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March 10, 1998|ERIC SONDHEIMER

Getting richer: Chatsworth High's baseball team, ranked No. 1 in the region by The Times, could be getting stronger after the arrival last week of David Hawk, a 6-foot-6 left-handed pitcher from North Bakersfield High.

Hawk, a senior with a reported 85 mph fastball, enrolled at Chatsworth after moving into an apartment across the street from the school with his father. He has been picked as one of the top 100 players in the nation by one publication.

"He's pretty good," said Chatsworth Coach Tom Meusborn, who saw Hawk pitch during a practice on Thursday.

North Bakersfield Coach Tony Silver said Hawk has lived in New Mexico and Texas while moving frequently because his father worked for an oil company. Hawk was 5-1 last season for North Bakersfield, which finished 23-6.

Meusborn said he hopes Hawk's eligibility can be cleared by the end of this week. Pro scouts were already calling Meusborn to confirm his arrival. But Hawk won't play until his eligibility is verified. Last week, Poly was removed from the City Section soccer playoffs after it was discovered a transfer student was too old.

"We want to make sure everything is taken care of," Meusborn said.

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