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2011 Baseball Preview

March 09, 2011|By Mike Sciacca, michael.sciacca@latimes.com
  • Fountain Valley Coach Ron LaRuffa.
Fountain Valley Coach Ron LaRuffa. (SCOTT SMELTZER,…)

The 2011 prep baseball season is in its first full week of a three-month run. Below is a capsule look at the six local teams.

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Brethren Christian Warriors

League: Academy

Head coach: Josh Franco (third year)

Staff: Brandon Cox; Ken Diebold

2010 record: 8-11

League record/finish: 7-8 (fourth)

CIF results: Did not qualify

Number of returning starters: 3

Returning players: Bobby Frisch (3B/P/1B, captain, three-time all-league, Sr.); Justin Neese (C/P/3B, first-team all-league, Soph.); Daniel Lee (2B/3B, Jr.); Cameron Smith (1B/DH, Jr.); Justin Piantedosi (2B/)F, Soph.); Curtis Draskovich (P/RF, Sr.); Zack Luce (SS/P, Sr.);

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Coach's outlook: "Good team chemistry, athletic, they work hard…may surprise some people," Franco said.

Season opener: lost Friday to Saddleback Valley Christian, 11-7

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Edison Chargers

League: Sunset

Head coach: Steve Lambright (sixth year)

Coaching staff: Todd Cook; Joe MacDonald; Todd Woody

2010 record: 18-8

League record/finish: 12-3 (champion)

CIF results: Lost in first round

Returning players: Johnathon Brooks (1B, Sr.); Timmy Lopes (2B/P, Jr.); Christian Lopes: (SS, Sr.); AJ Libunao (3B, Sr.); Sean Whiteman (LF, second-team all-league, Sr.); Eric Snyder (CF, league MVP, all-CIF, Sr.); Jon Torres (RF, first-team all-league, Sr.); Henry Owens (P, league pitcher of year; Sr.).

Coach's outlook: "We have a solid team with a lot of varsity experience," Lambright said. "We should be contending for another Sunset League title and a run in the CIF playoffs."

Season opener: def. Pacifica, 3-1, Friday (Loara Tournament)

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Fountain Valley Barons

League: Sunset

Head coach: Ron LaRuffa (15th year; 515-285)

Staff: Deric Yanagisawa; Cliff Ritter; Mark Wishek;Garett McFaul; Dan Ellis

2010 record: 13-13

League record/finish: 6-9 (fourth)

CIF results: Lost wild-card game

Returning players: Dan Jimenez (1B, first-team all-league, Sr.); Tyler Clouse (2B, Sr.); John Goldsby (OF, Sr.); Turner Clouse (P/OF, Jr.); Mike Tucker (P/OF, Sr.); Zack Milan (P, all-league, Jr.).

Season opener: lost Friday to Vista Murrieta, 6-0 (Loara Tournament)

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Huntington Beach Oilers

League: Sunset

Head coach: Benji Medure (11th year)

Coaching staff: Adam Springston; Jeff Ruziecki; Joel Bernstein; Gary Buckels

2010 record: 13-13

League record/finish: 7-8 (fourth)

CIF results: Did not qualify

Number of returning starters: 8

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