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Baseball: It will be a Hart High World Series reunion for Trevor Bauer and Mike Montgomery

Baseball: It will be a Hart High World Series reunion for Trevor Bauer and Mike Montgomery
Trevor Bauer and Mike Montgomery, right, who both pitched for Hart High, will meet in the World Series when the Cubs take on the Indians. (Handout)

The World Series that begins Tuesday in Cleveland is already going to produce a rarity. There's two pitchers who played on the same high school baseball team in 2008, Newhall Hart.

Trevor Bauer of the Cleveland Indians and Mike Montgomery of the Chicago Cubs will have a Hart High reunion. That became possible after the Cubs defeated the Dodgers, 5-0, Saturday night.

Get ready for lots of intrigue regarding how Hart didn't win a baseball championship in 2008.

"Aaron Hicks beat us," Hart Coach Jim Ozella said Saturday night.

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Hicks pitched Long Beach Wilson past Montgomery and Hart, 4-2, in the 2008 Southern Section quarterfinals. Hicks would go on to become a first-round draft pick and starting center fielder for the Minnesota Twins.

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It has been quite a year for former Hart players. Six appeared in the major leagues this season, all of whom were coached by Ozella.

Ozella, who grew up in Illinois, is more a Cardinals fan than Cubs fan, but he is thrilled for his former players to be on World Series teams.

"It's an unbelievable opportunity," he said.

Montgomery was a first-round draft choice in 2009 by the Kansas City Royals. Bauer, who went 12-0 in 2008, graduated a year early from Hart and enrolled at UCLA, where he was a standout for three years and taken No. 3 overall by the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2011.

Hart's 2008 team went 23-7. It produced a third major leaguer, catcher Trevor Brown of the San Francisco Giants. It won a CIF academic award for highest team GPA.

"A great group of guys," Ozella said.

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