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Baseball: Huntington Beach is No. 1 in The Times' preseason rankings

Huntington Beach is ranked No. 1 in The Times' preseason baseball rankings. The team returns virtually its entire lineup from a squad that eliminated No. 1 Santa Ana Mater Dei in last season's Southern Section Division 1 playoffs. The season officially begins on Saturday, though rain is expected and could push back games until Monday, March 3. The rankings: 1. HUNTINGTON BEACH (SS-Division 1). Experience and talent throughout the lineup 2. HARVARD-WESTLAKE (SS-Division 1). Pitcher Jack Flaherty gives Wolverines a true ace 3. LOS ALAMITOS (SS-Division 1). Pitcher Jacob Nix leads talented staff 4. LOYOLA (SS-Division 1). Quality pitching depth and solid defense 5. ORANGE...

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