Posted: 12:21 pm Monday, March 10th, 2014

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

By Anthony Chiang

Park Vista entered the season with high expectations and the Cobras haven’t disappointed.

Park Vista crushed Santaluces and Spanish River last week to stay at No. 1. (Photo by Bill Ingram)

Coach Larry Greenstein’s group is playing the best baseball in the area, and the rankings reflect that. The Cobras sport a miniscule 0.39 ERA and an absurd .345 team batting average. That’s a pretty good combination.

Post Top 10
1. Park Vista (8-0): Have allowed just four runs over past five games.
2. West Boca Raton (7-1): Dropped a close 1-0 game against Royal Palm Beach.
3. Dwyer (7-2): Won seven straight after 0-2 start.
4. Royal Palm Beach (7-2): Hitting .313 as as team.
5. Palm Beach Gardens (6-4): Lost two of first three district games.
6. Trinity Christian (6-2): On two-game losing streak after 6-0 start.
7. American Heritage (7-3): Tyler Frank hitting .400 with nine RBIs for the Stallions.
8. Wellington (6-4): Big district game against Palm Beach Gardens this week.
9. Boca Raton (6-4): Michael Amditis and Mike Spooner hitting over .400 for the Bobcats.
10. Cardinal Newman (6-4): 1-3 in past four games.

While the top two remain the same, Dwyer is the big winner this week. After an ugly 0-2 start to the season, the Panthers are riding a seven-game winning streak. Over that span, Dwyer has recorded quality wins over ranked teams Cardinal Newman and Royal Palm Beach. In addition, the Panthers have shutout three teams during the streak, lowering their team ERA to 0.50. The staff is led by Colton Rendon (0.00 ERA) and Florida commit Thomas Szapucki (0.93 ERA).

Dwyer’s District 13-7A partner Royal Palm Beach also had a big week. The Wildcats moved up three spots to No. 4 after three wins over their past four games, allowing just four runs over that span. Junior Sean Malynn continues to swing a hot bat for Royal Palm, as he is hitting .419 with 11 RBIs this season.

Boca Raton and Wellington jumped into the ranking this week. The Bobcats have won three straight behind solid pitching that has allowed three runs during the current winning streak. Meanwhile, Wellington picked up a big win over Jupiter last week thanks to a complete-game performance from pitcher Spencer Stockton.

Games of the Week

King’s Academy (6-5) at Benjamin (5-4), Tuesday at 4 p.m.: Although the Lions and the Buccaneers are in different districts this year, the rivalry still exists. The two teams are off to solid starts, but bragging rights are on the line Tuesday. Benjamin has been playing well recently, as it has won three straight and has outscored opponents by a combined score of 17-1 over the current streak. Meanwhile, King’s Academy has been inconsistent to start the year — never winning more than two in a row.

No. 2 West Boca Raton (7-1) at No. 3 Dwyer (7-2), Tuesday at 7 p.m.: You’re going to want to keep an eye on this game. Dwyer and West Boca are two of the hottest teams in the area not named Park Vista. The Bulls have won seven of their past eight, shutting out five teams this season. On the other side, the Panthers are riding a seven-game winning streak after an 0-2 start. Did I mention that this is a district game?

No. 7 American Heritage (7-3) at No. 1 Park Vista (8-0), Friday at 7 p.m.: We ask this question every week, so we’ll bring it up again. Will Park Vista be tested this week? The Cobras have won every game by at least four runs this season, outscoring opponents by a combined score of 73-12. I would say that’s pretty impressive. But American Heritage may make Park Vista sweat this week. The Stallions enter Monday on a five-game winning streak, behind a .310 team batting average. Will the Cobras drop their first game of the season this week?