Jupiter shortstop Anthony Servideo got hit with the second pitch of Wednesday night’s game against Palm Beach Gardens, and the Warriors’ offense immediately went into motion.
Servideo stole second on an attempted pickoff, and two batters later, he crossed the plate on an Andrew Martinez single to give visiting Jupiter (4-1) the first run in a 14-0 blowout win over Palm Beach Gardens (2-1) to begin District 9-9A play.
“It’s almost like the Cubs’ Dexter Fowler,” Jupiter coach Andy Mook said. “It’s like: you start, we start. … Whenever he starts going, we can get some things going.”
The Ole Miss signee’s run in the first inning started the scoring, but the bigger outburst came one inning later.
The Warriors started a two-out rally when left fielder Noah Otero-Vargas singled and stole a base, then Servideo drove him in with a single. Tyler Ward followed with a hit, and a pair of wild pitches scored Servideo.
Two more runs scored when catcher and LSU signee Mason Doolittle’s ground ball sneaked past Gardens shortstop Tucker Weindorf, putting Jupiter ahead 5-0 early.
After lying dormant for a few innings, the Warriors’ offense came alive again later, scoring a pair of runs in the fifth inning, two more in the sixth and five more in the seventh, putting the game far out of reach.
“We know what we have, offensively,” Mook said. “I know we have the ability to score 5 to 10 runs.”
While the Warriors’ offense was putting runs on the board, pitcher Zach Chivers was keeping the Gators in check.
The 6-foot-1 left-hander pitched five innings Wednesday night, giving up only two hits and no runs while striking out five batters.
“(Chivers) locates,” Mook said. “Just locate your pitches, let your defense play. … Let the hitters get themselves out. You don’t have to blow past and strike everybody out.”
Jake Garland, a sophomore committed to Miami, came in to relieve Chivers in the sixth inning and pitched an inning of scoreless relief, followed by a three-strikeout inning from Mitchell Hartigan, a Florida Atlantic commit.
“We had all our guns ready,” Mook said.
Park Vista 6, Royal Palm Beach 2: Manuel Fernandez was 2-for-3 with an RBI as the Cobras (3-1) defeated the Tigers in Lake Worth.
Spanish River 7, Olympic Heights 3: Brett Binder was 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored and Jake Fishman went 2-for-3 with two runs scored as the Sharks (3-1) defeated the Tigers in Boca Raton. Jason Patel had a hit and scored a run for the Lions.
American Heritage 8, Saint John Paul II 1: Carmine Lane struck out seven in four innings and was 2-for-4 with two runs scored and three RBIs at the plate and Nathan Zuckerman went 2-for-3 with two runs and a stolen base as the Stallions (4-2) handled the Eagles (2-1) in Delray Beach.