Palm Beach Gardens dealt Miami-Westminster Christian its first loss of the season Tuesday night, rallying for a 2-1 victory at Amanda J. Buckley Memorial Stadium.
Jaden Walker’s two-out RBI single in the bottom of the seventh inning brought home Bri Clary with the winning run for the No. 4 Gators, who improved to 8-3 with the win.
The Warriors, who won the Class 4A state championship last season, dropped to 6-1.
“We’re young, and we’re struggling a little bit in big spots,” Palm Beach Gardens coach Randy Jackson said. “But we just got going here, and now we play a bunch of state champions and runners-up. It’s a young group, and they grew up a little today.”
The Gators have 10 freshmen and sophomores on the roster, with starting pitcher Danielle Deaton among them.
The freshman right-hander pitched a gem Tuesday, allowing one run on three hits in seven innings to pick up the win. She held the Warriors scoreless through five innings, while Westminster Christian starter Victoria Perez held Palm Beach Gardens scoreless through six.
Both teams had their chances on offense, though.
The Gators threatened in the bottom of the second, placing runners on first and second with one out. But Perez got out of the inning, retiring the final two batters on a fielder’s choice and a strikeout.
The Gators threatened again in the fourth, loading the bases with one out following a leadoff error, a walk and a hit batsman. But Perez worked out of the jam again, setting down the final two batters on strikeouts. They were the right-hander’s fourth and fifth strikeouts of the game.
Westminster Christian finally got its offense going in the top of the sixth, putting two runners on with two outs for Hailey Donovan. The shortstop rapped an RBI double to center to put the Warriors ahead 1-0.
The Gators were unable to answer in their half of the inning, but followed through in the seventh.
Palm Beach Gardens loaded the bases with two outs, and tied up the game on a bases-loaded walk to Brooke Barnard. Walker followed with an RBI single to close out the game.
In other action Tuesday night:
No. 1 Wellington 10, Royal Palm Beach 0: Alexis Mobilia had the game-winning hit in the sixth inning, Lexi Butler and Sabrina Gonzalez each were 2-for-3 with two runs scored and Katie Schmidt threw a complete game, allowing only two hits and striking out two, as the Wolverines (9-0) blanked the Wildcats in Wellington
No. 2 West Boca Raton 4, Olympic Heights 1: Alexa Ares was 3-for-4 as the Bulls (10-0) defeated the Lions (5-6) in Boca Raton. Kaitlyn Cunningham went 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored, and Theresa Stettner was 1-for-3 with an RBI in the loss for the Olympic Heights.
No. 3 Jupiter 14, Palm Beach Central 0 (5): Madi Leonard (4-0) struck out six with no walks, Chrissy Fontaine was 2-for-3 with four RBIs and Emily Bodenheimer and Maddi Sprankle were each 2-for-3 with two RBIs as the Warriors (9-1) blanked the Broncos in Jupiter.
No. 7 Park Vista 9, Plantation-American Heritage 0: Jules Schumacher was 1-for-3 with a three-run homer, Cassidy Trimble went 2-for-3 with an RBI, Morgan Keith was 2-for-3 with an RBI, and Tyrina Jones pitched a complete game, struck out four and gave up only four hits as the Cobras (8-2) shut out the Patriots in Boynton Beach.
No. 10 American Heritage 14, Benjamin 4 (5): Helena Klimkiewicz (5-3) struck out seven in five innings and was 2-for-4 with a home run, five RBIs and scored two runs; Chloe Nadler went 3-for-3 with a triple and a double, scored three runs and had an RBI; and Alexa Chaplin was 2-for-2 with a double, two RBIs and a run as the Stallions (5-3) routed the Buccaneers in Delray Beach. Leslie Berg went 2-for-2 with a walk for Benjamin.
Dwyer 19, Boynton Beach 1 (3): Gaby Haas went 2-for-3 with a home run, three runs scored and three RBIs and Casey Goguts went 3-for-3 with a double, three runs scored and three RBIs as the Panthers rolled past the Tigers in Palm Beach Gardens.
Somerset Canyons 16, Cardinal Newman 12: Nicole Lim was 3-for-4 with two RBIs and three runs scored and Sarah Polak struck out six, but the Crusaders fell to the Cougars in Boynton Beach.