Posted: 10:56 am Monday, February 27th, 2012
By Matt Porter
We’ve had two weeks of the baseball season to compile some real analysis of the area teams. Here’s who’s ranked, who’s on the bubble, and why …
1. Park Vista (5-0) No missteps by Cobras to this point
2. Palm Beach Central (5-1) Shutout wins vs. Dwyer, Wellington
3. Dwyer (3-1) Blown out by Central, but ten-runned Jupiter
4. Jupiter (6-1) Must get back on track after tough week
5. Summit Christian (5-1) One of area’s power-packed offenses
6. American Heritage (3-2) Dylan Silva’s injury won’t hurt too bad
7. Royal Palm Beach (6-0) First big test comes against American Heritage
8. Benjamin (4-0) Hanging with the big boys this season
9. Trinity Christian (3-2) Many tough games to come in next two weeks
10. Wellington (2-2) Slightly ahead of several other bubble teams
Breakdown: Give Park Vista credit for its spotless record, but it hasn’t played its hardest games yet. The Cobras can prove the doubters wrong by beating Palm Beach Central on Saturday. Game is 7 p.m. at Park Vista … Palm Beach Central didn’t allow a run last week to a pair of top-10 teams (Dwyer, Wellington) and has beat Trinity Christian, Summit Christian. Last Friday’s 8-5 loss to Jupiter is all that’s keeping the Broncos at No. 2. … Jupiter (6-1) fell to No. 4 after a blowout loss to Dwyer. The Warriors had a rough week, which we plan to detail in a blog post later today … Dwyer is a solid call at No. 3 after manhandling Jupiter. The Panthers’ 7-0 loss to Central looked bad, but don’t expect Dwyer to be shut out too often … Summit Christian (5-1) can rake too, and might have the best offense among small schools. The Saints didn’t lose a lot from last year’s state championship squad … As small schools go, American Heritage (3-2) plays one of the toughest schedules around. Ace Dylan Silva is dinged up, but he won’t be out for long .. Is Royal Palm’s sparkling early-season record a mirage? (Sounds like football season…) The Wildcats are 6-0, but get their first big test Monday (7 p.m.) at home against Heritage … Opposing coaches are calling Benjamin (4-0) the best Bucs team since the mid-1990s. It’s early for that talk, but the Bucs opened eyes with wins over West Boca and Spanish River and a blowout of St. Andrew’s. In two offense-heavy preseason games, the Bucs edged Dwyer and lost to Jupiter by two. Impressive work … Trinity Christian (3-2) has plenty of nice talent, but the strength of schedule isn’t in their favor. The Warriors won’t have another real test for two weeks, when they play in the Selective Recruiting Invitational. Dwyer and Jupiter will play in that tourney, which includes some of the top teams in Broward and Dade (and a team from Puerto Rico) … Wellington (2-2) is in danger of dropping out after a loss to King’s Academy. The Wolverines also have a loss to Palm Beach Central against them. (Edit: Wellington did play Central well. Like most teams, the Wolverines are as good as that day’s starter. They threw their No. 5 guy against King’s. They can hang with most, but an inexperienced offense may hurt them.)
On the bubble: Martin County’s pitching has made it 5-0 for the second straight year. According to TCPalm.com, it’s the fourth time the Tigers have been 5-0 in the program’s 74-year history. It’s hard to get a bead on them since they don’t play in Palm Beach, but it’s hard to ignore 5-0 … On the upswing is King’s Academy (3-3), which beat Wellington and suffered a 2-1 loss to Trinity Christian … West Boca Raton (3-2) has probably area’s best pitcher, but losses to Spanish River and Benjamin raise questions about the Bulls’ depth behind Parker Danciu … Boca Raton (4-1) looked rankable until Friday’s loss to Palm Beach Gardens … Gardens (2-3) has won two in a row. Its pitching needs to prove itself, and Saturday’s 2-1 win over South Fork was a good step … South Fork (4-2) is capable, but dropped a 2-1 decision to Gardens on Saturday. On Friday, the Bulldogs outslugged Okeechobee 13-12. Okeechobee fell to 4-1.
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