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Tom Mix, Published May 13 2013

Central Cass' Bresnahan making most of shortened spring sports season

Casselton, N.D. - Central Cass senior Ellery Bresnahan has no trouble getting his swings in during the spring sports season.

Bresnahan plays both baseball and golf for the Squirrels, which makes for a busy schedule, especially this spring when both seasons have been abbreviated because of weather.

Bresnahan, a left-handed pitcher who is signed to play baseball at the University of North Dakota, has perfected splitting his time between both sports.

“Obviously I have to juggle my time a little bit, showing up to baseball practice and getting my time in,” said Bresnahan, who also plays football in the fall and basketball in the winter. “The good thing about golf that works so well for my schedule is that I can practice anytime as long as it is light out. Usually I come to baseball practice and stay until 5 p.m. Then I move to the golf course, play for a couple of hours and work on my individual game.”

Last Friday, Bresnahan found his day booked solid with a late-morning region golf meet in the Mayville, N.D., and two baseball games in the afternoon in Casselton.

The round of golf didn’t wear out Bresnahan, who tossed a five-inning no-hitter in the Squirrels’ 11-0 Region 1 victory over Enderlin-Maple Valley.

Through Saturday, Bresnahan is 2-0 with 15 strikeouts in 10 innings pitched and is batting .519 (14-for-27) with an on-base percentage of .567.

“He exudes confidence,” Central Cass head baseball coach Dustin Maasjo said. “He is not a guy that likes to talk a lot on the baseball field, but the way he carries himself is something that is great for the younger players to see. He is almost professional in how he does things on the baseball field.”

Bresnahan was 5-1 with 64 strikeouts in 30 Zc innings and held opposing batters to a .063 average last spring. Those numbers garnered a lot of recruiting attention for the Squirrels’ southpaw.

“When I was younger, I knew I wanted to play sports in college,” Bresnahan said. “As you get older you see how hard it actually is and you can’t just go play anywhere to play. UND was a perfect fit for me. I enjoyed the coaches and the campus.

“It didn’t really matter to me whether I went D-I or D-II,” Bresnahan added. “I just wanted to go and play somewhere and it worked out for me.”

When it comes to playing 18 holes on the links, Bresnahan seeks to put his name on the leaderboard. He tied for fifth place at last year’s Class B state tournament. Central Cass head boys golf coach Gregg Robbins said he expects another solid showing.

“He should be in the top 10 again this year,” Robbins said. “He is right up there with the elite golfers in our region.”

Picking a favorite between the four sports is tough for Bresnahan.

“I’ve always said for the longest time baseball has been my favorite, but it seems like whatever season I’m in that sport has the edge just because I get into the mindset of being excited for every game,” Bresnahan said. “Every sport I compete in is so enjoyable for me.”

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