Breakers make a breakthrough

Nanaimo Breakers pitcher Kashtin Low throws a strike during a game earlier this season at the McGirr Sports Fields. - File photo
Nanaimo Breakers pitcher Kashtin Low throws a strike during a game earlier this season at the McGirr Sports Fields.
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They started out together as squirts, and my, how they’ve grown.

The Nanaimo Breakers midget B girls’ softball team recently won the Island title and also won its first gold medal at a major Lower Mainland tournament.

“It’s all come together this year,” said Mark Murray, the team’s coach.

There were signs that the Breakers were breaking through, as they won a bronze earlier this season, then a silver, and now gold, going 17-4-1 en route.

The team is strong in all areas, said the coach, but defence has been a real reason for success.

“We’re only giving up a couple runs a game. We’re playing 1-1 ball games and winning 2-1, 3-2,” he said.

The Breakers have representation from every Nanaimo high school, pointed out the coach, and yet they’ve become a close-knit group of friends.

“They all face each other during the seasons in basketball and volleyball; there’s always these rivalries and then finally they’re all together on the same team. It’s kind of cool, actually,” Murray said.

Softball B.C. provincials are July 4-6 in Abbotsford and the Breakers have progressed to being contenders.

“If everything comes together – our defence and our hitting and our pitching – then we can play with anybody in the province,” said the coach.

The team is also entered in the Canadian Open Fastpitch International Championship later in July in Surrey.

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