MARSHALL, Texas — Two former Ellis County baseball standouts are making a name for themselves at the collegiate level — one pitch at a time.

With only four appearances under his belt, former Waxahachie Indian baseball player and swimmer, Garrett Penny, has slowly carved a role for himself on the East Texas Baptist University pitching staff. On Tuesday, Feb. 27, Penny picked up his first college win. With the score tied 5-5, he finished the game in relief, pitching 2.1 innings, allowing two hits, one run, and two strikeouts. With the help of a walk-off double in the bottom of the ninth, East Texas Baptist University defeated the University of Dallas 7-6, giving Penny his first win.

Fast forward to Friday night, March 3.

District 10-5A was well represented as Red Oak alumnus and ETBU sophomore, Zach Pollard, pitched 6.0 innings, allowed four hits and two runs in a solid outing. Once again, Penny finished the game in relief. In his 3.0 innings of relief work, Penny allowed two hits, no runs, and recorded one strikeout as ETBU defeated Southwestern University 14-2.

For the season, Penny (1-0) has recorded nine strikeouts in his 15.1 IP, with three walks and 10 earned runs (5.74 ERA). Pollard (2-0, SV) boats 14 strikeouts to six walks with 12 earned runs allowed over his 22.2 IP for a 4.76 ERA.

The Tigers are currently 10-8 overall and 4-2 in the American Southwest Conference. East Texas Baptist University will host Louisiana College for a three-game set March 17-18 followed by three more home games against Sul Ross State March 24-15.