Ellis Builds Winning Streak
Published 12:00 am Thursday, May 16, 2013
By Brian Pitts
Davie Enterprise Record
The Ellis baseball team passed a big test last week, winning 8-4 at Tyro. Ellis’ next win was a walk in the park, 11-2 over host South Davie.
What made the win at Tyro sweet was the fact that Tyro was 6-1 with the only loss to undefeated North Davidson. Ellis improved to 4-2.
“It was pretty nice to beat them,” coach Mike Dinkins said.
Ellis never trailed after turning a 2-1 deficit into a 3-2 lead.
Tyler Roberts went five innings to get the win. He made up for three walks with six strikeouts. “Tyler pitched a heck of a game,” Dinkins said.
“Tyler was throwing smoke right from the start, and it continued through five innings,” assistant coach Joe Brunelli said.
James Boyle slammed the door with two scoreless innings in relief. “James was like a machine on the mound,” said Brunelli, also gave credit to catcher Cody Hendrix. “Cody was a wall behind the plate.”
Jacob Byrd, a highly-skilled seventh grader, led the Ellis offense with three hits.
“Jacob is one of the best-hitting seventh graders in the conference by far, and he has a very bright future ahead of him,” Brunelli said.
Ellis got one hit from Cameron Thomas, Guy Brunelli, McKay Chamberlain, Boyle and Jesse Draughn.
Visiting North Davidson smashed South Davie, 14-2, in five innings. While North ran its record to 8-0, South slipped to 3-3. The highlight for South was Chris Reynolds’ two-run homer.
The Jaguars picked up their fourth straight win when they routed host South Davie 11-2.
Byrd had quite a week, getting three more hits. Brunelli went 3 for 3, while Roberts, Thomas and Hendrix had two each. Roberts and Thomas had two RBIs apiece as the Jaguars scored eight-plus runs for the fifth straight game.
Pitchers Brandon Horton (three innings), Roberts (2 1/3) and Boyle (1 2/3) combined for 10 strikeouts as Ellis …