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Bunt ignites Boomers' win

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  • The Boomers' Nate Baumann (19) celebrates with teammates after belting a 2-run homer in the sixth inning Friday night at Boomers Stadium in Schaumburg.

       The Boomers' Nate Baumann (19) celebrates with teammates after belting a 2-run homer in the sixth inning Friday night at Boomers Stadium in Schaumburg.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Boomers fan Len Pergander of Mundelein enjoys the action on the field with his popcorn on opening day at Boomers Stadium in Schaumburg on Friday.

       Boomers fan Len Pergander of Mundelein enjoys the action on the field with his popcorn on opening day at Boomers Stadium in Schaumburg on Friday.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Baseball history in the making as the Schaumburg Boomers and the Florence Freedom players take the field at Boomers Stadium in Schaumburg on Friday.

       Baseball history in the making as the Schaumburg Boomers and the Florence Freedom players take the field at Boomers Stadium in Schaumburg on Friday.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Baseball history in the making is captured by Boomers photographer Jeff Ney at Boomers Stadium in Schaumburg on Friday.

       Baseball history in the making is captured by Boomers photographer Jeff Ney at Boomers Stadium in Schaumburg on Friday.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Baseball history in the making as a Schaumburg Boomers fan looks over a opening day shirt that was given out at the gate at Boomers Stadium in Schaumburg on Friday.

       Baseball history in the making as a Schaumburg Boomers fan looks over a opening day shirt that was given out at the gate at Boomers Stadium in Schaumburg on Friday.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Boomers pitcher Jason Braun is all smiles as he watches his teammates score runs against the Florence Freedom in the sixth inning during opening day at Boomers Stadium on Friday in Schaumburg.

       Boomers pitcher Jason Braun is all smiles as he watches his teammates score runs against the Florence Freedom in the sixth inning during opening day at Boomers Stadium on Friday in Schaumburg.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Boomers fan Anthony LaPiana, 10, of Elmhurst gets his shirt signed with others on opening day at Boomers Stadium in Schaumburg on Friday.

       Boomers fan Anthony LaPiana, 10, of Elmhurst gets his shirt signed with others on opening day at Boomers Stadium in Schaumburg on Friday.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Boomers pitcher Cameron Roth throws a pitch against a sea of orange shirted-fans during opening day at Boomers Stadium on Friday in Schaumburg.

       Boomers pitcher Cameron Roth throws a pitch against a sea of orange shirted-fans during opening day at Boomers Stadium on Friday in Schaumburg.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Baseball history in the making as the Schaumburg Boomers and the Florence Freedom players take the field at Boomers Stadium in Schaumburg on Friday.

       Baseball history in the making as the Schaumburg Boomers and the Florence Freedom players take the field at Boomers Stadium in Schaumburg on Friday.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Baseball fans Brian Dykes and his son Calvin,3, of Glen Ellyn bump fists with player Chad Mozingo at Boomers Stadium in Schaumburg on Friday.

       Baseball fans Brian Dykes and his son Calvin,3, of Glen Ellyn bump fists with player Chad Mozingo at Boomers Stadium in Schaumburg on Friday.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Baseball history in the making that fans line up for at Boomers Stadium in Schaumburg on Friday.

       Baseball history in the making that fans line up for at Boomers Stadium in Schaumburg on Friday.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Boomers pitcher Cameron Roth throws a pitch during opening day at Boomers Stadium on Friday in Schaumburg.

       Boomers pitcher Cameron Roth throws a pitch during opening day at Boomers Stadium on Friday in Schaumburg.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Fans in a sea of orange watch baseball history at Boomers Stadium in Schaumburg on Friday.

       Fans in a sea of orange watch baseball history at Boomers Stadium in Schaumburg on Friday.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Boomers player Brandon Hairston gives a thumbs up to his fans at Boomers Stadium in Schaumburg on Friday.

       Boomers player Brandon Hairston gives a thumbs up to his fans at Boomers Stadium in Schaumburg on Friday.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

 
By Caitlin Swieca
cswieca@dailyherald.com

The new baseball team in Schaumburg might be called the Boomers, but their scoring Friday night started with a very quiet hit.

A bunt single by second baseman Drew Heithoff to lead off the bottom of the sixth inning ignited a 5-run burst for the Boomers, who went on to capture a 5-2 victory over the Florence Freedom on Opening Night at Schaumburg Baseball Stadium.

The big inning came after the Boomers were held to 2 hits over the first five innings by the Freedom.

Boomers manager Jamie Bennett said the bunt was meant to provide a spark.

"Not that we were flat, but we really just hadn't had much action at all and we've got a lineup of guys that can do that kind of thing," Bennett said.

"(The bunt was) just to get somebody on base."

Capping the rally was a 2-run homer by right fielder Nate Baumann -- his first at the professional level -- and the Boomers never looked back.

Baumann, a college teammate of Heithoff, said he wasn't at all surprised by the unconventional start to the rally.

"He's fast, so he's going to bunt a lot when he leads off innings," Baumann said. "When you've got a guy like that leading off innings, getting on with nobody out, it opens the door for big innings like that."

Baumann was glad to savor his own moment of glory in front of the big opening-night crowd.

"It felt really good to do it on Opening Night here in Schaumburg," Baumann said. "My parents are in the crowd, Drew's parents are in the crowd. There were so many people I know here."

The fans, estimated at well over 5,000, responded to the Boomers' rally with a standing ovation as the sixth inning ended.

"The crowd definitely helped," Baumann said.

"That inning for sure, the crowd was absolutely electric."

On the mound, Cameron Roth held the Freedom to 5 hits over 7 innings.

"He did an unbelievable job," Bennett said.

"When things are slow offensively to start, that's a lot of pressure on the pitcher to keep things held down, and he did a great job."

The win improved Roth's record to 2-0 with an ERA of 1.35, and his performance earned him a loud ovation when he was taken out of the game.

The Boomers will look for their second home win tonight in the second game of the series, with Tyler Watkins scheduled to start.

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