The Schaumburg Boomers capped their second season of existence in the Frontier League on a positive note when they captured the 2013 Championship in September. The club beat the Lake Erie Crushers 3-1 with help from a couple of former California Winter League players, Bobby Martin and Justin Vasquez.
Outfielder Justin Vasquez (who played with the Washington BlueSox during the 2013 CWL season) had a big impact in the championship game, going 1-for-4 with a ground-rule double and scoring the deciding run for the Boomers. He was acquired by the Boomers from the Frontier Greys right before the trade deadline this past season.
Vasquez had this to say about his performance with the Boomers, “When I was traded to the Boomers mid-season, I could tell that this was a special team, almost like one big family. We played in a lot of close games this season, so when I got that double in the championship game, I knew my team mates would pick me up.”
While outfielder Bobby Martin didn’t start in the championship game, the former Oregon Lumberjack (CWL) put together a home runs, 13 RBI, and a 21:14 K:BB ratio in 96 at-bats during the Boomers’ regular season.
We had a chance to speak to Vasquez earlier this year, and he expressed the importance of his time at the California Winter League by stating that, “I wouldn’t be where I’m at if it wasn’t for the CWL. It was everything I think a player needs to get looked at and to possibly move to the next step of their career.”
The California Winter League would like to congratulate the Schaumburg Boomers on their 2013 Frontier League Championship and the CWL alumni – Justin Vasquez and Bobby Martin – on their continued success in professional baseball.