Posted: 3:23 pm Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

Softball: Palm Beach Gardens, American Heritage, Grandview Prep ranked in preseason polls 

By Jeff Greer

Softball season is right around the corner, so Miracle Sports came out with its preseason polls for large and small schools. Not surprisingly, some big-name area programs are listed.

Palm Beach Gardens, the defending Class 6A state champion, is ranked first in the Class 5A-8A poll. Last year’s 2A champ, American Heritage, is No. 2 in the 1A-4A poll, and Grandview Prep is 10th. Grandview was runner-up in 1A.

Here are the full polls:

5A-8A
1. Palm Beach Gardens
2. Niceville
3. Plantation-American Heritage
4. Bartow
5. Eau Gallie
6. Sarasota
7. Winter Springs
8. Harmony
9. Braden River
10. Bartram Trail

1A-4A
1. Gulliver Prep
2. American Heritage
3. Satellite
4. Bishop Snyder
5. Bolles
6. Florida High
7. Trinity Prep
8. Pine Castle
9. Canterbury
10. Grandview Prep