Tyler Ellis threw a complete game for Mt. Vernon. The Rams senior allowed just three hits and fanned five. Ellis limited the Purple Raiders’ offensive chances throughout the game and rarely allowed runners to move within striking distance.
“I felt like I struggled at the beginning,” Ellis said. “But I just finally found the groove and settled my nerves.”
The Rams kept adding on. This time the bat of designated hitter Hayden Poninski struck. With runners on second and third in the sixth, Poninski drove a ball into the left center field gap. The extra-base hit plated Williams and Clayton Reeves and gave the Rams a 6-0 cushion.
Bloomington pushed a run across in the final inning. It was only the third run scored against the Rams in the postseason.
Mt. Vernon is 31-8-1 overall and opens the state finals on Friday.
“Right now what I’m thinking about is all the work that has went into this,” Holloway said. “I see a lot of our former players up here in the stands, and they have a lot to do with this as well.”