Softball: No. 3 tops No. 5 Wellington in 11 innings
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
by Jeff Greer
District 9-8A already looks like the state's most competitive softball district. So leave it to one of the district's veterans to come through in the clutch in a close game.
Jupiter senior Lauren Frye's bloop single to right field scored Alex Arciola and helped third-ranked Jupiter beat fifth-ranked Wellington 3-2 in 11 exhausting innings Wednesday night in Jupiter.
"Not particularly looking for that (bloop), but whatever works," said Frye, a shortstop who's signed with Caldwell College in New Jersey. "We all have one goal, but you have to get out of the district, and you saw tonight that's not easy. You can't underestimate any team."
The game-winner was Frye's second hit of the night, and it gave Jupiter (4-1) its first lead of the game. The Warriors fought back twice from one-run deficits.
Ashley Allen scored on a passed ball in the 10th inning to tie the game at 2-2 after Wellington freshman Genevieve Mangini put the Wolverines (5-1) ahead with an RBI single.
Bri Rano's run-scoring single in the sixth inning got Jupiter back on even terms with Wellington, two innings after Steph Schmidt's single gave Wellington its first lead.
"We're still looking for our identity as a team, so this was a good win for us," said Jupiter coach Steve Ahern, whose team lost an extra-innings heartbreaker to Palm Beach Gardens last week but also topped Palm Beach Central 3-1 in another close affair two weeks ago.
"I'm really happy they showed some character and heart tonight."
Jupiter pitcher Kylee Hanson and Wellington's Remi Losey went toe-to-toe all game.
Hanson threw 131 pitches, struck out 11 and gave up two runs on eight hits. Losey struck out 10 and gave up nine hits and three runs.
Both made critical pitches in key spots to extend the game.
"Seems like it's going to be a race down to the finish, right down to the district tournament," Wellington coach Mark Boretti said. "We thought we had it when we went up 2-1, but we just couldn't finish it off. They kept battling. I love them for that."
No. 6 Park Vista 10, Santaluces 0 (5): Gabrielle Becker pitched a perfect game with 10 strikeouts as the Cobras (3-2) handled the Chiefs in Boynton Beach. Jayme Kendall hit a two-run home run.
No. 8 Palm Beach Central 2, No. 10 Boca Raton 0: Marina Carmona had three hits and an RBI as the Broncos shut down the Bobcats (3-4) in Boca Raton.
Spanish River 15, Olympic Heights 0: Savannah Fruin was 3-for-3 with a grand slam and a double, five RBIs and four runs scored to lead the Sharks (3-0) to the rout of the Lions (0-5) in Boca Raton.
Benjamin 10, John Carroll 0: Hannah Polak was 3-for-3 with three runs scored, three RBIs and a stolen base as the Buccaneers (4-1) shut down the Rams (6-1) in Palm Beach Gardens.
Okeechobee 8, Fort Pierce Central 0: Stormy Stokes had two hits and an RBI as the Brahmans (4-1) routed the Cobras in Fort Pierce.