A baseball star from the RMWB will be suiting up for Alberta in the 2017 Canada Summer Games.
Fort McMurray’s Justin Breen will be playing first and third base for Team Alberta – who are hoping to clinch gold after bronze and silver finishes in 2009 and 2013.
Breen tells Mix News he’s ecstatic about the opportunity to represent Alberta.
“Right after the tryout, I got a call from the Team Alberta coordinator saying I had made the team,” Breen said. “I was really excited because that was the goal I set after I missed Canada Cup tryouts with a knee injury and I made that team after Seattle. Now, I’m just pumped to go to Winnipeg.”
A pitcher for Fort McMurray’s Midget Triple-A Oil Giants, Breen is the lone athlete from the RMWB who will be suiting up for Alberta.
Instead of pitching for Alberta, Breen will be providing defense from both corners of the diamond.
He’s perfectly alright with the switch as it happens to be the position of his favourite MLB All-Star.
“Nolan Arenado, we play the same position. He’s a great defensive player, who can also hit, he hits a lot of home runs, he’s just a good hitter. I want to be just like that, a big offensive spark for my team hit the three-hole and drive in a lot of runs.”
After that knee injury prevented him from trying out for the Canada Cup squad, Breen’s looking forward to helping Alberta take home the gold.
He hopes to use this opportunity as a platform to further his baseball career after high school.
The 2017 Canada Summer Games kick off in Winnipeg on July 28 and runs until August 13.