Patriots come back and hold on for win against Hillsborough
|Carrollwood Day senior Dillon Baker helped spark a four-run inning for the Patriots with an RBI single to right field.|
By Jarrett Guthrie, editor
TAMPA – Carrollwood Day weathered an early Hillsborough outburst, and got a crooked number on the board in the third and held on for a 5-4 victory.
“I think it was about being scrappy,” Baker said. “Getting base hit after base hit, and taking an extra base."
"Our mentality needs to be a bit better about getting that type of inning a little bit earlier, but today that one helped boost us in the dugout and on the field as well.”
|Hillsborough senior Terence Doston scored the game's first run after being hit by a pitch and stealing second. Doston also added a triple in the seventh, but was left stranded.|
Hillsborough (7-14) jumped out to a three-run lead in the first as senior Terence Doston made a leadoff hit-batter hurt, stealing second base and scoring on a Juan Jaime-Nunez up-the-middle single. Jamie-Nunez came around on a Patriots error, before a third run scored on a double-play.
|Hillsborough senior Juan Jamie-Nunez connects on an RBI single in the first inning.|
It was a tough inning for junior Carrollwood Day pitcher Matt Dressander, but the righty bounced back fairly well working 3 1/3 innings and allowing just one more hit, a Tanner Jones single in the fourth inning, which would later turn into the Terriers' fourth run.
|CDS starting pitcher Matt Dressander|
In between, Carrollwood Day (13-10) crept back in with a Damien Rameau RBI in the second, before taking the lead with the four-run third, which also included an RBI from senior Kyle Benedict.
The Patriots turned things over to Tanner Pelaez on the hill in the fourth, and though the Terriers quickly cashed in a run (charged to Dressander) the freshman righty took care of business with 1 2/3 innings with a pair of strikeouts.
|Hillsborough reliever Michael Ireland|
Doston cracked a two-out triple in the seventh, but things would not swing back in the Terriers direction as junior Danny Vassallo slammed the door shut finishing his two innings of relief and earning the save.
“Tanner as a freshman threw the ball fantastic for us, just going out there and throwing strikes, and then Danny always throws the ball well.” Baker said. “He throws strikes, we make plays, that works pretty well for us.”
|CDS designated hitter Damien Rameau had an |
RBI in the second
Hillsborough finishes the regular season with a game against Berkeley Prep, before facing the Class 7A-District 8 tournament host team Gaither next Tuesday.