Palm Beach Gardens pounds out 12 hits in 11-2 win over Jupiter

Palm Beach Gardens evened its season series with rival Jupiter Tuesday night, pounding out 12 hits in an 11-2 victory against the area’s No. 1-ranked team.

Crystal Grimaldo went 4-for-5 with three runs, and Dani Farley pitched a strong seven innings to lead the No. 2 Gators (17-4), who dropped their first game with Jupiter nearly a month ago.

“This is a big win,” Palm Beach Gardens coach Randy Jackson said. “We played well. We ran the bases really well, and we swung the bat. Dani did a pretty good job on the mound.”

The game started as a pitchers’ duel, with Jupiter’s Madi Leonard and Farley (15-2) tossing a combined four scoreless innings.

The Gators broke through in the top of the third inning, scoring three runs on Talia Kentoffio’s RBI double and a pair of RBI singles from Grimaldo and freshman Jaden Walker.

Palm Beach Gardens sent nine batters to the plate in the inning, and left the bases loaded.

The Warriors (16-2) got two runs back in their half of the third, pulling within 3-2 on an RBI groundout by Shelby Russo and a fielding error that scored Rachel Frankhouser.

Palm Beach Gardens went back to work in the fifth, exploding for eight runs on five hits, two walks and an error.

Grimaldo batted twice in the inning, doubling and homering to give the Gators an 11-2 lead.

“Crystal had (a home run), and hit another one I thought was going out,” Jackson said. “Talia hit one in the gap, and Jaden Walker’s been amazing. She’s a freshman, and she’s hitting at No. 5, behind those big bats. She’s putting the ball in play. They did the job tonight.”

Farley closed the game with four straight scoreless innings, and finished with a two-hitter.

Bri Clary and Kentoffio each scored two runs for the Gators, while Brooke Mathew and Ashley Fitzhugh each had two hits.

In other action Tuesday night:

No. 3 Wellington 10, Hollywood-Chaminade Madonna 0: Katie Schmidt was 3-for-4 with two RBI; Cathy Vega hit a two-run homer and Sabrina Gonzalez pitched six innings , striking out four and allowing only two hits as the Wolverines shut out the Lions.

No. 5 Royal Palm Beach 1, Seminole Ridge 0: Jamie Tino went 2-for-3 and had 16 strikeouts and Paige Houck was 1-for-3 with the game-winning single in the seventh inning as the Wildcats (15-5) got past the Hawks.

No. 6 Park Vista 17, John I. Leonard 5: Maddie Miciotta was 3-for-4 with two home runs and four RBI; Gabby McDermott went 4-for-4 with three RBI and Jessina Espinoza pitched three innings and struck out five as the Cobras (11-3) handled the Lancers.

No. 7 Olympic Heights 13, Dwyer 2: Kelly Momtilla went 2-for-5 with a home run, a triple, and five RBI as the Lions (14-4) trounced the Panthers in Palm Beach Gardens.

No. 8 Lake Worth Christian 5, Glades Day 4: Becca Ross was 3-for-3 with a run, a double and an RBI and Katelyn Robine went 4-for-4 with a home run, two runs and struck out six as the Defenders (8-0) got past the Gators (2-6).

Fort Lauderdale-Westminster Academy 14, Benjamin 1: Leslie Berg had a triple in the loss for the Buccaneers.

West Boca Raton 16, Boynton Beach 0 (2): Anna Knight went 2-for-2 with two RBI and Emily Huebner was 1-for-1 with two RBI as the Bulls (8-10) routed the Tigers in Boca Raton.

American Heritage 11, King’s Academy 0 (5): Jenna Whipple tossed a no-hitter, Lily Schleifer went 3-for-3 with six RBI and Alison Rodriguez was 1-for-3 with three RBI as the Stallions (8-5) blanked the Lions in Delray Beach.

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