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SoCal Showdown Full Of Fireworks

Alan Matthews -

The country's best high school hitter, Cypress (Calif.) High third baseman Josh Vitters was a part of one of the most notable high school showdowns of the early-season scouting calendar. The championship game of the annual Loara Tournament pitted the sweet-swinging Vitters against a pair of talented pitchers from Long Beach's nationally ranked Wilson High, as well as Wilson infielder Ryan Dent.

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Two Sons Of Big Leaguers Team Up In California

Adam Foster -

When your last name is Bonds or Scioscia it's not simple to blend in on the baseball field. But then Matt Scioscia, a senior catcher/first baseman, and Nikolai Bonds, a junior outfielder, have never led normal lives. As the season started for the Crespi Celts, however, the sons of one of baseball's most feared hitters and most respected catchers/managers have deflected the attention as best as possible.

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High Heat

Katy (Texas) High ranked No. 1 in Texas in the preseason and No. 11 in the most recent Baseball America/National High School Baseball Coaches Association Top 25 behind an 18-3 start. Where they had the opportunity to sneak up on people last season, the Tigers have discovered quickly this spring that their team is in the crosshairs of every team on its schedule.

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High Heat: March 23

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Katy (Texas) High ranked No. 1 in Texas in the preseason and No. 11 in the most recent Baseball America/National High School Baseball Coaches Association Top 25 behind an 18-3 start. Where they had the opportunity to sneak up on people last season, the Tigers have discovered quickly this spring that their team is in the crosshairs of every team on its schedule.

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High Heat

Matt Meyers -

Tampa's Hillsborough High has produced big talent, and occasionally, big trouble. Doc Gooden, Gary Sheffield, Carl Everett and Elijiah Dukes are among Hillsborough alumni, and senior outfielder Mike Burgess is the next in the pipeline. But Burgess' relationship with his grandfather has helped him handle the pressure.

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High Heat: March 12

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Tampa's Hillsborough High has produced big talent, and occasionally, big trouble. Doc Gooden, Gary Sheffield, Carl Everett and Elijiah Dukes are among Hillsborough alumni, and senior outfielder Mike Burgess is the next in the pipeline. But Burgess' relationship with his grandfather has helped him handle the pressure.

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High School Top 25 Poll: March 5

The staff of Baseball America and the National High School Baseball Coaches Association compile the Top 25 rankings. In-season polls are conducted biweekly and released every other Monday throughout the season. The final poll will be released June 18. Records indicated do not include ties.

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Baseball Factory Preseason Tournament Top Prospects

Lefthander Robert Carson was among more than 200 high school players in attendance at the 2007 Under Armour Baseball Factory preseason all-America tournament in Tucson. The senior from Hattiesburg (Miss.) High was named the event's top prospect after showing an 88-89 mph fastball, touching 94.

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