A local gym owner accomplished a life-long dream of playing professional baseball.
KELOLAND News has brought you other stories with gym owner Corey Vasquez. He owns Coast 2 Coast South in Tea.
But this summer Vasquez took on a new adventure.
“I played the YMCA baseball, all the way up, high school, college, I played here at the University of Sioux Falls,” Vasquez said.
This summer, Vasquez stepped up to home plate as a Sioux Falls Canary.
Vasquez, a dad of two, has been busy managing his gym day in and day out.
So when an offer came from the Sioux Falls canaries a couple of years ago, he passed up the opportunity.
“Opportunity came back three, four years later, and I was extremely, extremely happy to jump on a lifelong dream,” Vasquez said.
“Him getting the opportunity and the call back, it’s awesome to see and I’m happy for him to take the leap and get the experience,” Ryan Pingrey said.
Pingrey is a co-worker and friend of Vasquez.
Vaquez isn’t sure what next season will bring, but this summer, is one to remember.
“Just seeing him with his family, seeing him here in the gym, running a business, working on himself, and taking it to the next level working with baseball, I haven’t seen anyone like it,” Pingrey said.
“We enjoy the journey and we enjoy the process and we try to make an impact in everything that we do,” Vasquez said.
If this summer wasn’t enough for Vasquez, he’s also dipping into the local music scene.