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Austin Breer

 

 

 

Austin Breer

USSSA Playing History

Interview conducted on 11/9/2020

 

Who are you playing with in 2021, and who have you played with in the past?
2021- Free Agent – austinjbreer@gmail.com

2020- MyAutojack/DTS for the whole year, also picked up with L&S Glass for Columbus dual and SVC/Cat5 for Virginia

What positions do you play and what is your best position?
Outfield. Personally I feel I excel in CF but willing to play wherever the team needs me.

Who is the best softball player you have ever seen play?
I'm a hometown guy so Dale Brungardt. But like watching the way Zirkle and Dunn play defense and watching Flip and Everett as hitters.

Why do you like the game of softball?
I really enjoy the competitiveness and the atmosphere. Slow pitch has also  brought me some of my closest friends and relationships.

Who is the best up and coming player in softball and why?
Deven Kaaiwela, Derek Kaaiwela, Steven Cabrera, Julio Abreu. All around great players and teammates. Go about the game the right way and great attitudes.

What is your nickname in softball and how did you get it?
Breer cause its my last name.

What is your height and weight?
5"11 195 lbs. 24 Years Old

Where do you call home?
Puyallup, WA

What's your favorite way to spend an off weekend?
Hanging out with my girl. Spending time with family and friends. Hitting BP. And Golfing when I can.

What do you do for a living?
Night Warehouseman for SGWS

Did you play sports in High School / College / Pro?
Played high school football and basketball.

How did you get your start in softball and how did you get to the upper level?
I got my start in softball playing fundraiser tournaments with my dad when I was 18 and he got me hooked up with my first team called Time Out. I played One year with them then moved up to D to play with my dad and friends with a team called Hustle and that's really where I got my name out there. Then I played for my uncle, and my dad on MOG for a few years. Then 2019 I got my first upper level opportunity With a local B team called Miller time. And for the 2020 season Strojan Kennison got my name out there and I played for Cholo Brown with Myautojack/DTS. Throughout the 2020 season I also picked up with L&S Glass for the Columbus, Ohio dual and picked up with SVC/Cat5 for the Virginia Dual. I'm very grateful for all the coaches and teams that gave me a chance to play for them.

What was the most surprising difference between Conference play and non-Conference play when you made the jump?
The biggest difference I would say is Defense. When you are playing defense the balls are hit a lot harder with more movement. When you are hitting the holes are smaller and you need to hit the gaps harder because everybody is more athletic and you have to earn every hit.

Is there a player that you would compare your game to?
I try to pick and pull from every player I watch. Hitting I try to be a patient hitter and know when to hit for power or just get on for the next guy like Flip and DJ Hollingsworth. Defensively I try to implement my game after Ben Dunn and Brian Zirkle.

What would you say is your career highlight to this point? Maybe one play or game that sticks out to you in particular?
Winning CoEd B worlds in 2017.  Playing on the Washington Major Challenge cup team for Ryan Lekness.

In your career was there a single person (player/manager/coach) who had the most significant impact on your approach to the game? Why?
My Dad Rick Breer- His work ethic and drive to be one of the best. The love and passion he has for the game is Immeasurable. He's always pushing me to be better but also doesn't let me forget that I need to stay humble. He pushes me to be better not only on the field but as a man as well.

Uncle Scott Mahan- He has not only been one of my coaches but he's also been one of my best friends. He's one of my biggest supporters and also one of my biggest critics. He helps make sure that I never feel bigger than the game and I respect it as well. He also keeps me humble and pushes me to grind.

What advice can you give a young player trying to break into the upper level?
Just don't stop putting in the work and never think you are bigger than the game. Become a sponge and learn as much as you can. Slowpitch is a very humbling game.

What type of batting grip do you use and what ounce bat?
Baseball grip with a knob cuff. 26.5 oz

What do you do in the offseason to prepare for the next softball season?
Try to BP and defensive practice 2-4 times a week, running, and going to the gym 3-4 times a week.

What is your favorite sports team and your favorite sport other than softball?
I enjoy Football, Basketball, and Golf.

Do you have any superstitions and if so, what are they?
Batting routine.

What would be your "at bat" music selection?
Swag Surfin- F.L.Y.
Many Men(Wish Death)- 50 Cent

What is your favorite non-World tournament and why?
Kings of the NW and Seattle Super draft. big tournaments and lots of people come up for it.

What is the best softball field/complex you have played at and why?
Space coast and Reno Golden eagle complex.

Where is the best place to eat on the road after a game?
Texas Roadhouse and Chic fil a

What is the funniest thing you have ever seen on a softball field?
Watching Blake Lively fall 3 times running home and still being called safe at challenge cup last year. The commentating was great and Stro playing the replay over and over the rest of the weekend.

Tell us something about you that most would never know about you?
I do a great Adam Sandler impersonation.
 

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