Softball: No. 2 Jupiter handles No. 3 Wellington

Jupiter had plenty of offense to go around Thursday night in its 12-6 victory over Wellington in a battle of top-ranked softball teams.

The No. 2 Warriors pounded out 18 hits, including seven doubles, on the way to picking up their 19th victory.

Jupiter goes into the final week of the regular season at 19-2, while the No. 3 Wolverines, who hit two homers Thursday, dropped to 17-4.

“We’ve been working real hard on our offense,” Warriors coach Steve Ahern said. “The girls made some really good adjustments and had great contact throughout the game.”

Both teams got their offense going early, with Jupiter scoring a pair of runs in the top of the first on RBIs by Madison Leonard and Ashley Goebel, and Wellington tying it up in its half of the inning on a two-run homer by Sarah Longley.

The Warriors struck for three more runs in the third to take a 5-2 lead, with Megan McCants coming up with the big hit on a two-out, two-run double.

Leonard’s two-out single in the fifth plated another run and extended Jupiter’s lead to 6-2.

Kendall Baer followed with an RBI single, and Riley Benedetto added a two-run double for a 9-2 Warriors’ edge.

Jupiter starter Ally Costa ran into some trouble in the bottom of the fifth, giving up three runs on a two-out, three-run homer to center by Kate DeSimone.

But the Warriors came right back, scoring three runs in the sixth on McCants’ two-run double and Baer’s RBI single.

McCants finished with three hits for the Warriors, including two doubles, while Baer collected a pair of singles.

Wellington added a final run in the seventh for the final margin.

Costa, an Eckerd College signee, allowed six runs on six hits to pick up her 16th win of the season. She struck out eight and walked four.

“Ally competes every day,” Ahern said. “She’s had better nights, but she’s always going to compete. That’s what good pitchers do.”

Cathy Vega, Katie Schmidt and DeSimone each had two hits for Wellington.

No. 7 Park Vista 17, Forest Hill 2: Alexa Murjeff was 3-for-4 with an RBI; Sydney Rott went 3-for-3 with an RBI and Morgan Keith homered as the Cobras (12-5) routed the Falcons.

No. 6 Olympic Heights 15, Somerset Canyons 0: Lindsay Tanis was 2-for-2 with three RBIs and two runs scored; Theresa Colandreo had a hit, three RBIs and two runs scored, and Madison Cote was 2-for-2 with two RBIs and three runs scored as the Lions (18-4) rolled over the Cougars.

John I. Leonard 15, Boynton Beach 0: Elizabeth Rambo was 3-for-3 with two singles, a home run and five RBIs; Rachel Massie doubled and drove in five RBIs, and Kayla Bruno homered and drove in two runs as the Lancers (7-9) routed the Tigers.

King’s Academy 16, Coral Springs Christian 1: Jordan Winters had seven strikeouts and was 3-for-4 with three RBI; Sophia Higgins went 2-for-2 with two RBIs, and Cai Machuga was 2-for-3 with two RBIs as the Lions (6-9) coasted past the Crusaders in Coral Springs.

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