Posted: 12:11 pm Thursday, March 15th, 2012

Softball: Palm Beach Gardens is No. 1 in the nation 

By Jeff Greer

Just a few days ago, we noted ESPN’s national ranking of Palm Beach Gardens softball as the second-best team in the country. Well, now the Gators are No. 1.

The second-week national poll, put out by ESPN Rise, ESPN’s high school site, ranks the Gators in the top spot, praising them for their nine shutouts in 12 wins. Gardens has outscored opponents 133-3 so far, including a 17-0 drubbing of Cardinal Newman earlier this week. The Gators play Park Vista, the Post‘s third-ranked team in the area, on Friday.

Niceville, which is in Class 6A, two below Gardens’ class size, is ranked sixth.