Ellis Named Captain of Harvard Baseball

Ellis was named the team's captain for the 2017 season (Elan Kawesch).
Ellis was named the team's captain for the 2017 season (Elan Kawesch).

The catcher is the 144th captain in the program's history (Rob Foldy).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Rising senior Josh Ellis has been named the 144th captain of Harvard baseball, as announced by the program on Thursday. Ellis becomes the program's first solo captain since 2012, and extends the run of catchers as captains to four consecutive years.

"I am thrilled that Josh will captain and be the leader of leaders in our clubhouse and beyond. Josh embodies all that a coach and teammate would want," said Bill Decker, The Joseph O'Donnell '67 Head Coach for Harvard Baseball. "He plays the game with tremendous energy and pride, and at the same time, is extremely passionate about being the best student-athlete he can be. We are all blessed to have him in our lives as one of the best young leaders on Harvard's campus."

Hailing from Milton, Massachusetts, Ellis was an All-Ivy League honorable mention selection in 2016 as the Crimson's everyday catcher. The rising senior appeared in 40 games in 2016, finishing second on the team with a .304 batting average. Ellis led the team with seven stolen bases while tallying seven extra-base hits and 13 RBI. Excelling defensively as well, Ellis caught nine runners trying to swipe a bag.

Harvard baseball posted a 17-24 overall record in 2016, including a 9-11 mark in Ivy League play. The Crimson's nine Ivy wins were its most since 2010.