Posted: 6:16 p.m. Monday, Feb. 3, 2014
By Jodie Wagner
Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
LAKE WORTH —
TEN TEAMS TO WATCH
Park Vista: The Cobras return eight seniors from last year’s 17-7 team.
Jupiter: The Warriors have some holes to fill but will improve quickly.
Palm Beach Gardens: The Gators were district champions in 2013 and have the talent to repeat.
Palm Beach Central: Star pitcher Amanda Blanchard returns for the Broncos, who went 22-10 last season.
American Heritage: The Stallions are aiming for their fourth consecutive state championship.
Wellington: The Wolverines play in a tough district but have talent and depth on the roster.
King’s Academy: The Lions advanced to the state semifinals last season and hope to return.
Boca Raton: Pitching will be key for the Bobcats, who will field a young team with no seniors.
Suncoast: Senior catcher Brianne Lint leads a talented team with postseason potential.
Dwyer: New district should help Panthers, who went from five wins to 11 last season.
TEN PLAYERS TO WATCH
Alex Arciola, Jupiter, C, senior: Clutch hitter named to All-State team last season. Batted .372 with 24 RBIs.
Kasandra Castle, Palm Beach Central, C, senior: Hit .510 with five homers and 40 RBIs to lead Broncos last year.
Brianne Lint, Suncoast, C, senior: Led area in homers in 2013 with 11. Also batted .502.
Tiffany Lower, Palm Beach Gardens, SS, junior: Speedy infielder hit .321 for Gators last year.
Sydney Jones, Palm Beach Gardens, 3B, senior: Solid defensively, she also batted .319 with 11 extra-base hits for Gators.
Emily Lochten, Park Vista, SS, senior: Hit .468 with 22 RBIs last season. Committed to FAU.
Amanda Blanchard, Palm Beach Central, P, senior: Won 22 games and struck out 246 for Broncos last year.
Stephanie Schmidt, Wellington, 1B/P, senior: Threw 108 innings for the Wolverines last season while also batting .427. Signed with North Florida.
Kelsey Huff, Dwyer, SS, senior: Batted .643 last season with 17 steals. Also posted .975 fielding percentage.
Jessie Mohl, American Heritage, IF/P, senior: Power hitter helped lead Stallions to state title in 2013.