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Tom Mix, Published July 25 2013

Bresnahan powers Casselton to Section 3 American Legion title game

CASSELTON, N.D. – Ellery Bresnahan did his part on the mound and at the plate Thursday.

The 5-foot-9 left-hander tossed a complete-game shutout and connected for an inside-the-park-home run during Casselton’s 5-0 win over Hatton in the winner’s bracket of the North Dakota Class B, Section 3 American Legion baseball tournament.

Bresnahan, a University of North Dakota baseball recruit, finished with 14 strikeouts and only yielded three hits and three walks.

“He loves pitching in big games like this,” Casselton head coach Logan Midthun said of Bresnahan.

With the victory, Casselton advances to the championship game set for 3:30 p.m. Saturday. Hatton will play the winner of Hope-Finley and Thompson in a loser-out game at 6 p.m. today.

Bresnahan also shined in the batter’s box going 4-for-4 and finished a triple shy of the cycle. He led the game off with an inside-the-park home run, which caromed hard off the wall as did Hatton right fielder John Huss, who left the game after the play.

“I wasn’t really sure what happened there,” Bresnahan said. “I thought it was a ground-rule double, but my coach was slowly waving me in and it ended up being an inside-the-park home run.”

Casselton plated two runs in the first inning and cruised the rest of the way.

“We were just taking it one step at a time,” Midthun said. “We wanted to get this one so we could have a day off. That’s a good team that we beat over there.”

Bresnahan made it difficult for Hatton batters the entire way. He struck out seven of the first 11 batters he faced and didn’t allow a hit until the fourth inning.

Jace Pederson, Trenton Olson and Brock Sherva were the only Hatton batters to get hits off Bresnahan.

“I tried to keep the ball low and make sure their hitters couldn’t drive anything deep,” Bresnahan said. “They got a couple firm hits on me, but my defense played great behind me to allow me not to give up any runs … I was (hitting) the corners and my curveball was working well so that helped.”

Chad Rehovsky was 1-for-3 with two RBIs for Casselton.

In loser-out play, Thompson defeated Gardner 14-7 and Hope-Finley defeated Mayville-Portland 9-7. Thompson plays Hope-Finley at 3:30 p.m. today.

Thompson used a nine-run seventh inning to break a 5-5 tie. Thompson’s Andrew Klegstad was 2-for-4 with a two runs, two RBIs and also picked up the victory on the mound.

Alex Aberle was 3-for-3 with four runs scored during Hope-Finley’s victory.

Hatton 000 000 0–0 3 1

Casselton 210 101 x–5 8 0

Thompson and Sherva. Bresnahan and Jo. Roesler. W–Bresnahan. L–Thompson.

Thompson 031 000 9–14 13 3

Gardner 311 000 2–7 11 2

W–Kelgstad. L–Hill.

May-Port 103 002 1–7 7 6

Hope-Finley 201 051 x–9 9 2

W–Jacobson. L–Arnesgard. S–Aberle.

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