Posted: 11:38 am Sunday, May 13th, 2012

Live from Clermont: Jupiter falls in its first state softball tournament 

By Jeff Greer

Jupiter softball’s historic post-season run has brought the Warriors to the National Training Center in Clermont, where they’ll play in the program’s first state semifinal. Follow here for regular inning-by-inning updates.

Jupiter had its 1-2-3 hitters up in the bottom of the seventh, but couldn’t get anything going, falling 5-4 to Miami Palmetto in the Class 8A state semifinals.

A wary seventh
If the first six innings weren’t dramatic enough, Palmetto provided plenty of excitement in its top half of the seventh inning. Rachel Blackburn flied out to left, but Emily Ghezzi singled and Kelsey Bogaards got on via error. Meg Parker popped out, but Gabby Spallone singled and Emily Rodriguez’s fielder’s choice gave Palmetto the lead. Rodriquez hit a bounding ball to short, and Lauren Frye had no choice but to throw to third. The ground’s dry, and Frye slipped as she threw. The throw was late, and a run scored.
Palmetto 5, Jupiter 4, mid-seventh

Samstag to the rescue
Theresa Samstag drilled a fly-ball double to the left-center gap to score Alex Arciola, who led off the sixth inning with a fly-ball double off the wall in left. Samstag’s two-out RBI hit may have just saved Jupiter’s post-season. Game’s all tied up.
Jupiter 4, Palmetto 4, end six

Jupiter’s missed opportunities
Maybe the fifth inning will come back to haunt the Warriors like the third. Savannah Stone doubled and Devin Williams singled to start the fifth, putting runners on the corners with no outs. Bri Rano grounded right back to the pitcher, which helped Williams move to second, but Kasey McMullen popped out to shallow center and Lauren Frye struck out. Jupiter’s wasted three runners in scoring position so far.
Palmetto 4, Jupiter 3, end five

We got a ballgame, folks
Jupiter responded in a big way to Palmetto’s big third. Bri Rano was hit by a pitch and advanced to second on a passed ball. Kasey McMullen singled to center and advanced to second on defensive indifference. Lauren Frye’s single scored Rano, but McMullen held up at third. Frye was sent to second, though, and thrown out, costing Jupiter its second runner in scoring position. Alex Arciola smoked a line drive right at short to end the threat.
Palmetto 4, Jupiter 3, end three

Palmetto strikes back
After Kasey McMullen dropped a throw from Lauren Frye, Kelsey Bogaards walked and Meg Parker singled to load the bases with one out for Palmetto. Gabby Spallone looped a single into short left, but it somehow rolled all the way to the wall, clearing the bases and sending Spallone to third. Spallone scored on Emily Rodriguez’s ground out, but that didn’t end the threat. Palmetto stranded Brittany Goolsby at second after her long double to left.
Palmetto 4, Jupiter 2, mid-third

Devin Williams’ big moment
After Kylee Hanson pitched Jupiter out of a one-out, runner-on-third jam in the top of the inning, Devin Williams laced a line drive down the left-field line. Palmetto left fielder Megan Greenwell dove, but missed the ball, and it rolled all the way to fence. Williams, with her blazing speed, turned it into an inside-the-park home run to give Jupiter the early lead. But Jupiter got more help: Lauren Frye’s sharp line-drive single was muffed by Greenwell, and Frye ended up at third. Alex Arciola’s fly ball was dropped in center, and Frye scored easily.
Jupiter 2, Palmetto 0, end first

Kylee Hanson takes her 17-4 record to the circle today for the biggest start of her promising career. Hanson has six shutouts in her last nine starts, all of which were wins. Here’s my preview for today’s game against Miami Palmetto, which starts at noon.

Don’t know too much about Palmetto. Meg Parker, a righty ace, is 13-4 with 152 strikeouts and a 3.56 ERA in 122 innings. Palmetto lost to Gulliver Prep, which lost to Gardens, which Jupiter beat twice in four games. That’s about as close as we’ll get to common opponents.

Here are today’s starting lineups:

Williams 8
Rano 4
McMullen 3
Frye 6
Arciola 2
Hanson 1
Timoteo 7
Samstag DP/Lew-Fong 9
Stone 5

Bogaards 6
Parker 1
Spallone 8
Rodriguez 2
Goolsby 9
Greenwell 7
Tate DP/Pepe 3
Blackburn 5
Ghezzi 4