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Orange County high school baseball preview: OC preseason top 10

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The Orange County high school baseball preseason top 10:


1. Orange Lutheran: The Lancers are a mega-talented team with plenty of experience, including All-Trinity League senior pitcher Louis Rodriguez and senior catcher Karson Bowen. They both have committed to Texas Christian University.

Junior right-hander Louis Rodriguez pitched a complete game as Orange Lutheran defeated JSerra 8-2 on Monday in the first game of their three-game series that will decide the Trinity League title. (Image by Steve Fryer, Orange County Register/SCNG)

2. JSerra: The Lions have their usual large number of skilled players, including LSU-committed sophomore pitcher/third baseman Matt Champion and Vanderbilt-committed senior pitcher/first baseman David Horn, but few of them played much varsity baseball last season.

JSerra’s David Horn celebrates after hitting a double against Huntington Beach in a nonleague baseball game at Huntington Beach High in Huntington Beach on Saturday, April 24, 2021. (Sam Gangwer, Contributing Photographer)

3. Huntington Beach: Arizona State-committed junior catcher Ralph Velasquez leads the Oilers who could be Orange County’s top public-school team again.

4. Servite: The Friars might have their best baseball team in decades, including three players committed to UCLA: left-handed pitcher Chris Grothues, outfielder Jarrons Hocking and junior shortstop/pitcher Roman Martin.

5. Cypress: The roster is deep with talented and experienced players, including junior pitcher/outfielder Matthew Morrell, who committed to Oregon State, and San Jose State-committed outfielder Neil Jansen.

6. Santa Margarita: The Eagles roster is heavy with juniors, but they are most of them played regularly last season, including Stanford-committed pitcher Jack Svinth and Washington-committed infielder Blake Wilson.

7. Foothill: Pitching depth will be a strength for the Knights, and scoring runs won’t be a problem. The roster includes center fielder Austin Overn (USC signee), second baseman Brady Schrank and third baseman/pitcher Aiden Taurek.

Foothill’s Aiden Taurek (31) delivers a pitch against Villa Park during their Crestview League game in Yorba Linda, CA, on Wednesday, May 19, 2021. Villa Park defeated Foothill, 4 to 3. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG)

8. Villa Park: Junior shortstop Gavin Grahovac is widely acclaimed as Orange County’s best player, and the Spartans also have USC-signed catcher Jack Burke, infielder/pitcher Zach Brown and outfielder/pitcher AJ Kodel.

9. Capistrano Valley: The Cougars feature a deep pitching staff led by senior right-hander Brady Disbro (Mississippi signee), and Mason McGwire (Oklahoma signee).

10. Dana Hills: The Dolphins will be stellar on the mound with Washington State-bound senior lefty Grant Faris, and senior right-hander Bo Kelly, who was a standout quarterback this past fall.


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