USA TODAY High School Sports is unveiling the Preseason Super 25 baseball rankings throughout the day Wednesday.
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4. Huntington Beach
Location: Huntington Beach, Calif.
2015 record: 26-8
Final Super 25 rank: 26
The Oilers won the CIF Southern Section Division I title and looks particularly strong on defense and on the mound.
Key pitchers include junior RHP/C Hagen Danner (7-2, 1.15 ERA, 65Ks in 61 innings), who has committed to UCLA; OF-LHP Nick Pratto, who transferred from Mater Dei (Santa Ana); senior RHP-3B Logan Pouelsen, a UCLA signee who didn’t allow an earned run last season; and junior Cory Moore, a transfer from Yucaipa.
Danner and Pratto helped lead USA Baseball’s U18 team to a World Cup title over the summer.
The team includes five players who led Huntington Beach’s Little League team to the World title in 2011: Danner, Pratto, and infielders Dylan Palmer, Justin Cianca and Trevor Windisch.