Posted: 6:27 pm Tuesday, March 19th, 2013
By Jeff Greer
Good luck figuring out the area’s best team before the playoffs.
After a good experiment at Gulliver Prep’s SlamFest this weekend, nothing’s really settled between American Heritage, Palm Beach Central, Palm Beach Gardens and Park Vista. They’ve all beaten each other.
Meanwhile Jupiter keeps winning, and after a solid Tuesday night win over Gardens, the Warriors rose to the top spot for the first time this season.
Unfortunately, we don’t get to see Heritage and Jupiter line up this season. The teams couldn’t quite work out a game. Jupiter’s got Palm Beach Central on Tuesday night, and after that closes with some winnable district games. Heritage plays a tough slate ahead, including Park Vista.
What happens between now and the end of April is significant in really only one spot: District 9-8A. Central and Gardens now seem destined to play at least one more time after splitting the season series.
The Post Top 10
1. Jupiter (12-3): Exacted revenge on Gardens.
2. American Heritage (11-2): One of the area’s toughest schedules.
3. Park Vista (13-4): Impressive showing at SlamFest.
4. Palm Beach Gardens (9-6): Up-and-down group right now.
5. Palm Beach Central (10-6): Starting to become major dark horse.
6. West Boca Raton (10-3): Good hitting team, needs consistency.
7. Wellington (10-5): Pitcher Remi Losey is out for the year.
8. Spanish River (7-2): Jury’s still out on how good Sharks are.
9. Suncoast (7-6): Chargers got good W over Dwyer.
10. King’s Academy (12-5): Area’s hottest team.
Best of the T-Coast: Jensen Beach, Okeechobee.
Since the rankings were sent to my editors, West Boca lost to Boca. I’d likely drop them a bit after that loss. Boca’s frisky enough to ruffle some feathers this fall, and after last season’s breakthrough run, I expected the Bobcats to be tough this spring. But they still have a losing record, which has kept them out of the rankings.
Suncoast’s in thanks to a win over Dwyer. The Chargers’ record isn’t any better than Dwyer’s, but that win plus the early-season victory over Gardens makes them rankable again.
But more importantly, does anyone want to be ranked? The bottom half of the poll features teams with serious flaws. The top five each have taken their lumps in recent weeks. Jupiter’s strong wins over Miami-Westminster Christian and Pinecrest-Gulliver Prep two weekends ago, paired with the Gardens W, have set the Warriors apart for now.
American Heritage was undefeated before SlamFest, and there’s no shame in going 2-2 at one of the state’s premier tournaments, but the Stallions’ reign at the top slipped as Jupiter got stronger.
Does anyone know what to make of Gardens? Up and down all year, this is a team with great hitting and potentially great fielding. But mental miscues and young pitching make this team nothing less than a roller-coaster ride. The Gators could get all the way to state in Vero, or lose in the first round of the District 9-8A tournament.
Watch out for Central, a team with solid pitching and a lot of experience. The Broncos have some big games coming up, and could end up with the second seed in the district tournament.
LARGE SCHOOLS HITTING
Taylor Maloney (Atlantic) .625
Angela Vasquez (Forest Hill) .619
Kaitlyn Burkhardt (Leonard) .567
Shay Fitzgerald (Atlantic) .543
Samantha Howard (Spanish River) .543
Madison Crum (Atlantic) .529
Katelyn Morfis (Leonard) .528
Haley Gonzales (West Boca).524
Savannah Fruin (Spanish River) .514
Victoria Rogers (Atlantic) .500
Savannah Fruin (SR) 4, Emily Lochten (PV) 3, Victoria Manning (PBC) 3, Ta’Coia Williams (PBG) 3, Brianne Lint (SUN) 3, Alex Arciola (JUP) 3, Madison Crum (ATL) 2, Sydney Jones (PBG) 2, Kasandra Castle (PBC) 2, Alexis Pisa (PBC) 2, Virginia Spring (PBG) 2.
Minnie Cocuzza (PBG) 21, Brianne Lint (SUN) 19, Kaitlin Burkhardt (JIL) 18, Angela Vasquez (FH) 17, Emily Lochten (PV) 16, Haley Gonzales (WB) 15, Marina Costa (WB) 15, Kasandra Castle (PBC) 15, Ta’Coia Williams (PBG) 15, Alex Arciola (JUP) 14, Jaime Scher (PV) 14, Shay Fitzgerald (ATL) 14, Virginia Spring (PBG) 14, Taylor Scher (PV) 14, Jelissa Lopez (FH) 14, Loren Kilgore (JC) 13, Savannah Fruin (SR) 13, Stephanie Schmidt (WEL) 12, Sydney Jones (PBG) 12, Madi Kiper (WEL) 11, Blair Tolbert (FH) 11, Katelyn Morfius, (JIL) 10, Alexis Pisa (PBC) 10, Kylee Hanson (JUP) 9, Lauren Frye (JUP) 9, Kelly Kirchner (WEL) 9, Mary Rodriguez (WEL) 9, Jonace Tulloch (JUP) 8, Kelsey Whalen (WB) 8, Yunallis Garcia (FH) 8, E. Peeples (DWY) 8, Christiana Marasa (JEN) 7, Gracie Gonzalez (JIL) 7.
