James Ellis insisted he wasn't fazed by pitching at a major league ballpark. The Poly senior's confidence was backed up by his performance Friday in guiding the Engineers to a 5-3 win over Digital Harbor at Camden Yards.
"We were motivated enough because we were playing Digital," Ellis said. "It is always a big game against them."
Ellis worked quickly and efficiently for the Engineers, giving up all three of his runs in the third inning while shutting down the Rams the rest of the afternoon in a rain-shortened game that was called after the fifth inning.
"I thought I pitched well for four out of the five innings," said Ellis, whose team made him a winner by rallying for three runs in the fifth. "I was ready to go the distance if that is what was needed of me."
A two-out, RBI double from Tim Gardner in the top of the third gave the Rams their only lead of the afternoon at 3-2.
In the bottom of the fifth, Poly's Jordan Garrison reached first base on a fielder's choice. He advanced to second on a single from Sharif Green. Garrison later stole third and Green stole second. A single by Wilfred Deshields scored Garrison and Green, giving the Engineers a 5-3 advantage.
Rams starter Nathan Pitts Jr. struck out five and allowed four hits in five innings.
Ellis had four strikeouts and gave up just two hits in five innings.
"[Ellis] pitched very well for us. He's a senior, so he deserved this," said Poly coach Corey Goodwin. "He was staying in there no matter what. He was going to pitch for us as long as we played."