Ellis baseball cruises

Published 9:51 am Thursday, March 23, 2017

Robbie Bostic pitched effectively in his first mound appearance in an Ellis baseball uniform and Justin Collins went 3 for 3 as the Jaguars cruised past Forsyth Country Day 11-5 on the road on March 16.

Bostic, an eighth grader, went 5 2/3 innings, allowing two hits. Although he surrendered four runs, most of that was due to the Jaguars’ five errors.

“I told him when I kept him: ‘One way you’ll get on the field is work on your pitching. I need two more pitchers,’” coach Mike Dinkins said. “So I’ve been working him in the bullpen, and he pitched extremely well.”

Zachary Rodgers pitched the final 2 1/3, allowing one run. Shortstop Josh Westmoreland and second baseman Collins turned a 6-4-3 double play, and Collins had a bunt hit, two doubles and three RBIs. Reed Cunningham (double, three RBIs) and Beaven Arey had two hits each.


North Davie endured the worst loss in Jeremy Brooks’ three years as coach, losing 10-0 at High Point Christian on March 16. It was the largest margin of defeat since an 18-5 decision against Ellis in 2014.


Westmoreland had three of Ellis’ eight hits as the Jaguars roughed up host North Davie 15-1 on March 17.

Westmoreland, the cleanup man, doubled twice and knocked in three runs. Collins, Cole Turner, Arey, Cunningham and Daniel Reichard had one hit each as Ellis (2-0) beat North for the ninth time in 10 tries.

Rodgers handled the pitching for Ellis. Going all five innings, he allowed four hits and walked just one. First baseman Baylor Stewart did a great job at first base.

“Baylor made several major-league plays with scoops, (including) one on a double play where he had to stretch out,” Dinkins said.

The third straight loss dropped North to 1-3.