(Windsor, Ontario) – A story book ending to an outstanding career for St. Clair Saints pitcher Kyle Breitner.
In his final start as a Saint, Breitner earned his 300th strikeout in the semi-final game at the Men’s Baseball National Championship.
Breitner tossed a complete game tearing through the Holland College lineup striking out 11 batters while only giving up two hits in a 4-1 Saints win. For the effort, he was awarded ‘Player of the Game’ honours.
He says, as a pitcher, the name of the game is getting outs, but that day he was striving for 11 strikeouts.
“I think it’s a tough feat, but with a great baseball program, great teammates, a coaching staff that led you to eight championships and most of all, for the love of the game, any feat can be reached.”
The Saints went on the win the National Championship with a 3-2 win over rival Fanshawe College with Breitner being named ‘Top Right Handed Pitcher’ at the tournament.
Breitner says taking down Fanshawe was that much sweeter after falling to them 2-1 in last year’s championship.
“Playing them again in a rematch, we had some faces back from last year who remembered the heartbreak and wanted to make sure we came out on top this time around. This program is too good to lose on the big stage twice in a row.”
An Etobicoke native, Breitner says during his five years at St. Clair, he has no regrets.
“It has been a true home away from home for me. I want to continue my life here in Windsor. It’s a nice going out present winning a championship and putting a big ring on your hand with 37-3 career record. We had five amazing seasons. I made a lot of new friends while playing under the legendary Coach Dave Cooper. Coach Cooper and I are the only members to be a part of the team for all five years.”
Breitner adds he wouldn’t have wanted to wrap up his career at St. Clair any other way.
“Winning a National Championship in my final year, I feel, is the perfect way to cap off my college career. To have my family there to see the team win meant everything to me.”
Breitner currently plays for the Etobicoke Rangers AAA Senior Men’s Baseball Club in the COBA League.