Baseball Factory Q&A: 2018 Under Armour Pre-Season All-American Brennan Holligan
2018 Under Armour Pre-Season All-American Brennan Holligan has had quite a fun start to his young baseball career.
The Las Vegas, Nevada native was part of the unforgettable experience of the Little League World Series as he was on Nevada’s first ever LLWS team, playing as a 13-year old for the West squad from Mountain Ridge Little League.
During the event, Holligan led his team to victory over the team from Illinois (Jackie Robinson West Little League), pitching four innings and striking out six and one of the bigger thrills of his young life, hitting a home run against a Pennsylvania (Taney Youth Baseball Association) team – in front of 34,128 fans – that featured female pitcher, Mo’ne Davis, sending his team to the U.S. Championship Game against Illinois.
Holligan, now in high school, wrapped up his sophomore season playing varsity on a senior-laden team at Arbor View in 2017, where he gained crucial experience in his development, pitching the second most innings on the team (26 2/3), notching two victories with 27 strikeouts and a ERA of 3.41 in nine appearances.
Brennan recently spoke with Baseball Factory about his memories of playing in the Little League World Series, his experience as a recent Under Armour Pre-Season All-American and more.
Baseball Factory: You were part of Nevada’s first-ever Little League World Series team with Mountain Ridge LL. You did it all in that event, pitching your team to victory early on and hitting a key home run that helped advance your team to the U.S. Championship. What are the memories you carry from that event?
Brennan Holligan: The Little League World Series has been one of the highlights of my life still to this point. Just meeting the different baseball players from around the country and the world, signing autographs for fans along with playing in front of thousands of people is something you’ll remember for a lifetime.
BF: You showed as a talented two-way player during your filming with the Baseball Factory before playing in the LLWS – what was the experience like working with Baseball Factory coaches and what did you learn during that time that you carried into how you played the game after?
BH: Working with Baseball Factory was a great experience because they worked with the players on all parts of the game including the mental aspect. As far as playing the game, I went into the next game making sure I was physically and mentally prepared.
BF: You played in the 2015 and 2017 Under Armour SoCal Classic, an event with a lot of great talent, and you performed well, touching 87 with your fastball to go along with a curve and slider in last year’s event. How has attending those events helped with your progression?
BH: Attending the Under Armour SoCal Classic and playing with the elite athletes that also attend makes me see that there are a lot of athletes that are as good or even better, so it just pushes me to work even harder.
BF: What are your goals heading into your junior season to make it successful?
BH: My goals as a junior are to continue developing as a player, building off of what I did last season on my team and to continue playing the best competition with my travel teams (summer team – MBA Nevada Road Dawgs).
BF: You recently were in Arizona, selected among many of the country’s top athletes, to perform at the 2018 Under Armour All-America Pre-Season Tournament. What are your thoughts on being selected as a Pre-Season All-American and what that experience meant to you?
BH: It was a great honor and privilege to be selected for the event. It means a lot to know that my talent shows and it helps boost my confidence. I know that there are so many players out there and not everyone gets to be selected, so it’s pretty cool.
BF: What is your overall thoughts on how the Baseball Factory has continued to help you develop as a player?
BH: Baseball Factory has continued to help me as player by allowing me to participate in their events and playing against some of the best players in the country.