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Mount Si shortstop Carson Breshears en route to Oregon and college baseball; But first, senior season
For two seasons, Carson Breshears has been one of the Mount Si baseball team’s secret weapons.
The athletic Breshears was Mount Si’s second hitter in the lineup as a junior in 2012, and held down the shortstop position. A physical presence and a quiet leader, he confirmed in November a verbal commitment to the University of Oregon for college play.
“I might have to become an Oregon fan,” said Mount Si coach Zach Habben. “It’s a great opportunity for him.”
A team captain, Breshears has led by example.
“He goes out, gets the job done, plays the game right,” said Habben. He’s one of the most well-rounded players Habben has ever coached, with “great hands, great feet, and the bat is huge.”
Expect Breshears to keep hands, feet and bat moving for Mount Si this spring as returning senior.
Right now, he aims to get better with his team, every day.
“Hopefully, we can go out and win another Kingco championship,” Breshears said.
“I’m always working on improving everything: hitting, fielding, quickness, arm strength, to try to get better and ready for college.”
Carson’s parents, Doug and Polly, will now be driving a lot every spring. Carson’s older brother, Dustin, is playing at Gonzaga University in Spokane, after transferring from Bellevue College and St. John’s.
Breshears chose Oregon thanks to a promising relationship with coaching staff.
“It was a good fit,” he said. “The way they play, it fits my style. The quickness—they play a lot of small ball.”
His father, Doug Breshears, said it has taken a lot of hard work to get here.
“It’s just starting to pay off,” he said. “This is just the beginning.”
From Little League to club ball, most recently the local Chaffee club, he’s played from a young age.
“There’s been a lot of people in the community who’s helped him get where he’s at,” said Doug.
One of those who’s helped him is Jeff Mitchell, his longtime Little League coach.
Carson has always looked up to brother Dustin as a mentor. Growing up, they competed with each other, and the older boy helped Carson get better through the years. The younger Breshears has a passion for baseball, watching his brother play from a young age. He’s been in cleats ever since his brother started playing.
Breshears likes the toughness of the game, “how hard it is to succeed. It makes you want to work harder to get that success.”
At Oregon, he anticipates playing middle infield as a freshman, and “I’m going to compete to get some time on the field,” he said. He likes the fact that Oregon is in the Northwest, close to home, and feels like home.
Breshears’ friends on the baseball field, who attended his letter signing early Wednesday, Nov. 13, some of whom have known him since first grade, said they were proud to see him go to a big school. They knew he could do it.
Carson Breshears goes into motion from second in a push on North Thurston during the 2012 postseason. He returns as shortstop.