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World Baseball Classic

Dominguez Hills' Brady Conlan makes an impression at the World Baseball Classic

Cal State Dominguez Hills senior Brady Conlan is at least four months away from signing a professional baseball contract. But he's already proved he's ready to play at that level, collecting three hits, a home run and three runs batted in for the Philippines in two World Baseball Classic qualifying games in Sydney, Australia.

That couldn't keep the Philippines in the tournament, however, with losses to Australia (11-1) and New Zealand (17-7) sending the team home.

Conlan, a third baseman who played at Chatsworth High, hit .429 in the two games with one of his three hits coming off former Angels reliever Nick Maronde. Last spring, Conlan batted .344 with six homers, a...