Gar­dens ral­lies be­hind Walker's key hit in 7th

RBI sin­gle breaks tie as young Ga­tors im­prove to 8-3.

The Palm Beach Post - - SPORTS - By Jodie Wag­ner Palm Beach Post Staff Writer jwag­ner@pb­ @JRWag­ner5

PALM BEACH GAR­DENS — Palm Beach Gar­dens dealt Mi­ami-West­min­ster Chris­tian its first loss 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. 4Ga­tors, who im­proved to 8-3.

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, with start­ing pitcher Danielle D ea­ton 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 fi­five in­nings, while West­min­ster Chris­tian starter Vic­to­ria Perez held Palm Beach Gar­dens score­less through six.

Both teams had their chance son of­fense, though.

The Ga­tors threat­ened in the bot­tom of the sec­ond, plac­ing run­ners on fi­first and sec­ond with one out. But Perez got out of the in­ning, re­tir­ing the fi­fi­nal 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, strik­ing out the fi­nal two bat­ters. They were the right-han­der’s fourth and fi­fifth strike­outs.

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 the game on a bases-loaded walk to Brooke Barnard. Walker fol­lowed with the game-win­ning hit.

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