Crescenta Valley won the league title last season and returns pitcher Josh Herman, the league's player of the year. Joining Herman is all-league outfielder Nathan Barber . . . . Arcadia, the runner-up last year, and Hoover, which has 6-5 third baseman Mark Hull, could press Crescenta Valley for first place. Hull is one of six starters back for Hoover. . . . Glendale lost seven starters, but catcher Ryan Noll returns after batting .457 with 10 doubles and 39 RBIs.
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