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No. 1 La Mirada vs. No. 2 Orange Lutheran to start prep baseball season

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Max Rajcic, left, of Orange Lutheran is scheduled to face Jared Jones of La Mirada on Wednesday night at the Great Park in Irvine in a much anticipated pitching matchup.
(Eric Sondheimer / Los Angeles Times)

It doesn’t get any more exciting for high school baseball fans and pro scouts than Wednesday’s matchup of No. 1 La Mirada taking on No. 2 Orange Lutheran at 7 p.m. at the Great Park in Irvine.

Two of the top pro pitching prospects in the Southland will face off. They’ve been looking forward to this game for months. Jared Jones of La Mirada, a Texas signee, will pitch against Max Rajcic, a UCLA signee. Both throw fastballs in the 90s and possess exceptional second pitches. Jones has a slider that can be unhittable. Rajcic has a knuckle curve.

Runs figure to be few. If any runner reaches base, you can expect bunting to get them in scoring position.

It’s the first game for La Mirada. Orange Lutheran opened last weekend with a sweep of defending Division 1 champion Cypress. The coaches wanted to test their teams against the best early on, and this game certainly does that.

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“I know it’s going to be a 1-0 game or something like that,” Jones said.


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