Posted: 10:51 am Monday, February 17th, 2014

Softball: Inside the Top 10, plus this week’s top matchups 

By Jodie Wagner

Week 2 of the 2014 softball season is in the books, and a handful of area teams are beginning to distinguish themselves.

Palm Beach Gardens improved to 5-0 with a pair of victories last week, while Jupiter, Wellington and Dwyer remained unbeaten. All four teams can score runs and have solid pitching staffs.

Palm Beach Central, Park Vista, Spanish River and Boca Raton are among the area’s top one-loss teams. All dropped their first games of the season last week. American Heritage and King’s Academy enter our poll for the first time.

Here is a look at our top 10 this week:

  1. Palm Beach Gardens (5-0): Unbeaten start for Gators
  2. Jupiter (4-0): Big win against PB Central
  3. Wellington (2-0): Wolverines move up four spots
  4. Palm Beach Central (3-1): First loss comes to No. 2 Jupiter
  5. Park Vista (3-1): First loss comes out of county
  6. Dwyer (3-0): Panthers score 26 runs in two wins
  7. Boca Raton (3-1): Only loss to No. 2 Jupiter
  8. Spanish River (3-1): Loss to Wellington drops Sharks
  9. American Heritage (2-2): Two straight wins for Stallions
  10. King’s Academy (2-1): Lions move into top 10

Games to watch this week:

No. 6 Dwyer at No. 7 Boca Raton, Tuesday, 7 p.m.: The young Panthers have gotten off to a solid start this season, winning their first three games by a combined 37-12. The Bobcats lost just once, to No. 2 Jupiter on Tuesday. Boca Raton has a solid pitching staff led by junior Abby Pac. Dwyer’s senior shortstop Kelsey Huff is one of the area’s top hitters.

No. 3 Wellington at No. 4 Palm Beach Central, Wednesday, 4 p.m.: This is a big early-season district contest for the host Broncos and Wolverines. Wellington is unbeaten after wins against Seminole Ridge and Spanish River, while Central is 3-1 following a loss to No. 2 Jupiter. Both teams feature strong pitching and defense.

No. 1 Palm Beach Gardens at No. 2 Jupiter, Thursday, 7 p.m.: An intriguing matchup between the area’s top two teams. The Gators are 5-0 and are scoring runs in bunches. The 4-0 Warriors beat two top 10 teams last week in Palm Beach Central and Boca Raton. Both teams have the bats and the arms to advance deep into the post-season.