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Early thoughts on the 2012 season

by Matt Porter, Palm Beach Post GameTime
The high school baseball season doesn’t officially start until February, but baseball never really stops around here. Fall ball is in full swing, and most of the country’s top high school players (and 50-75 of Palm Beach County’s best) are showing off at the WWBA World Championships this weekend at Roger Dean Stadium. That in mind, here are nine intriguing teams to watch this season, in no particular order: 1. Dwyer. Coach Frank Torre took over two years ago with a mission to bring the Panthers to prominence. It’s happening. The Panthers already have one of the nation’s best young arms in Ole Miss commit Cheyne Bickel, a junior. They got a huge boost with outfielder Jamal Martin, an FSU commit, transferring from Forest Hill in April. Add in talented seniors like Bradley Emery and Tim Lynch and there’s no reason the Panthers won’t take the...
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Wellington 3B Peter Rivera commits to Miami

by Matt Porter, Palm Beach Post Game Time
Wellington High third baseman Peter Rivera committed to the Miami Hurricanes, coach Scott Riddle said. Rivera (5-10, 190) has a power bat and plays strong defense at third. Last year in his junior season, Rivera had a team-high four homers and drove in 20 runs. Read the full story here on the Post site.
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Wellington wants another shot at West Boca in 15-5A tournament

by Matt Porter, Palm Beach Post GameTime
Wellington won’t concede District 15-5A to top-ranked West Boca, which it blanked early in the season and lost to 3-2 last week. It just wants another shot to play the Bulls. Shortstop Mitch Morales (left) and his teammates hope to have the last word in 15-5A. (Taylor Jones/The Palm Beach Post) Coach Scott Riddle was upset after that loss, knowing his team blew a chance to earn home field advantage – and let Dwyer and West Boca fight it out – while having a much easier road to the 15-5A final. The two district finalists, of course, earn a trip to regionals while everyone else plans for next season.The Wolverines aren’t a large team, but similar to Dwyer, they’re strong and solid. They have an ace, Duke signee Andrew Istler, who matches some of the area’s best and a tight defense that keeps the runs down....
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