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2001 Baseball Preview

Seaview League

February 20, 2001

Aliso Niguel

Coach: Mike Chapman

2000 record: 11-15

League record: 8-8

The Wolverines return seven starters, including first-team all-league selections Darren Pitchford (4-5, 2.96 ERA), a pitcher/first baseman who threw a no-hitter last season, and Chris Fielder, a pitcher/shortstop. Catcher Brian Serocke and pitcher/outfielder Sean Koch earned second-team all-league honors. Other top returners include pitcher/outfielder Jeremy Burchett, third baseman Pat Hebeler, second baseman Ryan Matsunaga, infielder Bryan Wasserman and catcher/outfielder Daniel McClelland. Pitchers Todd Difley and Micheal Potter and catcher/first baseman Gerry Rommel are the top newcomers.

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Irvine

Coach: Rich Crowe

2000 record: 20-6

League record: 15-1

Rich Crowe inherits 17 seniors from longtime Coach Bob Flint's final team, including league co-MVPs Jon de Vries and Chad Hazlett, who won a school-record 14 games last year with a 2.52 ERA. De Vries, a catcher, hit .451 with seven homers and 27 RBIs. Outfielder Travis Otott, a first-team all-league selection, hit .411 with 16 RBIs. Infielders Chris Lewis (.378, 6 HRs, 24 RBIs) and David Parker (.382, 2 HRs, 17 RBIs) were second-team all-league picks. Pitchers Derek Smith (3-1, 3.61 ERA) and Jack Egan (1-1) and infielder Dan Beuchat add experienced depth. Top newcomers include outfielder Keith Williams and utilitymen Travis Nault and Aaron Rippo.

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Laguna Hills

Coach: Jeff Cecil

2000 record: 10-15

League record: 6-10

Seven starters return to a team that should score plenty of runs but needs to improve in the pitching and defensive departments. Shortstop Justin Hallenbeck, who hit .447 with seven homers and 18 RBIs, and pitcher/outfielder Brian Anderson (.435, 24 RBIs) earned first-team all-league honors last year. Infielder Chris Johnson (.407, 4 HRs, 16 RBIs) was named to the second team, while pitcher/first baseman Daniel Miltenberger (seven home runs), outfielder Chris Turner (24 runs) and first baseman Joe Viglione (.341, 7 HRs, 28 RBIs) earned honorable mention. Pitcher Eric Reed and catcher/infielder Pat Rochon also return. Top newcomers include catcher Dustin Hicks and pitchers Mike Spraltz, Kevin Barnum and David Filipiak.

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Newport Harbor

Coach: Jim Kiefer

2000 record: 5-18

League record: 2-14

The Sailors are inexperienced, particularly at the bottom of the lineup, but are strong up the middle and feature improved pitching. Chris Ward and Cody Forsythe, who struck out 13 in 10 innings, will anchor the pitching staff. Catcher Garrett Brant (.345), second baseman Alan Lone (.340) and outfielder Donovan Wong (.303) provide some offensive punch, along with infielder Mike Jones. The Sailors will need production from new pitchers Joel Brown and Shane Glenn, a transfer from Etiwanda.

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Woodbridge

Coach: Bob Flint

2000 record: 14-12-1

League record: 9-7

The Warriors, who return five starters, should feature strong pitching. Bob Flint, who left Irvine last season to coach at a school where he wouldn't have to groom the playing field, has expressed concern about his offense, though. Pitchers Bryan Beck and Mike Peck will once again work with returning catcher Bryan Martinez. Third baseman Ryan Cummings and utilityman Cole Edmundson are the other returning starters. Several other players have varsity experience, including shortstop Joel Clark, second baseman Brock Davison and outfielders Jeff Frey, Jeff Clark and Adam Augusta.

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