Lone Grove’s Kolton Ellis – Baseball Spotlight Presented By Carter County Dodge

By Derrick Smith

When an athlete sets a goal that they want to achieve, they will do what it takes in order to reach it. No matter if it is an individual goal or a team goal, the work has to be put in during preparation.

There are a few other things required, according to Kolton Ellis, in order to be successful in your sport. “It takes a lot of commitment and sacrifices,” he said. “But in the end, the work and sacrifice will all be worth it.”

Ellis is a senior at Lone Grove High School, where he plays first base and pitcher for the school’s baseball team. He said he has played baseball since he was very young but has always loved the game. “My parents signed me up when I was four years old,” Kolton said. “I fell in love with baseball and I have played it since.”

During his baseball career, Kolton says one of his favorite moments on the diamond came during a postseason game. “We were playing Kingston in the playoffs my sophomore year,” he said. “We beat them in extra innings and forced a game three. That was a great game.”

There are many people Ellis has looked up to through the years, but he said there are a couple who stand out. “One of my biggest role models is retired pro baseball player, Adrian Beltre,” he said. “I always liked how he played the game with a passion and always had fun while playing. Also, my family has played a huge role in my life. They have always supported me throughout my career and always pushed me to be better.”

Lone Grove teachers were all good to Kolton, but he said that one teacher stood out as his favorite. “Mrs. Simmons taught me a lot,” he said. “She taught me to be myself and to always work hard no matter what.”

After he graduates high school, Ellis plans to attend college and major in Kinesiology.