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SlamFest answers few questions

After watching some of the state's best at the softball SlamFest last weekend, all I really came away thinking was that Jacksonville Mandarin is good.

They definitely played better than "mighty" Palm Beach Gardens, which lost to Palmetto and Lourdes. Word around the tournament was that neither faced Gardens' top pitcher. But still, this team is supposed to be way better than everyone else in Class 6A this year.

I think Palmetto, Cooper City and Lourdes would beg to differ. Certainly, Mandarin would.

With the exception of Palmetto's loss to Naples Barron Collier, a strong showing by the Panthers, which are still the team to beat from the 305 in 6A.