Posted: 4:42 pm Monday, April 1st, 2013

Baseball: The Post top 10, games to watch for Monday, April 1, 2013 

By Matt Porter

Two teams started at the bottom (of the top 10) and now they’re here (in the middle of the top 10).* Let’s take a look at the area:

The Palm Beach Post Top 10

1. Jupiter (15-1) Lost to state-worthy Miami-Columbus
2. Palm Beach Gardens (16-4) Next three games are in-district
3. Palm Beach Central (13-4) Allowed four runs in last four
4. Benjamin (14-4) Visits powerful Archbishop McCarthy on Wed.
5. Wellington (11-7) Took home Central Florida Slam title
6. Trinity Christian (9-5) Six-win streak includes Park Vista, Dwyer
7. Dwyer (8-8) Has shot at Jupiter on Wednesday
8. Atlantic (12-6) Won Lake Worth tournament
9. Park Vista (11-4) Fell apart against Trinity Christian
10. King’s Academy (9-7) Lost to Park Vista

On the bubble: West Boca Raton (9-2), John I. Leonard (9-7), Suncoast (10-6), American Heritage (8-11).

Best of the Treasure Coast: Martin County (14-2), John Carroll (16-3), Jensen Beach (10-7)

Now that Jupiter’s unbeaten (14-0) start is over, the Warriors can turn to closing out District 9-8A play without a loss. This week they have tough games against Dwyer (Wednesday) and Palm Beach Gardens (Friday).

Like Jupiter, both Gardens and Central had a loss over spring break. They’ll settle things next week – until the district tournament.

Benjamin went 2-2 in spring break tournament play, but that’s a speck in the rear view right now with Wednesday’s game looming. The Bucs visit Fort Lauderdale-Archbishop McCarthy, which spent time in the MaxPreps national rankings earlier in the season.

Wellington moves to No. 5 after a championship showing in the Central Florida Slam. Senior right-handed pitcher Spencer Stockton was named MVP. Also on the move is Trinity Christian, which is on a six-game winning streak. The most impressive of those was last Thursday’s 11-1 beatdown of Park Vista. The Warriors can swing the bat and have more homers (21) than any area team.

What an odd season it’s been for Dwyer. The Panthers climbed above .500 for the first time all year last week at the Selective Recruiting Invitational in Miami, beating west Broward, Doral Academy and Miami Pace. The Panthers are now 8-8 after losing to Miami-Columbus, last year’s Class 8A state runner-up, in the consolation bracket. Now they get a shot at Jupiter, South Florida’s top team.

Atlantic’s 4-0 run through the Lake Worth Tournament (now called the GGI Classic) was impressive, but Dwyer’s resurgence has been more impressive. Park Vista falls from No. 5 after falling apart against Trinity Christian. King’s Academy lost to Vista.

Trinity Christian’s impressive week knocks out West Boca Raton, which went 2-2 over spring break … Suncoast has won five in a row after losing to Gardens on March 20 … John I. Leonard went 2-2 in the Lake Worth tournament, with a pair of one-run losses to Atlantic and Cardinal Newman … American Heritage gave Gardens a run last Friday, but is 2-5 over its last seven.

GAMES TO WATCH

TUESDAY
Wellington at Palm Beach Central, 4:30

WEDNESDAY
South Fork at Trinity Christian, 6
Dwyer at Jupiter
Benjamin at Fort Lauderdale-Archbishop McCarthy

FRIDAY
American Heritage at Pope John Paul II, 4
Jupiter at Palm Beach Gardens
Wellington at Dwyer
West Boca Raton at Atlantic

*if you don’t get that reference, it’s probably for the better.