Softball: Oxbridge Academy rolls over Benjamin

Oxbridge Academy rolled to its eighth softball win of the season Thursday afternoon, pounding out 12 hits in a 10-0, six-inning victory over host Benjamin.

Ariel Girardi went 2-for-3 with two doubles and two runs scored, and Caridad Estes pitched a two-hitter for the state-ranked ThunderWolves, who improved to 8-2 with the win. The Bucs dropped to 3-3.

“We’ve usually hit the ball very well this year,” said Oxbridge coach Kevin Drake, whose team has scored 29 runs in its past two games.

The ThunderWolves started quickly, scoring three runs in the top of the first on a two-run double by Girardi and an RBI single by Jena Whipple.

The Buccaneers were hurt by two errors in the inning, including a dropped fly ball on the opening at-bat that went for three bases.

Oxbridge added two more runs in the second to take a 5-0 lead. Madalynn Davis’ two-run double was the big hit, but the ThunderWolves also benefitted from two walks and another Benjamin error.

In the fourth, Tatianna Davis led off with a double, and following a flyout to center, Josie Foreman lashed a two-run homer to left-center for a 7-0 lead.

The Bucs struggled to match Oxbridge on offense, managing just two bunt singles off Estes, a sophomore left-hander who struck out 11 and didn’t issue a walk.

“Caridad is a big part (of our team),” Drake said. “As far as our pitching goes, we’re going to go.”

Oxbridge added a run in the fifth on an RBI single by Tatianna Davis, and scored two more in the sixth for the final margin. Lia Love and Christian Glenn each had an RBI in the inning.

Park Vista 15, Lake Worth 0: Gabby McDermott was 3-for-3 with two RBIs, Michaela Aronowitz went 2-for-2, Tyrina Jones was 2-for-2 with an RBI, and Madison Taylor struck out seven in three innings as the Cobras (7-2) rolled over the Trojans in Boynton Beach.

Wellington 8, Olympic Heights 0: Dani Farley pitched a no-hitter with 10 strikeouts, Raegan Conley went 3-for-4 with an RBI and Kate DeSimone was 2-for-4 as the Wolverines (8-0) stopped the Lions (5-5) in Boca Raton.

King’s Academy 8, Cardinal Newman 6: Jordan Winters pitched a complete game with five strikeouts and Sophia Higgins and Hannah Federico each had two hits as the Lions got past the Crusaders in West Palm Beach.

Dwyer 5, Stuart-South Fork 2: Casey Goguts hit a three-run home run and Nicole Collins added two RBIs to lift the Panthers over the Bulldogs in Stuart.

Spanish River 16, Coral Springs-Coral Glades 1 (3): Leanne Rosenbush was 2-for-3 with three RBIs and Devon O’Connor added an RBI single as the Sharks (7-2) routed the Jaguars in Boca Raton.

Glades Day 12, Lake Worth Christian 0 (5): Jaylyn Smith struck out seven in five innings, Emilee Perkins was 4-for-4 with a double, triple and a home run and four RBIs and Olivia Esquivel had two doubles and an RBI as the Gators (4-4) rolled over the Defenders in Belle Glade.


Benjamin 10, Port St. Lucie-Treasure Coast 1: Jack McCluskey was 2-for-4 with three RBIs and two runs scored and Paul Lanoce went 3-for-3 with two runs scored as the Buccaneers routed the Titans in Palm Beach Gardens.

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