Posted: 1:51 pm Monday, February 10th, 2014

Softball: Inside our first Top 10, plus this week’s best games 

By Jodie Wagner

The 2014 softball season got underway Feb. 3, and the extra base hits already are flying throughout the county. Expectations are high among area teams, all of whom saw their first action of the season last week.

As expected, Palm Beach Gardens, Palm Beach Central and Park Vista all opened strongly, while Forest Hill nudged into the top 10 with three wins to start the season.

Here is a look at our first top 10 of the season:

  1. Palm Beach Gardens (2-0): Pitching, defense key for Gators
  2. Palm Beach Central (2-0): Two wins to open the season
  3. Park Vista (2-0): Beats American Heritage in opener
  4. Jupiter (2-0): Strong start for the Warriors
  5. Boca Raton (2-0): Offense, pitching spark Bobcats
  6. Spanish River (2-0): 14 runs for Sharks in two games
  7. Wellington (0-0): Wolverines aiming for district title
  8. Dwyer (1-0): Panthers win season opener
  9. West Boca Raton (2-0): Allowed one run in two games
  10. Forest Hill (3-0): Hot start for the Falcons

Games to watch this week:

No. 8 Dwyer at No. 10 Forest Hill, Tuesday, 6 p.m.: The Falcons started the season a surprising 3-0 and look to continue their momentum against the Panthers, who have high hopes for a district title this season.

No. 2 Palm Beach Central at No. 4 Jupiter, Thursday, 7 p.m.: An intriguing early-season matchup between two of the area’s top teams. The Broncos scored 20 runs during their first two games and allowed just four, while the Warriors routed a strong Suncoast team on Monday and also beat Lincoln Park Academy. Central pitcher Amanda Blanchard can dominate.

No. 7 Wellington at No. 6 Spanish River, Thursday, 7 p.m.: The Sharks got off to a strong start, winning their two games by a combined 14-2. The Wolverines are eager to get underway after their opener against Coral Springs Charter was rained out last week.