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

Tuesday, 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.”

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Hard working Eric Lewis earns NAFA’s top honors

Friday, August 10th, 2012

“He (Eric Lewis) often had big hits in key spots. I remember one timely home run that he bounced off the scoreboard in Fargo. He’s definitely in the clutch category.” – Teammate Mike Wells

LE SUEUR, MN – The most gifted athlete to ever step onto a ball diamond? No, Eric Lewis won’t be known for owning extraordinary fastpitch talent.

But his work ethic, his fastpitch instincts, and his willingness to watch, listen and learn from those who came before him, that indeed, Lewis excelled at. And Exceptionally so.

And those fine traits have carried him far in the sport. Now comes the payoff.

At the 2012 NAFA World Series in Topeka, Kansas, Lewis will be inducted into the NAFA Hall of Fame. But that’s not all. He also was selected as just one of 36 players on NAFA’s 20th Year Anniversary Team (1993-2012).

“These are such great honors,” Lewis said. “To be considered one of the best is very exciting and humbling.”

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