The Breakers, a local competitive travel baseball team with players all from Carmel Valley, won the prestigious “San Diego Classic” Division 1 Open baseball tournament, featuring some of the best teams in Southern California. In pool play the Breakers lost a close game to the So Cal SKLZ elite travel ball team (11-8), and then beat the highly regarded Del Mar Powerhouse team (7-4) to finish pool play as the 5th seed out of 10 teams entered.
In the quarter-finals bracket the Breakers battled to beat the super elite Eastlake Bombers all-star squad (5-2), which included five players from the Chula Vista Little League World Series National Champion team, and three players from Mexico’s National Little League World Series team. In the semi-finals game the Breakers beat the undefeated #1 seeded Irvine Dolphins (9-2), ranked as the 8th best team in all of Southern California by USSSA.
The Championship game saw the Breakers triumphantly win over the undefeated #2 seeded RIP Baseball (6-2). By virtue of the Breakers tournament win, the team qualified for the highly coveted Triple Crown Sports National World Series tournament to be held in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, in August, where only qualifying teams from all across the U.S. will compete for the national title.
Manager Jim Joyner commented, “It was a TEAM effort with every member of the team playing and contributing to the team’s success. Defensively, all our pitchers were exceptional, and showed tremendous strength and poise under pressure, especially throughout all three of our bracket games on Championship Sunday. Our pitchers out-dueled some of the best hitting teams anywhere, who were averaging close to 10 runs per game, limiting each of them to just two runs. Our fielders also contributed immensely as they played almost error free baseball the whole weekend, making many “ESPN worthy” plays. Offensively, every single player contributed with key hits and heads-up base running. We can’t be prouder of the boys for putting the team first, and winning together.”