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BASEBALL NOTEBOOK: MARCIAL GETS OVERLOOKED AGAIN.



Byline: Heather Gripp Staff Writer

Many of Southern California's top high school baseball players gathered in Long Beach Tuesday trying to earn a spot in next month's Area Code Games. Robert Marcial was not invited.

Marcial was disappointed but not too surprised about the snub for his sport's biggest national showcase. The incoming senior shortstop from Cleveland High of Reseda is arguably one of the region's best all-around players but is used to being overlooked.

The lack of attention is part of what makes him so good as he continually strives to do more in hopes of being noticed.

``That's what comes along with being the underdog,'' Marcial said. ``I guess I'm kind of used to it.''

He's long tried to impress scouts with his hitting. The first team All- City player was one of the Cavaliers' most consistent hitters en route to the City Invitational division title this spring and is again one of their top hitters during the summer Valley Invitational Baseball League, which began playoffs Thursday.

Marcial is learning his speed can be just as impressive. He stole a City- best 32 bases this spring and was timed at 7.0 in the 60-yard dash at last week's Best of the West showcase.

``I've set out to have more stolen bases,'' Marcial said. ``I'm fast and I try to use that to my advantage.''

Although scouts are slow to appreciate Marcial's skills, the Cavaliers are not.

``He's solid at short, he does everything for us,'' Cleveland coach Joe Cascione said. ``He's really making a name for himself.''

--Ideal schedule: West Hills Chaminade begins District 20 American Legion American Legion, national association of male and female war veterans, founded (1919) in Paris. Membership is open to veterans of World Wars I and II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War.  playoffs today at San Fernando San Fernando, city, Argentina
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. And it could be the easiest part yet of Chaminade's schedule.

Although it is a 'B' team consisting of players 17 and under, unusual scheduling had Chaminade play 17 of its 22 games against 18-and-under 'A'teams.

Such a schedule pleased the Eagles, who opted to play its varsity players at the younger level while their freshmen and graduated players competed on the 'A' team. The decision was made to allow Chaminade to have most of next year's team play together without being required to use graduated seniors.

Playoff dates were also taken into consideration because Chaminade has four candidates to play in the Area Code Games, which are scheduled for the same week as the Legion 'A' state tournament. The 'B' state tournament, which Chaminade played in last year, is the following week.

Getting to play so many games against the higher division was a bonus as Chaminade got to face the tougher competition it prefers in preparing to defend it Mission League title.

Even without hot hitting third baseman third baseman
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The infielder stationed near third base.

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third sacker
 Cody Haerther, who is too old to play on the 'B' team, Chaminade was one of the district's most dominant teams at either level.

``We're lucky,'' coach Scott Drootin said. ``It's the best of both worlds.''

--One of the big boys: Highland sophomore Kent Wulf is spending the summer among older standouts.

Last week he was at the Best of the West showcase and this week his travel team, the Southern California Southern California, also colloquially known as SoCal, is the southern portion of the U.S. state of California. Centered on the cities of Los Angeles and San Diego, Southern California is home to nearly 24 million people and is the nation's second most populated region,  Indians, went to New York New York, state, United States
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 for the Collegiate Wood Bat World Series.

Wulf, usually a shortstop, plays center field for the Indians, a team that includes recent graduates such as Palmdale's Dana Eveland Dana J. Eveland (born October 29, 1983 in Olympia, Washington), is a relief pitcher for the Arizona Diamondbacks. He throws left-handed and bats left-handed. He is 6'1 and weighs 258 pounds. He went to college at Hill Junior College in Texas.  and Highland's Fred Rico Alfredo Rico Cruz (born July 4, 1944 in Jerome, Arizona) is a former Major League Baseball outfielder. He was signed by the Baltimore Orioles before the 1964 season, and later drafted by the Kansas City Royals from the Orioles in the 1968 rule V draft. , as well as college players, including Jason Gorman of Cal State Northridge.

Wulf also made the cut for the final round of Area Code Games tryouts.

--Odds and ends: Golden League MVP (Multimedia Video Processor) A high-speed DSP chip from Texas Instruments, introduced in 1994. Officially introduced as the TMS320C80, it combines RISC technology with the functionality of four DSPs on one chip.  Art Ortiz, who hit a region-best 15 home runs for Lancaster this year, will attend College of the Canyons College of the Canyons is one of the fastest-growing community colleges in the state. According to the National Junior College Research Association, College of the Canyons consistently ranks in the top 50 community colleges in the nation.  along with cousin and fellow Eagles slugger Tony Ortiz Tony Ortiz is a sports reporter for WXYT radio in Detroit, MI.

In 1986, Ortiz began his radio career as an intern at WXYT. After gaining a paid position with the station, he worked as a producer for Michigan State basketball and football.
. ...

Seth Kay of Highland earned an academic scholarship to USC An abbreviation for U.S. Code.  and plans to walk on for the baseball team. ...

Chris Valaika of Hart of Newhall and Jason Dominguez of Chatsworth are head,ed to Houston for the final round of trials for the USA Youth National Team beginning Saturday.

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Publication:Daily News (Los Angeles, CA)
Date:Jul 20, 2001
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