Fast Pitch

By J. Creighton Brown and Tim Martin 

Fast Pitch hits the spot. A great book about girls’ softball.

— Frank Cheek, Head Softball Coach, Humboldt State University

African American seventeen-year-old Teresa Jayne Zanotti (TJ) was born to play baseball.

TJ’s brother, Bobby, is a San Francisco Giants starting shortstop. Her father, Stan, is a retired team trainer, and her mother, Peggy, never misses a San Francisco Giants game. TJ is also the starting shortstop on the Menlo Park Tigers junior varsity baseball team and a shoe-in to make varsity. That is until transfer player Brice Thompson snags the position and she is forced to try out for the school softball team.

TJ is an excellent player and Coach Lisa Myers can’t help but include her on the roster. Yet when it comes to teamwork, TJ is far from perfect. She locks horns with several players, including team pitcher Amazon Amy. The team’s curmudgeonly assistant coach, Marty Alvarez, befriends TJ and her dislike for softball slowly begins to soften. As the season rolls on she discovers that fast pitch softball isn’t only about teamwork, it’s about friendship, as well.

About the Authors

Tim Martin is the author of Rez Rock, There’s Nothing Funny About Running, Summer With Dad, Third Rate Romance, Culvert at Little Bitch Creek, Why Run If No One Is Chasing You? and Wimps Like Me. He has one Young Adult novel – Fast Pitch – due out in 2015 and two children’s books: and Don The Dull-Shelled Turtle (Cedar Grove Books), and Somewhere Down The Line(Neverland Publishing). Tim has completed nine screenplays and is a contributing author to over a dozen Chicken Soup for the Soul books and numerous literary journals. He has done commentary on National Public Radio and is presently working on a Humboldt County documentary The History of Eel River Estuary.

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Jim Brown is married and the father of two sons. As a kid, athletics were his life. From sunup to sundown he was playing some sort of sport. He has coached T-Ball, Little League, Youth Football, Youth Basketball, Soccer, and still plays softball. His experiences playing and coaching are an integral part the story. He has worked with Tim on several writing projects, including the book and the screenplay for Fast Pitch.