Hillsborough Terriers defeat the Brandon Eagles

“Si se puede, you can do it!” As the sun sets and a breeze sweeps across the field, the Terrier dugout is filled with chants, chatter and partially organized chaos. From the stands, everything appears to be going as it should be, but after taking a step inside of the heart of the team, the perspective of baseball changes. On the field, you know each player for their performance. Matt Lutton (12) is a pitcher, Ryan Romano (11) plays short stop and Aaron Jensen (12) is at home plate.

But standing in the dugout, surrounded by them, the perspective shifts. Carlos Romero (10) sits on the bench and cheers on the team with his broken arm and uniquely, Tim Elko (12) has integrated his great grandmother into every game.

“[She] passed away about two years ago and, um, and just before every at ball, since then, I just drew a cross just to kinda remember her,” Elko explained. He’s noticeably the only player with a routine that carries a personal connection. “It always gets me feeling calm and it really gives me strength that God’s with me and she’s with me,” he commented.

The team, with 7 starting seniors, beat Brandon 8-5 last night at home. They play again tomorrow at Chamberlain.