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High School Notebook

March 13, 2001|JOHN KLIMA

Channel Islands Coach Al Tarazon hasn't had to use his bullpen after four games.

Peter Reveles (1-1), Mike Garcia (0-1) and Mitchell Lara (1-0) have kept Tarazon from bringing the hook.

Reveles has 21 strikeouts and five walks in 14 innings.

"I say, 'Gimme what you got,' " Tarazon said. "A guy in high school is only going to throw once a week. I'm not a big pitch-count guy. I trust the kids."

The Raiders open Pacific View League play Friday at Camarillo.

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Two years ago, Pepperdine left-hander Noah Lowry became the first player from Nordhoff High to be drafted. Junior Travis Flowers could be the second.

The 6-4 right-hander has struck out 21 in 14 innings. Flowers, who has a good fastball, gives Nordhoff one of the region's most promising--if unknown--batteries in Ventura County.

Catcher Trevor Weedon has one of the best arms in Ventura County.

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Junior Alex Merricks of Oxnard is living up to his cousins' legacy.

Charles Merricks, who played at Channel Islands and UCLA, and his brother, Matt Merricks, who graduated from Oxnard last season and signed with the Atlanta Braves, are pitching in the minor leagues.

Alex, whose fastball is his best pitch, is 1-1. He threw a one-hitter Friday against Palisades, striking out 14.

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