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Glenn Pursley, Published May 23 2013

Central Cass secures Class B state baseball berth

ENDERLIN, N.D. – Central Cass head coach Dustin Maasjo says it’s the little things that win ball games. But on Thursday, he found out that big at-bats can do wonders.

Ellery Bresnahan hit a home run and Martin Ausk had two hits and six RBIs to lead the Squirrels to a 17-5 win over Northern Cass after five innings to win the North Dakota Class B, Region 1 baseball championships at Hendrickson Field.

The win marks the second victory of double-digits over the Jaguars this tournament. The Squirrels beat the Jaguars 10-0 in the second round.

“When you have a senior-led group, it’s easy to coach. They know how to play ball.” Maasjo said. “I kept telling them to add runs, and they’d add runs. When they do the little things right, it’s a really easy team to coach.”

Bresnahan’s solo shot, his first of the season, came at the hands of Jaguars starter Ethan Becker. Bresnahan turned on the fourth pitch and sent it flying over the center-field fence. Auck hit a sacrifice fly two batters later to score Chad Rehovsky to help the Squirrels take a 4-0.

“It’s always fun to get a big hit in a big game,” Bresnahan said. “But we had a lot of team hitting today. We were just hoping to come out and play our game and hit well, we knew Ross (Radermacher) would give them his good stuff and we’d be just fine.”

In the third inning, Austin Rust, batting ninth for the Squirrels, doubled to right field to open the floodgates. Rust’s hit would start a rally that produced six runs off five hits. Rehovsky singled to drive in Bresnahan, and Ausk hit into a fielder’s choice that sent Rehovsky across the plate for his fourth RBI of the game and put the Squirrels in position to 10-run the Jaguars once again.

“I thought we hit the ball well and played together,” Ausk said. “When we needed hits we got our hits.”

Bresnahan would finish with two hits and two RBIs and Rehovsky batted 4-for-4 with three singles and a double. Starting catcher Garrett Ebach had two doubles and a single to help the Squirrels to 15 hits.

Leading the Jaguars was starting shortstop Taylor Kyllo. His grand slam off Ross Radermacher would give the Jags a breath of life and cut the deficit to eight. Bresnehan would enter in relief to retire the next four batters to close the game.

Radermacher pitched 3Xc innings and gave up only two hits and struck out four to earn the win on the mound.

“Confidence is a big thing, and these guys are confident. They play the right way. They know what to do and that’s good to see as a coach.” Maasjo said.

The Squirrels advance to the state tournament and will face Harvey-Wells County next Thursday at Memorial Ballpark in Mandan, N.D.

NC 000 50 – 5 2 3

CC 436 4x –17 15 0

E. Becker, Strommen (3) and Hayden. Radermacher, Bresnahan (4) and Bresnahan, Ebach (4). W–Radermacher. L–E. Becker. HR- NC, Kyllo 1. CC, Bresnahan 1 (1).

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