North Dakota Baseball POY: Ellery Bresnahan

North Dakota Baseball POY: Ellery Bresnahan

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North Dakota Baseball POY: Ellery Bresnahan


THE WINNER: Ellery Bresnahan


School: Central Cass (Casselton, N.D.)

Grade: Senior

Position: OF/C/LHP

Height: 5-foot-8

Athletic achievementHe led the Squirrels to a 10-4 record and a berth in the Class B state tournament, scheduled to begin May 30. Bresnahan batted .512 while collecting 13 stolen bases, seven RBI and seven extra-base hits through 14 games, also scoring 23 runs. On the mound, Bresnahan owned a 3-0 record with a 0.43 ERA and 28 strikeouts in 16.1 innings-pitched. A two-time American Legion Class B state champion, he finished 5-1 with 64 strikeouts in 30 innings-pitched as a junior last season.

Academic excellenceAlso a football, basketball and golf standout, Bresnahan has maintained a 3.04 weighted GPA. 

Exemplary characterA member of the National Honor Society and the DECA organization, he has volunteered on behalf of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America and as a Youth Frontiers Courage Retreat leader.


“He can do it all,” said Scott Milbrandt, head coach of rival Kindred/Richland (Kindred, N.D.). “If he isn’t pitching, he will catch. You won’t steal on him, as his arm is a cannon. He will also play center and can cover a lot of ground with his speed. Offensively, you do not want him to get on base ever. He will steal second easily, and I have even seen him steal third if he gets a good read on the pitcher. He is fun to watch when we are not playing them—not so much fun when you are playing them.”

THE FUTUREBresnahan has signed with North Dakota.


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