Nanaimo Breakers fastpitch player Mikayla Anderson fields a grounder at third base at practice earlier this month at Bowen West field.

Nanaimo Breakers fastpitch player Mikayla Anderson fields a grounder at third base at practice earlier this month at Bowen West field.

Breakers going to bat at provincials

The Nanaimo Breakers midget B fastpitch team is hosting Softball B.C. provincials in Nanaimo this weekend (July 17-19).

The Nanaimo Breakers have a chance for the perfect ending at the ball diamond.

The midget B fastpitch team is hosting Softball B.C. provincials in Nanaimo this weekend (July 17-19).

“We’re pretty excited about it,” said Mark Murray, coach of the Breakers.

The team was third at provincials last summer as a Grade 11 entry, and every player is back to give it another try, the coach said.

The team has had an interesting season – lots of midget sports teams get inconvenienced by grad activities, but the Breakers, with players from Victoria, Nanaimo, Port Alberni and Crofton, have girls from nine different high schools.

Now, school’s out and the Breakers are putting softball first for one final tourney.

“This is the last year for most of us and we’ve all been playing together for a long time…” said Nicole Foglietta, one of the players. “It’s kind of a perfect end having it here.”

The tourney, to be held at the McGirr Sports Fields, features 15 teams. The Breakers’ first game is Friday at 11 a.m.

The coach said his team will be good to go.

“They’re working hard,” he said. “I give them a hard time, but they’re a great bunch of girls.”

sports@nanaimobulletin.com