Posted: 5:28 pm Monday, April 15th, 2013

Softball: Inside the final Post Top 10 

By Jeff Greer

The softball regular season is over. Can you believe it? Here’s a short glimpse at the final Post rankings of the softball season.

I won’t go crazy in this week’s post because I’ve got all sorts of information in my district tournament preview. And in today’s Post, a feature on the area’s top pitcher, Kylee Hanson.

We’ll have coverage of each district tournament as the unfolds. So, here it is, the final Top 10 of the 2013 season. I included the preseason rank for each team in parentheses.

The Post Top 10
1. Jupiter 19-4 (2)
2. Palm Beach Central 17-8 (5)
3. American Heritage 16-6 (1)
4. Palm Beach Gardens 16-8 (3)
5. Park Vista 17-6 (4)
6. Wellington 16-8 (8)
7. West Boca Raton 18-6 (6)
8. Dwyer 10-9 (NR)
9. Seminole Ridge 12-11 (7)
10. Suncoast 13-10 (10)
Also considered: Spanish River, Trinity Christian, King’s Academy.
Best of the Treasure Coast: Lincoln Park, Okeechobee, John Carroll, Jensen Beach.

Jupiter finished the year in the top spot, moving up one slot from the preseason. Central jumped three spots. Dwyer obviously made the biggest noise, vastly improving from last year’s disastrous season. My ninth-ranked team in the preseason, Boca, finished 12-12, but the Bobcats are a dangerous No. 4 seed in the District 10-8A tournament.

In my final rankings, I’m giving Central the nod ahead of Heritage for that 2 spot. Central’s played well late in the season. I didn’t even realize what the move meant until after I’d done it: Tuesday’s District 9-8A semifinal between Jupiter and Central will feature the top two teams in the area. Now, if you’ve followed my Inside the Top 10 posts all year, you know very little separates the top five. Jupiter, Central and Gardens all beat each other. Jupiter and Gardens beat Vista. Vista beat Central and Heritage. Good luck finding your way out of that labyrinth.

Dwyer beat Park Vista last week. For those who keep an eye on area softball, it’s not a huge surprise. Dwyer’s been very competitive this year. Don’t be fooled by the 10-9 record. Eight of the Panthers’ nine losses came in-district, against four of the top six teams in the county.