Jaime Scher, PV, 4-2, 0.68 ERA
Sammy Wroblewski, SR, 8-2, 0.79 ERA
Kylee Hanson, JUP, 10-2, 1.01 ERA
Brittany Urie, WB, 6-1, 1.11 ERA
Kelsey Lay, PBG, 5-1, 1.25 ERA
Gabrielle Decker, PV, 6-2, 1.85 ERA
Amanda Blanchard, PBC, 9-6, 2.10 ERA
Ali Irwin, DWY, 5-4, 2.15 ERA
Bailey Whalen, PBG, 4-4, 3.83
Kylee Hanson (JUP) 129, Amanda Blanchard (PBC) 98, Sammy Wroblewski (SR) 50, Remi Losey (WEL) 46, Jessica Clark (JIL) 46, Angela Vasquez (FH) 46, Gabrielle Decker (PV) 42, Jaime Scher (PV) 35, Allison Tilton (SUN) 30, Holly Jones (JEN) 29, Megan Jeffrey (JUP) 18, Bailey Whalen (PBG) 14, Chelsea Malcolm (PV) 13, Jelissa Lopez (FH) 12, Melanie Plakstis (PV) 11, S. Painter (LWC) 9, Alee Perry (CLEW) 9.
Cali Gumpel (Wellington Christian) .725
Calli Norton (Pope John Paul II) .676
Arden Pettit (Benjamin) .641
Becca Gomez (King’s Academy) .636
Soclaina Van Gurp (Trinity Christian) .629
Loren Kilgore (Jupiter Christian) .625
Tyler Chnupa (John Carroll) .610
Alex Link (Boca Christian) .600
Kiana Rivera (Jupiter Christian) .600
Kristen Wright (King’s) .596
Cali Gumpel (WC) 6, Soclaina Van Gurp (TC) 5, Taylor Martin (LPA) 5, Miesha McBride (LPA) 4, Corrie Boggess (AH) 3, Tiffany Pettet (WC) 3, Becca Gomez (KA) 2, Tyler Chnupa (JCAR) 2, Loren Kilgore (JC) 2, Arden Pettit (BEN) 2.
Cali Gumpel (WC) 39, Calli Norton (PJP) 33, Tyler Chnupa (JCAR) 28, Lizzie Rahal (JCAR) 27, Soclaina Van Gurp (TC) 22, Loren Kilgore (JC) 21, Corrie Boggess (AH) 20, Jalysa Semenuk (WC) 20, Taishdlene Kirindongo (TC) 18, Kristen Wright (KA) 17, Becca Gomez (KA) 17, Haily Stroempl (KA) 16, Sierra Ramirez (JCAR) 14, Taylor Brindle (CN) 14, Alex Link (BRC) 14, Haley Butler (BRC) 14, Philny Dayenne Llewellyn (TC) 14, Abby Cornelius (KA) 14, Hannah Polak (BEN) 13, Kaley Jones (BRC) 13, Kierstin Rondeau (JCAR) 13, Sydney Duckstein (CLEW) 13, Miesha McBridge (LPA) 13, Tiffany Pettet (WC) 13, Kiana Rivera, (JC) 12, Rachel Taylo (BRC) 12, Jessica Mohl (AH) 12, Taylor Martin (LPA) 12, Kasey Rivero (CN) 12, Jessica Armstrong (BEN) 11, Callie Stephano (BRC) 11, Arden Pettit (BEN) 11, Jelissa Lopez (FH) 10, Marissa Mangini, (AH) 10, Lily Guerin (LPA) 10, Kelsey Grant (CN) 10, Ballie Jorth (PJP) 10, Sam Chaison (KA) 9, Haily Stroempl (KA) 9, Kim Pagano (JC) 9, Jessie Armstrong (TC) 9, Victoria Morrow (CN) 9, Caiti Goodwin (JCAR) 8, Kasey Rivera (CN) 8, Rebecca Ross (LWC) 8, Megan Kadel, (WC) 8, Christiana Marasa (JEN) 7.
Calli Norton, PJP, 5-5, 0.88 ERA
Corrie Boggess, AH, 5-1, 0.90 ERA
Philny Dayenne Llewellyn, TC, 7-0, 0.91 ERA
Madison Hir, AH, 4-1, 1.16 ERA
Taylor Strickland, LPA, 8-1, 1.40 ERA
Lizzie Rahal, JCAR, 5-1, 2.77 ERA
Jalysa Semenuk, WC, 9-4, 2.79 ERA
Sierra Ramirez, JCAR, 6-3, 3.45 ERA
Jalysa Semenuk (WC) 120, Calli Norton (PJP) 104, Philny Dayenne Llewellyn (TC) 83, Rachel Taylo (BRC) 74, Taylor Strickland (LPA) 63, Lizzie Rahal (JCAR) 54, Hannah Polak (BEN) 52, Corrie Boggess (AH) 43, Sierra Ramirez (JCAR) 40, Kali Chaplin (BEN) 38, Madison Hir (AH) 27, Kasey Rivero (CN) 26, Taishdlene Kirindongo (TC) 23, Jaime Scher (PV) 20, Alee Perry (CLEW) 18, Corrie Boggess (AH) 16, Mandi Perry (CLEW) 15, Savannah Ridgdill (CLEW) 15, Rebecca Ross (LWC) 12, S. Painter (LWC) 9.
GAMES OF THE WEEK
Jupiter at Palm Beach Central
Wellington at Dwyer
Suncoast at Park Vista
Plantation American Heritage at American Heritage
Wellington at Park Vista
Plantation-American Heritage at Palm Beach Central
Suncoast at Spanish River
Pinecrest-Gulliver Prep at Palm Beach Gardens
Dwyer at Spanish River
Jupiter Spring Break Tournament, 4 p.m.
Jupiter Spring Break Tournament, 10 a.m.