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Scooter Pursley / Special to The Forum, Published June 01 2013

Central Cass secures ND Class B state baseball title

MANDAN, N.D. – With a brush of his foot, Ellery Bresnahan may have presented Central Cass with its first state North Dakota Class B state baseball championship in 59 years.

With Squirrels’ starter Ross Radermacher struggling on the mound in the first inning, Bresnahan used a meeting at the mound to do some work with his feet on the pitcher’s landing spot. Radermacher found a comfort zone and hurled Central Cass to a 6-3 win Saturday at Memorial Ballpark.

“I just worked to level it out,” said Bresnahan, who pitched 2Zc innings of no-hit relief to get the save. “It was a little rocky out there. When I’m pitching, I don’t like that stuff. It’s all mental out there that first inning.”

Radermacher walked three batters and hit one in the first inning and looked uncomfortable on the hill. He walked Villarreal to force in a run and prompt a mound meeting with his infielders, during which time catcher Bresnahan did some mound footwork.

Radermacher got the next two batters out and pitched well enough to get the win. He gave up three earned runs, walked six and struck out five in 4Xc innings.

“He’s our workhorse,” Central Cass coach Dustin Maasjo said. “We got Ross what he needed to get (to get the win), and I had Ellery in my back pocket.”

Bresnahan gave up one run and five hits in 24 Zc innings this season.

The Squirrels scored two runs in each of the third, fourth and sixth innings. They chased starter Zak Hernandez after three innings and scored four off Jaime Villarreal, who pitched earlier in the day.

“He’s probably 20 miles an hour slower tonight,” Graft coach Chad Kliniske said. “He got through the game on guts.”

For Grafton, it was a game of missed opportunities. Nine Spoilers walked, another was hit by a pitch and 11 were left on base.

“We didn’t bank on our opportunities there. We had some opportunities, but we couldn’t get the hits to get them in,” Villarreal said.

Mitch Scheer had two hits and drove in a run and Ryan Nelson had a pair of hits and scored twice.

Jess Suda had a hit and scored two runs.

The Squirrels put it away in the fifth, when Bresnahan relieved Radermacher after he gave up two runs and had to runners on. He walked a batter to load the bases, then struck out Jacob Suda to end the Spoilers’ last threat.

Earlier Saturday, Central Cass scored 12 runs in the fifth inning to beat Carrington 14-4 in the semifinals.

Chad Rehovsky drove in four runs in the fifth inning as the Squirrels rallied from a 4-2 deficit. They had led 2-0 before Carrington scored four runs in the fourth.

“He was throwing well the rest of the game and they figured they would start getting some outs, but we just kept finding gaps,” Rehovsky said. “We know we can hit the ball

Patrick Freeman had two hits for Carrington.

Beulah defeated Carrington 3-1 in the third-place game.

Championship

Central Cass 6, Grafton 3

G 100 020 0–3 4 3

CC 002 202 x–6 8 0

Hernandez, Villarreal (4) and Thompson. Radermacher, Bresnahan (5) and Bresnahan, Ebach (5). W–Radermacher. L–Hernandez.

Third-place game

Beulah 3, Carrington 1

B 003 00 –3 4 2

C 100 0x –1 4 1

Nelson and Muscha. Hewitt and Rosenau. W–Nelson. L–Hewitt.

Fifth-place game

Harvey-Wells County 2, Thompson 1

T 100 00 –1 4 2

HWC 001 1x –2 5 1

Walsh and Dolleslager. Littlefield, Nyhus (4), Schmidt (5) and Nyhus, Beck (4). W–Nyhus. L–Walsh. S–Schmidt.

Seventh-place game

Minot Ryan 6, Trinity Christian-Trenton 4

TCT 102 10 –4 7 2

MR 204 0x –6 8 0

Schell and Huck. Will and Magnuson. W–Will. L–Schell.

Semifinals

Central Cass 14, Carrington 4

C 004 00 – 4 4 4

CC 101 0(12) –14 14 2

Clifton, Hewitt (5) and Rosenau. Ebach and Bresnahan. W–Ebach. L–Clifton.

Grafton 3, Beulah 1

B 000 001 0–1 6 1

G 100 002 x–3 3 0

W–Villarreal. L–Zacher.

Consolation semifinal

Thompson 7, Minot Ryan 3

T 030 013 0–7 9 1

MR 101 000 1–3 5 3

Klegstad, Schwabe (5) and Dolleslager. Allers, Eggl (6) and Magnuson. W–Klegstad. L–Allers. S–Schwabe.