The Easton baseball tournament will have its earliest start ever in 2019, with first-round games on Feb. 9.
The 36-team field is topped by Harvard-Westlake, last year’s No. 1 seed in Division 1. Other strong teams in the field include Sherman Oaks Notre Dame, Simi Valley, Camarillo, defending City Section champion Birmingham and St. Bonaventure, which returns hard-throwing Jake Saum, a UCLA signee.
Rain could be a problem with the early start date.