Posted: 11:10 am Monday, April 7th, 2014

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

By Anthony Chiang

A handful of district races will be decided over the next few days.

Palm Beach Gardens earned a big win over Palm Beach Central last week. (Photo by Bill Ingram)

With the postseason just a few weeks away, the action is heating up. But one thing has not changed in a while, Park Vista and West Boca Raton continue to sit atop the Post’s rankings.

Post Top 10
1. Park Vista (17-1): Bounced back from first loss with two straight wins.
2. West Boca Raton (15-1): Big district game against Dwyer on Friday.
3. Dwyer (13-4): On four-game winning streak.
4. Trinity Christian (17-3): Warriors own dazzling 1.06 team ERA.
5. American Heritage (14-6): Impressive wins over PB Central and Cardinal Newman last week.
6. Palm Beach Gardens (14-7): Catcher J.J. Schwarz has hit six home runs.
7. Palm Beach Central (13-7-1): Last week’s district loss to Palm Beach Gardens hurts.
8. Wellington (14-6): Outscored last week’s opponents by combined score of 14-0.
9. Seminole Ridge (14-7): Scored 24 runs over past two games.
10. King’s Academy (12-8): Dominic Mercurio batting .531 for the Lions.

Park Vista rebounded nicely after last week’s loss to Palm Beach Central. The Cobras responded to their first loss of the season by winning two games last week. Austin Smith continues to lead Park Vista with a .451 batting average and a 7-0 record on the mound.

The race for the No. 1 seed in the District 13-7A tournament will be decided this week. West Boca Raton and Dwyer both enter the week with just one district loss, but one will drop its second district game Friday when they face off. Oh, did I mention the Bulls are No. 2 and the Panthers are No. 3 in our rankings. Royal Palm Beach had a chance to steal the No. 1 seed, but two district losses last week ruined the Wildcats’ hopes.

Trinity Christian has been consistently dominant this season. The Warriors have won eight consecutive games behind impressive pitching. Richard Moesker leads Trinity’s staff with a 0.66 ERA in 31 2/3 innings.

Meanwhile, the District 9-8A standings continue to change every week. After Palm Beach Central looked to have a firm grip on the No. 1 spot, the Broncos fell to Palm Beach Gardens last week. Now, Wellington is tied with with the Broncos at the top of the standings. You can even argue that the most talented team of the group, Palm Beach Gardens, is at the bottom of the district standings. It should make for a fun tournament.

Games of the Week

No. 5 American Heritage (14-6) at No. 10 King’s Academy (12-8), Friday at 4 p.m.: This game features the top two teams in District 13-4A. The Stallions are on a four-game winning streak and sit atop the district, and the Lions are on a three-game winning streak and sit in second place. The last time these two schools faced off, American Heritage won 11-1 on March 1. With King’s Academy playing at home this time, it should be a closer game.

No. 3 Dwyer (13-4) at No. 2 West Boca Raton (15-1), Friday at 6:30 p.m.: This one will likely decide the No. 1 seed in the District 13-7A tournament. Since Feb. 18, these two teams have combined to lose just three games. Need I say more?