A look at the top 25 Southland high school baseball teams heading into the spring of 2023.
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1 JSERRA: Loaded with elite pitchers, hitters and defensive players. MVP, SS Jonathan Mendez.
2. HARVARD-WESTLAKE: Best pitching staff. MVP, OF Will Gasparino.
3. HUNTINGTON BEACH: The Oilers will score a lot this season. MVP, 1B Ralphie Velazquez.
4. ORANGE LUTHERAN: Improved pitching will make the Lancers dangerous in the playoffs. MVP, 3B Casey Borba.
5. CYPRESS: All signs point to coach John Webber having one of the best teams around. MVP, SS Abbrie Covarrubias.
6. SANTA MARGARITA: A veteran team with quality players in key positions. MVP, C Blake Balsz.
7. SO NOTRE DAME: Oliver Boone and Justin Lee are pitchers to watch. MVP, OF Dean West.
8. CORONA: Ethan Schiefelbein, Sam Burgess, Billy Carlson – great. Best player, C Josh Springer.
9. VILLA PARK: The Spartans are looking for pitcher Zach Brown. MVP, SS Gavin Grahovac.
10. AQUINAS: Top prospect Eric Bitonti had 55 hits as a junior. Best Player, P. Owen Egan.
11. LA MIRADA: Six returning starters and a group of outstanding sophomores. MVP, IF Maverick Russell.
12. ETIWANDA: Sophomore Brady Ebel is a future major leaguer. MVP, P. Dylan Gough.
13. NORCO: Coach Gary Parcell’s final season features Grant Gray and Cole Hansen. MVP, SS Cameron Kim.
14. CRESPI: Mission League pitcher of the year Isaiah Magdalena is back. Best Player, Ethan Kodama.
15. MARANATHA: Shortstop AJ Beltre adds to a talented team. MVP, P Zach Strickland.
16. EL DORADO: Four left-handed pitchers will battle opponents. Best Player, P Garvey Rumary.
17. SOUTH HILLS: Showed impressive winter season form. Best player, SS Marcos Rosales.
18. SAN DIMAS: Will play in Boras Classic. Best Player, SS Kasen Khansarinia.
19. NEWBREY PARK: Cole Miller leads a trio of top returning pitchers. Best player, P Derek Turner.
20. ARLINGTON: Many players return from 27-2 team. Best player, C Jack Cleveno.
21. BIRMINGHAM: Strong innings and good batting with Gavin Taylor. Best player, P Daniel Flores.
22. CAPISTRAN VALLEY: A tough schedule offers opportunities and challenges. Best Player, SS Boston Baro.
23. WARREN: Pitching depth is a team’s strength. MVP, 1B Julian Angulo.
24. LOS ALAMITOS: New coach, lots of D1 commitments, lots of potential. MVP, SS Jake Evans.
25. LOYOLA: First-year coach Keith Ramsey has a track record of success. Best player, SS Adam Magpok.