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THE TOP 10

The Times’ Orange County Preseason Rankings

1. Fountain Valley

Experience, excellent offense can ably support one of the county’s best pitchers, Natalie King.

2. Mater Dei

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Pitcher Marissa Young may be gone, but Tia Bollinger remains the same--or better.

3. Foothill

The excellent Fossatti-Bendig rotation should again prosper behind one of the quickest lineups around.

4. Pacifica

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Three-time section champion has many new faces, but is likely to have the same old results.

5. Kennedy

A tad young, but should compete among the elite provided Michelle Turner holds up.

6. Marina

It’s the same old story--Vikings don’t look like much until they beat you.

7. Los Alamitos

Kristin Farber and Phelan Wright can manufacture runs, but pitching will be critical.

8. Rosary

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The Royals have power and most speed ever, and should benefit from more mature pitching staff.

9. Woodbridge

Several steady performers return, but pitching is key to a 17th consecutive league title.

10. Laguna Hills

Center fielder Leslie Simien, the human run machine, leads off any discussion of the Hawks.


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