In an early season matchup between two of the better teams in Tampa, Hillsborough defeated Gaither 2-0 on the backs of a stellar pitching performance by Jarrod Cande and some timely hitting from the Terriers offense.
RBI singles by Terrence Doston in the 1st and Nick Romano in the 5th were all the offense Hillsborough would need on this Thursday night at Frank Permuy Field.
Doston, a transfer from Armwood, has already made an impression on his new club.
"He's a contact guy," Coach Kenny White says. "He's got a very pretty swing and he's fast. It's a great combination to have."
The real story in the game was Cande. A complete game, four-hit shutout to go along with 11 punchouts.
"My fastball was working pretty well," Cande said.
The strikeouts were there, but the senior righthander also pitched out of jams in the 2nd and the 7th by getting a couple of double-play groundballs to escape the jams.
Tyler Tipton threw pretty well for Gaither keeping the Terriers bats at bay for most of the game, but not having leadoff hitter Jose Cadenas -- out with a lower body injury -- really stifled the offense and the Cowboys just couldn't get anything going.
What's Next :
Hillsborough (2-0) will host Leto on Tuesday 2/28
Gaither (1-1) will host Wharton on Friday 2/24