M Metals/Troupe/TCP/Easton and Nordkap/Desert Falls/Easton
Plays for Nordkap/Suncoast/Reebok
2009 13th Annual Men’s D NIT All Tournament Team
2009 Men’s D State Tournament MVP
2010 Columbus Major NIT All Tournament Team
2011 Last Chance All Tournament Team2012 ASA Class A World Series Batting Champion
GET TO KNOW BRIAN ZIRKLE
Favorite Sport (besides softball): Basketball
Favorite Vacation Spot: Anywhere outside the U.S. (Dream Vacation - Japan)
Favorite City:"Chicago. Anything and everything you want is at your fingertips."
Quote to live by:“It's not the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog."
Favorite thing about slow pitch softball: "I like winning and competing against the best and giving 100 percent all of the time! Playing defense is at the top of the list as well. At the upper level, you have ample opportunities to make or break an inning with a defensive play. Games are fast paced and never boring. I enjoy traveling and meeting new people all while having a blast doing it."
Biggest Supporter: My father. Since I was born, my father put a ball in my hands. Since then, he has worked his butt off to support his family , all while giving me the best opportunities to pursue my athletic career. There is nothing my pops likes more than taking a road trip and making a weekend of watching me and the team play some softball.