Hometown: Hudson, WI
A FEW ACCOMPLISHMENTS
Selected as MVP his freshman year and Defensive Player of the Year his sophomore year while playing baseball
ASA Fast Pitch Teams played for: Strikers (Baldwin, WI.
Bol's Lanes Men's A Major for 3 years
Team Awards/Championships earned:
Won state for Wisconsin (2013), 3rd place at Nationals (2012)
Individual Awards earned:
All-State 2nd baseman award in Wisconsin
GETTING TO KNOW DUCHARME
Favorite Movie: Lone Survivor
Favorite Sport (besides softball): Baseball
Favorite Pro Sports Team: Green Bay Packers
Favorite College Sports Team:Wisconsin Badgers
Hobbies:Collecting coins, reading books
Favorite Meal/Snack:A good Friday fish fry, or supper at home when my Dad grills
Best Vacation you've ever had:Camping trip to Yogi Bear Park when I was younger
Best Advice you've received:One of the most important aspects of life is trust, because it takes years to build up and only a second to lose it
What person supports you most:My family
Role Model:I have so many role models in my life that it is hard to choose just one. But I do believe what they all have in common is that they're grinders and never quit until the job is done
Goals in life:To become like any of my role models in the future - hardworking and respected
Pets:Nike, the fish
What does it mean for you to represent the United States in softball?
"It means a lot knowing I get to wear the red, white and blue. Representing your country is a different feeling than any high school or local team. It means so much more. How many kids at our age get to do something like this in their entire lives? Not too many and I have the luck to be able to do it twice. I have so much pride in our team and I expect a lot out of them. What it all really boils down to is complete and utter joy at being a part of such a great team."
What do you enjoy most about softball?
"I love just being a part of the game. Hearing the ball whiz out of the pitcher's hand and then the smack as it hits the catcher's mitt. I love the solid thump of a hard hit and the feel of it even more. I love the atmosphere of competition the game brings with it everywhere it goes. I love the thrill of victory and the camaraderie of the team. I love the sound of the crowd as it cheers you on. I love how the game will humble you no matter how great you are. I enjoy every aspect of the game, good and bad."
How did you get started in softball?
"It all started for me as a bat boy for my father's team when I was eight years old. By the time I was 13, I started to pinch run for guys and eventually I wad given the chance to play and now here I am 11 years after my start, playing on the Junior Men's National Team."
ONE LAST THING:
Last person I had dinner with:My friends here at UW-Madison
Last gift I bought:Heath bars and a bottle of water
Last movie you watched:American Sniper
Last website I visited:Facebook/Pandora