Boom time: Barnesville man hopes to go out on top at world fastpitch tourney

Written by Bob on December 13th, 2016

CHAD BOOM pitching for Junker’s Bar & Grill of North Mankato, Minn. in the ISC World Tournament. Boom, a feared hitter, was selected All-World three times in the ISC World Tournament (1999, 2002, 2006) Photo By BOB OTTO / ISC World Tournament

Chad Boom was born in a fastpitch family. His father Marlin Boom a player and manager was inducted into the 2016 Minnesota Sports Federation Softball Hall of Fame, and brother B.J. Boom was inducted into the North American Fastpitch Association (NAFA) Hall of Fame in 2015.

And Chad played for the USA Men’s National Team, and was selected All-World three times (1999, 2002, 2006) in the International Softball Congress (ISC) World Tournament.

Good read about Chad Boom’s 2004 national team experience and his life growing up with fastpitch.

INFORUM / Fargo, ND
By Hayden Goethe on Feb 3, 2004

Growing up in Ellsworth, Minn., Chad Boom immersed himself in fastpitch softball. As an adolescent, he watched his dad, Marlin, play in fastpitch leagues, awaiting the day when he could do the same.

Boom never imagined he would make it this far.

As a member of the U.S. fastpitch softball team, the Barnesville, Minn., resident now finds himself in New Zealand, competing in the men?s fastpitch world championships.

Boom has already flexed his strength at the tournament, leading the team to a 3-0 mark.

He blasted a home run in Friday’s game against Hong Kong and followed that with a 3-for-3 performance on Monday against Japan, scoring two runs in a 7-3 victory.

“He’s really our swingman,” said USA manager Pete Turner. “He gives a yeoman-like effort every game out. “If I had 15 of those, I’d be real happy.”

Turner, in his fourth year as the team’s manager, looks to Boom, a utility infielder, to lead USA on and off the field, and to a championship.

“He’s one of our leaders, a veteran in the clubhouse,” Turner said.

A member of the silver-medal winning Pan American team last August, Boom said the world championships will be his final appearance in international competition.

“This is my last go-around,” said the 35-year-old Boom. ?”It’s going to be four years when it comes around again. I’ve been playing ball since I was 12 years old. I want to do other things now.”

Boom is married with daughters of 8 and 4 years old. He said it can be difficult to be away from them for weeks at a time.

“It’s hard right now,” he said. “It’s tough being away, but they come with sometimes, too, so that helps.”

While his immediate family remains in Barnesville this time around, Boom?s dad, Marlin, is in New Zealand watching his son play.

Growing up in Ellsworth, located in the southwest corner of the state, Marlin Boom taught Chad the game.

Marlin was a fastpitch softball player himself, sharing a love of the sport with his son.

“I grew up on the ballpark watching him play,” Chad Boom said. “He hit so many balls and we played so much catch. He’s really excited to go.”

Graduating in a class of 23 at Ellsworth High School, he lacks baseball experience, a rarity compared to his peers.

“I’m one of the few who hasn’t played baseball,” Boom said. “Everyone else has minor league experience or something like that. A lot of players are ex-baseball players who are sick and tired of being in the minors.”

Growing up in the volatile weather of Minnesota didn’t make it easier for Boom, but he refers to the Midwest as a hotbed for fastpitch softball.

“It’s harder, of course,” he said. “But you find ways to get in shape.”

After years of playing in summer leagues after high school, he was invited to try out for numerous national teams. However, success wasn?’t immediate.

“I competed pretty well, but I didn’t get chosen right away,” Boom said. “I just kept with it.”

He made his first national team tryout in 1997, but didn’t have his greatest success until last year?s second-place finish at the Pan Ams in Santo Domingo of the Dominican Republic.

“It was kind of a bummer,” Boom said of losing to Canada in the championship game. Hopefully, we can meet them in New Zealand and beat them.”

Boom, who works in Fargo for Precision Concrete Cutters, has become well-traveled after making numerous national teams. He’s played fastpitch all over the country and made stops all over the world, including Venezuela, the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, and now New Zealand.

But it’s Barnesville where Boom wants to be. He’s looking forward to life after softball.

“I want to start fishing and golfing,” Boom said. “Hopefully, I’ll end on a good note.”

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