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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.

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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USA men’s national fastpitch softball playing for championship in Canada

Sunday, June 14th, 2015
Gerald Muizelaar, a veteran on the USA National Men's Fastpitch Team, picked up the win over Cuba with five innings of work. Photo By BOB OTTO

Gerald Muizelaar, a veteran on the USA National Men’s Fastpitch Team, is pitching the championship game of the 2015 Bellechasse International Fastball Tournament. Photo By BOB OTTO

St. Gervais, Quebec, CA – For fans of Team USA men’s fastpitch softball, the Bellechasse International Fastball Tournament championship game has just begun with Team USA facing the Scarborough Force.

Gerald Muizelaar (1-0) is in the circle, taking on Andy Skelton (2-0), who came on in 4 2/3 innings of shutout relief to help the Force beat the New York Peligro Gremlins, 6-4, to reach the title game.

You can follow Team USA in the title game on Game Live at: Team USA vs. Scarborough Force.

Team USA gets big win over Venezuela in IX Pan Am games

Saturday, October 25th, 2014

johnson.josh.348web Josh Johnson pitched seven shutout innings and then got relief help from Tony Mancha, as Team USA defeated Venezuela 2-1, Friday, in the IX Pan Am games In Parana, Argentina. Photo By BOB OTTO

PARANA, ARGENTINA – Another well pitched game. Another extra inning affair. But this time a far more pleasing result for the USA Men’s National Fastpitch Team in the IX Pan Am games.

After losing in 11-innings to Mexico on Friday, Team USA bounced back on Saturday by beating Venezuela, 2-1, in nine innings.

Tony Mancha, who took the tough loss against Mexico, picked up the win with two innings of solid relief. And he also showed he swings a pretty good bat by driving in the winning run with two out in the top of the ninth.

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